Hmmm. What’ll it be this weekend? A Friday night dance party, a Saturday nature hike, and a Sunday Maker’s Faire? Or maybe you’ll be more into an art walk, a cooking class, and a piano concert? With this hit-list of weekend events you can mix and match to please every member of your adorable family. Don’t forget your camera!
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The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) and the Museum of Craft and Design are marking the one year anniversary at the historic MIS building in the Presidio with a family day of origami crafts! Learn how to make boxes, butterflies, and boats. Sat., 2:30-3:30 p.m. San Francisco. $10/general; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
SF Jazz Family Matinee: Gypsy Jazz with Hot Club
Head to the SF Jazz center for a family matinee performance of Gypsy Jazz with Hot Club of San Francisco. Open to music fans of all ages, these concerts are ideally suited to children ages 5 to 12. Sat., 11 a.m. -1 p.m. San Francisco. $20/adult; $5/child. 5-12. Event details.
Pop Star Cooking Class with the Culinary Dudes
Kids can make the foodie favorites of pop stars! Will it be a dish beloved by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, or Adele? Or maybe Katy Perry’s favorite treats. Join the Culinary Dudes, three local dads who love to cook with kids! Sat., 10 a.m. – noon. San Francisco. $40. 4-14. Event details.
Reel California: Youth in Yosemite Film Contest Screening
Join the California Historical Society for a screening of films from the Youth in Yosemite Short Film Contest! Each of the films will be introduced by Ranger Shauna Potocky with who the filmmaker was, their age and community/country. One of the filmmakers, Patrick Webster will be in attendance to chat about his film and the process. Sat., 1-3 p.m. San Francisco. $5. Members are free. All Ages. Event details.
November Toddler Ramble: Get Moving
Keep those little bodies warm while enjoying the beauty of the Hayward Shoreline with the November Friday Toddler Ramble. Do a little dance, run, skip, hop and bounce a ball to keep it moving. Fri., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Hayward. $5/child. 1-3. Event details.
Super Pajama Jam 2014
This pajama party is like no other: start the party with a concert by Andy Z, check out the photo booth, lollipop tree, face painting and more. Breakfast treats will be for sale, and kids are encouraged to dress in their super-hero-PJ best for this year’s party! Please bring new pajamas to donate, in kids sizes 6 to 12, to donate to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. Sat., 9:30 a.m. – noon. Moraga. $10. All Ages. Event details.
Family Day at BAM/PFA
Get creative with clay and collage in the Kids Club and design your own quilt squares (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Enjoy live music from Santos Perdidos (2 p.m.) and then check out a free screening of Microcosmos: a new film that offers a view of the world from a bug’s perspective (3:30 p.m.).Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival
Spend an awesome afternoon browsing through more than 100 local vendors fine wares, noshing on goodies from a host of food trucks, shaking your money maker to live and DJ music and doing some crafts all of your own. Sun., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
San Mateo Harvest Festival
Sure, it seems like Halloween just came and went, but you won’t want to miss this perfect opportunity for family fun and some early, low-key holiday shopping. The San Mateo Harvest Festival is one of the largest indoor arts and crafts shows on the West Coast, offering over 24,000 handmade gifts! And with a hands-on KidZone, demos, food, and live entertainment, it’s not just a boooring trip to the mall! Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. San Mateo. $9/adult; $4/child 13-17; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Ukulele Story Time
What’s better than story time? Story time with a ukulele. Bring the kids to the Belmont Public Library for an unconventional story time with ukulele music. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Belmont. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mad Hatter Tea
Why is a raven like a writing desk? You may not find the answer to this riddle, but you are sure to find a topsy-turvy tea time that the kids will love. Enter a hat contest, do crafts, enjoy tea-time treats and Wonder-ful costumes. Sat., 11 a.m.- 1p.m. San Carlos. $10/adult; $8/child (12 and under). All Ages. Event details.
Around the World in 88 Keys
Part of the Musical Journeys for Children & Families Series with pianist Frank Levy, this concert will take kids around the world from Russia to China to Spain and back, with music from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Glinka. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Palo Alto. $25/door; $20/advance. All Ages. Event details.
CMT’s Sound of Music
Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose begins its 47th season begins with the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. The kids will soon agree this play is one of their “favorite things!” Fri., 7 p.m., Sat. 2 & 7 p.m., and Sun., 1 & 6 p.m. San Jose. $18/adult; $14/child. All Ages. Event details.
Living History Day at New Almaden Park
Visit Casa Grande, a historic home in the park that once belonged to one of the New Almaden mine managers. Costumed docents and staff will guide you through the magnificent Victorian era rooms, the museum’s exhibit, and assist the kiddos in making a seasonal craft to take home. And don’t forget your walking shoes because this 4k+ acre park offers trails and vistas not to be missed. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
River Clean-Up Day
Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for a day of environmental stewardship! Help remove debris from the river channel before the rain carries it to our beautiful bay. Make friends, show the kids how to give-something back and have fun doing it. Note: wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, water, and clothes that you can get dirty. Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Family Dance Party at the Bolinas Community Center
Head to this western hamlet of Marin County for a kid’s dance party to benefit the PTA Bolinas-Stinson School and The Light Within Foundation. DJ Omatic spins tunes geared toward getting the 18 and under crowd moving and shaking. And you can bust out some eye roll-worthy moves yourself! Fri, 7-8:30 p.m. Bolinas. $5/person or $20/family. All Ages. Event details.
2nd Friday Art Walk in San Rafael
Stroll along 4th Street in San Rafael and check out the open galleries between G Street and Lincoln, sip on wine and other refreshments, hear live music, purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts, and even find art and activities by and for local kids. This Friday be sure and check out the Youth in Arts Habitat Tales exhibit at 917 C St., with art from Willow Creek Academy featuring animals and the environment, and hands-on activities for the family. Fri., 5-8 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Sensational Sharks of the San Francisco Bay
Bring your shrimps to this Sensational Sharks of San Francisco Bay talk where they will be excited and astounded by the amazing behavior of sharks. Learn all about their different senses, adaptations, and the interesting ways that researchers study these survivors! Do some hands-on activities and learn how to protect these sensational ocean dwellers. Sat., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Fall Color Photography Nature Hike
Ranger and photographer Craig Solin will lead this hike up the trail head to snap some postcard worthy photos of the beautiful fall colors of the Willis Evans Canyon. He’ll also take you into a shadowy redwood grove to explore patterns of light. All ages can enjoy this hike, so wear good sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, and your camera. Sat., 9-11 a.m. San Geronimo. Free. All Ages. Event details.
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