This weekend Bay Area kids get their pick of some seriously awesome fun, from a giant carnival full of robots and flames to a Diwali celebration at one of the area’s most incredible kid’s museums. There’s no shortage of science, crafts, concerts and outdoor fun as November picks up some serious steam.
SF Symphony’s Day of the Dead Community Concert
Bring the entire family and join the San Francisco Symphony in celebrating Latin-American music and culture for the Day of the Dead. Oaxacan singer-songwriter Lila Downs, a multi Grammy-award winning artist, joins the SF Symphony for two shows, performing selections from her new recording, Balas y Chocolate. Arrive an hour prior to each show for refreshments, live music and dancing, colorful altars, traditional crafts, and more. Symphony recommends ages 7 and up but all ages welcome. Sat., 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. Civic Center. $20-$90. 7 and up (see event description). Event details.
Discovery Day & Steam Carnival
Don’t miss the Bay Area’s Science Festival’s kid-centric highlights this weekend. The home of the SF Giants is transformed into a hands-on science museum at the 5th Annual DiscoveryDay, held at AT&T Park on Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., kids can explore hundreds of hands-on activities, meet thousands of local scientists and engineers and enjoy loads of educational entertainment. Learn more. And for three days, Nov. 6-8 kids can enjoy interactive games, demos, lasers, fire, stage shows, robotics, aerialists and the famous Dunk Tank Flambé at STEAMCarnival. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Carnival is $25/general, children 3 and under are free. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Discovery Day is Saturday only, 11 a.m.–4 p.m and is free. Steam Carnival is all three days, $20-$25. South Beach/AT&T Park. All ages. Event details.
SFJAZZ Family Matinee
Hear dazzling French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt and the Django All-Stars at SFJAZZ’s family-friendly matinee performance. Sat., 11 a.m.–noon. Hayes Valley. $15/adult; $5/child. All ages. Event details.
SOMA Arts Day of the Dead Show Closing Ceremony
Bring the kids to explore this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition, Today Is the Shadow of Tomorrow. Check out the colorful altars, multi-dimensional art installations, and see how local artists view the cycles of life and death. You can visit (for free) during gallery hours, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. or party on with the closing night performances and ceremony. Sat., 6-9 p.m. SOMA. $7-$10, sliding scale. All ages. Event details.
Nature Detectives: Slime
Become a Nature Detective and get your hands in some goo, experiment with slime and even make some take-home slime for keeps. Sat., 11 a.m.–noon. Hayward. $7/child. 3-5. Event details.
Botanical Felting Crafts
Make a potted felt California plant with Fiber Florist! In this family-friendly workshop, Fiber Florist Vivian Truong will teach you the crafting skills to make your very own forever-alive felt plant. Using eco-friendly felt made from wool, acrylic and bamboo, participants will hand cut, sew, and assemble their own potted plants. Participants may choose from a variety of popular California flora including California poppies, nasturtiums, dandelions, and common yarrow to create. Sat., 10–11 a.m. UC Berkeley. $15/adult or child; $10/member adult or child; adult chaperone free with garden admission. All ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo
Bring your favorite teddy or stuffie and head to the Oakland Zoo for a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. This month’s featured animal: Zebras! Adults must accompany children. Sat., 9:30 a.m.–noon. Oakland. $12/adult; $23-$26/child; parking is $8 (free for members). 4–8. Event details.
Free First Friday at San Mateo History Museum
Enjoy free admission to the San Mateo History museum and learn about robots while you’re there. At 11 a.m. there will be a preschool program about local makers and a reading of the story,Robots, Robots, Everywhere! Docents will lead tours for adults at 2 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. San Mateo. All ages (preschool time is for ages 3-5). Free. Event details.
Sleeping Beauty & The Beast
Looking for big laughs and big adventure in a kingdom far, far away? Then look no further than the hysterical, Sleeping Beauty and the Beast, presented by the North Star Parent Club in partnership with San Carlos Children’s Theater. Follow the valiant quest of the bumbling but good-hearted Prince Charmless as he attempts with all his might to save Princess Rose from the Wicked Faerie and her sleep-induced curse. Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. and Sun., 1 p.m. Redwood City. $15. All ages. Event details.
Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire
Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Make Magazine to host a Mini Maker Faire. Three days of creativity, tinkering, construction, design, coding, 3D printing and more. Meet local inventors and artists, explore new mediums and connect with your local community. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Emeryville, but also all other Bay Area locations (see event details). 5 and up. Event details.
Diwali Festival of Lights at Children’s Discovery Museum
Join a celebration of Indian culture, The Diwali Festival that will feature performances, food tastings, arts and crafts, and activities highlighting traditional Indian arts. Sat. & Sun., noon–4 p.m. San Jose. $12. All ages. Event details.
South Bay Historical Railroad Society Open House
Your little puffers will love this open house! Marvel at two museum quality railroad displays, countless railroad artifacts, hang out in the historic tower to spot a real train zooming by, and learn all about railroads from the members and the extensive railroad library. Plus you can get lunch at the all day lunch counter and grab a few cool items at the Company Store. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Santa Clara. $5/adults; children 18 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Fall Plant Sale
Our City Forest presents their Fall Plant Sale Bonanza, which means not only can you score major in the botany department, you also can enjoy California native plant workshops, arts & craft activities, refreshments and more. Find out about their Holiday Rent-a-Tree program, too. Sat., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Guys & Dolls Jr.
This redux of the famous musical set in New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. is an oddball comedy and fun for the whole family. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. San Jose. $6-$15. All ages. Event details.
PJ Story Time at Diesel
Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore to hear author Marcus Ewert and illustrator Lisa Brown read from their book, Mummy Cat. Have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, then head home for bed. Fri., 6-6:30 p.m. Larkspur. Free. 5 and up. Event details.
San Rafael’s Day of the Dead Celebration
It’s San Rafael’s 27th annual Day of the Dead celebration, a place for cultural performances, family art activities, and more. The Bay Area Discovery Museum will team up with the even coordinators to host art workshops, plus there will be face-painting and a spirited procession. Sat., 4-9 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mom’s Matinee with Marin Theater Company
Don’t miss the Moms Matinee at the MTC where you can catch a performance of My Mañana Comes, the story of four busboys in an uptown NYC restaurant. MTC has partnered with UrbanSitter to offer FREE childcare for parents attending the show. To book the childcare, just email boxoffice@Event details. and let the staff know how many children will be checking in so they know how many UrbanSitters to have on deck. Sat., 2 p.m. Mill Valley. $10-$47/ticket (babysitting is free). All ages.
Healthy Parks: McInnis Clean Up and Zumba
Spend a morning at McInnis Park by volunteering to beautify the park with clean up, then follow that with a Zumba workout and free lunch. All skill levels and ages are welcome: water and healthy snacks provided, too. You can even bring your friendly dog on a leash. Sat., 10 a.m.–noon. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
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