It may not feel like it in the midst of tsunami and thunderstorm warnings, but summer really is sneaking up on us. The Family Summer Resource Fair has got all the inside info you need to get the kids in camp, or summer jobs, or summer school—wherever they want to be. Once you get that squared away, take in Black Cuisine’s 30th Anniversary Soul Cookoff and Street Festival. Can you say “MMMM?” Once you’re all loaded up, you’re ready for adventure. Playland-Not-at-the-Beacha has tons in store. Bring your wits and survival tools to help navigate this challenging treasure hunt. For a nice little “dessert” at the end of the weekend, check out Disney on Ice: World of Fantasy full of the Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Tinker Bell. As we back into the end of winter, keep afloat in the rain and hold out for spring break.
The Family that Dances Together…
Zaccho Dance Theatre in SF wants to teach your family the moves. Their Family Day comes with something for everyone—movement and storytelling for the itty-bitties to aerial dance and circus arts for the higher ups. Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new for nothing! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
This Saturday SF celebrates its beloved, unsung green neighbors with a little pre-emptive Arbor Day cleanup and planting around Alemany Farm. Pick up a shovel or a broom and add some green love to your ‘hood. Onsite fun includes children’s activities and a green resource fair with info on composting and recycling. Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
Called “Woodstock for Kids,” Dan Zanes’s performances are one in a million. Catch him at Zellerbach Hall this weekend for a good time show (but with hopefully a lot less mud than Woodstock). Bonus: Kids 16 and under are half price! Sat., 11: 00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Sun., 3:00 p.m., Berkeley, $16 – 26. Read more.
We’ve all been singing in the rain lately, it’s best to leave those heel clicks to the professionals. Berkeley Playhouse presents its stage-adapted version of “Singin’ in the Rain” just in time to bring a little spring into your Spring. Mar. 6 – 21, Berkeley, $28/adults, $19/children, see website for times. Read more.
Nuzzle Up with Newts
Feel like salamandering around? Join up with Tree Frog Treks for their Newts Alive! program at Tilden Park and catch the annual newt pilgrimage across South Park Road (Why did the newt cross the road? To get to the other side!). Later, take in the Botanical Garden to seek out other spring critters. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Berkeley, $25/person (ages 4 and up). Read more.
Buddha for Babies
Do you feel like your little needs to center his chi? Maybe do a little more reintegration during those time outs? Well, the Chung Tai Zen Center might have just what you need. Its AWESOME class for youth helps kids develop a positive outlook on life and find their inner wisdom through meditation and stories. It’s never too early for a little peace of mind. Sat., 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Sunnyvale, free (ages 6 – 14). Read more.
Why go for a hike when you can go on safari? The Science Safaris from Youth Science Institute in Los Altos always promise a good time and good learning. Join them for a jaunt through the woods and see what animals you can find. These safaris fill up fast so if you don’t make this one, reserve a space on the next quick! Sat., 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Los Altos, $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family. Read more.
The Raggs’ pups are bringing their hot tunes and cool moves to Cupertino. So if your little can’t get enough of their waggle and wiggle, bring them by for this live show! Make sure you have your dancing shoes on. Sat., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Cupertino, $13/person. Read more.
Go, go, go Joseph!
Proving that he can set anything to music, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” makes a party out of the story of Joseph from the Bible. The Marin Youth Performers present Joe’s adventures with a song in their heart that will put a tap in your toe. Sat. and Sun., 2:00 p.m., Mill Valley, $18/person. Read more.
Salmon I Am!
Meet up with Park Ranger Lou for a walk around Muir Beach and talk salmon–there’s a national plan underway to restore Redwood Creek and up salmon production. Great way to get some air and learn a bit about what’s going on in our local environment. Sun., 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Muir Beach, free. Read more.