Read, sing, dance and leap your way through the end of the month with lots of fun activities! Learn all about leaping animals, hungry goats and furry barbaloots too! Hear the story of The Lorax and get a goody bag at Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target all over the Bay Area. Celebrate Leap Year at Zoo Kids: Let’s Leap in Oakland. Learn how to make savory quinoa and sweet caramel apples at a Vegetarian Cooking Class in Los Altos.

San Francisco

Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target
At the far end of town where the grickle grass grow, kids will be excited to read, from their head to their toes! Bring them out to your local Target store to hear a live reading of The Lorax! As part of this NEA Read Across America event, children will get free goody bags and take part in other fun activities. To find a Target store near you, click here. For more information please call your local store by whispermaphone. Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Daly City, Colma & the entire Bay Area. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Whole Megila-la-la-la-la-la
Join in this exciting Purim program with Isaac Zones. Cheer for Esther and Mordechai, roll your eyes at the antics of Ahashuerus and have a good laugh over Haman’s foiled plotting. Learn some new songs and stories, and connect with the playful spirit that lies at the heart of singing and storytelling. Isaac Zones is a music specialist at the Osher Marin JCC early childhood education center, and he also teaches at many summer camps and other JCCs. Sun., 10:30 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Mulan Jr.
Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China, with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan, performed by 60 students from Contra Costa Jewish Day School. The whole family will enjoy this heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like Honor to Us All and I’ll Make a Man Out of You, as well as new songs that will get you up on your feet! Fri., 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Lafayette. $15 per person. $10 per floor seat, 2nd grade & under. All ages.  Event details.

Zoo Kids: Let’s Leap
It’s Leap Year! Come learn about the special adaptations of leaping animals in celebration of Leap Year! This drop-off program offers a lesson about animals and includes a theme-based game, mini-hike, snack, craft and free play. Sat., 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Oakland.  $23 per non-member. $20 per member. Ages 4-5. Event details.


Bollywood Dance Workshop
Combining classical Indian, folk and tribal dance with western theatrical traditions, Bollywood is filled with flash and energy. This interactive workshop will include an introduction to Bollywood, a dance demonstration and a chance to learn a few simple dance moves! Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $17 per non-member. $7 per member. Ages 6 mos & up. Event details.

The Lorax Children’s Event
Join in an afternoon of fun learning about the lifted Lorax! Listen to storytelling with Phil Sheridan at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.  Make a craft project, and eat goodies as tasty as truffula fruits!  Sat., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Go Goats!
Come feed the hungry goats their dinner, milk sweet mama goat Moki and learn groovy goat facts! Sign up early since this is one of their most popular animal programs. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Sat., 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Los Altos Hills. $20 per person. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Vegetarian Cooking Class
Kids will learn how to cook some healthy and delicious vegetarian snacks with Chef Drea. Dishes will include Quinoa Tabouli, Hummus and Pita Chips and Caramel Apples. The young chefs will learn basic cooking techniques, as well as where their food comes from and its nutritional benefits. Sat., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Los Altos. $10 per child. Ages 4-13. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of NEA’s Read Across America