The celebrations continue this weekend! Dance, sing and create at the JAMaROO Kids Open House in San Francisco.  Honor freedom and equality at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Sausalito. Learn all about Chinese New Year at the Lunar New Year Spectacular in Palo Alto.

San Francisco

JAMaROO Kids Open House
This is a free event for the community to come by the JAMaROO Kids studio to sample classes and play in the space. They will be offering a variety of classes including dance, music, yoga and art. They will have story time too! Fri., 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. Ages 0 – 7. Event details.

Mochi Pounding Ceremony
Celebrate the Japanese New Year with the Mochitsuki Mochi Pounding Ceremony! Join the Kagami Kai performers as they present the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi (sweet delectable rice cakes) pounding with music, dance, story time and crafts. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

International Language Day
Lango is a language immersion program for kids, teaching Spanish, French and Mandarin in a style that emphasizes learning through play. This free event will include mini-classes in each of the languages, cultural story times, crafts and face painting. Sat., 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. San Ramon. Free. Ages 6 mos. – 12 yrs. Event details.

”My Son Pinocchio”
Join the Blue Fairy, Jiminy and a host of colorful characters as a lonely woodcarver becomes an unlikely father, when his wooden marionette becomes a real live boy! Enjoy this production performed by children in third through fifth grades, featuring classics like “I’ve Got No Strings,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Sat. –  Mon. See website for times. Berkeley.  $20 per adult & senior. $15 per child. All ages. Event details.


Winter Bird Count
The Youth Winter Bird Count will give aspiring young birders an opportunity to work in small teams with experienced birders, while participating in real citizen science. Participants will learn to: use binoculars and scopes, record scientific data, identify a variety of local birds, enter data into a shared database and present bird data to other participating teams. Sun., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Join in a special celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Create a self-portrait collage to add to the Freedom Bus wall. Listen to a special storytime with books about Dr. King’s life and the values he advocated. Enjoy a special performance by SoVoSó at 11:00 am & 12:30 pm.  Mon., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sausalito. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.


Lunar New Year Spectacular
This party marks the Chinese New Year with lion dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, story time and arts and crafts. You can buy lunch from food trucks including Chairman Bao, Curry Up NOW and the TreatBot Karaoke Truck. Sat., 10:00 am –  3:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mustache Storytime
Come hear the book Mustache read by author Mac Barnett. He will tell the tale of King Duncan, a terribly handsome, but terrible king. His kingdom is in ruins, and when his subjects appeal for help, he only builds more tributes to his handsome face. His subjects are finally ready to stand up for themselves. Come find out exactly what they do! Sun., 11:30 am. Menlo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Photo Credit: JAMaROO Kids Studio

— Rachel Teichman