Kids will be off to a busy start this year! They can visit the Chabot Space & Science Center for free during Museums on Us Free Day. And kids will be entertained by silly tunes at an Andy Z Concert, and will be inspired by what voices can do at the Dueling Jewish A Cappellas.

San Francisco

Annual Mighty Ugly Craft Challenge
Kids can take part in the Annual Mighty Ugly Craft Challenge to create a creature that is not “cute-ugly,” but actually “ugly-ugly!” All materials will be supplied. Fri., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Museums on Us Free Day
Bank of America cardholders can visit the following museums for free: Children’s Creativity Museum, Chabot Space & Science Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. Sat., Various times. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Andy Z Concert
Kids will smile, dance and sing along with Andy Z, as he takes them on an imaginary tour of the Andyland Islands. They will be drawn in by his full cast of character voices, puppets and music that is educational and just plain silly! Sat., 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

Master Puppeteer Jen Miriam
Families can come see a puppet show performed by Master Puppeteer Jen Miriam and her amazing puppet performers! Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Lafayette. Free. Ages 2-7. Event details.


Natural Habitat Hike & Safety
During this new Junior Ranger program, kids will learn about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. They will also walk along the Indian Valley Fire Road. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Novato. Free. Ages 7-12. Event details.

Paradise Bird Box Workshop
Rangers will teach kids about cavity nesting birds and the benefits of hosting a nesting box. Then kids will assemble and hang bird nesting boxes, just in time for the upcoming breeding season! Sun., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.


Open Cockpit Day
Kids can gain a pilot’s perspective on many of the Hiller Aviation Museum’s aircrafts. The doors and canopies of many of the aircrafts in the Museum will be open to allow visitors to sit inside and explore the controls. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Carlos. $12 per adult. $8 per child. Ages 4 & under, free. Event details.

Dueling Jewish A Cappellas
This sing-off will feature the Shabbatones from the University of Pennsylvania and Shir Appeal from Tufts University. Families will be impressed and inspired by their percussion and harmonizing talents! Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Foster City. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of the Chabot Space & Science Center