Start off the new year with a lot of fun! Listen to live music, and try to break a piñata, at the Concierto De Reyes in San Francisco. See if there is a budding performer in the family at the Theatre Class Sunday Sampler in Berkeley. Laugh out loud with Boswick the Clown in San Rafael.

San Francisco

“A Dog Named Moo” CD Release Party
Join in the CD Release Party by acclaimed San Francisco native, singer/songwriter, Essence. Kids and kids-at-heart will be singing along to songs including “Socks On My Ears” and “T REXXXX!” This album offers heartfelt, clever, imaginative and witty songs that promise to entertain as well as educate the little ones.  Sat., 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Concierto De Reyes
Attend this concert for kids with music by the Coro Hispano de San Francisco and Conjunto Nuevo Mundo. These two groups are dedicated to exploring and performing the choral literature of the peoples of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. They provide a rich and vibrant energy that makes every concert a celebration. There will be refreshments and a piñata too! Sat., 2:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Mike Della Penna Magic Show
Watch Mike Della Penna and his magical magic show! Meet Clara the Clarevoyant Duck, and learn how to use the powers of make believe. This interactive illusions show will surely make you make look at things differently! Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

Theatre Class Sunday Sampler
Learn about available classes in acting, improvisation, stage combat and clowning, and then get to sample four of them. Professional performers will teach a variety of classes to give you a feel for what learning about acting and being creative on stage are like. The Sunday Sampler is free and open to youth, teens, adults and families. Sun., 1:00 pm. Berkeley.  Free. Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Chinyakare Ensemble Concert
Chinyakare Ensemble will present a variety of Zimbabwean music and dance. They will celebrate the beauty and power of Southern African culture with traditional instruments, tunes and dance moves. You can sing and dance along too!  Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Sausalito. $16 General. $7 per member. All ages. Event details.

Boswick the Clown
Nicknamed “The Clown’s Clown,” Boswick is a former Ringling Bros. performer who uses physical humor, and is a great juggler, magician, and a hilarious comedian. Come see this one-man circus act.  Sun., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. San Rafael. $7 per non-member. $8 per member. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.


Fun Play Friday
Have fun at the first Fun Play Friday of 2012! Kids can run, jump and have a blast while parents relax, chat and and get work done in the parent seating area. Enjoy some unstructured play time in the bounce house or gymnastics area. Practice shooting some hoops too! Parents must be present. Fri., 12:00 pm –  3:00 pm. Palo Alto. $20 per child. Members free. Ages 0 –  8. Event details.

Soar with Books
Read about flying in this special reading program! Take part in a special museum tour and aviation reading time. Then take off with a creative craft project just for little ones. The sky’s the limit!  Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Carlos. See website for pricing. Ages 3 –  5 . Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

Photo credit: Boswick the Clown