The whole wide world’s a stage this weekend. Shine the spotlight on some super cool events all over the bay area. From under the big tent to the spooky stretches of Fleet Street, kids can get blast of theatrical excitement. Check out the retelling of The Ugly Duckling or take the whole family to a super kiddo friendly Kabaret Show. It’s a sure sell, and picks from this list will earn a standing ovation and maybe even shouts for an encore!

photo by Michael Austin


Circus Bella: Shine
It’s time for tricks under the big top tent! Shine celebrates the brilliance of the human spirit through circus. Featuring amazing artists on static trapeze, rope walking, juggling, contortion, unicycle, clowning, acrobatics and more, this super awesome show will have thrills for the whole family. Sat., 1:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Choose Your Own Adventure Run/Walk
It’s a real live Choose-Your-Adventure right in Golden Gate Park. Follow the story and race to the finish. Arrive to find the details of Kaya, a kidnapped dog. Coolest part? Participants can use any smartphone to learn the story. Race to the first clue and choose an action. Choices change the story and alter where kids go next! Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Francisco. Free/Donations Accepted. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Kabaret For Kids
A kooky kabaret and awesome musical variety show. Selections from The Music Box Theatre Company’s Production of the musical ALL SHOOK UP, local kids singing and a demonstration performance from Martial Arts America. Fri., 2:00 pm. Pleasanton. $8-$12. All Ages. Event Details.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
No doubt, this is a night out for the older kids in the house. Head to the Youth Musical Theater Company to hear the story of a barber driven to madness and revenge after returning to London from wrongful exile in Australia. This musical thriller is a morality tale masterfully blending Gothic melodrama with a surprising amount of levity and dark humor. Fri. & Sat., 7:00 pm, Sun., 2:00 pm Oakland. $13-$16/General Admission. 8 and Up. Event Details.

Super Heroes & Super Villains Weekend at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Calling all Super Kids and grown-up sidekicks! Fly, swim or run faster than a speeding train to Playland for a celebration of the great American superhero traditions. Kids will love dressing up as a favorite superhero (or villain) for a super prize! Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. El Cerrito. $10-$15. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Family Fun On The Farm And Adventures In The Wild
Always a favorite is Green Gulch Farms in gorgeous Muir Beach. This fantastic, nature-based day is designed to help folks remember the deep connections to the earth and learn how to apply them in modern communities. This workshop is designed for parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents to explore and have fun with children in nature and on the farm. Bring your grubby clothes and get ready to get dirty. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Muir Beach. $20-$25/Adults. $5/Kids. All Ages. Event Details.

Pancake Breakfast At West Point Inn
Imagine noshing on delicious pancakes, orange juice and melon while gazing at the amazing view of Mount Tam. At the West Point Inn Pancake Breakfast, families will get to do exactly this! Head up the mountain for an early mountain feast, for both the tummy and the eyes. Sun., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Mill Valley. $10/Adults. $5/Kids. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay

Law And Order: Fairy Tale Unit
It’s the classic cop show seen like never before, performed by the Peninsula Youth Theater. Watch as some classic fairy tale mysteries are finally solved! Part of the Summer 2013 Performance in the Park Series. Fri., 6:30 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Honk Jr!
A perfect reminder about love and acceptance, Honk! Jr. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Ugly Duckling. Through his rollicking and sometimes crazy journey, kids learn being different is okay, and somewhere out there, someone’s going to love you – warts and all! Sun., 5:45 pm. Palo Alto. $12/Adult. $10/Kids. 4 and Up. Event Details.

What’s up for the weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

Photo by Michael Austin