Magic will bring life to a variety of performances. Kids will clap and cheer in amazement, wondering if they can work some magic too! Watch some tricks and try a few treats at the Magical Musical Matinee in Oakland. Learn about magic and mystery at the Sunday Special: Anansi the Spider. See what a fairy godmother can do at Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

San Francisco

San Francisco Family Summer Resource Fair
Bring the whole family to this summer activities fair. Find out about summer camps and programs, family resources and more. Watch archery and karate demonstrations, a fashion show and a Polynesian dance performance. Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, yoga, dance, karaoke, mural making and more! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Making Green Groggers
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by using recycled materials to create your own “green” groggers! A grogger is a type of noise-maker commonly sounded while celebrating Purim. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $12 museum admission per adult. 18 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Charity’s Interactive Show
Charity integrates music, dance, yoga, dramatic play and mindfulness into her performances. Her interactive, magical, joyful and crazy-fun show will have your whole family singing, chanting, shaking, swaying, jumping, laughing, breathing and imagining! Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1 year, free. Ages 0-6.  Event details.

Magical Musical Matinee
Enjoy an afternoon filled with music, tales and puppets, featuring storytelling, songs and magic with Emily Butterfly and the wonderful music of Asheba. There will also be yummy snacks, a coloring station and lots of fun!  Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Oakland. $5 per person. Ages 1-6. Event details.


Hip Kids Music Series: Charlie Hope
Charlie Hope’s music is catchy, interactive and fun to sing along to. You’ll recognize some songs and learn new ones about squeaking mice and whistling trains! Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $14 per non-member. $5 per member. Ages 1 & up. Event details.

Sunday Special: Anansi the Spider
Marin Theatre Company’s adaptation of an old African folktale puts a new spin on the adventures of Anansi, everyone’s favorite eight-legged trickster. Learn about the legendary Sky God’s world of magic and mystery in an updated live theatrical production filled with music, beats and rhymes. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents Cinderella. You too can go to the ball with this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! Cinderella will overcome rags and a nasty stepmother, and with a little help from her fairy godmother, make her dreams come true! Sat., 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm. Mountain View. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

The Elixir of Love for Families
Donizetti’s opera The Elixir of Love, is a classic boy-meets-girl story with lots of comedy included! Naïve ice cream seller Nemorino believes a love potion will help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. In this production, the story takes place in a Napa Valley town at the beginning of World War I. This 75 minute film is a perfect introduction to opera for kids. Sat., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. Ages 4-12. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Asheba