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There is music in the foggy air and this weekend offers Bay Area families a symphony of sounds. From kindie rock to concertos to skeleton processions, the beat goes on. If you are feeling more science than sonata, don’t miss the robot zoo at AT&T park. Or maybe you and the littles need to let down your hair at the theatre? We’ve also got plenty of outdoor escapades for budding naturalists–from turkey trots to starlite strolls. Get out there and wiggle, giggle, and ride!

San Francisco

Day of the Dead
Celebrate in skeletal style! This annual parade for Dia de los Muertos is one of the most festive in the country with skeleton and costumed community members joining up for a march of the dead! Think skeletons on parade would be somber? Think again! Music, dancing, songs, and another chance to use those Halloween costumes–all are welcome to join the parade which culminates in a community Day of the Dead altar show at Garfield Park. Many participants bring candles or instruments and pictures of their dearly departed–show kids a way to honor their ancestors and have fun doing it! Sat., 4-11 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Science Discovery Days
Take me out to the eyeball game! Discovery Days at AT&T Park, part of the Bay Area Science Festival, will feature a giant eyeball blimp, a robot zoo, giant puzzles, giveaways including free science kits, and more than 150 interactive exhibits, games, experiments, mini-labs and more! Don’t miss the new LEGOScope, a fully functional microscope that children can build out of LEGOs. Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.

SF Girls Chorus Season Opening: French Impressions
House sounding more like a cacophony than a symphony? It’s time to expose those “singers” to something a little more melodic. The five-time Grammy-winning San Francisco Girls Chorus opens its 35th anniversary season with a selection of charming French Impressions–including Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby, Debussy, and more. Sun., 7 – 9 p.m. San Francisco. $18-65. All Ages. Event details.

East Bay

The Buddy Club presents: Earthcapades Acrobatics
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Head over to the JCC of East Bay for this acrobatic performance part of The Buddy Club’s 27th season! Lissin and Hearty will wow with their balancing and juggling routines, and laughing at their musical. Sun.,  11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Berkeley. $8. 2-12. Event details

Oakland Youth Orchestra
Ready to graduate your lil’ Mozarts from that mini piano and take them to a proper concert? The Oakland Youth Orchestra kicks off its 50th season with a family friendly concert featuring the winners of the Concerto Competition. Flutist Hallie Jo Gist, age 17, and violinist Jo Griffin, 15, perform a variety of concertos, ballads, and symphonic sounds that even the smaller set can enjoy. Sat., 3 – 5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details


Guided Night Hike at Hidden Villa
Bring your flashlights and enjoy the Hidden Villa under the stars. Explore the backcountry trails with an experienced naturalist guide–this is a rare after-hours opportunity to enjoy this hillside oasis, organic farm and acres of wilderness. Fri., 7 p.m. Los Altos Hills. $10. Ages 6 and up. Event details

Justin Roberts “Recess” Concert
Want to take your kids to a concert that will keep you just as entertained as them? Justin Roberts, known as “the hardest working man in children’s show business” is one part Buddy Holly, one part Nick Lowe, a bit of Weezer and even dash of Paul McCartney. Come listen to this former Montessori preschool teacher perform his orignal, high-energy hits and get your whole family up on their feet dancing to the power-pop beat! Plus the concert is a benefit for Mountain View Preschool! Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Los Altos. $14. 2 and up. Event details.

Marin County

Marin Theatre Company presents Rapunzel
Rapunzel has been locked away in a tower for many years. How will she ever be able to face the challenges of growing up? Kids will love this clever update on a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Facing fear, watching a prince make daring moves, it’s an adventure waiting to begin! Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. shows. Mill Valley. $15/kids; $20 adults. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Turkey Walk
Tis the season, for turkeys and this Junior Ranger program walk thorugh Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Open Space will teach kids all about the Rio Grande wild turkey. Kids will learn about the natural history, outdoor skills, and environmental stewardship. The program is geared toward kids 7-12 but all ages are welcome. Sat., 3 – 5 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.

What’s on your family’s fall calendar this weekend? 

— Amber Guetebier

photo credit: Heidi Anne Ward via Flickr