November is in full swing, with the Bay Area abuzz with activities. If you’re looking for adventure in the great outdoors, you’ll love to explore the tides or botanical garden. If you’re looking for entertainment and chuckles, a juggling magician will fit the bill! Plus family-friendly opera and a chance to sip tea with teddies. So this weekend get out there and explore, dance, giggle, and clap.
Dan Chan the Magic Man at The Randall Museum
The Buddy Club presents Dan Chan the Magic Man! Dan brings magic, comedy, pick-pocketing, mind-reading, juggling, escapes, dog tricks, and acrobatics to create the ultimate variety show. And don’t forget to explore the (free) Randall Museum after the show. Sun., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Francisco. $8. 2-12. Event details.
Opera Pals Unite at SF JAZZ Center
Looking to expose the kids to some high-brow music but afraid they won’t sit through a three-hour performance? The SF JAZZ Center’s Family Matinee is just an hour-long, and features beloved stars of the opera world and BFF’s Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie. They will be joined by singers from Berkeley’s Young Musician’s Program, plus opportunities to interact and ask questions of performers for your cute little curious virtuosos! Sat., 2 – 3 p.m. San Francisco. $15/adults; $10/kids. 5-10. Event details.
Story Time at the SF Botanical Gardens: Legends of the Americas
Learn about the Americas during story time at the Botanical Gardens, then get outside for a stroll through the Forest Cloud Bloom. Sun., 10:30 – 11:30. San Francisco. See website for pricing. 4-8. Event details.
Hot Peas N’ Butter
Award-winning children’s band Hot Peas ‘N Butter will serve up an irresistible mix of Latin tunes, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock music in a special Sunday afternoon performance at the Bankhead Theater. This dynamic group will inspire your kids (and you!) to clap and sing along. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Livermore. $15-$30. All Ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea
Get your fancy duds on for the Teddy Bear Tea. Enjoy a morning of snacks, lemonade, and–of course–tea, and learn about bears in the wild. Then help craft enrichment gifts for the Oakland Zoo’s own Sun Bears, and watch them enjoy those treats! Each child receives a gift bag and personal thank you letter from the bears. This tea party does not discriminate: kids can bring stuffies or dollies of their choosing. Sat., 9:30 – 12 p.m. Oakland. $23-$26. 4-8. Event details.
Pooh Happens at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Re-create the spirit of Christopher Robin’s lovable bear Winnie-the-Pooh. Adventurous kids can join an expedition through Playland’s “Hundred Acre Woods,” spotting Piglet, Owl and Eeyore for prize tickets. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. El Cerrito. $10-$15. All Ages. Event details.
Don’t lie down for a long nap, at least not yet! Instead, gather your princes and princesses, and head down to the Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s opening night of their 46th season. This year’s kick-off musical Sleeping Beauty is as magical as it is funny, adapted from the original play by Charles Perrault. Fri., Sat., & Sun. 7 p.m., 2 p,m on Sunday. Santa Clara. $8/adults; $5/kids. All Ages. Event details.
Tidepool Adventure at Pillar Point
When the tide goes out, the animals play about and your little explorers will love Pillar Point’s tide pool family adventure. Thousands of sea creatures are exposed during low tide, from snails to sculpins, nudibranchs to sea stars, and sometimes even an octopus or two! We’ll look for all those animals and more as we explore the tidepools at the edge of the great Pacific. Meet at the parking lot near Pillar Point Air Force Station. We will also have limited space in our vans for those who need a ride from San Francisco. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $35 for first person in group, $25 for each additional group member. 7 and up. Event details.
Harvest Festival at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Don your best farmer frocks and celebrate the turn of the season at Harvest Festival that includes rollicking Irish Music form Culann’s Hounds, veggie-garden collage crafts, making scarecrow friends, and story time. Happy harvesters keep your eye out for the Golden Gourd, and bring it to the membership table for a bonus prize! Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sausalito. $11. All Ages. Event details.
Mill Valley Philharmonic Community Concert
The Kanbar Center hosts The Mill Valley Philharmonic’s Community Concert: Old World/New World. This free concert is an awesome way to expose the little ones to classical works. Pre-registration is advised, as seating is limited. There will be food and drinks for sale. Sun., 2 – 4 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Ross Valley Players Present: Harvey
Hop on over to Ross for this classic “tail” of Elwood, a charming man who spends a great deal of time talking with his friend Harvey, a 6 ft. tall, white rabbit that only Elwood can see. With gentle humor and a giant bunny, this is a sure bet for an evening of pooka puns with your little pookies. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Ross. $15. All Ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us below!
Photo credit: Roberta Jones Junior Theatre/City of Santa Clara