Kids will get to take in a lot of performing arts this weekend! Families can hear live music at the Family Day: India Celebration, and with Melita & Her Octopretzel Friends. Parents and kids will learn to perform together at The Joy of Dance class, and everyone can sing along at the Justin Roberts Live Family Concert.

San Francisco

PIER 39’s Tree Lighting Celebration
Families will enjoy getting a start on the holiday season with interactive exhibits, special meet-and-greets and live holiday music sing-alongs. At 6:00 pm PIER 39’s majestic 60 foot tree will be lit up for all to admire! Sun., 12:00 pm –6:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Day: India Celebration
Kids can celebrate Diwali, India’s festival of lights, with music and art! Musical artist Ashwin Batish will perform favorite tunes, and teachers will lead arts and crafts activities. There will also be storytelling and yoga for kids! Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. $12per adult. $8 per child. 12 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Melita & Her Octopretzel Friends
Melita and her friends from Octopretzel will sing what has been called “fantastically folksy, magically musical, dreamily danceable and singably sweet” music for kids all ages! Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Danville Children’s Musical Theater will present the story of Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home to live on the land above. This show will feature the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and “Under the Sea.” Fri., 7:30 pm. Sat. 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Danville. $10 per adult. $8 per child. All ages. Event details.


The Joy of Dance
At The Joy of Dance Ballet Studio, parents along with their kids, will learn creative and fun ways to dance together. This is a wonderful introduction to movement and rhythm. Fri., 10:00 am – 10:45 am. Mill Valley. Free. Age 2 ½ – 4. Event details.

Kids will love to hear the keyboards, drum, and bass while dancing, clapping and singing along. This is an annual  music festival that the whole family can rock out to! Sat., 9:30 am & 11:00 am. Tiburon. $8 per person in advance. $10 per person at the door. Age 3-8. Event details.


Reading Day
This day will be full of reading related activities! There will be a puppet show, story time and sing-along. Firefighters and police officers will read to kids. And there will be reading related crafts and displays too. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Mountain View. Free. All ages. Event details.

Justin Roberts Live Family Concert
Singer and songwriter Justin Roberts, and his band, will perform creative songs that parents will enjoy too. His original songs include tunes about baseball, bullies, dinosaurs and losing teeth. Sun., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. Los Altos Hills. $14 per person online. $15 per person at the door. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Joy of Dance Ballet School