To Be Or Not To Be….at a theatrical performance this weekend, that is the question. With so many plays up and running, it’s not hard to choose one perfect for the family. Get dramatic and watch a free performance of Macbeth, or hit up a cool festival churning out some classic scenes. Want something a little more toddler friendly? Best bet would be heading to the East Bay for a preschool performance. The play is the thing!


San Francisco

22nd Annual Fringe Festival Presents: O Best Beloved
Step right up, O Best Beloveds! See and hear of the High and Far-Off Times when the world was new-and-all! Satiate curiosity about how the Camel got his Hump, the Elephant his Trunk, and the Kangaroo his Boundful Stride.This ensemble-based stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” features ‘sclusively imaginative leaps, altogether incredible assertions, fantastical feats of theatricality, and ever so catchy sing-songs. Sat. & Sun., 7:30 pm, 1:00 pm. San Francisco. $13/General Admission. 4 and up. Event Details

Free Family Day At Center For Dance And Aerial Arts
Come fly with the friendly skies. Head to the newly launched Center for Dance and Aerial Arts at ZACCHO for family day. All levels are welcome! Classes include Aerial Yoga with Chelsea O’Brian, Aerial Dance with Sandia Langlois, Acrobatics with Jarell Phillips, Zumba with Stef Lino, and Aerial Dance with Joanna Haigood. Children 4 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Preschool Performance Series: Kenn Adams Adventure Theatre! 
Audience members are the stars of this show! Make the sound effects, jump up on stage and play the main characters. Everyone will participate in this family-friendly improv show, with adventures o the moon, under the sea, defeating villains and checking out haunted forests. Fri., 10:00 am. Danville. $3/General Admission. All Ages. Event Details.

Shrek The Musical
It’s the big green lovable ogre live on stage! Follow the story of Shrek, Princess Fiona, and of course, donkey with 19 original songs, based on the Oscar winning film. It’s a blast of a night out on the town with the whole family. Come check out the opening night of this exciting musical performance. Fri., 8:00 pm. Walnut Creek. $53/General Admission. All Ages. Event Details.

Solano Avenue Stroll
This will be 26 blocks of free family fun! It will feature a special area set aside just for kids that offers giant slides, carnival games, clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painters, magicians and maybe even wizards and elves! Come and see for yourselves! Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

Marin County

Art Break Day In The Bay
It’s Art Break Day In The Bay and event founders want folks to take a break, relax and create some art for free! Be sure to stop by San Rafael City Plaza get the imagination moving. Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Yoga In The Park
Start with one hour of community service and help clean-up the beach and picnic areas at McNears Beach Park.  Work to improve landscaped areas and control invasive weeds.  Choose to switch gears for yoga class or continue with the service project until lunch is served at noon. Suitable for all ages and ability levels; this is a great family event! Yoga will take place on a flat grassy area beside the bay. Whole Foods Market will provide lunch. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Peninsula/South Bay

Shakespeare In The Park Presents: Macbeth
Watch the three witches, a tortured king and a ruthless queen battle themselves and everyone else in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Don’t forget a blanket, picnic, family and friends! Insider Tip: Thirty minutes prior to most performances, join the crew for ‘Witchipedia’, a green show on the lawn. The three witches from the play will give a brief orientation to the world of ‘Macbeth’ that’s fun for all ages! Sat., 7:30 pm. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Grandparent’s Day Lasagna Dinner At Gamble Gardens
Parents, let the kiddos ‘treat’ their grandparents to dinner! The entertainment, cooking, and clean-up is all included. Enjoy an evening on the Carriage House Patio, starting with a sing-a-long followed by a Lasagna Dinner including lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and refreshments. Sun., 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Palo Alto. $15 – $20. All Ages. Event Details.

Will there be drama in the air for you and the family this weekend?

–Gabby Cullen

Image Courtesy Kenn Adams Performance Theatre!