Hi-ho, New Year! Did you make any resolutions? To sleep later, get more pedicures, and eat chocolate every day? Well, get to it. If you resolved to meet more mommies, join the East Bay Moms for their Friday stroller walk around the Lafayette reservoir. Or if you resolved to try something new, get over to Berkeley Rep and pick up some new theatre skills. If you’ve been meaning to get the kids involved in music, catch the Music Together demo in Marin and sing, “Hello, Everybody.” If you want more laughs in the new year, take in the Disney road show in Oakland or San Jose and get your giggle on with some of your favorite characters. With great activities lined up for the weekend, 2010 is off to a great start.
“Play” in the Museum
The Children’s Theatre Association (makes this “tale as old as time” new again with their presentation of “Beauty and the Beast.” And at the Legion of Honor venue, maybe you can jump through an exhibit or two, while the kids watch the play. Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Legion of Honor, San Francisco, $12. Read more.
Ladies Love a (Circus) Ring
Have a “ladies night out” with the women of Circus Finelli as they perform all their best tricks and treats. Teach the girls (and boys) to act up a little and watch these ladies clown around like pros. Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m., Stage Werx, San Francisco, $20/adults, $10/children under 12. Read more.
Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a lizard by its toe? Tigers are a little hard to come by in Hayward so switch it up and go for a more accessible foe. There’s much to learn about the Western Fence lizard and this hands-on class will get you up to speed quick. Sun., 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Hayward, free. Read more.
The Rhythm is Gonna Get You
Kids drumming on everything in the house? Get them over to Emeryville Taiko’s () new drumming classes and at least they’ll hammer with rhythm. (Classes for ages 8 – 12 only.) Sat., Jan. 9 – Mar. 27., 10–10:50 a.m. (info session @ 9:45 a.m.), Emeryville, $10/class. Read more.
Eat, Play, Love
After getting all those resolutions out of the way, take a load off and enjoy dinner and a movie as a family at the Silicon Valley JCC in Los Gatos. The fun kicks off with a spaghetti dinner at 4 p.m., followed by a showing of Pixar’s film for foodies, “Ratatouille.” Sunday, Jan. 10, spaghetti dinner at 4 p.m., film at 5 p.m., $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers, children under 3 eat free. Read more
Earn Your Bath!
Enjoy some time outdoors at Hidden Villa’s Family Play Day. With crafts, climbs, and creeks, Hidden Villa is a great place for kids (ages 3 – 8) to do some exploring and get their hands (and everything else) dirty! Sat., 2–4 p.m., Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, free ($5 parking). Read more.
With a slew of open houses in the North Bay, it’s a great time to take a lookie-loo at schools for the kidlets. Drop by Montessori de Terra Linda, Magical Garden Preschool, and, a little later this month, New Village School to see if they’re good matches for your special guys and gals.
If you’ve got a new reader at home, maybe they’d like to read to someone with extra keen ears. Come by the Sonoma County Library for their Read to a Dog! event. New readers can be a little self-conscious, but there’s no need for nerves when you’re reading to a pup that hangs on your every word. Sat., 11 a.m.– 12 p.m., Santa Rosa, free. Read more.