Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

The Cat in the Hat. Jan. 18-19. If you’re home and you’re bored and you’re feeling quite flat, try a day at the theater with a very fun cat! Peninsula Youth Theatre presents Dr. Seuss’s beloved feline, complete with all of his familiar friends, based on the book by Dr. Seuss. $12. Mountain View

Shakespeare in Love. Jan. 18-Feb. 3. Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, Palo Alto Players presents this warm and witty romance filled with music and farcical characters. $34-49. Palo Alto.

Bay Area Parent’s STEAM Fair. Jan. 19. Enjoy Bay Area Parent's fifth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math festival featuring numerous exhibitors offering their curriculum, services and products. Visit the Bay Area Parent booth for a free tote bag and a chance to win cool prizes. Don't miss the chance to find enrichment opportunities, camps and other cool S.T.E.A.M. centered programs for your children. FREE. San Jose.

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! Jan. 19-20. Join in the fun as the Sesame Street community discovers choosing a party theme is more challenging than they could have ever imagined. Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies; and move to the rhythm with Rosita. $20-90. San Jose.

Harlem Globetrotters. Jan. 20-21. The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide entertainment icon known for their amazing basketball skills and commitment to goodwill. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans. $20 and up. San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Exploratorium: “Curious Contraptions.” Through Jan. 20. It’s your last chance to see the “Curious Contraptions” exhibit at the Exploratorium. These  storytelling mechanical sculptures known as automata will be at the museum through Sunday. Watch these miniature dramas unfold while observing the low-tech inner workings that bring them to life. $29.95 adults, $19.95 ages 4-12, under 4 FREE. San Francisco.

Mary Poppins. Jan. 16-19. Katia and Company presents this musical production about a nanny with magical powers in London. $16-18. San Anselmo.

Chinese Lion Dancers. Jan. 19. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a Chinese lion dance and martial arts performance. FREE. San Francisco.

Opera Movie Screening: The Magic Flute for Families. Jan. 19. The story of a prince and bird catcher’s journey to rescue a beautiful princess. Recommended for ages 5 and up. This is a one-hour abridged version and will begin with a 15-minute introduction by a San Francisco Opera teaching artist. FREE. Half Moon Bay.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Jan. 21. Work with your neighbors to spruce up landscaped areas at Marin County Civic Center. All ages welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE. San Rafael.

East Bay

ZooKidsJan. 19. Animal lovers ages 4-5 can have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo with a mini tour, craft, games, animal close-up and a snack. Please register. 9:30am-12pm. $25-30. Oakland . 

Soul Sanctuary Dance. Jan. 20. All ages are welcome at Berkeley's weekly midday dance with a blend of musical styles from all over the world. The music isn't too loud and shoes are optional. 11am-1pm. FREE.  Berkeley. 

 Family Nature FunJan. 20. Come to a Crab Cove Campfire to make s’mores, sing songs and learn about the shoreline. 2-3pm. FREE.  Alameda.  

MLK Day of ServiceJan. 21. The East Bay Regional Park District needs volunteers to assist staff with restoration work and invasive plant removal at the Memorial Grove and Damon Marsh. Youth ages 16 and under are welcome with an adult chaperone. Please register online. 8:30am-12pm. FREE.  Oakland. 

Service the Richmond Greenway. Jan. 21. Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service with volunteer projects at the Richmond Greenway followed by speeches, tours, performances and other educational entertainment. 8am-3pm. FREE. Richmond.

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