Ronnie’s Awesome List – January 2014

Pick a Date to Play this January 2014
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This January, I encourage you to get outside and be apart of the magic that happens when your child has a chance to connect directly with nature by simply being in nature. Children cannot connect to a video game, cell phone or app in the way they do when a ladybug crawls on them, or witnesses a whale breach the water, or see a line of pelicans fly by. Take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities this month to teach, volunteer, and learn about our beautiful spot in the world:

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There are many other opportunities listed below to connect to nature in a way that will forever impact developing minds at all ages. Park rangers, scientists, naturalists and others passionate in their respective fields are available to answer any questions.

Children are natural nature nurturers and Marin provides many resources to help foster the next generation of environmental leaders. You can do it anytime and it is an AWESOME way to start the new year.

Happy 2014!
Ronnie

JANUARY EVENTS

Wednesday, January 1, New Moon

  • Kings Tide! 10:30am-12:30pm, join wetland scientist and educator Sarah Ferner at an informal pop-up interpretative station on top of Bullet Hill during one of the highest high tides of the year – a King Tide, tide is expected to be highest at 11:42am, China Camp State Park.
  • Exploratorium Open, 10am-5pm
  • Polar Bear Skate, 2-3:30pm, get your shades, bathing suit and best polar bear attire and come to the ice rink to take the plunge! Union Square Ice Skating Rink.

Thursday, January 2

Friday, January 3

  • Game & Puzzle Day, 2:30-4:00pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Kids’ Pajama Party Series, 6pm, Mac Barnett will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur
  • Share a Book with a Dog, 11am, Larkspur Library
  • WBED2014TEEN MaKey MaKey, 6-12th graders, create your own game controllers using MaKey MaKey boards and everyday objects – a piece of paper? a glove? a banana?!?! RSVP 473-2050, Novato Library
  • Concerts at the Presidio, Carmen, 7:30pm, Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, RSVP 447-6274
  • Winter Break Explorer Days, 10am-3pm, an interactive drop-in science program, CuriOdyssey

Saturday, January 4

  • Icebreaker Stand Up Paddle Races, 9am-12pm, a fun family-friendly event of paddle board races on the bay; there will be courses for all ages and the location is spectator friendly, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
  • DSC_0088Junior Rangers: People and Natural Habitats, 10am-12pm, ages 7-12 but all are welcome, learn about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship covering some basic pre-hike preparation and outdoor safety, then walk in the Willis Evans Canyon and learn about creek restoration and the diverse habitats, meet at the gate on Redwood Canyon Dr in San Geronimo
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island, 10am-1pm, salamanders, slugs, and millipedes are easy to find, but where do they go during the dry months? And where are the lizards and butterflies that we see everywhere in the dry season? We’ll look in different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life we encounter as the seasons change. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato
  • Fungus Fair Mushroom Walks, 10am-4pm, free, mycologists will be on hand to talk about mushrooms, their role in the environment, and more! Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
  • Come Fly a Kite! 1-3pm, ages 3+, build your own kite to fly, RSVP by January 2; supplies are limited. edevent.reg@parks.ca.gov, Tomales Bay State Park.
  • Desk Calendar9am-12pm, Home Depot
  • Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Family Boot Camp! 2-4pm, Start the year with high energy and get ready for a fun and challenging Family Boot Camp at the historic Presidio’s Main Post
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a snow globe, Randall Museum
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about mushrooms, Randall Museum
  • Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier, 8pm-Midnight, public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 5

Monday, January 6

Tuesday, January 7

Wednesday, January 8

  • 1964Croatian Children’s Animation, 6:30pm, In Person: Jasminka Ljubic & Student Filmmakers Vedran Horvat, Eva Jalusic and Iva Ruzic, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.
  • Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, 7pm, Castro Theatre

Thursday, January 9

Friday, January 10

  • Lego Club, 3:30-5pm, We’ve got a huge collection of Legos. What do you want to make? Come play, build and geek out with us! Sausalito Library.
  • Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, 7pm, Castro Theatre

Saturday, January 11

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  • A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Youth Winter Bird Count, 9:30am-12:30pm, Albert J. Boro Community Center, San Rafael.
  • ABADA Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, fuses acrobatics, dance, percussion, and song. African slaves in Portuguese-colonized Brazil developed this rigorous form of self-defense, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Moon Watch ’14: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30-8pm, Join us for amazing moongazing! Using binoculars and a spotting scope, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn about its history and various formations. Binoculars provided or bring your favorite pair. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight.
  • Mill Valley Family Fun Run and Health & Wellness Fair, 9am-1pm, kid friendly activities include Family Fun Run/Walk, jumpee, air brush tattoos, face painting and more, Mill Valley Community Center.
  • McNears Sturgeon Derby, 8:30am-1:30pm, annual winter fishing contest! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.
  • Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 10am-3pm, Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, Point Reyes.
  • Back to Bahia on Rush Creek, 9am – 1pm, help wipe out the remaining invasive French broom, this project involves a moderate level of activity and is suitable for all ages. Lunch will be served at noon. Meet at the Bahia Trail near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.
  • Evening on the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, 3:30-6pm, learn about some of the plants and animals that call the area home, as well as the history of the foothills of Mt Tamalpais. This is a moderately strenuous hike with trail conditions that could be rocky and slippery, approximately 3 miles round-trip. Meet at the gate at the end of Crown Rd in Kent Woodlands.
  • Point Reyes Christmas Bird for Kids, 10am-3pm, Point Reyes National Seashore, Clem Miller Environmental Education Center.
  • Mountain Lake Family Festival, 10am-12:30pm, activities include water investigations to birding on the beach to artistic walks, all intended to inspire you to learn about Mountain Lake.
  • Family Day: Heat Gun Sculpture, 1-3:30pm, make super cool heat gun sculptures made from scrap plastic, Museum of Craft and Design.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a landscape painting with oil pastels, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about music and build a xylophone, Randall Museum.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Mochitsuki! Mochi-Pounding Ceremony, 11am-4pm, Asian Art Museum
  • Oshogatsu Matsuri – New Year Celebration, 11am-3pm, activities include arts and crafts for children, a children’s art contest, traditional mochitsuki (New Year rice pounding), food, cultural performances (including odori, kendo and taiko) and much more!  Bring a plain light colored t-shirt and have it screen printed with the Oshogatsu logo, JCCCNC Nisei Community Hall, Japantown.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Weekend Workshop: Fire Away! Sling Shots and Catapults, 10:15am- 12pm, Elasticity, levers, and trajectory are just some of the physics concepts participants will experience in this design and build program, Members/$35, Non-members/$45, CuriOdyssey.

Sunday, January 12

  • FrogT_press_lowres_2A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center.
  • Woodland Winter, 9:30am-12pm, Discover the wonder of an old-growth redwood forest in winter on this leisurely walk on the Fern Creek and Alice Eastwood trails, Muir Woods.
  • Princess Bride, 2pm, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.
  • Sunday Special: Charged Particles Jazz Ensemble, 11am, join us for a plugged-in family jazz concert featuring Latin, classical, and funk influences. You’re never too young (or too old) to experience the cool, energetic vibe of live jazz in the library, Mill Valley Library.
  • Jack&MaynardAce Miles, 11:30am, Magic, Juggling, Ventriloquism and Escape Artistry with The Comedy Pirate, Captain Jack Spareribs! Hoytt Theatre, JCC, San Rafael.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance: One Hit Wonders, 4pm, upbeat and entertaining show will also include the award winning routines from the studio’s competitive dance teams, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Marin on Ice, last day, Northgate Mall, San Rafael
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Create a Miniature Forest, Celebrate the Jewish New Year for the trees by creating a miniature forest for Frog and Toad and other friends, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • FrogandToad smallPreschool Super Fun Sundays: Tot Tu B’Shevat, 10-11:30am, celebrate the Jewish New Year for the trees, family fun includes a visit from Frog and Toad, Lobel stories in the gallery, tree inspired art-making, and the first ever performance of original songs based on Adrianne and Arnold Lobel’s book The Frogs and Toads All Sang, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Monday, January 13

  • Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
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    Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

 

Tuesday, January 14

  • Drawing Shorebirds, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Drawing Shorebirds, 12:30-2pm, with John Muir Laws, Presidio Natural Resources, Building 1216.
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Design Challenge!, Chabot Space and Science Museum

Wednesday, January 15

  • Picnic Time, 2:45pm, Missing summertime? So are we! Join us for an indoor picnic, bring your picnic blanket and basket—we’ll bring lots of games, lemonade, a snack, and a craft. All ages. Sausalito Library.
  • Princess Bride, 2pm & 7pm, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.
  • Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
  • Rapunzel, 4-5pm, Exciting live theater for school-aged children performed by the Marin Theatre Company, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, January 16, Full Moon

  • 1526942_10152101334867243_1097476868_nSpirit of Uganda, 7pm, music and dance troupe of 22 children, ages 6 to 18, Dominican University’s Angelico Hall.
  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, 7-8pm, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 17

  • ZivaGolden Dragon Acrobats, 8pm, dazzling Chinese acrobats with a cirque twist, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Owl Extraordinare! 4:30-6pm, there will be a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities including  search for owls, create your own owl puppet, owl anatomy and dissect a real owl pellet, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Saturday, January 18

  • A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Creekside Restoration with Save The Bay, 9am-12pm, learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh before helping to plant native plants, pull weeds, and spread mulch. Our work will improve wildlife habitat and native plant diversity at this beautiful and ecologically important park site. This project involves a moderate level of activity and is suitable for all ages, Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Greenbrae.
  • Birds and History at Rush Creek, 4-6pm, learn about the birds and animals that live in the area as well as some of the colorful history of the preserve. This is a fairly level walk, approximately 2 miles round-trip. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.
  • snatchbookThe Snatchabook, 11am, storytime and fun activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.
  • Astronomy Talk: Walking in Galilieo’s Footsteps, an evening of guided star searching and planet tracking using binoculars and a spotting scope to explore the sky as Galileo did 400 years ago, warm drinks and cookies will be provided! For more info contact 898-4362 x204, Millerton Point, Tomales Bay State Park.
  • Birds of the Bay, view water, shore, citified, and migratory birds on this easy stroll, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a beautiful canvas wall hanging, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about beans and plant your own, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 19

  • FrogT_press_lowres_5A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance: Movie Magic, 2pm, debut the little feet and mini dancers (ages 2-6) in their very own showcase to songs from popular children’s movies. Genres of dance include ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Caminata Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods, this is a Spanish-language event.
  • Family-Friendly Restoration, 10:30-11:30am, help to restore the beauty of the Presidio! We will be planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing other activities to help preserve the natural habitat. Snacks are provided and we will conclude the day with a story circle! For program details, RSVP 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov.
  • Animals of Hyde Street Park, 3:30-4pm, be prepared for squishy, squirty, and slimy creatures, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, Another Tree in the Yard by Lucia Sera, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
  • Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival, 3pm, showcasing young talent from around the Bay Area, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Wish Magnets, Inspired by Martin Luther King’s dreams for a better world and the artwork express your visions of utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Zim Zoom Family Opening, 11:30am–1pm, celebrate our new space for creative discovery, story sharing, and family fun—the Zim Zoom Family Room!  You and your family are invited to a day filled with storytimes, building games, music, and art-making, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day (Day of Service)

  • rootsofjazzMartin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 9am-5pm, music by E. W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz, 11am & 1pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Nature for Kids: Rush Creek, 10am-1pm, wander among the fresh green grass and the gorgeous oak trees looking for winter wildlife. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the top of the hill while we watch for hawks overhead, meet at the Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.
  • Exploratorium Open, 10am-5pm
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.
  • Starry, Starry Night, 1-5pm, Enjoy indoor planetarium shows presented by Portable Planetarium Shows, and several star-studded crafts to make and take home, Schultz Museum.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Wish Magnets, Inspired by Martin Luther King’s dreams for a better world and the artwork express your visions of utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, last day

Tuesday, January 21

  • TEEN Pizza & Pages Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm, Read the award winning futuristic novel The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and get ready to discuss it with your fellow readers over pizza and dessert.  389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Rube Goldberg, Jr., Chabot Space and Science Museum

Wednesday, January 22

Thursday, January 23

  • Rapunzel_WebGraphic_833x833Rapunzel, ages 5 & up, 4 pm, Don’t miss this clever, playful update of the Grimm fairy tale that focuses on Rapunzel taking risks and overcoming fear rather than being the subject of a witch’s petty grudges and a prince’s daring deeds, Belvedere Tiburon Library.
  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 24

  • Movie Night for Kids, 5:30-7:30pm, grades 3-5, pizza and popcorn provided, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Saturday, January 25

  • muirwood-36Muir Woods Earth Day, 8:30am-1pm, enjoy the majestic redwoods while helping to restore and preserve this spectacular national park. Projects include deck flossing, weed removal, mulching, planting, tending the forest floor, and trail maintenance throughout the Redwood Creek Watershed. All participants are invited to join us for lunch at Muir Woods after the end of the event. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day!
  • Junior Ranger: The Uses of Native Plants, 10am-12pm, we will cover some basic outdoor safety then explore the preserve, where we will talk about our native plants and their traditional uses. This is a great hike to learn the basics for surviving a night lost in the woods. Participants will also get a glimpse into how our ancestors survived prior to the luxuries of cell phones and modern medicine, Meet at the Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Rd in San Geronimo.
  • waterbirdWaterbird Festival, 10:30am-3:30pm, free, including naturalist led bird walks and beach explorations, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, and interactive educational activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • The LEGO Movie Hands-On Learning Event, 1pm, activities, fun and surprises for all who attend! You must sign up for this event in advance. Please email crm2274@bn.com to sign up, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.
  • Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am-1pm, help preserve, restore, and experience the native grasslands that make Ring Mountain special. This month we will kick-off our planting season by installing native grasses and forbs in our restoration areas. Come prepared to get dirty, have fun, and make a positive impact on the environment! Work is mildly strenuous and requires a short hike to the site, meet at the gate at the end of Taylor Rd in Tiburon.
  • Beads, Baubles and Found Treasures, Canceled
  • cincodemayo11_345_ballet_magentoBallet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, 11am, will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music, and fabulous costumes ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Great Sausalito Playdate, 10-11:30am, we will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Sausalito Library.
  • Storytelling Festival, 2-4pm, Town Hall Council Chambers.
  • Music for Families, 2pm, ages 7+, San Francisco Symphony
  • TreeFall_Completed_1Treefall: A Peek at the New Goldsworthy, 10:30am-2pm, a plentiful supply of branches and sticks will be available for those inspired to make their own site-specific environmental sculpture under the nearby palm trees, Main Post at Building 95 (at the cross streets of Sheridan and Anza)
  • Crafts for Kids, 3pm, ages 3-12, your own sailor’s necklace that spells your name in ship Signal Flags! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
  • Flower Market Fair, 10am-8pm,  is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and other new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring, Chinatown.
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    Photo by Aipeng Zheng

    Lunar New Year Celebration, 9am-3pm, Enjoy special performances and hands on activities in celebration of the Year of the Horse and the many magnolias from China in the Garden. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi performances with dazzling sword forms and more. Enjoy family-friendly children’s activities and special Story Times! San Francisco Botanical Garden.

  • Vietnamese New Year Tet Festival, Year of the Horse, 10am-6pm, event filled with live entertainment, great food, games, and much more, United Nations Plaza, Market and Hyde St., downtown San Francisco.
  • Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Rocks, 1-2:30pm, From volcanic eruptions and giant earthquakes, to submarine landslides and 400-foot sea level fluctuations, learn the 160-million-year story that underlies San Francisco during this illustrated presentation.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • pekingAcrobatsAfternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a dancing dragon, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about simple machines and build your own catapult, Randall Museum.
  • Peking Acrobats, 2pm & 8pm, feats of balance, flexibility, and precision drawn from ancient Chinese folk traditions, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.
  • Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, Chabot Space Science Center.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 26, Grammy Awards

  • DgCOpst6K3h8we30h-hxiVF3Jay Alexander Magic, 2pm & 5pm, Step right up and see world-renown Master Illusionist Jay Alexander in an amazing, funny and unique magic show that will entertain children and adults, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.
  • Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz, 12pm & 3pm, Lark Theatre.
  • Flower Market Fair, 9am-6pm, delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring, Chinatown.
  • The Comedy Magician Robert Strong in a rare public show for families! The Randall Museum, San Francisco.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Clay Creature Studio, Join local author Angela Dominguez as she tells the tale of a bird named Hugo who overcomes his fear of flight in the lovely book Let’s Go Hugo. Celebrate this story and the stories of Arnold Lobel by creating your own clay creatures in our art studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Hop, Wiggle, and Read: A Family Jamboree, 12-3pm,  hop into hands-on art-making, wiggle to the music of The Bug Family Band, visit the Green Bookmobile outside, and enjoy animal stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.
  • Peking Acrobats, 2pm & 8pm, feats of balance, flexibility, and precision drawn from ancient Chinese folk traditions, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.
  • Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, Chabot Space Science Center.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, 9am-12pm, grades 6-12, collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere offers an alternate setting for students to explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors, UC Berkeley’s Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street in Berkeley.

Monday, January 27

  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, January 28

  • TEEN Creative Writing Circle with Karen Benke, 6:45-7:45pm, Take a break from writing for good grades and ignore the punctuation police – it’s time to let the words flow freely. All that’s required is a notebook, a fast writing pen and a willingness to surprise yourself, Mill Valley Public Library.

Wednesday, January 29

Thursday, January 30, New Moon

  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, 7-8pm, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 31

  • King Tides Walk, 11am-1pm, an easy walk along Gallinas Creek enjoying nature and learning about the watershed with hydrologist and nature lover Rachel Kamman. Meet in the parking lot of One McInnis Parkway (at the intersection of McInnis Parkway and Civic Center Drive). For more information call: 415 578 2580.
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