Kid Fun in Silicon Valley for the Jan. 27 Weekend

Kid-friendly films! The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival is happening in Alameda this weekend. The two day event with back-to-back short films for all ages is well worth the drive to Alameda. See the event website for tickets.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.  The two day event will feature origami, thinking games, and various 30 minute performances, including a youth orchestra and dancing. Price is included with admission.

Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo! A lunar New Year event for all ages is happening this Sunday at the San Francisco Zoo. The event features Chinese acrobats, traditional folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks, a scavenger hunt, and more. The event is included with admission, however, guests born in the Year of the Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012) will receive free Zoo admission to the event.

South Bay Teen Idol Auditions! Auditions for the first annual South Bay Teen Idol contest are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Los Gatos. Teens from Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties can compete for a $2,500 scholarship.

Charles the Clown comes to the Bay Area! Watch Charles, a man in brightly colored clothes transform into a clown as part of his award winning show. Charles the Clown will perform Feb. 1 at the College Terrace Library in Palo Alto, and Feb. 2 at the Willow Glen Public Library in San Jose. Both shows begin at 3:30 p.m.

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