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Tuesday, January 24

Earth courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

Take an Awesome Tour of the Universe

when: Jan 24 at 4:30 p.m.

where: Golden Gate Park, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $24.95-$34.95; Children 3 and under are free

ages: Ages four and up

Drop your little one off for an hour of cooking! Chefs will hone both their palates and fine motor skills as they chop, mix and measure, creating a new dish to enjoy each week. Chefs will also learn table manners and basic kitchen safety, all while helping to prepare healthy, balanced and delicious snacks and dishes. Advanced Sign-Ups Required Summer Session 1: May 30 - July 1 (no class 5/30) Summer Session 2: July 11 - Aug 12 Summer Session 3: Aug 15 - Sept 9 (no class 9/5) Cost: $35/class, $30/class if you enroll in full series! Fall Session 1: Sept 12 - Oct 31 (8 Weeks, $240) Fall Session 2: Nov 7 - Jan 23 (no class 12/19, 12/26, 1/2) (9 Weeks, $270) Series enrollment pro-rated for remaining classes. Discounted per member type. Class includes use of playspace that day!

Your Toddler Can Totally Cook

when: Jan 24 at 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

where: Recess Urban Recreation, 470 Carolina St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $30 per class

ages: 18-36 months

Art Lab at Bay Area Discovery Museum

It’s Cool, Make an Art Mess at BADM

when: every Tuesday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Marin County, The Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, Ca

cost: $12.95-$13.95

ages: All ages

CuriOdyssey's Nocturnal Animal Day

Learn What these Animals Are Having for Lunch

when: Jan 24 at Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Coyote Point Recreation Area, CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, Ca

cost: $6-$9; Children under 2 are free

ages: All ages

Wednesday, January 25

Discover LUZIA, the latest Big Top show by Cirque du Soleil. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico. Like in a waking dream, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Save up to 20% on tickets by purchasing a Family Pack, valid on packs of 3 to 8 tickets! Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com

Leap for LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil

when: Jan 25 at Times vary

where: Mission Bay, AT&T Park, Lot A, AT&T Park, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Tickets starting at $49

ages: All ages

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Explore the Presidio Nature Lab

when: every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: The Presidio, Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this spring and summer. The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Walk amongst a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms, watching (and sometimes ducking!) as butterflies like magnificent monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and more fly from flower to flower drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. It’s a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action. The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these winged beauties emerges. Visitors receive a free butterfly identification booklet, including tips on growing your own delightful butterfly garden plus insight into these wondrous, age-old symbiotic garden relationships. 

It’s time for Butterflies and Blooms

when: Jan 25 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Laurel Heights, Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $8

ages: All ages

Drop-in any Thursday afternoon for individual sessions of SFCAC's Art Makers Studio I classes. In a teacher-guided open studio format, children are introduced to a wide range of art materials in our inquiry-based learning environment. Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculptural experiences provide problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaborative possibilities. Linking creative skills with the imagination, the studio prompts rich social interaction and reflective dialogue with both teacher and peers.

Little Art Makers Gonna Make

when: every Wednesday at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

where: Marina, San Francisco Children's Art Center - Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Building C, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $35 for Drop-in Session

ages: 3-5 years

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Lace Up for this Sneaker Exhibit

when: Jan 25 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, Ca

cost: $6.95-$15.95; Children 8 and under are free; $4 special exhibition fee

ages: All ages

Thursday, January 26

Earth courtesy of California Academy of Sciences

Take an Awesome Tour of the Universe

when: Jan 26 at 4:30 p.m.

where: Golden Gate Park, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $24.95-$34.95; Children 3 and under are free

ages: Ages four and up

"Pip" the northern saw-whet owl at the Oregon Zoo. Pip survived an attack from a house cat, but was unable to be released into the wild. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

You’ll Howl for this Owl Experience

when: every Thursday at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Larkey Park, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, Ca

cost: $65.0-$8.50; Children under two are free

ages: All ages

Style in Velcro

Lace Up for this Sneaker Exhibit

when: Jan 26 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, Ca

cost: $6.95-$15.95; Children 8 and under are free; $4 special exhibition fee

ages: All ages

Discover LUZIA, the latest Big Top show by Cirque du Soleil. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico. Like in a waking dream, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Save up to 20% on tickets by purchasing a Family Pack, valid on packs of 3 to 8 tickets! Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com

Leap for LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil

when: Jan 26 at Times vary

where: Mission Bay, AT&T Park, Lot A, AT&T Park, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Tickets starting at $49

ages: All ages

CRDT: Diesel bookshop at Larkspur Landing at the Marin Country Mart. Thursday Story Time.

Land Here For Story Time Every Thursday

when: every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

where: Marin Country Mart, Diesel , 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 0-5

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this spring and summer. The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Walk amongst a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms, watching (and sometimes ducking!) as butterflies like magnificent monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and more fly from flower to flower drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. It’s a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action. The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these winged beauties emerges. Visitors receive a free butterfly identification booklet, including tips on growing your own delightful butterfly garden plus insight into these wondrous, age-old symbiotic garden relationships. 

It’s time for Butterflies and Blooms

when: Jan 26 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Laurel Heights, Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $8

ages: All ages

Friday, January 27

Fridays, January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:30am-11:15am Enjoy Fridays with your child at the Interpretive Center, where your little one will discover the shoreline through hands-on experiences. Activities change every week and relate to the theme of the month. Parents and caregivers grow as facilitators of nature education along the way. We hope it will be raining a lot this month, but even if it's not, we'll still have some cozy, rainy day pretend play inside. Ages 1 to 3. Fee: $6 per child.

Ramble Over for Some Rainy Day Play

when: Jan 27 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

where: Hayward, Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $6 per child

ages: 1-3

Carousel at Pier 39

Celebrate 39 Years of Pier 39 Every Friday

when: every Friday at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

where: PIER 39, Beach Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

In partnership with NYC Parks, RIPA offers a wide range of movies that all ages will enjoy. Surrounded by stunning vistas, Randall's Island provides a gorgeous setting to enjoy a film with your friends or family under the stars throughout the summer season. Visit our events calendar for dates, location and movie titles.

It’s Movie Night at PIER 39

when: Jan 27 at 6:00 PM to 10:45 PM

where: San Francisco, PIER 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

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A Jedi Event That’s Out of This World

when: Jan 27 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Red Morton Community Center , 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, Ca

cost: $20

ages: 5-12

Discover LUZIA, the latest Big Top show by Cirque du Soleil. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico. Like in a waking dream, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Save up to 20% on tickets by purchasing a Family Pack, valid on packs of 3 to 8 tickets! Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com

Leap for LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil

when: Jan 27 at Times vary

where: Mission Bay, AT&T Park, Lot A, AT&T Park, San Francisco, Ca

cost: Tickets starting at $49

ages: All ages

Credit: Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California.

Friday Nights Are Back at OMCA

when: every Friday at 5 to 10 p.m.

where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, Ca

cost: $7.50 for adults; 18 and under are free

Swing by the Skirball to see Two Man Gentlemen Band in an afternoon of American jazz and Western swing as a part of the Family Amphitheater Performance series. The theme of this year’s series is A Musical Road Trip Through America, inspired by the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Rev up the engine and head to a jazz club in the Windy City, a Latin hip-hop club in L.A., the Fillmore in San Francisco, and the Grand Ole Opry. The whole family is invited along for the ride! Performances at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Make Jazz Hands Every Friday Night

when: every Friday at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

where: Marin, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages

Super School Bus

You Don’t Want to Miss this Bus!

when: Jan 27

where: BACT Performance Hall, 2162 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, Ca

cost: $15; Fre children six months and under

ages: All ages

Nature Detectives is a program for 3 to 5 year old children and their caregivers, designed to inspire curiosity and imagination by exploring the natural world through hikes, experiments and crafts. It meets on the first Saturday of every month as well as every Friday afternoon. Fridays, January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1:00pm-1:45pm Saturday, January 7, 11:00am-12:00pm Some animals (like people) have backbones and many do not. Come to the Interpretive Center to discover the wild backboneless creatures that live in the tidal zone and in the bay. Ages 3 to 5. Fee: $8 per child.

Nature Detectives: January Jellyfish (And Other Invertebrates)

when: Jan 27

where: Hayward, Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $8

ages: 3-5

Saturday, January 28

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Music for Families: Music Around the World: Latin America

when: Jan 28 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

where: San Francisco, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $13.50-$64.00

ages: 7 and up

laddin: May 31st - June 29th Sat and Sun 2pm When Aladdin finds a genie in a lamp, he can make magic carpets fly and his dreams of riches come true. In order to win the love of the princess and save the kingdom, Aladdin will need more than a genie’s magic! For ages 4-8 years old. Link to purchase tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/934898

Explore a Whole New World With Aladdin

when: Jan 28

where: Marina, Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $15

ages: 3 and up

Kick off the holidays with a celebration of golden retrievers, fine wine, microbrews, cider, and tasty snacks. Bring your family and friends (dogs too!) to Quench by Thirst on Saturday, November 21. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Golden Bond Rescue Event starts at 11:30 with a dog-friendly walk along Portland’s waterfront—rain or shine. From 12pm-3pm meet folks from Golden Bond Rescue and Mud Bay along with golden retrievers available for adoption. On the Quench menu: • Dog “beer” and dog cookies • Poplandia popcorn, artisan cheeses, Northwest wines, beers and ciders by the bottle or glass - Natural sodas and juice for kids • Raffle with wine and dog biscuits

This Show is Going to be Rough-Rough

when: Jan 28 - Jan 29 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: South San Francisco, The Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave. , Daly City, Ca

cost: $9-$15; Children 2 and under are free

ages: All ages

The Kanbar Center at the Osher Marin JCC brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights festivals to the indoors. Tonight we celebrate West African Highlife Music and Dance with old friends Baba Ken Okulolo & THE WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND. Strong beats and driving rhythms, high energy and joyful, this Winter Nights concert and dance party brings friends, fun and sunshine indoors in the heart of winter. The JCC invites all to the Hoytt Theater to dance and enjoy the great energy that this music creates. Come get out on the dance floor and shake off those winter blues!

Shake off the Winter Blues at the JCC

when: Jan 28 at 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

where: Marin, Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael, Ca

cost: $10-$25

ages: Mixed

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Pack Your Bags for the Penguins and Pajamas Sleepover

when: Jan 28 at 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

where: Golden Gate Park, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $89 per person for members; $109 per person for non-members

ages: 5-17

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Go Wild for this Lunar New Year Celebration

when: Jan 28 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, Sloat Blvd. at The Great Highway, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $13-$19; 3 and under/free

ages: All ages

Saturdays are Special at the Randall Museum

Roll Up Your Sleeves for a Crafty Saturday

when: every Saturday at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: The Mission, Mission Art Center, 745 Treat Ave., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $3 per child/$5 per parent-child combo

ages: All ages

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Dance, Get Crafty at this Lunar New Year Party

when: Jan 28 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Downtown San Jose, San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S Market St., San Jose, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages