Shake off that candy heart hangover with some of this weekend’s great activities. It’s Mardi Gras with MOAD; celebrate with jazz and make your own fat Tuesday mask in the Education Center. In Chinatown, get a running start on the new year with the 32nd Annual Chinese New Year Run. If you haven’t seen the King Tut exhibit, this is the weekend to do it: thanks to Target, it’s free! Look out for arts and crafts, belly dancers, and tarot readers. On Sunday, Habitot celebrates Black History Month with African music, dance, and drumming. February’s short so get in the good times!
Tiptoe through the Tulips
Spend a little time in Amsterdam…or Pier 39 and take in the tulips in bloom. Guided tours take you around the pier, showcasing the flowers, and also the vegetables. Each tour ends in refreshments and you’ll be in prime position to hit up the carousel. Feb. 20 – 28, 10:00 a.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
Lions, Tigers, and Red Envelopes
SF Zoo breaks into the party with Chinese acrobats, lion dancing, yo-yo tricks, and contortionists. But don’t go anywhere without taking the Zodiac tour (Complete the tour and get a red envelope surprise!). Bonus: Persons born in the year of the Tiger get free admission to the zoo!) Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, free w/admission. Read more.
Haiti was in dire straits before the earthquake, but now things are positively bleak. This Saturday NIMBY hosts “Do It for Haiti,” a benefit and clothing drive. With tons of live music, activities for the kids, and art installations, this benefit is sure to rock and roll Haiti to some better times. Don’t forget to bring your clothing donations! Sat., 2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., Oakland, $10 (children 12 and under free). Read more.
She may sell seashells on the seashore, but do you know what kind of shells she’s selling? Over at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretative Center they might be able to help. Join their shell exploration class where kids can get a close up look at the shells in the Center’s collection, before hitting the beach to take their knowledge live. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hayward, $5. Read more.
Need a vacation? How about Hawai’i? But why bother with all that travel when you can just go to Mountain View? Come by Community School of Music and Arts for a performance by Hawai’ian dance troupe Halau ‘o Keikiali’i. Their hulas and storytelling will have you feeling tropical breezes in no time. (This performance is strictly BYO poi.) Sun., 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., Mountain View, free. Read more.
Tea for Two
When you think of Santa Cruz, what do you think of? Victorian tea parties? No? Well, get over to Quail Hollow Ranch so they can show you how it’s done. Including parlor games like blindman’s bluff and charades, this party will be a gas-lamp good time. The cookies help too. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Santa Cruz, free (children 7 and up only). Read more.
Goldfish, Crayons, and You
La, la, la—if “Elmo’s World” is quickly becoming your world too, your little will never forgive you if you miss his birthday! Borders bookstores are holding a special Elmo’s 3rd birthday storytime this Saturday. Celebrate your favorite red furry TV host and (“Ya da da dah!”) the number 3. And remember, “Elmo loves you.” Sat., 11:00 a.m., Borders bookstores across the Bay Area, free. Read more.
Kids will enjoy this on-stage production of “Stellaluna” with puppets and music that make some imaginative additions to the story without losing its “bat or bird?” heart. Come by an hour early for Free Fun with Art and meet the performers beak to face. Fri., 6:30 p.m., Santa Rosa, $12/child, $17/adult. Read more.