If you’ve been stuck inside all week now’s the perfect time to let loose outdoors. From bike rides to salamander adventures and full moons (and more) you’ll be glad you braved the cold for these Bay Area happenings.
Itty Bitty Camps
Listen up for the Catalyst Quartet
San Francisco Performances’ Family Matinees engage young audiences in performances by artists of the highest caliber in hour-length performances. Performing at Herbst Theatre is the Catalyst Quartet-winners of the Sphinx Organization’s national competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie hall. Sat. Event details.
Get Rolling at the Y Lean to Bike Program
Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. Sun. Event details.
Follow Your Heart to this Disney on Ice Show
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown. Event details. Fri.-Sun.
No Strings this Weekend? See Pinocchio
Travel to a tiny Italian village and meet Geppetto, the kindly woodcarver whose only wish is to have a family of his own. With a wave of her magical wooden spoon, Geppetto’s BF (Blue Fairy) brings the puppet to life, and Pinocchio begins his journey down the road to becoming a real live boy. As with all East Bay Children’s Theatre productions, the fast-paced action and broad comedy pleases children, while the generous portion of sly humor is aimed point-blank at adults. Sun. Event details.
First Family Friday Night at CuroOdyssey
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from Jason Movrich of Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Free with admission. Fri. Event details.
Head to the Mountains for Salamander Saturday
Join Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center for Salamander Saturday in its annual celebration honoring the often overlooked but heroically well adapted amphibian native to the Santa Cruz Mountains and other moist habitats. Real live amphibians will be available for viewing. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” at 1 p.m.. Ranger led salamander hike will start at 3 p.m. to search for these regal creatures on the Marsh Trail (approximately 1 mile long). Come learn about salamanders and their ecosystems. All age crafts and activities will be available at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center. Sat. Event details.
The Full Moon Is Out, You Should Be, Too
Lunada Familiar at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose celebrates a community coming together. When the full moon makes an appearance, people in small towns across Mexico come together to share stores, music, poetry and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances are from 6-7:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.
This Lunar Celebration Is Something to Bark About
Party on, it’s the year of the good old Dog, and we’re barking up a storm for the Lunar New Year Celebration at History Park. Activities include a Martial Arts Demonstration, crafts such as making Red Envelope and Chinese Lanterns and Ribbon and Fan Dances finally a Children’s Parade around History Park with Hoong the Dragon and the Orchard School Lion Dancing team. Sun. Event details.
Park it for Free on Measure A Day
Marin County Parks including Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park are free on the first Saturday of each month this year thanks to Measure A. These free days will give the whole family a chance to explore each of these beautiful parks all year long. The county named this program “Measure A Days” because the loss in fee revenues will be offset by the Measure A funds approved by voters in 2012. Sat. Event details.
Learn to Make Ramen at Home
What started off as an inexpensive and convenient meal option has evolved and taken over the food world! In this class, learn what makes a ramen noodle so unique and the technique to a perfectly smooth, balanced broth comparable to the very best from Japan. Sun. Event details.