Well, there are no shortage of mid-winter happenings–there are valentine’s events, super bowl parties, Lunar New Year celebrations, (including a street fair on Solano Ave) a Giants Fan Fest, and a slew of migrating birds.  (Or is that a slough of birds?). Plenty to do if you’ve got the winter blues.  Also, since it is the first weekend of the month, several museums are free to the public, a great opportunity to check out that exhibit with the kids.  Parents who want a night out, will appreciate Movie Night at Destination Art.

San Francisco:

Tour of Heron’s Head Park
Come see an abundance of shore birds at Heron’s Head Park in Bayview.  This little known park south of Pier 96 is filled with hundreds of migrating birds who stop here on their long flights south.  This reclaimed wetlands park is a small gem in our city.   Tours are led by local high school students and last one hour. (This is one of only two tour dates offered).Sat., 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m.Bayview. Free. Donations welcome. Event Details.

Giant’s Fan Fest at AT&T Park
Dust off your gloves, Giants baseball is back! Come to Fan Fest at AT&T park if you want to grab autographs from Giants players past and present, snap a picture with the World Series Trophy, walk the field, sit in the dugout, and get up close with players and coaches at the Q&A Stage. Don’t forget to take the kids to the Junior Giants Zone. Fan Fest will be broadcast by KNBR. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Donations encouraged. Event Details.

Babies & Babies Shopping Event
Don’t miss San Francisco’s hottest shopping destination  Appel & Frank’s ‘Babies & Babies’ Event!  Hot moms and moms-to-be can shop from 55 designers offering stylish baby and toddler clothing, accessories, gifts and more….at discounted prices! Take advantage of the raffle, on-site mini photo shoots, resources for new moms and a play space for kids! Sat., 9:30 a.m-3:00p.m. $5 Event Details


East Bay:

Valentine’s High Tea at UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens.
Enjoy a special celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party. Use your senses to explore these edibles, talk about their uses and benefits, and see how they grow. Make fresh teas and herb finger sandwiches. Also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Sun., 1 – 2:30 p.m. $20 for one adult and one child. $10 per additional child. Pre-register please. Event details.

Octopretzel in concert!
Singing, dancing, puppets, and sweet silliness at the Play Café in Oakland. Octopretzel is a group of musicians and educators who pooled their talents and their puppets to create an interactive, engaging, and super-fun experience for kids (and their parents too)!  Fri.,  6 p.m. $7. Event Details.



Lunar New Year at San Jose Museum of Art
Welcome in the lucky Year of the Rabbit with a traditional Lion Dance, art-making, live performances, modern and traditional cultural customs, and more. As the fourth animal in the Chinese horoscope, the rabbit represents success and independence. Sat., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. Event Details.

Starlab Sky Show at Hiller Aviation Museum.
Enter the amazing dome of a Starlab planetarium and see the glittering stars of the night sky projected overhead. Discover the brightest constellations visible each night and the stars used by pilots, sailors and others to navigate across vast and featureless oceans.  This is a half hour presentation, and the only one scheduled for the public this season. Participants mush crawl through a short tunnel. Not recommended for children under 2. Children 3-5 may come to the 10:30 am presentation, and children older than 5 are welcome at any time.  Sat., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $5 plus admission. Event Details.



Father-Daughter Valentine Dance at the Belvedere Community Center
The evening begins with a flower being presented to each young lady and a picture taken of the father and daughter(s) as a momento of the occasion. A dessert buffet will be served and daughters can enjoy creating a special valentine craft. Guests will enjoy dancing to the music provided by a DJ. Semiformal attire is encouraged.  Fri., 7-8:30 p.m. $50 per couple. $15 per additional daughter. Event Details.

Super Bowl Sunday at the Lark Theater.
Get together a group of friends and all your kids, and go see the game live on the really big screen in HD.  Let the Lark do all the work…You have all the fun!  Your ticket price includes one soft drink, or beer, and hot dog or pizza and popcorn. Sun., 3 p.m. $10-$20. Advanced Tickets are recommended. Event Details.