Take a whiff, friends: love is in the air! This week is rife with pink-and-red mania and all manner of card-making. Saturdays are special at the Randall Museum with their pop-up valentines drop-in art class. Le Petit Jardin hosts its annual Valentine PJ Party where they keep your babies in so you can go out. Paxton Gate puts its unique spin on V-Day cards using vintage materials (doilies!) and printmaking. Make pop-up cards at the Disney Museum (and stick around for that classic love-in Lady and the Tramp!). Autumn Press goes right to the stomach of Valentines’ Day with decorations for cookies and chocolate bars. Habitot knows it can take a week to really put the finishing touches on those hearts and so it’s offering Valentines’ Week where kids can come and make cards for friends and family; bring in card-making materials and receive a free adult pass. No matter what you do for V-Day remember it’s all about heart!


San Francisco:

Feeling Crabby?

Get over to the Gulf of the Farallones Center and get a close up with some crustaceans, this month’s Creature Feature at the Center. Kids can paw through a couple of different species, fish for crab from the pier, and walk the beach in search of some “hard bodies” (hard-bodied crabs, that is). Sat., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Mason Street west of Crissy Field, San Francisco, $5 donation. Read more.

A Bevy of Books!

Friends of the SFPL are offering a new option for helping the library and stocking your shelves—monthly $1 book sales! Come by the Treat Ave. Donation Center to take your pick of all the little literary loves. Like all-you-can-eat buffets, the book sales are big value for little buck (but hopefully without the indigestion). Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, free entry. Read more.

Marin/North Bay


Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your kids involved in their community: McKinnis Skate Park is in need of volunteers for weeding, litter removal, and trail repairs. In between ollies and flips, your kids can do some awesome work for the environment. Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.

Because I’m BADM!

Chinese New Year is always a party at BADM. Join them for wonton-making, paper lanterns, red envelopes, and calligraphy. With tons of live performances and special treats, BADM will bring out the tiger in your littles. Special Mon. open, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sausalito, free w/admission. Read more.

East Bay:

New Science

Join Chabot Science Center for their Year of the Tiger celebration. Growl in the new year with some traditional games and activities. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Oakland, free w/admission. Read more.

Tri-Colore Party

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach has holiday surprises in store for you. Celebrate Chinese New Year, Valentines’ Day, and Presidents’ Day all at the same time (Lion dancers in love with Lincoln?). Catch this three-day party. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., El Cerrito, free w/admission. Read more.


South Bay/Peninsula

Lunar Love

The San Jose Museum of Art hearts you! And to prove it, they’re sending you a valentine: a free day at the museum coupled with a lunar new year celebration. Look for live music, storytelling and other fun activities to get your kids excited about the new year and art! Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Jose, free. Read more.

Bicycling Beautifully

Get your kid road ready with a week-long workshop from Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose. “Biking in the City” will teach kids about cycling safety, and hold helmet giveaways and bike-decorating contests. Cycling can be fun and exciting, but kids need to be safe when they’re putting the pedal to the metal. Mon. – Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Jose, free w/admission. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko