The cold weather and the storm clouds are both good excuses to curl up on the couch when the weekend rolls around. But we have some ideas that will get you moving right out the door. So forget that Netflix binge and add a rad basketball game, whale watching and a crab feed (and more) to your to-do list.


Harlem Globetrotters

San Francisco

Catch Peter Pan at the Walt Disney Family Museum
Take off with the Darling children on a fun-filled, high-flying adventure to Never Land with the boy who never grows up. Learn what it takes to fly like Peter Pan, how to defeat the meanest pirate of them all, Captain Hook, and capture a little bit of pixie dust along the way. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Laugh Your Socks off with the Groundlings
It’s Sunday and you need a good laugh before you head back to school on Monday. So spend this afternoon with the Groundlings at Sketchfest. But this isn’t just any kid’s show, the Groundlings are celebrated for their improvisational, comedic actors and there’s a good chance your folks will spot more than one they recognize from television, including Scott Adist from “30 Rock.” Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Learn All About Critter Compassion
Whether you have pets or are considering introducing them to your kids, the Critter Compassion is an interactive series can teach little ones about kindness to animals. This event will partner with the animal rescue foundation where kids and their caregivers will also visit with a therapy dog and learn about shelter animals and more. Fri. Event details.

Help Clean Arroyo Viejo Creek at the Oakland Zoo
Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo’s Arroyo Viejo Creek. Volunteers work on a variety of tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. Volunteers meet just inside the Zoo’s lower entrance right next to the Arroyo Viejo Creek Habitat Restoration sign. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Do Some Traveling With the Harlem Globetrotters in San Jose
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to San Jose. The Globetrotters sports entertainment will keep your kids laughing with their twist on classic basketball. Their latest tour is no different, with plenty of ball handling wizardry and basketball artistry. Fri. and Sun. Event details.

Bring Your Allowance to this Craft Fair
Get some fresh air and some cool crafts at the Makers Market at San Pedro Square. More than 20 vendors will be selling candles, organic body goods, home goods, children’s clothing, artwork, potted plants and much more. Don’t forget your allowance! Sat. Event details.


Nerd Out at this Physics Show
“If you can’t have fun with physics… you aren’t a very fun person!” So the saying goes around these parts. The Foothill College Physics Department puts on a fun demo show for elementary school-aged kids, showing off our best experiments, getting the youngsters interested in science. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

You’ll Flip for this Whale Watching Adventure
Join the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary for an extra special chance to witness the peak of the mighty gray whale migration on a naturalist-led half-day cruise. This cruise will join the annual return migration of the gray whales through marine sanctuaries as they travel to and from the Arctic feeding grounds and Baja California breeding grounds. Learn about their natural history, their recovery from near extinction, and the survival challenges posed by their roughly 12,000 mile round-trip journey. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Claws for a Cause Crab Feed at the Y
Like crab? Like the YMCA? Then join the fun for Marin YMCA’s 10th Annual Crab Feed and silent auction. This is Marin YMCA’s largest fundraiser that brings in approximately $25,000 each year with all of the profit of the profit going directly into the community. All tickets include salad, bread, jambalaya, crab and dessert. Kid’s tickets include pizza, treats and supervised childcare. Sat. Event details.

Around the World with the Marin Symphony
Marin Symphony’s program Around the World is kicking off this weekend. With the help of the flute, violin, viola, and cello, four musicians from the symphony will take the audience around the world through music from China, Ireland, Russia, Mexico and the United States. This interactive performance introduces children to different cultures and languages, through the lens of classical music. Sun. Event details.

What’s your favorite winter weekend activity? Tell us how in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers