The kids are on winter break and everyone is looking for something fun to do, we get it. Now is the perfect time to plow through our list of the best winter activities or scroll through to find out what’s happening this weekend near you. There are still opportunities to see more Christmas light displays if you just aren’t ready to move on to January.

photo: May M. via yelp

San Francisco

Hanukkah Spin Studio
It’s Hanukkah and the art studio at the Contemporary Jewish Museum will be spinning in all directions. Make your mark using tops, rollers, spinners and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Glow: Festival of Lights
Celebrate the holidays with The Exploratorium and excite your atoms at Glow, the annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows celebrating the close of the year. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of special installations and kinetic sculptures, take a shine to illuminating exhibits and show your sparkle with scintillating activities. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Fool La La: Once Upon a Mind
The Bay Area’s favorite Clown Prince of Fools, Unique Derique, returns to The Marsh Berkeley for his annual holiday show offering brand new, mindfully comedic mishaps for all ages with Fool La La: Once Upon a Mind. Audiences are invited to dive into the imagination of Unique Derique as he embarks on a whimsical adventure of mindfoolness through the wacky lens of clown logic. Fri.-Sun. Event details

LumiNight Lantern Festival
Welcome to the wonderful world of LumiNight: a walking safari through scenes from our magical planet revealed by immersive life-sized, and larger-than-life lantern sculptures created by Chinese artisans that includes a Forest of a Million Lights, dinosaurs, Chinese Zodiac animals, the Great Barrier Reef, the story of Noah’s Ark and animals both extinct and endangered. Fri.-Sun. Event details


IlluminOdyssey Winter Light Experience
Electrify your child’s imagination at CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey, a dazzling winter light experience for kids. See four floors of walls, floors and ceiling come alive with radiant, moving color. Carry colorful lanterns with you as you explore a world of luminescent wonder. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Putt’n Around Downtown Redwood City
This fun pop-up recreation activity will bring back your favorite mini-golf memories! We have an 18 hole course complete with scaled decorations and nighttime black light golf, this limited run activity will be fun for the whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating
Back again for 2019: ice skating at the beach! A covered rink is part of the fun this season at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and this year it’s bigger and better. Have a skate and then go enjoy games, rides and holiday lights. Reservations are recommended. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Learn to Curl
Instructors from the Granite Curling Club will offer curling lessons on select Saturdays at the Winter Ice Rink Downtown Sunnyvale. Attendees will grab their brooms and learn the ins and outs of this fun winter sport that’s sweeping the nation. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Creekwalk Tours
Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Creekwalk Tours explore sites throughout Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek Watershed, teaching participants about the ecology of our endangered coho salmon and their ancient connection to our iconic coast redwoods. Sat. Event details

Tiburon Menorah Lighting
Come celebrate the last night of Hanukkah! Menorah lighting, holiday treats and music in partnership with Brandeis Marin and The Osher Marin JCC. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth