Baby, it’s been cold outside but we have some great ideas for how to spend the weekend that will warm your heart. Check out Chinatown’s famed Chinese New Year parade, go on a bilingual nature hike or make the loves in your life a handmade Valentine. No matter how hard the temperature drops, this cool crop of must-dos will melt your heart.
Line Up For The Chinese New Year’s Day Parade
You’ll need to arrive early and brave hordes of revelers to see San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, but it’s worth it. You’ll see gorgeous costumes, elaborate floats, stilt walkers, lion dancers, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA, and the famous Golden Dragon, “Gum Lung”, all accompanied by music, drumbeats, and over 600,000 firecrackers! Parade starts on Market Street, up Grant, down Post, then through Chinatown on Kearney, ending at Columbus. Route follows Post, Sutter and Kearny on the outskirts of Chinatown. Saturday. Event details.
Make a Valentine For Your Love
Who is your Valentine? Head on over to Fort Mason art studio to create handmade Valentine collage cards, sponsored by SF Children’s Art Center and Flax Art & Design. Your love, big or small won’t forget it. RSVP required. Saturday. Event details.
Celebrate New Year at this Community Festival
A feast for the senses awaits in San Francisco’s Chinatown as the community gathers to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Say “Gung hay fat choy” to one and all as you try your hand at lantern making, kite making and calligraphy. Cultural performances and demonstrations will immerse you in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Get Lunar at this Celebration
Join OMCA for the 16th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Rooster and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations and more. A 24-Festival Drums performance highlights a festive tradition from Malaysia, along with K-pop dance, Korean drumming and magic shows by the Magic of Jade and Goofball. Sunday. Event details.
Tune In With Charlotte Diamond
Join MFMII and Charlotte Diamond for an afternoon of upbeat musical fun, with songs from her new album “Diamonds By The Sea” as well as old favorites, such as “Octopus” (Slippery Fish), ” I Am A Pizza” and many more! Proceeds benefit Music For Minors II, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, “Nurturing the love and literacy of music in children’s classrooms and lives since 1988.” Following the concert, there will be optional autographs and photo opportunities with Charlotte Diamond. Concert recommended for ages 3 years and up. Sat. Event details.
Take An Ocean Adjacent Wild Flower Hike
All of those winter showers are beginning to bring spic flowers and a profusion of those beauties are popping up around the Waddell Valley in Santa Cruz County. Join a docent for a leisurely four hour hike where families can learn to distinguish between the valley’s habitats, as well as flowers, plants, birds and insects. Hikes begin at the Rancho Del Oso Nature Center. Bring lunch, SPF and dress in layers. Friday. Event details.
Sail Away on this Adventure
Robinson Crusoe was the inspiration for all kinds of famous castaway novels that followed such as The Swiss Family Robinson. Now kids can learn this tale firsthand, about the struggle of Crusoe, the sole survivor of a shipwreck. He attempts to survive alone until he meets a native, who he famously names Friday. Saturday. Event details.
Celebrate Lunar New Year in Redwood City
It’s time to head to Downtown Redwood City for the 7th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This free event will include performances on Courthouse Square such as lion dancers, martial artists and taiko drummers as well as a kid’s arts and crafts area. Saturday. Event details.
Dance to Bay Pointe Ballet for Coppelia
Perfect for all ages, Coppelia includes exuberant folk dances, waltzes, virtuoso solos, and music by French composer Leo Delibes. Mark your calendars and plan to bring the entire family as we take you into a mysterious toy shop where the toys come to life! Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this amusing tale presents a romance between two villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious workings of Dr. Coppelius, an eccentric inventor of life-like dolls. Infatuated at the sight of the inventor’s new doll, Franz sneaks into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and mayhem ensues.
Go On A Wild Bilingual Adventure
WildCare Family Adventures is leading an afternoon of nature exploration and education in both Spanish and English. Naturalist Marco Berger will lead the walk which will include looking out for frogs, toads, and salamanders, in addition to other winter-active animals. The walk will follow the creek to a beautiful waterfall, which will be the destination for lunch. Saturday. Event details.
See Oceans Aglow at this Family Hike and Campfire
Join NatureBridge Golden Gate and discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence. Families will hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. Where did they come from? Why are they blinking? Are they here all the time? We will try and answer all these and other questions. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike partake in some fun around the campfire including S’more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs. Saturday. Event details.
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