This is a big weekend around the Bay with Valentine’s Day activities, Lunar New Year parties not to mention plenty of amazing art, kid-lit and more. The hardest part is deciding what to do!

Chinese New Year Celebration Festival Reception 1 (c) Oliver Theilphoto: Oliver Theil courtesy SF Symphony

San Francisco

Popcorn for Breakfast at the Roxie
Classic and rare cartoons from the ’20s and ’30s in full color and in black and white. Have some popcorn for breakfast and get cozy for some magical early cinema experience.  For Valentine’s weekend, look for Felix the Cat, Flip the Frog and more! All ages are welcome, the program is designed for ages 5 and up. Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mission. $8/adult; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year at the SF Zoo
What better way to commemorate the Year of the Monkey, than at the home of many monkeys, the SF Zoo. Marvel at Chinese acrobats, enjoy traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, make a take-home monkey craft, go on a  zodiac scavenger hunt and so much more. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Outer Sunset. Included with general admission. All ages. Event details.

Drop-in Family Art Making at the deYoung
Start with a family-friendly gallery and exhibit tour (no yawns here, this one’s designed for those aged 4-12), and end up creating your own masterpiece in a hands-on studio workshop taught by professional artist-teachers. Pssst…open to the general public from 10-11:30 a.m. but members get extra time from 12:30-2 p.m. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. Golden Gate Park. Included with admission. 3 and up. Event details.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival at SFPL
San Francisco Public Library invites you to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival ,a video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of a Newbery-winning book, all in about 90 seconds. Hosted by festival founder James Kennedy, author of The Order of Oddfish and Marcus Ewert. It’s free, but you can register in advance to snag a seat! Sat., 3-5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.  

East Bay

Valentine’s Day Weekend at Playland
A little love mixes with the usual magic in the Playland air this weekend. Relive the romance of bygone days of carnivals and carousels, penny arcades and pinball classics. Win your Valentine special prizes in our carnival games area! Because we love you: Enjoy an extra day to play; they’re open Monday, too. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. El Cerrito. $15/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.

The Little Mermaid
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, this live version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is features all the songs you love from the film and the evil sea witch you love to hate. Fri., 8 p.m. & Sat., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pleasanton. $18-$39. All ages. Event details.

Valentine’s Tea at UC Botanical Gardens
Tea lovers and budding botanists alike will delight in this afternoon botanical tea party in honor of Valentine’s Day. Explore fragrant edibles, see how they grow and what they are used for, and make fresh tea and herbed finger sandwiches. Kids can also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. See event details to register in advance. Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Berkeley.  $20/adult, $18/child; $15/member adult, $13/member child. All ages. Event details.

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz
Join Family Square Dance with More Pretty Girls Than One for a kid concert the whole family will love. Get out of the rain and have a great time with other fun-lovin’ folks. Sun., doors at 2:30 p.m. concert is 3-4:30 p.m. Berkeley. $8/adults; $5/kids. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Valentine’s Cookie Craze at Cucini Bambini
Grab your kids and bake some cookies for your sweetheart at this two hour cookie workshop. Make and decorate sugar cookies, then take home a plate of tasty treats! Sun., 1-3 p.m. San Jose. $30. All ages. Event details.


Crafty Story Time at The Reading Bug
Hear a story and then get hands-on making a craft at one of the coolest kid’s bookstores in the Bay (and maybe even the world). Sun., 11 a.m. San Carlos. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, which makes for a car-free walk, run, bike, skate, stroll, or tricycle ride! With restrooms located strategically along the way (Edgewood Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and Filoli) and tons of places to stop and picnic, it’s a beautiful day out. In case of rain, call the Bicycle Day hotline at 650-361-1785 on the morning of for an update. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Sundays at Cantor
Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays include tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and even movie screenings. There’s always independent sketch time too! Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Second Friday Art Walk
Stroll along 4th Street in San Rafael and check out the open galleries between G Street and Lincoln, sip on wine and other refreshments, hear live music, purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts, and even find art and activities by and for local kids. Fri., 5-8 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

3rd Annual President’s Day Weekend Stand-Up Paddle Board Races
Not your average outdoor event, dress as your favorite U.S. president for a chance to win a prize for best costume. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary: but you’ll need to bring your own paddle board, OC1, OC2, prone, or kayak. Registration at 8 a.m., race begins at 9:30 a.m. Rain will cancel. Sat., 8 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Valentine’s Festival at Marin Country Mart
Celebrate St. Valentine’s with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market. Festivities include sugar-cookie decorating, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and live music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, and don’t forget local organic flowers and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates well worth the splurge. Sat., 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier