Valentine’s Day Weekend is a reminder of just how much you love your little sweethearts. Show them some love beyond the box of chocolates with a family outing: Fantasia with a live symphony in San Jose; ride a zipline at a V-Day party in Berkeley, make art at a museum in San Francisco, and catch the sunset on an evening hike in the Headlands. Ride on!

child at filoli gardensFiloli gardens by Chuck B via Flickr Creative Commons

San Francisco

Baby Sign at Sprout SF
Sprout SF’s baby sign language workshop teaches parents and their babies 0-18 mos. more than 40 basic signs in American Sign Language. You’ll learn the benefits of teaching pre-verbal babies the ability to sign. Class in 90 minutes long (bring your babies!) Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. San Francisco. $40/individual; $70/couple. 0-18 mos. Event details.

Family Fun Day at Presidio Officer’s Club
Commemorate Chinese New Year by creating your own decorated fan to take home at the Presidio Officer’s Club. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. 5-12. Event details.

Story Time at the SF Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a story at the SF Botanical Gardens Library, and then take a walk around the gardens on a 30-minute docent led tour. The library houses an excellent collection of kid’s books on plants, natural history, science, and nature-related myths and stories. Bring a lunch and enjoy the gardens for the afternoon. Sun., 10:30-11:30 a.m. San Francisco. Free for SF residents, regular admission applies. 4-8. All ages. Event details.

Drop-In Art Making at CJM
Every Sunday and select school holidays families can experience a new adventure in art-making. Projects are themed around current exhibits, the building’s architecture, and holidays and traditions. This Sunday, make an adventure map inspired by Mr. Lunch! Sun., 1-3 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adults; children 18 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Valentine’s Day Tea
Alices and Mad Hatters 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. Advance registration required, so register here for the 10:30 a.m. tea and here for the 1 p.m tea. Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Berkeley. $20/adult, $18/child; $15/member adult, $13/member child. All ages. Event details. 

Valentine’s Party at We Rock the Spectrum
Bring your little loves to We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym for arts and crafts, music, dance, face painting and special treats for the kiddos and their parents. Includes regular gym admission. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Berkeley. $12. All ages. Event details.

The Amazing Bubble Show
Square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles! It’s the Amazing Bubble Show. A mix of artistry and comedy, you just might find yourself up on stage inside a bubble! And for an added treat, hear the bubbly music of accordionist Black Pearl during the show. Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Alameda. $15/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.


Branches, Blossoms, and Buds: Celebrate Winter Blooms at Filoli
Bring your budding botanists to Filoli’s massive estate to enjoy guided walks through the winter blooming camelias, magnolias, and fragrant narcissus, and hands-on garden-inspired crafts for kids (from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)  Plus chocolate and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, tips on pruning, flower arranging and repotting, and a special Valentine’s menu at the cafe. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodside. $20/adult; $10/child 5-17; children 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details. 

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the heartwarming story of Mr. Hatch–a lonely man whose world expands when he receives an anonymous Valentine in the mail. This production is based on the book by Eileen Spinell, and performed by the Peninsula Youth Theatre. Fri, at 9:30 & 11 a.m. and Sat. at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mountain View. $8-$10. All ages. Event details. 

Family Day at Fitzgerald Marine Preserve
Before you explore this supercool intertidal zone, park rangers will be offering up coffee, OJ, fruit, and pastries. The tables are located at the top of the ramp. Sat., 9-11 a.m. Moss Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Family Science Days with the AAAS
Meet an astronaut, learn how to save seals, and hear a science rap at Family Science Days with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. 5 and up. Event details.

The Fresh Beat Band
Enjoy another Great Day with your kiddos and The Fresh Beat Band, those Nick Jr. all-stars, Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout.This live concert packed with upbeat music to the will delight little fans everywhere. Sat., 2 p.m. San Jose. $35-$65. All ages. Event details.

Fantasia with the Symphony Silicon Valley
Head to San Jose for Fantasia! Symphony Silicon Valley  will provide live musical accompaniment to the classic 1940s film. It’s a chance to hear the music as Walt first did! Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. San Jose. $44-$80. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

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.

The Great Backyard Bird Count
It is time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, and your help is needed! Learn how to identify Marin County frequent flyers while counting birds around Rodeo Lagoon. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Evening Hike on the Big Rock Trailhead
Join Ranger Mike Warner for a hike along the Big Rock Trail. This short and moderate hike will take you to one of the best sunset viewing spots in Marin. Dogs on-leash are welcome, and please bring a flashlight for heading back. Call 415-473-2816 with questions. Heavy rain will cancel. Sat., 4-6 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier