Let’s celebrate the season of love this weekend! It’s going to be a major love fest with the long weekend giving us extra time to celebrate with those we love. Go on a hike through the redwoods, cheer on your favorite monster truck and check out the always-entertaining elephant seals this long weekend!

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San Francisco

Penguin Valentines at the California Academy of Sciences
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Academy-style as we gift our African penguins heart-shaped tokens of affection during their daily feedings. Fri. Event details

Tulipmania at PIER 39
PIER 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Monster Jam® at the Oakland Coliseum
Monster Jam® is adrenaline-charge family entertainment featuring some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-DTM and many more. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Animal Valentines at Hidden Villa
Express your love for your favorite animal on the farm by creating a beautiful card to read to a chicken, pig, goat, sheep or cow. Sat. Event details

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Join Alice on a trip down the rabbit hole in this world premiere adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Don’t be late, or you’ll have to answer to the Queen of Hearts this Valentine’s Day! Sat. Event details

South Bay

Romance in the Redwoods
On this easy two-hour walk, you will learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park’s most fascinating plants and animals. Discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild. Sat. Event details

Ranch Tours at Wilder Ranch State Park
Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Experience Elephant Seals
View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A 10-minute slide video about elephant seals, kids’ activities and complimentary hot beverages are available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Open Cockpit Day at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
Head to the museum as docents raise the canopies and open the doors to give you an unobstructed view so you can see what a genuine fighter plane, attack plane, transport, helicopter or other type is like from the inside. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth



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