Show your love for the Bay Area this weekend by taking advantage of these 12 sweet activities. From exploring winter gardens to climbing a rock wall in the heart of the City, here are our Editor’s picks show your kids the love (and burn off some of that Valentine’s candy!).
Tulipmania at Pier 39
Pier 39 is a bloom with all the vibrant colors of thousands of blooming tulips and other seasonal flowers at this year’s Tulipmania. Free, daily tours of the landscaping begin at 10 a.m. at the entrance plaza, which include complimentary refreshments after the walk. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mobile Rec at Waller Street
It’s Mobile Rec, the SF Rec and Parks traveling array of equipment designed to get kids outside and playing! Rock climbing, BMX biking, skateboarding, slacklining and more are all part of the fun. Tips, tricks, and equipment all provided by Rec and Park, but kids should bring their own helmets for the action sports like biking and skateboarding. Ride on! Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Celebrate Black History Month at the Maritime Museum
Bring the kids to this free maritime park for a slide show about the life and accomplishments of the only black whaling ship captain on the West Coast, part of the park’s Black History Month series. Sat. & Sun., 3 – 3:45 p.m. San Francisco. All Ages. Free. Event details.
The Music Man at the Berkeley Playhouse
Head over to the Berkeley Playhouse for opening weekend of The Music Man. This classic story of a small town marching band and the schemes of Professor Harold Hill features a parade of hits including Seventy-Six Trombones, Till There Was You, and Gary, Indiana. And if your kids like it, you can find out about spring and summer camps and classes that are offered for kids from toddler through highschool! Runs through Mar. 23. Sat. & Sun., times vary. Berkeley. $35-$60/adult; $25 -$30/children 6-17; $17-$23/children 2-5. 2 and up. Event details.
Soggy Sunday Kids Show: Asheba at Ashkenaz
Part of Ashkenaz’s Soggy Sunday series–designed to give kids a place to dance, jump, and sing on those soggy, foggy, sometimes-rainy Sundays–this Sunday’s show is sure to chase away any chills. Asheba plays joyful Caribbean music, including steel pans, guitar, and singing, in a style that both parents and kids will love. Sun., 2:30-4:30. Berkeley. $6/adults; $4/child. All Ages. Event details.
Wild Valentine’s at Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Love is in the air at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Find out about how animals raise families, find mates, and find love in the wild. Plus you can purchase a valentine for your favorite animal, and make a Valentine’s day craft of your own. Animal encounters, including petting, observing feedings, and a meet and greet with an owl! Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 4:15p.m., except Fri., 12:30 – 4:15 p.m. Walnut Creek. $8.50/adults: $6.50/child 2-17; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
San Jose Bird Mart
The San Jose Bird Mart features hundreds of little tweeters for sale, plus fun kid-friendly show including Tricks Without Treats, and Pirates of the High Seas, but be warned! You just might leave with a new family pet. Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Jose. $10/adults; $6/kids. All Ages. Event details.
Branches, Buds, and Blossoms: Romance of the Winter Garden 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. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Woodside. $20/adults; $10/child 5-17; children 4 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Storytime with Children’s Author Todd Parr
Todd Parr, author of the kids book Reading Makes You Feel Good will be at the library for a sweet and silly storytime. Get there early to get a spot. Sat., 10:30 – 11 a.m. Santa Clara. Free. All Ages. Event details.
St. Valentine’s Day 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, a creative “reuse heart” art project, personalized poetry by The Valentine Poet, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and French 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.
Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits at Osher JCC
Bring the kids to this rare performance of African music by Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, who have come all the way from Zimbabwe for a night of South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style jit, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan. It’s sure to get your little ones moving and grooving. It’s a little late, but a rare treat so it might be worth pushing curfew! Sat., 8 -10 p.m. San Rafael. $22-35. All Ages. Event details.
Downtown San Rafael Art Walk
No babysitter? No problem. This Friday night artwalk along 4th Street in downtown San Rafael will give you that “date-night” feel with the kids in tow. 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.
What’s on your bucket-list for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
— Amber Guetebier