Every weekend in the Bay Area is a new opportunity for wonderment. During the long Presidents Weekend, that’s even more true. Whether you attend a Lunar New Year  festivity, take a tulip tour or kick up your heels at a barn dance, you’re sure to be amazed.

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San Francisco

Cuddle Up at this Teddy Bear Picnic
Love your teddy bear? Well bring him along to this special performance of Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. In this adventure, you’ll join Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. Kids will learn about all the foods bears eat, learn what grows in the forest and learn the obstacles these fuzzy creatures overcome every day. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Smell the Flowers during Tulipmania
PIER 39 is bursting with flower power as more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites come to life during Tulipmania! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping Team. The guided tours depart from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat at Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can be taken any time during Tulipmania and are easily downloaded from pier39.com. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

F is for Friends Sesame Street Pop-up
Join Sesame Street pals, Elmo and Abby as they help spread friendship and kindness during the Sesame Street Pop Up Tour: F is for Friends. Pre-schoolers and their families will learn that while we may be different from one another, we’re alike in so many ways too! It doesn’t matter if you’re a monster, a fairy or a kid, we can all be friends. Sat. Event details. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Children’s Fairyland
Welcome the Year of the Dog with family lore and folktales from China at Children’s Fairyland. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center will be open with festive crafts and activities geared toward children and their families. Storyteller Clara Yen will delicately weave family lore with folk tales, and English with Mandarin. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Slumber under the Stars at Chabot
It doesn’t take traveling light years to find something fun to do with the family. Head for the Chabot Space & Science Center for an evening spent checking out some super cool exhibits and sleeping under the stars. Come as your favorite detective and join the quest to learn about the planets in the solar system and the search for extrasolar planets that orbit other stars than our own sun. Flashlight tour, movie, planetarium show, telescope viewing, break and lunch are included. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Dance, Get Crafty at this Lunar Festival
San Jose Museum of Art will celebrate the Year of the Dog with interactive art-making activities and live performances by Rising Phoenix Dance association. Crafts include felt fortune cookies, hug-a-book dog bookmarks and zodiac button-making. Oh, and don’t forget to snap a pic with your favorite dancing lion. Sat. Event details.

You’ll Howl for this Lunar New Year Celebration
Continue ushering in the New Year at the annual Lunar New Year celebration at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The festival includes a lively Lion Dance, festive crafts and plenty more to help kick off a really great New Year. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Open House at Hidden Villa
Celebrate winter at Hidden Villa Organic Farm and non-profit organization. Say hi to the sheep, hike the trials and discover the flower sales, and purchase pork, chicken, lamb, and eggs. Visit the Duveneck Family home and hear about its rich history including how to volunteer. All that and more. Parking is free but limited so sign up in advance to reserve a space. Sat. Event details.

This Show is a Real Stinker
Stink Moody just knows that his sneakers are a shoe-in to win “The All-Time World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker Contest,” and the grand prize: the Golden Clothespin! A world-premiere adaptation of the hysterical book by Megan McDonald. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Have a Reel Good Time Fishing
Ready to catch a big one? Head over to Paradise Park where you can meet up with rangers and local anglers and learn the tips and tricks behind catch fish off a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at BADM
The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is welcoming the Year of the Dog with a loaded slate of fun activities and entertainment. Included in the agenda are a Kung Fu performance, lion dancers, master calligraphers on view and even lantern making in BADM’s Fab Lab. The event is sponsored by Matthews Asia and organized in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. Mon. Event details.

What are you curious about this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers