Rain, sun and all those in-between days are here and we love them all. Get out and explore a new hiking trail, find that perfect tidepool and take the kids on a picnic. You’ll be their favorite, for sure!

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Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo
Come and enjoy this wildly illuminating lantern festival! This brand-new, family-friendly experience features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo’s commitment to conservation. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Story Time With Mr. Limata
Mr. Limata is a teacher who loves books, word games, and stories. He teaches 2nd grade at Emerson Elementary in Oakland Unified School District. Join him for story time every weekday. Fri. Event details

Visit “Entwined” in Golden Gate Park
This art installation in Golden Gate Park transforms Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light. Through Feb. 28. Event details

Author Reading with Meena Harris
Sam’s Club is celebrating Black creators and giving them a platform to connect with readers in honor of Black History Month. Meena Harris will read from her book, “Ambitious Girl” via Zoom virtual book readings for members and non-members. Sat. Event details

Visit the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden includes a major collection of California native plants as well as plants from around the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit the Presidio’s New Marshland & Trail
Visitors can enjoy an up-close experience of nature along an elevated pedestrian bridge and trail that winds through the marsh. Native salt marsh and riparian plants grown at Presidio Nursery create an extraordinary habitat for fish, crabs, and oysters. Bring your binoculars, Quartermaster Reach is a great place for birding. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out the Ladybug Migration
The ladybugs arrive every fall at Redwood Regional Park and it’s a great hike for the kids Follow map to Skyline Gate Staging Area parking lot. Take the Stream Trail about 1.5 miles just past Prince Trail junction and you’ll see a sign on the right. Ladybugs are all there, usually through February. Daily. Event details.

—Kate Loweth


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