This weekend packs a wallop of activity: see a lion dance and celebrate the New Year in Oakland, hike to the top of Mt. Tam for some pancakes, sing along with everyone’s favorite nanny, and a head to uke-a-thon at the Pan Pacific Expo. We’ve rounded up a fat little list: you just have to get out there and go!
Photo by Odell Hussey courtesy OMCA
SF Symphony Lunar New Year Celebration
Kid’s arts and crafts, lion dancing, and Chinese calligraphy, as well as complimentary food, desserts, and tea bars precede the 3 p.m. concert including audience sing-alongs! Sat., 2-5 p.m. San Francisco. $30-$74. All ages. Event details.
Pan Pacific International Expo Community Day
Historical dignitaries, music and dance lessons, a Uke-a-thon, crafts, and more await you at the centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition which took place in SF to mark the completion of the Panama Canal. This all day affair includes crafts, antique firetrucks, and more. Sat., noon-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Free Day at Cal Academy
It’s free admission day to the California Academy of Sciences. Take the kids out to check out this 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. First-come, first-served so get there early and stay all day. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mitz Petzel Puppet Show at the Jewish Community Library
Enjoy a puppet show telling of a beloved Israeli children’s story full of colorful characters, secrets, and the power of friendship. There will be an Unplugged Photo Booth, where families can take a picture telling what books you like to read when you “unplug” and turn off your phones, tablets, and computers. Sun., 10:30-11:30 a.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Habitot
Kids can join in the dragon parade through the museum, practice black ink calligraphy and even create their own paper dragon puppets. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Berkeley. $8/adult; $10/child. 0-5. Event details.
4th Street Lunar New Year Celebration
Herd your brood over to Berkeley for the annual Lunar New Year celebration welcoming the Year of the Goat with lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese acrobats, crafts, a parade, store blessings and candy giveaways. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.
Boobie Palooza 2015
This new wellness fair features workshops from experts, including Dr. Bob Sears and Dr. Jay Gordon, along with doulas, midwives, parent educators, famous mommy bloggers and musicians, pre and post partum specialists and more! Play games, enter contests and raffles for awesome swag, sip on mocktails, get a mini-facial in the pamper lounge let the kids run free in the Kid & Tot Zone, and generally mingle with other totally awesome parents and parents-to-be. Sun.,noon-5 p.m. Berkeley. $15/general; children 18 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
OMCA Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an opening lion dance and closing dragon dance, amazing acrobatics, contortionist’s tricks, martial arts demos, taiko drumming, Chinese opera face painting, hands-on art making activities, comedic plate spinning, a magic show, and more. There will also be a craft activity led by the Bay Area Asian Deaf Associate, as well as storytelling win Nan Zhou from deaf media. Sun., noon-4:30 p.m. Oakland. $15/adult;$6/child 9-17; children 8 and under are free (museum admission). All ages. Event details.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Crafts
Join the librarians at the East Palo Alto Library for an afternoon of crafts, food, and fun inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Fri., 4 p.m. East Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mary Poppins Sing-Along
Join the San Carlos Children’s Theatre in their Mary Poppins Sing-Along. Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be a pre-show including trivia and games. The clever kids have created and will sell Poppins Prop Bags with funny props to be used during the movie (it’s like Rocky Horror, for kids!) and concessions will be available for purchase. Sat., 6:30 p.m. San Carlos. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Resource Fair
Head to the Shops at Tanforan for a family resource’s fair. Meet and greet San Mateo county businesses and services for families. Every hour you can enter to win a pair of movie passes. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Bruno. Free. All ages. Event details.
Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.
Sunnyvale Community Players presents the beloved aquatic tale on Ariel and her adventures live on stage, performed by a cast of kids from 8-18. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 1 & 4 p.m. Sunnyvale. $22/adults; $19/students & seniors; $12/child 5 and under. All ages. Event details.
Great Backyard Bird Count
A nationwide event for parks and audubon societies across the US and Canada, the Great Backyard Bird Count need your help! .Learn about our local migratory, wintering and resident birds as you help look for and count species. Meet at the campfire center by the RV campground. Bring binoculars, layered clothing, lunch, water, and sturdy shoes. Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Gilroy. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pancake Breakfast at Tourist Club
Head to the renowned Tourist Club on Mt. Tamalpais benefiting A Home Away from Homelessness. Enjoy great food, kids activities, and stunning views and support Bay Area homeless and formerly homeless youth in San Francisco, East Bay and Marin. Sat., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mill Valley. $35/adult; $12/child; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Creekside Restoration with Save the Bay
Join Marin County Parks and Save The Bay staff to learn about the history of SF Bay and Creekside Marsh, and be a part of a community-based effort to enrich habitat areas of Hal Brown Park! All skill levels are welcome and volunteers as young as 5 years old to join along with a parent or guardian. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Snacks and extra water will be provided. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Greenbrae. Free. 5 and up. Event details.
Jackie Robinson Bio & Craft at Marin Library
Celebrate African-American History month and baseball with a craft honoring the great Jackie Robinson. Hear from a short Jackie Robinson biography and then create our your baseball mobiles to honor the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball! Sat., 2-3 p.m. Marin City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Costumed Story Time
Head to Barnes & Noble in Corte Madera to enjoy a costumed character story time. Clifford will be there in his full red splendor, so bring your cameras! Sat., 2 p.m. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.
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