We’re in disbelief, too, but winter is coming to an end soon. (But don’t worry, there is still plenty of chilly weather to warrant multiple orders of hot chocolate from mom’s kitchen.) In the meantime, let’s enjoy the last of winter’s festivities, starting with a memorable, character-filled ice rink show.


photo: Off the Grid

San Francisco

Pack Your Bags for the Penguins and PJs Sleepover
Experience your own night at the museum. Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Fri. Event details.

Get Snippy With This Silhouette Artist
Karl will be creating hand cut silhouettes by appointment at DayOne Baby, San Francisco. Each one takes only a minute or two and all ages are welcome even the squirmy ones. Reserve a spot in advance. Fri. Event details.

Head To The All New Presidio Visitor’s Center
Start your day in the Presidio at the new William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center! Located in the heart of the Presidio, the new center features videos, exhibits, and interactive tools that let you see the park in a whole new way. Grab a map, get ideas from friendly staff members, and create your own adventure. Kids will enjoy arts and Crafts in the Officers’ Club, multi-cultural music and dancing, lawn activities like whiffle ball. Check back on our website for the full schedule. Join the fun for a festive grand opening day with activities, entertainment, tours and more. Sat. Event details.

Bug Out at InsectPalooza Family Science Day
SaveNature.Org is celebrating Family Science Day at Umpqua Bank. Enjoy live hands-on presentations with the Insect Discovery Lab. The Insect Discovery Lab will bring a host of live insects to touch and hold. Experience darkling beetles, Australian walking sticks, Madagascar hissing cockroach, giant African millipedes and many more incredible indispensable insects. Kid friendly activities include build a bee box, rainforest coloring sheets and more. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Say Hello To Bye Bye Birdie
Bring the whole family to see the circa-1960s hit, Bye Bye Birdie. It’s a fine upstanding, patriotic, healthy normal, American musical. Inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army, Bye Bye Birdie will have you dancing in your seats and screaming for more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Put Your Hands Up in the Air for Octopretzel
Join the Bay Arera’s most popular kids band Octopretzel, for a concert with songs such as Inspiraled. Sing=alongs, dance-alongs, puppets, shadow puppets and more! Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Come Move It, Move It
Groove it, move it, and improve it during Kids Like To Move It Week. Every morning kids can boogie to an array of music with local dance instructors and in the afternoon have fun learning new techniques and sharpening existing skills in a variety of activities with local sports teams. Fri. Event details.

Grab Your Golden Ticket to this Tasty Musical
This delicious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth! Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five scrumptious candy bars. The lucky winners will get a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie, who takes the tour with his equally amiable Grandpa Joe. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to take the audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Bundle Up For the Snow Queen
Flurries, ice castles and a frosty queen? It’s the Snow Queen at the Palo Alto Playhouse, which features interactive plays for children ages 3-6. High school students bring these plays to life for little ones in just 45 minutes. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Kick Off Your Sunday With an Author Reading
Join Oshman Family JCC for a fun-filled morning with Todd Parr, bestselling author and illustrator of over 40 children’s books, including “It’s Okay to be Different,” “The Family Book” and “The I Love You Book.” Todd will talk about being an author/illustrator, his dogs and how he makes a book. Additionally, he will read from a few of his books, play games and conduct a Q & A session with the kids. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Get Angling For This Morning On the Lake
Ready to reel in the biggest catch of the day? It’s always a possibility and now kids can spend the morning casting out at Stafford Lake Park. There’s no minimum skill required and a limited amount of poles and bait will be provided. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over, park entrance fee is waived for participants. Sun. Event details.

Slow Up for the Hare and the Tortoise
Do you race through life or like to take things nice and slow. One way or another there’s more than likely someone to identify with in the Tortoise and the Hare. This is the story of a young, excitable Hare who wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend–the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. The play is a great story about about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What do you love about winter? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers