Get ready for the Bay Area weekend because it’s bringing the party to you. From fiestas to owls, pancakes to Mozart, there are tons of ways to while away your weekend hours, awesome-style. Read on for our favorite picks.


photo: Amber Guetebier

San Francisco

Zocolo: Family Day Fiesta 
Celebrate the JCCSF’s collaboration with the Mexican Museum and the new exhibit, ¡Que Rico, Que Bueno! with a day of family fun. Enjoy music, craft making and culinary arts. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Presidio Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.

Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson
The renowned artist will be at Small Frys to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome including the squirmy ones! Book your spot in advance. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Noe Valley. $30/silhouette; duplicates and frames available. All ages. Event details

MCD Library Make Art Story
Create your own story quilt square with paper, fabric, pastels & paint, inspired by the work of award-winning artist Faith Ringgold, who originated the medium and is known for such books asTar Beach and Underground Railroad in the Sky. Feel free to bring in any fabric or paper scraps you might like to include in your artwork! Sat., 4-5:30 p.m. Potrero Hill. Free. All ages. Event details

Date Night: Rockstar
Get your air guitars ready for this date night. The kids create rockstar costumes and rock out all night, including to an air guitar contest! Sat., 5-8 p.m. $50. 5-8. Event details

East Bay

Mother/Daughter Science Workshop
Have a blast exploring electricity! Mothers and daughters will work together to design and take home a magical motorized fluttering fairy. After a potluck lunch, while the daughters make a second exciting hands-on science project, the mothers will break off to share ideas and resources on ways to encourage daughters in science. Sat., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lake Merritt. $115/for two (mother/child). 5-12 (and their moms!). Event details

Outstanding Owl Pellets
Dissect owl pellets using scientific tools and identify what species are prey for barn owls. Look at bones under microscopes and piece together a picture of the skeletons found in your own owl pellets. Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hayward. $8/child. 6 and up. Event details.

Quarry Lakes Family 5K/10K & Pancake Breakfast
Get together with your whole crew for the Quarry Lakes Family 5K and 10K. The stroller friendly, groomed fire roads and flat terrain make this accessible trail for all. Plus, you can see a variety of hawks and even the occasional bald eagle while enjoying a morning of fresh air and exercise.Participants will enjoy hot drinks and a hearty pancake breakfast at the finish. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fremont. $25-$50. All ages. Event details.

Cirqular Logic
See breathtaking circus combined with a unique European-based performance style, and featuring the Circus Spire Youth Troupe. Sat., 8 p.m. & Sun., 1 p.m. Oakland. $15-$40. All ages. Event details.


Pinball Exhibit at MOAH
Don’t miss the Museum of American Heritage’s new exhibit: Pinball! An Exhibition of Vintage Pinball Machines. See the bright and colorful world of pinball, from the 1700s to modern times. See (and play) games from the 1930s and even a transparent machine that allows for a peek inside. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Opera for Families: A Morning with Mozart
Take a fascinating journey into Mozart’s world and meet his magical operatic characters!Enjoy arias, duets and ensembles from his famous operas such as Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro as well as interactive musical activities that engage kids in opera at a young age. Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Palo Alto. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Lion Dancers at San Mateo Library
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy will present a traditional Lion Dance program at the library. Happy New Year! Sat., 2 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

The Tech’s 5th Annual Spectrum of Science Family Overnighter
In a galaxy far, far away (well just the South Bay) there’s a slumber party like no other: Star Wars themed hands-on science plus a private viewing of The Force Awakens! Includes dinner and breakfast along with all activities. Sat., 6 p.m. to Sun., 9 a.m. San Jose. $109-$119/person. 5 and up. Event details.

CMT Rising Stars: Honk!
Honk! is a delightful adaptation of one of the most beloved fables, The Ugly Duckling. This heartwarming story follows Ugly and his adventures on the farm with a bouncing score your little ducklings will love. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., noon, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. San Jose. $14-$18. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

STEM Superhero Series: Building Big
Get ready for some serious fun! The STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. This Saturday, it’s Building Big: Solving for a Booming California. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sausalito. $13.95 (admission). All ages. Event details.

Super Space Party at Marin City Library
Kick off the library’s month long STEAM events with a Super Space Party. Build an edible rover and other space fun, included games and snacks. Sat., 2-4 p.m. Marin City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ring Mt. Restoration
Sink native roots into the ground along Ring Mountain’s roads and trails. Plant native grasses, remove weeds and help keep one of Marin’s beautiful places pristine. All ages are welcome, but kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling, kneeling and a short hike to the site. You’ll get dirty, so dress accordingly. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pancake Breakfast at the 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. Sun., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mill Valley. $35/adult; $12/child; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details

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—Amber Guetebier