Spring is roaring in like a lion dance and there’s plenty of ways to get out and enjoy our beautiful Bay Area. Head south to San Jose for a two-day Vietnamese New Year celebration, head north to Novato for a waterfall discovery walk, conduct experiments in Corona Heights, or drop the kids off for a night of yoga and crafts while you get zen over a glass of something-that-isn’t-juice. Ride on!

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San Francisco

Baby Loves Disco (After) Valentine’s Ball
Baby Loves Disco annual ball comes a little after Valentine’s Day but it’s just as sweet! Music, crafts, food, unlimited juice boxes, cash bar for mamas & papas and lots of dancing. Parents can boogie down with the kids (and they are probably too young to be embarrassed!) Sat., 1-3:30 p.m. San Francisco. $15. All ages. Event details & tickets.

Science Fair Fest at Randall Museum
In conjunction with the annual San Francisco Middle School Science Fair, the Randall Museum is inviting visitors to participate in the Science Fair Fest. View more than 200 student science projects on display and participate in drop-in art and science activities. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Grand Opening Party for Mapamundi Kids
Bring the whole family to an opening party at the new Mapamundi Kids in Noe Valley. Enjoy face painting, balloons, coloring activities, and book readings from beloved kid authors Sara Gillingham and Maria van Lieshout. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Free Day at Asian Art Museum
Part of Target’s First Free Sunday program, the Asian Art Museum is open, totally free, and totally awesome. In addition to touring the regular galleries and exhibits there were be storytelling sessions throughout the day, architecture tours, and even a family friendly yoga class! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details

East Bay

Parent’s Night Out at Habitot
The kids get to explore the museum and eat pizza, and you get a few hours for dinner and a movie (or a nap…we’re not judging). This event fills up quickly so reserve now! Fri., 5:30-9:30 p.m. Berkeley. $39/child; $29/siblings. 2-7. Event details.

Zen Night Out
A relaxing and imaginative spin on a Kids Night Out, Zen Night Out let’s kids unplug from their busy week through a variety of ‘zenned out’ activities like yoga, crafts, snack time, breathing exercises, and free play. Register now! Fri., 6:30-9:30 p.m. San Ramon. $30 adults; $20/siblings. 4-13. Event details. 

Alameda Point Antiques Fair
The largest of its kind in No. Cal. Join hundreds of other treasure seekers to the island to browse over 800 antique dealer booths. See what baubles or collectibles your kids will find. Children under 15 are admitted free. There are food vendors here, too, so you won’t leave hungry. Sun., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Alameda. $5/adult; children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details.


Preschool Time at Hiller Aviation Museum
Join a special tour, listen to a flight-themed book reading in the museum’s Aviation Library, and tour the inside of an aircraft. Class is included in museum admission, and museum is open until 5 p.m. Sat., 10-11 a.m. San Carlos. $14/adult; $9/child 5-17; children 4 and under are free. 3-5. Event details.

Paws for Tales in Atherton
Give the kids a chance to improve their reading skills by reading stories to a trained therapy dog. et Assisted Therapy teams and their handlers are from the Peninsula Humane Society & the SPCA’s Paws for Tales program. (Sign up in advance; parents must sign a release form). Sat., 11 a.m. Atherton. Free. 5-12. Event details.

Meadows 2nd Annual Crab Feed & Auction
Start the evening out with a pre-event beer and social from 4-6 p.m. and then head to the crab feed for all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. All proceeds go to benefit Meadows Elementary School. Sat., 6-9 p.m. Millbrae. $60. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Cañada Road is closed been the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, which makes for a car-free walk, run, bike, skate, stroll, or tricycle ride! With restrooms located strategically along the way (Edgewood Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and Filoli) and tons of places to stop and picnic, it’s a beautiful day out. Ride on! Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

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. and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 1 & 4 p.m. Sunnyvale. $22/adults; $19/students & seniors; $12/child 5 and under. All ages. Event details.

Vietnamese Tet Festival 2015
Celebrate Tet, or Lunar New Year, with food, firecrackers, fun, and family. Lush with activity, there will be lion dances, Ao Dai contest, traditional dances and ceremonies, a pho challenge, talent show, carnival games and rides and so much more. Celebrate 40 years of Vietnamese-American culture and accomplishments with this year’s “Passport to Vietnam” Tet Festival. This event is free for toddlers, veterans, and anyone wearing Ao Dai or traditional clothing! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. San Jose. $10/general; $3-7/child; children 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details. 

School House Rock Jr.
Through now-iconic cartoons and songs, School House Rock educated eager television viewers on math, history, grammar, science, and more. Head to the Montgomery Theater for a live-stage performance featuring many of your favorite hits. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat., noon, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., 1 & 5 p.m. San Jose. $18/adult; $14/child. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Willy Wonka at Mill Valley Middle School
Join Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Veruca Salt and all the characters from Roald Dahl’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Mill Valley Middle School’s own special spin: think breakdancing lollipops, dancing (hungry) squirrels and some surprise soundtrack hits including “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” A sweet time is guaranteed for all. Fri., Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Mill Valley. $15/adult; $10/child (available at the door). All ages. Event details.

Waterfall Walk with WildCare
WildCare Family Adventures will visit Fairway Falls in Novato, part of the Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve. This easy hike follows the creek through a lush forest and ends at the waterfalls. Along the way, we will look for signs of the flora and fauna that call this habitat home. Sat., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.

Great Baby Romp 2015
This year’s Great Baby Romp is at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! In addition to the seminars and vendors there’s a chance to try out over 25 different baby and toddler classes before you commit to a class series. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sausalito. $15. (Does not include museum admission). All ages. Event details.

Family Day at Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Muir Beach. $10/family suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier