The Year of the Rooster is officially underway and it’s time to celebrate through music, dance and crafts. Whether you attend a Lunar New Year Celebration or pay homage to this celebration via another weekend outing, don’t forget to spread festive New Years greetings.


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San Francisco

Go Wild For This Lunar New Year Party
Guests born in the Year of the Rooster get free admission for the day, but everyone is sure to go nuts for the zoo’s entertainment lineup for the Lunar New Year Celebration. Acrobatic performances, lion dances, a rooster craft, and a zodiac scavenger hunt ensure fun for all. Stop by the Family Farm to visit the zoo’s own roosters. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Listen to Lunar New at the Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony pays tribute to the musical tradition of Asia with a selection of traditional Asian music along with orchestral works influenced by both East and West. Come early for a fun pre-concert festival with lion dancing, ribbon dancing, tea bars and lucky red envelopes. Sat. Event details.

Get Rolling With The Y
t’s time to roll with the YMCA’s Learn to Ride program. Get the kiddos riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Go Back to the Future on Saturday
Forest Home Farms Historic Park feature free family activities from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Take a tour of the restored Victorian House Museum on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a fee of $5 per person (payable by credit card only, children ages 3 and under are free.) Activities vary weekly but this month you can recreate Victorian Valentines, try out embroidery, participate in old fashioned games and give canning and jamming a whirl. Sat. Event details.


Get Your Little Piggies to this Play
Everyone loves the story of the three little pigs, this industrious crew who try to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf. Now it’s set to an award-winning musical background, written by the musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins. So head on over and maybe you’ll learn a few things about standing up to bullies from these clever pigs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What Does the Conductor Do? Find Out in San Mateo
Who is that person standing in front of the orchestra? Is that a magic wand in his hand? And why is he so important? Join the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for another Very First Concert, and unravel the mysteries of the maestro with your youngest little conductors. Designed with toddlers in mind, these delightful 20-minute presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement and dancing. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

It’s Community Day at this Sea Side Museum
Swim on over the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz for a deep sea good times. Kids (and their folks) can interacts with sea stars and hermit crabs or come face to face with sharks! There are great exhibits outside, as well as a beautiful native garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, it’s all free on these special days! Fri. Event details.

You’ll Crow for this Lunar New Year Celebration
Continue ushering in the New Year at the annual Lunar New Year celebration at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The festival includes a lively Lion Dance, crafts including paper abacuses, zodiac paper-folding and figurines, a rooster and chicken petting zoo and dance and music performances including the Silicon Valley Chinese Orchestra and Crystal Children’s Choir. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Stroll a Historic Railroad on this Hike
Did you know there’s an old scenic railroad along Mt Tamalpais? Now is a great time to explore this century-plus-old relic and hear about its history. This three mile moderate hike great for families with kids of all ages. Dress in layers and bring along lunch and water. Sat. Event details.

Park it for Free on Measure A Days
Marin County Parks including Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park are free on the first Saturday of each year thanks to Measure A. These free days will give the whole family a chance to explore each of these beautiful parks all year long. The county named this program “Measure A Days” because the loss in fee revenues will be offset by the Measure A funds approved by voters in 2012. Sat. Event details.

Winter may be cold but it sure is fun. Tell us what you love about this chilly season in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers