With some of our favorite spots like the Oakland Zoo reopening, now is the time to get out there and explore. There are a bunch of virtual Black History Month events going on this weekend and family fun for Valentine’s Day.

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Sing at the Drive In
Head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a drive-in movie with your family. Purchase your ticket in advance and don’t forget the popcorn. Sat. Event details

The Oakland Zoo Is Open
The Oakland Zoo is open and ready to welcome back visitors. There are many new residents for visitors to see, including Kijiji the giraffe, Aluna, a newborn Hamadryas baboon, and seven newborn American buffalo calves. Fri.-Sun. Event details

African Dance Class With LaKiesha Golden
Soukous music and Ndombolo dance hails from the heart of Africa, the Congo! If you like to move, have fun, dance, try something new, then please join us with Congo style Dance with dancer LaKiesha Golden! Sat. Event details. Sat. Event details

February Online Free First Friday
Kids are invited to learn about the Asian Lunar New Year! They will make a traditional Chinese rattle toy drum at home. Youngsters will hear the story, Year of the Ox: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. Fri. Event details

SFCAC’s Valentines Family Art Workshop
Join us for a special online workshop for families with children ages 4-10 as we explore and create together. We’ll use a block printmaking technique to create custom-designed Valentine’s cards that you can mail to friends and family! Sun. Event details

Visit the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden includes a major collection of California native plants as well as plants from around the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit the Presidio’s New Marshland & Trail
Visitors can enjoy an up-close experience of nature along an elevated pedestrian bridge and trail that winds through the marsh. Native salt marsh and riparian plants grown at Presidio Nursery create an extraordinary habitat for fish, crabs, and oysters. Bring your binoculars, Quartermaster Reach is a great place for birding. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out the Ladybug Migration
The ladybugs arrive every fall at Redwood Regional Park and it’s a great hike for the kids Follow map to Skyline Gate Staging Area parking lot. Take the Stream Trail about 1.5 miles just past Prince Trail junction and you’ll see a sign on the right. Ladybugs are all there, usually through February. Daily. Event details.

Catch a Double Feature at the Drive-In
Spend a night at the drive-in movie. Parents save on Tuesday nights. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit “Entwined” in Golden Gate Park
An art installation coming to Golden Gate Park will transform Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light. “Entwined,” by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, will honor Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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