This weekend you can make valentines for and with your sweethearts in Larkspur, get a history tour of the most opulent hotel on San Francisco’s Nob Hill, usher in the Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram in San Jose, and see a kids’ play set to reggae music in Berkeley, plus yoga, a kids’ film fest, hot chocolate, and more! Ride on!

three little birdsPhoto from Three Little Birds by Joshua Posamentier

San Francisco

Valentine’s Card Workshop at the Children’s Art Center
Kids will love this annual cardmaking family workshop. They can create unique Valentine’s Day cards using stamps, stencils, collage, printmaking and more, at this popular family event. Envelopes will be provided for the cards, and snacks and beverages are included. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. San Francisco.$30/adult and child combo; $10/additional child. 3-10. Event details.

Fairmont Hotel Tour
SF City Guides offers free, guided walking tours featuring SF’s most colorful history and haunts. Learn the opulent and hidden history of one of the most famous landmarks in the city. This is one of the few tours where you must make a reservation in advance. You can reserve up to two spots. Exact location of meeting spot is given after you make a reservation. Sat., 11 a.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages (no strollers). Event details. 

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
San Francisco Public Library invites you to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, a video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of a Newbery-winning book, all in about 90 seconds. Hosted by festival founder James Kennedy, author of The Order of Oddfish and Annie Barrows of Ivy and Bean fame. It’s free, but you can register in advance to snag a seat! Sat., 4-5:30 p.m., San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Family Yoga at Recess
Enjoy a healthy family activity learning both individual and group yoga poses and creative breathing exercises that you can repeat yourself on the mat (or rug) at home. Open to all family members and caregiver of kids ages 0-4. Please sign up in advance, as registration is limited. Call 415-701-7529 to reserve your spot. Sat., 10-10:45 a.m. San Francisco. $20/members; $30/non-members. 0-4. Event details.

East Bay

Toddler Ramble: Little Scientist Unite
Conduct experiments at the Interpretive Center. Make things fizz and bounce, and explore with solids, liquids, and gases. Fri.,10:30-11:15 a.m. Hayward. $5. 1-3. Event details.

Three Little Birds: A Reggae Children’s Musical
A modern-day fairytale about timid Ziggy and his tricky friend Nansi and their unexpected adventures, is adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt. Based on stories by Cedella Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter) Three Little Birds, A New Reggae Children’s Musical, evokes the spirit of Jamaica with the music of the legendary songwriter-singer-guitarist Bob Marley, with additional music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Berkeley. $22/adults, $20/seniors, $18/children, $13 groups (minimum 15). 4 and up. Event details.

Family Sweetheart Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and bring your little someone special to the Family Sweetheart Dance! Music, dancing, games, refreshments and photo booth included. Purchase tickets online or by calling 510-559-7015. Sun., 3-5 p.m. El Cerrito. $5/door; $4/advance; $12/family of four. All ages. Event details.


Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at the Podolls
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Third-generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at The Podolls to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome including the squirmy ones! Advance registration is recommended. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Burlingame. $25. All ages. Event details. 

Hot Chocolate Bar in Half Moon Bay
After exploring the beach, head over to the Ritz Carlton for a very special happy hour featuring a Hot Chocolate Bar & S’mores. Select from a premium assortment of chocolates with fun toppings including cinnamon whipped cream, homemade marshmallows, and toasted coconut. Bring your cup out to the bluff and take in the goodness. For an extra treat, buy a Recchiuti Confections S’mores Kit and make a gooey sweet in the fire pits. S’mores kits are $45. Moms and dads can spike their drinks for an extra $6. Fri., 5:45-9:30 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $9/cup. All ages. Event details.

Puss in Boots at the Sunnyvale Theater
The final performance of this classic fairytale about a clever cat and his poor master traveling the French countryside. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Sunnyvale. $13/advance; $15/door. 5 and up. Event details.

Story and Craft Time at the Reading Bug
Hear a story and then get hands-on making a craft at one of the coolest kid’s bookstores in the Bay (and maybe even the world). Sun., 11 a.m. San Carlos. Free. 3 and up. Event details.

South Bay

Historic Orchard Preservation
Guadalupe River Park is home to a historic orchard and they need your help to preserve it. Please note that rain cancels the event, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All children under 18 need a signed parental waiver, found here. Please register in advance: to sign up, click here. Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year Community Day at the SJMA
Usher in the Year of the Sheep with this popular community day at the San Jose Museum of Art. Enjoy live performances, including the Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association at 1:30 p.m. There will be hands-on art making too! Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Montessori de Terra Linda: Into the Woods
Join the upper elementary class from Montessori de Terra Linda for a theatrical performance of Into the Woods, one night only! Students ages 9-12 will wow you with their performance, including songs. Clearly, one of the most adorable performances of the year. Fri., 7 p.m. San Rafael. $12/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.

Yoga in the Park and McNears Beach Clean-Up
Start your day with two hours of service: cleaning up McNears Beach Park, then transition into a 45 minute yoga class, suitable for all ages and abilities. Then enjoy lunch! Bring a mat or towel for yoga, and dress ready to get muddy for the clean-up portion. Free lunch by Whole Foods Market at 1 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Valentine Card Making Party at Tutu School
Join Tutu School for a Valentine-Making Party. Enjoy cupcakes, pink lemonade, and a valentine card craft. Sun., 2-3 p.m. Larkspur. All ages. Event details.

Ensambles Ballet Folklorico at the BADM
See the colorful dresses and intricate footwork of the Ensambles Ballet Folklorico, who will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music and traditional costumes. Sat., 11 a.m. Sausalito. $5/members; $7/general. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your family calendar this weekend? Don’t forget to visit us on Instagram to show us how you #rockedtheweekend 


—Amber Guetebier