If you’re ready to kick off the weekend you’ve come to the right place. Among our top picks for serious fun is the Randlall Museum Gran Reopening, the Annual Botanical Valentine Tea and who wouldn’t love to go skim boarding? There’s all that, kiddos, and so much more.

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San Francisco

Randall Museum Grand Reopening Family Festival
Celebrate the grand reopening of the Randall Museum, a one-of-a-kind art and science education center. All three floors of the Corona Heights facility have been revitalized, reimagined, and refreshed. Explore the Randall’s state-of-the-art STEM lab, the new geology/seismology exhibit, and the dynamic habitat-based live animal enclosures. Discover what’s new in the expanded science lab, ceramics studio, and first floor lobby exhibit. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10 am, followed by a special family festival with free art and science activities, live entertainment, and more. Sun. Event details.

Smell the Flowers During Tulipmania
PIER 39 is bursting with flower power as more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites come to life during Tulipmania! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping Team. The guided tours depart from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat at Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can be taken any time during Tulipmania and are easily downloaded from pier39.com. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Make No Mistake at Beautiful Oops
“A torn piece of paper is just the beginning” in Beautiful Oops!, Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s original, immersive musical theatre experience in which audience members are invited to help the actors turn accidents into creative successes. Inspired by Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book.Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Annual Botanical Valentine Tea
This annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. You’ll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanical to take home. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes at Footloose
Everybody cut loose at Footloose the Musical! When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Rock Out With the Brain Waite Band
Sing, dance and laugh with The Brian Waite Band as they journey to the musical land of Rockmania, where they help the arguing natives of Fastopolis, Beatbourough and Lowburg learn that working together and playing in harmony make for a better and happier country. Sat. Event details.


Join Elephant and Piggie at their Play
Expect happy high jinks galore—and a wonderful time, with music and rhyme—as Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals cavort through the joys and trials of friendship in Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” Back by popular demand. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Choo-Choo Over to this Garden Railroad
Was you week a drag? Well then chug on over to the Bay Area Garden Railroad Society’s waist high track features live steam locomotives. These railroad engines are designed to be run in anybody’s backyard garden. Live steam locomotives have a butane fueled fire that boils water. The resultant steam is then used to power the pistons. This is the same technique full sized locomotives have used for 175 years. Many examples of old time model steam locomotives will be seen running on the track, all the while puffing wonderful plumes of steam. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Learn to Skimboard at Upton Beach
Just when you though summer felt like a million years away, it’s skim board lesson time. That’s right, head out to Upton Beach where kids can learn to skimboard with ranger staff. Kids will learn the basics through demos and practice, too. No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. The event is ideal for kids around eight year old and up. A limited number of skimboards will be available but if you have one, please bring your own. Sat. Event details.

Let the Park Inspire your Art
The best part of making art outdoors is the freedom to get even more messy. So bring the family to Hal Brown Park where you can paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Creekside Marsh along Corte Madera Creek. New and experienced painters of all ages are welcome. Supplies and healthy snacks are provided. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Tell us how in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers