It’s MLK weekend which means a bonus day off so we’re making sure you’ve got plenty of choices to keep that itinerary full of fun. And in honor of Dr. King, we’ve got a list of 20 ways you can give back to your community with a day of service. From PJs to pulling weeds, this is how the Bay Area does weekends.
photo: California Academy of Sciences
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy
Experience your own night at the museum. Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after milk and cookies. Wake up with the amazing animals and grab some breakfast at the cafe. Fri., 6 p.m.–Sat., 8 p.m. Golden Gate Park. $89/members; $109/general. 5 and up. Event details.
Pier 39 Sea Lions 26th Anniversary
Shortly after the quake in 1989, sea lions began arriving in droves to Pier 39’s K-Dock. With the protected environment and plentiful food supply, they soon made it their long-term home. Join Pier 39 in celebrating these barking pinnipeds with walking tours, refreshments, special discounts, and more! Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Pier 39. Free. All ages. Event details.
Creative Family Fun in the Presidio: Bird Nests
More than 200 hundred species of birds have been seen in the Presidio and at this event, kids can build their own bird nests. Head to the Presidio Officer’s Club for an afternoon of history and crafts. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.
Zoovie Night at the Oakland Zoo
Put on your jammies and enjoy a Friday night out with the kids: Zoovie night at the Oakland Zoo includes complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn, a meet and greet with some of the zoo’s education animals and a screening of Finding Nemo. Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oakland. 4 and up. $7. Event details.
Very First Concert: Plus One
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… In the world of music, these numbers mean a solo, duet, trio, quartet and quintet. Designed for the youngest listeners, the delightful 20-minute presentation will teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement and dancing—all completely free of admission. Sat., 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.
Curiosity Hacked Open Lab
Explore new STEAM skills and concepts at Curiosity Hacked Open Lab for Families. Get hands-on with activities like electronics, woodworking, laser cutting, and more! Participate in a guided activity, an independent project, or bring in a project you are working on. Note that prices vary based on materials fee, and workshops vary from week to week, with the usual cost between $10-$20. No charge if you bring your own project. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Oakland. Sliding scale. All ages. Event details.
Ami and Tami at the Oshman JCC
Matti Kovler’s Ami and Tami is a contemporary twist on Hansel and Gretel. Featuring singers, dancers, a choir orchestra and a giant flying comb, this lively familiar story is replete with new characters and witty unexpected twists that will engage and delight both kids and adults. The performance will feature selected numbers from the original Hebrew version, as well as a full performance in English. Presented by The Oshman Family JCC. Sun., 4:30-6:30 p.m. Palo Alto. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.
Secrets of the Pescadero Marsh
Discover the secrets of the Pescadero Marsh, a 243-acre reserve, with guided walks led by State Park docents. The marsh is home to more than 200 species of birds, as well as plants and other animals like foxes, raccoons, and deer. The walk is two-hours, so wear good walking shoes, pack snacks and water, and don’t forget your binoculars! Meet at the Pescadero State Beach Parking Lot. Sun., 1 p.m. Pescadero. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays
Head to the Stanford campus for tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and even movie screenings. There/s always independent sketch time too! Don’t miss the rare drawings on display by Red Horse, depicting the Battle of Little Bighorn. Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Globetrotters are on the move with their 2016 World Tour. Score your seats to see these outstanding athletes and their antics in person. Fri., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., noon. San Jose. $16-$159. All ages. Event details.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Live!
The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure with John Williams’s epic score performed live to picture by a full symphony orchestra. Don’t miss this American Concert Premiere! Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. and Sun., 2:30 p.m. San Jose. $70-$95. All ages. Event details.
Beauty and the Beast
Perfect for kids, this re-telling of this much-loved French fairy tale in which the kind and courageous Beauty teaches a Beast to be gentle and good will please any age (all ages must have a ticket) but is suggested for kids 5-11. Sat., 11 a.m. Sunnyvale. $13-$20. All ages. Event details.
Share a Book with a Dog
Readers aged 5 and older are invited to book an appointment to read to a dog at the San Rafael Public Library! Make your appointment at the Children’s Reference Desk, or call 415-485-3322. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. Free. 5 and up. Event details.
Geology Hike at Mount Burdell
Join a ranger-led hike exploring how and why Mount Burdell came to look the way it does today. With a focus on the geology and mass movements that have shaped the mountain, the hike includes visits to three different quarry sites from different time periods. This all ages event is moderate to strenuous: please wear comfy clothes and athletic shoes and bring your own water and lunch. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome. Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Sing-Along Frozen
See your favorite ice princess shine on the big screen while you and the kiddos really “Let It Go” and sing-along with all the songs you know by heart. Costumes encouraged: prizes awarded for best in show. Sat., 2-4 p.m. Napa. $15. 2 and up. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Bluegrassfed Concert in St. Helena
The first concert in Long Meadow Ranch’s 2016 Bluegrassfed concert series is this Saturday and will feature the Lil’ Smokies, a progressive six-piece bluegrass band out of Montana. Sat., 7:30 p.m. St. Helena. $25/advance; $35/door. All ages. Event details.
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