It’s a three-day weekend for most of us, which means you can put off those Sunday chores for a different day and get out of the house with the kids. Visit sea lions at Pier 39, re-live the summer with a tidepooling excursion, and learn about the mycological wonders right in our own backyards. Ride on!
Photo: Sea lion at Pier 39 by Tony Fischer via Flickr Creative Commons
25th Anniversary of the Sea Lions at Pier 39
Believe it or not, it’s been a little over 25 years since the Loma Prieta quake, and the sea lions began arriving in droves not long after it hit. Head to Pier 39 to celebrate the anniversary of their arrival with guided tours, refreshments, and special discounts in nearby shops. And as a bonus, Sunday from 11a.m.-2 p.m. kids eat free at the Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Free Children’s Yoga Classes at Yoga Journal Conference
Stop by the Yoga Journal gathering at the Hyatt Regency for one or both of the kids yoga classes. Saturday from 11-11:30, Tahoe-based instructor and mom Naomi Friedus introduces children to yoga through animal asana, music, and relaxation. Sunday, Next Generation Yoga will teach a class for kids (and kids at heart) from 11a.m.-noon. The class will be held in the Sangha Space, lower level of the hotel inside the Yoga Market.Sat., 11-11:30 a.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-noon. San Francisco. Free. All ages (parents can join in!) Event details.
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at the Cal Academy
Because there are few things more awesome then spending the night at the home of sharks, an albino alligator and science-collections that are more than 100 years old. Explore the aquarium after-hours, catch a late planetarium show, enjoy milk and cookies during story time, sleep just steps away from the lions in African Hall, and much more. Sat., 6 p.m. San Francisco. $109/person non-members; $89/person academy members. 5 and up (kids require chaperones). Event details.
Jack and the Beanstalk with Children’s Theater Arts of SF
Bring your little beanstalks to this musical retelling of the classic fairy tale of gullible young Jack, his poor Mother, their loveable cow Betsy, an evil baron, a madcap inventor Giant, along with his lab assistants and magical creations, the Golden Harp and Golden Goose. The play is full of surprises as not all characters are exactly what you expect them to be! The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes. Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. San Francisco. $15. All ages. Event details.
Oakland Restaurant Week
Get your stretch pants on: it’s the first weekend of Oakland’s 5th Annual Restaurant Week, (well, 10 days, but that’s a good thing.) Over 65 restaurants are offering pre-fixe menus at $20, $30, and $40/person. You can visit the website to see participating eateries and even reserve your table. From Jan. 15-25. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Times vary. Oakland. $20, $30, or $40/plate. All ages. Event details.
Mushroom Walk in UC Botanical Garden
Join local naturalist and mycologist Debbie Viess, co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, for a fun talk on local mushrooms that occur in our Bay Area woods, lawns and yes, even gardens. Beautiful photos, stories and plenty of easy to digest science will be value added. Then tour the UC Botanical Garden to see what fungus are amungus! Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Berkeley. $25/general; $20/members. All ages. Event details.
Mini Winton (Trail) Day at the Hayward Shoreline
Re-live the joys of summer in the middle of January with a hike along the W. Winton trailhead and tidepooling and glass-hunting at Glass Beach. After some digging, kids can work on their camouflage skills. Dress for the varied weather and bring water, snacks will be provided. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Hayward. $5/child. 6 and up. Event details.
Very First Concerts: Bang on a Pan
Join the SF Chamber’s top percussionists as they show the kids their beat from a bass drum, cymbals, a thundersheet and more. Warning: it just might make things noisier around the house for a while. Sat., 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m. San Mateo. Free. 0-6. Event details.
Cantor Art Family Sunday
Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays include tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and sometimes even movie screenings. Theres always independent sketch time too! Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kids Rule Concert
Featuring more than forty Bay Area kids ages 6-16 performing guitar, piano, and vocal music in both solo and group settings. Kids will love watching the children on stage. Sun., 3 p.m. Mountain View. $25. All ages. Event details.
African American Folklore at San Jose Public Library
From John Henry to Henry “Box” Brown, Kirk Waller brings African American history to life through stories, music, singing and a little magic. You will laugh, cry and most of all be inspired from a proud and rich past that everyone can appreciate. Sat., 3-4 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Big Screen Sunday at the CDM San Jose
It’s Big Screen Sunday at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and this Sunday’s flick is a beautiful short film about three imaginary kingdoms–Red, Blue, and Yellow—who enter into a colorful battle for supremacy. In the process, the warring kingdoms accidentally create the first rainbow and discover friendship and peace. Sun., movies show at 1, 2, & 3 p.m. Museum is open noon-5 p.m. San Jose. $12; children 12 mos. and under are free (museum admission). All ages. Event details.
Super Soccer Stars Free Demo Day
Bring your little athletes and tumbling toddlers to the Mill Valley Community Center to check out the programs that Super Soccer Stars offers for kids from 12 mos.-5 years old. Free, but please RSVP by calling 415-233-8277. Check the event listing for times; demos are arranged by age group. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. 12 mos.-5. Event details.
Girls Can Be Park Rangers Too
Girls can play in the dirt, rock at sports, fight fires, camp in the woods, and be park rangers! Join Ranger Sarah Burkhart at for hot chocolate and s’mores and learn about what a Marin County Park Ranger does and how to become one. This program is ideal for Girl Scout groups and other young ladies between ages 6-12 but boys are welcome too. Sat., 6-8 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
BoBop at the Bolinas Community Center
Come together with the Bolinas Community and welcome the first BoBop (Bolinas Bring your Own Plate) at the BCC. You should literally bring your own plate. The cost varies and depends on the meal and the number of participants. Please RSVP email@example.com so they know how many to cook for. They are also looking for volunteers for cooking during the day or cleaning up. Bring a mug to drink from and your favorite libation, too. Read about BoBop here. Sun., 6 p.m. Bolinas. Cost varies. All ages. Event details.
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