While much of the country is a frozen tundra we are celebrating more mild winter weather here in the Bay Area. Get out and enjoy it by taking the kids on a hike in Muir Woods or a stroll on the pier. If it turns a little foggy, you can always curl up with the kiddos and a good book, or head out to see a play by kids, for kids! If you feel like dancing, check out this Hungarian cultural celebration or maybe you’d rather travel around the globe with this famous basketball team. Your little bugs won’t want to miss this sneak-peak at an upcoming exhibit, and if you’ve got a mopey Maude or bored Billy, fear not. The Sheriff of Fun is here this weekend to help. Read on for all the deets.
Sea Lion Encounter at Pier 39
Back nearly a quarter of a century ago, the sea lions took up residence at Pier 39. Now a tourist attraction all their own, Pier 39 is commemorating their arrival with the Sea Lion Encounter. This 20 minute, guided walking tour, led by Aquarium of the Bay naturalists, includes a special stop at the brand new Sea Lion Center, which features educational videos, interactive displays, and much more. After the tour, join Salty the Sea Lion at Neptune’s for complimentary refreshments. All tours meet a the sea lion statue (of course). Fri., Sat., & Sun. 12 – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Hungarian Dance-House Party
Táncház is a Hungarian and Transylvanian tradition of dancing to live folk music. Come learn dances commonly played during a Táncház or just improvise by yourself! See performances by Eszterlánc Hungarian Folk Ensemble, Mazsola Children’s Ensemble, and Tihanyi Laci, then bust our your new moves for an evening dance party with Forrás, the an authentic Táncház band. Children’s workshop is at 3 p.m., and arts and crafts for children will be provided during the adult workshop at 4 p.m. Dinner follows, additional fee for food and drink. Sat., 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Sheriff of Fun Variety Show
Get your little deputies on over to the San Leandro library for a variety show like no other. Using magic, storytelling, and puppetry this comedic show proves there is only one Sheriff in town–the Sheriff of Fun! Attendance is first come, first served. Tickets are free and available two week prior. Refreshments served! Sat., 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. San Leandro. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Xtreme Bugs at the Lawrence Hall
Spend MLK, Jr. weekend getting a sneak-peak at the new Xtreme Bugs exhibit (opening Feb. 1). Create bug sculptures from paper dowels, design a jitterbug robot in the Ingenuity Lab, and check out the new 3-D film about insects. Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. $12/adults; $9/children 7-18; $6, children 3-6; children under 2 are free. All Ages. Event details.
101 Dalmations Kids
This play is by kids, for kids! Adapted from the beloved Disney film, this live theater version is played by a cast of 4-9 year olds. Bring the whole family out to cheer on Pongo and Perdita and cringe at Cruella De Vil’s antics. And shows as early as 10 a.m. performances, even the tiniest of pups can enjoy a day at the theater! Fri., Sat., & Sun., times vary. San Jose. $12/adults; $8, 2-11, assigned theater seats; $6/ 2-11, floor seating; 2 and under (lap) are free. All Ages. Event details.
Harlem Globetrotters at SAP
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to San Jose as part of their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. The Globetrotters sports entertainment will keep your kids laughing with their twist on classic basketball. Kids can visit the website in advance to vote for their fave crazy rule! Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $21-$163. All Ages. Event details.
Muir Woods Hike
Join Ranger Aimee on a three-mile exploration of trails from Fern Creek to Alice Eastwood. Get inspired by the woods, ferns and creeks and teach kids the importance of “leaving no trace” when on a nature hike. Moderate hike, suitable for all ages (tire out your toddlers!) Strollers not advised. Please RSVP at 415-388-2596. Meet at the visitor’s center. Sat., 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Mill Valley. $7/adults; children 15 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Story Time at B&N Corte Madera
B&N in Corte Madera are hosting a storytime reading of The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty, a delightful story of a disappearing books in the rabbit-town of Burrow Down. After the story, kids will get a chance to check out the Drawing Pad app on NOOK®, along with reading apps such as Word-A-Licious Toddler, First Words Toddler Touch and Say and the adorable Read & Play™ book, How Rocket Learned to Read. Plus other activities including story writing and contests, and treats from the cafe. Sat., 11 – 11:45 a.m. Corte Madera. Free. 3-6. Event details.
What’s on your family’s calendar this weekend? Let us know!
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: Diana Nemethy, courtesy Croatian American Cultural Center