Now that the cold snap is over, get outside with your kids! There are plenty of kids activities in San Francisco this weekend! We have a few ideas for dirty outings below, but if old man winter comes back, there is plenty to do inside.  Head over to the Disney Family museum and catch a few of the classic Donald Duck movies.  Or get a jump-start on the Chinese New Year at your local branch of the SF Public Library—Marina, Richmond, Sunset, West Portal and Parkside branches will host a bevy of Chinese Lion Dancers.  If the clouds are getting you down, head to the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center to see a production of Annie in case you need reassurance that the sun will come out.

San Francisco

Little Learners Lab at the Academy of Science:
Be a scientist-in-training and join in some fun hands-on-experiments in the Early Explorers Cove. Free with Academy admission; first-come, first-served. Sun. Jan 23. 2 p.m. Event Details.

The New Pickle Circus.
Clowns, acrobats, and contortionists light up the stage in an annual performance of the talented New Pickle Circus. Sat., Jan 22 5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $16-$22. Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF. Event Details.

East Bay

The Rubinoos Junior Show
By popular demand the Berkeley Pop Legends are back for an encore performance of their wacky children’s show. Performing fun material for the young and the young at heart. La Pena Cultural Center.  Sat. 10:30 am. $4-$5. Event Details.

Explore the Invisible World of the Marsh
Did you know that there are 10,000 living creatures in one cubic inch of mud? Come explore the hidden, thriving world of plankton and other small invertebrates and make a microbe to take home. Saturday, January 22 10:30a.m.-12 p.m. $10. Event Details.


The Marvelous Monkey King.
Celebrate Chinese New Year’s with the epic Chinese hero as he searches for enlightenment in spite of the many demons he must battle or trick. Part of the Peninsula Youth Theater Stories on Stage program — special 45-minute shows designed to get kids interested in reading.  Share the book, then see the play! The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  Sat., Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $10. Event Details.


Hands on Nature: Critters of the Bay Area.
Touch an owl! Sniff a skunk! Respect a rattlesnake! Join lead naturalist, Garth Harwood, at the hearthside for a fascinating evening featuring local wildlife both big and small. Questions answered, myths debunked, and true stories shared. You may not choose to spend time around cougars, ticks, snakes and coyotes, but you may like to know more about them – and what to do if you DO find yourself among them! No live animals present, but plenty of cool things to investigate, then treat yourself to warm cocoa and cookies. Friday, January 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Dana Center at Hidden Villa. $7-$10. Event Details.



Come see a family showing of this classic film on the big screen. The Lark theater is one of the last remaining single screen theaters in the Bay Area, and they make an effort to provide family friendly programming. Bonus, they serve organic snacks at the concession stand as well as wine–but the wine is only during evening showings, Doh! Lark Theater.Sat. Jan. 22, 3pm.  $5-$6.75. Event Details.

Pajama Night at Doodlebug
Kids put on their pajamas, and draw, paint, and play games with the staff while eating pizza.  Parents get a night on the town! Once you disover this place, you’ll be back, as they have many activities for creative kids. Doodlebug in San Anselmo Ages 3+. Friday, Jan. 21,  6-9pm. $30. Event Details.

-Lianna McSwain