If animals are your thing, then this weekend is all for you! Celebrate 90 years of the San Francisco Zoo with cheap-o admission for the kids and then head over to CuriOdyssey for their Community Free Day. Get out and enjoy a dose of Vitamin D with your animal adventures!

photo: Chantal Lamers

San Francisco

Last Weekend for 90 Cent Admission for Kids to the SF Zoo
To celebrate the Zoo’s 90th Anniversary this year, they are offering 90 cent admission for children under 14 in January. For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2019 than with a Zoo visit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Groundlings Children’s Show
The Groundlings are known for their improvisational, comedic actors. In this show, a bunch of professional adults will perform a show of improv games for kids and families! Expect lots of laughs and silliness. Great for ages 4-12, plus any grownups. You’ll see a LOT of actors that you’ll recognize from TV and movies. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Create Diversity with Art
Be a part of the first-ever Bay Street Art Wall to celebrate love and diversity through artistic expression. Paint acrylic tiles with images that demonstrate diversity. The tiles will then be displayed at the corner of Christie Avenue and Shellmound Street. Sat. Event details

Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane
This hilarious and cautionary tale describes what happens when Rothman’s Oakland-raised kids venture into the fairytale world of Marin, where all the children seem to know how to sew, speak in a “Crystal Cave whisper,” and decorate their (vegan) gingerbread men with stevia icing, carob chips and unsweetened coconut flakes. A wry, comedic and incisive look at the profound societal differences between gritty East Bay living and the idealized-to-the-point-of-ridiculous realm of Marin. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Spelunkalicious Performs at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Join the band that has rocked its way into the hearts of both kids and parents as they explore funky caves and rockin’ planets in search of tasty tunes that will have the whole family dancing and feeling groovy! Performances at 1 and 2:30 p.m. in the theatre. Sat. Event details

Meet Some Animal Friends
Meet some of YSI’s beloved animal ambassadors in this science safari. You will get to see several of their live animals, learn some neat facts about each one and even touch them if you’d like. $15 per person, registration required. Sat. Event details


Community Free Day at CuriOdyssey
Explore science and meet native California animals! Vehicle entrance fee for Coyote Point Park is $6 per car. Please be aware that Community Days are typically crowded in the morning and early afternoon. If you’d like to avoid the crowd, consider coming later in the day. Fri. Event details

Woven Wonders
Create your very art piece by weaving together natural wonders including sticks, flowers, grasses and other objects found at the farm! Take your creation home to remember your beautiful day at Hidden Villa. This program is covered by your entrance fee. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Art and Sensory Workshop
Come and get messy at this fun art class with all of your Jumping Jacks friends. Enjoy a playful, nurturing and process-oriented environment where little hands can explore and experiment with a variety of materials and tools. Fri. Event details

Play in the Mud Kitchen
Use pots, pans, baking sheets and even an old-school stove to whip up mud pies, mud cakes and more! Aprons are available at the entrance to Mud Kitchen and an outdoor sink is available for use. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth