Ready to make a splash this weekend? Then you’ve come to the right place because this line-up includes a major whale migration, big-time bubbles and one really cool campfire. Keep reading to see what else is topping our to-do lists.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

San Francisco

Hang out with the Lost Boys this Weekend
Take off with the Darling children on a fun-filled, high-flying adventure to Never Land with the boy who never grows up. Learn what it takes to fly like Peter Pan, how to defeat the meanest pirate of them all, Captain Hook, and capture a little bit of pixie dust along the way. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get the Family Together for an Art Bash
Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a day-long celebration, accessible for all families, filled with art-making, music, storytelling, and a family dance party. Storytelling and musical performance will be ASL interpreted. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Make No Mistake at Beautiful Oops
“A torn piece of paper is just the beginning” in Beautiful Oops!, Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s original, immersive musical theatre experience in which audience members are invited to help the actors turn accidents into creative successes. Inspired by Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Shop for a Good Cause at the OMCA White Elephant Preview Sale
The OMCA White Elephant Preview Sale is one of the best in Northern California with proceeds going to benefit the museum. With 17 well organized departments (including books, toys, bikes, camping and sporting equipment and kids’ clothes), there’s sure to be something for everyone. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Spout Off at Whalefest Monterey
Ready for some big fun? Then head to the annual WhaleFest Monterey for music, food and, of course, to celebrate the migration of the gray whales along the California coast. But there’s more.  Whalefest benefits local and national marine organizations that help bring awareness through their education outreach on the importance of protecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Play Your Way for Children with Autism
Play Your Way is a special event designed for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families, including a professional resource fair. Enjoy the entire museum supervised by trained employees and volunteers. Sat. Event details.


Feel Free to Get Curious
Tackle cool science brain teasers and shake paws with California animals at CuriOdyssey’s free Community Days. These free events take place on both weekdays and weekends so that everyone has the chance to go on this wild adventure. Fri. Event details.

Join Elephant and Piggie at their Play in Palo Alto
Expect happy high jinks galore—and a wonderful time, with music and rhyme—as Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals cavort through the joys and trials of friendship in Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” Back by popular demand. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Get Glowing at this Family Nike Hike and Campfire
Discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence with NatureBridge. You’ll hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. Where did they come from? Why are they blinking? Are they here all the time? We will try and answer all these and other questions. Evening hikes are usually no more than two miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike gather around the campfire for s’more roasting, campfire skits and fun sing along. Fri. Event details.

Clap Until Your Pop with the Bubble Lady
The Bubble Lady delights her audiences with bubble space ships, trumpets, baby bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles, volunteers inside of really BIG bubbles…you get the idea. It’s good, clean fun thanks to the Buddy Club. Sun. Event details.

What’s your favorite winter weekend activity? Tell us how in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers