Hello, 2020! Let’s kick off the new year with some family time! This weekend is the perfect time to check out some new museum exhibits like everyone’s favorite Pinkmas at the Museum of Ice Cream. There are also a ton of theater productions going on, perfect for the youngest audiences. Kick off 2020 with a bang!

photo: Mae Respicio

San Francisco

A Year With Frog and Toad
Families will delight in this heartwarming, jazzy-rhythmed tale of friendship, as cheerful Frog and his more reserved pal Toad swim, sled, bake cookies and otherwise romp through a year of comic adventures, accompanied by their woodland animal friends, like Snail, who, by golly, will deliver the mail. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum 
Kick off the New Year with festive art-making inspired by the Year of the Rat at the Asian Art Museum. Sun. Event details

East Bay

Wheels on the Bus
Inspired by the ever-popular book and song of the same name, Wheels on the Bus introduces small theatregoers to the people who work in their communities—a baker whom they can help by kneading “dough,” a teacher who leads them in the A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s, a veterinarian, a librarian and others—as they sing and dance their way through town. Sat.-Sun. Event details


IlluminOdyssey First Friday Family Night
Welcome the new year during extended hours at CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey. Electrify your child’s imagination with four levels of colorful, interactive light exhibits open until 8 p.m. Enjoy live music and a cash bar while the kids meet CuriOdyssey’s animals and learn about their defenses. Fri. Event details

Rock ‘n Roll Skate in Sunnyvale
Join us for musical fun on select Friday nights. The Winter Ice Rink will host a skate party like no other. Bring your friends, dress up and skate to your favorite tunes. Fri. Event details

South Bay

Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem—Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Hello From Japan Exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Visitors will learn how time-honored Japanese traditions co-exist with the contemporary culture. Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute kawaii styles. Kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a faux seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Family Days at MarinMOCA
Choose from several hands-on art projects taught by professional teacher and customize the art project so that you and every child in your family can take home a personalized creation. Art supplies are included. Sun. Event details

Science + You
Wash your hands, wipe your feet, and even walk through a pretend shower to enter a replica laboratory at BADM’s traveling exhibit, Science + You. The exhibit features interactive activities, including a Mixing and Separating Test Lab, Magnification Area and Test Kitchen, all designed to get visitors thinking about the important connections between science and wellness. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth