It’s not just you. The post holiday blues are real. But don’t worry because we’ve got so much fun lined up you won’t give another thought to candy canes or gingerbread houses by the time your head hits the pillow Sunday night.

photo: CuriOdyssey

San Francisco

See Art, Make Art at the de Young
You’ve seen art at the de Young now make your own at the weekly Family Art Making Table. Visit for this drop-in art ever-changing activities led by teaching artist and teen ambassadors. Big or little, artist of all ages are welcome to join the fun. Sat. Event details.

Last Call for Ice Skating at the Academy
It’s snowing at the California Academy of Sciences. Explore the holidays through the lens of science, whether the interactive reindeer UV vision, learn why African penguins special bods are designed to live in their rocky, ocean home, they’ll be slow flurries and wild winter trivia, too. For an extra $12, add a magical hour on the new seasonal ice rink outside. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Get in Step with Nature for the New Year
Start the year off with a nature log-a place to collect your thoughts. Activities and art to guide your way-then wander through the park. Sat. Event details.

Grab Your Golden Tix to this Sweet Musical
You can see Willy, Charlie and the Oompa Loompas and the whole gang as you tour the wonders of this magical chocolate factory. Adapted for young audiences from the original beloved novel, this sweet rendition is sure to satisfy parents and kids. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


First Family Friday Night at CuriOdyssey
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun. On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from Jason Movrich of Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Fri. Event details.

Lunch or Brunch with the Sheep Today
Ever wonder what chickens eat for lunch? Kids can taste a root, come face to snout with a pig and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep during morning or afternoon guided tours of Hidden Villas Farm and educational garden. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Makers Gonna Make Art Sculptures
During open studio hours at the New Museum of Los Gatos kids get to work on innovative projects each weekend. This month kicks off with squiggle sculpture, and you’ll use use wire, nylon, and paint to create beautiful abstract sculptures. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Get Piggy with it at this Play
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 at Bay Area Children’s Theater for some post-holiday cheer. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Park it for Free on Measure A Days
Marin County Parks including Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park are free on the first Saturday of each month this year thanks to Measure A. These free days will give the whole family a chance to explore each of these beautiful parks all year long. The county named this program “Measure A Days” because the loss in fee revenues will be offset by the Measure A funds approved by voters in 2012. Sat. Event details.

Ride Here for a Skateboard Lesson
Got a newbie skateboarder in your household but don’t quite know how to show them the tricks? Bring them to McInnis Skate Park where rangers will offer tips and techniques for newbie skateboarders and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Bring your board, helmet, and pads. Sat. Event details.

What are you looking forward to in 2018? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers