We made it! It’s 2017 and what better way to mark a New Year then to get out and experience something new? From a family campout to a kid’s opera, an auto show and a free day at the aquarium, we can tell that this year is going to be rad.

Redmond Town Center New Year's Day Ice Skating PartyRedmond Town Center


San Francisco

Last Call for Snow at the Academy
It’s snowing for the last weekend this season 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hit the Embarcadero Ice Rink One Last Time
It’s closing time so bundle up one last time this season and head on over to the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center. The largest ice skating rink the Bay Area means that advanced skaters can freely glide, there’s plenty of room to skate arm-in-arm (no snap the whip please!) and your budding skaters will have the space to tumble or move slowly without being trampled. 90-minute sessions start at every even hour. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Gather Around the Fire at Tilden Nature Area
It sure is cold but you can warm up around a cozy, crackling campfire at Tilden Nature Area. Kids will hear classic stories related to farming and insects. No need to register, just pop on by. Dress warm! Sat. Event details.

Go Ice Skating with Frosty and Friends
Hit the ice rink with Frosty the Snowman and some of this wintry pals. Show him your rad moves on the ice and maybe he’ll show you some tricks of his own. Bundle up and get ready for a magical night on the ice. Sat. Event details.


This is Like Opera 101 for Kids
Opera for Families will get the next generation excited about opera and spread its magic among children of all ages in a way that is up-to-date, fascinating and fun. Opera singers and a pianist will perform a selection of pieces from operas and musicals. Their performance will be enhanced with insightful explanations, role-playing games and exercises to help the young audience explore different aspects of opera. The program has been performed hundreds of times, receiving rave reviews for being a fascinating, enriching and unforgettable experience. Sat. Event details.

Nerd Out at this Physics Show
“If you can’t have fun with physics… you aren’t a very fun person!” So the saying goes around these parts. The Foothill College Physics Department puts on a fun demo show for elementary school-aged kids, showing off our best experiments, getting the youngsters interested in science. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

It’s Community Day at Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Swim on over the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz for a deep sea good times. Kids (and their folks) can interacts with sea stars and hermit crabs or come face to face with sharks! There are great exhibits outside, as well as a beautiful native garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, it’s all free on these special days! Fri. Event details.

Revvv Your Engines for the Silicon Valley Auto Show
The future of drive pulls into the Bay Area for the 2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show with hundreds of the latest cars, crossovers, SUV’s, trucks and more. For four days, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will be filled with all that is new in the automotive world. From driver assistance technology to the latest in connectivity, the Silicon Valley Auto Show will feature the latest innovations designed to make driving safer, as well as the hottest alternative fuel options, pre-production vehicles and exotics. Licensed drivers will be invited to get behind the wheel of dozens of new models including hybrids, family vehicles, luxury rides and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Head Outside With Your Little Crew This Weekend
Click off Netflix this weekend and head outdoors with the family camp program at the Point Bonita YMCA. This two night program is totally nature focused, and includes meals, camping in the Y’s historic dorm rooms, nature crafts and hikes at the National Park.  This program is open to 25 families per month and includes family activities as well as children’s activities, allowing parents to have a bit for time to themselves. This is a partnership program between the YMCA of San Francisco and the National Park Service. Fri. Event details.


Kids’ PJ Party with Dev Petty
Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Dev Petty will be here to read you a bedtime story from “I Don’t Want to be Big”. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, and get your books signed. Then head home for bed. Frog does NOT want to grow up. Doesn’t need to be tall. Doesn’t want to be able to jump high enough to see the tree frogs. He’s just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don’t get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you? Fri. Event details.

What are you looking forward to in 2017? Tell us how in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers