The weekend is upon us and this one’s going to be epic! A brand-new musical about inspirational women kicks off in Berkeley and there are Lunar New Year celebrations all over the area. Get ready to learn something new and get inspired!

photo: Bay Area Children’s Theatre

San Francisco

Music Around the World: Africa
The musical traditions of Africa have inspired composers and musicians for centuries. Join Guest Conductor Joseph Young and the SF Symphony as they take you on an exciting tour of music that celebrates African cultures, the spirit of jazz and some of our most admired African American composers. Sat. Event details

Free Day at the Asian Art Museum
Visit one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Sun. Event details

East Bay

She Persisted, the Musical
This new musical, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, tells the story of a third-grade girl whose trip with her class to the museum turns into an adventure in time travel during which she meets inspirational women who are overcoming barriers and making history. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate this holiday at Children’s Fairyland with games, puppet shows and crafts. Learn about the animal of the day at the Humpty Dumpty Wall. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Parents’ Night Out
Enjoy an evening out while the kids have fun with pizza, play time in the gym at Head Over Heels Athletics and a movie. Kids ages four and up are welcome. Fri. Event details


Nature Prints
Use leaves, flowers, feathers and paint to create works of art to take home!  Objects from the Hidden Villa education garden will be transformed into your masterpiece!  This program is covered by your entrance fee. Sun. Event details.

Free First Friday at the San Mateo County History Museum
Explore the museum, enjoy playing in the past and a tour. 11 a.m. is an hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling. Each month there is a different craft and story. Starts in the Wells Fargo Learning Center. Fri. Event details

South Bay

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
This is a chance to partake in some traditionally Asian celebrations of the Lunar New Year! Activities will include dragon dances, brush painting, paper folding and calligraphy demonstrations. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Visit the Nature Museum
Stop by the Environmental Education Center Nature Museum at McClellan Ranch Preserve for an up-close experience with the resident animals and nature exhibits. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you meet the animals and learn a bit about them. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Drop-in Playtime at PlayLand Sausalito
PlayLand is an indoor bounce house playground designed for ages 7 and under. Come jump in the bouncy zone, play games, have fun at the train tables or even spend some quiet time in the arts room. There’s also free organic coffee, tea and cookies for the grownups. Fri. Event details

—Kate Loweth