This month is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in the Bay Area from Super Bowl parties to free museum days to crafting events that are perfect for the whole crew. Scroll through and pick some of your favorites for your February calendar!

Super Bowl Party

Your San Francisco 49ers are NFC Champions and are headed to the Super Bowl. Come watch the biggest game of the season in a family-friendly environment at the Santa Clara City Library. Feb. 1. Event details


Experience Elephant Seals

View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A 10-minute slide video about elephant seals, kids' activities, and complimentary hot beverages are available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Saturdays and Sundays. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

SF Giants FanFest

Celebrate the SF Giants and meet VIPs, get autographs and hang out at this ballpark. Feb. 8. Event details

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Toddler Story Time at the Mill Valley Library

Join Lauren for a Thursday morning story time complete with songs, rhymes, flannelboards and fingerplays especially designed for toddlers aged 2-3 years. Thursdays. Event details

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Chinese New Year Parade

Started in the 1860's by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Feb. 8. Event details

Free Admission Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor

All Bay Area residents can enjoy the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor for free on Saturdays. Event details

Learn to Saltwater Fish

Join rangers to learn how to fish on the San Pablo Bay.  A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Feb. 8. Event details

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Storytime With Christopher Smith

A local school teacher, Christopher's song The Golden Gate is a Parent's Choice Award winner and a beloved favorite throughout the Bay Area. Sundays. Event details


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Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum

Visit the museum for free and explore the special exhibition Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan where you can write a letter to a friend. Feb. 9. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

BOGO Alcatraz Visits

Although Alcatraz Cruises’ tours often sell out during the year, it is a priority to educate the community about the robust history of the Island. Offered only to Bay Area residents, this special “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket promotion is available only on the following dates: Feb. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Event details

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Children's Reading Room at Salesforce Park

Join this impromptu story time with classic picture books to borrow and enjoy while in the park. Daily. Event details

Second Saturday at Jack London Square

Featuring over 50 vendors, live entertainment and food, Second Saturday feels like a neighborhood block party amongst friends. Saturdays. Event details

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CuriOdyssey's Super Family Salute

CuriOdyssey offers exclusive hours for kids with special needs and their families on Sunday, February 9, 3-5pm. Play with hands-on exhibits and see CuriOdyssey’s animals in a safe and friendly environment. Feb. 9. Event details

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Get Your Free Pre-K Pass from Great America

Kids ages 3-5 can sign up for a free pass that will get them into California's Great America for the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020 as well. 

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Music Time with Mr. Andrew at Poppy

Come rock out with new friends at Poppy in the Marin Country Mart. Thursdays. Event details

Family ArtBash Sunday: Blue Jean Bonanza

Join The Museum for a day-long celebration of its newest exhibition "Levi Strauss: A History of American Style," accessible for all families, featuring the down-home Jewgrass sounds of Isaac Zones, hands-on fun in a denim art lab, gallery games and activities, a family heritage project, an exhibition of youth artwork from The Museum's Upstanders Design Challenge, and more! Feb. 23. Event details

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Create a String Art Heart at Home Depot

Create a loving memory with your child at our Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine's Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. Celebrate the moment as your child makes a unique keepsake. Feb. 1. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

Saturday Science at the Randall

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Event details

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Free Guided Farm Tours

You will learn about our farm and CSA, learn what pasture raised means and how farms like Tara Firma Farms are on the front lines to fight climate change, reduce water usage, and build better soil through the latest methods in carbon farming. Saturdays and Sundays. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

Marine Science Sunday

Head to the Marine Mammal Center on the second and fourth Sundays of the month for this engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from education experts. Feb. 23. Event details

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Family Sundays at the Cantor Art Gallery

Second Sunday is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages at the Cantor and the Anderson Collection. Feb. 9. Event details

Mardi Gras Carnival

Celebrate Mardi Gras Carnival at the "French Quarter" in downtown Redwood City, where the public is invited to come disguised for the occasion. Feb. 22. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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