February heralds the Lunar New Year, which means it’s time to par-tay. Break out your red and hit the party circuit with the lion dancers as they travel to library branches around the city. Check to see when the dancers will be at a branch near you. Head to the Chinatown branch to learn some red envelope origami and make your envelopes lucky and art-y. Drop in at the Randall and make your own lion head at their Saturday art class. And visit the Asian Art Museum for their Year of the Tiger celebration with classical Chinese dance and music, and a special Year of the Tiger tale. Take in a different sort of classic at the Disney Family Museum with their showing of Lady and the Tramp. Dogs meeting cute and eating spaghetti never gets old.

 

San Francisco:

Greenhouse-warming

Celebrate the Crissy Field Center’s new digs on East Beach at their gREen Opening party this weekend. Don’t bother bringing a housewarming gift though; they’ve got tons and they’re all for you! Check out live music, tasty tastings, and fun eco-activities for the littles. Bring your party hats! Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Crissy Field, San Francisco, free. Read more.

 

Yellowgold Fever

Do your kids have gold fever? Yellowgold fever? SFPL presents the newest installation of Gustafer Yellowgold’s tricks and travels in concert this Saturday. Come by for some smooth tunes and story stylings featuring this wonderful character. In the meantime, “keep it yellow.” Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., SFPL Main Library, San Francisco, free. Read more.

South Bay/Peninsula:

Picture Pages

Orion Alternative School hosts its 8th Annual Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Festival on Saturday. Get up close and personal with some of your kids’ favorite writers and get to know the people behind the pictures. Books and food will both be on hand for purchase. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Redwood City, free. Read more.

Into the Great Wide Open

Break out into some open space—Monte Bello Open Space to be exact. The Cool at the Top hike will have you feeling just that after you head up the aptly named Bella Vista trail for some nice views from the mount. Bring a lunch for this kid-friendly hike manned by three knowledgeable guides. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, free. Read more.

East Bay:

Bazaar-o World

 

Stock up on your Lunar New Year supplies at Oaktown’s Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar. Look for vendors and live entertainment, food, games, and tons of plastic flowers. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 9th Street & Franklin, Oakland, free. Read more.

It’s a SaturYay!

The Sippy Cups rock Pleasanton this weekend as part of its on-going SaturYay! series. Come by for some good times with tunes, puppets, and circus tricks. Sat., 11:00 a.m., Amador Theatre, Pleasanton, $10 – 18/adults, $6 – 14/children. Read more.

 

Marin/North Bay:

Sweethearts’ Dance
Doll up your little princess for a night out with her favorite knight; the Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance takes place in Belvedere this weekend. With arts and crafts and a dessert buffet, this night make for the sweetest of memories. Sat., 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Belvedere, $50/couple, $15/additional daughter. Read more.

 

Hearts with Heart
Make cards not just for the heart, but from the heart. Join collage artist Annie Fogarty at the San Rafael library for a free valentine card-making workshop and put your own spin on your valentine missives. Sat., 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko