Bay Area Kid-Friendly Events January 29-31
Ah, the quiet patter of rain, the snoozy down of comforters, warm winter woolens, steaming mugs of tea, and the unceasing running feet of your hyper children, screaming out their soundtrack to “cabin fever.” Need to get out? Burn rubber over to Supercross for high-powered cycles and death-defying tricks. Celebrate the re-opening of the historic Bernal Heights library with Mayor Newsom and lion dancers. At Habitot, kids can play in (pretend) snow without the trek up Hwy 80 (yay!). And if the sun should shine this weekend, bring your junior naturalist (ages 7 – 12) to Coyote Hills Regional Park for some hands-on, gettin’-dirty exploration time. Only 52 more days ‘til Spring!

San Francisco:

Feeling Campy?

Camp Mather (the überpopular family camp next to Yosemite that’s run by SF Parks and Rec) is always up for a good time, even outside of camp. Come by for their 4th Annual Family Celebration in GGP this weekend. Look for lots of kid-friendly activities (a ping pong tournie!) along with some tasty treats. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, free. Read more.

Buggy for Bugs

For all those budding entomologists out there, Paxton Gate has got your back. Their insect mounting class is sure to have the inside scoop on how to preserve all your favorite six-legged (or eight-legged… or more…) treasures. Fun! Thurs. (repeats Feb. and Mar. 25), 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Paxton Gate, San Francisco, $60 + tax for kit. Read more.

East Bay:

Race for Knowledge

Just in time for Black History Month, Lawrence Hall of Science opens its exhibit on race. Examine race from a biological and historical perspective through hands-on activities and artifacts. Don’t miss this thoughtful and thought-provoking event. Jan. 30 – May 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., UC Berkeley, see website for tickets. Read more.

Concerts for Kids

Ashkenaz’s “Soggy Sunday” 10-week series is the perfect opportunity to dance dance dance away those winter blues. This Sunday, Orange Sherbet and the Magical Mystery Marching Band blast off the winter wet with their upbeat tunes and musical mania. Expect toe-tapping, hand-clapping, and hip-shaking. Sun., 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Ashkenaz, Berkeley, $6/adults, $4/kids. Read more.

Marin/North Bay:

Big Fat Greek Dancing
Continuing its World on Stage festival, the Bay Area Discovery Museum hosts Minoan dancers, kicking up their legs in celebration of Greek culture. Equal parts fun and education, the World on Stage festival is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., BADM, Sausalito, free w/admission. Read more.

Take a Hike

Hit the Rodeo Beach with WildCare Bay Area and be on the look out for egrets, river otters, and jellyfish. The adventure starts with a walk around Rodeo Lagoon and ends at the surf. This is great opportunity to explore the bay and get some air after all these weeks in the rain. Sat., 10:00 a.m., end of Bunker Road, Rodeo Beach, free. Read more.

South Bay/Peninsula:

Music for Minors

Jump up to get down at the Music for Minors family concert series. Catch Grammy-nominated Red Grammer dishing up some musical fun and “edutaining.” Sat., 2:00 p.m., Fremont, see website for ticket info. Sun., 3:00 p.m., Redwood City, see website for ticket info. Read more.

 

BYOC… and Milk

Palo Alto’s Children’s Theatre stages its production of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” this weekend. This mouse’s cookie accoutrements are astounding (though we’d all appreciate a floor-cleaning guest or two). Bring the kids for a lesson in why not to feed the animals. Thurs. –  Sat., 7:00 p.m., and Sat., 2:00 p.m., Palo Alto, see website for tickets. Read more.

–Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko