With a new year on the horizon, let’s think of all the things we have to look forward to this year (and cross our fingers that they happen)! Step into the world of Van Gogh in San Francisco and then plan a weekend getaway to the new Great Wolf Lodge, scheduled to open in Manteca in March. We’re looking forward to seeing our friends in person, spending more time outdoors and meeting up at all the new playgrounds coming on the scene. 2021, we’re ready for you!

de Youngsters Art Party Goes Virtual (with a sweet art box!)

This massively-fun event that usually takes place in January at the de Young Museum is going virtual and you can get in on the action.

Join in this five-day virtual celebration with daily art-education videos created by the Museums. Participants will receive an Art Box containing a combination of art materials, thought-provoking projects, and instructions corresponding with the daily videos. The event concludes with a groundbreaking digital art experience by Presenting Sponsor Adobe.

As a de Youngsters Art Party supporter, you will receive an age-appropriate Art Box for your children, in addition to the Art Boxes donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco on your behalf.

Order your box by January 8 and join in the fun January 25-29. 

photo: Immersive Van Gogh

Immersive Van Gogh Comes to San Francisco

Are you as excited about this as we are? This spring, San Francisco welcomes Immersive Van Goghan all-new visually-striking achievement that invites audiences to step inside post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh’s most incredible works of art. This exhibit arrives in March so get your tickets reserved. Event details

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge to Open in Manteca

We can't wait to have our very own Great Wolf Lodge, just a short drive from the Bay Area. Currently scheduled to open in March 2021, kids will especially love the themed suites like the Wolf Den suite that comes with a decked out bunk bed room. More info

photo: California's Great America

California's Great America to Open South Bay Shores Waterpark

After a postponed opening from last summer, Northern California’s premier amusement park is getting bigger and better in summer 2021 when California’s Great America debuts South Bay Shores Waterpark. Great America's popular Boomerang Bay is being transformed into a new waterpark experience featuring seven completely new water attractions, new and upgraded food and merchandise locations, premium cabanas and a sandy beach play area—all richly themed to reflect the excitement and fun of the Northern California coast and South Bay regions.

More info: cagreatamerica.com

photo: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens First Bay Area Location

With the opening delayed from 2020, we can't wait to check out this spot when it opens later this year. Dubbed the ultimate indoor playground for families with children ages 3–10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bay Area will offer a fun, highly interactive and educational experience with a range of exciting LEGO play areas. These will include a brick pool, master classes in the Creative Workshop from the LEGO Master Model Builder, an Imagination Express train ride, an earthquake table, a 4D cinema, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a café, a LEGO retail shop and, of course, the popular MINILAND area—featuring models of local iconic landmarks—found in every LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. 

More info: bayarea.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

More SF Playgrounds to be Renovated in 2021

We saw the opening of the renovated Alice Chalmers Playground in 2020 and if you haven't been there yet, put it on your list ASAP, it's gorgeous! There are even more playground expansions on the horizon for 2021 with a total of 13 playgrounds included in this massive project. 

Read more: sfrecpark.org

photo: Magical Bridge

More Magical Bridge Playgrounds Are in the Works All Over the Bay Area

2020 brought us the opening of the second Magical Bridge playground in Redwood City and local families are thrilled. Designed to address the needs of all children, these all-abilities playgrounds were the first of its kind in the Bay Area. There are a number of other cities looking to welcome Magical Bridge playgrounds in the next few years with construction already started in Morgan Hill. 

Read more: magicalbridge.org

—Kate Loweth

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