From snakes and spiders, to groundhogs and pigs, kids will learn about animals in all different ways! Kids can ring in the Chinese Year at the Year of the Snake Celebration, and enjoy a Groundhog’s Day Celebration too. They will learn about the friendship between a pig and a spider at the Charitable Charlotte’s Web event, and get to know Wilbur’s relatives at the Afternoon Farm Tour!

San Francisco

A Dog Named Moo CD Release Party
Families can join award-winning singer-songwriter, essence Goldman, to celebrate the re-release of her indie children’s album “A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo.” It’s a collection of originals and favorites for kids and kids-at-heart. Sat., 11:00 am. San Francisco. $11 per person. Under 2, free. Ages 8 & under. Event details.

Year of the Snake Celebration
Kids will love the lion dance, which should ensure a bright beginning to the year! They can also learn about Chinese zodiac animals, and make an art project to take home with SCRAP, the non-profit creative reuse center. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Mike Della Penna Magic Show
Kids will meet Clara the Clairvoyant Duck, and learn how to use the powers of make believe. This interactive illusions show will surely make everyone make look at things differently. Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

Purim Superhero Book Party
Kids can wear their Purim costumes and celebrate the release of this new tale with author Elisabeth Kushner. This is the first LGBT-inclusive Jewish children’s book in English. In it Nate’s two dads help him figure out his Purim costume dilemma. Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Groundhog’s Day Celebration
Families will visit a nation of newts, discover the secret lives of groundhog relatives in the Headlands and learn how weather plays a part in nature. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Sausalito. $12 per person. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Charitable Charlotte’s Web
Kids can enjoy face painting, story time with Pocket Lady and hair flares! Families will love watching the 2006 version of this movie about a pig who befriends a barn spider. Funds raised will support at risk youth. Sat., 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Yad l’ Dad
This new program for kids and their dads provides a variety of Shabbat morning playtime experiences to share together. Kids will learn to play cooperatively and independently in this class led by a Jewish educator. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Palo Alto. $20 per non-member. $18 per member. Ages 1 ½ – 3. Event details.

Afternoon Farm Tour
Kids can taste a root and come face to snout with a pig! They will also discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa’s farm and educational garden. Sun., 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Los Altos Hills. 10 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Hidden Villa