Kids can celebrate the elements this weekend! The year of the snake will get the party started at the Family Lunar New Year Celebration and at the Lunar New Year Celebration at the Zoo. Kids will see what a forest goes through this time of year at A Woodland Winter. And families can put a little spring in their step at a Hip Hop Class for Kids & Dads.

San Francisco

Family Lunar New Year Celebration
Kids will enjoy watching lion and dragon dancers as well as tai chi performers. They will pot their own plants, make plant lanterns and listen to tales at story time. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Zoo
Kids will be amazed by the acrobatic performances, traditional lion and folk dancing and Chinese yo-yo tricks! They can go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt and learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco $15 per adult. $12/Senior. $9/Child. Under 3, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Love is in the Wind
Kids will learn about the shoreline through crafts, books and other experiences. Kids will learn to love the salt marsh and the wind. They will feel the breeze in their faces and play with it too! Fri., 11:00 am – 11:30 am. Hayward. $5 per child. Ages 1-3. Event details.

Hip Hop Class for Kids & Dads
The Alphabet Rockers and SoleSpace will be hosting this family hip hop class! Kids and dads can learn to move and groove at this hip hop music class with the stars of local kindie band The Alphabet Rockers. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Oakland. $8 per pair in advance. $10 per pair day of. Ages 3-6. Event details.


A Woodland Winter
Families will discover the wonder of the redwood trees in winter on this easy walk in the woods. Everyone will be on the lookout for salmon, mushrooms, wildflowers and waterfalls! Sun., 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. $7 per adult. Under 15, free. All ages. Event details.

Russian National Ballet: Cinderella
This classic tale will be told through ballet along with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. After a life of hardship Cinderella is sent to the ball in style thanks to her Fairy Godmother. Sun., 3:00 pm. San Rafael. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.


The Jolly Postman World Premiere
The Jolly Postman delivers the messages every fairy-tale character wants to read. He bikes from cottages to castles to bring the good news in this live show! Fri., 9:30 am & 11:00 am. Sat., 11:30 am & 1:30 pm. Mountain View. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Boy Who Cried Wolf Puppet Show
Puppet Art Theater Co. will present Dad and Me at the Library. Parents and kids will see an updated and wacky version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Portola Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Alphabet Rockers