History, science and theatre are the subjects to focus on this weekend! Families can learn the roots of delicious Hamantaschen at Purim Palooza and Rock ‘n Roll Purim! Kids will enjoy hands-on activities at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. And everyone can sing along with the Oompa Loompas at Willy Wonka Junior!

San Francisco

Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson
Karl Johnson is a third generation silhouette artist. His work has appeared in over 30 national publications, and he has created silhouettes for thousands of special people, including celebrities and their kids. And now you! Fri., 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. $25 per person. All ages. Event details.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Families are invited for afternoon of entertaining engineering education! Kids can meet female engineers, and get inspired with hands-on workshops and activities. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco $11 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Rock ‘n Roll Purim!
Everyone can make some noise to drown out Haman’s name during this Megillah reading and rock ‘n roll Purim service! The band will sing Purim versions of popular songs that everyone knows. Hamentashen will be served! Sat., 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alphabet Rockers CD Release Party!
Families will love dancing to this hip-hop music featuring nostalgic beats and kid-friendly lyrics. Kids can sing, move and celebrate the release of a new soundtrack for the modern family at this interactive dance party. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Berkeley. $4-$6 per person. Ages 2-7. Event details.


Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration
This  habitat restoration workday will focus on restoring the sensitive habitat of Ring Mountain Preserve, which is home to many rare plants. Jobs will include weeding, seed collecting and planting native plants. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.

Purim Palooza
Kids can come in costume, and enjoy live music, play carnival games, make arts and crafts, eat Hamantaschen and just be silly! There will also be a Purim story time, face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house.  Sun., 11:30 am. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.


Willy Wonka Junior
Roald Dahl’s story of the famous chocolate factory and its special guests will come to life in the San Carlos Children’s Theater musical, performed by kids for kids! The show will feature classic songs from the film. Fri., 7:00 pm. Sat., 7:00 pm. Sun., 1:00 pm. San Carlos. $11-$16 per person. All ages. Event details.

African Celebration
Families can join in discovering and enjoying the diverse cultures spanning the magnificent continent of Africa! Kids will love the drumming, storytelling, craft activities, special foods and new facts! Sat., 1:00 pm. Los Altos Hills. $15 per person. All ages. Event details.

What will you be doing to round off your last weekend in February?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Temple Beth Abraham & The Children’s Creativity Museum facebook page