While the rest of the nation is gearing up for the Super Bowl this weekend, all of us true Bay Area folk are still licking our wounds from the 49ers loss. Luckily for all of us not wanting to spend hours in front of the television watching another Brady/Manning rematch, there’s plenty to do, see, and eat with the family in the Bay Area this weekend. From bringing the kiddos to groove to some new reggae tunes to celebrating the Year of the Tiger, there’s plenty to do. So, what are you waiting for?

San Francisco

Enchanted Tapestry Puppet Show
The Magic Lantern Marionette Theater will present this traditional Chinese folktale about a weaver woman with three sons. When her precious life’s work is blown away by an enchanted wind, her sons face the opportunities and challenges of a quest across magical landscapes to retrieve her tapestry. Come watch what happens in this entertaining puppet show! Sun., 10:00 am & 11:30 am. San Francisco. $5 per person, suggested donation. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Around the World in Song
Young singers from the internationally acclaimed Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir will join the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in an uplifting program of songs that will take you on a journey around the world. Kids are encouraged to sing too at this family concert with an adventurous spirit. Admission is free, but tickets are required for non SFCO members. Check the calendar for Oakland and San Mateo shows. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. Ages 3-12. Event details.

East Bay

Lunar New Year Festival
OACC will host its 8th Annual Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dragon, in their premiere space located at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza in Oakland, Chinatown. The festival will include arts and crafts tables for kids, a showcasing of Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s amazing students and artist workshops where audience members will have the opportunity to learn directly from the master teaching artists. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages.  Event details.

Bob Marley’s Birthday with Asheba
Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday! Sing and dance, and introduce your kids to a reggae legend through with the help of Asheba. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Community Center, a cooperative preschool in Berkeley. Get together and feel alright! Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Berkeley.  $6 per adult. $4 per child. All ages. Event details.


James Henry’s House of Samba
Kids and their families are invited to kick off Black History Month with an interactive celebration of African-American musical heritage. Master percussionist James Henry will lead an exciting journey through the roots of African musical traditions, using rhythm, dance, and hands-on experience. Dance, sing and jump for joy to the sounds of amazing African drums! Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Super Bowl on the Big Screen
See the Giants play the Patriots, and watch Madonna’s half-time show, live in HD on the very big screen! This a family friendly event where all the work is done for you, so it’s easier than watching at home! The price includes a beer or soft drink for adults, a soft drink for kids, popcorn and the choice of a hot dog or pizza for everyone. The snack bar will be open for purchases as well. Sun., 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Larkspur. $20 per adult. $10 per child 14 & under. All ages. Event details.


Valentine Sweets Tour
Take a dessert-tasting tour, and make Valentine’s Day cards. There will also be live music along the streets. Twenty-five shops and twenty restaurants will be open late, so stroll on in! Get sweets for your little sweeties! Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Los Altos. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lunar New Year
Join in this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! See lion dancers, the Red Panda Acrobats and martial arts performances. Create zodiac themed crafts and bounce at the Inflatable Playland. Enjoy free admission to the San Mateo History Museum. and make more crafts in the Rotunda, including miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes. Sat., 11:00 am –  4:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Oakland Museum of California