Even in the middle of winter, there are lots of outdoor and nature events to take in! Kids can celebrate trees through music at a Tu B’Shvat Celebration. They can melt their own sweet treats during the Family Night Hike & Campfire. And creativity will bloom outdoors at the Nature Games & Crafts event.

San Francisco

Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks
Families can watch as Karen Quest entertains kids of all ages with her impressive trick roping, whip cracking, music and lots of surprises. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Francisco. $8 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

Tu B’Shvat Celebration
Andrew Grossman and Isaac Zones will honor the trees with interactive singing and stories revolving around nature. Through song, dance, instrument-play and fables, kids will connect to their surroundings in an exciting way. Sun., 10:30 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

In the Style of…
Kids can create art inspired by the masters during this creative event. There will be workshops, art activities, face painting and a chance to meet the animal ambassadors. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Oakland. $5 per person in advance. All ages. Event details.

Big Time Tot Rock with the Hipwaders
Alison Faith Levy brings a freewheeling, rock n’ roll energy to acoustic guitar and piano tunes. She and the Hipwaders will encourage kids and parents to dance around, get silly and have fun! Sun., 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Berkeley. $8 per adult. $5 per child. Babes-in-arms, free. All ages. Event details.


McInnis Mini Mudder Adventure Race
This adventure race will challenge kids with a two mile course through grass, mud and woods, with 15 muddy obstacles in their way! Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Family Night Hike & Campfire
Families can go on a night hike and investigate the night’s sky under a full moon. Kids can gather around the campfire to sing songs and get silly as they roast s’mores by moonlight. Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Sausalito. $12 per person. All ages. Event details.


Nature Games & Crafts
Kids will learn to hear what the forest is saying, and learn to roar like a mountain lion too! They will play games, create 24-hour bug houses and go on a special group hike through the woods. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Los Altos Hills. $12 per child. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

School of Rock Grand Opening
This new kind of music school teaches through live band performance and social support. This event will feature tours of the facility, activities for kids and performances by the San Mateo School of Rock house band. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? With nicer weather upon us, will you be heading outdoors with your little ones?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of NatureBridge