This weekend it’s time to add something special to your to-do list: uninterrupted family fun time. And we’ve got a whole bunch of indoor and outdoor events to help you make that happen. From a baby-friendly disco to a magical day hike and Chinese New Year celebrations, here are 10 ways to keep busy.
Family Concert with Dan and Mike
Ska fans may remember Mike Park and Dan Potthast from their bands Skankin’ Pickle and Mu330, but these two are all about the family now: Mike started Fun Fun Records and toured with Yo Gabba Gabba last year. Head out to Recess in Potrero Hill for a family concert full of fun fun featuring both Dan and Mike, plus art activity and play throughout the event. Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m. San Francisco. $8/advance; $11/door. All Ages. Event details.
Kumzitz-a-Palooza at JCCSF
Feeling nostalgic for those campfire days of summertime sing-a-longs? Well you can have them when the JCCSF’s Kanbar Hall is transformed into a campfire setting for Kumzitz-a-Palooza Sing-Along. “Kumzitz”, from the Yiddish word for “come sit,” indicates a relaxed gathering, often around a fire. Kumzitz-a-Palooza kicks it up a notch, to a party! Sleeping bags, and pillows are encouraged, and free popcorn, cider, and brownies will fuel the fun. Sat., 7-9 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Baby Loves Disco’s Valentine’s Day Ball
The disco ball is back and this hip nightclub is transformed into a hip-playspace! Music, crafts, food, unlimited juice boxes, cash bar for mamas & papas and lots of dancing. Parents can boogie down with the kids. Face painting, V-Day card decoration, and much,much more. It’s a party for the whole family, from infants to toddlers to adult! Sun., 12 -2:30 p.m. San Francisco. $15/all walkers. Crawlers get in free. All Ages. Event details.
Lunar New Year Celebration at OMCA
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an opening lion dance and closing dragon dance, amazing acrobatics, contortionists, martial arts demos, Vietnamese dancers Korean Pop dance, plus traditional Chinese music, Taiko drumming and lots more! Kids will love story time with Oliver Chin and Storyteller Megumi, the magic show, Chinese Opera face painting, Japanese doll making, Tibetan prayer flag-making and much, much more. Sun., 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oakland. $12/Adult; $6/child 9-17; children 8 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
UC Botanical Garden Valentine’s Tea Party
Alices and Mad Hatters alike will delight in this afternoon botanical tea party in honor of Valentine’s Day. Explore fragrant edibles, see how they grow and what they are used for, and make fresh tea and herbed finger sandwiches. Kids can also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Advance registration required, register here. Sun., 9 -11:30 a.m. Berkeley. $18/person; $15/members. All Ages. Event details.
Author and Illustrator Fair
Bring your budding readers and avid artists to Orion Alternative School’s 12th Annual Author & Illustrator Fair to hear published children’s authors share their stories and sign books. There will also be Spanish translations, as well as food trucks, baked goodies, an Orion chorus performance, and other kid-centric activities. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Frog Prince
Bring your little princes and princesses out to enjoy this adaptation of the popular Grimm fairytale about a vain princess whose promised to kiss a frog! Artful uses of puppetry, dance and comedy make this story spring to life! Fri., 7 p.m. & Sat., 11 a.m. Sunnyvale. $13/advance; $19/door. All Ages. Event details.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
FOL Los Altos is hosting a three-day book sale, all to benefit the Los Altos public libraries. Friday is bargains galore for members, Saturdays is stack-it-and-go, and Sunday includes the $5 bag–buy a bag and fill it! CDs, DVDs, and plenty of kids books to choose from. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., & Sun. 12 – 3 p.m. Los Altos. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Nature for Kids Walk: Indian Valley
Explore Indian Valley and hunt for early blooming flowers and see what kinds of insects (and maybe other animals) are visiting them in search of nectar or pollen. Amble up the creek and eat lunch in the canyon by the waterfall, so bring a sack lunch. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Babysitter Meet and Greet with Kids Crafts
Join UrbanSitter at Belvedere Community Park for crafts and playtime, meet and interview local babysitters, and chat with other parents. You just might find the right one in time for Valentine’s Day! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend?
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: Craig Solin, courtesy Marin County Parks