February–For Kids 10 & up

With the weather being unpredictable in February, it’s always good to have an indoor activity for those rainy days. I like to take the kids to Japan Town in San Francisco. We get there about 11:00 AM and head to Ichiban-kan, a Japanese dollar store that has everything from cool Japanese lunch containers to take-apart erasers and Japanese snacks. Then we go to Kinokuniya Bookstore (1581 Webster Street) where we can find interesting book and magazines including manga (Japanese comic books). We eat at one of the many restaurants serving everything from noodles to sushi to crepes. If we still have room, we might get a shaved ice from May’s Coffee Shop (1737 Post St # 13).

For a fun activity, take the kids to “Pika Pika,” a room full of photo booths where your kids can create photo stickers with fun and creative backdrops. Before heading home, stop at Nijiya Market on 1737 Post Street and pick up Japanese food items including sushi to go!

 

SPORTS

 If your child is on a sporting team, you know what it’s like to spend your weekends watching them play sports. How about taking them to watch someone else play sports? With so many teams in the Bay Area, we have a lot of events to choose from. Here are some links to local teams.

 

Professional:

College:

As kids enter pre-teens, it seems that they’re more into “hanging out” with their friends, then going to events. If you want to get them out of the house, here are some options that they actually may enjoy! Please check the event websites for any changes or cancellations.

FEBRUARY

Fri 2/18

Sat 2/19

  • Chinese New Year’s Parade, San Francisco Chinatown. Tons of people, lots of noise including fire crackers going off, just what kids love! If you can handle the crowds, they’ll have a great time.
  • English Beat Concert, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, 8:00 PM.

Sun 2/20

  • 8:30 AM Frozen Food Foundation 5K Run/Walk, Hyatt Regency SanFrancisco.  Walk the talk, or perhaps in this case, run the talk  at The Frozen Food Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk presented by Green Giant is a community event to encourage physical activity among youth and adults and to highlight ongoing efforts by the frozen food industry to make healthy and affordable foods available to all Americans. (703) 821-0770
  • English Beat Concert, 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, 12 Noon.
  • Volunteer Opportunity – Sunday in the Park at Bothin Marsh Mill Valley, 9:00 AM – Noon. Do your kids need Community Service hours for school? Spend the day planting native seedlings with Save the Bay.
  • Weksos Wekfast 3 Car Show, Fort Mason, Herbst Pavillion, SF 1-6 PM.

Sun 2/27 Academy Awards

Ending 2/28

  • “Body Worlds Vital” at the Tech Museum, San Jose Featuring authentic human bodies, the exhibition shows bodies in health, distress and disease. You’ll hear a lot of “eww, gross!” but that just means they’re engaged, right?

MARCH

3/2-6

3/3-6

3/3-3/7

  • A Flea In Her Ear” Play by Conservatory Theater Ensemble. C.T.E. is made uup of Tam High students.
Sat 3/5

Sat 3/12

  • “Run for the Seals” 2 & 4 Mile Run in the Marin Headlands to benefit the Marine Mammal Center.  After the race, participants are invited to the “Family Fun Day.”
 
Sat 3/19
  
Tues 3/22
  • Lady GaGa Oracle Arena, 8:00 PM.   So maybe Lady GaGa is a little strange and her themes can be a little mature for some, but if you take your teen to a Lady GaGa concert she/he will never forget it. I was only ten years old when I went to see “The Jackson Five” and I still remember it!

Wed 3/23

  
3/24 – 27
  • Cirque de Soleil Quidam San Jose. If you’ve ever seen a Cirque de Soleil performance you KNOW that your kid won’t be disappointed.  While the tix can be pricey, they won’t be bored watching the performance.
 
Miscellaneous:
 

The East Bay Vivarium, 1827 5th St., Berkeley, CA. You may not be in the market for a reptile, yet, but you can see an assortment at The East Bay Vivarium. It’s is one of the largest reptile specialty stores in the Nation. They offer the most diverse selection of reptiles in the U.S. Their inventory includes snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, tarantulas and much more!

Amusement Centers:
Golf:

 

Paintball:

 

Horse Back Riding:

  • Miwok Livery & Stable, Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.
  • Sunset Corral, Vineyard Rd., Novato. (415) 897-8212. Open daily, 8am- 5pm.
  • Five Brooks Stables, Olema (415) 663-1570. 120 miles of trails, including beach rides at the Pt.Reyes National Seashore.

 

Roller Blading/Skating:

 

Bike & Skate Parks:

Golf:
Paintball:
Horse Back Riding:
  • Miwok Livery & Stable, Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.
  • Sunset Corral, Vineyard Rd., Novato. (415) 897-8212. Open daily, 8am- 5pm.
  • Five Brooks Stables, Olema (415) 663-1570. 120 miles of trails, including beach rides at the Pt.Reyes National Seashore.
Roller Blading/Skating:
Bike & Skate Parks:
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