Ronnie’s Awesome List – February 2014

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chinatown2012-21The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, experience the sights and sounds of Chinatown during the community’s most exciting time of the year, the Chinese New Year Parade! Steeped in legends and stories, the parade has been an annual tradition for San Francisco since the days of the Gold Rush. To avoid being overwhelmed, here are my recommendations.

Getting There
Chinatown is extremely crowded and driving can be very frustrating. I park at the public lot for the Hilton which is under the Chinese Culture Center. I also recommend the ferry. Chinatown is an easy 10 minute walk away from the Embarcadero.

Plan A Chinese Lunch
My favorite places are New Asia Restaurant (772 Pacific) or the R&G Lounge (631 Kearny.) We top off our day with a yummy Moon Cake at the Eastern Bakery (720 Grant.)

chinatown2012-42Explore Chinatown
Chinatown shuts the streets off to cars for the Community Street Fair and you never know who you might bump into. Join the fun on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, February 16, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm.

There are a lot of shops to explore. A visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley just off Grant is a must.  And don’t miss some of the intriguing herb shops. My favorite is The Great China Herb Company at 857 Washington. We also love the Kite Store at 717 Grant. Don’t forget to pick up some snaps and sparklers which the kids love.

Enjoy the Parade!
The parade starts at 5:20pm at Second and Market. We stand on the corner outside the Chinese Culture Center about 5:30pm. The kids are always excited to see the dragons, moon-faced monks, and lion dancer.

chinatown2012-30Annual Spring Fair & Treasure Hunt
The Chinese Culture Center throws a free event called Annual Spring Festival Celebration on the 3rd floor of its building on Kearny Street on February 15, 11:30am – 4pm. Enjoy exhibitions, crafts, demonstrations, performances of lion dancers, martial arts, folk and classic dances and much more.

Register for the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt from 4:30pm at Justin Herman Plaza.

chinatown2012-7Don’t miss one of San Francisco’s most treasured celebration, the Chinese New Year Parade. Enjoy the vibrant history that Chinatown offers and welcome in the Year of the Horse.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS

Saturday, February 1

screen_shot_2013-11-12_at_4.16.33_pmKariktan Dance Company, 11am, enjoy the rich culture and diverse heritage of the Philippines through music, dance and song from its northern, central and southern regions, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Kid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation for children of all ages, there will be two 30 minute teaching sessions, the first from 10:30-11:00 am and the second session will be just after the first, from 11:00-11:30am, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Lion Dancers at the Library, 12-1pm, Corte Madera Library.

Chinese Lion Dancers, 11am-12pm, San Anselmo Library.

Chinese New Year at Olompali, 11am-2pm, learn about Sam Yaw and other Chinese who lived at Olompali over a century ago, an interpretive walk at 1 pm, craft activities, a tangram puzzle contest and traditional foods will be offered all day. 

aya-hanna-hymans-ostroff-paperback-cover-artAya, 10:30am, meet author Hanna Hymans Ostroff as she reads from her book about a curious, busy little panda who delights in searching for beautiful things to see, and delicious foods to eat, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Read to a Dog, 2-3, Corte Madera Library.

Family Bingo Night, 5-8pm, Sir Francis Drake High School’s Student Center, San Anselmo.

Run of the Salmon, 1:30pm, if your student is participating in Trout in the Classroom, this is a great chance to learn about their migration, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Yoga in the Park, 10am–2pm, fun-filled, help spruce up the park then enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

pTRU1-16812012dtThe Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition, 11am, featuring a reading of The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition, a visit from the Elf, stories, activities and more, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Build a Race Car, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Hiking for Heartbeats, 2-4pm, hike along the Presidio’s historic Lover’s Lane. We’ll be making our hearts pump with stretches and light exercises before setting out to find a spring that promised love and hiking the trails that soldiers once used to go see their sweethearts.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

fan_fest200hGiants Fanfest, 10am-3pm, Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Make Mine Music, Walt Disney Museum.

Special Screening, 11am, Allegro Non Troppo & More, Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a monster bookmark, Randall Museum

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, rockets, Randall Museum.

logoCamp Congress for Girls, 8am-3pm, ages 7-17 years, 2-day program introducing girls to politics, San Francisco.

Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.

Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier, 8pm-Midnight, public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

cta-cinderella-homepage-v02Cinderella, 10:30am & 1pm, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.

Xtreme Bugs, 10am-5pm, UC Berkeley students will lead activities in which you can make your own anatomically correct ladybug sculptures, find an ant trail using only your nose and a special scent and more, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Seeing is Believing, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Star Gazing Sleepover, 6pm-9am, Blast off into hands-on fun and sleep overnight at the Schulz Museum!

Sunday, February 2, Groundhog’s Day, Super Bowl XLVIII

Rapunzel_WebGraphic_833x833Sunday Special: Marin Theatre Company’s Rapunzel, 11am, ages 5+, Don’t miss Marin Theatre Company’s live stage prodcution of everyone’s favorite fairy tale! Mill Valley Library.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Valentine Cardmaking Workshop, 1-3:30pm, Free materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own to use and share, San Rafael Library.

Lunar New Year Celebration, 10:30am-3:30pm, Hear storytellers share Lunar New Year stories, create your own work of art and search for zodiac animals on a treasure hunt through the galleries. Red Panda Acrobats will add to the festivities, Asian Art Museum.

Yoga Flow, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm, movement, meditation, stories, and, of course, art. Each session offers an opportunity to delve into practices that balance energy, align your body, and go inward to just chill, Asian Art Museum.

Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, ages 4-8, Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell de Palma, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.

whiskers_webimageWhiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Collaborative Building Games, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, series of collaborative building games and challenges led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 3

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Wednesday, February 5

Between the Pages, 2:45pm, middle school book club talks about “My Sister Livers on the Mantelpiece“, Davidson Middle School Library.

Thursday, February 6

year of the horse pictureStories for the Chinese Lunar New Year, 4pm, ages 4+, Leta Bushyhead from the Asian Art Museum will tell some of her favorite stories, Larkspur Library.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, K+, San Anselmo Library.

Valentine Making, 3:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

TEEN The Art of Comedy, 7-9pm, high school students only, workshop, comedic storyteller and stand-up comic Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will help participants explore the various facets of comedy as well as share her (hilarious) challenges and triumphs in the world of professional comedy, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, February 7

DgDK-pGzUWcu2yPldGCnCdSUPeter Pan, 7pm, performed by Montessori de Terra Linda, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Lego Club, 3:30-5pm, We’ve got a huge collection of Legos. What do you want to make? Come play, build and geek out with us! Sausalito Library.

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, 7-8:30pm, dads present a flower to each young lady and picture taken of the father and daughter(s) as a memento of the occasion. A dessert buffet will be served and daughters can enjoy creating a special valentine craft and enjoy dance, Belvedere Community Center.

DgC-sGvqdBDZ48yteuS9R8fFSleeping Beauty, 8pm, enjoy fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet, Marin Civic Center.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Shirin Bridges and Natasha Yim, 6pm, Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed, Diesel, a bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

TEEN Cress, 6:30pm, meet the author Marissa Meyer, Cinder and Scarlet are fugitives plotting to overthrow the wicked Queen Levana. Their only hope is Cress, a brilliant hacker who has spent her life trapped on a satellite by the evil queen.

Creativity Forum, 11am-1:30pm, Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, “Today’s kids, tomorrow’s innovators: How success in an innovative workforce demands creative thinking.” Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco

Saturday, February 8

murphy_magentoMurphy Irish Dancers, 11am, this award-winning group of young dancers performs a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

The Brian Waite Band, 1pm, and their zany puppets and props. Our heroes have dug into a quest to find the center of the earth where they have a gig (or so they think!), Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 5:30-8pm, learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Kids_On_The_Hill_Hearts_Event_Flyer_2014-3Hearts on the Hill, games, face painting, music, dancing and more! Fundraiser for Kids on the Hill Preschool, Corte Madera.

Valentine Origami, 2-3pm, ages 8+, Led by amazing student origami artist Grace Lightner from Tamalpais High School, Corte Madera Library.

Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder, 2-3pm, ages 5-9, RSVP required, San Rafael Library.

Cookie Decorating, 11am, RSVP required, Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids: Indian Valley, 10am–2pm, look for early blooming flowers and see what kinds of insects (and maybe other animals) are visiting them in search of nectar or pollen, meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

Bald Hill Broom Bust, 9am–1pm, help remove invasive broom, suitable for all ages, Deer Park Preserve, Meet at the intersection of Yolanda Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road.

fullcolorlogoSweete Chocolate Tasting, 12-3pm, sample handmade local truffles from Coco Delice, as well as several flavors of bean-to-bar chocolate bars, Sweete Organic, Mill Valley.

Waterfall Walk: Ignacio Valley, 10am–12pm, beautiful canyon to view a waterfall while learning about creek ecology, watersheds, and water conservation, Meet at the end of Fairway Dr in Novato.

Toy Crazy, 11am-12pm, welcomes kids ages 2-8 to enjoy a “Do-A-Dot” Valentine Art Project, Toy Crazy, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

URBS_EventbriteBabysitter Meet & Greet with UrbanSitter, 10am-12pm, Valentine’s Day crafts and free face painting, interview a few local babysitters, build your network of go-to sitters and learn more about UrbanSitter, NOTE: Due to rain, location has changed to Playland, 610 Coloma St., Sausalito.

Valentine’s Day Storytime: Love Monster, 11am, stories, activities and Valentine’s Day treats, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hands-On Learning Event: Creativity Can!, 1pm, ages 4+, practice sharing, storytelling, and imagination, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner, 4pm, Music, family and tradition: these three things are at the heart of the San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year celebration.

Discover Nature Along the Ecology Trail, 2-3:30pm, moderate one-mile walk that ends at Inspiration Point Overlook, explore the Presidio’s historic forest, learn about a rare natural habitat, and enjoy cultural tales about the plants and animals.

Family Friendly Restoration & Mountain Lake Family Festival,9am–2:30pm, plant native plants, remove unwanted weeds, and maintain trails, there will be speakers, tours, and guided walks and lunch will be provided for those that participate in the morning restoration activities, South Shoreline of Mountain Lake, San Francisco.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Valentine’s Day wreath, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, noisy whirligig, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10:30am, Panache for Paint, deYoung Museum.

Matisse Family Day Celebration, 11am, art making activities, music and more, Legion of Honor.

Monkeywrench the War! 10am-1pm, Intelligent monkeys are on the loose & they’re looking for a fight! A puzzle hunt adventure race in San Francisco, Can your team stop them in time?  Use your brains to solve puzzles and race to locations around the Mission & Castro Districts to find answers.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Fixit Clinic, 12:30-3:30pm, Give your broken electronics, appliances, computers, and toys a second chance at life. We’ll provide speciality tools and guidance to assess, disassemble, and possibly repair them, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

Zookids: Carnivores, Herbivores, & Me, 9:30am-12pm, What do you like for dinner? Did you know some animals eat only meat; some only plants, and some eat everything? Learn how specially adapted carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are for their unique diets, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach, 11am-4pm, Santa Cruz.

Kids’ Woodshop, 10:15am-12pm, ages 8-12 years, use wood, cardboard, found treasures and your creativity to construct a box car, model space ship, or whatever your child’s ingenuity and imagination allow. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo.

Sunday, February 9

SHF2014Sausalito Herring Festival, 11am-3pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theatre, 11:30am-12:30pm, Hilarious and Spontaneous Comedy Improv for the Whole Family, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, San Rafael.

Tao, 7:30pm, contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography full of extraordinary precision, energy and stamina, Marin Civic Center.

quest1Cowgirl tricks with Karen Quest! 11am-12pm, fun-filled Vaudeville-style Western Comedy Act complete with Trick Roping, Whip Cracking, Music and Lots of Surprises, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Julius Caesar, 2-3pm, 55-minute family performance of Julius Caesar presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, PLAYSHOP after the performance (RSVP required for the PLAYSHOP), Golden Gate Club, Presidio.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse Celebration, 11am-4pm, classical music and dance from China, a playful student-arranged version of the lion dance which is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright beginning to the year, Asian Art Museum.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays, 10-11:30am, Animal Stories from Around the World, a visit from Frog and Toad, animal stories and activities in the gallery, creating animal adventure books, and Muriel Johnson’s journey around the world with animals, rhythm, movement, and lots of fun! Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Valentine’s Day Tea, 10-11:30am, celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party, UC Botanical Gardens, Berkeley.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

michaelCooperMichael Cooper Masked Mavels & Wondertales, 3pm, master storyteller, mask-maker, and theater artist Michael Cooper stops at nothing to captivate family audiences with his homespun one-man show, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Teddy Bear Tea Party, join us for a morning of snacks, tea and lemonade, and to learn about bears in the wild, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 10

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Family Craft Time: Love Bug card, 5-7pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Tuesday, February 11

BobcatIntroduction to Drawing Animals, 10-11:30am, learn the basics of mammal anatomy that are relevant for the field sketcher, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Kids’ Poetry Club, 3:45-4:45pm, ages 7-11, read poetry together and have fun creating your own poems, from acrostics and haiku to more experimental and collaborative formsHistorical Museum, San Anselmo.

Valentine-Making Workshop Using Handmade Paper, 1-3:30pm, Learn the basics of paper making and watch presses pre-cooked plant materials taken from the Conservatory into beautiful, fibrous sheets of paper, Conservatory of Flowers.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Wednesday, February 12

Carnival of Animals, 3:45pm, Three classic storybook fairy tales- the ‘Three Little Pigs’, the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, and the ‘Ugly Duckling’- are performed to the classic score Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saen, Sausalito Library.

Recycled Valentines, all ages, Save the planet and recycle the love! Make beautiful Valentine cards from colorful throw-aways, Mill Valley Library.

imageMy Lovey & Me, 10:30am-4pm, bring your child in with their lovey for a professional photograph by Andrew Weeks, free with signed photo release, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Family Craft Time: Valentine’s Day Frame, 10am-12pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Tissue Paper Heart, 5-7pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Thursday, February 13

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, Full Moon

photoKids Cookie Decorating! 3-6pm, heart shaped cookies just waiting to be decorated, Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Books and Cookies: Middle School Book Club, 4-4:45pm, 6-8th graders, FORGE by Laurie Halse Anderson Advanced sign-ups required, Historical Museum, San Anselmo.

Owl Extraordinaire! 4:30-6pm, learn all about owls with a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities, Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Rob Hill Campground.

Calling All Little Red- Haired Girls! (and Boys) free admission for you to the Schultz Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Saturday, February 15, Chinese New Year Parade

MCM_Valentines5x7_2014Saint Valentine’s Festival, 9am-2pm, sugar cookie decorating at the Poppy Store (3-6pm), a creative reuse heart art project, personalized poetry by The Valentine Poet, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and French music, Marin Country Mart.

Kids Club: Rainbow Surprise, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley.

Rick’s Broom Patch Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow, 9am – 1pm, help remove invasive French broom on Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide.

Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike at White Hill6–7:30pm, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship, meet at the roadside parking area near the top of White Hill Grade on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

candy sushi-1Create and Eat Candy Sushi, 2:30pm, grades 6-8, make sushi out of rice cereal treats, fruit roll-ups, Swedish fish, and more of your favorite candies in sushi form. After that, we’ll have a candy trivia competition, with fun Japanese food themed prizes! RSVP required, San Rafael Library.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Explorables: Handmade Science, 11am-2pm, This month’s activities: Flash Pickling with a simple technique that lets you perform the pickling process in under a minute, Paper Rockets simple technique that lets you perform the pickling process in under a minute and see how high your rocket can launch with the help of a plastic tube, a water bottle, and an enthusiastic stomp, Exploratorium.

Science Fair Festival, grades 6-8, Randall Museum.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Zookids: Carnivores, Herbivores, & Me, 9:30am-12pm, What do you like for dinner? Did you know some animals eat only meat; some only plants, and some eat everything? Learn how specially adapted carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are for their unique diets, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Sunday, February 16, BAFTA

Headlands Helping Hands: The Great Backyard Bird Count, 5:30-8pm, learn how to identify Marin County frequent flyers while counting birds around Rodeo Lagoon, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Learn To Ride, 11am, free, Scooter or skateboard, it doesn’t matter for this event. What is most important is that we learn to use the park together, as it is intended to be used, McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.

Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, ages 4-8, Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell de Palma, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

Family Fun Days, ages 3-7, 10:30am-2:30pm, explore art and ideas through storytelling, gallery activities, art making, and more, Asian Art Museum.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

GAwalk_logo_purpleBillion-Year Walk, 9am-3pm, Take the whole family back a billion years and walk forward to the present around Lake Merritt (5 km = 3.1 miles). Follow dozens of signs describing the history of our Earth and its life. Personnel from UC Berkeley and NCSE will answer your questions as you travel through time around the lake and back to the Rotary Nature Center. Start anytime before 3PM to finish before dark, Oakland.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Monday, February 17, President’s Day

CPA_200Chinese New Year Celebration, 9am-5pm, Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group, 11am & 1pm, Gung hay fat choy! Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Presidents Day Stand Up Paddle Races, 9am – 12pm, a family-friendly paddle board race for all ages, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: Mount Burdell, 10am – 2pm, look for cold weather critters, meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Tuesday, February 18

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Touchy Feely Science, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Wednesday, February 19

Wild Canines of Marin, 2014, 6:30 – 8pm, learn about the habits and identifying characteristics of our canine neighbors, the foxes and coyotes, hot chocolate and appetizers will be served, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Bookworm Book Club, 3:30-4:30pm, 5rd-5th grade, San Anselmo Library.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley


Friday, February 21

Lego Play Day, 2:30-4pm, ages 5+, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Sunset Hike, 5:15-7pm, enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct. Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

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Saturday, February 22

Chinyakare Ensemble, 11am, varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Little Beats Free Music Program, 9-11am, designed to provide age appropriate music, games and activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am – 1pm, join us to help preserve, restore, and experience the native grasslands that make Ring Mountain special, prepared to get dirty, have fun, all while making a positive impact on the environment! 

Stafford Bass Derby, 8am-12pm, A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen. A fishing license is required, children 16 and under do not require a fishing license, Stafford Lake, Novato.

Family Love at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, 10am, Take a family stroll around Las Gallinas Ponds and learn about the family life of the waterfowl that overwinter in this area. We’ll talk about nesting habits, mating displays, baby bird foods, and what it takes to raise a bird family every year!  It is not all about birds. We’ll also look for River Otters who are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Meet at Las Gallinas Ponds trailhead.
Henry’s Freedom Box, 1pm, ages 4+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, keepsake box, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, sun prints, Randall Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

MakeArt Workshop: Needle Felted Donut Pin Cushions, 1:30-3:30pm, needle felting workshop. Learn to make useful pin cushions in the shape of donuts! Snack provided, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10:30am, Pinch, Mold, and Fold: Explorations in Sculpture, deYoung Museum.

WTMMTM_photo2Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, 2pm & 7pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

ClownSnotBombs presents: A Spaghetti Western, 10:30-11, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Sunday, February 23

Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Comedy Magician Robert Strong, 11am-12pm, dramatic illusions, mentalism, and amazing sleight-of-hand – but maybe his most impressive talent is his ability to make you laugh! Mill Valley Community Center.

Mt. Tam’s Winter Wonderland, 9:30am-1:30pm, 4-mile hike, see natural wonders very large—such as towering Douglas Firs and Coast Redwoods—and very small—such as funny-looking mushrooms and slimy banana slugs, meet at the Bootjack picnic area off Panoramic Highway.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Bob Kann, 11am-12pm, Magic, Juggling and Tongue Twisting, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

family_access_cjmFamily Access Day, 10am-1pm, a dance workshop by AXIS Dance Company, a Studio of the Senses Art Workshop, and a screening of a claymation film inspired by the characters in Frog and Toad, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, 11am & 2pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 24

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, February 25

Creative Writing Circle with Karen Benke, 6:45-7:45pm, grades 6-8, Are you ready to experiment and explore your wild wonderings and wanderings from the safety of a blank page? Mill Valley Library.

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Tasty Taste Buds and Smelly Noses, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Wednesday, February 26

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Thursday, February 27

Caterpillar Puppets, ages 5+, 4pm, the Itty Bitty Variety show the three Bla-Bla-Blas are joined by the Gunniwolf, Lewis the MC, Amadeus the shy artist, Mouse, Henry the baby Orangutan, and many more, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Financial Literacy Series: Raising Financially Fit Kids, 7-8:30pm, financial planner Tanya Steinhofer will talk about how to raise financially literate children and will cover ten basic money skills, Mill Valley Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Friday, February 28

AliceCabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland, 8pm, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale, Mill Valley Middle School.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Mountain Moon SmallWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon, 7pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

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