Bay Area Kid Fun Newsletter

valentines2February is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area! Enjoy family concerts, children’s theater, art workshops, nature adventures, plus Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year celebrations.

Below are just some of the many fun events happening in the Bay Area this month. Find more activities and events on our Fun Events page.

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Summer Camps. Many camps are already accepting registrations and some offer early bird discounts during February.

Have a wonderful February in the Bay Area!

Featured Events
Three Little Birds performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ Berkeley, San Francisco, Mill Valley & San Ramon, January 24 – March 29
The reggae music of Bob Marley evokes the spirit of Jamaica in this modern-day fairytale about the unexpected adventures of timid, 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but “don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right!” Based on the story by Cedella Marley. Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt. Additional music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II. Directed by Michael Mohammed. Recommended for 4 and up.

World on Stage at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, February 7, 16, 28
For the tenth year in a row, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is teaming up with World Arts West to present World on Stage. This ethnic performance series takes you around the world through dance, music and folklore, featuring some of the Bay Area’s most talented youth and adult artists.

“We Love POP” Auditions ~ San Francisco, February 7
If you like pop music, you’ll love “We Love POP”, a high-energy pop concert featuring today’s hottest music! Sing and dance live on stage at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. In addition, cast members will experience the thrill of working with a film crew and will star in music videos in this multimedia spectacular incorporating both live and professionally recorded performances. No experience required, and all who audition will be accepted. Convenient 12 week program with Saturday-only rehearsals makes participating fun and easy for busy families.

Fujitsu Planetarium Shows ~ Cupertino, February 7, 21, 28
Learn about space and science on Saturday evenings at the Fujitsu Planetarium on the De Anza College campus. Family shows include Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (K-1st), Magic Treehouse: Space Mission (K-2nd), This is Our Sky (K-3rd), The Moon (1st-3rd) and ExoPlanet Adventure (3rd-6th).

The Amazing Bubble Show at Rhythmix ~ Alameda, February 15
The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. From square bubbles to fog-filled bubbles or people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Live bubbly accordion music will double your pleasure. Two Shows @ 11am & 1pm. “Greatest bubble show on Earth.” – SFGate.com

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ February 21 – April 12, Berkeley & San Francisco
When Edward, an elegant china rabbit, is snatched from the arms of the little girl who adores him, his easy existence becomes an epic, sometimes painful journey that touches the lives of everyone he meets, from an old fisherman to a hobo to a little boy protecting his sister. A moving stage adaptation by Dwayne Hartford of Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning tale about being loved and learning to love. Directed by Doyle Ott.

CMT Rising Stars present School House Rock ~ San Jose, February 26 – March 1
“It’s great to learn, ’cause knowledge is power!” From 1973 to 1985, Saturday mornings on ABC made learning fun again. Through now-iconic cartoons and songs, School House Rock educated eager television viewers on math, history, grammar, science, and more. Join CMT for this family-friendly production at the Montgomery Theater for a slice of learning, served with a heaping share of childhood fun.

Rockin’ Ropes Adventure at SF Zoo ~ San Francisco, through June 14
Calling all kids! The Zoo invites all Bay Area youngsters (4-14 years old) to enjoy the Rockin’ Ropes Adventure in the Pachyderm Building. To keep everyone active and healthy for the new year, this challenging ropes course will be open on weekends and school holidays. Young visitors can zip, swing, jump, step, and slide their way through all 30 feet of fun. This challenging elevated ropes obstacle course requires an additional fee of $7 for general admission guests. To check the Rockin’ Ropes schedule each week, see our Calendar of Events.

Valentine’s Day Activities
Victorian Valentines at Ardenwood – Fremont, February 7
Family Sweetheart Dance – El Cerrito, February 8
Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids (Free) – San Jose, February 9
Valentine’s Party at Small Talk Family Café – Walnut Creek, February 13
Somebody Loves You by PYT – Mountain View, February 13-14
Valentine Crafts at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, February 14
Victorian Valentine Making at Forest Home Farm (Free) – San Ramon, February 14

Lunar New Year Celebrations
Lunar New Year Celebration at the Asian Art Museum – San Francisco, February 8
Lunar New Year Celebration at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, February 21
Lunar New Year Celebration at OMCA – Oakland, February 22
Lunar New Year Festival – Redwood City, February 28
Lunar New Year Celebration at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, February 28

Children’s Theater
Jack and the Beanstalk by Children’s Theater Association – San Francisco, February 7
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown by Berkeley Playhouse – Berkeley, February 19-March 15
Rumpelstiltskin by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, February 21-22
Brave Irene by CTC – Sunnyvale, February 28

Family Concerts & Performances
Soggy Sundays Kids Concerts at Ashkenaz – Berkeley, February 1, 8, 15, 22
The Brian Waite Band – Danville, February 6
Jam Family Dance Party – San Francisco, February 7
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, February 14
Baby Loves Disco - San Francisco, February 28

Arts & Crafts
Free First Sunday at OMCA – Oakland, February 1
Free Admission Day at the Asian Art Museum (Free) – San Francisco, February 1
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, February 7, 21, 28
Jazz Art at Richmond Art Center (Free) – Richmond, February 21

Animals & Nature
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, February 1
Farm Tour at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, February 1, 8, 14
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, February 7
Salamander Search at Sanborn Park – Saratoga, February 7
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, February 20
Family Bird Walk at Don Edwards – Fremont, February 21

History & Culture
A Chat with Teddy Roosevelt (Free) – Redwood City, February 10
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, February 13
Living History Day at Casa Grande – San Jose, February 14
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, February 20

Science & Technology
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, February 1
Little Scientists Toddler Ramble – Hayward, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, February 8 & 22
Engineering Week at Hiller – San Carlos, February 23-27
Free Family Fun Day at Youth Science Institute – Los Gatos, February 28