It’s a great time to ward away winter blues with some Bay Area family fun!

Here are five fabulous ideas to get the whole family out and about!

Feel like a kid again at Cereal Cinema!

Cereal Cinema @ The New Parkway, Oakland

It’s a blast from the past at The New Parkway’s family friendly event, Cereal Cinema! Come by Saturday morning and enjoy a provided all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Sit back and relax in a one of a kind theater with cozy couches and chairs to choose from. Share in the joy of classic cartoons from decades past with your family.

Location: 474 24th Street | Oakland 94612
Event: Snacks & cartoons
Day: Saturday, February 11th, 10 AM-11:30 AM
Price: $10 admission
Note: All cartoons are of PG or G equivalency. The cartoons that will be screened are not announced until the day of the event.

Explore art and ecology at The Presidio in San Francisco!

Julius Kahn Playground & Andy Goldsworthy Spire @ The Presidio, San Francisco

Julius Kahn Playground is a beloved part of the SF Presidio community. It’s where toddlers get their kicks on slides, swings, and sand while school-aged kids work their motor skills on the climbing and spinning structures. Often, as their tots are busy playing, adults take the opportunity to soak in the spectacular view, which on a clear day stretches north to the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond to the Marin Headlands.

With a new adventure just steps away on a park trail, Julius Kahn Playground is an ideal gateway to the Presidio. Nearby the playground, you can follow the Ecology Trail for a quick 15-minute walk to view beautiful public artworks in nature. Discover Andy Goldsworthy’s work titled Spire, a stunning landmark of startling grandeur (and kid favorite). Standing at 100 feet tall at its tapering peak, Spire is a sculpture by the world-renowned artist. Spire is a powerful symbol of the rejuvenation of the beloved Presidio forest, first planted by the Army in the 1880s. The aging Monterey cypress trees are now reaching the end of their life and are being slowly replaced with healthy young saplings.

Location: Pacific Avenue & Spruce Street | San Francisco, 94118
Event: Free play & hiking
Day: Open daily
Price: Free

Drop in at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and ignite and advance your kids’ creative thinking!

Museum Day + Drop-in Activities @ Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

There’s so much to explore at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! From navigating wind tunnels to develop physical and mental risk-taking skills to feeling the rush of cold water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity to tapping their imaginations to transform into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder, children expand their creativity at every turn.

Drop-in Events on Saturday include:

9:30-10 AM – Toddler Circle Time
Ages 0-3 years + adult participation

The Toddler Circle Time program helps children practice language and movement skills through singing, dancing, jumping, and play.

10 AM, 12:30 PM, & 3 PM – Design Lab
Ages 5-10 years

Design Lab provides children with the opportunity to intentionally build STEM skills through hands-on learning in the Fab Lab. In this high-tech maker-space, children have the opportunity to create, ideate, design, and fabricate ideas using tablets, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, and 3-D printers.

11-11:30 AM – Storytime: Roaming in the Rainforest
All ages

During Storytime, Museum Educators bring books to life through puppets, props, and group interaction. The Big Green Monsters book theme features books on beloved tales of fantastical creatures.

12-12:30 PM – Creativity Kits: Creature Count
All ages

In Creature Count, children act like field scientists and explore plants, animals, and various aspects of nature found in Lookout Cove. Using binoculars and magnifying glasses, kids observe, hypothesize, predict data, and perform experiments.

3-4 PM – Art Lab: Tissue Paper Prints
Ages 5-10

Art Lab programs are an opportunity for children to explore various artistic techniques and media, and to learn about art movements, styles, and artists from around the world. Inspired by mixed media artist Maya Freelon Asante, children create colorful prints using tissue paper, water, and watercolor paper in Tissue Paper Prints.

Location: 557 McReynolds Road | Sausalito 94965
Event: Museum visit & special drop-in events
Day: Saturday, February 11th
Price: $12.95 for babies (6-11 months); $13.95 for children and adults (1-64 years)
Note: General Admission tickets include access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus a wide range of daily programs. Many local libraries have Bay Area Discovery Museum Membership Cards that can be checked out and used to visit the museum. Check with your local library! BADM does not turn away visitors due to lack of funds. Families are welcome to visit the museum on a pay-what-you-can basis. To participate, tell the front desk staff that you wish to enter under the open door policy.

Experience cosmic bowling, complete with laser lights, disco lights, and fun music!

Sunday Afternoon Cosmic @ Diablo Valley Bowl, Concord

Diablo Valley Bowl Glow Bowling is your Cosmic Bowling experience in Concord. The Glow bowling lanes will light up your family fun time. Your kids will get a kick out of the black-light color transformations. Break out the bumpers and invite another friendly family to come out for a bowling challenge!

Location: 1500 Monument Boulevard, G | Concord 94520
Event: Sunday afternoon Cosmic Bowl
Day: Sunday, February 12th, 4 PM-6 PM
Price: $10 per person

Join a musical playgroup for kids of all ages, that parents can enjoy too!

Rockin’ Kids Sing-Along @ La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley

Hosted by Stephanie Pepitone, LCSW and former punk rock singer/guitarist! Stephanie plays acoustic guitar and leads families in about an hour’s worth of singing, dancing, music making jam sessions, story time, and fun/chaos. Some rhymes and counting songs may also be in Chinese and Spanish for an educational and cultural experience. Features original children’s music with style and some of your old time favorites.

Location: 3105 Shattuck Avenue | Berkeley 94705
Event: Sing-along
Day: Weekly on Fridays, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Price: $10-20 per family, sliding scale

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For more ideas, check out some of the ongoing weekend events in Volume I and Volume II of our “5 Fun Things” series!