From Marin to San Francisco to the East Bay, we have you covered with these exciting suggestions for all ages fun!

Check out 5 ideas for Bay Area exploration this weekend!

Come join the Oakland community in enjoying food trucks, music, family activities, open galleries, and more!

Friday Nights for Kids @ Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

Every Friday, OMCA hosts a family friendly party right near Lake Merritt. There are lots of family activities to try. Check out a hands-on artist led workshop (all ages) and get creative from 5pm to 8pm. Then, hop on over to a toddler dance party from 5-7:30 pm that’s not just for the little guys. Finish the evening with a leisurely storytime from 6pm – 6:30pm with the Oakland Public Library.

Location: 1000 Oak Street | Oakland 94607
Event: Family-friendly Friday party
Day: Weekly Fridays, 5 PM-9 PM
Price: All ages free to join open courtyard. Half-price gallery admission for adults; free for children 18 and under!

Get into the zen of making art at Brushstrokes Studio in the historic Potter’s Ghetto!

Drop-in Pottery Painting @ Brushstrokes Studio, Berkeley

Drop-in for a day of of pottery painting at the all ages studio. Located in the heart of the historic Potter’s Ghetto near Fourth and Gilman, the studio’s atmosphere is beautiful, inspiring, relaxing, and welcoming. The light filled studio is the perfect environment for expressing creativity! With hundreds of pottery shapes and sizes to choose from, Brushstrokes has fun & easy techniques to share with you. Connect with your family through the process of making art this weekend.

Location: 745 Page Street | Berkeley 94710
Event: Drop-in pottery painting
Day: Th.-Sa., 11 AM-8 PM; Su., 11 AM-6 PM
Price: $11 for children under 18 and $12 for adults, in addition to the price of your project base

The Waterfall Trail at Indian Valley Open Space Preserve in Novato offers a short and easy waterfall hike that almost anyone can manage!

Easy Waterfall Trail Hike @ Open Space: Indian Valley, Novato

Even sturdy off-road strollers can be seen on this trail! Take the Indian Valley Fire Road from the Indian Valley Road. There, you’ll spot Pacheco Pond that is home to a surprising array of animals, including toads, tree frogs, and newts. It’s a great spot to stop with the kids. Many local schoolchildren come to this pond in winter and spring to study these fascinating creatures!

Continue on the trailhead to where it meets the aptly named Waterfall Trail, where you’ll cross over a little wooden bridge into the woods, with a stream burbling trailside. Once you turn off onto the Waterfall Trail, it’s about a quarter mile to the waterfall, which plunges about eight feet down a smooth rock face from the stream above. This time of year is perfect to view the waterfall in its full effect.

If you’d like to make a day of it, you can continue on Indian Valley Fire Road’s flat, wide, and well maintained, trail for a bit more exercise and lovely natural scenery. It’s a great place for walking, a bike ride, and even a hike with an off-road stroller. You’ll often find horses and their riders as well as dog-walkers there!

Location: Open Space Preserve: Indian Valley, Novato
Event: Waterfall trail hike, mountain biking, horseback riding, and fishing. Dogs allowed!
Day: Always open!
Price: Free

Take a trip out to Heather Farm Park to let your young children enjoy the fun, larger-than-life playground!

Play Time @ Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

The park has lots to offer, including a public pool area with three large, heated pools at different depths, making it a great swim spot for young children. If you’d rather stay dry, there’s lots of open space for BBQs and picnics, a little lake to view, tennis courts, sand volleyball court. There are so many activities to try centralized in this giant park. It’s a hub for outdoor recreation that you don’t want to miss!

Location: 301 N. San Carlos Drive | Walnut Creek 94598
Event: Playtime
Day: Open to the public daily, 6 AM-9 PM
Price: Free

Come watch The Children’s Theatre Association’s immersive adaptation of Aladdin at The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp! @ The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

The play tells the story of a poor street boy, Aladdin, who, with the help from 3 Genies, a dragon who can talk, his mischievous pet monkey, and his family, uses his wits to outsmart the evil and powerful magician, Jammal, and win the Princess Jasmine’s hand in marriage. Hop aboard a magic carpet and join us in ancient Arabia as we watch Aladdin and his friends on a wild adventure! Through Aladdin’s determination and his abilities to believe in himself, trust in his instincts, and recognize the value of family and friends, he is able to realize his dreams and make the world in which he lives a better place.

Location: 3601 Lyon Street | San Francisco 94123
Event: Aladdin & His Wonderful, Magical Lamp!
Day: Saturday, February 25th at 10:30 AM and 1 PM
Price: $15

For more ideas, check out some of the ongoing weekend events in Volume IVolume IIVolume III, and Volume IV of our “5 Fun Things” series!