Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Black History Month Storytime. Feb. 17. Enjoy this special storytime celebrating Black History Month. FREE. San Jose.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience. Feb. 18-19. A sparkling satirical comic opera that pokes fun at artistic and cultural whims. $25-54. Mountain View.

I Don’t Want to Go to Bed. Feb. 18 and 25. Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre performs this play about a young girl who simply doesn’t like bedtime. One night she transforms this task into an active and imaginative adventure with her parents by re-enacting her favorite stories. $14. Sunnyvale

Bay Area Bike Mobile. Feb. 18. Come to the Bay Area Bike Mobile for free help with fixing your bike and replacing parts like chains, seats, and tires. San Jose. FREE.

Little Red Hen Baking Class. Feb. 19. Make 100 percent organic, tasty treats the old-fashioned way – by gathering the ingredients from the farm yourself. $25. Los Altos Hills.

San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula

The Lizard Lady. Feb. 18. Meet the Lizard Lady and her menagerie of scaled friends during this 30-minute presentation on real reptiles from tropical rainforests around the world. $13.95. Sausalito

Super Silly Sock Whales. Feb. 18. To commemorate World Whale Day, create a sock whale friend to have by your side no matter where you go. San Francisco. FREE.

Learn How to Pier Fish. Feb. 18. Join rangers and experienced local anglers to learn the secrets of fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available. FREE. Tiburon.

Experience Elephant Seals. Feb. 19-March 26. View an elephant seal colony through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Ask volunteer docents about the adaptations and life cycles of northern elephant seals. FREE. Inverness.

Magnolia Bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Through March 31. Marvel at the dazzling pink, white and magenta flowers on magnolia trees, many of which are rare and historic. $8 general, $6 youth 12-17 with discounts for San Francisco residents. San Francisco

East Bay

Billy Elliot. Feb. 16-March 25. See Elton John’s musical, presented by Berkeley Playhouse, about an 11-year-old boy in 1980s Britain whose creative spirit is awakened by a ballet class. 2pm. $25-40. Berkeley.

Macro Mayhem. Feb. 18. Explore the incredible world of water bugs by collecting and identifying plankton and macroinvertebrates to learn their important roles in the wetland ecosystem. 2-3pm. FREE. Oakley.

Pippi Longstocking. Feb. 18-19. Enjoy the adventures of a girl with crazy red pigtails and a pet monkey in this musical adaptation for ages 5 and up presented by Bay Area Children’s Theatre. 10:30am and 1:30pm. $25 adults, $20 ages 11 and under. San Ramon.

Vasco Caves Tour. Feb. 19. Take a hike for ages 10 and up to a seasonal refuge for golden eagles, fairy shrimp and tiger salamanders. Registration required. 9am-2pm. $30-34. Vasco Caves Regional Preserve 

When It Rains It Spores. Feb. 20. Have fun times with fungi on Presidents' Day seeking fairy rings, turkey tails, elfin saddles and more during this Outdoor Discoveries program for ages 3-8. Advance registration required. 10-11:30am. FREE. Sunol.


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