This Month's Top Family Activities

A production of  Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady takes place this month at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose.

Have fun with your family with these February events taking place around the Bay Area. For even more items, visit our online calendar. 

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Winchester Mystery House Flashlight Tours – Through Feb. 24. The self-guided tours give guests the opportunity to roam through the halls of the purportedly haunted Victorian mansion while hearing tales of its former and (possibly current!) inhabitants. Tours will be offered every Fri. after sunset. $29.99-49.99. 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. winchestermysteryhouse.com

Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show – Through Feb. 5. See Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli in their first live theater show in the United States featuring puppetry, live actors and iconic sets. It’s based on the Emmy Award-winning animated preschool series on Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney+. 6pm Fri., 2pm and 6pm Sat. and 1pm and 6pm Sun. Tickets start at $33. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd. broadwaysanjose.com.

Friday Nights at OMCA – Every Fri., Oakland Museum of California offers a free community event featuring live music, hands-on activities and Off the Grid food trucks. 5-9pm. FREE. 1000 Oak St. museumca.org.

Bagels and Babies – Connect with other parents of little ones who live on the Peninsula at this event sponsored by Jewish Baby Network and Peninsula Sinai Congregation. It will include a bagel breakfast and activities for babies and grown-ups. 9:30-10:30am. Event is free, but a $10 donation is recommended. 499 Boothbay Ave., Foster City. eventbrite.com/e/bagels-and-babies-registration-488983802717?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

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Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose Lunar New Year – Kick off the Year of the Rabbit at Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose’s celebration bringing together Chinese and Vietnamese traditions. There will be crafts and lion dance performances. 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm. $14-15. 180 Woz Way. cdm.org.

Chinese New Year Festival & Parade – Feb. 4-5. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at this annual Lunar New Year event featuring colorful floats, lion dancers and other performances. Actor Rich Ting will be the parade grand marshal. Parade starts at Market and Second streets and ends in Chinatown. The Miss Chinatown Pageant and Coronation Ball is Feb. 3; parade is Feb. 4 at 5:15-8pm and the Community Street Fair is Feb. 4-5. Bleacher seats can be purchased for $60-70 but the parade can also be viewed for free along the route. chineseparade.com

Willy WONKA – Through Feb. 25. The Children’s Theatre Association presents this classic Roald Dahl story as a musical for kids of all ages. 10:30am-2pm. $15-18. Presidio Theatre on the Main Post, 99 Moraga Ave., San Francisco. ctasf.org.

The Black Child Book Fair – This national event promoting black literacy will include African American children’s book authors with positive stories and characters for black children to learn from and identify with. 12-5pm. FREE. African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St., Oakland. eventbrite.com/e/the-black-child-book-fair-oakland-ca-tickets-487141462227?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Lunar New Year x Black History Celebration – Oakland Asian Cultural Center is collaborating with Malonga Arts Residence Association to host this community event spotlighting performers that celebrate black and Asian arts and culture. The event will include African drumming, Chinese folk dancing, hip hop and contemporary dance, lion dancing and more. 11am-4pm. FREE. Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 Ninth St., Oakland. oacc.cc/events/list.

Lion Dance Performance – LionDanceMe will perform traditional lion dancing in celebration of the Lunar New Year. 10:30-11am. FREE. Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas. smcl.bibliocommons.com/events/63780522c713487a939473cb.

Lunar New Year Celebration – Enjoy lion dancers, taiko drummers and more to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Redwood City’s Courthouse Square.10am-4pm. FREE. 2200 Broadway. historysmc.org/event/lunar-new-year.

Tea Ceremony – Experience a Chinese tea ceremony, traditional dances and Chinese costumes in celebration of the Lunar New Year. 3-4pm. FREE. Ortega Library, 3223 Ortega St., San Francisco. sfpl.org/events/2023/02/04/performance-tea-ceremony.

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Into the Woods – Through Feb.10. San Ramon Valley High School will present this Tony Award-winning musical that adds a modern twist to the Grimm Fairy Tale. 7pm. $12-25. 501 Danville Blvd., Danville. eventbrite.com/e/into-the-woods-tickets-475459731857?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

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Valentine’s Day Cards – Children and families can make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special. Reservations required. 3:30-4:30pm. FREE. Ocean View Library, 345 Randolph St., San Francisco. sfpl.org/events/2023/02/09/activity-valentines-day-cards.

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Jing Mo Athletic Association Lion Dance Program – This traditional lion dance performance for children and families features thrilling dance and athletic moves. Learn the history of the Lunar New Year’s deep roots in Chinese culture and touch a piece of lucky lettuce to start your year off right. 11-11:30am. FREE. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. sfpl.org/events/2023/02/11/performance-lion-dancers-celebrate-lunar-new-year.

Valentine’s Day Broadside Printing – Experience letterpress printing on a 1909 Albion handpress and take home a unique keepsake for your sweetheart. The American Printing History Association's NorCal chapter provides printing assistance. It will be limited to the first 100 people. 2-4pm. FREE. San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. sfpl.org/events/2023/02/11/workshop-valentines-day-broadside-printing.

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Valentine’s Day Craft for Teens – Use your artistic skills to decorate an art canvas with acrylic paint. For ages 10-18. 4:30-5:30pm. FREE. North Beach Library, 850 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. sfpl.org/events/2023/02/14/activity-valentines-day-craft.

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Justice: A New Musical – Through March 12. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company, this new musical explores the first women on the U.S. Supreme Court – Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor – at the height of their powers. $25-65. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. marintheatre.org.

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Pops Classic Broadway – Enjoy hits from your favorite Broadway Shows including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Porgy and Bess, Carousel and more. 7-9pm. $20-87. Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marinsymphony.org/tickets-events/2022-23-season/winter-pops-2023-classic-broadway.

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My Fair Lady – Through Feb. 26. This production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady includes classics, such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” 7:30pm Tue.-Thu.; 8pm Fri.; 2 and 8pm Sat.; 1 and 6:30pm Sun. $38-103. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. broadwaysanjose.com

 

Teresa Mills-Faraudo is an associate editor of Bay Area Parent.