After the hub-bub of the holidays, quieter days have returned, but there are still a ton of fun kid friendly San Francisco events in February 2018, read on for 19 kid friendly events not to miss this month.
Come jump down the rabbit hole with Alice as she explores the whimsical world of Wonderland 1 hour fun musical for children of all ages.
Saturday morning cartooning workshops meet monthly from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Cartoon Art Museum in Fisherman’s Wharf (across from Aquatic Park, Ghiradelli Square and the Hyde Cable Car). Students learn a variety of introductory skills in each workshop, with subjects ranging from creating characters to writing stories to creating their own comic strips. Recommended for students 7-12 years old.
The orchestra and resident conductor Christian Reif take the audience on a tour of music that celebrates Asian cultures, from composers such as Bright Sheng, Maurice Ravel and Lou Harrison. Come early and collect stamps for a musical passport, visit the instrument petting zoo, the coloring stations and conductor photo station.
Feb 3/4: February 1 is National Serpent Day! The Presidio is home to many slithering snakes. Learn about some of our reptile friends by making your own snake out of recycled materials. Feb 10/11: Drop in to make colorful collages dedicated to the highest places on earth, including Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Feb 24/25: Learn about the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers! Draw inspiration from their insignia and design your own patch.
Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required.
Create a steampunk Shabbat-inspired artwork that combines clock hands, gears and other time-inspired art materials.
PIER 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns from February 10 – 18 with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites! As you immerse yourself in insta-heaven, be sure to share your photos using #tulipmania. Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping experts. The guided tours depart at 10am daily from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza. Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania. The tulips typically begin blooming in early February and will last through mid-March (weather dependent).
It’s not quite baseball season yet, but the SF Giants and their fans are going to kick into action this month with the annual Fan Fest event. This is your chance to meet players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, get their autographs, take photos with the World Series trophies, play catch on the field, and purchase new merchandise. Admission is totally free, so get on your orange and black and get ready for a fun-filled day at beautiful AT&T Park from 10am to 3pm.
Celebrate Black History Month with a leisurely ranger-led stroll through the Main Post to learn the story of African-American Buffalo Soldiers.
The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight will once again be at Justin Herman Plaza this year. It’s open to everyone and starts at 5:50pm on February 14. Make sure to arrive with your pillow in a bag. When the clock strikes 6pm, it’s time to begin the fun. Please don’t hit anyone without a pillow in their hand (unless they want you to hit them)!
Adults and children 18-36 months are invited to participated in a guided gallery viewing of two works of art and then make art in a studio space. Bring snacks.
Roll in the Year of the Dog with talented dancers, musicians and storytellers at the Asian Art Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This year’s celebration features Chinese acrobatics and lion dance drumming with local favorite Red Panda Acrobats. After the workshops and performances, enjoy author Oliver Chin’s story about the zodiac calendar and Year of the Dog characteristics — who knows, you may discover something new about yourself! To round out the day’s activities, have your name written in Chinese calligraphy and make art projects from countries across Asia that celebrate the Lunar New Year, activities developed and led by the museum’s Art Speak teen interns.
Watch lion dancers, eat Chinese food, observe professional calligraphers and more. This event is presented in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. Call museum for times.
The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival invites you and your family to celebrate our 10th anniversary with us at Chabot Space & Science Center Feb. 23-25, 2018. Enjoy 45 diverse films from around the world, panels with award-winning filmmakers, unique hands-on animation workshops, and special guest appearances. Tickets are on sale NOW!
Celebrate the sound of freedom in this one-hour show with audience participation, Q&A and live music. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
TreasureFest (formerly Treasure island Flea) is a locally curated festival that features the best of the bay. Attendees can shop 400+ craft & vintage vendors, eat from 35+ top food trucks and eateries, enjoy local libations, listen to live music and participate in other games entertainment. The monthly event is the last full weekend of each month. General entry is just $3 and kids under 12 are free. Parking is also free and pets are welcome.
Enjoy this family walk in the Presidio led by young birder Jonah Benningfield. This event is great for birders of any level, and we welcome families with young birders! Dress for hiking and variable weather. Bring your binoculars. We will have youth binoculars to share and Jonah’s Birds of Mountain Lake guide. The Presidio is home to over 230 species and perfectly situated to observe a spectacular array of west coast birds, both migratory and resident. Register to receive meeting location. Dress for hiking and variable weather. Bring your binoculars. We will have youth binoculars to share and Jonah’s Birds of Mountain Lake guide for every participant.
Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
The SF Amateur Astronomers bring their giant telescopes and help guests see the night sky’s most interesting astronomical beauties. Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust. Visit www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/san-francisco to gauge the start time. Stargazing events are highly dependent on visibility; check www.sfaa-astronomy.org at 4 pm on the day of the event to confirm the event is occurring.
What kid friendly San Francisco events will you be doing this February?
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