Looks like Mother Nature will bestow some of that great wet stuff this weekend. Although a welcome sight, cabin fever can set in fast. To help make this the best time ever with the kiddos, here's a list of 10 great indoor activities and attractions for the entire family this weekend!!
The 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, join the education experts at the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday - a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series. FREE Classroom Programs: Animals of the Arctic- 12 PM and 2 PM (1 hour sessions) and more.
3. Be The First To See Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren's one and only Pippi Longstocking takes the stage at Bay Area Children's Theatre, opening this Saturday in Berkeley. Tickets are selling fast for this lively and engaging musical adaptation featuring Pippi, Annika, Tommy, Mr. Nilsson the Monkey, and an exciting cast of colorful characters from the book series loved by children around the world for generations. Buy your tickets today!
4. Bay Model
If you'e looking for a free indoor space for the kids to stretch their legs and expend some energy, the Bay Model is a perfect fit. This three-dimensional hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas are capable of simulating tides and currents. Plus, there are a lot of interesting and educational activities throughout in this Sausalito space. Closed Sundays & Mondays.
When the weather is being unpredictable, Japantown, with 2 huge indoor malls is one of my go to places. I love to explore as many shops as I can and there are always lots of hidden surprises. But some of my favs include:
Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that has everything from cool Japanese lunch containers to take-apart erasers and Japanese snacks.
Kinokuniya Bookstore is a great place to find interesting book and magazines including manga (Japanese comic books).
For a fun activity, take the kids to "Pika Pika," a room full of photo booths where your kids can create photo stickers with fun and creative backdrops.
Food with kids, Isobune Sushi, is classic. It's the famous place with the wooden boats that go around.
Benkyodo Company makes great mochi. I bring home a big box every time.
Belly Good Crepes are so darling your kids will be so delighted.
May's Coffee Shop has delicious taiyaki, a fish-shaped griddle cake with various stuffings (sweet been, chocolate, etc.). Yummy shave ice too.
Before heading home, stop at Nijiya Market and pick up Japanese food items including sushi to go!
Why not take the opportunity to catch up on a great book, or check out some books for the whole family to enjoy at one of the many Bay Area Libraries. Or seek out a local bookstore: Diesel, A Bookstore, Book Passage, Copperfields, Books Inc., Green Apple Books, Depot Bookstore & Cafe, so many to choose from.
You'll find loads of great options for all ages at the movies this holiday season such as 'Moana' and 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' Or have an indoor movie night. Not sure what to watch that's age appropriate? Check out Smartfeed for a huge list of awesome options that everyone will love.
10. Indoor Swimming
Here is a bonus list for kids under 5 for this weekend:
- Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
- Kids' Pajama Party with Bob Shea! 6pm, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur.
- Grand Opening + Free Holiday Gift Making for Families, 10am-1pm, ARTifcat, Corte Madera.
- Playland Sausalito
- Super Fun Sundays: Breath in and Boogie with Charity Kahn and Friends, 10-11:30am, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.
- Peekadoodle Kidsclub, Located at Ghirardelli Square
- Recess Urban Recreation, Potrero Hill
- Peek-a-Boo Factory, West Portal
- Play Haven, Forest Hill