We understand that planning your day during shelter-in-place can be a balancing act, because we’re right there with you. We’ve curated a list of our favorite events and activities for families the week ahead to save you the research.
We update this page every Monday, so be sure to come back and see what we have coming up for this week & weekend.
Hello, 510 families! Anyone else enjoying the longer days? We’ve been talking neighborhood walks after dinner and eating al fresco when possible. My family’s vibe just feels better with all the fresh air. Enjoy this week’s highlights- there’s something for everyone! Stay safe, stay strong, stay healthy.
Things to do in the East Bay with kids this week
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22
- Get out those wildlife wiggles by pretending to fly like a bird or sway like a tree with Lindsay’s Animal Ambassadors and learn about wildlife through movement. This 30-minute outdoor program will get little ones moving.
- Join OPL’s children’s librarian Mahasin Abuwi Aleem as she reads stories that reflect the joy, beauty, and heritage of Black children and their families and communities.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
- Grab some colored pencils, a piece of paper and learn how to draw spring-themed characters.
- Watch Roald Dahl’s classic James and the Giant Peach on the big screen at SF’s Fort Mason Flix’s drive-in.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
- Embark on a hybrid in-person and virtual event Black Culture Treasure Hunt in Oakland. This scavenger hunt gives clues both in-person and on a cell phone related to Black culture landmarks, art installations, and locally-owned businesses.
- Meet Torrey Maldonado and listen to a reading of “What Lane?”, that discusses friendship, race, school and city life, as part of SFPL’s Black History Month celebration.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
- Join the JCC’s community wide virtual Purim party & costume contest.
- Join Habitot’s interactive, free virtual “Show and Tell” for 2-5 year olds to make friends and share a favorite thing.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
- Hear a story in Mandarin and English about celebrating Chinese New Year with the Berkeley Public Library. Learn a bit about Chinese culture, and maybe even learn a couple of words in Mandarin.
- Watch “Children’s Tales From Around the Globe” with Saint Mary’s College about Inclusion and Identity, based on the cultural stories from childhood.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
- In collaboration with Golden State Warriors, Black Joy Parade presents a free, virtual day of health and movement with free classes led by more than a dozen Black experts across meditation, yoga, dance, capoeira and more.
- Lift up some rocks after the rain and join StopWaste.Org for a worm composting workshop. Worm composting can be a fun activity for children and gardeners in small spaces, apartment dwellers, and families without access to a large outdoor garden space.
- Laugh in Fool La La: Shelter in Play’s virtual comedy show and juggling workshop for all ages. 10% of the proceeds from all shows will be donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
- Take a virtual pottery painting workshop, themed “Do What Makes You Happy.” After you’re done with your creation, you can opt to return your art to be glazed & fired.
- Get outside, get moving and get some fresh air!
COVID-19 Coronavirus note: Alameda County and surrounding counties are in a stay home order. Stay home when you can. Please keep physical distance from those not in your party and wear face-covering masks.