San Mateo County Activities: 

January Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Tara Sim With Jessica Cluess (January 5, 7pm-9pm)
    Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
    Sim reads from her new young adult novel Chainbreaker, a sequel to Timekeeper, a steampunk adventure. A discussion will be led by Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning.

  • Make it at the Library (January 6, 2pm-3:30pm)
    Fair Oaks Branch Library, 2510 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    Get inspired, create, collaborate and take it home. Materials provided. All ages welcome.

  • Open Cockpit Day (January 6, 10am-2pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Get a pilot’s eye perspective on a variety of aircraft, including a Boeing 747, Boeing 737-100, Bell 47D and more. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 4 free (with paying adult).

  • DIY Kids (January 7, 2pm-4pm)
    Glen Park Branch Library, 2825 Diamond St., San Francisco
    This is an open art and science lab where kids ages 7-12 can build and craft. Experiment with perler beads, painting ceramics, folding origami, making silly putty, weaving with yarn, making straw rockets and potting plants.

  • IlluminOdyssey (January 7, 10am-4pm)
    1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    This is the last day to check out CuriOdyssey’s winter light experience for kids. Redwood Hall is transformed into a dazzling world of child-friendly interactive wonder. CASA volunteers and children get free admission when you show your badge.

  • Coding Club for Kids (January 13, 1:30pm-3pm)
    Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
    Kids in grades 5-8 can learn Python basics and then advance at their own speed. Bring a laptop or use one provided. Every second Saturday. Advance registration required for each session.

  • Tech Saturday (January 13, 12pm-1pm)
    Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., #104B, Half Moon Bay
    Drop in to learn about programming electronics, 3D printing and more. Activities vary and may include Scratch, Tinkercad and Arduino. Beginners welcome. For ages 8 and up.

  • Animals in Action (January 14) 
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch keepers take animals out on enrichment activities, go on walks or do training activities. 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

  • Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play: A Musical (January 25- February 11)
    Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    Back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2015, this show features Mo Willems’ characters performing a musical romp about friendship. $12-14.

  • Snow White (January 20 and 21, 10am and 12pm)
    Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    This is an interactive experience designed for children 3-6 and their families. Local high school performers will bring the fairy tale to life. $10-12.

  • African Drumming With Moeketsi Gibe (January 20, 11am-12pm)
    Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St., San Francisco
    Families with kids of all ages can hear this South African musician.

  • Family Concert: The World of Percussion (January 21, 3:30pm)
    Burlingame High School, One Mangini Way, Burlingame
    Meet three of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s percussionists, who can handle anything including a bass drum, cymbals, thundersheets and crotales. Recommended for ages 6-12.

  • CuriOdyssey Community Day (January 26, 10am-5pm)
    1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Explore science and meet native California animals. Enjoy interactive exhibits and experiments.

  • Family Game Night (January 26, 5:30pm-8:30pm)
    Central Middle School, 828 Chestnut St., San Carlos
    Play board games and card games. Bring your own to share or play some provided by Gator Games of San Mateo. Hot dog dinners and drinks will be sold until 7:30pm.

  • Winter Science Workshop (January 27, 2:30pm-3:45pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    Children in grades one to five are invited to this hands-on workshop. Learn why feathers keep away winter chill, grow science snowflakes and take home snowball slime.

  • Storytime With Children’s Authors Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright (January 30, 5pm-6:30pm)
    Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
    This couple will introduce Lola Dutch, a character who shows kids how to make every day full of fun.

  • Young Eagles
    Young Eagles is run by the Experimental Aircraft Association at San Carlos Airport. On the 3rd Saturday of every month they give FREE flights to kids ages 8-17.  Each kid gets a 20 min flight and a quick lesson about the plane's controls, etc from the pilot. 
    To get your free Young Eagles flight, come to the San Carlos Airport Terminal Building (620 Airport Way, San Carlos) adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting). You will need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature. 
    For more information visit:

  • Drop-In Science Workshop (Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am)
    Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    Drop-In Science sessions each Saturday explore basic science concepts that surround us in our amazing world. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home the results of their work. $4/child. Children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Studio Art Making (Every Sunday 1-3pm)
    Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Come out for 30-minute sessions at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm every Sunday in the Moorman Studio. Experiment with art materials and new techniques during sessions taught by professional art educators. Sign up for your session at the table near the indoor entrance to the Cool Cafe.

  • Donation Closet – Help one Child
    858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
    Help One Child's Donation Closet is filled with new items!  Check out the list to see if we have what you need for your CASA child!

  • Discover & GO:  Free Passes to Museums through San Mateo County Library!
    Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a San Mateo County Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.