Making a Staycation Out of Ski Week

Ski Week, as it’s known around the Bay Area, is either a great idea or just another week of break that doesn’t fit in your work schedule.  Last year, my family opted out of a week in the Sierras for a week in Southern California.  This year, we couldn’t afford a winter vacation so we’re settling into the house and trying to find fun, affordable things to do around the Bay.  Here’s a few ideas to keep the week rolling along as opposed to turning into an avalanche-size disaster.

Learn about the once prolific grizzly that has been hunted to extinction and how to help other endangered species at the Los Altos History Museum Thursday through Sunday, 12-4pm. Admission is free.

If you are a member of the San Jose Public Library, check out Discover and Go for free or discounted admission to many Bay Area museums. You can get into The Tech, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Habitot, Charles Schultz museum, and many more for either free or at a deep discount.  Combine more than one museum in a day to make a day in downtown San Jose or in San Francisco.

Head to the Mission Dolores Park  in San Francisco for free fun.  The park was recently renovated and is a highlight to the Mission district, known for its artist atmosphere.  Take advantage of what’s supposed to be nice San Francisco weather on Wednesday or Thursday (58 degrees in the city is like an 85 degree beach day).

Docents lead family-friendly gallery tours at 12:30, 1, and 1:30 pm every Sunday at Stanford University’s Cantor Art Center. Explore the special artworks on view. Then create your own inspired art. Two art-making activities are free and open on a drop-in basis  from 1 to 3 pm.

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