BARTable This Weekend: Jan. 11-13

Fresh crab, virtual neighborhood flyovers and discounts on food and tours are all part of this year's Winter on the Waterfront.
It certainly looks and feels like winter in the Bay, but a slight chill in the air or a raindrop here and there shouldn't restrict you to the couch. Head out on the Town for the premiere of Oakland Restaurant Week, experience Winter on the Waterfront in the City, or if you'd like to limit your time outdoors but still get out of the house, catch one of the many plays taking place this weekend. It's all right here and it's all BARTable.
Friday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Oakland Restaurant Week has arrived. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Food Critics
Oakland’s 9th annual Restaurant Week will run over two weekends for foodies to take full advantage of the city’s special dining offers. The week will highlight a diverse range of culinary offerings throughout The Town, and will offer diners an opportunity to experience some of the most diverse restaurants in the Bay Area. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 and $70 price points. Individual menus can be found here.
Winter on the Waterfront (ends Mar. 3) at Embarcadero
Winter on the Waterfront is a way for visitors to experience Bay Area adventures and for locals to have a staycation right in their backyard. The list of discounted opportunities includes Alcatraz cruises, waterfront dining, Ghirardelli chocolate, fresh crab, hotel rooms and a neighborhood fly over. The list of specials can be found here. Take BART to Embarcadero.
The Holiday Ice Rink will be open from 10am to 11:30pm with 90-minute skating sessions starting on every even hour (10am, noon, 2pm … you get the idea). Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children (eight and under). There will be various themed evenings throughout the season, such as “Drag Queens on Ice” and a “Silent Skate Party.” Take BART to Powell Street and walk seven minutes to Union Square.
Walnut Creek on Ice (Ends Jan. 21) at Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek on Ice returns for its 14th season, and is open Monday through Thursday noon to 8pm, Friday noon to 11pm, Saturday 11am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Admission is $12-$18. Take BART to Walnut Creek and catch County Connection Route 4, affectionately known to locals as the “Free Ride Trolley.” Yes, the trolley ride is free and drops you off right at the rink.
Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
The Museum of Children’s Arts’ (MOCHA) invites you to their Grand Opening this Saturday at 10am. Photo courtesy of MOCHA.
Join the Museum of Children’s Arts’ celebration of their new space in Oakland City Center. Experience magnetic surfaces, a felt wall, sensory table, clay station, marble art, the LEGO wall and most definitely the paint wall. There will also be five art projects on top of all that. This free event will also include food and refreshments. The fun begins at 10am and runs until 1pm. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk one minute to 1221 Broadway Suite 49.
Arcadia (extended through Jan. 27) at Ashby
Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece “Arcadia” is set on a country estate between 1809 and the late 20th century, and it explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron and the undeniable power of the human heart. Tickets range from $8-$52 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby and walk four minutes to the Ashby Stage.
It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever? Find out in this musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to the show.
Sunday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Grab your flamingo and tumble into a rockin' Wonderland with Alice. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Children's Theatre.
Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s characters from his beloved tales where they come to life in this lively rock and roll performance. Bring your family and tumble into Wonderland, where everything will get “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice questions who she is and what her destiny will be. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Tickets range from $17-$28 and can be bought online. Take BART to Montgomery Street and walk 5 minutes to the Children's Creativity Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens, SF.
Experience The World of Charles and Ray Eames with a Docent as your guide. Discover the innovative husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Go beyond their well-known designs in an intimate and inspiring exhibition portraying their legacy and lives in California. The tour begins at 12pm and ticket prices vary. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to OMCA.

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