New year, new adventures

In the Loop

By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

Winter arrived, though you can hardly tell around here. If you find yourself seeking more seasonal weather, check out the following in this monthly roundup of tips for short hops and longer trips around California and points east. Or if a tropical climate seems just the perfect plan, look no farther than the next item. Or if you simply want to dine splendidly, enjoying discounts in the process, delve into California Restaurant Month (www.visitcalifornia.com/ california-restaurant-month).

To the northwest on the Bay in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences presents exhibits including a four-story rainforest teeming with life from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles and spiders. Join or renew by Sunday, Jan. 5, and receive up to three complimentary daytime admission tickets (calacademy.org; 415-379-8000). Over at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero through Sunday, Jan. 26, the Exploratorium offers “Curious Contraptions Activities: Cardboard Automata, Cranky Contraptions, and Sound Machines.” Explore the intersection of art and engineering. Use cams, cranks and moving parts to investigate and build. Play with motion, music and LEGO blocks. Phone ahead because hours and activities vary (www.exploratorium.edu; 415-528-4444).

Also northwest, in and around Yosemite National Park, Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road (beyond Badger Pass) will remain closed until the spring. In Yosemite Valley rangers give an “In the Footstep of Ansel Adams Photography Class,” “Creative Smartphone Photography Class,” and the children’s evening program “Night Prowl,” same dates for all three, every week on Tuesday until Feb. 4 (nps.gov/yose; 209-372-0200).

Down below from Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 1-23, the Los Angeles Opera stages the world premiere of “Eurydice,” starring Danielle de Niese and composed by Matthew Aucoin (laopera.org; 213.972.8001). In Anaheim Disneyland’s Festival of Holidays continues through Monday, Jan. 6 (Disneyland.disney.go.com; 714-781-INFO).

To the southwest on the coast, the Abinger Archaeological Museum of the Museum of Ventura County holds the three-day “Dig into History” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, with music, dance, crafts, and storytelling to honor 3,500 years of cultural diversity (www.venturacountymuseums. org; 805-653-0323; admission free).

Closer to home up Highway 395, Lone Pine’s Museum of Western History celebrates the 30th anniversary of “The Making of Tremors” with a reunion and moderated panel discussion, Jan. 18-19 (tickets $150, limited to 100; hotline 760-876-9103; museumofwesternfilmhistory.org; 760-876-9909).

Way out east in the land of snow through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., “Discover Your Superpowers (DC Superheroes)” by solving puzzles, defeating the Joker, trying to beat the Flash in a virtual race, helping a cyborg save Aquaman, and more.

A few weeks later, “The Lost World of Dragons” opens on Saturday, Feb. 8, and calls the adventurous to come face to face with seven animatronic mythical creatures, hop into dragons’ harnesses, enter an alchemy laboratory and snap dozens upon dozens of selfies (www.museumofplay.org; 585-263-2700).

Story First Published: 2020-01-03