This weekend you’ll find plenty to keep your lucky clovers happy: celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a grand parade, a block party, or a hoppin’ indoor fest. There’s also two (count ’em, two!) date night drop offs exclusive for Red Tricycle readers, along with SF history, Lunar New Year, ice cream, and a whole lot more ways to rock your weekend!
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Drop-Off Date Night at Peek-a-Boo Factory
Drop the kids off for a evening so fun they won’t even notice you’ve left! Art projects, games, story time, sliding, climbing and hopping are all on the evening’s activity list. Kids will also get dinner and snacks. You can head out in the beautiful West Portal neighborhood for dinner and a movie, or hop on MUNI to go explore downtown. Book here now! Sat., 6-9 p.m. San Francisco. $35/child; $25/siblings. 3-10. Event details.
History for Half-Pints at the California Historical Society
Celebrate the 1915 World’s Fair event by making Pan-Pacific International Expo Admission badges with a button maker, stickers, and more; try out a ukulele, send out a postcard from the PPIE expo and enjoy the new exhibit. Party like it’s 1915! Sat., noon-4 p.m. San Francisco. $5/adults; free for kids, members, and anyone who RSVPs. All ages. Event details.
Pi-Day at the Exploratorium
Head to the waterfront to explore the museum for free on Pi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium back in 1988, and celebrated by number lovers around the world. Pi-themed activities, pizza pie dough toss, and plenty of delicious pie! Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Although Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival downtown is the big “green day” event, this next-day block party is a great way for families to celebrate their shamrock style. Irish music and traditional dances, face painting, food, and more. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Eat Lunch on Board the Bubble Bus
Join Red Tricycle for lunch at SoMa StrEat Food Park. We’re taking over the school bus at the park so come join us. Grab some grub from one of the many vendors and come hang out on the bus with us. And there will be bubbles! Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. San Francisco. $5. All ages. Event details.
Drop-Off Date Night at Habitot Children’s Museum
Leave the kids in this child’s creative paradise to play, paint, explore, and eat while you take the evening off and have a dinner/date/nap all your own. Click here to book your spot now! Sat., Mar. 14, 6-8 p.m. Berkeley. $39/child; $29/siblings. 3-7. Event details.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Dublin
The city of Dublin does its Irish namesake proud with a weekend of celebration that rivals those anywhere in the Bay Area. This two day festival includes a pancake breakfast at the local firehouse (woo!) from 7 – 10 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 15, followed by the annual parade down Dublin Boulevard, beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can celebrate all day both days at the Civic Center Plaza, and on Sunday work off those pancakes and pints at the Shamrock 5k Fun Run & Walk, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dublin. Free. Pancake breakfast is $5 and registration fees apply for the fun run. All ages. Event details.
TVMTC’s Consignment Sale
It’s time again for the Twin Valley Mothers of Twins Club’s used clothing and equipment sale: 16,000 square feet of shopping with everything from maternity wear to clothing from baby to teen. You’ll find strollers (double strollers, too, of course!) bouncy seats, carriers, cribs, toys, books, DVDs and more. Well curated, you won’t find broken or stained items. Grab a mommy friend and delight her with the deals! Sat., 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Pleasanton. $2/adult; $1/child. All ages. Event details.
We Rock the Spectrum St. Patrick’s Day Party
Head to the East Bay’s hippest kids indoor gym for a St. Patrick’s Day event with face painting, games, photo booth, green popcorn, edamame, fruits, rainbows, pot o’ gold, four leaf clovers, and leprechauns. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Berkeley. $12/child. All ages. Event details.
Wild Things Choral Concert
Choral enthusiasts young and old are invited to explore the animal kingdom through music at the Wild Things Concert performed by the Santa Clara Chorale. Serious music and seriously fun! Sat., 3-4 p.m. $25/adults; $5/children 13-18; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
PAMP Rummage Sale
Score great deals and recycle treasures at the Parent’s Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park’s annual Rummage Sale! Gently-used children’s clothing, toys, equipment and maternity items. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.
Saratoga Village St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
The village of Saratoga will be celebrating Irish heritage all all things green with an afternoon of city-wide entertainment for families, including contests and prizes. Hunt for the hidden green rocks, enjoy green cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, face painting and lots of fun. Start at the Bank of America parking lot to pick up a program and bag for collecting pennies. Sat., 2-4:30. Saratoga. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mad Hatter Tea at Montalvo
Hang out in the Montalvo estate’s historic Villa and enjoy a Mad Hatter Tea. A high-tea service with savory and sweet treats (and mimosas!) will be accompanied by singer and guitarist Sargon Isaac. Wear your fanciest hat and head down! Sat., 2-4 p.m. Saratoga. $45. All ages. Event details.
Lunar New Year Celebration at History Park
Celebrate Lunar New Year at History Park, hosted by the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project. There will be children’s activities and performances, as well as tours of the Chinese American Historical Museum at the Ng Shing Gung. Sun., 12:30-5:30 p.m. San Jose. Free. 4-12. Event details.
Ocean Exploring with Slide Ranch
Enjoy ocean-themed activities as you hike to the tide pools with Slide Ranch teachers as your guide! The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other marine creatures. Each family will also receive a copy of the book Exploring Low Tide in Northern California. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Muir Beach. $25/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Ice Cream Social in Sausalito
Willow Creek Academy’s benefit ice cream social features Lappert’s ice cream and fun crafts. And if you’re looking for a parent’s night out, from 5-10 p.m. there’s a Champagne, Caviar, & Sushi Ran ($150/pp) as well as Dancing, Savories, & Sweets with silent and live auctions ($25/pp) from 6:30 -10 p.m. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sunset Stroll and Campfire
Sort through the rainbow sands, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home. Sat., 6-8:30 p.m. Sausalito. $12. All ages. Event details.
Marin Camp Fair
Over 100 camps to scope out, the Marin Camp Fair is a great way to get a jump-start on your summer plans. Day camps, overnights, educational camps and more for preschoolers to highschoolers. Bring the kids, there will be a bouncy house, prizes, snacks, and a free pizza lunch! Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 3-18. Event details.
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