Well, Spring has “sproinged.” The weather is all wind and sun and clouds of flowers. Let the breeze take you ‘round some of these weekend events. The Spring Fiesta at Friends Nursery School in Palo Alto is great for crafts, games, and eats. Come by Habitot and  celebrate their 12th birthday! Decorate their cake and enjoy some bubbles, songs, and puppets. Don’t forget a present—Habitot gladly accepts gently used toys and books. Visit Shadelands in Walnut Creek for an early Mother’s Day party with a bounce house, clowns, crafts, and a gift marketplace (Kids, bring your piggy banks!). Rummage ‘round Francis Key Elementary in support of their 2nd Annual Rummage and Bake Sale; items include kids’ clothes, toys, books, baby accessories, and more. Follow up by bringing the house down at Miraloma School’s auction at the Verdi Club. Bring your boogie shoes! Then bring your walking shoes for an Earth Day walkabout on Mt. Tam and in Marin. Spring into action!


San Francisco:

Set Sail!

If free boat rides sounds like fun, bring the kids over to Treasure Island Sailing Center’s opening day for boat rides, food, games, and face painting. Watch out for the sailboat races and windsurfing demos. It’s a great day at sea. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Treasure Island, free. Read more.

Feelin’ Good in the ‘Hood


The Glen Park Festival not only showcases the Glen Park neighborhood, but all proceeds go to programs in the Glen Park area, from afterschool programs to the Glen Park library. Entertainment for the festival includes Orange Sherbet, bouncy houses, and copious arts and crafts.  Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Glen Park, San Francisco, free. Read more.

Peninsula/South Bay:

Parade Around

In Mountain View, Spring is a parade-worthy event. “Explore the Great Outdoors” at their 32nd Annual Downtown Spring Family Parade. Hang out in Pioneer Park post-parade for eats, music, and arts and crafts. Enjoy this great intro to Spring. Sat., 12:00 p.m., Castro Street, Mountain View, free. Read more.

Canter Over to Cantor

The Cantor Center opens its doors to families with art projects, music, dance, and storytelling. Bring the littles for Cantor Center Family Day and enjoy lion dancers, dragon puppets, opera masks, and eats. Catch this once-a-year opportunity to embrace this great Bay Area resource. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Stanford, free. Read more.

East Bay:

Animate the CAIFF!

Check out the California Independent Film Festival in Orinda this weekend. Their special children’s animation program airs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and on Friday, kids are admitted for $1! The program features shorts from all over the world and about everything under the sun—from too-smart pigeons to lonely penguins. These programs, though short on time, will be long on enjoyment.  Fri., 1:00 p.m., Sat., 11:00 a.m., and Sun., 10:00 a.m., Orinda, see website for tickets. Read more.

A Lotta MOCHA!

If you haven’t been to MOCHA lately, now’s the time. Their Art Carnival is filled with activities for the kids like bubbles, boats, and bean bag monsters. Also catch a performance of Kindergarde: Avant Garde Poems, Plays, Stories and Songs for Children. This carnival will be good fun, and then some.  Sun., 12:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Oakland, free (some activities require ticket purchase). Read more.





Marin/North Bay:


Fling Some Spring at Slide Ranch

Spring Fling at Slide Ranch always promises a good time, and with baby goats and bread-making, this one is sure to be a hit. From sheep shearing to nature hikes, you’re sure to find tons to keep your littles running. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Muir Beach, free. Read more.





Entertaining Earth Day


Marin’s Earth Day will have you celebrating from sunrise to sunset. Chat with Senator Mark Leno or listen to one of the bands. There’s also face-painting, henna, crafts, and puppet shows. With this much fun, Earth Day will feel more like Christmas.  Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Kentfield, free. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko