What do you have lined up for May? Well, we have a few suggestions. Touch a tankful of mollusks at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, or hang with the animals at Loma Vista Farm’s Spring Festival (stick around for the train rides). Make a day of sheep shearing in San Ramon with tractor rides, a maypole, and sheep dog demos. And Access to Adventure in GGP celebrates fitness for kids with special needs or disabilities. Come by for free music, classes, food, and fun! Remember, this is only the first weekend in May; pace yourselves!
San Francisco:


Considering hitting the Peter Pan show on the Embarcadero? First scout out the big-screen version at the Disney Museum for a visit with your favorite songs and characters. Then if the kids want to take it up a notch, you can always go big and hit the theatre extravaganza. May 2 – 31, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., San Francisco, see website for tickets. Read more.

Dapper Diapers!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a great time while helping someone out in a big way? Lucky you—Peekadoodle Kids Club is hosting its First Anniversary Party but all the gifts go to Help a Mother Out. Bring some diapers for their diaper drive and be prepared to play, party, and partake of some eats and fun activities. It’s a win-win. Even a win-win-wipe. Sun., 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., San Francisco,$35 donation requested for a family of five (two adults and three kids), plus $1.87 fee. Read more.

North Bay/Marin:

Paint It Pink… or Purple… Maybe Violet

The colors of Spring dot the hillsides in the Marin Headlands. Come tiptoe through the tulips (or various other florae) with the Headlands Institute, and try your hand at some field sketching. Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Marin, $7/person (children under 4 free; pre-registration required). Read more.

Super Summer Camp

Steve and Kate’s Camp is so awesome you’ll be trying to figure out how to finagle your way in. Come by Kentfield this weekend to check out their new summer offerings (think bungee jumping and bathtub racers). Scoop up some tasters from their new lunch menu and stick around for prizes. If they set up a day spa studio, we’re camp-crashing for sure. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Kentfield, free. Read more.

East Bay:


The Oakland Museum of California re-opens this weekend with a bang—31 hours of nonstop party. Sunday is dedicated to families with hands-on activities and live music. OMCA highlights the story of California so drop in for some fun and facts about our home. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – Sun., 6:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.

MayDay Madness

Join the Oakland Zoo for a little medieval magic when the California Revels come to town. Gather ‘round the Maypole for some special dancing accompanied by singers and fiddles. And stay on hand for the May Queen coronation. Be sure to bring your garlands and gowns. Sat., 1:00 p.m., Oakland, free w/admission. Read more.

Peninsula/South Bay:

Express Yourself!

The 88th Annual May Fête Parade gets underway this weekend to the theme of “Free to Be Me!” This parade has it all: stilt walkers, clowns, floats, and your kid—any kid who wants to join the parade can as a kid on wheels, kid with a pet, or a kid in costume. Bring your little for a good time being himself! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Palo Alto, free. Read more.

Big Wheelers

Learning Links Preschool is livening up your Saturday with its Family Fun Faire and Touch-a-Truck event. If your child has ever longingly sidled up to a fire truck, sheriff’s car, or van, this is the event for them. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Burlingame, $5/family. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko