Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times? It may not seem like it, but summer time is practically just around the corner. Bop down to Crissy Field to meet their summer camp staff and check out a preview of their camp. Next, don a mask for the Purim Festival at the JCC and catch some live music, great food, and a ton of kid-friendly activities (not to mention some parent-friendly beer and wine tasting). Finally, you’ve got three chances to take in a family concert from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra as they perform with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in SF, Berkeley, and San Mateo. Good times are springing up like flowers around the Bay so go out and pick your favorites.

San Francisco:

Fun with a Purpose
Does your kid like cupcakes? How about paints? Music? Hm, maybe they’d like the community event at Beacon Clubhouse this weekend. Put on by Open ARMS (six moms with one desire: to make life better for kids in the community), this event features cupcakes, painting, photography, yoga, music activities and more. A RSVP fee of $10 goes to Partners in Health working with the children of Haiti. Sat., 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, RSVP fee $10. Read more.

New Year Nuttiness
You’ve been waiting all month for the Chinese New Year Parade. Well, the wait is over! This Saturday sees one of the most anticipated events of the year. Keep tabs on the parade as you sleuth around the city on the traditional Chinese New Year treasure hunt. Or bracket parade-watching with visits to the Chinatown Community Street Fair, full of food, flowers, and fun. Don’t miss these essential San Francisco events. Parade: Sat., 5:15 p.m.; Treasure Hunt: Sat., 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., see website for ticket pricing; Street Fair: Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

East Bay:

Purim Parties!
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews marked for death by a Persian king, and if you survived certain death, you might party like a rockstar too. Come in costume to the East Bay JCC for their Purim celebration featuring activities like games, puppet shows, face painting and bouncy houses, and show off your threads in the Purim parade. In El Cerrito, celebrate at Jewish Gateways with songs, treats, and Hamantaschen (cookies!). Jewish Gateways: Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., El Cerrito (ages 0 – 5); JCC:  Sun., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Berkeley, free.

We Are the Music-Makers
Freight and Salvage is known for its propensity to rock. At its open house this weekend, your kids will be a-wash in fiddles, banjos, guitars, drums—anything that can make a tune! Bring the kids by for free workshops and tons of live performances, jam sessions, and song circles. The hills may be alive with music, but they ain’t got nothing on the warehouses in Berkeley. Sat., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Berkeley, free (Bring your instruments!). Read more.

Marin/North Bay

Put Your Big Boots On and Go!
Ah, spring time. Get into the melt with WildCare and take in some scenery. Cascade Canyon is alive with woodpeckers, dragonfly nymphs, and trout in the stream. Give a look as you hike for the falls and explore this little bit of the Bay. Sat., 10:00 a.m., Fairfax, free. Read more.

Fairies for a Cause
Get some fairy dust on you at the Throckmorton Theatre; Tink and Peter are on the big screen again. As a fundraiser for Marin At-Risk Youth, the JRMCA is showing Peter Pan, with other activities like face painting and raffle prizes. Come as your favorite Pan character and watch out for the ticking croc! Sun., 11:30 a.m. (movie starts 12:30 p.m.), Marin, adults/$20, child/$10. Read more.

Peninsula/South Bay:

Party Like You’re Nine Months
Babies like to party too; why do you think they’re up all night? Bring your rocking tots to Silverpalooza, a dance party benefiting Silverspot Co-op Nursery. With games, prizes, and face painting, Silverpalooza will have your babes boogying in their booties. Sun., 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Brisbane, contact Silverspot for ticket prices. Read more.

Jumping Gymnasts
If your littles are swinging from the chandelier and bouncing off the walls, bring ‘em by Gymtowne to release some of that energy. For free! New to South San Francisco, Gymtowne opens their doors to all your flying monkeys. Get in quick before they realize what they’re doing! Fri., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., South San Francisco (ages 1 – 5). Read more.
—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko