It’s March; it’s windy; it’s wet! It’s hot, it’s cold! It’s beautiful; it’s… really not beautiful. The weather may be crazy but your calendar can still be full; check out some of these great events blowin’ your way. The St. Patty’s Day Parade shows its colors this weekend with all the Celtic dancing you can stand. And behold—it’s time again for Outrageous Outgrowns. If you’ve been waiting all year to do some shopping for the littles, now’s the time. See “Mae Lin and the Magic Brush,” a puppetshow, at the Main Library in SF. And the Rheem Theatre in Moraga is starting up its Baby Brigade shows on March 11. Opening at 9:30 a.m., moms can come with their babies to see whatever the theatre’s playing. Tickets are $6 (babies are free).

San Francisco:

Pie, Me Oh My, I Love Pie!
What’s better than a trip to the Exploratorium? A trip to the Exploratorium and a slice of pie! Visit the Exploratorium on Pi Day (3/14) and celebrate pi with games, activities, and pie(!) made by the Exploratorium staff. Sun., 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., San Francisco, free w/admission. Read more.

Car-Free Cavorting
Yay! Sunday Streets! The sequel!  This season’s open roads start on the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to China Beach. Like last year, there will be activities lining the route including hula hoops, dance lessons, and other “fit” fun. Get those cycles in gear and break out the baby trailers—families, the streets are yours! Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

Marin

 

Magic Act

Weaving magic, comedy, pick-pocketing, mind-reading, juggling, escapes, dog tricks, and acrobatics, Dan the Magic Man puts on one of the best kids’ shows in the Bay Area. Sun., 1:00 pm, San Rafael JCC, $8. Read more.
Serious Savings!
Like a good bargain? Come out for the Novato Mothers’ Club Rummage Sale and see what you can find. Maternity clothes, toys, and more—if you need it, they’ll have it. Stick around until 2:00 p.m. when everything is 50%! Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Novato (950 7th Street), free. Read more.

South Bay/Peninsula:
The Benefits of Bowling

You know what really helps the environment? Bowling. SaveNature.Org’s annual Bowl-the-Planet fundraiser is happening this weekend at Serra Bowl. So get your pledge book together, reserve a lane, and rent some shoes. Your next strike could just save a rain forest! (No pressure.) Sat., 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Daly City, $25/adults, $15/kids. Read more.

Oompa-loompa!
Get your child a golden ticket to the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka.” With songs from the 1971 classic musical, this play will jumpstart your kids’ pure imaginations for sure. Mar. 13 – 21, Mountain View, see website for show times and tickets. Read more.

East Bay:
Ni Hao. ¿Como estas?

Want your tot to learn another language? Say Spanish? Maybe Mandarin? Well, you’re in luck. Lango is holding free language-immersion trial classes at Giggle in Walnut Creek. With Lango’s play-based curriculum, they won’t even know they’re learning. Sat., 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. (Spanish), 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Mandarin), Walnut Creek, free. Read more.

Eat for Two
Afraid your tot’s first words will be “PB& J again?” Are you sinking into a lunch-rut? It’s Habitot to the rescue! Their “Let’s Do Lunch!” series will teach you and your child how to make simple and nutritious fare that will keep your kitchen hopping, and their taste buds bopping. Fri., 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., Berkeley, $6 drop-in, $50 for a ten-class card. Read more.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko