We’re in the run up to Easter weekend; do you have you egg dye handy? On the way there, visit the Oakland Zoo for their Feast for the Beasts event. Bring fruits and veggies for your favorite zoo pals and come early—the first 250 guests get to explore the elephant pen and leave treats for the long noses! After the animals are done eating, they like to take a nap; would you like to have a slumber party with the animals? Stick around for Bedtime with the Beasts and take an evening walk around the zoo before curling up to the nighttime sounds of all the zoo critters. If that sounds promising but not quite your cup of tea, get over to the children’s activities fair at Tanforan and see if you can’t find something that’s going to rock your little’s world.

San Francisco:

Sweater Swap
Have a closet full of clothes the babe wore twice and grew out of? Bring them by the infant and toddler clothing swap at Natural Resources. Switch your hardly-worns for hardly-worns a size up. Don’t miss this great opportunity to restock your child’s closet without spending buckets of bucks. Extra clothes will be donated to charity. Everybody wins! Sun., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Mission, San Francisco, $10 or pack of size 4 – 6 diapers. Read more.

Thanks, Easter Bunny!
Bring your bunny for a pic with these bunnies. The Whippersnappers’ folks are making Easter pictures that much cuter with real live hop-hops on the shoot. Get some snaps Grams will never take out of her wallet. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Union Street, San Francisco, 30 min. session for $195. Read more.

Marin/North Bay:

Open Camp
Get in another day of good times with the Coastal Camp at the Headlands Institute. Take a hike with the family and explore the tide pools. Meet the staff and sign up the littles up for day camp. If camp is even half as fun, your littles will never want to leave. Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Headlands Institute, Marin, free. Read more.

It’s Super Book Sale!
The Marin Library Super Book Sale promises to bring tons of new reading pals for your littles. Starting at 25 cents a book, your child will have literary friends for days.
Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., National Guard Armory, San Rafael, free. Read more.

Peninsula/South Bay:

Daisy, Daisy
Take in some beauty this weekend and visit the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Peruse the show gardens and don’t miss the special section for kid, Sproutopia, featuring playhouses and hands-on garden activities for the babes. Give your kid’s green thumb a chance to blossom. Sat. and Sun., San Mateo, see website for times and tickets. Read more.

Farm Celebration
Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day early at Hidden Villa with mural painting, flower-making, and other “agri” activities. Hang out at HV’s organic farm or in the animal pens and hear tales about Cesar’s youth and his work. Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Hidden Villa, Los Altos, free. Read more.

East Bay:

Circus, Circus
Kids threatening to run away and join the circus? At Playland-not-at-the-Beach (), they can find out exactly how it’s done. Come hear the story of Agostino Maltese, a boy who not only joined the circus, but became a daredevil trapeze artist! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., El Cerrito, $10 – $15. Read more.

Play Near Your Food
Kick off your weekend with a trip to the Andyland Islands. Andy Z is bringing his stories and music to Playcafe for a little Friday night fun. Have a bite and explore this new fun center for families, while taking in some great tunes. Fri., 6:00 p.m., Oakland, $6. Read more.