May flowers are crowding ‘round the landscape while the sun shines and wind blows. Take advantage of weather before June gloom creeps in with its fog and chill. Argonne and Grattan Elementaries are holding their school carnivals this weekend. With all the trouble schools are having lately, don’t miss these great opportunities to come out and show some support. Kids tired of building forts with the living furniture? Paxton Gate steps it up a notch with their teepee building event. Come help decorate. Gussy up for Playdate 2010, the gala fundraiser for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. This year’s “An Octopus’s Garden” theme dares you to create attire fit for underwater royalty, and the auction items are straight out of Neptune’s vault! Visit the Crissy Field Center for its Spring Community Campfire and bring your marshmallow stick for s’mores! And for more sweets, head over to Oakland for the Sweet Shoppe Fest (for serious “sweet tooth”s only). It’s another beautiful weekend in the Bay; tune in and hang out.
Feed Me!
*Chomp!* What’s that sound? Is that chewing? Maybe it’s the plants at the Conservatory of Flowers. Bring the littles by for Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants. Come take a look at these florae with a taste for faunae. Just don’t stand too close.May 7 – Oct. 31, Tue. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. –4:30 p.m., San Francisco, adults/$7, children 5 –11/ $2, 1 2 — 17/$5, children 4 and under free. Read more.
Ladies Who Lap
Get your ladies on the move and sign up for the Lollipop 5K Run () this Saturday. Part of the Girls on the Run after-school program, the Lollipop Run encourages self-confidence and self-esteem. Come out and cheer on the runners, or consider being a running buddy and partner-run with one of the girls. Stick around for post-run activities like music, face painting, and a scavenger hunt. Get out there and pick up the pace! Sat., 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., San Francisco, to register for the run: children 15 and under/$15 ($20 day of), adult/$30 ($35 day of), running buddy/$35. Read more.
Play to the House
Catch the last show in Palo Alto’s Saturday Playhouse season. “A Princess Story” will be a wonderful ending to a great season of these unique fairy tales which have offered something just a little different. Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Palo Alto, adults/$10, children/$5. Read more.
Pamper Your Parent
Blossom Birth’s Mother’s Day celebration offers all moms a free day of pampering at blissed-out sessions like prenatal yoga and organic garden facials. Sign up for sessions on scrapbooking or how to keep that work/life balance in check (yeah, right). First five people to sign up for a session get a free gift bag! Sat., call for times, Palo Alto, free. Read more.


Come out for the Mother’s Day Spring Festival in Alameda. Who doesn’t love a street fair? Live music, pony rides, and mimosas. Arts and crafts, food, and mimosas. A petting zoo, vendor shopping, and mimosas. Are you sensing a theme? Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Alameda, free. Read more.
A Silly Circus
The circus is coming to town! Well, a very small circus is coming to town. The Swan Bros. are bringing their brand of slapstick humor and astounding juggling tricks to the Weekes Branch of the Hayward Library for family fun and amazement. Bring your biggest smiles and best “ooh”s and “ahh”s. Sat., 2:00 p.m., Hayward, free. Read more.
Music for Minors
It’s rare that us ‘rents make it out to the symphony so it’s nice when the symphony offers family concerts, tailor-made for our listening pleasure. The Marin Symphony does just that this weekend with “Once Upon a Symphony,” with music from Ravel, Dukas, and bits from the Harry Potter soundtrack. Get your littles jazzed about these classical jams and stay for the instrument petting zoo post-concert. Sat., 3:00 p.m., San Rafael, adults/$15, children/$10. Read more.

Hotel Hoopla

The Larkspur Hotel Mill Valley is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow with a party for kids. With face painting, crafts, and tasty treats–not to mention live music from local fave Enzo Garcia–this party is sure to be off the hook, child-style. Wed., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Mill Valley, free. Read more.