It’s the first weekend of spring and the wildflowers are out in full force. Spend your weekend visiting baby farm animals and watching sheep get sheared at local farms that are having special farm tours this weekend. It’s a beautiful weekend to smell the fresh air!

San Francisco

Volunteer at the Monarch Nectar Garden
Help maintain and add to the monarch nectar garden at Rob Hill through a morning of gardening activities, learning and sharing about San Francisco butterfly gardening. Dress for stewardship and wear layers. Tools will be provided. Sat. Event details

Dino Days Have Arrived at the Cal Academy
An immersive festival with its footprint all over the Academy, Dino Days invites you to explore the Late Cretaceous period and encounter the largest reptiles that ever stalked the Earth. Start your prehistoric trek at the updated T. rex display in the lobby, follow the footprints to the newly dino-fied East Garden, then head up to the Naturalist Center to learn how fossils help scientists tell the stories of the prehistoric past. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Free Family Day at the Junior Center of Art and Science
Enjoy this free family day at the Junior Center on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Celebrate spring with flower-inspired art making, a trip through the science room and explore sound sculptures with partner organization, Thingamajigs. Sat. Event details

Women in STEAM in Space
Come for this whole day all about women who are doing incredible work in STEAM careers in space! Enjoy hands-on activities, a panel discussion and a chance to engage with engineers, biologists, artists and people in other fields that surprisingly link with space missions. It takes more than just rocket scientists to be part of space missions. Sat. Event details


Putt’n Around Downtown RWC
Putt’n Around will bring back your favorite mini-golf memories with its 18-hole course complete with scaled decorations and nighttime black light golf. This limited-run activity will be fun for the whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Spring Garden Party at Hidden Villa
Young families are invited to come to the education garden to welcome the arrival of the spring season. Enjoy live music while you embark on a garden scavenger hunt, create crafts with beautiful plants and flowers from the farm and use all your senses to appreciate this season of growth and exploration. After exploring the garden, be sure to visit the farm animals and say hello to all the new spring arrivals including the baby lambs! Sat. Event details

South Bay

Spring Farm Tours at Deer Hollow Farm
Come meet the new farm babies—lambs, kids and lovable Luna with her off-spring Roxie. Get up close and personal with the Farm’s resident sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Sat. Event details

Great America Opening Day
Celebrate another season at California’s Great America on opening day! Ride the rails, enjoy some good eats and find out what’s new at this South Bay amusement park. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Sheep Shearing Family Farm Day
Celebrate spring, when the pasture is vibrant and green, fleecy young lambs and frolicking goat kids abound and it’s time to shear the sheep! Come meet the newest, adorable additions to the barnyard herd. Learn about wool processing from sheep to yarn and make a wool craft to take home. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth