It’s the weekend so go ahead and dig in. From a gardening workshop to a musical scavenger hunt and fire works, it’s easy to get spring started with a bang.

Photo: Soil, Seeds, and Water

San Francisco

Join a Musical Scavenger Hunt at the Conservatory of Flowers
Hop over to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park for a scavenger hunt on the lawn. Each participant will learn about musical notes and song composition through exploration and problem solving. The game is designed for children aged 5 to 12 and all those who are young at heart. Sat. Event details.

Pop for Spring Fireworks at Pier 39
PIER 39 is greeting spring in a big way, with a dazzling fireworks display in celebration of the Spring Equinox. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at the Carousel Stage with DJ Pauly Paul spinning avorite hits and festive springtime crafting with the Museum of Craft and Design. Stop by the PIER 39 table to sign-up for exclusive discounts and the bay. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

See the Music Man this Weekend
Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Dig Into the Weekend with some Gardening Fun
Kids love dirt now is the perfect opportunity to show them what to do with it in this gardening introduction to soil, seeds, and water for kids! Event includes story time, mini-lecture, hands-on activity, and a fun gardening craft to take home. Sun. Event details.


Get Sweet on Genesha
Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. What will he do, though, when his tusk breaks on his favorite candy? A world premiere adaptation of the colorful children’s book by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Ditch Saturday Cartoons for Nature
Spring is here s take a hike! Yeah, we said it. It’s the best way to check out Filoli’s incredible nature preserve which consists of seven-plus miles of trails that criss-cross six different California native habitats. Nature education docents from Filoli will guide these two-hour, afternoon tours through the preserve, discussing plants, flowers and wildlife along the way. Fee includes admission to the regular gardens. Bring water, snacks and SPF. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Cool Chicks Hang Out Here
Do you have baby animal fever? Then visit Deer Hollow Farm’s babies during this spring tour. Among the flock are chicks, cows, piggies, ducks, geese, goats and sheep. The tour includes a visit to century-old farm buildings, organic farm and orchard, hands-on farming fun and even a planted bean to take home to kick off (or add to) your own garden. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. There is a one mile, paved walk from the parking area to the preserve. Sat. Event details.

See Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live
Daniel and his friends are hopping aboard the trolley to delight live audiences with Daneil Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Through the show’s familiar themes and music, the neighbors share stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences in this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises that will warm the hearts of multiple generations. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Lure the Kids for some Saltwater Fishing Weekend
Gather all the fishies in your little school and swim on over to the fishing pier at McNears Beach where park rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing on San Pablo Bay. Some poles and bait will be available, or bring your own. No license required to fish from the pier. Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Rain will cancel. Sat. Event details.

Frisco Fred’s Magic and More
Frisco Fred’s Magic and More features a madcap mix of clean entertainment for the entire family from magic to juggling and crazy stunts. He skillfully weaves slow motion card tricks, balloon animal creations, and juggling with wacky, whimsical stories and deceptive self-deprecating humor. His show is family-friendly, but certainly not just for kids. Who wouldn’t howl with laughter over antics as free-formed and spontaneous as a child at play? But the unpredictable prankster is only the mask of this master craftsman who can combine his off-the chart skills in countless off-the-wall ways. Sun. Event details.

It’s spring! Tell us what you’re looking forward to this season in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers