This weekend you can spend an evening on a safari at the San Francisco Zoo, celebrate Day of the Children in Oakland, explore airplanes, tanks, and more in Pacifica, and learn to cook in Tiburon. And that’s just a few of the uber-awesome to-do’s you can add to your list for some major fun.


Photo: Jörg Mollowitz via Flickr


San Francisco

Twilight Safari at the SF Zoo
We bet you’ve made at least one trip to the SF Zoo to see the soccer playing rhino or the new red pandas, but this time you’ll see it in a whole new light: twilight! Start your evening with a fireside dinner in the Great Hall, then enjoy an evening safari on the grounds to visit and learn about some of the Zoo’s residents. You’ll get to meet a keeper and take part in animal and science arts & crafts throughout the evening. There’s only a few spots left so book now. Sat., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Outer Sunset. $35/person. 4 and up. Event details.

Drop-Off Date Night at Peek-a-Boo Factory
If the last movie you’ve seen had a princess or a singing animal, treat yourself to a night out in the city without your favorite under-five-feet companions. Includes play time, snacks, pizza dinner, and a story time to wind them down. Sat., 6-9 p.m. West Portal. $35/child; $25 additional siblings. 3-10. Event details.

Glen Park Festival
Join the residents of the SF hamlet of Glen Park at the annual festival featuring music, dancing, food, and more. Purchase crafts, jump around in the kid’s area, and make merry with friends and neighbors. Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Glen Park. Free. All Ages. Event details.

SF Math Circle Math Carnival
Engage kids in the beauty and excitement of math in a carnival style event. Prizes, food, face painting, cake walks, and more. This event is free, but if you register online you can exchange your online ticket for actual tickets to play and eat at the event. This is a fundraiser for SF Math Circle, so donations are welcome, too. Sun.,1-4 p.m. Lake Merced. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Bay Area Storytelling Festival
From spoken word to telling your own tale, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival is a three-day affair celebrating the art of stories. Throughout the weekend there are workshops and concerts, with Sunday being the best day for kids: there’s a kid’s concert followed by crafts and a youth storytelling workshop. (Most other events are best for ages 9 and up.) Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Orinda. $5/for kid’s concert, $75 weekend pass, $170 all event family pass. All ages. Event details.

PiE Robotics Competition
Join over 20 teams of high school students as their robots try for the win at the annual competition run by UC Berkeley’s Pioneers in Engineering. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Berkeley. $12/adults; $10/child 3-18; children 2 and under are free. Includes museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Dia del Nino Community Festival
Celebrate Children’s Day with live performances, food, a flea market, carnival games, a bouncy house, Zumba, give-aways, face painting, and much much more. Plus a special performance by Dos Four! Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oakland. $1/adult; $.50/child. All ages. Event details.


Pacific Coast Dream Machines
Kids will flip for this showcase known as “the coolest show on earth” featuring more than 2,000 machines including hot rods, dragsters, low riders, muscle cars, homebuilt aircraft, classic cars,tricked out trucks and motorcycles, military tanks, hydroplanes, vintage police cars, helicopter and plane rides, kinetic art, custom bicycles, rolling sculptures…well you get the idea! Sun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $25/adults; $15/child 11-17; children 10 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Rainbow Fest: Pacifica’s 1st Children’s Music and Arts Festival
Enjoy kid’s activity booths, food, drinks, raffles, and a children’s concert by the award-winning Charity and the JAMband. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Pacifica. $5/person. 0-8. Event details.

Pet owners and their pooches will love Pet-a-Palooza, a free day of activities perfect for families. Check out the a pet psychic, pet sketch artist, pet photos, CPR demos, Palo Alto PD K-9 Unit agility demos, pet resources and more! You can gussy up your pooch and parade them in the Strut Your Mutt Spring Fashion Show Contest. The event is free, fashion show registration is $20 and benefits the Friends of Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.
Join Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook on an onstage adventure to Never Land with Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Features classic songs from the Disney cartoon, including “You can Fly!” and  “Following the Leader.” Fri., Sat., Sun. Times vary. San Jose. $12/adult (12 and up); $11/child 11 and under; $6/child floor seating. All Ages. Event details.

Story Time at the Mt.View Library
Bring the family to this drop-in story time that includes books, music, and movement for kids ages 2-5 and their families. Sat., 10:15-10;45 a.m. Mountain View. Free. 2-5. Event details.

Ragtime, The Musical
A dazzling, musical sweep through history, Ragtime: The Musical features characters like Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, and Booker T. Washington singing Tony nominated tunes. Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 1 & 6 p.m. San Jose. $30/adult; $24/child. All ages. Event details.

Marin County
Parent’s Night Out with the Culinary Dude
If the secret to your “secret sauce” is how fast you open the jar, it might just be time to take a night off from cooking. Leave the kids at this Tiburon culinary class and not only will you get a few hours to dine kid-free, your kids will come back trained to make a complete meal themselves (including clean-up!). Space is limited so sign up now. Sat., 5-9 p.m. Tiburon. $75/child. 5-16. Event details.

San Geronimo Valley Pancake Breakfast
Indulge in breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. Enjoy pancakes, coffee, sausage, fruit and other treats included. Sat., 8-11 a.m. San Geronimo. $10/adult; $6/child. All ages. Event details.

WildCare Earth Day Clean-Up
In celebration of Earth Day join WildCare and Marin County Parks ranger Kirk Schroeder in some beautification and restoration around Creekside Marsh and Corte Madera Creek in Hal Brown Park, followed by an easy walk around the creek. This is a great spot for seeing a variety of birds, while helping the earth. Sat., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Greenbrae. Free. All ages. Event details.

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–Amber Guetebier