This weekend’s array of events will have you living a fairy tale, family-style. Whether you choose to tap you inner Robin Hood with some archery lessons or have tea with the mad hatter, our list of flying machines, carnivals, and farm fresh fun will keep you wishing on a star.

Tree Safari for Kids

San Francisco

Coast Guard Appreciation Day
Honor the active duty men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard who operate in and around the waters of San Francisco Bay. Head out to Pier 39 for a day of rescue, air and water exhibitions, tours of Coast Guard vessels, see rescue swimmers drop from helicopters, meet with boatmen and women, K-9 units and much more. Sat., 12 – 4 p.m. San Francisco, Free. All Ages. Event details.

JAMband Family Fest
Families can join the JAMband on the Park Chalet lawn for two hours of music at their favorite place to play! Celebrate spring, come fog or come shine, and enjoy the free music and sing-alongs, plus a family sping-tacular activity. Sun., 3 – 5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.

16th Annual Glen Park Festival
This neighborhood tradition is a party for the whole family, with plenty of food, drink, live music, local vendors, raffle prizes, and activities for the kiddos like a jumpy house, storytime, fire trucks and other special guests. Hop on BART to the Glen Park Station and head toward the sounds of the festival! Sun., 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.

New Traditions Elementary School Carnival
Take the kids over play games like High Striker, Gutter Alley or Ring the Bull; enjoy BBQ and treats including cotton candy; check out the Paint Splatter Booth, Spin Art Bike, and get a cute family snap in the Photo Booth! Fou Fou Ha! Shredder Hoops, and Boswick the Clown will perform, among others, and all proceeds benefit the school. Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Games are $1/each or all day pass for $25. 2 and up. Event details.

East Bay

City of Alameda’s Earth Day Celebration
Learn about upcycling and grab your friends and family for an upcycling team sculpting contest for all ages. Play games on the Washington Park lawn and visit day-long exhibits to learn about healthy and sustainable lifestyles, from the youngest generation on. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Alameda. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Day of the Children with Los Cenzontles
Celebrate Dia del Niño with interactive music and dance by Los Cenzontles, learn about traditional Mexican musical instruments, and have fun with hands-on rhythm, dance and art activities. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Pablo. $10/adults; $12/children 12 and under. 5 and up. Event details.

Skytown Cooperative Nursery School’s Skyjam
Visit this hidden East Bay hamlet for a day of fun with the Bubble Lady, Jon’s School of Music, Jelly Jam Time, two bouncy houses, carnival games, a trackless “train,” hula-hoop demos, balloon animals, face painting, food and much more, all to benefit the school! Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kensington. $5; children 2 and under are free. 1-10. Event details.

South Bay/Peninsula

The 20th Annual Bowl-the-Planet Party
Enjoy an evening of unlimited bowling, raffles, prizes, all-you-can-eat pizza and a silent auction on over 100 awesome items, all as a fundraiser for scholarships to give kids hands-on environmental education. Strike! Sat., 5 – 8 p.m. Daly City. $35/adults; $15/child. All Ages. Event details.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show
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. $20/adult; $10/11-17; $5/children 10 and under. All Ages. Event details.

Tree Safari for Kids
Grab your binoculars and take the kids on a tree safari in the heart of the city of San Jose! Learn about five different tree species, and their benefits. Explore the Our City’s Forest Community Nursery, then trek to the Guadalupe River Park on the TreeMobile. Sat., 2:30-3:30 p.m. San Jose. Free (donations welcome). 4-10. Event details.

Marin County

Archery Exhibition at McNears Beach
Kids can learn the basics of bowmanship and practice marksmanship with guidance from skilled archers of the Northwoods Bowmen’s Club, and make traditional Miwok arrowheads to take home. Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Mad Hatter Tea Party 
Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unusual tea including sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. The Stark Ravens Historical Players will bring smiles and giggles as they dress as the colorful characters from this classic tale. Sat. & Sun., 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. San Rafael. $48/adult and child; $27.50/adult; $22.50/child. All Ages. Event details.

Slide Ranch Spring Festival
Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and nature craft activities for all ages. Feed chickens, milk goats, make bread, butter, and cheese; observe shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts, plus face painting, guided nature walks to the tidepools, and a beautiful spot to just relax on a blanket and enjoy snacks from Emmy’s Pickles, the Marin Bee Company, and Donna’s Tamales. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Muir Beach. $30/person, sliding scale donation. 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell us below.


—Amber Guetebier

Photo credit: Our City Forest