Winter is long gone and there are absolutely no more excuses for hiding under the covers and binge watching cartoons on Netflix. The Bay Area has got quite the spring line-up, from a bounty of crazy cool wildflowers to watching sheep lose their big, wooly coats and catching a whimsical theater show designed for the littlest of buds. So grab your SPF, your best pair of sunnies and get to know the sunshine once again.
photo: Brendan Lange
You Belong Among These Wildflowers
California winter showers bring crazy amounts of wildflowers and some petaled beauties will be putting on quite a show at WILD Flowers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Kids will love the white, spiraling magic dogwood, along with the crimson monkey’s hand and the huge, fiery bristles of the protea. The Garden of California Native Plants, the Mediterranean Garden and the Zellerbach Garden of Perennials will also have some plenty of not-to-miss blooms this season. Fri-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. SF Botanical Garden. Free for SF residents; $2-$7 for non-residents. All ages. Event details.
Go Boom In This Asteroid Adventure
At The California Academy of Sciences you can learn how asteroids and comets of the past impact our lives and our planet today. Take it a step further and find out how likely it is that Earth will take another cosmic hit by well, becoming an asteroid yourself. You’ll slam the Earth (don’t worry, your mom won’t mind) in an effort to discover the impact of the massive objects from our solar system. Fri., 11:30 a.m. The California Academy of Sciences. $24.95-$34.95. All ages. Event details.
Sing a Sea Chantey Aboard a Historic Ship
Take a bite out of science and discover Bay predators at Aquarium of the Bay. Find out what’s on the menu as we explore three of the Bay’s top predators – from unassuming sea stars, keen river otters, and awe-inspiring sharks, these predators rule their ecosystems. Have fun with hands-on science experiments and activities, while learning all about what it takes to be a top predator. Sat., 8 p.m. Hyde Street Pier. Free but please RSVP. All ages. Event details.
Your Budding Theatergoer Will Dig This Show
Children’s Fairyland and Bay Area Children’s Theatre teamed up for “Bloom Kaboom!,” a theatrical experience designed specifically to engage infants and children up to four years old. This interactive tale allows babes to use their imaginations as they wander through a scenic garden with (pretend) squirrels, butterflies and bees. Throughout the performance children are encouraged to sing, move and jump. Performances begin at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and run Friday through Sunday through April 17. Fri-Sun., shows at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.BACT Performance Hall. $15. 0-4. Event details.
Forage For Your Morning Snack
Shhh, ForageSF walks for beginner or veteran foragers are held in secret locations in East Bay parks, which are emailed to participants a week prior to each class. These two hour adventures are led by Kevin Feinstein, author of “The Bay Area Forager” and “Crash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging,” who has been teaching the wild food walks for for more than five years. Participants will learn about the most commonly found wild foods, edible flowers and medicinal plants around the Bay Area. Sat., secret time and location emailed to registered participants in advance. $40. All ages. Event details.
All Aboard For a Ride Round the Farm
Reminiscent of the train tracks that once connected many of the East Bay’s sprawling farms, Ardenwood’s historic train takes passengers for rides around its own active farm. Hop onto one of two cars for views of the farm’s ever-sprouting crops and surrounding eucalyptus groves. The 15 minute ride is free with admission. Fri. and Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Fridays and until 3:30 on Sundays. Free to $6. All ages. Event details.
This in One Wooly Cool Festival
The hallmark of this annual festival is sheep shearing but kids can learn more about the wool harvesting process via herd dog demonstrations and cool wool-centric crafts. Kids can create felted wool figurines, crazy yarn critters and even give finger knitting a shot. There’s also a “Little Lamb” activity center designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Artisans will be on hand, spinning and weaving, and answering questions. There are two times to choose from: 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3:30. Advance registration is required. Sat., 9:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Hidden Villa. $15. All ages. Event details.
Sketch Fest: Family Sundays at Cantor Art Center
Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays include tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and even movie screenings. Theres always independent sketch time too. Sun, noon-3 p.m. Cantor Art Center. Free. Designed for ages 5 and up. Event details.
Baby in the Corner? Not in this Dance Class
The Mexican folkloric dance classes at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library are the perfect opportunity to expand an art, dance and cultural education. Through movement and beautiful music, children ages 5-12 can learn more about Mexican culture in this free, weekly class for all skill levels. No registration required. Sat., 10-11 a.m. Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library. Free. All ages. Event details.
Voyage to Vietnam
Most Sundays Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose presents Big Screen Sundays, showing educational flicks for children. This month catch “Families of Vietnam,” which follows one child from the city and another from the country through their respective days. Afterward, see those worlds come to life in the original exhibit, Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Sun., showtimes are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. $12-13. All ages. Event details.
Get Your Om on For Free
Got a little yoga buddy? Then head on over the the Old Mill Amphitheater every Saturday morning for a free Hatha flow yoga sesh. Surrounded by towering Redwoods, you and your devoted yoga offspring will sweat it out to breathing, standing and seated postures. The class is designed for all levels and is canceled only in the case of severe rain. Bring your mat and water and meet in the amphitheater 10 minutes prior to the class. Sat., 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. Old Mill Amphitheater. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pawsitively Awesome: Guide Dog Graduation
There are no ruff days at the Guide Dogs for the Blind public graduation ceremonies. These bi-monthly celebrations mark the beginning of an incredible friendship between some exceptional dogs that will help empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. As if that weren’t enough, clients have the opportunity to meet volunteer raisers who cared for these incredible pups until they were old enough to begin training. Tours of the campus are also held on graduation days at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Sat., 1:30 p.m.Guide Dogs for the Blind California Campus. Free. All ages. Event details.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate spring? Let us know in the comments below!