This weekend kids can hang out with farm animals; meet and greet with firefighters, cement truck drivers and more at Touch-a-Truck; check out miniature trains at a railroad society’s open house, and join us for a takeover of a vintage carousel. Ride on!

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San Francisco

Sunset Spin on the Creativity Carousel
Join us for a magical evening ride on the merry-go-round at the Children’s Creativity Museum, which will be open after hours just for you and other Red Tricycle families. Includes supervised play with Sensible Sitters and grown-up drinks for mom and dad. Book your ride now! Sat., 5-7 p.m. SOMA. $15. All ages. Event details. 

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
The first weekend of this popular festival includes street performers, taiko, music, Ikebana displays, and workshops. There’s also a Sanrio Hello Kitty arts and crafts area. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Japantown. Free. All ages. Event details 

History for Half-Pints
Celebrate the 1915 World’s Fair with the California Historical Society. Create your own flag or pennant and parade around the Palace of Fine Arts, make a World’s Fair button all your own, and sing and dance with musician and preschool teacher Mike Santillan (at noon and again at 1:30 p.m.) Plus you can check out the awesome exhibit, wander the Palace (there’s a vintage firetruck!) and more. RSVP for your free spot. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Marina. Free. All ages. Event details.

DiNO-Light at the JCCSF
DiNO-Light, a tale about a friendly dinosaur who goes out wandering, told using cutting edge puppetry, dance, and electroluminescent light! Sun., 11 a.m. &  2 p.m. Presidio Heights. $17. 4 and up. Event details

East Bay

Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show 2015
Cruise over to the East Bay to enjoy all things sailing with your little skippers. Check out sleek racers, luxury yachts, and everything in between along with seminars, activities for aspiring young sailors, and more. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oakland. $15/adult; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Jack-of-All Trades Market
Jack London Square’s Market Building will be abuzz with local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, and more at the Jack-of-All-Trades market. Kids can dance their pants to the live music and roam the stands looking for treasure. Be sure and check out the DIY workshops and bring your pooch because the marketplace is dog-friendly! Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Junior Solar Sprint Challenge at Lawrence Hall of Science
Watch custom-made solar vehicles race across the Hall’s plaza as the Society of Women Engineers and middle school students design, build, and race their solar-powered creations! Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Give kids a chance to see, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks and the men and women who drive them. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cardinalpalooza: Stanford Spring Sports Festival
Join seven Stanford teams for a full day of free sporting events. Teams competing at Cardinalpalooza include Sand Volleyball, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Water Polo, Track & Field, Softball and the Football Cardinal and White Spring Game. Plus chances to meet the teams, and food trucks on site. Sat., 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.

Preview Day at Little Wonders Parent-Child Center
Check out Little Wonders, let the kiddos explore the different play stations, meet the teachers and other parents, and find out about the parent-participation program. To attend, please RSVP to with child’s name and DOB. Sun., 3-4:30 p.m. San Mateo. Free. 8-33 mos. (with parent). Event details

South Bay

Outrageous Outgrowns Spring Sale
Check out the huge selection and savings at the largest kids consignment show in the Bay Area. Admission is free and you can score discount parking fee vouchers on their website. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Santa Clara Historic Depot’s Spring Open House
Check out two museum-quality model railroad displays, running multiple model trains, tons of railroad artifacts, spot trains from the historic tower, view a vintage rail car, shop items for sale, and chat up the railroad buffs that run the place. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Clara. Free. All ages. Event details.

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara Valley’s 21st Annual Spring Garden Sale
You’ll score plants of all varieties, so make sure you’ve got your garden beds ready to plant! Plus gardening talks, info tables, and a gardening-related vendor fair, along with food trucks. Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Family Day at Slide Ranch
If your kiddos think milk and eggs come only from the store, it’s probably time to show them a day on the farm. Head out for an adventure just beyond the Golden Gate at Slide Ranch, where the whole family will explore green pastures, examine teeming tide pools, meet animal pals and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Muir Beach. $25/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Family Night Hike & Campfire
Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals. Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats, and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. Then get cozy around a campfire with other adventurous families. Sat., 6-8:30 p.m. Sausalito. $12/person. All ages. Event details. 

Culinary Dude’s Meat-Free Cooking Class for Kids
Let’s face it: the idea of your own children making eggplant parmesan and sweet potato pie brings tears (of joy) to your eyes. Send your kids to this culinary class and they’ll come back with mad kitchen skills including how to saute, simmer, slice, bake, and blend. They’ll get a chance to eat their own creations. The trick? Getting them to do it all again for you that night! Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. $40. 5-14. Event details.

What will you do this weekend with the kids? Visit us on Instagram and let us know how you #rockedtheweekend. 

–Amber Guetebier