Spring is here and we’ve got your it-list for weekend to-do’s. From wildflowers to bunny brunches, farm tours to college campuses, there is something here for every little chickadee in your household.
History for Half-Pints
The California Historical Society hosts a family friendly day of fun! Explore the bilingual exhibit about one of California’s unsung pioneer heroes, Juana Briones y su California: Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera, then dive into fun and creative crafts, stories, and demos, like making a Tule Canoe! Musician and preschool teacher Mike Santillan will perform. Make history with your hands! Sat., 12:30 – 4 p.m.. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Make a Cardboard Ukulele at the Museum of Craft and Design
A drop-in workshop for all ages, kids can help make a cardboard ukulele, then head into the Lab to compose a musical masterpiece. Be sure and tour the amazing cardboard exhibition, Elevated Corrugated. Sat., 1 – 4 p.m. San Francisco. $8/adults; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Drop-In Art and Stories at Contemporary Jewish Museum
Listen to stories, take a closer look at art, and draw in mini take-home sketchbooks during this family fun-time with guided activities in the gallery. Family Gallery Adventures are a great way to explore The Museum, share quality time, and make new memories together. Sun., 11:30 a.m. San Francisco. $5/adults; children 18 and under are free. 4 and up. Event details.
Chomp at the Conservatory of Flowers
Friday marks the opening of the the Conservatory’s new exhibit,CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. The Special Exhibits Gallery will be transformed into a swampy paradise for hundreds of meat-eating plants. Get a bug’s eye view of the plants and learn why these plants have adapted to attract, capture, and eat prey, as well as how they have honed their hunting skills. Large models of several species throughout the exhibit also give kids a taste of what it might be like to be a tiny insect in a world of towering meat eaters waiting for their next meal. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Francisco. $8/adults; $5/SF residents; $5/children 12-17; $2/children 5-11; children 4 and under are free. Event details.
Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company’s Impact
Featuring a cast of 42 talented youth ages 9 to 18, this dynamic show is a combo of of hip-hop, modern and aerial dance, theater, spoken word, rap and song, accompanied by powerful video backdrop art. This year’s production takes you on a journey into the lives and issues of today’s generation, with humor and wit. Kids will love the the high energy moves, and parents will be moved by the energy and message. Fri, 7:30 p.m., Sat, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun., 5 p.m. Oakland. $13-$30 (sliding scale)/adults; $7/children 18 and under. All Ages. Event details.
UC Berkeley throws open its doors for a full day of lectures, tours, performances, discussions and demonstrations. Explore campus museums, gardens and exhibits. Enjoy chamber music or the lively Cal Band. With over 300 events, there’s something to inspire every mind at CalDay. Come experience one day in the life of UC Berkeley! Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy at Freight & Salvage
This world premiere musical will buzz into your heart, as Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination. Inspired by the wildly popular picture books by David Soman and Jacky Davis. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Berkeley. $13-$20. All Ages. Event details.
Moraga Spring Egg Hunt
Get a jump start on Easter and bring your own basket (and bonnet!) to the Moraga Juniors’ Annual Spring Egg Hunt. With kids divided in groups by age, from as young as 1 for some happy hunting, and there will be games, crafts, facepainting, bouncy houses, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your spare change, too, for a Spare Change Drive for the Moraga Public Library. Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Egg hunts begin at 10 & 11 a.m. Moraga. $10. All Ages. Event details.
Twister, A Wizard of Oz Parody
First they brought you the classic Wizard of Oz, now Playful Productions presents Twister, A Wizard of Oz Parody. This time it’s not just Dorothy who lands over the rainbow, but the tornado itself. Enjoy the adventures of your favorite characters as they get all twisted up in Oz. Sat., 7 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. San Jose. $15/general; children 2 and under (on lap) are free. All Ages. Event details.
Peace, Love, & Green
Bring the family down to Bay Meadows Park in San Mateo for an early Earth Day celebration, the annual Peace, Love, & Green Event. Moss milkshakes, electric bikes, bubbles, lawn games, organic bites, live music, and great eco-friendly activities like a cardboard village and gardening advice from Star Apple Edible Gardens. There will be a bike valet on site, and you can take Caltrain to the Hillsdale Stop to make this an extra Earth friendly day! Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Mateo. $5/adults; free for children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
The City of San Bruno hosts an Easter party both delicious and fun! Start off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, from 9 -11 a.m. where kids under 6 eat free (with paid adult). Then enjoy activities including a coloring contest, a bunny walk, bubbles, chalk art, a jelly bean count, facepainting and other games and crafts. The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m sharp, with a special area designated for each age group, even for kids ages 1-2 years old! Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Bruno. Egg hunt and activities are free,breakfast is $5/adults, 12 and under (and over 65) $3, kids 6 and under are free with paid adult. All Ages. Event details.
Explore a Salt Marsh
Ever wondered how marsh plants survive drinking salt water, or how many creatures live in the mud of the marsh? Join Ranger Felicity Harnett on this family friendly exploration of the salt marsh on Santa Margarita Island. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Tour Wooly Egg Ranch
Visit a working farm in the heart of Tam Valley. The Wooly Egg Farm’s spring tour allows kids to check out baby lambs and spring chicks, and enjoy the wildflowers. Princess and Bernadette are new to the farm, two Alpacas who venture out in good weather. Observe the blending of the old ways of the farm with modern technology like solar power and a car that runs on veggie oil, and enjoy life on the farm. Advance reservations highly recommended, call 415-388-3051. Sat., 11 a.m. Mill Valley. $5. All Ages. Event details.
Bunny Breakfast and Workshop
Gather your soft-eared sweethearts and head out to The Village at Corte Madera for this annual Easter Bunny Breakfast. The breakfast, co-sponsored by the Microsoft Store, takes place at The Cheescake Factory and the proceeds benefit Community Action Marin. Kids can dine with the Easter Bunny and enjoy live music by Tim Cain, balloons, and more. Then head over to the Microsoft Store for Easter crafting (DIY egg cup that they fill with chocolate for you!) and face painting with Oliver Twist. Sat., breakfast from 9-10 a.m., store events 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Corte Madera. $8/person suggested donation. All Ages. Event details.
Belvedere Community Center’s Egg Hunt and Breakfast
This is a perfect Easter event for the 5 and under crowd. Start your morning out right with a delicious brunch that includes photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Once the kids are tanked up, they’ll be ready for some real fun: crafts, music, face painting and an egg hunt in the playground or grass grouped by age. Brunch is from 9:30 -10 a.m. and requires an advance reservation, by calling 415-435-4355. See event listing for egg hunt start times. Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Belvedere. $5/person brunch; $5/person egg hunt. 0-5. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend?
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: Cal Berkeley