This weekend you can cuddle baby goats at the Ferry Building, hear a symphony perform the score from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, celebrate Earth Day by making sand sculptures, or absorb the beauty of wildflowers in Sunol. Read on for these and more than a dozen other ways to rock this beautiful April weekend.

11th Annual Free Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration on Stinson Beach

Photo of Free Create with Nature Earth Day by Marco Sanchez

San Francisco

Creativity Day 2015
The Children’s Creativity Museum hosts a free day of activities and programs for all ages. This year’s theme is STEAM-Powered Creativity, featuring hands-on activities that inspire creative thinking in science, tech, engineering, art, and math. Learn clay animation techniques, design a video game, enjoy an outdoor experience inside with Toca Boca, make a stop-motion LEGO movie, and so much more! Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. SOMA. Free. All ages. Event details.

SF Earth Day 2015
One of the biggest Earth Day celebrations in California, Earth Day SF moves this year from its usual home in Civic Center to the heart of the Mission. Check out the Kid Zone, watch for some holistic hula-hooping, trash fashion, and making art with trash. There’ll be plenty of healthy, organic food and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.  

DogFest 2015
Celebrate dogs and kids at this benefit for McKinley Elementary School. Enter your dog in the Everyday Dog Show, donate at a silent auction, play in inflatable obstacle courses, and enjoy face painting, carnival games, food, and more. Master of Ceremonies Daniel Handler will lead the day. Warning: you may leave with an additional family member! The Rescue Zone will be there with adoptable pups. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Duboce Triangle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Goat Fest 2015
It’s the 7th Annual Goat Festival, a celebration of all things goat. Meet a milk maid, sample goat’s milk cheeses, play with adorable baby goats, take a cooking class and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Embarcadero/Ferry Plaza. Free. All ages. Event details

East Bay
Sunol Spring Wildflower Festival
Pack a picnic lunch and head out for a day among the wildflowers with hikes, crafts,music, slideshows, and nature activities. This event is free but parking is $5, cash only, and bring cash for vendors. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunol. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alphabet Rockers Live Show
Kids music icons the Alphabet Rockers have written a play! The New Kid in School is a theatrical hip hop show focused on inclusion and bullying prevention for kids and families. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. Sat., 10-11 a.m. Berkeley. $6/adults; $5/kids. 4-9. Event details.   

Cal Day at Lawrence Hall of Science
Bear pride comes to the Lawrence Hall of Science for all Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Free admission so you can explore SPEED: Science in Motion, and do your favorite Hall activities. Go Bears! Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Stitch Modern Family and Community Day
Head over to Stitch Modern, the 4th annual show hosted by East Bay Modern Quilters. This is not your grandma’s quilting show (well, maybe it is…but that’s a great thing). See the amazing quilts of 2015 and enjoy fabric crafts and a bake sale hosted by the Piedmont Girls Scouts. Sun., noon-2:30 p.m. Piedmont. Free. All ages. Event details.


Marine Science Institute’s Earth Day on the Bay
Honor planet Earth with a day celebrating the diverse habitat of the Bay. Check out a shark feeding, a touch-tank with live sharks, crabs, sea stars, anemones, and more, ocean critters art and crafts, a non-profit and local business environmental fair, food trucks, and music by Andy Z and the Andyland Band. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Super Soccer Stars Demo Day
Head to Mitchell Park in Palo Alto for a free demo day to see what Super Soccer Stars is all about. See event listing for times (arranged by age). Sun., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. 2-7. Event details.

South Bay
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.

2015 Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
Head to History Park for a celebration of the printed word and printed works. Make your own poster, ride the historic trolley and join students, educators, artists and printers for tours, demos, and vendors in celebrating the printed arts. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Symphony Silicon Valley
Join the SSV for an epic journey to middle-earth as they perform the Lord of the Rings trilogy soundtrack while the films are show in high-def on a giant 48 ft. screen. Watch and listen to the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. You can buy tickets for the entire cycle or mix and match. Fri., Sat., & Sun. See event listing for times. San Jose. $150-$330/package of all 3 films; $60-$120/individual film tickets. All ages. Event details.

Marin County
Kayak Adventure with Red Tricycle and Sea Trek
Take to the water with other Red Tricycle families with Sea Trek in Sausalito where your family will hop in kayaks to paddle around the Bay’s calmest waters. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like sea lions and birds. Includes a light lunch. Book now, as space is limited! Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sausalito. $50/person. 5 and up. Event details.

Create With Nature Earth Day Celebration
Using sand, rocks, shells, and other natural objects from the beach to create sculptures and art that honors nature while having a blast at Stinson Beach.  Arrive early and join the tsunami beach clean-up starting at 10 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stinson Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Earth Day at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Create art with natural materials, sing and dance with a performance by Snail People and enjoy the natural beauty of the museum’s setting. Includes museum admission. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sausalito. $12. All ages. Event details.

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–Amber Guetebier