April is Earth Month and that means it’s time to celebrate Mother Earth and to reflect on ways that we can help protect this sprawling home of ours. This weekend there are creeks to clean, upcycling projects to tackle and even a bike-powered merry-go-round for riding. Wherever you end up, say no to plastic water bottles, pick up a piece of trash and ditch four wheels for two. Our planet will most definitely thank you.

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                                           photo: Christina Ramey via flickr

 

San Francisco

Last Chance for Giant Bunnies
Some whimsical and truly giant 23-feet-tall rabbits are carving out a temporary home at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco through April 25. The exhibit, aptly named Intrude, was created by artist Amanda Parer and includes five large-scale bunnies that are inflated and lit all day, every day. Hop on by before these bunnies move along to the next city! Fri.-Sun. Civic Center Plaza. Free. All ages. Event details.

This is One Earth Friendly Party
It’s time to celebrate Earth and to learn more about how can be better citizens of the planet. That’s just what you’ll find at Earth Day SF Street Fest, which combines music with world-renowned speakers, sustainable fashion shows, a green education center, an organic food court and more. There are all kinds of eco-activities for kids, from arts and crafts to healthy snacks and taking a spin on a bike-powered merry-go-round, too. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Mission, 22nd Street between Mission and Valencia. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Learn The Art of Upcycling
Wait, don’t throw that away! That’s what you’ll learn at this Earth Month celebration, Upcycle. At this hands-on maker festival the whole family can learn to repurpose items into art projects creatively that might otherwise just go to a landfill. Learn to screen-print patches, create colorful mosaics, make quilts from t-shirts, weave rag rugs and create metal objects. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., Noon to 4 p.m. Richmond Art Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

This Festival Will Be Sheer Fun
More than 100 sheep will receive their annuals haircuts at this long-loved festival at Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Live sheering, blacksmithing, wool spinning and wood carving demos will be underway. Kids can visit a petting zoo, swing around the maypole, play vintage games and make crafts. The event helps raise money to restore the farm’s 1850’s-era barn. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $3-$7; 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Peninsula

March to the Beat of this Long Time Parade
The City of Mountain View is hosting its 38th Annual Downtown Spring Family Parade. This year, get “Ready for Rio!”The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Castro Street at Villa Street and continue all the way into Pioneer Park for crafts, games, music and fun. Food trucks and carts will be on site selling food as well. Sat., 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Castro Street and Pioneer Park in Mountain View. All ages. Free. Event details.

Who Can Say No to a Rainbow?
Celebrate Mother Earth by learning to be a better citizen of the planet at the Marina Science IA rainbow in the sky in no guarantee but Pacifica’s Rainbow Fest and 2nd Annual Children’s Music and Arts Festival will be bright and colorful nonetheless. The event benefits the Pacifica Co-Op Nursery School and will feature all kinds of activity booths for kids, food vendors as well a children’s concert by the award-winning Charity and the JAMband. Sun., Noon-4p.m. Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Pacifica. $5-$10. All ages. Event details. 

South Bay

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. Showtimes are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sun., shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s Discovery Museum. Free with $12-$13 admission. All ages. Event details.

Get Together For Ocean Inspired Crafts
At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz seaside crafts are on the agenda from 1-3 p.m. every Sunday. Kids and their folks are invited to participate in this regular educational-meets-sea-life-inspired art sesh from reeling in some fish wallpaper to making a barking sea lion puppet and way more. While you’re there, make sure to check out the scavenger hunt, panoramic ocean views and, of course, all kinds of marine life that are on display. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz. Free. Ages 6-12. Event details.

Marin

Take a Friday Night Hike With the Fam
Every wonder what it would be like to sleep with the seals? Now you can find out at Seals & Slippers: Sleep under the Stars at The Marine Mammal Center. Families will camp under the stars and participate in in a hike, do activities in the discovery room, watch nighttime feedings, enjoy a meal together and take a late night tour of the animal hospital. Sat. 6-8:30 p.m. NatureBridge, Sausalito. $12. All ages. Event details.

Participate in an Earth Day Service Project
Pay homage to Mother Earth by helping keep her clean and there’s no better day to start than Earth Day. There are several opportunities around Marin County for families help clean up and or restore from Bothin Marsh to Corte Madera Creek, Hal Brown Park, Ring Mountain and more. All skill levels are welcome. Get the details on each location here. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon, locations vary. Free. All ages. Event details.

Do you have any Earth Day resolutions? Let us know in the comments below! 

—Chantal Lamers