Oh, baby, it’s going to be a good weekend. There’s plenty to do such as visiting with the new (yet already very tall) baby giraffe at San Francisco Zoo. If productivity is on the to-do list then take a hike where kids can make something great for Mother’s Day or gather up the family for a kid-friendly emergency prep event. Either way, with all that’s happening around the Bay Area this week it’s a cinch to put fun on the checklist.

                                           photo: courtesy of the san francisco zoo and gardens


San Francisco

Meet San Francisco’s Coolest New Baby
The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens recently welcomed a new addition to the giraffe family, a female calf born Friday, April 8 at 9:40 am in the Bernard Osher Foundation Giraffe Barn. Mother, Barbro, and her calf are in excellent condition. The calf stood up and took her first steps within 30 minutes of birth. She’s already more than six-feet tall. Come meet the new baby, who has yet to be named. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $14-$20; kids three and under are free. Event details.

An Interactive Symphony for the Whole Family
Discover the wonders of live orchestral music and its ability to transfer emotions from the stage to the audience at this family-friendly concert series by members of the San Francisco Symphony. Curated by conductor Edwin Outwater, this performance will explore how music like Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony can elicit feelings of excitement and fear, happiness and curiosity. Pre-concert lobby activities are provided by the Exploratorium and ticket holders receive a free activity guide and materials to enhance musical discovery at home. Sat., 2 p.m. Davies Symphony Hall, $13.50-$64. Ages 7 and up. Event details.

Hey Sunday, Let’s Hit the Streets
Sundays are about to get a whole lot cooler. That’s because Sunday Streets are back for the eighth year, and the first installment of the season is scheduled to roll through the Bayview and Dogpatch. This route includes more than three and a half miles of car-free streets, making it one of the longest stretches to explore by bike, by foot or by skate. This event will take place on the southbound lanes of Third Street between 18th Street and Yosemite Avenue and on 22nd Street between Indiana Street and Third Street. Because this route is so long, organizers recommend a bike or skates or alternatively, super comfy walking shoes. Sun., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Bayview and Dogpatch. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Get Up and Get Down at this Festival
The Oakland Dance Festival brings the best local dancers, choreographers and teachers from the top studios to Jack London Square for one day of fabulous rhythm and fun. From little ones to jiving adults, dancers of all ages will perform and celebrate the power of dance. This free one-day dance festival will showcase a dazzling array of dance genres including jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, folkloric dance and more. In addition to performances, this event will feature workshops, master classes and demonstrations for those interested in perfecting their skills. The Oakland Dance Festival is presented by Dance-A-Vision. Sat., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Jack London Square. Free. All ages. Event details.

Don’t Let an Emergency Shake You Up
Is your family prepared for an emergency? Do you have water, plenty of canned food, a plan? At the Berkeley Emergency Preparedness Fair families can learn all kinds of ways to plan for emergencies from earthquakes to fires and more. There will be family-friendly activities, tips and information, on-site training, and interactive demonstrations of safety resources available to the community. There will be a showcase of emergency vehicles, prizes, kids activities, live music and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


Make Fairy Dust Friendly Gardens for the Filoli Flower Show
Create a magical little hideaway for your favorite garden fairy at this Filoli parent-and-kid crafting and gardening workshop. Kits (but not fairy dust) for the class are provided by Wegman’s Nursery and participants should bring their own 12 by 15 inch tray, box, basket or crate to hold their garden. Each mini garden will go on display at the Filoli Flower Shows from May 8-10 for which participants will receive two free tickets. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Filoil, Woodside. $80 members; $95 non–members. Fee is good for one adult and one child age 7 and up. Ages 7 and up. Event details.

Get Fit at This Fun Fair
Celebrate Mother Earth by learning to be a better citizen of the planet at the Marina Science Institute. Located on the San Francisco Bay, the festivities will include encounters with bay mud and sea creatures and and earth-friendly tunes. The Banana Slug String Band will jam for a couple of hours and Rock Steady Jugglers will perform, too. Register in advance for an eco-cruise ($20) and, if you dare, an opportunity to feed the sharks. Sat., 11 a.m.-3p.m. Columbia Neighborhood Center, Cupertino. Free. All ages. Event details. 

South Bay

Discover Wildflowers in Your Hood
Even the tiniest of gardeners will dig the UC Master Gardener’s 22nd Annual Spring Garden Market. The Hosted by the Open Space Authority, families can learn where to discover wildflowers and wildlife in their own neighborhoods. This is a storytelling program designed to introduce families to surrounding wildflower displays as well as what bugs, birds and other wildlife might live among these habitats. Sat. 3:30 p.m. Santa Teresa Branch Library, San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Will the Princess Kiss This Frog?
The spoiled Princess Ofelia strikes a deal with a slimy frog: if he’ll help retrieve her golden ball from the bottom of a well, she’ll grant him three wishes. Can a spoiled princess keep her word? Is there more to this frog than meets the eye? (Might he actually be her Prince Charming in disguise?) Beloved Bay Area-based puppetry company Fratello Marionettes brings the classic fairytale to life with a cast of hand-crafted, custom-made marionettes. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.


Make and Take Something Great for Mom
Kids won’t want to miss the chance to craft something awesome for Mother’s Day. Kids can head out to Stafford Lake Park and, alongside park rangers, learn to use a flower press. All supplies including smocks and even healthy snacks will be provided. All skill levels are welcome. This class has a capacity of 30 participants so RSVP in advance with Ranger Jason Olivotti via email at JOlivotti@marincounty.org. Sun., Noon-2 p.m. Stafford Lake Park, Novato. Free. All ages Event details.

This is One Fairy Cool Festival
Families are invited to experience the magic of this year’s Garden Faire at Edna Maguire Elementary School. This year’s fundraising faire will take place on May Day and will feature a Maypole dance. Garden fairies will be on hand to help guests enjoy favorite crafts and games, such as fairy house building, creating potions, wreath making, hunting for golden eggs, nibbling on donut trees and bobbing for apples. Other activities will include face painting, hair extensions, and henna tattoos. DJ Jason will fill the garden with toe-tapping music while an array of eateries will serve up fresh, delicious local food. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Mill Valley Children’s Garden at Edna Maguire Elementary School. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your checklist for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below! 

—Chantal Lamers