Early April is all about new life with the local farms full of goat kids and baby lambs. Spend some time with your own little creatures at a nearby farm or the many family festivals that fill up the weekend.

GirlFeedsGoat-cc-Kurt Wagner via flickr

photo: Kurt Wagner via flickr

San Francisco

MakeArt Family Day at the Museum of Craft & Design
You’re invited to MCD’s 15th birthday party! Bring the whole family to MakeArt Family Day and enjoy a host of celebratory activities including the opportunity to win your own birthday party at MCD. There will be spin art and ice cream in the parklet, paper lantern crafts, wearable design and much, much more! Sat. Event details

Touch-A-Truck San Francisco
A family-friendly event for children to explore, climb and touch trucks of all shapes and sizes. From exploring cars and trucks, to playing carnival games and visiting the petting zoo, a variety of children’s activities will keep everybody busy and active. Sat. Event details

East Bay

6th Annual Holi Festival Celebration
Holi is an ancient festival from India that celebrates the beginning of spring. Participants throw brightly colored powdered pigments on each other as a way to commemorate the vibrant, abundant colors of springtime and to say farewell to the long winter. Along with the traditional throwing of colors, there will be plenty of free activities for the family, which include face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances, live music, gourmet food trucks and a Kids Zone hosted by the City of San Ramon. Fri. Event details

Dockside Tours of the USS Potomac
Visit this majestic ship in Jack London Square. Tours begin with a 15-minute video in the Visitor Center following by a docent led tour of the ship. The video provides a glimpse of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s use of the Potomac, emphasizing the impact of his administration on the country and the Potomac restoration story. Fri. and Sun. Event details


First Friday Family Night with STEM Odyssey
Enjoy extended evening hours until 8 p.m. inside STEM Odyssey, an amazing math art experience for kids, with oversized mazes, puzzles, games, geometric polyhedral sculptures, catenary arches and geodesic domes. Relax with a live band, cash bar and hot food for purchase. Meet and learn about the defenses of CuriOdyssey’s blue-tongued skink, rose hair tarantula and turkey vulture. Fri. Event details

UC Elkus Ranch Spring Preschool Days
Preschoolers and their families can visit stations throughout the ranch that are specifically geared towards this age group. Visit the friendly livestock, plant a seed, make a wooly craft, explore the gardens and more. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at Elkus Ranch. Fri. Event details

South Bay

Children of the Dragon
The Children of the Dragon celebrates Vietnamese culture with a day of lively music, colorful dance including the popular Lion Dance, and many exciting, hands-on art activities. The festival offers visitors the opportunity to experience the customs and traditions of life in Vietnam and those of family, friends and neighbors at this joyful event. Sat. Event details

Jaguar Day at Happy Hollow
Enjoy hands-on activities and lots of opportunities to learn about and support wild jaguar conservation. Special guest speakers include conservationist Anthony Giordano from the Chaco Jaguar Project and keeper talks in front of the jaguar exhibit. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Farm Animal Frolic Family Day
Join the frolic and celebrate joyful, new life with all the baby animals and renewal in the garden. Bottle feed the goat kids. Pet the soft fleece of young lambs. Feel the golden fuzz of young chicks. Participate in garden projects, cooking and crafts. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth