It’s spring, and the sun is out so you should be, too. This weekend take your first roller coaster ride of the season, watch a sheep lose its winter coat and go for a picnic at the Presidio. The season is calling, so make the most of this break from the rain.

Photo: Sheep Shearing



San Francisco

Science Bites at the Aquarium of the Bay
At Aquarium of the Bay, Spring Break educates and entertains kids at the same time. Through playful science and hands-on activities, our naturalists show the importance of ocean predators. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Presidio Picnic Is Back
San Francisco’s favorite weekly community gathering, Presidio Picnic, brings the best of the city together every Sunday afternoon. Presented by the Presidio Trust in partnership with Off the Grid, the 2018 season of Presidio Picnic will showcase food and cultures of our diverse community by introducing a free cultural dance performance on the fourth Sunday of each month. Presidio Picnic is free and open to the public, and takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with amazing views of the park, the city and San Francisco Bay. In addition to the new monthly cultural dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature more than 25 international mobile food creators, music, lawn games, yoga, bike safety classes, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Did Somebunny Say Fairyland?
As if Fairyland couldn’t get any dreamier, now you can hop over to this magical spot to celebrate bunnies too. Following Easter weekend, kids will be greeted by characters and even some tap dancing bunnies. There’s more, such as bunny-themed arts and crafts and musical stories and warm and fuzzy performances. And be on the lookout, some Fairyland bunnies will be out and about looking to snuggle. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Okee Dokee Brothers in Concert
As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.Joe and Justin as kids. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Hit up the Boardwalk over Spring Break
You’re stoked that school is out for spring break but what are you going to do about it? You’re in luck because the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is opening its doors for two weeks. All rides are scheduled to be open, as well as laser tag, mini golk and bowling. After hours, when rides close for the evening, arcade games are half off. There’s other entertainment throughout the week too, including magic shows and appearances from Cartoon Network characters. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Go Coastal on Your Next Hike
Lunch, snacks, binoculars, water bottle, SPF, all check! You’ll want to pack all these goodies for Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks. On these two hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Sat. Event details.


Bugs and Bots at Curiodyssey
Interact with robotic creations built by kids and professionals, make and wear technology-inspired art, meet living insects and learn how bugs influences imagination and innovation. Be captivated by Beetlelady, Dr. Stephanie Dole, and her wriggling insects. Meet the students with first and take their robots for a drive. See Starship’s delivery robot rove around the zoo. Create a TechInsect from computer parts with The Museum of Craft and Design. Try on Giant Cardboard Robot arms. Learn about a bug you draw from a Customer X robot, or about augmented reality and 3D bugs. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

This Is One Woolly Cool Festival
The hallmark of this annual festival is sheep shearing but kids can learn more about the wool harvesting process via herd dog demonstrations and cool wool-centric crafts. Kids can create felted wool figurines, crazy yarn critters and even give finger knitting a shot. There’s also a “Little Lamb” activity center designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Artisans will be on hand, spinning and weaving, and answering questions. Advance registration is required. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Sleep Seal Adjacent at this Overnighter
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. Fri. Event details.

Lure the Kids for Some Saltwater Fishing Fun
Gather all the fishies in your little school and swim on over to Paradise Beach Park where park rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing on San Pablo Bay. Some poles and bait will be available, or bring your own. No license required to fish from the pier. Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Rain will cancel. Sat. Event details.