Remember all of that rain? Well all of those weekends you spent in raincoats and under umbrellas are paying off in a big way. We are well into spring now and you get to experience baby animals, incredible cherry tree blooms, wild flower picnics and cool family camp outs.

Photo: Brittany Jepson

San Francisco

It’s Cherry Festival Time, Kiddos
The 50th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the largest celebration of its kind on the West Coast, is a dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. There will be food, performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 16, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown starting at 1pm. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Science Bites!
Take a bite out of science and discover Bay predators at Aquarium of the Bay. Find out what’s on the menu as you explore three of the Bay’s most fascinating predators – from keen river otters, to clever octopuses, and awe-inspiring sharks, these predators are a force to be reckoned with. We’ll be having fun with hands-on science experiments and activities, while learning all about what it takes to be a predator. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Go For a Wild Food Walk in the East Bay
Shhh, ForageSF walks for beginner or veteran foragers are held in secret locations in East Bay parks, which are emailed to participants a week prior to each class. These two hour adventures are led by Kevin Feinstein, author of “The Bay Area Forager” and “Crash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging,” who has been teaching the wild food walks for for more than five years. Participants will learn about the most commonly found wild foods, edible flowers and medicinal plants around the Bay Area. Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Spring at Sunol’s Wildflower Festival
Talk yourself into some wildflowers during Sunol’s Spring Wildflower Festival this weekend. On top of an amazing bounty of wildflowers, families can listen to muisc, participate in a variety of age appropriate hikes, crafts and other nature-related activities. Bring along a picnic lunch and eat among the beautiful blooms. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Cool Chicks Hang Out Here
Do you have baby animal fever? Then visit Deer Hollow Farm’s babies during this spring tour. Among the flock are chicks, cows, piggies, ducks, geese, goats and sheep. The tour includes a visit to century-old farm buildings, organic farm and orchard, hands-on farming fun and even a planted bean to take home to kick off (or add to) your own garden. Sat. Event details.

From Pirate to Fairies, This Fest Has It All
Yo, mateys. We’re counting down the days to the Fantasy Faire and Pirate Fest at Discovery Meadow Park in San Jose. Dust off your favorite fairy wings or finest armor and bring yer best pirate booty, it’s sure to be a merry time for all. You’ll meet ogress, goblin kings, witches and mermaids in water tanks. There will be tea with the Mad Hatter, fairy hunts, street performers and magical pet creatures, of course. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


A mini Easter Celebration that’s Super Sweet
Celebrate the season with cupcake decorating. Dress ‘em up in Easter fashion and take them home to devour. Just bring your imagination and Easter Bunny (AKA Hillsdale Shopping Center team) will provide the rest, while supplies last. Fri. 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

Head Outside With Your Crew This Weekend
Click off Netflix this weekend and head outdoors with the family camp program at the Point Bonita YMCA. This two night program is totally nature focused, and includes meals, camping in the Y’s historic dorm rooms, nature crafts and hikes at the National Park.  This program is open to 25 families per month and includes family activities as well as children’s activities, allowing parents to have a bit for time to themselves. This is a partnership program between the YMCA of San Francisco and the National Park Service. Starts Fri. Event details.

Dig Into a Salt Marsh Today
It’s salt marsh exploration time Santa Margarita Island. Kids will learn about the various plants and creatures that call this coll habitat home. Ever wonder how plants can survive drinking salt water? Well, the answers await! The event is ideal for all ages, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and SPF. Sun. Event details.

Are you feeling wild this weekend? Tell us where you’re headed in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers