Everybody is ready for the weekend and thanks to a change in seasons, there’s no shortage of gardens to tend to, farm animals to feed or baseball games to cheer along. Embark on a wild walk and learn to forage for food in a secret location in San Francisco, take the helm as engineer of one incredible Santa Cruz model railroad or learn to craft the fastest-possible paper airplane. Wherever you land, we’re pretty sure you’ll make it awesome.

photo: Roaring Camp


San Francisco

Discover a Feast in the Forest on this Morning Walk
Shhh, ForageSF walks for beginner or veteran foragers are held in secret locations in San Francisco 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., time and location emailed to registered participants. $40 for each person/child. All ages. Event details.

Presidio Picnic is Back
We know the cure for the bummed out feels that starts to sink for your family in every Sunday: The Presidio Picnic. The famed food market with city views is back for a fourth year. Brought together by Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust, the line-up includes dozens of food vendors such as Little Green Cyclo, Nopalito, Ceviche & Co, El Porteño, Slightly Skewed, Fat Face, Wing Wings, Verde Vivo, Cholita Linda, Cochon Volant, Lucianos, Stateside and more. Kids get free stickers and temp animals tats. There are yoga classes and cool staff-led, nature-based arts and crafts activities featuring materials found at the Presidio, too. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Presidio at the Main Parade Ground. Free. All ages. Event details.

Get into the Groove With Earth
In celebration of Earth Month, the California Historical Society’s History for Half Pints will feature crafts that utilize reusable and recyclable materials. Craft awesome cardboard toilet paper tube art and then make a spring resolution about how you and your family will make an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. A 30-minute dance workshop will explore creative movement focused on developing self awareness, problem solving and fun, of course. Sat., 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. California Historical Society. Free but please RSVP. 3-9. Event details.

East Bay

What’s That Chillin’ In Your Garden? 
In this class little green thumbs can learn all about the creatures that live in their own yards. From newts to birds and butterflies, lizards, foxes snakes and more, kids will learn where to find them, what they eat and more. Refreshments are included and so is a take-home copy of “Illustrated Guide to the Common Animals of the East Bay Hills.” Sat., 11 a.m. to noon. UC Botanical Garden. $12-$15. All ages. Event details.

Learn What’s For Breakfast at the Farm
Hay you, don’t pull the covers over your head. Instead jump out of bed and head to Ardenwood Historic Farm, where you can help prepare a morning snack for farm animals including goats and sheep. The event is free but admission to the farm is required. Sun., 10:30-11 a.m.. $0-$3. All ages. Event details.

This Farm Open House Gets a Bullseye
Sienna Ranch is celebrating spring with its annual family and community open house. Admission for up to five family members ($85 to $105) includes tickets for pony and horse rides, archery, tractor-pulled hayrides, guided nature hikes and visits with farm animals. Families can bring picnics or ordered lunch in advance for $10 per person. Admission is limited so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Sienna Ranch. $85-$105. All ages. Event details.


Get the Scoop on Gardening With Poop
Yeah, we said poop. And since this class contains the word poop, it pretty much locks it up for kids. Little gardeners ages 3-5 will head out into the farm and collect gardening necessities including, yes, poop. Kids will learn about soil, poop and making compost and the connection to growing everything from fruits and veggies to making milk and ice cream. They’ll also sample vegetables and create a special project to take home to their own gardens. Sat., 2-3:30 p.m. Hidden Villa. $20 for first adult and child, $5 for each additional person. All ages. Event details.

Make Your Paper Airplane Really Take off
Did you know that there is a top paper plane expert? It’s totally true and his name is John Collins. You can meet him and learn the secrets to making the fastest, furthest flying, tricked out paper airplanes. Collins, a world distance paper airplane record holder and a master paper airplane builder, has written several books on crafting the perfect paper airplane. The lesson and demo last about 45 minutes and the event is free with museum admission. Sat., 11 a.m.. Hiller Aviation Museum. $10-$15; Children 4 and under are free. Event details. 

South Bay

Spring for Peanuts and Baseball Tix
Hey batter, batter. Spring means baseball season and San Jose Giants Games aren’t only a less expensive alternative to those guys up north but you can do some scouting of your own and predict who may get called up to the big leagues next. Residents can often pick-up free tickets from local businesses. Check out the schedule for special events, from post-game fireworks shows to a chance for the kids to run the bases and more. Fri.-Sun. First pitch ranges from as early as 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $8-$26, children under five are free. All ages. Event details.

From Pirates to Fairies, this Fest has it All
Yo, mateys. We’re counting down the days to the Fourth Annual 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., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. Discovery Meadow Park. $8-$18; Children under six are free. All ages. Event details.

This Model Railroad Will Make You Go, Peep-Peep
At Roaring Camp in Felton kids can not only ride the historic railway but for two days check out some very cool tiny model railroads. Kids can play engineer during this special exhibit as they cruise these mini rails through the bitty Redwood Trees, over the cool Santa Cruz Mountains and past the Beach Boardwalk. The exhibit is free but you can also purchase tickets for the train ride to or from the beach in Santa Cruz. Check train times in advance so to plan your trip accordingly. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibit is free but train rides run $23-$29. All ages. Event details. 


Sundays Are For Marine Science
Make Sundays, or at least every other Sunday, all about marine mammal science. These free, engaging 45-minutes sessions bring the ocean into the classroom via multimedia presentations led by the center’s sea mammal savvy education team. Topics change monthly and range from endangered species to predators, sea otters and to the unusual sea creatures that live in the super depths of the ocean. After class (and for a small fee) join a docent led tour to learn more about the animals and watch a rescue demo. Sun., Noon and 2 p.m. The Marine Mammal Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

Craft a Solar System Bracelet That’s Out of This World
Space loving kids won’t want to miss out on the chance to craft a a solar system bracelet with beads. This wearable model will also double as a reminder of hoe the solar system is organized. Beads are provided but the class size is limited so call ahead to reserve a spot in the class. Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Marin City Branch Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

Where are you headed this weekend? Let us know in the comments below! 

—Chantal Lamers