Gather the kiddos and get some good walking shoes on, because this weekend will have you exploring the Bay in all kinds of ways. From the birds along the shore to drop-in art at a fine arts museum to the last days of tulip-madness, we’ve got you covered this weekend in the awesome department.

tulipmania pier 39 sf photo: far out flora via flickr 


San Francisco

Date Night at Gymnastics
Bring kiddos ages 6 and up to this gym to burn off all that extra energy. While you relax on your date, your kid will be twirling through the air (under professional coach supervision, of course) and enjoying a pizza feast. Secure a spot by calling: 415-561-6260. Sat., 5-9 p.m. Pacific Heights. $30/child; $25/members. 6 and up. Event details

Tulipmania at Pier 39
Pier 39 is a’bloom with all the vibrant colors of thousands of blooming tulips and other seasonal flowers at this year’s Tulipmania. Free, daily tours of the landscaping begin at 10 a.m. at the entrance plaza, which include complimentary refreshments after the walk. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Pier 39 Free. All ages. Event details.

Drop-in Family Art Making at the deYoung
Start with a family-friendly gallery and exhibit tour (no yawns here, this one’s designed for those aged 4-12), and end up creating your own masterpiece in a hands-on studio workshop taught by professional artist-teachers. Pssst…open to the general public from 10-11:30 a.m. but members get extra time from 12:30-2 p.m. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. Golden Gate Park. Included with admission. 3 and up. Event details.

East Bay

Friday Yoga at the Library
Expert teacher Laxman Panthi will guide your child through basic yoga moves so fun they’ll think they are playing. They’ll learn to bend and stretch like a tiny yogi. Since it’s at the library, you can chillax with a book while they twist. Fri., 4-4:45 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Live the Feathered Lifestyle at the Shoreline
Birds are fascinating creatures who live on earth, land, water and in the air. Look at birds up close and from afar to learn more about their interesting adaptations and behaviors. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Hayward. $5/child. 5 and up. Event details.

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz
Join Cascade De Flores for a kid concert the whole family will love. Get out of the rain and have a great time with other fun-lovin’ folks. Sun., doors at 2:30 p.m., concert is 3-4:30 p.m. Berkeley. $8/adults; $5/kids. All ages. Event details.


Crafty Story Time at The Reading Bug
Hear a story and then get hands-on making a craft at one of the coolest kid’s bookstores in the Bay (and maybe even the world). Sun., 11 a.m. San Carlos. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sing-a-Story: Cinderella
A professional opera singer engages children in the telling of a fairytale using props and costumes, and encouraging everyone to sing along. Bring your princes and princesses to the library for this awesome musical story time. Sun., 2 p.m. San Mateo. Free. 5 and up. Event details.

Guided Hike at Pescadero Marsh
Discover the secrets of the Pescadero Marsh, a 243-acre reserve, with guided walks led by State Park docents. The marsh is home to more than 200 species of birds, as well as plants and other animals like foxes, raccoons, and deer. The walk is two-hours, so wear good walking shoes, pack snacks and water, and don’t forget your binoculars! Meet at the Pescadero State Beach Parking Lot. Sun., 1 p.m. Pescadero. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, which makes for a car-free walk, run, bike, skate, stroll, or tricycle ride! With restrooms located strategically along the way (Edgewood Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and Filoli) and tons of places to stop and picnic, it’s a beautiful day out. In case of rain, call the Bicycle Day hotline at 650-361-1785 on the morning of for an update. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Disney on Ice: Frozen
Bring your royal family to the ultimate princess-packed event, including Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Tiana, plus many more!  Disney On Icepresents Dare To Dream Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. San Jose. $15-$180; children 1 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Family Game Time at Marin City Library
Try out board games old and new with your family and other locals. Get to know your neighbors over some friendly competition. Sat., 3-4:30 p.m. Marin City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Parents Night Out with Culinary Dude
Head out for a dinner on your own while the kids enjoy a drop-off cooking fest from start to finish. They’ll execute a well-balanced meal, create and serve dessert and clean up! Drop ’em at 5 and pick them up at 9 p.m. That’s four hours to do something that doesn’t result in peanut butter on your blouse. Sat., 5-9 p.m. Tiburon. $65-$75/child. 5-16. Event details.

Birds & History at Rush Creek
Explore the Rush Creek Preserve and learn all about the colorful history of the area while you spot birds and other animals. This easy hike is ideal for all ages. Bring your own binoculars if you’ve got them. Ranger Christin Lopez and Craig Solin will provide water and healthy snacks. Rain may cancel, call 415-473-2816. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.

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