Spring is just around the corner and the Bay Area is a great place to get out and explore. From redwood hikes to German carnivals to a just-for-kids day on Alcatraz, it’s a great weekend to be a parent. So get ready to putt, dance, sail, craft, and play it all away!

Alcatraz Island Junior Ranger Days

San Francisco

Alcatraz Island Junior Ranger Days
This weekend kids ages 5 -11 can visit Alcatraz for free. A scavenger hunt, hands on natural history, up-close encounters with crabs caught on the fishing pier, and special tours that include life as a kid on Alcatraz and behind-the-scenes of secret Alcatraz. Tickets are free for children 5-11 and must be accompanied by a paying adult. Request tickets in advance by calling 415-438-8361. Sat. & Sun., 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. San Francisco. Adults/$30; Children 0-11 are free. All ages, events are geared toward ages 5-11. Event details.

The Rainbow Beast & Rock Band Land Rockers Album Release
Part rock, part theater, and totally wacky, wild, and weird. It’s like Yo Gabba Gabba and Tim Burton started a DIY, punk rock theater for 4-8 year olds. In other words, you don’t want to miss it. Come celebrate the release of their new album, Tales from the Monstrosity Scrolls and get crazy with the band that made Lemony Snickett dance in his sleep in his underwear! Sun., 12:30 & 4:30 p.m. San Francisco. $20/adults; $10/children 16 and under. All Ages. Event details.

Family Fun Fitness Day in the Presidio
Join the Healthy Parks Healthy People for a family fitness event in the Presidio. Play games, skip, jump and be dressed to get a little dirty! Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitors Center. Sat., 2 – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.

East Bay

German Family Karneval
Since 1341, Germany has celebrated Fasching or Karneval. Widely known as Carnival or Mardi Gras, head to the Berkeley campus to enjoy a traditional German festival including music, a petting zoo, arts, and crafts, specially crafted beers & wine, sausages, sauerkraut, and German sweets. Kids (and adults) can come in costume and join the parade! Sat., 12 – 5 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Victorian Table Top Games at Ardenwood Historic Farm
Head over to Ardenwood Historic Farm for some truly old-fashioned fun with this Victorian Table Top Games session. Jacks, tops, pick-up-sticks (they’re harder than they look) and more games from days gone by. Meet at the Granary. Sat.. 2 – 3 p.m. Fremont. $3/adults; $2/children 4-17; children under 4 are free. All Ages. Event details.

South Bay

American Consignment Company Kids Sale
American Consignment Company, one of the top spots for gently used items for tots, is having a mega sale. This two-day event features amazing deals on kids clothes, toys, games, books, DVDs, baby gear, maternity wear and more. Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Los Gatos. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Family Concert
This transportation themed concert features hits like The Chatanooga Choo Choo, Ignition, The Polar Express and more. Grab your conductor’s hats and hop on board! Sun., 3 p.m. Saratoga. $10/person or $20/family. All Ages. Event details.

Turn an Old Book Into a Work of Art
This Altered Books event shows crafters and artists of all ages how to take an old book and turn it into a work of art using a variety of materials. Supplies on hand, but you can bring your own for added flair. Sat., 3 p.m. Campbell. Free. All Ages. Event details.

North Bay

Sunday Special Concert with Randy Kaplan
Los Angeles musician Randy Kaplan blends American roots, country blues, and comedic storytelling in his songs for children and families. Come tap your feet during this unpredictable live performance featuring songs from his latest album, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Explore the Towering Trees of Muir Woods
Explore Muir Woods with sound, song, colors, and art. Learn about micro hiking and earth windows, and feel really tiny next to some of the tallest trees in the world. Bring snacks, water, and lunch. Reservations are required; call 415-388-2596 to hold a spot. Sun., 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Mill Valley. $7 adults; Children 15 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.

Pee Wee Golf Lessons
The McInnis Park Golf Center is offering a pee wee golf clinic for kids ages 4-6, but sign up now because the class size is 5 max! You can sign up at the golf shop or call 415-492-1800 x 1. Sun., 10 – 10:45 a.m. San Rafael. $25. 4-6. Event details.

What’s on your family calendar for this weekend?

~Amber Guetebier

Photo credit: Alcatraz Cruises