If you’ve been stuck inside all week now’s the perfect time to let loose outdoors. From farm animals to outdoor art to thousands of tulips for the taking, you’ll be glad you braved this March weekend for these Bay Area happenings.

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San Francisco

American Tulip Day
Join in this stunning celebration during which 100,000 Dutch-grown, American-produced tulips of many colors and varieties will take over San Francisco’s iconic Union Square for the second year. The free “tulip garden” will be open for the public’s enjoyment, with visitors encouraged to pick their own bunches of tulips and welcome the spring season. Sat. Event details

MCD MakeArt Family Day
On this month’s first Saturday the MCD galleries are in the midst of exhibition deinstall so the hands-on fun is moving outside! Get a sneak preview of the materiality and techniques that will be on display in the upcoming exhibitions, Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey and Material Domestication. Explore quick figure drawing and create a series of felted pom poms. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza. Fri.-SunEvent details

$5 Friday—Women in STEAM
March is Women’s History Month and women have a long history of contributing to science and discovery! Join the Chabot in celebrating past, present and future women in STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Fri. Event details


Hidden Villa Open House
Enjoy free parking, a hike, a picnic or an animal visit at this farm day in the Los Altos hills. Try out crafts and sensory activities from the education team, conversations and products from farmers and sneak peeks into some of the beautiful facilities. Sun. Event details

First Friday Family Night
Mosie into the fun of square dancing for kids and parents with a genuine square dance caller and music guaranteed to rock your do-si-do. Relax with a live band, cash bar and hot food for purchase. Meet and learn about the habitats of CuriOdyssey’s porcupine, desert tortoise and Swainson’s hawk. Fri. Event details

South Bay

Magic Tree House: Space Mission
In Magic Tree House: Space Mission, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House fans of all ages. Sat. Event details

Hakone Lunar New Years Festival
Celebrate the Year of the Pig and Asian culture at this event, which features face-changing performances, dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, craft booths and traditional music. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories
This adaptation for the stage is based on the book written by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri. Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Other stories include: Interrupting ChickenThe DotMercy Watson Goes for a Ride and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth