It’s time change weekend and that means that the sunny afternoons will allow more time to get out there an explore. Many Bay Area museums are opening back up and we are thrilled to check them out. Find our favorite things to do below!

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The SkyStar Observation Wheel Is Back
Ride the 150-food observation wheel in Golden Gate Park. It’s back open and will be here through 2025. Get your reservations online before you go. Fri.-Sun. Event details

CuriOdyssey Is Back
This museum and zoo has opened back up to the relief of local parents. During the daytime, only CuriOdyssey’s outdoor zoo is open, and outdoor exhibits Illusions and The Nature of Patterns. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit the de Young for Free
Every Saturday the de Young offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties with a timed reservation required. Sat. Event details

Ride a Steam Train Through the Redwoods
Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. Event details.

Take a Family Field Trip at Filoli
Take a 90-minute guided hike and experience the beauty and tranquility of Filoli while learning to paint plein air, or “in the open air”. It is an exhilarating and one-of-a-kind experience to be immersed in art and nature in Filoli’s formal Garden and Nature Preserve. Event details

Story Time With Mr. Limata
Mr. Limata is a teacher who loves books, word games, and stories. He teaches 2nd grade at Emerson Elementary in Oakland Unified School District. Join him for story time every weekday. Fri. Event details

Visit the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden includes a major collection of California native plants as well as plants from around the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit the Presidio’s New Marshland & Trail
Visitors can enjoy an up-close experience of nature along an elevated pedestrian bridge and trail that winds through the marsh. Native salt marsh and riparian plants grown at Presidio Nursery create an extraordinary habitat for fish, crabs, and oysters. Bring your binoculars, Quartermaster Reach is a great place for birding. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out the Ladybug Migration
The ladybugs arrive every fall at Redwood Regional Park and it’s a great hike for the kids Follow map to Skyline Gate Staging Area parking lot. Take the Stream Trail about 1.5 miles just past Prince Trail junction and you’ll see a sign on the right. Ladybugs are all there, usually through February. Daily. Event details.

—Kate Loweth

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