Hey, you! Awesome Bay Area parent! This is the kind of weekend that makes you remember why you love and live in the SF Bay. Whether you look north for a swingin’ concert at a museum, to the south where barnyard animals take over the mall, to the east where you can make a beautiful mess or to the heart of The City for some jazzy jams, it’s all good. No matter which way you go, you just can’t lose.
photo: El Cerrito Preschool Coop
Wag Hotel’s 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Bring your furry friend to and join Wag Hotels for their annual event to benefit Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. In addition to the egg hunt, there’s activities for humans and canines of all ages, including pet tattoos, dog and human snacks, trainer tips, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. Sat., noon-2 p.m. Golden Gate Park. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.
SF Jazz Family Matinee with Sean Jones
This all-ages concert features SF Performances’ jazz-artist-in-residence, Sean Jones. This outstanding jazz trumpeter works with young musicians and will surely inspire your own mini-concert goers. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Civic Center. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.
Science Bites: Bay Predators
Take a bite out of science and discover Bay predators at Aquarium of the Bay. Find out what’s on the menu as we explore three of the Bay’s top predators – from unassuming sea stars, keen river otters, and awe-inspiring sharks, these predators rule their ecosystems. We’ll be having fun with hands-on science experiments and activities, while learning all about what it takes to be a top predator. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pier 39. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Story Time at SF Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a story at the SF Botanical Gardens Library, and then take a walk around the gardens on a 30-minute docent led tour. The library houses an excellent collection of kid’s books on plants, natural history, science, and nature-related myths and stories. Bring a lunch and enjoy the gardens for the afternoon. Sun., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Golden Gate Park. Free. 4-8. Event details.
Messy Art Day
Join El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative for Messy Art Day. Kids can explore colors, textures, and other mixed media in a safe, fun and totally messy environment. This event is designed for children 4 and under, but messy art activities for older kids (like sibs and preschoolers) will be set up on Ashbury Ave. next to ECPC. Food will be available for purchase, to guarantee a big mess. Sun., 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. El Cerrito. Free. 4 and up. Event details.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
One of Shakespeare’s most-staged and most beloved comedies comes to at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. Kid will love the antics of the mischievous Puck, the King and Queen of the Fairies and their cohorts. Performed by kids ages 9-17, it’s the perfect way to intro Shakespeare to your little bards and support local arts. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. Pleasanton. $7-$18. All ages. Event details.
Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble
There are few places that combine a beautiful beach with a spring shin-dig, but Alameda is one of them. Check out the mobile fish exhibit, do some beach exploration, play lawn games, and keep little hands busy with arts and crafts. There will be photo-ops with the Easter Bunny too ($3, bring your own camera) and snacks for sale. The scramble for eggs starts at 11:40 a.m. with different age areas, so don’t be late! (Note: if it rains, this event will be rescheduled to March 26). Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Alameda. Free. 1-12. Event details.
Fiber & Dye Family Day at UC Botanical Garden
Explore the wonderful world of plant based fibers & dyes. There will be weaving demonstrations by the Golden Gate Weaving Guild, paper-making activities and natural dye sampling! View a one of a kind display of plant fibers by Tamara Wilder of the Paleotechnics Institute. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. UC Berkeley. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
The 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
The San Mateo County Event Center will be overrun with beautiful things of the floral variety with this year’s theme “Discovery.” There’s dozens of seminars on everything from edible gardening to backyard beekeeping and you can shop all the latest plants and garden-related projects. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Mateo. $22/adult; children 16 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
STEAM at CuriOdyssey
For one night only, CuriOdyssey will be filled to the brim with activities celebrating science, technology, engineering, art and math. Dance with digital fire and rain by Kinetech Arts, contribute to an artful dream catcher installation by Bay Area artist Joyce Nojima, meld science and art with Museum of Craft + Design, find out about machining and observe live demos from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society + more! Dinner is available from Claudia’s Empanadas food truck. Fri., 6-9 p.m. Coyote Point. $15/general; $10/members. All ages. Event details.
Barnyard Friends at Hillsdale Shopping Center
Enjoy some barnyard fun at Hillsdale’s March Kid’s Club event. Kids can mingle and make friends with farm animals and learn about the local farm life, what the animals eat, how they play, grow and contribute to our lives. Walk and talk among some unusual, as well as the old familiar animals, including everyone’s Easter-time favorite, soft, cuddly bunnies! Sat., noon-2 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All ages. Event details.
We’re hopelessly devoted to this movie and there’s no better way to watch the “teens” of Rydell High than with your friends and fans from The Retro Dome. Costumes are not required but strongly encouraged. And Saturday includes a 3 p.m. show perfect for the younger crowd. Fri., 7 p.m. and Sat., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Downtown San Jose. $15-$18. All ages. Event details.
French Story Time
For children under five and their parent or caregiver, bring your petite princes and princesses to a story time with rhymes and songs in French. Fri., 10:30-11 a.m. San Anselmo. Free. 0-5. Event details.
Hipwaders at the BADM
Award-winning children’s band, The Hipwaders, are playing their irresistible blend of witty lyrics and pop-rock songs like “Educated Kid” and “Hey Josie” at your favorite local kid’s museum. Dance, sing-along and then go explore. Sat. ,10:45 a.m. (museum is open regular hours). Sausalito. Free with admission ($13.95). All ages. Event details.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Public Graduation Ceremonies
There are no ruff days at the Guide Dogs for the Blind public graduation ceremonies. These bi-monthly celebrations mark the beginning of an incredible friendship between some exceptional dogs that will help empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. As if that weren’t enough, clients have the opportunity to meet volunteer raisers who cared for these incredible pups until they were old enough to begin training. Tours of the campus are also held on graduation days at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Sat., 1:30 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Game Time
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.
What’s keeping your family busy this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!