With spring happily marching along, there’s more than one way to explore the Bay Area this weekend. From cooking classes to nature rambles to bubbles bigger than your kiddos, here’s our top picks for having fun with your crew this weekend.
Folk Concert on the Balcutha
Tom Goux, singer and folk instrumentalist, will step onboard the historic Balclutha to entertain the crew with Yankee maritime songs using concertina, whistles, guitar, and ukulele. One of the most renowned maritime folk singers and performers in the country, the whole family is sure to have a whale of a time! Sat., 12 – 1:30 p.m. San Francisco. $5/adults; 16 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
BioBlitz Festival at Crissy Field
Join National Geographic, the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust for two days of biodiversity, exploration, discovery and fun–it’s BioBlitz! Lots of hands-on activities, exhibits, music, food, and more! Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Spring Fling and Egg Hunt
Hop on over to the Moscone Recreation Center for its annal Spring Fling Party and Egg Hunt. Cookie decorating, egg dyeing, crafts, bouncy house, and special activities for the tiniest tots with an egg hunt outside on the field (weather permitting). Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. 1-8. Event details.
Toddler Ramble: Birds and Nests
Spring is here, and that means that birds are out in full force. Explore all things birdy, from feathers to flying, eggs, nests, birdsongs, and more. Fri., 10:30 a.m. Hayward. $5. 1-3. Event details.
Meet the Keeper Workshop at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
In this two-hour Saturday Keeper Workshop kids learn how keepers train, care for, and communicate with the raptors at the museum, using projects, games, and hands-on activities. Sat., 9 a.m – 11 a.m. Walnut Creek. $45. 6-10. Event details.
Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California
Your Friday night just got a lot more interesting. The Oakland Museum of California hosts Friday Nights including Off the Grid food trucks, story time, dance lessons,a drop-in game-making workshop, Zumba in the amphitheater, artist talks and a lounge. Half price admission for grown-ups and free admission for kids under 18 means the whole fam-damily can go and enjoy all the museum has to offer. Bonus! the museum is just one block from Lake Merrit BART so it’s easy to get there driving or on public transit. Fri., Oakland. 5 – 9 p.m. $7.50/adults; $5 students; 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Looking for new shoes for your toddler or a second stroller for Grandma’s house? Know someone who is expecting Just Between Friends is the Peninsula’s largest baby, children’s and maternity consignment sale, held just twice a year. With more than 35,000 items including baby gear, clothing, shoes, toys, furniture and more at 50-90% off of retail prices, you can stock up your kiddo and maternity wardrobe for next-to-nothing. Plus all unsold donated items benefit InnVision Shelter Network, which serves more than 1700 homeless children on the Peninsula. Fri., 12 – 9 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Mateo. $3. All Ages. Event details.
Gardening for Kids Workshop at Gamble Gardens
Drew Harwell, edible gardener and renowned permaculture consultant, offers parents tips and tricks on gardening with kids. With a focus on edibles, he’ll give you ideas about teaching garden concepts in ways that engage your kids. Bring the kiddos because the will enjoy garden activities with Robin Allen in the Gamble Gardens while you learn from Drew. Then you can all hang out and explore the gardens together. A beautiful spring day! Sat., 9:30 – 11 a.m. Palo Alto. $35/adults; $15/child. All Ages. Event details.
Crab Feast for a Good Cause
Enjoy the finest local fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad and desert hosted by Meadows Elementary PTA. A cocktail hour will be held prior at the Millbrae Recreational Center (No Host Bar). Silent auction, raffle tickets and much more, and there will even be childcare provided. All monies go to support the school, so you can feast without guilt. Sat., 4:30 – 9 p.m.. Millbrae. $50. All Ages. Event details.
The Amazing Bubble Man at the Sweetwater
For more than 30 years, The Amazing Bubble Man, aka Louis Pearl, has been delighting audiences of all ages with the art, magic, and science of bubbles. Illuminated bubbles, sculptural bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles, and even people inside of bubbles. His tips, tricks, and audience engagement might just lure you on stage! Sun., 2 p.m. Mill Valley. $15/adults; $10/child 12 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Sleepover at the Marine Mammal Center
Every wondered what those sea lions do at night? Pack up your sleeping bags head to the Marine Mammal Center in the beautiful Marin Headlands for their overnight adventure, with after-hours activities including games, a movie, late night animal feedings, and waking up to the sound of barking sea lions! Dinner, dessert, and continental breakfast is included in price. After breakfast, head out on a two-hour hike around Rodeo Lagoon, which will be part of National Geographic’s BioBlitz, led by a local naturalist. Fri., 6 p.m. – 10 a.m. Sat. Sausalito. $85. 6-12 and parents. Event details.
The Culinary Dude Kids Cooking Class: Cakes and Pies
Join The Culinary Dudes, three Bay Area dads, who share their combined culinary and education degrees with your kids to teach them to bake cakes and pies, both sweet and savory (yep, that’s right, not all pie is sweet!) Kids will learn to refine their palates and you’ll get the yummy benefits. Sun., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Rafael. $45. 4-12. Event details.
How are you spending your weekend?
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: Scott Davis/The Culinary Dude