You know that sunny days are here again when the Presidio Picnic returns to the rotation. Celebrate the end of March with tours at tidepools, egg hunts and a festival where everyone can get messy!

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San Francisco

Dine and Play at the Presidio Picnic
Presidio Picnic takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city and the San Francisco Bay. In addition to the monthly dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature the return of other family-friendly elements that visitors love: more than 30 international mobile food creators representing the best of the San Francisco food scene, free bike safety classes for kids offered by the Presidio YMCA, nature-based arts and crafts for kids, lawn games, yoga from LubbDubb, music and free bike valet by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Sun. Event details

Moana Sing-Along
The epic journey continues for Moana fans with Walt Disney Animation Studios introducing a sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Sun. Event details

East Bay

Feast for the Beasts at the Oakland Zoo
Ever wanted to be a zookeeper? Do you want to go inside a zoo exhibit?! The zoo opens early giving guests the opportunity to spread food for select zoo animals. Visitors are encouraged to donate fresh produce including apples, watermelon, grapes, carrots, lettuce or other delicious fruits and vegetables to help feed the animals and will be thanked for their donation with a free kid’s ride ticket. Sat. Event details

Family Improv Storytelling
Once Upon Your Mind is an interactive, improvised storytelling. Using a book as a starting point, audience members of all ages are encouraged to participate in creating an original performance. Sun. Event details


STEM Odyssey Opens at CuriOdyssey
Be amazed and astounded by the fun of math art! Navigate through an oversized floor maze and design a maze of your own. Experience the beauty of mathematical structures in a space defined by catenary arches, geodesic domes and suspended polyhedral sculptures. Play S.T.E.M. games and solve intriguing, interactive puzzles. Watch entertaining math-themed short films in a cinema arts space. Ignite a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering, art and math in your child and in yourself at STEM Odyssey! Sat.-Sun. Event details

The Phantom Tollbooth
Enchantment Theatre Company presents an original stage adaptation of the beloved classic by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. Norton Juster’s fantastical The Phantom Tollbooth begins with an introduction to the story’s hero: “There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.” Sat. Event details

South Bay

Iranian Community Festival
Sizdeh Bedar is a national Iranian festival and all are invited to join in celebrating this wonderful ancient Iranian day. Enjoy multicultural singers and dancers performing and food for sale. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Tidepool Tours at Natural Bridges State Beach
Explore the tidepools with volunteer docents pointing out sea anemones, sea stars, fish and more tiny creatures that you can only see at low tide. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Messy Art Fest
During this weekend-long creative festival, families can push the limits of arts and crafts during favorite BADM programs like Spray Bottle Painting and Sand Mandalas, along with brand new programs like Mural Dance Party. During Messy Art Fest, there will be no rules and no clean up require. There will just be total permission to get messy and endless ways to have fun! Sat.-Sun. Event details

Bunny Hop and Egg Scramble
Enjoy this Easter event for all ages with two age-specific hunts to ensure everyone leaves with a full basket. The carnival area includes games, bounce house, face painting, life-sized Candyland game, music, crafts and more. Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth