Hello, March! This weekend has loads of adventures in store like train rides through the redwoods, wildflower hikes and visits to the zoo. Get ready to embrace it!

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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 the Kids to Fort Mason Flix
Kid-friendly flicks come to Fort Mason. Be sure to bring your popcorn! 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

Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo
Come and enjoy this wildly illuminating lantern festival! This brand-new, family-friendly experience features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo’s commitment to conservation. Fri.-Sun. 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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