It’s beginning to look a lot like springtime and that means even more things to do and places to play around the beautiful Bay. From a carousel ride at sunset to a hip-hop fusion dance party at the library, we’ve rounded up our favorites list of all the whimsical, wacky ways you can be a family!


San Francisco

Sunset Spin on the Creativity Carousel
Join Red Tricycle in celebrating the launch of the our App! We’ll be commandeering the carousel at the Children’s Creativity Museum so you can enjoy unlimited rides along with light finger foods and play in the museum’s Community Lab. Sat., 5-7 p.m. San Francisco. $10. All ages. Event details.

SF vs. Oakland Basketball Shoot Out
SF and Oakland’s best streetballers shoot it out in three fast-paced 4×4 matches, a 16-second clock, and 90 total minutes of high-intensity hoops. There will also be DJs and beer and wine for purchase. Sat., 3:30-6:30 p.m. San Francisco. $10. All ages. Event details.

Sea Chanty on a Historic Ship
Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs. Park rangers lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes, with plenty of time to hang out aboard one of the historic ships docked at the port. It may be a bit late for the very-littles, but for your would-be pirates, sailors, and stars, it’s an evening not to miss. Event is free but please RSVP. Sat., 8 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Chinatown Community Street Fair
Held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Parade (Mar. 7) this community fair lasts all weekend. Crafts including kite and lantern making and calligraphy, puppet shows, folk dances, acrobats, lion dancing, magic demos and more! Sat.,10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Magic Flute for Families
A 60-minute movie redux of Mozart’s famous opera, kids will love the story of the beautiful princess Pamina and the journey to rescue her. The film is of the production for families by the SF Opera in 2007. Sat., 3-4:15 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Shattered Circus with Kinetic Arts
See the Circus Spire Youth Troupe and the creative team from Kinetic Arts Center for Shattered Circus. See jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and  clowns tell the story of a mind shattering into pieces and coming together again. Saturday 4 & 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 & 5 p.m. Oakland. $15-$40. 3 and up. Event details.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Playland
A big hip, hip hooray for dear Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is this weekend so let’s all cut loose! Help find his characters hidden here, hidden there, and prizes will go to kids everywhere! Enjoy Seuss-y fun at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach all weekend long, as well as pinball and carnival games Thing 1 and Thing 2 could really get behind. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. El Cerrito. $15/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.

The National Forest Foundation presents a Songwriter Supper
Featuring live music from Heather Normandale, Joshua Coffy and Amy Obensk, you can enjoy Japanese fried chicken & rice, beet salad, and other fine delicacies and beverages. All food and drink sales benefit the Moke Fund for clean water in the East Bay. Sat., 7-10 p.m. Oakland. Free (does not include food). All ages. Event details.


Preschool Story Hour at San Mateo History Museum
Come to the museum for First Free Fridays and let preschoolers get a chance to explore times past. It’s an exciting hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling. Each month explores a different theme! Starts in the Wells Fargo Learning Center. Fri., 11 a.m.-noon. San Mateo. Free. 3-5. Event details.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Sunnyvale Community Players presents the beloved aquatic tale on Ariel and her adventures live on stage, performed by a cast of kids from 8-18. Fri. &  Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Sunnyvale.  $22/adults; $12/child 5 and under. All ages. Event details

South Bay

Jekyll and Hyde
The Children’s Musical Theater presents the gothic tale based on the Robert Louis Stevenson Novel about love, split personalities, and more all set to lively music. A CMT favorite! Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 7 p.m., Sun.,1 & 6 p.m. San Jose. $24/adult; $16/child. All ages. Event details.

Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom
Look, touch and hold exotic reptiles in astonishing colors and sizes with “Python Ron” McGee and his menagerie ranging from from 18- foot snakes to 4-foot long lizards. Sat., 2 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Shrek: The Musical
It’s the big green lovable ogre live on stage! Follow the story of Shrek, Princess Fiona, and of course, donkey with 19 original songs, based on the Oscar winning film. It’s a blast of a night out on the town with the whole family. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m. Morgan Hill. $22/adult; $15/child. All ages. Event details.

Sunday Story and Crafts at The Reading Bug
Hear a story and then get hands-on making a craft at one of the coolest kid’s bookstores in the Bay (and maybe even the world). Sun., 11 a.m. San Carlos. Free. 3 and up. Event details

Marin County

Pajama Party at Diesel, A Bookstore
Put on your PJs and grab your teddy bear and head to Diesel at the Marin Country Mart. Author of The Quiet Book, Part-Time Princess, and beloved kid’s books Deborah Underwood will read a bedtime story to the kiddos in front of the cozy fireplace. Enjoy milk and cookies, get your book signed, and then head home in time for bed. Fri., 6-7 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Spring Wake-Up at McInnis Park
Enjoy a one-mile family walk to check out birds and gorgeous views, take a free Zumba class, play games, and taste some healthy snacks. Water is also provided. There’s even a free shuttle at 9 a.m. from Pickleweed Park or Hamilton Elementary School. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Three Little Birds
If you missed this modern day fairy tale in Berkeley, it’s now in Marin! Based on stories by Cedella Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter) Three Little Birds, A New Reggae Children’s Musical, evokes the spirit of Jamaica with the music of the legendary songwriter-singer-guitarist Bob Marley. Sat., 10 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m. and noon. Mill Valley. $22/adult; $18/child 14 and under. 4 and up. Event details.

James Henry in Concert at MV Library
SF-based composer, producer, and percussionist James Henry brings dynamic energy to the Mill Valley Library with a concert the kids will love. A combo of Reggae, Soca, Afro Cuban, Samba Funk, and Hip Hop. Sun., 11-11:45 a.m. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier