Everyone looks forward to the first day of spring but the intense rainy season has given us even more incentive to look forward to this change of season. While technically spring kicks off once the weekend ends, it’s a good time to enjoy a little taste of the flowers, long hikes and outdoor fun to come.

Photo Credit: Farmer Brown

San Francisco

This Movie Night is Ruff
Love movies and animals? Then you won’t want to miss Animal Movie Nights. Come hang out with animals, watch movies and eat pizza, too! Snuggle up to a pup and make new friends, both furry and otherwise. Don’t forget your pajamas! Fri. Event details.

Improvise at this Family Jazz Concert
Your little’s ears are sure to love the sound of big bands at the new SFJAZZ center. These pint-sized concerts are affordably priced for families and a great way to introduce jazz to kids in a beautiful, inspired setting. South, the restaurant at SFJazz, will be serving Saturday brunch. The matinee is followed by an interactive workshop limited to 50 participants and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign ups take place at a table in the lobby on the day of the concert. Sat. Event details.

Make Some Magnetic Flower Power
With spring just around the corner, the Presidio will be blooming with wildflowers. Celebrate the return of some of the most beloved native flowers, like Presidio Clarkia and Lessingia, by making a native flower magnet. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Grab Your Sleeping Bag for a Campy Open House
Roll on down to the Lafayette Reservoir to try your hand at camping. This Camp Open House and Family Activity Day includes all kinds of outdoor activities from fishing to crafts as well as nature and field games. Families can tour the reservoir while they are there. Sat. Event details.

Go Green at this Dublic St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
The city of Dublin does its Irish namesake proud with a weekend of celebration that rivals those anywhere in the Bay Area. This two day festival includes a pancake breakfast at the local firehouse (woo!) from 7 – 10 a.m. on Sat., Mar. 18, followed by the annual parade down Dublin Boulevard, beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can celebrate all day both days at the Civic Center Plaza, and on Sunday work off those pancakes and pints at the Shamrock 5k Fun Run & Walk, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

This Festival Will Be Shear Fun
Do you like getting a haircut? Well you’re sure to enjoy watching a flock of sheep get their annual spring haircuts at Ardenwood Historic Farm. watch the sheep get sheared and see what happens next. Kids can watch and try wood carding, as wool goes from fiber to yarn at the spinning wheel, and make their own woolly lamp craft to take home. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Last Call to Leap for Luzia
Discover LUZIA, the latest Big Top show by Cirque du Soleil. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico. Like in a waking dream, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Showtimes vary, the performances will go on through March 19th. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Ride the Rails into the Rain Forest
If you want to learn about the rain forest all you have to do is head over the hill to Santa Cruz. Hop onto the train from Roaring Camp and into the California Coastal Redwood Forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains where the temperature varies based on the intense, dense fog via the adjacent Pacific System. Every Sat.-Sun. through March 26th. Event details.

Peninsula

Look Up! It’s a Leaping Leprechaun
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s leaping leprechaun! Head on over to the Hiller Aviation Museum for some St. Patrick’s Day magic when one of the museum’s own  skydives from a helicopter and down to the airport. Activities includes face painting, a bounce house and a special pot of gold treasure hunt. Kids who wear green will receive a special parachute. The event goes from 10 a.m. to noon but the leprechaun will leap at 11 a.m. Sat. Event details.

Dig Deep For This Spring Garden Party
Spring over to Hidden Villa organic farm in Los Altos Hills on the eve of the first day of spring. Get into the spirit along aside the farm animals with Asheba’s live Caribbean children’s music, while you go on a garden scavenger hunt, meet the garden fairy, crawl through a community-built spider web, plant take home seeds and even arrange your a flower bouquet. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Rise and Shine for a Sunset Hike
What better way to kick off the weekend then hitting the trail (super) early to catch the sunrise. On this moderate, 1.5 mile hike you’ll cruise along the King Mountain Loop Trail. The hike is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to dress in layers, where comfy shoes, bring snacks and water. Rain will cancel. Sat. Event details.

Fly Away For Open Cockpit Weekend
Get ready to take off to Open Cockpit weekend at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa. Families can get close up looks at select aircraft and even climb inside (just don’t fly away)! These peeks inside allow visitors to get a real life glimpse of what its like to pilot a real fighter plane, helicopter and more. Sat. Event details.

Spring is coming! Tell us why you’re excited in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers