It’s the first official weekend of spring and we’ve got a bunch of ways you can celebrate with your little flowers. From bugs and books to garden shows and folk dancing, there’s something here for everyone, so get out there and ride!
Family Folk Dance Night
Love to move to the music? Looking for a fun family night out? The answer to both of these questions is the Family Folk Dance Night! It only happens the third Friday of every month and that’s this weekend! Learn dances from around the world, eat tasty snacks, and enjoy the company of other fab families. Fri., 7 -8:30 p.m. San Francisco. $5-$10/family. All ages. Event details.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf…it’s that opening line you’ve loved since childhood. Join San Francisco book publisher Chronicle Books in celebrating Eric Carle’s iconic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This family event includes a read-aloud corner for storytelling, a craft station where kids can create their own section of the caterpillar as part of a community garland, and even cookies and milk for the kiddos (and coffee for the grown-ups)! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ventriloquist Steve Chaney at Randall Museum Theater
The Buddy Club is full of giggles and guffaws and this weekends performance with ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his Puppet Cornelius Crowe is no exception. Head over to the Randall Museum’s theater to enjoy this show, then check out some of the museums cool exhibits and the breathtaking views from the top of Corona Heights. Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Francisco.$8/person; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.
Toddler Ramble at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
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/child. 1-3. Event details.
Roughing It Day Camp Open House
Head to the Lafayette Reservoir to check out the Roughing It Day Camp sampler. You can check out fishing, crafts, nature & field games, tour the site, watch a Camp Show, and meet the directors and some of the staff. You’ll get an idea of what a typical day at camp is like, and have fun doing it. Camp options for kids ages 3-16 mean the whole family can check it out! Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lafayette. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tea Collection Morocco Art Party at Nordstroms
Travel across the globe to Morocco and create art inspired by this beautiful place. Kids can get creative and turn their art into a magnet, and enter to win a contest to have their art transferred to a real canvas. At noon, Emily Meyer, co-founder and CCO of Tea Collection children’s clothing, will come join the fun and share her inspiration for the Spring 2014 Morocco collection. And then maybe go pick up a pair of shoes for yourself! Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Walnut Creek. Free. All ages. Event details.
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
The San Francisco Garden Show is here and it’s a great place to take the kids to explore some of the most beautiful demo gardens in the state. There’s a whole section of gardens designed by and for kids,a bug zone, a planting zone, a compost zone, and an edible garden section. Not to mention hundreds of other garden displays, from eccentric to classic. Parents will love the seminars and demos they offer. You’ll be inspired to get going in your own garden/front stoop/windowsill! Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. San Mateo. $20/adults ($16/advance), children 16 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
The Saratoga Blossom Festival
Celebrate the beauty of spring among the blooms of the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center. Music from the 1930′s and ’40s, vintage farm motors and antique cars, kid’s crafts, local art, food trucks, poetry, and a blossom and garden tour, all part of a celebration that has taken place for more than forty years! Sat., 10 a.m .- 4 p.m.. Saratoga. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Bi-lingual Nature Walk on Deer Island
Explore the wilds of Deer Island on this nature-for-kids walk with Director of Education at WildCare Family Adventures. He’ll point out the creatures that dwell in the forests and grasslands in both English and Spanish. Bring a lunch and your questions! Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Grand Opening Party at Sprout Mill Valley
Head to Sprout’s newest location for a day of sweet family fun and activity. The official ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m., followed by storytime with JAMaRoo Kids, face painting, dance time, balloon animals, and music by Little Folkies. And be sure and check out our story for all the details on this amazing new kids store and space. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What ways will your family be celebrating spring this weekend?
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show