Can you feel it in the air? Winter is coming to a close and a new season is just around the corner. In preparation, spring for some fun around your community this weekend from a wildflower hike to a wild tea party, an Aztex New Year celebration and much more.

photo credit: kirsty wilson

San Francisco

Support Budding Artists at the Mission Youth Arts Festival
The Mission District’s Potrero del Sol Park is being transformed into a high energy stage for some of the neighborhood’s finest youth performing groups. The annual event features performances by the dancers and taiko players of GRRRL Brigade, the sizzling samba drummers of Loco Bloco, the folkloric dancers of Cuicacalli, the bouyant musicians of Mariachi Juvenil La Mision, the martial artists of Abada Capoeira SF, the hip hop dancers of ODC Youth Program, the spoken word poets of Youth Speaks, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Music and Dance, and more. Say. Event details. Sat. Event details.

Craft Creative Chain Reactions at CJM
Every first and second Sunday families can experience a new adventure in art-making free with admission to The Contemporary Jewish Museum. As always, the hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the exhibitions on display in the galleries, the building’s architecture, or holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

RSVP for the March Hare’s Tea Party
A high tea for kids six and up and their grown-ups. The March Hare cordially invites you to his tea party where families will play croquet with flamingos, fashion your own crown, eat a raspberry tart, nibble the caterpillar’s mushrooms, meet the Queen of Hearts and collect a special gift. Sat. Event details.

Clown Around at Circus Austerius
The Circus Austerius Magnificent Return is an exhilarating live-performance experience with aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, hand-balancers, and clowns. Join a group of rebellious clowns as they turn a rigid world on its head and bring you along for the wild ride. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Celebrate the Aztec New Year
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Calpulli Tonalehqueh’s Aztec New Year. This is a multi-cultural, family event in celebration of the Aztec New Year beginning with a sunrise ceremony, live entertainment, arts, crafts, info, food and beverage booths. Entertainment will showcase traditional dances from Native Mexican and American culture. Sat. Event details.

Calling all Junior Explorers
Join the fun for a tour of the exciting Waterlines exhibition in the NUMU art gallery. Kids will engage and discuss aspects of the water cycle, explore art pieces in the exhibition and how they were made, and learn fun facts and trivia about the artists and works on view. Afterward, explorers will make and decorate weather barometers to take home. Explorers will use mason jars to make and decorate their barometers and learn how weather forms and how to predict weather. Sun. Event details.


Take An Ocean Adjacent Wildflower Hike
All of those winter showers are beginning to bring spic flowers and a profusion of those beauties are popping up around the Waddell Valley in Santa Cruz County. Join a docent for a leisurely four hour hike where families can learn to distinguish between the valley’s habitats, as well as flowers, plants, birds and insects. Hikes begin at the Rancho Del Oso Nature Center. Bring lunch, SPF and dress in layers. Fri. Event details.

Make a Nature Bracelet at Hidden Villa
Head on over to Hidden Villa when you can craft a beautiful bracelet from natural materials. A special tables will feature everything you need from leaves to flowers and more so that you can take a piece of this magical place home with you. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Meet Terwillger Trail!
Families can join a ranger for a slightly strenuous hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. They will enjoy beautiful views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail, and discuss the plants that live in the various habitats along the way. Sat. Event details.

Hang with the Elephant Seals
Want to meet some northern elephant seals? Head to the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock at Point Reyes Station. Weather permitting, docents will be stations at the overlook where visitors can questions and view the seals through park-provided binoculars and scopes. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Are you ready for spring? Tell us  why in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers