Spring may have sprung a few weeks ago now, but its warm nights, wildflowers and crazy-sweet fruit haven’t worn off on us yet. If you haven’t caught on, we’re looking forward to a weekend filled with all those things and so much more. Maybe we’ll catch up with you on the trail, poking around a new garden or doing some exploring under the stars.

Sunset Magazine's New Gardens at Cornerstone in Sonoma

Photo Courtesy of Sunset Magazine

San Francisco

Check Out These Larger Than Life Blooms
Flowers are incredible wonders to behold but what if you could totally recreate them in paper form or blow up blooms one hundred times their size? Local artist and mother Tiffanie Turner builds incredibly realistic paper flowers by individually cutting hundreds of petals in various sizes from crepe paper. Some even measure up to 40 inches wide. During her Artist-in-Residence at the de Young’s this month visitors can view her collection of blooms and participate in the creation of a giant communal botanical paper sculpture. 1-8:45 p.m. on Fri. 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. de Young, Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio. $6-$10; Children under 12 are free. Event details.

Kids Write The Plays, Grown-Ups Act Them Out
“Monsters, Schemes, & Wild Dreams: Short Plays by Short People” are original plays written by fifth graders from San Francisco Unified School District. The plays were inspired by works of visual art at the de Young Museum, and performed as staged readings by professional actors with music by The Write-Ons. Fri. 6:30-8 p.m. Brava Theater Center. $10-$40 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Go On Chick Watch at Stow Lake
Come watch the great blue herons and their waddling baby chicks at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Naturalist lead the walks to check out these fuzzy babies from various spots around the lake and Strawberry Island. Terrain is mostly flat. Don’t forget your binoculars! Sat. 10 a.m.-noon. Stow Lake. $10 for non-members, members and children are free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Jammies Required For This Movie Night
Well, jammies aren’t exactly required but more than welcome along with pillows, blankets and chairs for snuggling up beneath the starry sky for a night of nocturnal animal encounters and a movie at Oakland Zoo’s Zoovie Nights. Animal or nature themed movies range from the classic animated “The Jungle Book” to “The Lorax” and “A Bug’s Life.” Popcorn and marshmallow-sprinkled hot chocolate are provided but you can pack your own snacks, too. Movies are limited to 50 people so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oakland Zoo. $7. Recommended for children 4-11 but older siblings are welcome. Event details.

Get All The Goods At This Twilight Market
The streets of Bay Street will come alive on Saturday evenings with Bay Street’s Twilight Market. Stroll the streets and shop the freshest local fruits, vegetables, fish, organics, cheeses, baked goods, cut flowers, crafted preserves, honeys, oils, cooking demonstrations and more, presented by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Additionally, Nneka’s Market will feature arts, crafts and home goods from dozens of local artisans and makers. Sat. 3-7 p.m. Bay Street Emeryville. Free, all ages. Event details.


Sleep Seal Adjacent At This Overnighter
Every wonder what it would be like to sleep with the seals? Now you can find out at Seals & Slippers: Sleep under the Stars at The Marine Mammal Center. Families will camp under the those aforementioned twinkling stars, go for a hike, do activities in the discovery room, watch nighttime feedings, enjoy a meal together and take a late night tour of the animal hospital. Fri. 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Sausalito. $85 per person. Ages 6-12. Information.

Come Dig On Sunset Mag’s New Sonoma Gardens
Be among the first to stroll through Sunset Magazine’s new gardens, outdoor test kitchen and more at Sunset’s Celebration Weekend. Sunset relocated its famed gardens from its former Menlo Park headquarters to Cornerstone in Sonoma. This popular food, home, garden and travel festival will include live campfire cooking demos, celebrity chefs, garden tours, design chats and more. Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cornerstone. $35 for adults, kids are free with advance purchase. Event details.

This Party Is Full Of Stars
Get starstruck at the Mt. Tam Public Star Party. Led by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Mt. Tam Interpretative Society this annual summer program will include a lecture, think black holes and more, and the opportunity to peek at the stars via member-provided telescopes. Bring along a flashlight with a red filter (which will allow you to better view the stars) as well as blankets, gloves and a cushion to keep comfy in the stone-sea auditorium. Sat. 7:30-11 p.m. Rock Springs at Mt. Tam. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Pop A Wheelie At This Bike Fest
Come join the Valley’s racing, road, recumbent, mountain, BMX, cargo biking, custom, cruiser, fixed gear, low rider, recreation and bike polo playing communities, clubs, riding groups and their families for a day of celebrating cycling and its history. There’s a family fun kid space, bicycle show, demons, music and an off-the-hook bicycle show by Gooseneck Bicycles. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. History San Jose. $5; Kids under two are free. All ages. Event details.

Hike For Wildflowers By The Ocean
April showers brought May flowers and a profusion of those beauties are popping up around the Waddell Valley in Santa Cruz County. Join docent Scott Peden 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. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rancho Del Oso Nature Center, Davenport. Free. All ages. Event details.


This Play Is A Real Peach
Remember what happens when James’ aunts send his to chop down the family’s peach tree? Something magical happens and an amazing, fruit-filled adventure begins. Get your daily serving of fruit and fun-filled drama at this musical version of the classic book at the Palo Alto Children’s Theater May 12-22. Fri.-Sun. Showtimes vary. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. $12-$15. All ages. Event details.

A Seussical That’s Magically Musical
In this Seuss-meets-musical aka Seussical, you’ll travel to a far away land called the Jungle of Nool to see Horton take a dip in McElligot’s pool. See what happens to Horton next at play presented by the Peninsula Youth Theater of Silicon Valley. It runs May 14-22, offering morning, afternoon and evening shows. Sat.-Sun. Showtimes vary.Peninsula Youth Theater of Silicon Valley in Mountain View. $16-$22. All ages. Event details.

What are you looking forward to exploring this weekend? Share your plans in the comments below!