We know, we know, we know. You are itching for the summer. It’s a ways away, but don’t fret. There’s plenty to do this weekend to keep your mind off the wait, including picking your own strawberries along the coast to a super-spectacular kid’s maker faire to a crafts-meets-nature adventure by the beach. Hmmm, seems like waiting for summer isn’t so bad after all.

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San Francisco

Get in Tune with Music for Families
What happens when composers think outside the box to create music with completely new and surprising sounds? The history of classical music is full of adventurous artists who did exactly that, from Haydn to Stravinsky to John Cage! This concert explores how these brave thinkers paved the way for future musical innovators, and even invites the audience to help the orchestra create a brand-new musical spectacle together! Sat. Event details.

It’s Party Time at Recess’ Anniversary Bash
Celebrate Recess’ 10th anniversary with playspace access, Carissa’s Music Time (9:30-10 a.m.), Music for Aardvarks (10:30-11 a.m.), Charity and the JAMband (11:30 a.m.-noon), Face Painting with Nick (10 a.m.-noon), photo booth (10 a.m.-noon), snacks, crafts and more. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Help Clean Arroyo Viejo Creek at the Oakland Zoo
Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo’s Arroyo Viejo Creek. Volunteers work on a variety of tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. Volunteers meet just inside the Zoo’s lower entrance right next to the Arroyo Viejo Creek Habitat Restoration sign. Sat. Event details.

Turn the Page for the Children’s Book Festival
Join Fairyland for the third annual celebration of locally-made children’s books and their creators! Enjoy read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators, crafts with the Oakland Public Library and more. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

See Shrek, The Musical!
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr. Based on the DreamWorks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, the brave and comical Shrek along with his trusty sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona and friends from Fairy Tale Land and the kingdom of Duloc come to the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse. Join director Carol Romo and local youth performers in this musical adventure of bravery, acceptance and friendship the whole family is sure to enjoy. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Buy Oldies but Goodies at Goat Hill Fair
Ready to get a jump on your holiday shopping? Why not do the environment a favor and shop vintage and antique goods at the Goat Hill Fair. This bi-annual event features more than 100 vendors featuring unique gift ideas as well as everything you need to throw the perfect holiday gathering from dining sets to dishes and festive decor. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Little Makers Gonna Make at this Faire
Take the whole family to the world’s largest DIY festival, featuring anything and everything that people make themselves. From robots to recycled art to homemade, traditional arts and crafts, you’ll see the finest examples of creativity and innovation. Mini makers will enjoy hands-on activity stations and exhibits that get the gears turning in their heads. Head to the event early, because this popular event fills up quickly. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

U-Pick the Berry Best
Ready to get your berry on? Then make way to Coastways Ranch in Pescadero where you can pick your own strawberries. Organic strawberries are $5 per pound and $4.50 per pound if you pick more than 10 pounds. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing, dress in layers and bring your SPF. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Barn Dance and Work Day at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at noon.). At 4 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Dinner and dance is $12-$20. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Go on a Night Hike with Nocturnal Animals
Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight on this 2-mile hike that ends with s’mores and songs around the campfire. Sat. Event details.

Get in Touch with Nature at this Cool Ranch
Plant your feet at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve every Saturday. There’s plenty to do, including hiking eight miles of trails, picnicking under the redwoods, checking out wildlife. hanging with nature guides, playing in the curiosity room and shopping in the nature bookstore. Sat. Event details.

What’s number one on your weekend agenda? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers