Ready or not, here comes the weekend. If you’re not prepared, we’ve got you covered with a long list of ideas for checking out what’s up in the Bay Area. From u-pick organic strawberries to family campouts and book festivals, you’re sure to squeeze in your fair share of good times before Sunday comes to an end.

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San Francisco
It’s Children’s Day in Japantown

Celebrate Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, with cultural arts and crafts, a bounce house, games, taiko and more. Admission to the event is free but some activities have a fee. Sat. Event details.

Craft an Opera at this Open House
Learn to create opera props and participate in performances at the Arts Resource in Action (ARIA) Festival. The San Francisco Opera Education Department is opening its door for a free Community Open House event at the new Wilsey Center for Opera. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Turn the Page! A Children’s Book Festival
Join Children’s Fairyland for a celebration of locally made children’s books and their creators. Enjoy read-alouds and art demonstrations by six authors and illustrators. Some 25 authors and illustrators will be there too, available to answer all kinds of questions about their craft. Buy books from Oakland’s own Laurel Bookstore and have them signed. You can even make a book to keep or add to Oakland Public Library’s traveling bike library. Sat. Event details.

Grow Like A Bean at Sprouts Family Day
You’ve seen veggies but have you seen them grow? Bring the whole family to Sprouts Family Days and visits those delicious vegetables, some friendly farm animals and while you’re at it, you may as well sing songs and play games, too. When you’re finished exploring plop down in the grass and enjoy a picnic (each family should bring their own) among the Urban Adamah educators. Sun. Event details. 

South Bay

Once on This Island: A Caribbean Little Mermaid
This is the Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Once on This Island tells the story of a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. This tale of romance, tragedy, redemption, and rebirth features an astounding score, a live orchestra, and captivating choreography set to an irresistible Calypso beat. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Cool Chicks Hang Out Here
Do you have baby animal fever? Then visit Deer Hollow Farm’s babies during this spring tour. Among the flock are chicks, cows, piggies, ducks, geese, goats and sheep. The tour includes a visit to century-old farm buildings, organic farm and orchard, hands-on farming fun and even a planted bean to take home to kick off (or add to) your own garden. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. There is a one mile, paved walk from the parking area to the preserve. Sat. Event details. 

Pop a Wheelie on Your Way to this Bike Festival
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. Event details. 


You Pick Your Berry Best
It’s u-pick in California and Swanton Berry Farm is opening its fields for u-pick strawberries. Make sure to pop into the market to play board games or read stories. Don’t forget to check out the treats including fresh berry pies, strawberry shortcakes, delicious hot soup, strawberry lemonade, strawberry apple cider and more. The farm accepts cash and check only. Daily. Event details.

We’ve Got Your Golden Tix
Roald Dahl’s delicious tale of young Charlie Bucket and the strange and elusive confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in musical form in this fun fantasy Creating Arts Company Mini-Musical. When Charlie wins a Golden Ticket to the weird Wonka Chocolate Factory for a once in a lifetime tour he has no idea what’s in store. Beyond the gates Charlie along with Varuka Salt, Agustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Voilet Beauregard and their guardians step into a world full of wonder and edible delights but soon discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Kemdama And Crafts on Japanese Cultural Day
Hidden Villa Farm is celebrating Japanese Culture Day with traditional arts, performances, crafts and activities such as calligraphy, flower arranging and tea ceremony demos, a cool kendama contest, games, kids’ craft activities and origami. If all of that makes you hungry try JapaCurry and Paradise Shave Ice, too. The event is free but there’s a $10 charge per vehicle. Parking is limited so carpooling is encourage. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Head Outside With Your Crew This Weekend
Click off Netflix this weekend and head outdoors with the family camp program at the Point Bonita YMCA. This two night program is totally nature focused, and includes meals, camping in the Y’s historic dorm rooms, nature crafts and hikes at the National Park.  This program is open to 25 families per month and includes family activities as well as children’s activities, allowing parents to have a bit for time to themselves. This is a partnership program between the YMCA of San Francisco and the National Park Service. Fri. Event details.

Go Zen with the Kids at the Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun. Event details.

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

–Chantal Lamers