What do salamanders, humming birds and fuzzy bunnies have in common? You! That’s right, they are waiting to hang with you this weekend. Find those experiences and more below!

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San Francisco

Take a Bird Walk at Pier 94 Wetland
Come join Golden Gate Audubon’s experienced education staff on a guided bird walk along San Francisco’s wetland bayshore. High quality binoculars and scopes will be provided as we observe the many migratory ducks and shorebirds, local waterbirds and perhaps birds of prey. Sat. Event details.

Get Rolling at the Y
Get the kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Shop for a Good Cause at the OMCA White Elephant Sale
The OMCA White Elephant Sale is one of the best in Northern California with proceeds going to benefit the museum. With 17 well organized departments (including books, toys, bikes, camping and sporting equipment and kids’ clothes), there’s sure to be something for everyone. Parking is limited and huge crowds are expected so sale organizers suggest taking the free shuttle from the Fruitvale Bart Station. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Go Back to the Future Every Saturday
Forest Home Farms Historic Park feature free family activities from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. Take a tour of the restored Victorian House Museum on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a fee of $5 per person (payable by credit card only, children ages 3 and under are free.) Activities vary weekly but this month you learn all about working with wool, the buzz behind bees, old-fashion laundry and the history behind the telephone. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Get Buzzed on Humming Bird Day
U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum’s Hummingbird Day is the central coast’s premiere family nature event. Kids, grown-ups, birders, photographers, and nature lovers enjoy these amazing aerial acrobats and the gardens that host them. Take home nature craft-making, face painting, demonstrations and workshops, garden tours, and bird walks. Bring your piggy bank, there will be souvenirs, plants, and delicious food and drinks. Sat. Event details.

Crow All Out for this Lunar New Year Celebration
Party on, it’s the year of the Rooster, and we’re crowing crazy for the Lunar New Year Celebration at History Park. Activities include a Martial Arts Demonstration, crafts such as making Red Envelope and Chinese Lanterns and Ribbon and Fan Dances finally a Children’s Parade around History Park with Hoong the Dragon and the Orchard School Lion Dancing team. Sun. Event details.


A Hands-On Afternoon at Hidden Villa
Help milk Vida the Cow! Kids will learn some moo-tastic cow facts while they help feed and take care of the farm’s reining dairy queen. Kids will learn proper milk handling techniques from professionals then put them into practice. Kids will measure how much milk is produced then prepare it for storage, too. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house. Sat. Event details.

Get to the Mountains for Salamander Saturday
Join Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center for Salamander Saturday in its annual celebration honoring the often overlooked but heroically well adapted amphibian native to the Santa Cruz Mountains and other moist habitats. Real live amphibians will be available for viewing. Herpetologist Amy Patten will be presenting “Salamanders of the Santa Cruz Mountains” at 1 p.m.. Ranger led salamander hike will start at 3 p.m. to search for these regal creatures on the Marsh Trail (approximately 1 mile long). Come learn about salamanders and their ecosystems. All age crafts and activities will be available at the Rancho del Oso Nature & History Center. Sat. 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.

Look Up For Moonwatch
Using binoculars, a spotting scope and telescopes, study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair. Even if weather prevents moon and star viewing, there will still be educational activities along the hike, followed by a campfire with S’more roasting, campfire skits and fun sing alongs. Sat. Event details.

Are you itching to get outside? Tell us all about it the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers