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This month is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in the Bay Area including neighborhood festivals, the kick off of Off the Grid’s food truck meet-up and loads of farms with baby animals that are great for visitors. Scroll through and pick some of your favorites for your March calendar!


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Free Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Check out the hands-on exhibits, play in Wobbleland and make some art, all for free! Mar. 4. Event details

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Toddler Story Time at the Mill Valley Library

Join Lauren for a Thursday morning story time complete with songs, rhymes, flannelboards and fingerplays especially designed for toddlers aged 2-3 years. Thursdays. Event details

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Off the Grid Night Food Truck Market

Discover 30+ mobile food creators, serving everything from Birria tacos and churros to fried chicken, Neapolitan pizza and wood-fired bone marrow. Look out for the return of SF’s beloved Mission Street Food. Fridays. Event details

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Make Binoculars at Home Depot

Set out on an adventure with your child in this Binoculars Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create their own pair of binoculars to take home. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Mar. 7. Event details

Flower Bulb Day

Flower Bulb Day 2020, a stunning celebration during which 100,000 colorful varieties of American-produced tulips grown from European bulbs will take over San Francisco’s iconic Union Square. Access to the flower bulb garden on Union Square is free and so are the tulips! Mar. 7. Event details

The Revolving Door

Enjoy an evening sunset walk at Martial Cottle Park as we explore how vital wildlife corridors are to the health and survival of wildlife. Mar. 7. Event details

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MakeArt Family Day at the Museum of Craft and Design

Inspired by the materials and processes of the exhibition "Linda Gass: and then this happened...", let spring bloom with silk painting, collaged paper designs wrapped with fabric, and use pieces of old denim as a base for fabric cards, bags, and more. Mar. 7. Event details

Salamander Saturday at Rancho del Oso

Join us for our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but heroically well-adapted amphibians native to the Santa Cruz Mountains and other moist habitats. Mar. 7. Event details

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Volunteer Day at Elkus Ranch

Elkus Ranch is in need of volunteers to help with gardening and stall cleaning for our friendly livestock. Other special projects vary but can include painting, construction, trail maintenance and more. All ages welcome! Mar. 7. Event details

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Presidio Discovery: Archaeology Tour

Explore the rich history of the Presidio as it is discovered every day through archaeology. You will see the standing Spanish adobe in the Presidio Officers’ Club before heading to the active dig site to meet Presidio archaeologists. Mar. 7. Event details

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Sunday Streets: Mission

Join the international open streets movement to reclaim open space for public use! Kick off Sunday Streets in the Mission on March 8 and then Excelsior on March 29. Event details

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Purim Family Festival

Throw on your favorite costume and party with the whole family at the JCCSF’s annual Purim festival. Guests will enjoy hamantaschen cookies, create Purim-themed crafts like crowns and groggers (a traditional noisemaker), play at the tot-spot or outdoor playground, and make hygiene kits supporting people experiencing homelessness. Mar. 8. Event details

Experience Elephant Seals

View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A 10-minute slide video about elephant seals, kids' activities, and complimentary hot beverages are available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Saturdays and Sundays. Event details

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Purim Palooza - a Free Family Carnival

Come one, come all! Bring your friends to the Osher Marin JCC for a free family carnival. This is a joyous day, and all in the community are welcome, regardless of faith. Mar. 8. Event details

Challenge the Kids to a Ping Pong Match

On Sundays you can enjoy unlimited play in the community table section for $9/person. Bring the kids and try the new kids menu! Event details

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Family Sundays at the Cantor Art Gallery

Second Sunday is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages at the Cantor and the Anderson Collection. Mar. 8. Event details

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Storytime With Christopher Smith

A local school teacher, Christopher's song The Golden Gate is a Parent's Choice Award winner and a beloved favorite throughout the Bay Area. Sundays. Event details

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Children's Reading Room at Salesforce Park

Join this impromptu story time with classic picture books to borrow and enjoy while in the park. Daily. Event details

Free Admission Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor

All Bay Area residents can enjoy the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor for free on Saturdays. Event details

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Get Your Free Pre-K Pass from Great America

Kids ages 3-5 can sign up for a free pass that will get them into California's Great America for 2020. 

More info: redtri.com

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Music Time with Mr. Andrew at Poppy

Come rock out with new friends at Poppy in the Marin Country Mart. Thursdays. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

Saturday Science at the Randall

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Event details

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Free Guided Farm Tours

You will learn about our farm and CSA, learn what pasture raised means and how farms like Tara Firma Farms are on the front lines to fight climate change, reduce water usage, and build better soil through the latest methods in carbon farming. Saturdays and Sundays. Event details

photo: Kate Loweth

Marine Science Sunday

Head to the Marine Mammal Center on the second and fourth Sundays of the month for this engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from education experts. Mar. 8 and 22. Event details

Learn to Pier Fish

Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited number of poles and bait will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Mar. 14. Event details

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Second Saturday on the Farm

This family event focusing on agriculture includes games, activities and visits from farm animals. Mar. 14. Event details

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Tours of Wilder Ranch State Park

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Sundays. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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