This weekend sees a host of activities inside and outside. If rain canceled last weekend’s Sunday Streets plans, you have another chance. This Sunday sees us biking from Mission Bay to Silver Terrace. Check out all the fun, family-friendly stops along the way. On Saturday, Sesame Street comes to the San Francisco Zoo. Bring the littles out for intros to Bert, Ernie, and Grover, and peek in on some of your favorite animal friends. And look out for Earth Day celebrations all around— Crissy Field will be hosting Earth Stroll on Saturday from 10 – 2 with animals from Wildcare and sheep from Slide Ranch. Paxton Gate brings the party with a cooking workshop from a vegan chef and representatives from SF Zoo with some of their favorite furry friends. Be prepared to have some fun this weekend; make sure you’ve got your smiles handy.
Though the cherry blossoms have come and gone, the Cherry Blossom Festival is just getting started. This celebration of Japanese culture is one of the highlights of the year. Come by for the parade, stay for the food! Parade starts 1:00 p.m., Sun., Japantown, San Francisco, free. Read more.
Your Nose is Growing!
The Disney Museum screens the classic Pinocchio this month for a tale in how not to get eaten by a whale. The littles will love the songs and characters in this story; you’ll all be whistling your way home, though your GPS is probably a better guide than your conscience. Apr. 7 – 30 (except Tuesdays), 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., San Francisco, see website for tickets. Read more.
Music for the Masses
The last round of free family concerts from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is happening this weekend in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo. With performers from Circus Bella and a how-to on how to be a conductor, bring the littles for great music and a wonderful introduction to classical performances. Sat. and Sun., see website for times and cities. Read more.
Have a Claydate
Drop the kids off at Color Me Mine for their Earth Day Kids’ Night Out. While your littles paint ceramics and watch “Wall-E,” sneak off for your own celebration, Earth Day or otherwise. Sat., 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Alameda, $20/child. Read more.
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Nothing says “I love the Earth!” like a little care and maintenance. Join the folks at Richardson Bay Audubon for some Earth-loving’ and luggin’. Also scheduled are some chances to get close to the local flora and fauna. Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tiburon, free. Read more.
Dance the Day Away
Catch an earful of Frances England’s new CD at Bay Area Discovery Museum, and your kids are sure to be all over the dance floor. When they tire of shaking their groove things, take in the rest of the museum to round out the day. Sat., 11:00 a.m., Sausalito, $5 – 12. Read more.
Dance with the Zebras
Take a trip to Africa through the song and dance of Oriki Theatre. With drums and stories to keep the kids entertained, this show is a great family pleaser and educational to boot. Sun., 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., Mountain View, free. Read more.
Wow, get over to the Marine Institute’s Earth Day Celebration for music, a boat ride, arts and crafts, vaudeville shows, shark feedings, and more. Eat your Wheaties because this party might just leave you pooped. Sat., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Redwood City, free (boat ride $20/person, pre-register online). Read more.