With spring break and sunny skies on the agenda for April, it’s the perfect time to pack your calendar with fun. We gathered up some of our favorite springtime activities like picnicking and baby animals and added a few rainy day options at the local science centers. We promise there’s something for everyone so scroll through for some spring inspo!
photo: Feather Weight
1. Eat up at the Presidio Picnic.
Sunday is the day when in-the-know San Franciscans flock to The Presidio for the weekly gathering of friends and food trucks presented by the Presidio Trust in partnership with Off the Grid. Off the Grid sets up shop with a rotating array of food trucks like the Korean and Taiwanese mash-up Seoul of Taipei and Indian soul food from DUM Truck. On the fourth Sunday of the month, enjoy cultural dance performances. On April 29, SF Awakkoren Dance Group performs Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history.
San Francisco, CA
Date: Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
2. Discover what “Bots and Bugs” have in common at CuriOdyssey.
Learn about the influence of biology on design as you interact with robotic creations, make and wear technology-inspired art and meet living insects at Curiodyssey in San Mateo for their “Bots and Bugs” event. “Beetlelady” Dr. Stephanie Doyle will be on-site to share all of her creepy, crawly creatures. Create a TechInsect from computer parts with The Museum of Craft and Design and then drive a robot around the museum. Food is available for purchase during the event.
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA
Dates: April 6, 5-8 p.m.; April 7-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $12.50/adult, $9.50/child, under 2 free. $6/car parking.
3. Take in a movie at the Oakland Zoo.
In honor of National Bat Appreciation Day, put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and the LEGO Batman movie. Bring your pillows, blankets and chairs to the Oakland Zoo and snuggle up in the auditorium as Roosevelt, a costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of the animals. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
9777 Golf Links Road
Date: April 13, 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $7/person. $6/person for groups of 4 or more.
photo: Kate Loweth
4. Learn about how to protect our sea life at the Marine Mammal Center.
The second and fourth Sundays of the month are Marine Science Sundays at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Get in-depth information from marine educators and hand-on classroom activities. April tends to bring a large population of baby seals and sea lions to the resuce pens so it’s a good time to bring the kids to learn about these animalsa. Admission is always free but docent-led tours have a fee and can be booked in advance.
Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Dates: April 8 and 22
Cost: admission is free, docent-led tours are $9/adult and $5/child
5. Check out the new Environmental Education Deck at the Chabot Space and Science Center.
The Chabot Space and Science Center recently opened its new Environmental Education Deck that will add 3,200 square feet of space for outdoor camping, field trips, First Friday Nights crowds and to be a venue for 12 interactive outdoor exhibits. A great time to check out the new space would be on April 14 when Tinkerfest returns to the Chabot. This all-day event is designed to inspire and reveal the tinkerers and inventors in everyone.
Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Date for Tinkerfest: April 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $18/adult, $14/child, under 3 are free
photo: California Academy of Sciences
6. Swim through a coral reef at the California Academy of Sciences’ new planetarium show, Expedition Reef.
Plunge into the bustling, biodiverse communities hidden within coral reef ecosystems around the world to discover how corals live, breathe and reproduce when you view the California Academy of Sciences’ new planetarium show, Expedition Reef. The show explores how global threats like rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification are impacting reef ecosystems in real-time, showing how corals under stress respond to these conditions, while sharing how scientists who study coral reefs and communities who depend on their economic benefits are finding solutions to keep reefs thriving in a changing world. After the show, planetarium guests can continue their coral reef experience at the brand-new Hidden Reef aquarium gallery, featuring diverse reef residents, like flamboyant cuttlefish, charismatic frogfish, dwarf moray eels and more.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA
Cost: $35.95/adult, $25.95/child 4-11, $30.95/youth 12-17, kids under 3 are free
7. Check out San Jose’s newest bike park at Lake Cunningham.
Lake Cunningham in East San Jose has long been a haven for skateboarders with their 68,000-square foot skate park that has been open since 2008. On April 14 they will add a 8.5-acre bike park to the facility and expand into the new Lake Cunningham Action Sports Park. The new additions include a dual slalom track, beginner pump track, advanced pump track, dirt jump park, slopestyle park, drop zone and skills trails.
Lake Cunningham Action Sports Park
2305 S. White Road
San Jose, CA
Date: Opening ceremony April 14
8. Learn about NASA’s InSight Lander and its mission to Mars at the Exploratorium.
Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the West Coast. InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single lander on Mars. Learn about the sophisticated geophysical instruments InSight will use to delve deep beneath the surface of Mars.
San Francisco, CA
Dates: April 18-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 for After Dark (ages 18 and up)
Cost: $29.95/adult, $24.95/youth 13-17, $20.95/kids 4-12, under 4 are free
9. Take a spring farm tour and meet the baby animals at Deer Hollow Farm.
Check out the new pig barn and meet the farm’s resident sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Visit the Nature Center for even more hands-on learning. Catch the orchard in bloom and admire the bounty of the garden, where kids will plant a seed to take home. The parking lot fills up quickly. Arrive early and walk or bike the one mile flat path to the farm. Refreshments will be available for a suggested donation.
Deer Hollow Farm
San Antonio Open Space Preserve
22500 Cristo Rey Drive
Date: April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $7/person, under 1 are free
10. Cheer for the home team at a San Francisco Giants game.
The City by the Bay welcomes back the SF Giants to AT&T Park for their home opener on April 3. Look for special kids nights throughout the season. Some April events include a post-game kids run the bases on April 4 and Little League Nights on April 8 and 29 (where Little Leaguers get discounted tickets and special on-field experiences). Make sure you swing by the Fan Lot for loads of kid-friendly attractions. Batter up!
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA
Got any fun plans for April? Let us know below!