Families will be busy celebrating Planet Earth this weekend! Green will be the theme at Ghirardelli Goes Green. Lots of games will be played at the Alameda Earth Day Festival and at Earth Day Marin 2013. And kids will make their own discoveries at the CuriOdyssey Earth Day Celebration.

Volunteers of all ages are needed at Half Moon Bay State Beach on April 13 for the California State Parks Foundation's 16th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup Presented by PG&E. Volunteers will help remove non-native plants and sow native plants in the coastal dunes and more. To volunteer on Earth Day, visit calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS. Space is limited, so advance registration is required by April 8. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers.

Volunteers of all ages are needed at Half Moon Bay State Beach on April 13 for the California State Parks Foundation’s 16th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup Presented by PG&E. Volunteers will help remove non-native plants and sow native plants in the coastal dunes and more. To volunteer on Earth Day, visit calparks.org/earthday or call 1-888-98-PARKS. Space is limited, so advance registration is required by April 8. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers.

San Francisco

Ghirardelli Goes Green
This event will feature live music, green-themed activities and a visit from the “Bag Monster.” The “G” in the Ghirardelli Square sign will be lit green with environmentally-friendly LED lamps too! Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hebrew Storytelling
Kids will enjoy singing, playing and listening to stories that will awaken their imaginations and a love for books. Sun., 11:00 am. Jewish Community Library. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Habitot’s 15th Birthday Celebration
Guitarist and singer, Mariela Herrera will perform, followed by a dance party. Everyone will be able to sample Mexican food, followed by birthday cake. There will be storytelling, and special art projects like decorating a giant cake! Sat., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alameda Earth Day Festival
Kids will enjoy playing Earth Day games and learning about building a clean, healthy and sustainable world for generations to come. There will also be farm fresh produce vendors and Scout led Earth Day projects. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Washington Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin

Earth Day
Families can head to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center for a morning of naturalist led explorations, bird watching, restoration and clean-up. Kids can learn about bird conservation and protecting the Bay.  Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details. 

Earth Day Marin 2013
Everyone can bring a bring something to play in the acoustic/wind instrument jam session! There will be a storytime from the American Indian Museum, and games like the Carbon Game and Eco-Jeopardy. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Redwood High School. Free. All ages. Event details.

Peninsula

Earth Day on the Bay
The whole family will love live performances by Earthcapades Environmental Vaudeville and Zun Zun! Kids can attend programs with tide pool animals, sharks, fish, plankton and mud! Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Marine Science Institute. Free. All ages. Event details.

CuriOdyssey Earth Day Celebration
Kids can participate in citizen science projects, including The Great Sunflower Project and the Lost Ladybug Project. Kids will play, discover and learn from their experiments in the “Mistake Lab.” Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Mateo. $8 per adult. $6 per student & senior. $4 per child. Under 2, free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

How are you getting ready to celebrate Earth Day 2013?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point