Celebrate local schools and neighborhoods with lots of live music, arts and crafts and cute animals! See how high you can jump in the bounce houses at the 14th Annual Glen Park Festival and the Skyjam Kids Festival. Meet some new furry friends at the Petting Zoo at the Library, and have tea with the White Rabbit at the Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party!

San Francisco

“Little Big Top” Carnival
Clown around and support a small local public school too! Do craft projects and enjoy entertainment by Boswick the Clown and Luz of Circus Finelli. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free.  Ages 12 & under. Event details.

14th Annual Glen Park Festival
Enjoy live music, great food, raffle prizes and vendors. Children’s activities will include jumpy houses, Tree Frog Treks, Wonderbug Adventures and a One Martial Arts demo. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Skyjam Kids Festival
Enjoy live entertainment by Manning Music Fiddlers, Hanabi Judo and Octopretzel. Jump in the bouncy houses, and make arts and crafts projects too.  Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Kensington. $4 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

Petting Zoo at the Library
Join in the fun at the library with Little Explorers Petting Zoo and refreshments, in celebration of Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)! Sat., 2:00pm. Oakland. Free. All ages.  Event details.


Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party
Join Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse and Mad Hatter for tea sandwiches, hot chocolate and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical antics of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players.  Sat., 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm. San Rafael. $28 per adult. $23 per child. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Wizard of Oz in the Square
Watch a chalk artist create the Yellow Brick Road. Then follow it to meet Dorothy, Toto and Glinda! Paint some rainbows and have fun with bubbles too. Sun., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dia de Los Niños
Celebrate children and books, with live entertainment, Dr. David Hutt’s Story Time, arts and crafts and free books while supplies last. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Bruno. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hidden Villa Farm Tour
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, rub the neck of a gentle jersey cow and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep! Sun., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Los Altos. $10 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Little Explorers Petting Zoo