From a “Baby Beluga” to a nano object, learning comes in all sizes this weekend! Kids can look at wildflowers while checking out a huge space at the Starr King Open Space Hike. While listening to Raffi in Concert, the audience can sing about a little whale. And kids of all ages can learn about very little things at the Nano Days Activity Table.

April Hike Hill Babies

San Francisco

Storytime & Family Walk
Kids can get cozy in the children’s book nook while hearing this month’s featured book, A Log’s Life, which teaches about decomposers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led tour of the Botanical Garden just for kids. Sun., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. San Francisco. Free. Under 3, free. Ages 4-8. Event details.

Starr King Open Space Hike
Everyone will ramble around this large open space, visit a stone spiral and see rock outcroppings that create a special habitat. Webb Green, Vice President of Starr King Open Space, will point out the rare and native wildflowers. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Cinderella: It’s a Dog’s Life
Kids can follow the adventures of canine Cinderella as she goes from life in the doghouse to become the belle of the Bow-Wow Ball! Comedy and music makes this show entertaining for all! Sat., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Lafayette. $12 per person. Ages 2-11. Event details.

Raffi in Concert
Everyone’s favorite singer of baby beluga tales will be in concert! Kids will love singing and dancing along to their favorite songs performed by the musical star Raffi himself! Sat., 1:00 pm. Berkeley. $25-$55 per person. All ages. Event details.


Nano Days Activity Table
Kids can stop by the Nano Days Pop-Up Activity Table to experiment, discover and wonder about the world of nanoscience, technology and engineering. Little kids will love learning about atoms, molecules and other little things. Fri., 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:30 pm. Sausalito. $11 per person. Under 6 mos, free. All ages. Event details.

Golden Gate Playdate: Super Seas
Kids will celebrate the letter S and the Super Seas, including seals and sea stars. Hands-on activities will spark imaginations through stories, songs and movement. Sat., 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Sausalito. $15 per child. One free adult per child. All ages. Event details.


Sheep Shearing Day
Kids can learn how to spin wool, make dye out of vegetables and even weave! They will create a wet felted pouch, make yarn critters and try finger knitting. There will be a special Little Lambs activity area for toddlers and preschoolers too. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Los Altos Hills. $12 per person. All ages. Event details.

CATS the Musical
This award winning musical was created by Andrew LLoyd Webber, and inspired by Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. The show tells the story of the Jellicle Cats as they sing tales of memories and cat naming. Sat., 8:00 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm. Redwood City. $35-$55 per person. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Hill Babies