Nature is a thing of beauty and there is plenty worth exploring in the Bay Area. The whole family can get their dose of Vitamin D; learning a lil’ something is always a cool bonus. This weekend, find out how to restore a habitat to its natural state, or enter an animals home to find out more about the local environment. Celebrate a creek restoration, go on a bug hunt, take a walk with the birds, or find out exactly who Speedy is and where she likes to chill. Want to stroll the streets or find another way to spend the weekend? There is no shortage of cool events on the horizon so get out there and enjoy!


San Francisco

Bean Sprouts Family Day At The San Francisco Botanical Gardens
A fantastic family day. Bring a picnic to the gardens and ramble about, enjoying the California Nature Trail. Head for the west end where crafts, nature activities and volunteer opportunities await. Help water the garden, go on a bug hunt, make a pine needle craft and much more! Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $7/Adults. $5/Youth 12-17. $2/Kids 5-11. Kids 5 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.  

Alphabet Rockers Rock the San Francisco JCC
Join one of the Bay Area’s most beloved kiddie-rock groups, the Alphabet Rockers, for a rockin’ and rollin’ good time at the SF JCC. Parents can enjoy the kid-safe lyrics and still enjoy the kickin’ beats when the Rockers perform. Sat., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Nature Yoga
Enjoy the relaxing movements of Yoga while surrounded by the amazing salt water marsh habitat. Learn about why people came to the bay area. Please bring yoga mat, comfy clothes and an open mind! Please call 510-792-0222 ext. 363 to reserve a spot. Sat., 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Fremont. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Turtles At Sunol Park Western Pond
Come out for a visit with Speedy, Sunol’s Western Pond turtle. She’ll show off her “turtleneck” as kids and instructors discovery what it’s like to carry ones house on their back.  Register online to hold a spot. Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. $8/Non-Residents. $6/Residents. 3 and Up. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

Creek Celebration At Bol Park
Join the community at Bol Park for a celebration of Barron’s Creeks and a way to get introduced to the local habitat. There will be a talk by Barron Park guru Doug Graham, fun creek-themed activities for kids and adults, snacks, and reusable bag giveaways! Fri., 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Shoreline Bird Safari For Families
Hit the shoreline and get familiar with the furry friends calling the Bay Area home! Join naturalists for a walk out to Charleston Slough and don’t forget the handy-dandy checklist perfect for marking off all sighted birds. Email to hold a spot. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Mountain View. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Downtown San Rafael Second Fridays: Latin Flavors On Fourth Street
The vibrant community of San Rafael welcomes everyone to head downtown for Latin Flavor on Fourth Street! From Lincoln to H Street there will be dancing, musical entertainment and special foods and desserts in honor of the strong ties the town has to Latin Culture. Take a salsa dance lesson at Dance Arts Studio, sample some brazilian skewers from the food truck located at Fourth & D street, or head to Whippersnapper for live music. Top it off with delicious treats from Double Rainbow Cafe or Tutti Frutti. Fri., 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event Details

Creekside Restoration With Save The Bay
There is wonderful habitat restoration taking place at this beautiful work site. Learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh from Marin County Parks and Save The Bay staff and be a part of a great collaborative effort to enrich important habitat areas at Hal Brown Park at Creekside. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend! Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Greenbrae. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

What’s on the itinerary for the weekend?

–Gabby Cullen