There are some fun combos to be found this weekend! Zoo animals will meet sweet treats, lots of flowers will bloom by the Bay and kids will hike under the night sky. Eat breakfast alongside the Family Farm animals at Donkeys & Donuts at the San Francisco Zoo. Watch Aurora dance across the stage at the Sleeping Beauty Ballet in San Ramon. See nature in a whole new light while on the Sanctuary Night Hike in Tiburon.

San Francisco

Pier 39 will become a botanical garden during Tulipmania! Thousands of tulips and other floral displays will adorn Pier 39’s two levels for this event. Garden tours start daily at 10:00 am, beginning in Pier 39’s Entrance Plaza. Sat., 10:00 am. Sun., 10:00 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Donkeys & Donuts
This special breakfast event will offer an exclusive experience inside the San Francisco Zoo’s amazing Family Farm. Before the Zoo opens to the public, you’ll be greeted by two donkeys, Nikos and Clint. Learn all about them from their keepers, and take turns feeding them! See the Stampede of Goats, and feed and brush them too! The continental style breakfast will include donuts, mini muffins, sliced fruit, coffee, herbal tea, orange juice and water.  Sat., 9:30 am. San Francisco. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Boswick the Clown
A former Ringling Bros. performer, Boswick, or “The Clown’s Clown” as he is called, uses physical humor, is a great juggler, magician and a comedian. Come see this one-man circus act! Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages.  Event details.

Sleeping Beauty Ballet
The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform the classic story of the sleeping princess awakened by the kiss of her true prince. This performance is meant for everyone from first time ballet attendees, aspiring ballerinas or longtime ballet enthusiasts. Ballet makes this story truly beautiful. Sun., 4:00 pm. San Ramon. $44 per adult. $24/Child. All ages. Event details.


Collage Dance Ensemble
Collage Dance Ensemble weaves together the beauty, energy and passion of traditional Eastern European folk dance with a contemporary sensibility. See dancers stomp, clap and slap, using their bodies as percussion instruments! Sat., 11:00 am. Sausalito. $17 per non-member. $7 per member. Ages six months & up. Event details.

Sanctuary Night Hike
Check out the Richardson Bay Sanctuary after the sun goes down! Take a naturalist led hike through the Sanctuary, and if the clouds allow, explore the winter constellations. Children ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Sat., 6:00 pm –  8:00 pm. Tiburon. $7 per person. All ages. Event details.


Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show
Gretel overhears her stepmother convince her father to lead her and her brother into the forest and leave them there. Hansel’s plan to leave a trail of bread crumbs to find their way home fails, and he and Gretel soon discover a house made of gingerbread that belongs to a witch.  Find out what happens to them all in this classic tale told through modern puppetry! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Portola Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Native American Family Activities
Spend a family oriented afternoon in the lovely Dana Center with storyteller and teacher, Keith Gutierrez, recreating some native Ohlone Indian activities. Play ancient games, hear tales of winter lore and drink hot cider! Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Los Altos Hills. $10/Person. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Boswick the Clown