It’s easy being green this weekend! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in all kinds of creative ways, and take part in lots of other festivities too. Listen to Irish music and bounce in jumpy castles at the 4th Annual GreenFest Block Party in San Francisco. Make shamrock glasses and potato prints at Shamrock Day in Berkeley. Visit baby animals, and learn about nature at the Spring Farm Tour in Los Altos.

San Francisco

161st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival
With a parade that draws over 150,000 spectators and a food, activities and dance festival after the parade, the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an event not to be missed for party-savvy little ones! The post-parade festival will include arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays, a petting zoo and a pony ride. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

4th Annual GreenFest Block Party
Join the Java Beach Cafe and the United Irish Cultural Center for a second day of St. Patrick’s Day fun under the color green in the Outer Richmond. There will be fun for everyone with Irish bands, face painting and jumpy castles. Go green! Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Andy Z & Andyland
Welcome to Andyland! Andy Z will take you on a musical, magical journey through the imaginary world of dinosaurs, squirrels, amusement parks, rocket ships and anything else you can think of! Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $9 per person. Under 1, free. All ages.  Event details.

Shamrock Day!
In honor of Shamrock Day, create and decorate shamrock glasses and make festive designs using potatoes as stamps in the Art Studio. Think green! Sat., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Berkeley.  $10 per person. $Under 1, free. Ages 0-6. Event details.


Ring Mountain Family Walk
Come explore Ring Mountain with your kids! Look for birds, insects, spiders, plants and more. Visit the site of an ancient kitchen used by Native Americans as early as 2,400 years ago. Kiddie boots were made for walking! Sat., 10:00 am. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.


Spring Farm Tour
Meet the new farm babies and visit the livestock including sheep, goats and a cow. Check out the milking station, stroll the grounds and tour the garden. The tour will include other hands-on learning in the Nature Center. The last entry will be at 12:30 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Los Altos. $5 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.

The Ugly Duckling
The Fox Theatre is proud to present a live children’s stage performance of The Ugly Duckling. This lovable story by Hans Christian Andersen tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard, who suffers neglect from others around him, until much to his surprise and delight, he matures into a beautiful swan. Sat., 11:00 am. Redwood City. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Discovery Kingdom Opening Weekend
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will kick-off the 2012 season with an Opening Weekend Presented by Lowe’s. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, guests wearing a green shirt will receive a coupon good for a $20.12 admission all weekend long. On Saturday only, kids 12 and under can take part in a special birdhouse making activity through Lowe’s, while supplies last.  Sat. & Sun, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm. Vallejo. $20 per person. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Habitot Children’s Museum