From caterpillars and parsley, to eggs and flowers, the signs of spring are here! Booklovers of all ages can celebrate a caterpillar who likes to eat at Eric Carle Day. Kids will make Easter eggs by the pool at Egg Dying & Water Games, and learn while crafting at Drop-In Art Making: Passover.

Pen French Fair

San Francisco

Eric Carle Day
Kids and their parents are invited to make this party a blast, complete with cupcakes, drinks, art activities and a sneak preview of their MyChronicleBooks goodies.  Sat., 10:00 am. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Drop-In Art Making: Passover
Kids can explore the symbols of Passover, freedom and spring. They will combine paper-cutting and textured painting to embellish portraits of freedom heroes from the past and present. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $12 per adult. $10 per student. 18 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Messy Art Day
Little artists will explore colors, textures and a variety of media. Household objects and recycled goods will be used to make great works of art. Kids will also dive into shaving cream, make human spin art and climb into a confetti tent! Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. El Cerrito. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Egg Dying & Water Games
Kids will enjoy dying eggs on the pool deck, and playing games in the shallow end of the swimming pool. Sun., 12:00 pm. Berkeley. $7 per adult. $5 per child. Under 1, free. Ages 3-12. Event details.


Spring Eggstravaganza
Everyone will dine on a special springtime breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny, so don’t forget your camera. After breakfast kids will follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for the annual free Egg Hunt! Sat., 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. $6 per adult. $4 per child. Ages 2 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Easter Cookie Decorating
Now kids will get a turn to do the food prep at this bakery! Each kid will receive one complimentary Easter cookie to decorate. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.


San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Families will love learning all about how gardens grow! Kids will enjoy the awesome Children’s Gardens, and getting to play in Sproutopia! Fri., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Mateo. See website for pricing. 16 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

The Peninsula French Fair
Families can learn about all things French! There will be storytime for kids, a fashion show for kids and adults, French opera and a family dance class in French too! And of course there will be French food! Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Peninsula French Fair