Spring is definitely in the air! Celebrate the season with trees, animals, music and live theatre. Attend the Garden Animal Breakfast & Walk to learn about newts, butterflies and snakes in Berkeley. Take silliness to a new level at Purim Palooza in San Rafael! Party with the trees at the Arbor Day Festival in Palo Alto.

San Francisco

Family Jazz Matinee: The Trumpet
This one-hour matinee will feature a live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. This concert will focus on the trumpet and how it is used in jazz, exploring the techniques and innovations developed by some of the most celebrated artists. Learn how the many “trumpet kings” explored new texture, evolved solo techniques and experimented with mutes to create new sounds. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

Art & Octopretzel
If it’s the second Sunday of the month, it’s Preschool Gallery Hour: the Museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. In March, explore the exhibition California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present with loads of interactive activities. Get hands on with art and enjoy a show by musical guest Octopretzel. Sun., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. San Francisco. $12 per adult. Children 18 & under, free. Ages 2-5. 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, amusements parks, rocket ships, and anything else you can think of! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Concord. $9 per child. $3 per adult. All ages.  Event details.

Garden Animal Breakfast & Walk
Join the Garden on this special journey to discover the many wonderful creatures living in the Garden. On your animal hunt, you will learn about newts, birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, foxes, snakes and more! Hone your skills of observation while learning how plants and animals live together. Enjoy a light breakfast and a copy of The Illustrated Guide to the Common Animals of the East Bay Hills. Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Berkeley.  $12 per non-member. $10 per member. All ages. Event details.


Headlands Nightlife
Go on a sunset hike and play games while exploring the mysterious lifestyles of nocturnal animals. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight. Sat., 5:30 pm –  8:00 pm. Sausalito. $12 per person. All ages. Event details.

Purim Palooza
Have fun at the Purim family carnival! Enjoy live music, play carnival games, make arts and crafts, eat Hamantaschen and be silly! Activities will include: Purim stories with the PJ Library, a Camp Kehillah prize station, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house. There will also be a Brandeis Hillel Day School Band performance, Congregation Kol Shofar Purim Shpiel and balancing, juggling and comedy with The Keith Show. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.


Alice Live Theatre
Come see a modern and imaginative version of the classic tale Alice in Wonderland, as performed by a youth cast. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she meets the Caterpillar, White Rabbit and other memorable characters. Fri., 7:30 pm. Sat., 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm. Los Altos. $10-$15 per person. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Arbor Day Festival
Please celebrate the trees at this event hosted by Canopy! Meet the real Stanford Tree, create art with the Art Center’s Truck, get your face painted and enjoy treats from food trucks. Watch the Tree Climbing Circus and listen to the Banana Slug String Band. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Canopy Photos