As we spring forward (hopefully into better weather), we’ve rounded up a few events to keep your toes tapping and your kids in slap-happy fun. Look for puppet shows throughout the month of March at San Francisco public libraries. Or take in one of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s family concerts (pictured) highlighting South America. Don’t forget to change your watches!


Run for the Seals/Family Fun Day
Run for the Seals is the Marine Mammal Center’s annual fun run/walk fundraiser. Whether you participate as an individual, form a team or choose to be a virtual participant from the comfort of your sofa, you’re sure to have a good time. After the race, enjoy the Family Fun Day with free food and drinks and educational tours of the center; listen to stories and learn about the important work of the Center. Sat., race starts 9:30 am. $20-$35 (children 4 and under free). All ages. Event Details.

Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day
Come see the sheep get shorn at this favorite day at the ranch. Watch a spinning demonstration and learn to card and spin wool and make other wool-based crafts. Round out your day by milking a goat; meeting newborn lambs, goat kids, and chicks; take in the coastal trails and tide pools. Sat., 10:00 am – noon. $30/person. $95 families of four or more. (ages 2 and under free). All ages. Event Details.


San Francisco

Ocean Film Festival
Calling all Jacque Cousteaus! Explore under the sea at the Ocean Film Festival. Their special family programs include films about jellyfish, killer whales, conservation, and some of those crazy teen, ‘round-the-world sailors. Admission also buys entry to Aquarium by the Bay at a blue whale-sized discount. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am. $5-$10. All ages. Event Details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Oh hello, fun! How nice to see you here at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. There are you hanging out with the floats and dancers along the parade route. And here you are again at the children’s petting zoo and pony rides, bouncy houses and over there behind all the great food. Oh fun, you do get around at this great St. Patty’s Day event. Top o’ the morning to you! Sat., 11:30 am. Free. All ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Abby and the Pipsqueaks
Miss those Friday nights when you’d go to dinner and a show? Miss no more and head over to PlayCafé for a night with Abby and the Pipsqueaks. It’s just like a Stones show but without the Stones. And a whole lot of babies. Fri., 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. $7/child. All ages. Event Details.


Narnia at Berkeley Playhouse
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first story of the Chronicles of Narnia, is brought to musical life with all your favorite characters and creatures in tact. Catch this unique way to introduce your kids to this classic tale. Mar 11-Apr 3, see website for times. $15-$33. All ages. Event Details.


Seussical the Musical, Jr.
If you think it’s hard to read “The Cat in the Hat,” imagine singing it. “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” begins this weekend at the Los Altos Youth Theatre. Join them for some operatic fun with your favorite Seussians like The Cat in the Hat and Horton and the Whos. Mar 11-20, see website for times. $10-$15. All ages. Event Details.

Arbor Day
Plant a tree for Arbor Day and plant a seed in your child’s mind of how special and precious the environment is. Mountain View celebrates Arbor Day with story times, arts and crafts, eats and live music. A tree planting ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. Visit the information fair for tips on composting and to learn more about trees. Sat., 10:15 am – 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.

—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko

photo by Ethel Brodie