Learning will be made really fun this weekend! Fall asleep in a museum at the Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover. See how things really work at the Kensington Nursery School Science Fun Fair and at Maker Faire. And guess which animals will behave best at the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade!

San Francisco

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
Listen to the evening songs of the rainforest birds at The California Academy of Sciences sleepover. Then settle in for story time while snacking on cookies and milk. Fri., 6:00 pm – Sat., 8:00 am. San Francisco. $99 per non-member. $79 per member. Ages 5-17. Event details.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
Celebrate Love Your Parks Day with a Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament for kids! Enjoy other activities and fun food too. Sat., 11:00 am–1:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Kensington Nursery School Science Fun Fair
Explore more than 15 hands-on stations about various topics, including space, volcanoes, magnets, tree frogs and gold panning. There will also be a jumpy house and face painting.  Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Kensington. $3 (2 & Under Free). Ages 2–7. Event details.

The Hipwaders & Octopretzel
Melita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt will host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids shows, featuring rockin’ songs from the Hipwaders, and irresistibly hummable tunes from Octopretzel. Sat., 11:00 am. Berkeley. $8 in advance. $9 at the door. All ages. Event details.


Pixie Park Spring Fair
Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, giant slide, bouncy houses and a vintage train ride. There will also be balloons, face painting and the Pixie Olympics obstacle course!  Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Ross. Free. Ages 1-6. Event details.

Radio Disney Junior Jamboree
Have fun at this interactive show jam packed with dancing, games and songs from Disney Junior Shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates and The Imagination Movers. There will be arts & crafts and prizes too. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Mill Valley. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Pixar Shorts in Brief
See the exclusive Bay Area presentation of award-winning animated short films created by Pixar Animation Studios. Enjoy all of the beloved Pixar animated short films on the big screen.   Sun., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  San Rafael. All Tickets $5.  Ages 4 and up. Event Details.


Maker Faire
Come see the greatest showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, at this celebration of the Maker movement. Learn about making everything from noodles to paper airplanes, and visit the MakerBot Petting Zoo! Sat., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Mateo. See event website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade
Join the hundreds of kids who will participate in the parade with their dogs, cats, birds, chickens, wagons and bicycles! Youth groups, marching bands and dignitaries in vintage cars will show up as well. Sat., 10:00 am. Los Altos. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Los Altos Kiwanis Club