Ronnie’s Awesome List – April 2011


This month, make plans to explore Marin’s beautiful landscape. Check out the Exploration Backpacks at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Tiburon. This backpack can be picked up at the front offices. It is specially designed by staff educators to enhance your child’s experience at the Center. Exploration Backpacks contain field guides, activity sheets, and investigation tools so you and your family can explore the Center at your own pace while learning about native and non-native plants, local wildlife, and simple changes you can make in your own backyards to help native plants and animals. Exploration Backpacks are FREE to use while at the Center and you can check out a pair of binoculars during your visit too.

Mariposa Lily, Photo by Craig Solin

Now that spring is here, wildflowers are popping up every where! Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve is a great spot to explore and look for wildflowers. Several wildflowers are unique to this preserve. See if you can find the beautiful Mariposa Lily that is endemic to the hillside there and found nowhere else in the world. Look for pollinators such as bees, birds, and butterflies, how many you can spot? Take this opportunity to teach your child to identify the steps of the pollination cycle. They will really appreciate the import role of these pollinators. The landscape is also host to Coastal Miwok petroglyphs. Look for them near the preserve’s highest peek. If you want to explore the Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve with an expert guide, sign up for the Ring Mountain Family Walk with Wildcare.

Photo by Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium

For a great way to learn about flowers from a pollinators point-of-view head to the Mezzanine Level at the Exploratorium. Daily flower dissections are at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm (closed on Monday.)

Look out for last minute events in April for:

4/1 April Fool’s
4/8 Buddha’s Birthday
4/15 Income Taxes Due
4/16-4/24 National Park Week entrance to all National Parks is free.
4/17 Palm Sunday
4/19 Passover
4/21 John Muir’s Birthday
4/22 Earth Day & Good Friday
4/24 Easter
4/28 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Feeling cooped up for too long during these rainy months? I have a couple of suggestions for you. As soon as the sun comes out let your child unleash his/her fury at Adventure Playground in Berkeley instead of your livingroom. It’s a Mad Max vs. Bob the Builder smackdown. Your children will be thrilled to dive right into this unique outdoor playground/junkyard where kids play and build the playground itself! Kids can climb, slide, ride on a zip cord, and expand their own carpentry and painting skills on many kid designed and built forts, boats, and towers – experience NOT necessary.

While your are in the East Bay another great place to walk around outside is the Oakland Zoo. It is the perfect size especially for young children. They have very sweet vintage kids rides too.

Frog and Toad PicnicNow I have a confession…..my daughter and I have fallen in love with a frog and toad….and a mole, a snail, a mouse, some birds and more woodland critters. If your child loves the Frog & Toad book series don’t miss “A Year With Frog and Toad” which is performing every weekend in April at Freight & Salvage in Downtown Berkeley.

Any events listed are subject to change. Please remember to check to make sure the events mentioned have not been cancelled. And come back to Marinhood often. We are constantly updating the website with more fabulous events and things to do. If you have tips, advice or observations on destinations you want to share with our readers please email your tips and recommendations to ronniesharpe@me.com.

Get out, make memories, and have fun because the Bay Area is a great place to be a kid! Oh, and tell them Marinhood sent you =)

Enjoy,
Ronnie


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APRIL 2011

FRIDAY 4/1, April Fool’s

~ DANCE Rotunda Dance Series, Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique, A multifaceted artist whose work places itself in the gaps between dance, theater, drag and performance art. She will perform a durational solo designed to be viewed both from above and close up. Free, 12 Noon, San Francisco City Hall.

~ EVENT Family Fun Friday, Come have fun with the whole family in the Fairfax Pavilion! Toys and games for the kids – old school playgroud games for the grown ups. Feel free to bring your own “picnic” dinner. $5 per adult – kids FREE 6pm – 8pm.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young: Una Noche de Baile/A Night of Dance! 6:00pm –8:30 pm Join Danza Xitlalli, San Francisco’s oldest Aztec dance troupe, performing in celebration of Carmen Lomas Garza’s artist residency, With the Blessing of Corn. Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org

~ EVENT Shabbat Together for families Infant-3 yr, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Road, Tiburon, 9:00 – 9:40 AM, Shmooze time 9:45 – 10:15 AM. Celebrate Shabbat with your child and other families! This program includes singing with guitar, story time, parachute play, movement, musical instruments, and Shabbat table blessings. Meet new friends, invite your baby play group, and enjoy a fun time with your little one. This program in free and open to all. Sara Kupor, 415-388-1818, Ext. 112, skupor@kolshofar.org.

~ FILM Alice in Wonderland, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The Walt Disney Museum.

~ FILM August to June, 7:30pm, This lovely documentary traces a full year in a Northern California public school classroom (part of the Lagunitas School District’s parent participation Open Classroom) that happily ignores “standardization” and the single-minded pursuit of high test scores.

~ FILM San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, WonderCon at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Admission to the children’s film festival is free with admission to WonderCon.

~ MUSIC Balinese Vocal Music with I Made Suryasa, noon–4:00 pm, North Court. This Balinese artist and performer presents the traditional a capella offering performed at Bali-Hindu ceremonies. “Surya” perform sample chants with their lyrics projected in old Javanese (Kawi). Find out how your name would looked spelled in Balinese writing. Asian Art Museum.

~ WORKSHOP California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, 62nd Annual Convention Children, Nature, Play, The Marin Council of Parent Participation Preschools has gathered a group of amazing speakers for this year’s convention. The convention will incorporate outdoor workshops that will take you under the open sky to discover what nature can provide for you and your child. The convention will incorporate indoor workshops that will give you the tools you need to better understand your child. Embassy Suites, San Rafael.

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SATURDAY 4/2

~ ANIMALS Pier Crabbing, 10-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required; please phone (415) 556-1693.

~ ART Balinese Costumes with Luh Estiti Andarawati and Maria Omo, noon–4:00 pm, North Court. Observe the time, love, and labor that goes into the costumes and make-up for one of the most important traditional Balinese dances—the Condong (Divine Nymph). See examples of other Balinese customary clothing and learn how to outfit yourself in a sarong and sash. Finally, dancers perform this majestic piece in their full regalia. Asian Art Museum.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10am-12pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Play on Paper: Contemporary Prints.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Curvy Creations for a Palace.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Sausages from Scratch, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Keep the rains coming by making your own rain stick decorated with fabric and leather scraps. You can even bead your own handle! Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Make Your Own Easter Bonnet, 5th Floor, Macy’s Union Square, 2 pm, Join our craft divas as we take you through the fun-filled steps of assembling a whimsical Easter bonnet. Supplies will be provided for children to create a take-home masterpiece worthy of any Easter parade.

~ CRAFT The Knack Easter Egg Event Make-It Take-It with $5 purchase of 7″ craft egg Make Easter fun for kids. Let them decorate a cheerful craft egg for the holiday. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CRAFT The Home Depot Planter/Basket, 9am-Noon, In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Designed for children ages 5-12. Any Home Depot store.

~ DANCE Paul Taylor Dance Company Family Matinee, A dancemaker for the ages, Paul Taylor has changed the world of dance with his keen observation of movements found in everyday life. His dances are funny, passionate, tragic, lively, graceful—true reflections of how people move all around us. 2pm Novellus Theater at YBCA $10 Children/$15 Adults.

~ EVENT Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. Featured Book of the Month: Anansi and the Magic Stick. 415-661-1316.

Photo by Jacquie Klose

~ EVENT Civil War Days, cannons and muskets boom out on Angel Island! Bring the family, take a picnic, catch a ferry ride and discover a day in the life of a Civil War soldier at historic Camp Reynolds. Living history demonstrations included; hourly cannon firings, infantry drills, baked goods fresh from the brick oven at the historic Bake House and tours of Quarters 10 – the one time residence of an Officer and his family. The event is free, 10:00am to 4:00pm. For full information call: (415) 435-3522 or email aivc@parks.ca.gov.

~ EVENT Family Practice Day: Being Present in the Body, Family Days are a wonderful opportunity to spend the day connecting with your children, yourself and a community of supportive peers. Come play, share, learn and open your heart! $35-55 per family, plus a donation to the teachers. Spirit Rock.

~ FESTIVAL Tartan Day 2011 Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm, 10am-5pm, Celebrate Tartan Day and join in the pageantry as Scottish folk from all over the area gather their clans and celebrate their heritage. Enjoy bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, traditional Scottish food, and historic re-enactments.

~ FILM San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, WonderCon at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Admission to the children’s film festival is free with admission to WonderCon.

~ FUNDRAISER Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Country Club Bowl, 88 Vivian Lane, San Rafael, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun way to raise money for the kids involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. For 1 1/2 hours, you will have the opportunity to bowl and be a part of a huge community party. There’ll be free pizza, sodas, t-shirts, prizes, and team costumes are encouraged!

~ FUNDRAISER Bake Sale for Japan, Professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians coming together around food to make something BIG happen. 2 LOCATIONS: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bay View Ave.; Belvedere, email So.MarinBakesale@gmail.com Noon AND Marin County Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle., 10am-2pm.

~ MAGIC Magic Show, w/ special guests Blue Orange Toys, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Paxton Gate.

~ MUSIC Balinese Vocal Music with I Made Suryasa, noon–4:00 pm, North Court. This Balinese artist and performer presents the traditional a capella offering performed at Bali-Hindu ceremonies. “Surya” perform sample chants with their lyrics projected in old Javanese (Kawi). Find out how your name would looked spelled in Balinese writing. Asian Art Museum.
~ MUSIC The Blues — Telling Stories, 11AM Blues music has long been a means of expressing stories of hardship, heartbreak, passion and politics, as well as passing along oral history. This matinee explores both the African American oral tradition and its relationship to the blues.

~ MUSIC Chantey Sing, 8:00 PM to 12:00 PM, Hyde Street Pier, Monthly sing-a-long aboard a historic ship. Sing traditional working songs aboard the floating historic vessel Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot cider served from the ship`s galley. Free. Reservation required, call 415/561-7171.

~ MUSIC Jerry Kennedy, $5 adults, $4 children – 10:30am, Featuring blues singer/guitarist Jerry Kennedy, who is also an advocate for foster children.  He will be performing his special style of blues and soul music for the entire family. La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

~ MUSIC Todd Wees, 11am, quirky mix of indie pop and folk – perfect for kids and their families. “Put on Your Dancing Shoes” and join in the fun. This interactive show will get everyone out of their seats and on their feet to original tunes like “The Ketchup Song.” Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE Sunol Wildflower Festival, 11 am – 4 pm. Celebrate spring and join us for hikes, crafts, live music, slideshows and nature exhibits. Learn to identify wildflowers and where to see different varieties. Hikes range from kid-friendly, to ethnobotany topics, to a longer flower hike to Little Yosemite waterfall. There are no food concessions in the park, so please bring your lunch and enjoy a fresh air picnic. The event is free to the public. Parking is $5.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ READ Read to a Dog – Marin Humane Society SHARE A Book Program, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ STORYTIME Chipper Story Time, Meet Chipper, a chipmunk who is an ambassador of the great outdoors, as he host an eco-educational story time with crafts and activities for kids ages 2 to 8. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, REI in Corte Madera, 415-934-1938.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

~ STORYTIME Maritime Story Time: The Tale of Henry and Harry, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Sailor`s Den in the Visitor Center, Hear a story about the adventures of two stowaway kittens aboard the BALCLUTHA. Free. Join volunteer storyteller Denise McEvoy as she relates the 1887 adventures of two stowaway kittens aboard the Balclutha. Hear what it was like to be a feline sailor on the ship`s maiden voyage sailing the rough Cape Horn passage to San Francisco. 415-447-5000.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ THEATRE San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater (SFCMT), learn the basics of musical theater in this fun and exciting 1.5 hour FREE workshop. Grades: K-3rd at 11:00am. Grades: 4th-8th at 2:00pm. Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Plaza Room A, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

~ TREASURE HUNT Family “Quest” Adventure, 10 am to Noon; meet outside the Exhibition Pavilion, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov, Staff will orient your family to the colorful Presidio Habitats Quest adventure booklet. Then, enjoy a self-guided exploration to experience the wildlife habitats along the route of the artwork. With team spirit and keen senses your family will solve riddles and make surprising observations. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12. Booklet will be distributed at the event and is also available at the Exhibition Pavilion.

~ VOLUNTEER Restore Little King Meadow, 9am – 1pm, Green Gorilla Ruth Nash, also known as “The Thistle Lady”, will once again lead volunteers at Little King Meadow (King Mountain Preserve). Come see what 15 years of volunteer labor has done! This project is on relatively flat terrain and is suitable for volunteers 6 years and older. Rain may cancel – call (415) 499-3778.

~ WALKING TOUR EUREKA Engine Room Tour, 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM, Hyde Street Pier, Take a Park Ranger led tour of the ferryboat Eureka`s engine room and get a close-up look at what makes a steam ferry run. Vessel Admission, $5 per person, children under 16 FREE, chris_edwards@nps.gov, 415-447-5000.

~ WALKING TOUR Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship, 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM, Guided tour of the historic sailing ship BALCLUTHA. Vessel Admission: $5, Free for visitors 15 and younger. Join in on a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage. 415-447-5000.

~ WALKING TOUR Historic Waterfront Walking Tour, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Argonaut Hotel Lobby, Park Ranger-led, hour long tour of San Francisco`s northern waterfront. Free. Stroll with a Park Ranger to discover the history of this vibrant area on a walking tour through the Aquatic Park Historic Landmark District, the Cannery, Hyde Street Pier, and Fish Alley at Fisherman`s Wharf. The tour is one hour and covers approximately one mile, with some gently sloping and uneven terrain. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, and good walking shoes. 415-447-5000.

~ WORKSHOP California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, 62nd Annual Convention Children, Nature, Play, The Marin Council of Parent Participation Preschools has gathered a group of amazing speakers for this year’s convention. The convention will incorporate outdoor workshops that will take you under the open sky to discover what nature can provide for you and your child. The convention will incorporate indoor workshops that will give you the tools you need to better understand your child. Embassy Suites, San Rafael.

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SUNDAY 4/3, New Moon, Saturn will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Saturn and its moons.

~ ART JAKKAI SIRIBUTR, noon-4:00 pm, Tateuchi Gallery (Second Floor) In conjunction with the exhibition Here/ Not Here, the artist presents interactive demonstration asking the audience to participate in a game of karmic chance. Asian Art Museum.

~ ART Illuminated Letters: To celebrate the closing of As It Is Written: Project 304,805, the Museum’s exhibition about Torah writing, create your own illuminated letter work of art. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ ART FRAME by Frame, Galleries and Koret Visitor Education Center, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Freeze frame. Stop time. Frame the art that’s in your mind. Come explore the museum frame by frame. Museum and program admission are always free for children 12 and under. General admission is required for adult companions. Family programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Photo by Jacquie Klose

~ EVENT Civil War Days, cannons and muskets boom out on Angel Island! Bring the family, take a picnic, catch a ferry ride and discover a day in the life of a Civil War soldier at historic Camp Reynolds. Living history demonstrations included; hourly cannon firings, infantry drills, baked goods fresh from the brick oven at the historic Bake House and tours of Quarters 10 – the one time residence of an Officer and his family. The event is free, 10:00pm to 3:00pm. For full information call: (415) 435-3522 or email aivc@parks.ca.gov.

~ FESTIVAL Festival de la Familia, one of Sacramento’s biggest events with a wide range of family friendly activities. This annual multi-ethnic Festival celebrates more than 20 Latino cultures.

~ FILM San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, WonderCon at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Admission to the children’s film festival is free with admission to WonderCon.

~ FUNDRAISER Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Country Club Bowl, 88 Vivian Lane, San Rafael, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun way to raise money for the kids involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. For 1 1/2 hours, you will have the opportunity to bowl and be a part of a huge community party. There’ll be free pizza, sodas, t-shirts, prizes, and team costumes are encouraged!

~ MUSIC Stanley Clark, 2pm, Yoshi’s Oakland.

~ NATURE Bird Watching for Children and Beginners, 10-11am, meet at the entrance Hyde Street Pier, We will view water, shore, citified, and migratory birds on this easy stroll. There will be a brief orientation to spotting birds, and to using guidebooks and binoculars. Dress in layers with sun hat and sunscreen. Bring your own guidebooks and binoculars if you have them. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake Park, 10am – 2pm, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato, We’ll begin our day by looking at the insects, amphibians, and other animals that live in the small pond near the lake, after that we’ll head up the Terwilliger Nature Trail to see what we can find among the flowers and the trees.

~ NATURE Tune Into Spring on Twin Peaks, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Join local Ecologist Josiah Clark to explore one of San Francisco’s most prominent yet misunderstood natural landmarks, to focus in on the plant and associated breeding bird communities of Twin Peaks & Mt. Sutro. Tune into the ephemeral, vibrant beauty of spring! Meet at the base of UC Medical Center Way at Parnassus Ave.

~ NATURE Muir Beach Spring Walk, 9-11am, Explore the newly-created section of the Coastal Trail and get a hillside view of the new creek channel on this moderate walk above Muir Beach. Learn about the history of this popular recreation spot and its connection with the natural world on this two-mile walk above and around historic Big Lagoon. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a light snack.

~ NATURE Birding in the Headlands, Welcome the spring migrants back to the Marin Headlands! Take an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon with volunteer Jane Haley to discover what birds visit us and come here to nest. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ PROGRAM Children’s Program at Green Gulch, After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

~ READ R.E.A.D. to a dog! (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), San Rafael Public Library. Make your reservations at the Children’s Desk or call 485-3322. This program is for school-age children.

~ THEATRE Award-winning Prop Comic and Juggler Fred Anderson aka Frisco Fred! The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon Tickets: $8 Per Person (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

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MONDAY 4/4

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plaza located behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

~ STORY TIME Book Babies, Stories and songs for children ages 0-3 with their parent or caregiver. No registration required. 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Town Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

TUESDAY 4/5

~ ART JAKKAI SIRIBUTR, noon-4:00 pm, Tateuchi Gallery (Second Floor) In conjunction with the exhibition Here/ Not Here, the artist presents interactive demonstration asking the audience to participate in a game of karmic chance. Asian Art Museum.

~ AUTHOR Astro The Steller Sea Lion, 3:30pm, Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet, Author Jeanne Walker Harvey will read Astro The Steller Sea Lion at afternoon storytime.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ CRAFT The Knack Easter Chick Event FREE Make-It Take-It Take part in some family crafting fun. Create your very own festive Easter egg chick. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ STORY Story Time by the Fire, Phil Sheridan reads stories at Henry’s Toy Shop in downtown Mill Valley. 11AM. 415-380-8691

~ WORKSHOP Modern Moms’ Health Forum: “Families, Food and Water”, Mothers of Marin Against the Spray (MOMAS), in conjunction with two physicians Myrto Ashe, MD, MPH, and Michelle Perro, MD (of Down To Earth Pediatrics) is offering a workshop to parents and concerned caregivers to help protect the health of families. Get practical information on protecting your health from the growing array of environmental toxins in our food and water. Learn more about the body’s natural methods for ridding the body of toxins and how you can strengthen your body’s system through food and lifestyle choices. $5 donation suggested at the door. Babes in arms are okay. 7:30-8:30 pm, The Mountain View Room at the Mill Valley Community Center.

WEDNESDAY 4/6

~ ART JAKKAI SIRIBUTR, noon-4:00 pm, Tateuchi Gallery (Second Floor) In conjunction with the exhibition Here/ Not Here, the artist presents interactive demonstration asking the audience to participate in a game of karmic chance. Asian Art Museum.

~ CRAFT Wacky Wednesdays with Ms Carla, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Make and Take” craft or play games, enjoy fingerplays, listen to stories or sing songs. No registration required. Just drop in and join the fun! For families with children ages 4 and up. South Novato Branch at 6 Hamilton Landing.

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children, Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ FESTIVAL Chilean Cultural Festival, The annual festival features Chilean cuisine and wine tastings, entertainment featuring travel information, singers, musicians and folk dancers. Armennian Cultural Center, 825 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, 661-6909, 12pm-6pm. $10/Adults, $5/Seniors and Children.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ POETRY Rip the Page – Poetry Workshop, Grade 3 and up – Advance sign-up required, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, FREE, The Mill Valley Celebrate National Poetry Month and the library’s Centennial with local poet and author Karen Benke, who will guide young poets through fun writing exercises. Her new book Rip the Page will be available for purchase.

~ STORY TIME Family Storytime For parents, caregivers and children of all ages! Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and a flannel story, followed by a craft! 7:00 – 8:00 pm, San Rafael Public Library.

~ TOUR Presidio Shuttle Tour, Noon to 1 pm, great way to see the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks, with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Visit the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more. Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party. RSVP Required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

~ WORKSHOP Bullying Prevention Workshop, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Bullying prevention for educators, school administrators, school counselors, teachers, campus supervisors, instructional assistants, and parents. The workshop will highlight the serious nature of the widespread problem of bullying and offer strategies for preventing it. A panel of experts, including No Bully Executive Director Nicholas Carlisle will lead a discussion, answer questions and provide resources on effective action steps shown to reduce bullying in schools.

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THURSDAY 4/7

~ CRAFT Stickerpalooza at Jelly Belly! One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA, Make a fun sticker art project and shop the Mrs. Grossman’s mini-store! Friday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Fun sticker kits available for $2 (while supplies last). If you get thirsty while your creating your art projects, the Visitor Center will be sampling its NEW Jelly Belly soda pop in the mini-store! 10:00am to 5:00pm.

~ FARMERS MARKET Opening Night, Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market and Festival!

~ THEATRE Activated Story Theatre with Water Wonder Tales, for ages 5 & up, 4pm, Old Stormalong, in American folklore, just about every occupation has its legendary, larger than life hero. Lumberjacks have Paul Bunyan. Cowboys have Pecos Bill. Farmers have Febold Feboldson. And sailors have Old Stormalong and his amazing feats . . .The Little Mermaid is one of the popular stories of the beloved Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, presented in a version that is closer to his original than to the Disney remake; without the tragic ending.

~ WORKSHOP Panel Discussion: Key Transitions During the Public School Years, Park School, Mill Valley, 7 to 8 p.m. discussion for parents of children facing one of the key transitions in their education, such as starting elementary or middle school. For more information, contact ITAV Education Chairperson, Marianne Shine, marianne@bssp.com.

~ WORKSHOP Modern Moms’ Health Forum: “Families, Food and Water”, Mothers of Marin Against the Spray (MOMAS), in conjunction with two physicians Myrto Ashe, MD, MPH, and Michelle Perro, MD (of Down To Earth Pediatrics) is offering a workshop to parents and concerned caregivers to help protect the health of families. Get practical information on protecting your health from the growing array of environmental toxins in our food and water. Learn more about the body’s natural methods for ridding the body of toxins and how you can strengthen your body’s system through food and lifestyle choices. $5 donation suggested at the door. Babes in arms are okay.  10-11am, The Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (near PF Chang’s).

~ WORKSHOP Holistic Health and Green Living, Chapter Kick-Off and Open House, 6 PM, Stretch the Imagination, 47A Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Contact Ozzie at hmnmarincounty@yahoo.com.

FRIDAY 4/8, Buddha’s Birthday

~ CRAFT Stickerpalooza at Jelly Belly! One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA, Make a fun sticker art project and shop the Mrs. Grossman’s mini-store! Friday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Fun sticker kits available for $2 (while supplies last). If you get thirsty while your creating your art projects, the Visitor Center will be sampling its NEW Jelly Belly soda pop in the mini-store! 10:00am to 5:00pm.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young: Celebration of the Olmec! 6:00pm –8:30 pm Music and dance by Los Cenzontles Focus on Veracruz with the music known as Son Jarocho, which incorporates Spanish, African, and indigenous influences. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org

~ EVENT Shabbat Together for families Infant-3 yr, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Road, Tiburon, 9:00 — 9:40 AM, Shmooze time 9:45 — 10:15 AM. Celebrate Shabbat with your child and other families! This program includes singing with guitar, story time, parachute play, movement, musical instruments, and Shabbat table blessings. Meet new friends, invite your baby play group, and enjoy a fun time with your little one. This program in free and open to all. Sara Kupor, 415-388-1818, Ext. 112, skupor@kolshofar.org.

~ SLEEPOVER Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. For kids ages 6 and up and their adult chaperones. $119 per person. 6:00 pm – 8:00 am, California Academy of Sciences.

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SATURDAY 4/9

~ ART Make It @ MOCFA, 11-1pm; Experiment and explore printmaking Sister Corita-style! An assortment of rubber stamps, ink, papers, and more help you print, collage, and create original works of art to take home, frame, or give away. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena Museum District.

~ ART Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Learning Center Art Studio (A) “One side will make you grow taller and the other side will make you grow shorter.” Use colorful paper, recycled materials, glitter and glue to make a tiny or oversized hanging wonderland garden of your own creation.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10am-12pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Make your own portable Tic Tac Toe Treasure box with cool Velcro pieces. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids DeYoung – 10:30am, Doing and Viewing Art (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Special exhibition surcharge applies. Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico.

~ CRAFT The Knack Crayola® Event FREE Make-It Take-It Create Vivid Art with Crayola® Neon Explosion™ – five times brighter than regular markers on construction paper. Each page features unique, licensed images and content for an exceptional play experience. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-1pm, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CRAFT Stickerpalooza at Jelly Belly! One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA, Make a fun sticker art project and shop the Mrs. Grossman’s mini-store! Friday through Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Fun sticker kits available for $2 (while supplies last). If you get thirsty while your creating your art projects, the Visitor Center will be sampling its NEW Jelly Belly soda pop in the mini-store! 10:00am to 5:00pm.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Fresh Pasta, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ COOKING Palace Hotel Cookie Decorating, 5th Floor, Macy’s Union Square, 2 pm, Come to the children’s department for an afternoon of fun, sweet treats and cookie decorating with Executive Chef Jesse Llapitan. And don’t forget The Palace Hotel for your Easter brunch. For brunch reservations, please call 415-546-5089 or visit sfpalace.com.

~ EASTER Northgate’s Easter Bunny Tea Party, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Grab your favorite Easter bonnet and white gloves… The Easter Bunny will be joining kids for a special tea party. This free event will include a face painter, magician, musical guests and more! Centered around our brand new Children’s Play Area, boys and girls will enjoy light refreshments, treats, giveaways and fun! Dressing up in your “Easter best” is optional. RSVP to Guest Services at (415) 472-3212. Space is limited. Please note that all attendees MUST check in 10 minutes early on the day of the event or they may risk forfeiting their seat. Please call (415) 472-3212.

~ EASTER Easter Egg Hunt, Goodman’s Hardware, Mill Valley, 1-2pm. You must pre-register at the store, ask for Cindy or Debbie. 388-6233.

~ EVENT Pottery Barn Kids Designing Your Nursery, Learn tips and tricks from our style experts. Attendees receive 10% off select products. The Village at Corte Madera.

~ FARM Tresch Dairy Family Tour, Join Kathy and Joe Tresch on their 2,100-acre dairy which supplies milk to Straus Organic Creamery. Feed a calf, see the milking parlor, taste Straus products, make butter, and hike one mile across the pastures and along the creek to the heirloom apple orchard and garden. Space is limited, Pre-registration is required., 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Tresch Dairy, 1170 Walker Road, Petaluma, Adults – $15 MALT members / $20 non-members, Children – $8 MALT members / $10 non-members.

~ FASHION Mom & Me Party, Watch an informal fashion presentation featuring local mother-daughter duos in the latest spring dress trends for women and girls size 4 – 16. Enjoy light music and special shopping incentives, while you shop for the perfect Easter dress. Macy’s Union Square, 4th Floor, 1-3pm.

~ FESTIVAL Cherry Blossom Festival, All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

~ FESTIVAL Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival, Commemorate & Celebrate the Life and Work of Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez, Dolores Park – 19th St. / Guerrero St. 11 am – Parade, 24th Street Fair 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Between Treat St. and Bryant St.

~ FUNDRAISER Barkers by the Bay, 3-6pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. For more information call 415.331.7262 Ext. 10.

~ GARDENING Extreme Plants: Desert Gardens for Kids, 1-2:30 p.m., Children of all ages, together with accompanying parent/guardian, will explore those amazing plants known as succulents that thrive in extremely dry environments. The program features a mini-tour of the Arid House and Desert collections, refreshments made from edible succulents and a garden project kids can take home. $20, $17 members; Price includes on adult and one child with one potted garden; $12 each additional child, adult and garden per family. Contact 510-643-2755, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.

~ HISTORY A Day in the Life: 1901, 11am-4pm. Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission (under 16 free). Reservations are required, please call 415-447-5000. Step into the past as you board the historic ships and meet the sailors and citizens of SF’s waterfront. Learn about maritime arts and crafts during “Make and Mend.” San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

~ HISTORY Marinship Walking Tour, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Walk back in time with Carol Schoenfeld on a 1.5 hour guided tour of Sausalito’s Historic Marinship. This was a major WWII shipyard which had a significant role in winning the war and influencing social changes in Marin County. Come and learn about the history, the extraordinary Marinship workers, and the spirit of this era. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, FREE.

~ MUSIC Rockin’ Ukes Family Workshop, Ages 7 & up are welcome!, 11:00am-1:00pm. The ukulele is fun and easy to play. You can have hours of enjoyment with just a few basic skills. This workshop will discuss how to start and continue to improve your playing. Basic chords, strumming and a few standard chord progressions will be covered. This 2-hour Rockin’ Ukes workshop is for families & kids ages 7 and up, no previous experience necessary. $15 per class with advance registration, $20 at the door. Pre-registration is suggested as the number of instruments the instructor can provide is limited. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, 510.865.5060.

~ MUSIC Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, 11:00am – 11:30am, The Bay Area Discovery Museum, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission) Buy tickets online Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band cater to the cool family crowd that yearns for quality music for their youngest fans. Acclaimed musician and songwriter, Lucky Diaz, is joined onstage by the perky personality of Alisha Gaddis, and the be-bopping beats of Theron Derrick. Together the trio turns kid’s music into music loved by all.

~ NATURE Swim or Die, Discover how Redwood Creek salmon fight for survival. Follow the salmon spawning route from Muir Beach to their spawning grounds in Muir Woods. This is a round trip hike that will return back to Muir Beach. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Muir Beach picnic tables. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations required, phone 415-561-3044 or e-mail volunteer@parksconservancy.org. 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, meet at the Muir Beach picnic tables.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Buki the Clown. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ READ Share a Book with Fido, 2-3pm – The Share-A-Book sessions allow children to read up to 10-minutes to dogs as a new and fun way to enjoy books, while providing additional support towards improving their literacy skills. Registration encouraged. Call 415-897-1143 to register. Novato Library.

~ SCIENCE Skateboard Science, Come to the Family Skateboard Science Weekend where you can watch professional skateboarders demonstrate science in motion at the Exploratorium’s impromptu skatepark. Explore the history and physics behind skateboarding, then join the pros for open skate, beginner skate, and other skateboarding activities. Exploratorium.

~ SCIENCE Rockets by the Bay, 10:30am – noon, Make and launch rockets that will fly 30 feet in the air! Exploratorium educator Ken Finn will lead an exploration of the physics behind rocket flight as we investigate atmosphere, gravity, and pressure. The rockets will be safely propelled by water; tools and materials will be provided. Meet us at the wind sock by the Crissy Field restrooms at 10:30am. Exploratorium.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ VOLUNTEER California Trail Days: Indian Valley Preserve, 9am – 1pm, Indian Valley is one of our most popular preserves and is gorgeous this time of year. MCOSD is partnering with the Rotary Club of Ignacio to restore a busy hiking trail above Indian Valley College. We’ll repair trail tread, improve the trail corridor, clear water bars, and maintain other important features. Trail work is strenuous. There will be a variety of activities but most involve moving soil with hand tools. Rain may cancel – call (415) 499-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to listen to a recorded message.

~ VOLUNTEER Muir Beach Cleanup, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

~ VOLUNTEER Novato Clean & Green Day! 9am-1pm, To participate call Ed Schulze 897-1610, Susan Stompe 897-1610 or City Maintenance at 899-8244. We provide trash bags, safety vests, gloves and a site to work on.

~ VOLUNTEER Wetlands Restoration, 9:45am-1pm, Help the Marin Audubon Society effectively protect the natural habitat at the Bahia in Novato for native species. Contact Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574.

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SUNDAY 4/10

~ ART Decks of Questions: Drawing on the current Museum exhibition Are We There Yet?, make multi-media decks of cards filled with your own life questions that can be used as conversation springboards – perhaps even at your Passover table. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Great Highway and Golden Gate Park; ‘Penguins to Penguins’; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

~ CRAFT The Knack Easter Pail Event FREE Make-It Take-It Get ready for the big Easter hunt. Decorate an Easter pail at Michaels. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ FESTIVAL Cherry Blossom Festival, All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

~ NATURE Pinnipeds at Point Bonita, 10: 12:30-4:30pm, It’s pinniped pupping season in the Headlands! Grab the family and your binoculars and join us on a 4 mile roundtrip hike in search of Harbor Seals at Point Bonita. We’ll conclude our day with a visit to The Marine Mammal Center where pinniped patients are nursed back to health and released into the ocean. $10/per person, pre-registration required. This is a moderate hike along unpaved trails. Carriers are recommended for children 4 and under. No strollers. Sorry, no dogs on this hike.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ NATURE Bird Watching for Children and Beginners, 10-11am, meet at the entrance Hyde Street Pier, We will view water, shore, citified, and migratory birds on this easy stroll. There will be a brief orientation to spotting birds, and to using guidebooks and binoculars. Dress in layers with sun hat and sunscreen. Bring your own guidebooks and binoculars if you have them. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

~ NATURE Medicinal Plants in Glen Canyon, 10 am – 12 pm, Come out and meet some of your local medicinal plants on a walk through Glen Canyon Park — one of San Francisco’s jewels and well-kept secrets. Western herbalist, Ali Budner, will introduce you to a number of medicinal allies in the plant world, that are growing beneath our feet right here in the city! The trails in Glen Canyon are easy to moderate. Kids are welcome. Bring layers, a notebook, water and camera if you like. Meet at the entrance to Glen Canyon Park, which is at the intersection of Sussex and Elk. There’s a stairway that leads down into the park. Parking can be tricky around there (it’s all residential side streets, with hills) so if you’re driving include extra time.

~ NATURE URBIA Adventure League in Green Hairstreak Corridor, Family-fun event!

~ NATURE Mt Sutro in Bloom, Walk at a leisurely pace along the dappled trails of Mt Sutro, with founder of the Mt Sutro Stewards, Craig Dawson. We will focus on the abundant native flowers in bloom at this time, as well as learn what to look for on future visits with the changing seasons. Craig will share from his vast knowledge and stories about the rich history, flora, and fauna of this mountain that he has known since childhood, and become its greatest steward today.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Buki the Clown. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Skateboard Science, Come to the Family Skateboard Science Weekend where you can watch professional skateboarders demonstrate science in motion at the Exploratorium’s impromptu skatepark. Explore the history and physics behind skateboarding, then join the pros for open skate, beginner skate, and other skateboarding activities. Exploratorium.

~ SCIENCE Eggsploration, Eggs are often used to represent life; the potential of a single-cell ovum is remarkable. In the morning family workshop, we’ll get an “ovaview” of development, the history of egg decoration, and why the shell is so strong. We’ll use wax crayons and dyes to take egg decorating to the next level. Families with Children of 8 years and older, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Exploratorium, Preregistration Required.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 11am & 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ TOUR Hercules Engineering Tour, 3pm. Meet at the gangway on the Pier. Vessel admission (under 16 free). Tour includes climbing moderately steep ladders and entering cramped spaces. Explore the major engineering spaces and learn about steam engine technology and its effects on the working environment of the marine steam engineer. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

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MONDAY 4/11

~ MUSIC Music Together of Marin, Free demo, Parents Place in San Rafael, 10am – 10:45am.

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

~ PLAY Spring Calendar Kick-off, Free, up to 4 years,9:30am-11am, Parents Place, 1710 Scott St, San Francisco.

~ STORYTIME Pajama Storytime, 7 – 7:30pm, Novato Library, Wear your coziest P.J.’s and bring a snuggly for sweet dream stories, songs and fingerplays. For children ages 4 to 8 years old, with a parent or caregiver. For more information, call the Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

TUESDAY 4/12

~ ANIMALS Fish Feeding Frenzy, Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and salt water tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and Steelhead trout. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, FREE.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers: Earth Puzzle, Oceans, Continents, Earth, oh my! We will explore how the continents and major oceans of the Earth fit together to form our beautiful home planet Earth. Unearth some of the most spectacular features on Earth. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

~ FREE ICE CREAM Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day!

~NATURE Annual Poppy Celebration, April is Poppy Month! We’ll see what’s blooming, sing a poppy song, learn about its native uses, and hear about the naturalists who discovered our state flower. Meet docent Barbara Corff at Inspiration Point Overlook on Arguello Avenue for a short, easy, one-hour walk. Reservations required; call (415) 561-4323.

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

~ STORY TIME Puppet Play Story Time, “The Pancake Mill” We welcome you to experience firsthand the wonder of this unforgettable story time! And please stay and play in our magical playground. 3:30pm at Marin Waldorf School, 655 Idylberry Road, San Rafael.

~ STORY TIME Novato Library presents Storytime at Whole Foods, Join Novato Library children’s librarian, Carla for a special storytime at Novato Whole Foods Market. For ages 3 to 6. Healthy snacks will be provided at the conclusion of storytime to all participants. Whole Foods, Novato.

WEDNESDAY 4/13

~ CRAFT After School Special, Join us for a craft that celebrates Irish Heritage Month and Women’s History month as we create St. Brigid’s crosses. 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, San Anselmo Library.

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children, Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ EVENT Afternoon Specials! Programs just for school-aged kids, 6 years and up. Stories, weird facts, and songs for growing minds. 2-3pm, San Rafael Library.

~ STORYTIME Share A Book, Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, The SHARE a Book program allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ STORYTIME Story Time and Cookies & Milk, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Free. Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

THURSDAY 4/14

~ NATURE Animals of Hyde Street Pier, 3pm, Meet at the end of Hyde Street Pier. Free. Come experience a whole different world you might not realize exists at Hyde Street Pier. Times vary due to tides. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

FRIDAY 4/15, Income Taxes Due

~ EASTER Easter Bunny at Jelly Belly!, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, Visit with the Easter Bunny at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center this Easter season! 10:00am to 4:00pm.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young: Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org.

~ EVENT Shabbat Together for families Infant-3 yr, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Road, Tiburon, 9:00 — 9:40 AM, Shmooze time 9:45 — 10:15 AM. Celebrate Shabbat with your child and other families! This program includes singing with guitar, story time, parachute play, movement, musical instruments, and Shabbat table blessings. Meet new friends, invite your baby play group, and enjoy a fun time with your little one. This program in free and open to all. Sara Kupor, 415-388-1818, Ext. 112, skupor@kolshofar.org.

~ READ Read to a Dog – MHS SHARE A Book Program, Mill Valley

~ SLEEPOVER The Family Live-Aboard Experience, USS Hornet, designed for family groups of all ages. The program is available to any family. All participants must be at least five (5) years of age. The cost of the Family Overnight Program is $100 per person regardless of age. Reservations: (510) 521-8448 x280.

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SATURDAY 4/16

~ ANIMALS Fish Feeding Frenzy, Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and salt water tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and Steelhead trout. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, FREE.

~ ANIMALS Pier Crabbing, 10-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required; please phone (415) 556-1693.

~ ART Family Day Recycled Paper Making: Seeds of Hope, April’s Family Day activity is inspired by Earth Day. In 2004, Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She fought deforestation, soil erosion and provided firewood and jobs for women by planting over 10 million trees in Kenya. Please join us in the Education Center to make recycled paper and embed seeds in it. The paper can be used, and then planted to give life to new plants. 12-4pm, The Museum of the African Diaspora, Free with MoAD Admission.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10am-12pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. What’s on the Table? (Painted Things That Stay Still).

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Saints: Who’s Who?

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Sweet and Savory Eggs, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Castanets are a centuries-old, percussion instrument whose earliest recorded history dates to over 1000 B.C.E. Make and decorate your own castanets. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT The Knack Earth Day Event Make-It Take-It with purchase of tote. Show some love to Mother Earth. Decorate you own trendy canvas tote. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CRAFT Shadow Theatre Activity, 2-4pm, Paxton Gate, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco.

~ DANCE Bharatanatyam Dance Performance, 4 – 5:30pm Bolinas Library, 16 Wharf Road, Experience the beauty of this classical Indian dance form, performed by the Kalanjali Dance School of Berkeley, featured in Cutting for Stone. Seasoned and young dancers alike will perform and explain its rich history. For further information call the library at (415) 868-1171.

~ EARTH DAY Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 11-3pm, Stinson Beach.

Photo by Tom Zamaria

~ EARTH DAY John Muir Birthday Earth Day, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Celebrate Earth Day at the home of our most famous environmentalist – John Muir. Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment. The Celebration will be held at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, location of the 1882 Victorian home of the country’s earliest and perhaps most influential advocate for nature. Live music, children’s activities and over 50 environmental displays make this an event you won’t want to miss. John Muir Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez. Contact Heidi Perryman, jma@johnmuirassociation.org, (925) 228-8860.

~ EASTER Egg-stravaganza!, 11am-4pm Oakland Adoption Center, This event will include an educational egg hunt for little animal lovers and small animal adoptions. East Bay SPCA.

~ EASTER Spring Fling and Egg Hunt Tasting Fair, 12:30-3:30 FREE Come join us and take a picture with our special guest, The Easter Bunny! Samples, Egg Hunt from 12:45- 1:15 p.m., Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Music, Egg Dying Demonstration and Crafts table for the children. Whole Foods Mill Valley, Miller Avenue.

~ EASTER SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA!, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Bunny Breakfast, 8:30-10am, $4/$6 – Egg Hunt, 10am & 10:15am – FREE! Mill Valley Community Center, Jump House, Train Rides, Music and MORE! Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don’t forget your camera). There will also be music and a bounce house for the little ones to hop, hop, hop. The breakfast will include french toast, sausages, orange juice and coffee/hot chocolate. Get your tickets early! An adult must accompany children. After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our annual Egg Hunt. Tickets available NOW at the Community Center, Adults: $6, Children: $4 (2yrs & under FREE) Egg Hunt.

~ EVENT Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. Featured Book of the Month: Anansi and the Magic Stick. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Petaluma Butter & Egg Days, Parade & Celebration, Historic Downtown Petaluma, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, The Parade Starts at 12:00 Noon. Activities before, during and after the parade include four blocks of exhibit space for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors offering a wide variety of festival foods, sponsor booths, community and non-profit booths and a large area to entertain youngsters with inflatables, rides, and hands-on activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in one of the North Bay’s largest events.

~ EVENT Spring Fling, 10am – 4pm, celebrate the season with live music, local organic cuisine, and farm and craft activities for everyone! The event emphasizes local farms and food as part of this engaging hands-on event, complete with sheep shearing, goat milking, feeding and holding chickens, face painting, and tasting of delicious local, organic foods. Children and families will enjoy interactive events including bread & cheese-making, spring crafts, nature hikes, carding and spinning wool from our sheep, visits with the new baby goats and lambs and more. Parents will especially enjoy live bluegrass and acoustic jams as well as the breathtaking coastal views at Slide Ranch’s Muir Beach location. Fee: $25 per person in advance ($30 at the gate). $80 per nuclear family of 4 or more ($95 at the gate). Kids 2 and under Free. Slide Ranch.

~ EVENT Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. 9am-4pm.

~ EVENT Wood Faire, 2 – 4pm, Exploratorium, Wood is a natural resource that shapes our daily lives. On Saturday, April 16, join the Exploratorium for its first ever Wood Faire. From wood cells to forests, paper to furniture, you’ll explore this material in its many forms. Explore wood under microscope, watch woodworkers of all stripes demonstrate their art and try your hand at crafting of your own, including paper making.

~ EVENT Children’s Fair, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Join us for the fun of the Children’s Fair at Northgate! This year’s theme is “Early Years are Learning Years” celebrating the Week of the Young Child in the Oak Plaza. FREE fun for families, Over 20 FREE activity booths for children, FREE live entertainment including Musician Tim Cain (will start at 11:00), Magician Heather Rogers, & The Revolver Band. For more information, please contact Kathleen Wilson at 415.491.5783.

~ FESTIVAL Cherry Blossom Festival, All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

~ FESTIVAL Berkeley Bay Festival, Berkeley, Marina, Shoreline Cleanup (9–11am) Festival (11am–5pm.) Spend a day by the Bay listening to music, taking free sailboat and Dragon boat rides, eating tasty food, and exploring the Berkeley Marina. Visit booths sponsored by fun and educational organizations from throughout the Bay Area to learn about exciting things you and your family can do locally. Pick up a Passport to the Bay and get it stamped as you move from activity to activity in each booth. The day starts with a shoreline clean-up and continues with education, entertainment, and fun for all ages.

~ HISTORY USS Hornet, Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet! Alameda.

~ MUSIC Musical Techniques of Bali with Wayne Vitale, noon-4:00 pm, North Court, Hear complex melodies and rhythms of Bali, which reveal the techniques that helped make this island’s music famous. Composer and gamelan expert Vitale and an assistant demonstrate the fun of synchronizing parts like puzzle pieces to form a seamless whole. Asian Art Museum.

~ MUSIC Music of the Sea for Kids, 3pm. Aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Vessel admission (under 16 free). History comes alive for kids in this special program, where the songs are geared for younger ears and chosen especially for fun. Ages 7 and up.

~ MUSIC Culann’s Hounds, 11:00am – 11:30am, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes Museum admission) Combining vocal harmonies with melodies on fiddle, guitar, and accordion, Culann’s Hounds produce an eclectic blend of modern and traditional Irish music. Join them for a high energy show with plenty of opportunity for singing, dancing a jig and perhaps some howling with the Hounds.

~ MUSIC Abbey & the Pipsqueaks, $5 adults, $4 children – 10:30am, Fun, danceable songs fit for the whole family. La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

~ NATURE Freshwater Fishing, Park rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at McInnis Park Pond. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided first-come, first-serve. Meet at the McInnis Skate Park; we’ll hike to the pond (3450 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael). Fishing license required for participants 16 and over. 10AM to 12PM.

~ NATURE Ring Mountain Family Walk, 10:00am, Come and explore Ring Mountain with your family. We’ll look for birds, insects, spiders, plants and more. We’ll also visit the site of an ancient kitchen used by Native Americans several hundred years ago. Meet at the Ring Mountain gate off Paradise Drive.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ THEATRE (FOR YOU MOM) 3 Blonde Moms, See How They Run! Comedy for the Whole Family, 8:00pm, $25 General Admission, $28 General Admission, Day of Show. Buy tickets or call 415.383.9600

~ TREASURE HUNT Family “Quest” Adventure, 10 am to Noon; meet outside the Exhibition Pavilion, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov, Staff will orient your family to the colorful Presidio Habitats Quest adventure booklet. Then, enjoy a self-guided exploration to experience the wildlife habitats along the route of the artwork. With team spirit and keen senses your family will solve riddles and make surprising observations. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12. Booklet will be distributed at the event and is also available at the Exhibition Pavilion.

~ VOLUNTEER Restoration Workday, 9am – 12pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. We may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524.

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SUNDAY 4/17, Palm Sunday

~ ART FRAME by Frame, Galleries and Koret Visitor Education Center, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Freeze frame. Stop time. Frame the art that’s in your mind. Come explore the museum frame by frame. Museum and program admission are always free for children 12 and under. General admission is required for adult companions. Family programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ ART Decks of Questions: Drawing on the current Museum exhibition Are We There Yet?, make multi-media decks of cards filled with your own life questions that can be used as conversation springboards – perhaps even at your Passover table. 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ EARTH DAY Open House at the Marine Mammal Center, 10am-5pm, Docent-led tours at 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM, Classroom programs at 12PM and 2PM, A “passport” scavenger hunt for kids throughout the day, Sausalito.

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day Celebration, Join the Headlands Institute and other park partner organizations to celebrate Earth Day. Learn more about the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and discover new ways you and your family can be environmental stewards. Event is free, 11:30am-4pm, RSVP on website.

~ EARTH DAY CuriOdyssey Earth Day Celebration, spotlight on urban farming, backyard beekeeping, composting, and how to save energy in the home. Take part in our annual tree planting and beach clean up; they’re always family favorites! Tinker with artbots, make solar snacks, and investigate invertebrates with the help of our science educators.  Bring your old halogen floor lamp and swap it for an energy saving one. An array of tasty, sustainable foods will be available for purchase. Bring the entire family to celebrate science, nature, and our amazing Earth. 11am-5pm,

~ EVENT Spring Fling Tasting Fair, 1-4pm free, April is the time for sweet treats, chocolates, leg of lamb and other great spring time foods. We will also have fun activities for kids like an egg hunt and craft making. So bring your kids by and stop in for fun! Whole Foods Mill Valley, Blithedale.

~ FARM Sheep Shearing Day, Ardenwood Historic Farm

~ FESTIVAL Cherry Blossom Festival & Parade, All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown! Parade begins San Francisco City Hall and ends at Post & Fillmore.

~ MUSIC Musical Techniques of Bali with Wayne Vitale, noon-4:00 pm, North Court, Hear complex melodies and rhythms of Bali, which reveal the techniques that helped make this island’s music famous. Composer and gamelan expert Vitale and an assistant demonstrate the fun of synchronizing parts like puzzle pieces to form a seamless whole. Asian Art Museum.

~ NATURE Let’s Move Outside, six-week beginner’s hiking program and introduction to the park consists of guided hikes for adults and families with school-aged children (ages 7 and up recommended). Participants will learn about the cultural, natural, and historical treasures of the Marin Headlands. Park volunteers and staff will provide information on park stewardship and history, hiking safety and etiquette, the benefits of “moving outside” for children and adults, and more. This course is designed for beginning hikers. Hikes will begin at the easy level and move up to moderate. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ NATURE Muir Woods after Hours, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Muir Woods After Hours Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. This special walk begins one hour before sunset and will conclude with the dark of night! We’ll listen for owls, look for bats and use our senses to guide us through the trails. This is an easy, 2 mile walk on paved trail. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required, phone 388-2596. Entrance fee applies.

~ NATURE Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor, 11 am -1 pm, Take a captivating walk with lepidopterist Liam O’Brien as we seek a glimpse of the stunning iridescent green, locally endangered Green Hairstreak butterfly. Walking through some of its last island breeding areas, we will discuss its life-cycle, plant associations, and efforts in the neighborhood to increase its habitat and to create a connected habitat corridor. We will have Liam’s expert eye on the lookout for other butterflies and their host and nectar plants as well, and learn how to plant for the Green Hairstreak and other local butterflies in your own neighborhood. Meet at the dead end of Rivera, below Hawk Hill. If you are driving, park near Rivera and 14th.

~ NATURE Twin Peaks Watershed and Botany Walk, Taking a new look at Noe Valley as a watershed, we will explore the natural topography of the land, observing how water has shaped the urban landscape above and below ground. We will trek to find the remnants of Precita Creek, and continue along stairways and walking paths to the summit of Twin Peaks, stopping at viewpoints along the way as we climb to 922′ elevation. As we walk through urbanized spaces, we’ll also discuss sidewalk and habitat gardening, botany, history, geology, birds & insects, and ecologically sensitive ways to improve San Francisco’s ecosystem.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 11am & 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ THEATRE Season Finale! Award-winning Zappo the Magician. The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon Tickets: $8 Per Person (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW.

~ WORKSHOP Free Estate Planning Educational Event, 3:00pm, Mill Valley Community Center, Presented by: Thea Beatie Eliot, Attorney at Law and Local Mom, Every Parent Needs an Estate Plan. We strongly recommend both parents attend. Free Childcare For Event! Seating is Limited. Register Today at 415-451-0123.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

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MONDAY 4/18, Full Moon

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

TUESDAY 4/19, Passover

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ EARTH DAY Tyke Explorers: Happy Earth Day to You! Sometimes you forget to say, “thank you.” Sometimes you forget to say, “I love you.” We will talk about why it is important to keep the Earth beautiful and clean to show Earth just how much we care to celebrate Earth Day! Chabot Space & Science Center Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child. 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

WEDNESDAY 4/20

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children, Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ CRAFT Wacky Wednesdays with Ms Carla, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Make and Take” craft or play games, enjoy fingerplays, listen to stories or sing songs. No registration required. Just drop in and join the fun! For families with children ages 4 and up. South Novato Branch at 6 Hamilton Landing.

~ MUSIC Tim Cain in Concert at Fairfax Library, 7-8pm, Join local recording artist Tim Cain for a free concert with songs and fun for children of all ages! Wear your pajamas!

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am – 2pm, The forests, grasslands, and marshes of this Novato preserve are home to a great variety of reptiles, insects, birds, and other animals. Bring your favorite junior naturalists and prepare to be amazed at what their sharp eyes can find.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ THEATRE Berkeley Rep Workshop for Kids,  The Composer is Dead. But who is guilty? A Berkeley Rep School of Theater teaching artist will help kids 8-11 bring
Lemony Snicket’s humorous book to life in this theatrical skills workshop. Space is limited, so please call 415-924-6382 to sign up. 3:30 – 4:30pm, Corte Madera Library.

THURSDAY 4/21 Lyrids Meteor Shower

~ WORKSHOP Free Estate Planning Educational Event, 6:00pm, Mill Valley Community Center, Presented by: Thea Beatie Eliot, Attorney at Law and Local Mom, Every Parent Needs an Estate Plan. We strongly recommend both parents attend. Free Childcare For Event! Seating is Limited. Register Today at 415-451-0123.

~ ZOO BikeAbout, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Per peddler – $18 for SFZS Members; $23 Non-Members. Children piggy-backing on their parents’ bikes free. Pre-registration required. San Francisco Zoo.

FRIDAY 4/22, Earth Day & Good Friday

~ AUTHOR Maya Soetoro-Ng presents her new book Ladder to the Moon, 6pm Tiburon Town Hall, sister of President Obama and is a writer and educator with a PhD in international comparative education. Inspired by her young daughter Suhaila’s questions about her grandmother Ann Dunham, the mother of Maya and of our forty-fourth president, Barack Obama. In Ladder to the Moon, Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. The author will be selling copies of her book.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week, Discover what classes, rehearsals, performances and more are planned for the annual 10-day celebration. Events populate through registration from presenters.

~ EARTH DAY @ the Mill Valley Library, Hold a giant African millipede in your hand and meet a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. Insect Discovery Lab teachers will tell you why rainforest insects should be respected and protected, 3:30 pm. Age 5 and up, no sign-up required. Parents/caregivers welcome! Call 415-389-4292 x106 for more information.

~ EARTH DAY Whole Foods Market Novato’s 1st Anniversary AND Earth Day 2011 Celebration, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. FREE Join us as we celebrate Whole Foods Market Novato’s 1st Anniversary AND Earth Day 2011! With a cake-cutting, fantastic sampling throughout the store, musical treats from our local schools and great activities for kids.

~ EARTH DAY Angel Island Celebrates “Earth Day”.

~ EASTER Flashlight Egg Hunt, 7:50pm. This event is for kids ages 8 yrs and Up. Memorial Park, San Anselmo. Free. For additional information, please call 258-4640.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young, Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org

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SATURDAY 4/23

~ CRAFT Sand Painting, Enjoy creating pictures and scenes with colored sand. Healthy Earth Snacks and Drinks provided. Paxton Gates, 2pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Enjoy a visit from the animal exhibit’s fascinating wood roaches, then construct a wood roach with wings that flap. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT Spring Planter, build a spring planter, Kids Workshops are a FREE family activity, designed for children 5-12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., The Home Depot.

~ CRAFT The Knack Easter Card Event FREE Make-It Take-It Share the joy of Easter with stamps. Learn to make your own creative Easter stamps with foam. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ CREATE Create with Nature Series, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov, 10 am to 2 pm, From fairy-sized houses to palm teepees, kids and grown-ups alike will create imaginative art and structures using natural materials in an outdoor Presidio setting. The ingredients for the day include wood, leaves, stone, pine cones, bark, branches, water, and imagination. Bring a picnic lunch or snack.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ EARTH DAY Mill Valley Beautification Day, 9am-2:30pm

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day, 9am – 1pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Celebrate Earth Day by bringing your family and friends for a morning of naturalist led explorations, bird watching, restoration and clean-up. Activities are appropriate for all ages, including young children. Please bring a re-useable water bottle, wear appropriate clothing and close-toe shoes. FREE EVENT. RSVP: 388-2524.

~ EARTH DAY Wetlands Restoration, 10am-pm, Help the Marin Audubon Society effectively protect the natural habitat at the Bahia in Novato for native species. Contact Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574.

~ EARTH DAY EARTHDAY 2011 WORKDAY & CELEBRATION, Join us for Earth Day in West Marin, with a variety of work parties and a celebration of our beautiful earth and community. After working, enjoy a community party with food and music at Toby’s Feed Barn. Pre-registration is required, 9:30 A.M. – work party / Dinner & Dancing 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. MALT Office, 145 A Street, Point Reyes Station (We’ll carpool to work sites) FREE!

~ EARTH DAY Earth Stroll – An Earth Day Celebration, 10 am to 3 pm, Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach Drive. Meet live animals, play parachute games, build sandcastles, and test your riding skills in a bike rodeo. The event is free and open to all ages. Donate $5 and receive a special Crissy Field 10th Anniversary Commemorative Passport. (415) 561-7765.

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day SF, Civic Center Plaza, 10am-6pm, eco fun for the whole family.

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day Marin, 9am – 12pm, We’ll pick-up litter and restore native habitat at various service sites including Agate Beach, Bothin Marsh Preserve, McInnis Park, and Pickleweed Park. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 499-3778 or greza@co.marin.ca.us for information, event updates, and clean-up locations.

~ EARTH DAY Spruce Up Marin! Join your community in sprucing up our public parks, pathways, and playgrounds! Join community members at this fun outdoor project and really make a difference locally by helping to clean up and enhance our community parks so that they continue to glimmer for everyone’s enjoyment! 9am-12pm, Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574.

~ EARTH DAY Ghirardelli Goes Green, free event while you enjoy food & live music. Meet the “bag monster” and learn how to be green.

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day/Open Garden Day, 9am–1pm, MLK Jr. Center/YAP, Berkeley,  Free,  All Ages. Come join us as we plant seeds, spread mulch, build garden beds and compost organic materials in our garden. We will host a program honoring this day of service and celebrating the planet through music, poetry, art and spoken word. There will be food, fun and games for everyone! Call 981-6670 for more info.

~ EASTER Spring Faire, Come hop into spring with SRD’s annual Spring Faire. Get your photo taken with the bunny, play carnival games, make a basket, bounce in the jump house and gear up for the candy hunt. Fee: $8per child (adults are free), Strawberry Rec Center.

~ EASTER San Anselmo Children’s Egg Hunt, 11:00am followed by a small fair. Memorial Park. Free. For additional information, please call 258-4640.

~ EASTER Fairfax Easter Egg Hunt, 10am, Bolinas Park, for children 8 years and under. Music by James Kay. For additional information, please call 456-5652.

~ EASTER 2011 Spring Eggstravaganza, 11AM – 3PM, Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park, egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts, entertainment, food for sale! $5 per person.

~ EASTER Breakfast with Bunny & Egg Hunt, 10am, Marinwood Park & Community Center.

~ EASTER Breakfast with Bunny, 9am-11am, $10 per adult, $6 per child. Corte Madera Recreation Center.

~ EASTER Breakfast with Bunny,  The Cheesecake Factor, 9:00-10:00am. Guests are asked to donate $5 per person to benefit Special Olympics Marin. Due to limited seating, all guests are asked to RSVP by calling The Village Concierge at (415) 924-8921.

~ EASTER Easter Bunny Brunch, Belvedere Community Center, 10 am-noon for $15 per person (3 and under free). To purchase tickets, call the recreation office at (415) 435-4355.

~ EASTER Easter Egg Coloring — Marin-Style! 9:00am – 2:00pm Come and dye your Easter egg Marin-style. The Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market offers a complimentary egg dying activity, using pastured eggs and natural vegetable dyes. It’s a great fun and feel-good activity for the whole family.

~ EASTER Spring Easter Egg Hunt, 10am-12pm, Sausalito.

~ EVENT Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ HISTORY Marinship Walking Tour, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Walk back in time with Carol Schoenfeld on a 1.5 hour guided tour of Sausalito’s Historic Marinship. This was a major WWII shipyard which had a significant role in winning the war and influencing social changes in Marin County. Come and learn about the history, the extraordinary Marinship workers, and the spirit of this era. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, FREE.

~ MUSEUM Kids Get in FREE All Day, Celebrate spring with FREE admission for kids all day plus hands–on crafts and activities. The Schultz Museum.

~ MUSIC Bonnie Lockhart, Amiguitos de La Peña, $5 adults, $4 children – 10:30am, presenting original songs in a spirited, interactive concert for children and families. Bonnie is an Oakland, California-based singer, songwriter and educator.

~ NATURE Wildflowers of the Coast Range, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Meet at the Muir Beach picnic tables, Wildflowers of the Coast Range Marvel at the awesome colors of springtime in the coastal chaparral along the Dias Ridge Trail above Muir Beach. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Muir Beach picnic tables. Reservations required, phone 415-561-3044 or e-mail volunteer@parksconservancy.org.

~ PERFORMANCE Día de los Niños Celebration featuring Mariela Herrera Join us for a celebration of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Day of the Children/Day of Books) with Chilean storyteller and singer, Mariela Herrera. Enjoy stories, singing, playing musical instruments and having fun in this traditional celebration of children, books, languages and cultures. Novato Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 11:30am The Tap Dancing Easter Bunnies dance their way into your holiday weekend celebrations. 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Mother Goose will entertain both adults and children with her music and bunny tales. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ READ Share a Book with Fido, 2-3pm – The Share-A-Book sessions allow children to read up to 10-minutes to dogs as a new and fun way to enjoy books, while providing additional support towards improving their literacy skills. Registration encouraged. Call 415-897-1143 to register. Novato Library.

~ STORY TIME Story time in your National Parks: Flower Fables, 2-3:30pm, Enjoy an afternoon at Thompson’s Hollow as you listen to native plant stories. Bring comfy shoes and layered clothing, and your love of nature and storytelling. Meet Ranger Fatima Colindres at Building 223 Halleck Street in the Presidio. Free, Pre-registration is required; (415) 561-2805.

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SUNDAY 4/24, Easter

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day Tree Sculpt, Celebrate Earth Day by using modeling clay and sculpting tools to create your very own “Tree of Life.” 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ EARTH DAY Earth Day in the Twin Peaks Bioregion & Eco-Corridor!

~ EASTER Miwok Stables Open House and Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 am-1 pm (egg hunt at noon). A visit from the Easter Bunny is expected! Everyone is welcome. It’s a free event, but donations are accepted (raises money for horseback riding for kids). Tennessee Valley. (415) 383-8048.

~ EASTER Spring Celebration & Easter Parade, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Parade begins at 2:00 PM, Union Street ~ Gough to Fillmore, San Francisco. Enjoy a variety of children’s and family activities are the focus of the event and include; large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians.

~ EASTER Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs, 1-2:30 p.m., This hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. $20, $15 members. Price includes one adult and one child and 6 eggs per child, $10 each additional child or adult per family. Contact 510-643-2755 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.

~ EASTER The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Celebration in Dolores Park, if you have never met The Sister’s you are missing a San Francisco treasure. Enjoy this family event including a special children’s Easter with an egg hunt, face painting, bunny bowling, live music, an easter bonnet contest, and much more. Admission is free, but we ask that you donate something to help us cover the cost of the permits.

~ MUSIC Halau’o Keikiali’i, 2pm-4pm, Traditional Dances and Music of Hawai’i, Union Square Park, San Francisco.

~ NATURE Forever Spring, 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM, Bring your family on this slow and moderate walk through the redwood forest on the Fern Creek Trail to Camp Alice Eastwood and back. Discover wild mushroom gardens, banana slug trails, the Native American uses of plants, ghost redwoods, and more. Learn about the families who came here by gravity train more than 100 years ago. Appropriate for ages 6 and above. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a light snack. Entrance fee apply. Muir Woods National Monument.

~ NATURE Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor.

~ PANCAKES! Sunday Pancake Breakfast , Monthly pancake breakfast begins on Easter Sunday,. 9am to 1pm, $10.00 adults/$5.00 kids. The West Point Inn.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Mother Goose will entertain both adults and children with her music and bunny tales. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids, 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

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MONDAY 4/25

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ DANCE RoCo Dance and Fitness, 7-8:30pm, 56 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, 456 1590, This Class will teach partnering contact improvisation skills that will then lead us into working on low flying trapezes. This work will bring your dance and partnering skills off the ground. All levels welcome!

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum, 10am-12pm

~ NATURE Spring Bird Migration at Mt Davidson.

~ PERFORMANCE PIER 39 Enjoy free live entertainment in the Entrance Plazalocated behind the San Francisco Carousel. Shows are held throughout the day.

TUESDAY 4/26

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ DRESS Kodomo no Hi Kimono Dressing, space is limited. This is a rare opportunity to dress your child in traditional Japanese Kimono in celebration of Kodomo no Hi.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers: The Circle of Water, Solid? Liquid? Gas? Discover the continuous journey and movement of water on and above the surface of the Earth. We will work on our understanding of the three phases of water and the relation to the water cycle. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM Chabot Space & Science Center.

WEDNESDAY 4/27

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children, Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ EVENT Celebrate El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) at the Mill Valley Public Library. Enjoy bilingual songs and stories with Mariela Herrera at 3:00 pm. Ages 1 – 6 years, no sign-up required. Parents/caregivers welcome! Call 415-389-4292 x106 for more information.

~ ICE CREAM 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins® to honor America’s firefighters.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ STORY TIME Twilight Tales, A monthly storytime for the whole family. Come relax and enjoy traditional story favorites, bedtime tales, songs and folktales from around the world. Pajamas and Teddy Bears optional! 6:30-7pm, San Anselmo Public Library.

~ WORKSHOP Detox Your Shopping List, 10 Harmful Products You Should Never Buy, 8:35-9:45am, Edna Maguire Multi-Purpose Room in Mill Valley. Light breakfast, raffle and treats from Whole Foods. Join environmental health experts Debbie Friedman (Chair of Mothers of Marin Against the Spray) and Stacy Weinberg Diève (President of Sustainable Fairfax) for a compelling talk on how to protect your children from damaging ingredients in everyday products and easy changes you can make that will impact on your family, your community and the environment.

THURSDAY 4/28, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ DRESS Kodomo no Hi Kimono Dressing, space is limited. This is a rare opportunity to dress your child in traditional Japanese Kimono in celebration of Kodomo no Hi.

~EVENT Mill Valley Expecting and New Parents Party, free event to celebrate the launch of local author, Josie Brown’s latest novel, The Baby Planner 6-8pm, Mill Valley Baby & Kids Company, 12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 389-1312. RSVP to BabyPlannerMV@gmail.com.

Ulrica Wihlborg~ WORKSHOP Photography Workshop, Free 1-hour workshops by world renown photographer, Ulrica Wihlborg.  Spots still open in the 2-3pm session! The Poppy Store, Marin County Mart. Larkspur. Please RSVP to marinoffice@poppystores.com.

FRIDAY 4/29

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young, The Americas: Major Contributions in Spirituality, Astronomy, Science, and Prophecy. Join us for hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of the night of dancing. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org.

~ EVENT Shabbat Together for families Infant-3 yr, Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Road, Tiburon, 9:00 — 9:40 AM, Shmooze time 9:45 — 10:15 AM. Celebrate Shabbat with your child and other families! This program includes singing with guitar, story time, parachute play, movement, musical instruments, and Shabbat table blessings. Meet new friends, invite your baby play group, and enjoy a fun time with your little one. This program in free and open to all. Sara Kupor, 415-388-1818, Ext. 112, skupor@kolshofar.org.

~ FESTIVAL Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

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SATURDAY 4/30

~ ANIMALS Salmon Release, enjoy live music, science activities, BBQ and anyone who wants to release a salmon will receive a bucket and salmon smolt to set free in the bay. FREE, Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10am-12pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Spring Fever.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm-3:30pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Delicate Dishes and Decorations.

~ AUTHOR Mary Lamia – Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings, 4:00 pm, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Can you feel sad and happy at the same time? Does anger really make you hot? Why is stuff so embarrassing? This book is chock-full of cool psychology and real-life stories from kids.

~ BALLET The Little Mermaid, 8:00 PM, War Memorial Opera House, heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and unrequited love comes to life against dazzling scenic, costume and lighting designs.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Knife Skills for Kids, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFTS Crafts for Kids 3pm. Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. Free. Want to learn a little about life at sea and try your hand at making a maritime craft? Come on down to the pier and join us!

~ CRAFT The Knack Mother’s Day Event Make-It Take-It with purchase of T-shirt or apron. Make this Mother’s Day unique. Decorate a fun and creative T-shirt or apron for mom. Ages 3 and up. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ DANCE Bay Area National Dance Week

~ DRESS Kodomo no Hi Kimono Dressing, space is limited. This is a rare opportunity to dress your child in traditional Japanese Kimono in celebration of Kodomo no Hi.

~ EVENT Bug Day, 10 AM – 2 PM, The bugs will be back and better than ever at Randall. Enjoy creepy-crawly crafts, live entertainment, real creatures (and their scientists), and more! Randall Museum.

~ EVENT Little Explorers Club, Sharks, Pottery Barn Kids is bringing the science museum experience to our store with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more.  Kids ages 3 and up will learn all about ocean creatures and receive a badge for every event they attend.

~ EVENT Opening Day at the Treasure Island Sailing Center with FREE sailboat rides, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Enjoy music, games, food, and activities for the whole family. BBQ lunch will be available for $3 per person and $10 for a family of 4.

~ EVENT New Games Spring Happening, 2–4pm, Live Oak, Berkeley, Free, Ages 5-11. Join us for a fun-filled play day featuring traditional and non-traditional games like obstacle courses, relay races, water games, parachute games, and more! Win prizes! Light refreshments served.

~ EVENT Earth, Wind, and Flowers, Learn how unusual geologic and weather conditions have produced a unique ecosystem at the Presidio on a moderate one-mile walk. Reservations required; call (415) 561-4323.

~ EVENT Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party, Noon and 3pm, Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and Mad Hatter for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk’s elegant Victorian setting. This event sells out; please make your reservations early! $27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children. Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos! Reservations required by calling 485-3333.

~ EVENT Friday, San Rafael BirthDAY EarthDAY Celebration, San Rafael’s 14th year Birthday Party and Earth Day Celebration. There will be FREE raffles all month long and a large BirthDAY EarthDAY Event from 1-4pm. San Rafael Whole Foods.

~ FESTIVAL Norway Day Festival, take a trip to Norway without leaving the Bay Area. Fort Mason, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

~ FESTIVAL ZooFest 2011: Wonders of the West.

~ FUNDRAISER Playdate An Evening at the Palace, 6 p.m., Our speakeasy opens at 6, password CREATIVITY will give you access to a roaring good time! Sip cocktails and nibble on hors d’oeuvres as you browse and bid on swanky packages to the swell tunes of our jazz trio. The evening will progress with a delicious dinner prepared by the award-winning Palace Hotel chefs and a thrilling live auction. Foxtrot the night away with the 13- piece Fil Lorenz Orchestra playing big band and contemporary favorites. Cocktail attire inspired by the 20s. For more information, (415) 339-3958, emooney@badm.org.

~ FUNDRAISER Tour of Novato and Fun Fair, fundraiser benefiting the Novato Unified School District.

~ FUNDRAISER March for Babies, 8am-9am, March for Babies is back again! Come join thousands of walkers who come together for the same cause, to participate in a fun-filled day of walking to raise money to support lifesaving research and programs to make sure every baby has a chance for a healthy start in life.

~ NATURE Butterfly Extravaganza, Kick off the yearlong celebration of our Species of the Year: the endangered mission blue butterfly (Icaricia icariodes missionensis)! To learn more, call (415) 331-1540.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 11am & 2pm & 4pm – Puppet Show: Anansi the Spider. 12:00pm & 3:00pm – The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm – Animal of the Day! Oakland.

~ STORYTIME Cat in the Hat and Friends, 11-11:45am,  Join us for an exceptional reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat with dramatic storyteller Tracey Tate. As Dr. Seuss says, “You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes, You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” We hope you’ll choose to join us! Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd.

~ THEATRE The Adventures of the Man in the Moon, 1:00pm, This man in the moon looks down upon all humans and especially enjoys those that are partying. “Oh, I wish I could participate in their adventures.” Surprisingly, he gets to earth and his adventures take off and he causes a sensation. Dance and music make this a 5 star show! Adults $10, Children $7. Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

~ TREASURE HUNT Family “Quest” Adventure, 10 am to Noon; meet outside the Exhibition Pavilion, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov, Staff will orient your family to the colorful Presidio Habitats Quest adventure booklet. Then, enjoy a self-guided exploration to experience the wildlife habitats along the route of the artwork. With team spirit and keen senses your family will solve riddles and make surprising observations. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12. Booklet will be distributed at the event and is also available at the Exhibition Pavilion.

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