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Best Things to Do With Kids in March

March brings lots of fun for kids with its brighter days, beautiful blossoms, and warmer weather. Plus, there are plenty of special moments to celebrate: Purim, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Springtime, and Women’s History Month to name a few.

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Celebrate springtime among the flower fields | Photo: Filoli

Save the Date for these Exciting Community Events

Messy Art Day activities
Painting from a tire swing | Photo by Jackie Moss

Reserve Tickets to Shows & Performances

This month is filled with family-friendly shows: A Monstrous Circus, Wild Kratts Live, Pinocchio, and PAW Patrol to name a few. See our full list of upcoming shows and performances for families >

You might also want to reserve a spot in a spring break camp and book ahead for a Parents Night Out so you can get a date night.

Easter Happenings and Hoppenings

The month of March is packed with community activities to celebrate Easter — most of them before the big day itself: egg hunts, Easter crafts, dressing children in pastel colors, bunny photos, and dyeing eggs.

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Toddler Easter egg hunting | Photo: River Fox Train

See the Colors Blooming

It is a wonderful time to tiptoe through the tulips with your little ones. Tulips should be popping up at Oakland’s Temple Hill’s free gardens or Mountain View Cemetery; daffodils or tulips will be waking up at Piedmont Park; Woodside’s Filoli should have cherry blossoms, daffodils, and magnolias; San Francisco’s Botanical Garden should have blooming magnolias along with a great kids’ garden with a mud kitchen. Not into flowers? Visit the cacti at Ruth Bancroft, the redwood grove at UC Botanical Garden, or Hayward’s Japanese Garden to spot koi fish.

Find more tips in our Parents Guide to East Bay Gardens >>

Hayward Japanese Garden
This garden is a hidden gem in Hayward! | Photo: Maureen Burke

Plan Your Spring Break Daytrips

We like to pick one “funtivity” and build a day around it. Stick close to home with toddler-friendly short hikes. Or buy your tickets in advance for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Safari West Animal Park in Santa Rosa, Muir Woods, and Alcatraz. Leave it to the last minute to opt for a Mori Point hike in Pacifica, a jaunt to Angel Island, or a trip to Sacramento for the California State Railroad Museum.

Staycation can also mean a little driving getaway that doesn’t involve a flight. If you want to choose a family-friendly hotel for a few nights, we have some favorite scenic drivable hotel getaways you’ll love (less than 2 hours to paradise!).

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Hammerhead hunting…we watched for an entire hour! | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

Free & Cheap Picks for March

Need some planning inspiration? We’ve got you covered! We gathered up our favorite free and inexpensive activities in the East Bay to serve as a go-to, weekday itinerary when you’re in a pinch. Find more free & cheap events this month >

Plus, plan an outing to one of the world-class museums in the Bay Area; take advantage of free admission on certain days. Learn more about ways to get into more Bay Area museums for free >

  • Mar. 1: CuriOdyssey in San Mateo and Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco
  • Mar. 2: Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and First Sunday at OMCA (nearly free!)
  • Mar. 2-3: Bank of America Free Museum Days
  • Mar. 5: de Young Museum and Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco
  • Mar. 7: BAMPFA in Berkeley & SFMOMA in San Francisco
  • Mar. 9: Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco
  • Mar. 12: San Francisco Botanical Garden
Child eating snack at picnic table along waterfront
Play i Spy Ship Edition while having a snack at Bohol Circle Immigrant Park | Photo: Maureen Burke

Baseball Season is back

Baseball opening day is this month. Cal Golden Bears play at home in baseball and softball — and tickets are as low as $2 for some games. Oakland A’s play the SF Giants on 3/25 before they play in Oakland.



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