When the winter clouds and heavy rains finally subside, it’s time for some gorgeous spring weather in the Bay Area.
Whether you live in San Francisco proper, Palo Alto, Oakland or some other fabulous Bay Area neighborhood, there’s so much to do and see in March, April and May. We rounded up an eclectic list of events, activities and outings your family should take advantage of in San Francisco this spring.
But before you hop on the BART, you might want to tackle a little spring cleaning and organizing to freshen up your Bay Area home. If you’re finally ready to turn your spare bedroom in a home office so you can launch that start-up you’ve been dreaming about, consider giving the folks at Closetbox a call.
They’ll arrive at your door to pick up your furniture and extra belongings, then transfer them to a secure storage facility. They’ll keep your items for as long as you’d like — just connect with them when you want some or all of your belongings back.
They make storage in the Bay Area feel effortless because, let’s face it, you’re way too busy with your Silicon Valley life to mess with renting a moving truck, lifting heavy boxes and finding a creepy self-storage unit.
Go to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival has been going on for more than 50 years, so you know it’s guaranteed to be a good time. This festival, which celebrates the alliance between Japan and the United States, runs April 14-22. There’s a huge parade, delicious food vendors, performances, martial arts demonstrations and live music. Better yet? The festival is totally free.
Visit the Macy’s Flower Show
If you haven’t been to the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Union Square, make sure to add it to the top of your list this year — it’s a pretty amazing sight to see. Approximately one million flowers will be on display March 25 to April 8 at the Macy’s in Union Square (as well as stores in New York City and Chicago). But only San Francisco gets to claim the very first Macy’s Flower Show, which launched in 1946 — more than 70 years ago! Admission is free.
Hike in Glen Canyon Park
Tucked away between a few residential neighborhoods, Glen Canyon Park is like an oasis in the middle of the crowded City by the Bay. It’s got 60 acres of grass, wildflowers, rock formations and creeks, which makes it perfect for a Sunday afternoon with the family. Pack a picnic lunch to eat after your leisurely hike in this green sanctuary.
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Breathe deep at the Conservatory of Flowers
Located on the edge of Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers is a stunning place to spend a spring afternoon in 2018. See and smell thousands of rare and unusual plants while learning something along the way — the conservatory’s mission is to educate people about threatened rainforest environments. Plus, the conservatory offers discounts for San Francisco residents, which is super helpful if you’re bringing several kids with you.
They haven’t won a World Series since 2014, but don’t count the San Francisco Giants out just yet. Even if you’re not a hardcore Major League Baseball fan, it’s hard to beat the view of the San Francisco Bay at AT&T Park. Get the kids a few hot dogs, grab a beer for yourself and enjoy the gorgeous spring San Francisco weather — the Giants’ regular season kicks off March 29.
Watch a movie at the symphony
If you’ve got kids who are old enough to watch “Batman,” this would be a seriously cool treat! On April 4-5, you can watch the full length movie while the San Francisco Symphony plays every note of music from the film — live. Note that this is a throwback version of the film (the 1989 Tim Burton production) starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
Explore Muir Woods for free
This spring, you can take your entire family to Muir Woods National Monument and other National Parks Service sites in the Bay Area for free, which is great news if your growing family is on a budget. All you have to do is visit on April 21, which is when all National Parks across the country are offering free admission in celebration of National Park Week. Be sure to reserve your parking space ahead of time, as Muir Woods tends to get super busy.
What are your favorite San Francisco activities for the spring months?