Where/When: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Why Go: The fair has tons of children’s entertainment, like carnival rides, a mini-tractor pull, pig races, a petting zoo and much more.
Pricing: Kids 12 and under free on Fridays; otherwise, between $4-$10 admission, parking extra
Where/When: Hercules Library, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Why Go: Celebrate the launch of local author Laura Lee’s new bilingual children’s book, and learn some Mandarin! There will be new products and a cake cutting.
Where/When: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo; Saturday 6 p.m.-Sunday 9 a.m.
Why Go: This special overnight event allows kids 7 and older to learn about the sea’s most misunderstood animals—sharks. Camp out overnight in the aquarium!
Pricing: $129 per person
Where/When: , 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Why Go: Visit Chabot for an all-day bike fest. The center will present all kinds of fascinating facts about bicycles, including how much bicycle power it takes to make a milkshake.
Pricing: $10.95-$14.95, when buying tickets online
Where/When: Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley; daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Why Go: Explore their world like never before in Dinosaurs Unearthed. Scientists, engineers, and artists designed these creatures to be as lifelike as possible. The gigantic animals open their jaws, blink their eyes, move their limbs … and more. You will walk among roaring, stomping, realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus and many more.
Pricing: $11 kids, adults $17 – discounts apply