Saturday, October 7 marks the second annual Bay Day, an official holiday that celebrates and connects Bay Area communities with the nature and beauty of San Francisco Bay. We’re so excited to partner with Save The Bay to spread the word on ways you and your family can get outside to celebrate!
This year, you can attend one of four exciting Save The Bay Anchor Events, including The Yard with famed SF Giant’s mascot, Lou Seal. They’ll have live music, food trucks, adult beverages, and face painting for the kids. Or, hop on a ferry over to Angel Island where REI specialists will host interactive classes on topics like nature photography, backcountry navigation, and kayaking (pre-registration is required).
If you’re ready to get your hands dirty join one of four Wetland Restoration Events taking place in Oakland and on the Peninsula, or find a fun Community Partner program, like the Harvest Festival at the Ferry Plaza or a waterfront bike ride.
If you can’t make it to any of these great events, head to My Bay Day to create your own Bay Day adventure! Save The Bay created this online guide to help you celebrate Bay Day, your way.
SEE the Bay: Get out there and see the beautiful Bay. Show your children the coastline and roaring waves. Visit here to discover five bay area hikes with spectacular Bay views!
HEAR the Bay: Take a moment and let your kids eavesdrop on nature- the birds, the breeze, and the mammals. Visit here to learn about San Francisco Bay Trail audio tours and to find suggested tours.
TOUCH the Bay: Get your hands dirty. Kids love dirt! Plant blooms in your backyard or volunteer to sow plants, pick up trash, or remove weeds on our shorelines. Visit here to learn more. Don’t forget you can take a dip in the water too! Let those little toes feel the chilly waters that surround us!
TASTE the Bay: This doesn’t need much explanation! We have wonderful restaurants featuring local seafood in the Bay Area! Celebrate by enjoying a family meal together or maybe by making dinner together. Visit here for a local Sea Bean recipe and for restaurant suggestions!
SMELL the Bay: Breathe the native scents with your kids. Make a scent station at home or go on a smelling scavenger hunt! “Whose SCAT is that?” Scat is the scientific word for “you know what,” and we all know kids love anything that has to do with poop! Visit here for a printable Poop Patrol guide!