After a decade of all you, all the time, being a parent can feel like sitting on the sidelines. Better make sure the sport you’re watching is a good one.
Take your tots to Capoeira Brasil San Francisco to learn the groovy Afro-Brasilian martial art. Professor Aranha hosts dynamic weekly classes for kids as young as 3 (Capoeira Cubs) at several locations, including Haight, Sunset, and South San Francisco.
Wee players dance, flip, and sing their way to mastery of the basic acrobatics, kicks, and defensive moves needed for a satisfying spar in the roda.
As they grow with their jogo, they develop coordination, confidence, and mental discipline, not to mention fluency with the sport’s rich culture, language, and music.
Capoeira Brasil San Francisco (415-205-8422 or aranhacapoeira.com).
The Marine Mammal Center
What: Pinniped patients at Sausalito’s marine mammal hospital welcome visits from bipeds on spring break.
Why: You’ll open their eyes to the ocean.
When: Thru Apr. 17. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; docent tours, Mon.-Sat., 1 & 3 p.m.
Where: 2000 Bunker Rd., Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito (415-289-7325). Tickets online at eventbrite.com.
Crissy Field Earth Stroll
What: An annual ecoadventure that takes fams through Crissy Field and its new environmental education center.
Why: Explore a maze, try yoga, card wool, and meet live WildCare animals.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Meet at 1199 E. Beach Dr., at the Marina Gate Presidio entrance (415-561-7765).
Little Lane Community Open Studio
What: The recently opened art space welcomes drop-ins for printmaking, painting, and environmental art-making.
Why: They love to get their hands dirty.
When: Thru Apr. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 380 Ivy St., b/t Octavia & Gough Sts., ste. a (415-934-0900).
Photo: Courtesy of Capoeira Brasil San Francisco