Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 18, 19 & 20

July 18, 2014
Hamilton Community Pool Novato
Cool off at a Marin community pool this weekend!

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 18

  • 2014 Child Safety Fair
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    A two-day safety event with multiple demonstrations from community experts that include: choke saving skills, toxin free homes, earthquake safety, helmet, auto, and water safety. Free admission. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Theater By Kids 4 Kids: Peter Pan Jr.
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday 10:30 am, 1 and 3:30 pm & Saturday 11:30 am, 2 and 4 pm

    Come support the MTC Summer Campers as they perform Disney's Peter Pan Jr. on the main stage! Perfect for ages 5 and up - Bring the whole family. This is a free event. Seating is general admission and available day of or in advance by calling (415) 388.5208. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate Captain Hook!  Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppeets
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Join master puppeteer Joe Leon and his friends: the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and the shy artist mouse Amadeus, who sketches a lucky audience member at every show! Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Miss Kitty
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday: Bay Area musical treasure Miss Kitty sings and plays the tunes her pint-sized audience requests. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Jimi James, sponsored by Sausalito Art Festival. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: The 85's. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy Pachamama Band, an eclectic mix of highly talented musicians from Bolivia, Cuba, and Brazil along with some surprise guests. This is an exciting blend of sultry South American music.! Free. Dine, picnic, kick back and relax to the great music or get up and dance. Arrive early for best parking. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    , Sunday, 4 pm
    Preview performances encourage audience feedback; tickets are discounted. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 19

  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncan Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Rush Creek Bird Walk
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family programs full of discovery. Come search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican to the Red-tailed Hawk and Allen’s or Ana’s Hummingbirds. Please, no animals (except service animals). For more info, call (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • 34th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Join the National Park Service and Point Reyes National Seashore Association for the annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok cultural exhibit located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. Free parking available at the Bear Valley Visitor's Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Sausalito Play Date
    Sausalito Public Library
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Children 3 and younger and their grownups. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.

Infant & Child CPR Classes for Marin Parents

July 17, 2014

infant CPR trainingLearning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important part of any first-aid training, and knowing how to properly administer this technique can save a life! Parents and caregivers in Marin County can learn how to administer CPR to infants and children through many different resources. Here are a few places to learn pediatric CPR in Marin. Most of these classes also cover other first-aid skills like automated external defibrillator (AED) basics and the Heimlich maneuver. If you know of a class that's not on the list below, please let us know and we'll add it!

The Novato Fire District provides CPR classes on the third Tuesday of each month. Classes cost $15, and cover adult, child, and infant CPR, AED familiarization, and the Heimlich maneuver. Certificate is valid for two years. For more information, visit their website or call (415) 878-2690.

Splash, Slide, and Swim at the Hamilton Community Pool in Novato

July 16, 2014

Hamilton Community Pool Novato It's summer vacation and the weather's warm, and almost everyone loves going to the pool for a day of splashing and swimming in the sun. One of my family's favorite Marin public pools is the one in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood.

My kids love Hamilton Community Pool especially for the shallow kids' pool with its play structure, water slide, and water sprayers. It's a blast for kids of all ages. There's also a larger more traditional pool for more serious swimming and water play.

The remodeled and renovated Hamilton Community Pool opened in 2010 after a long construction process. We used to go to the old pool, which was left over from the old air force base and dated from the 1930s. The new pool and the surrounding facilities are a real improvement on the somewhat dilapidated old ones. The whole area is clean, modern, well kept up, and definitely worth a visit.

Summer Fun at the San Francisco Zoo

July 15, 2014

Wolverine at the SF ZooIf you're looking for fun this summer, be sure to check out the offerings from the San Francisco Zoo. The Zoo is presenting fun events every weekend in July, as well as bonus activities throughout the summer. Here's what's taking place for the remainder of the month at the Zoo. Unless otherwise noted, events are free after museum admission.

Wolverine Weekend
July 19 & 20
, 10:30 am–4 pm
Come make the acquaintance of the newest Zoo residents: a seven-year-old male and a 13-year old female wolverine! Learn about the conservation challenges this amazing species faces in the wild, and meet the comic book character Wolverine in person!

A Family That Eats Together: Sesame Noodles

July 14, 2014

Sesame NoodlesMarin Mommies presents a guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Organic Ice Cream in Marin!

July 14, 2014

Noci GelatoWith summer here, it’s tim e to think about ice cream! And to make yourself feel a little bit better about eating this rich treat, why not indulge in some locally made organic ice cream? There's nothing quite like freshly made ice cream with local organic ingredients, and we have three favorite spots in Marin where you can satisfy your organic ice cream urge this summer (or at any time of year).

Fairfax Scoop at 63 Broadway in downtown Fairfax offers a rotating selection of innovative organic ice cream flavors like vanilla honey lavender, toasted hazelnut, Mexican chocolate, and controlled burn (cinnamon with crystallized ginger and red chile!), as well old favorites like strawberry and chocolate.

Explore the Mill Valley-Sausalito Bike Path

July 13, 2014

Mill Valley–Sausalito Multi-use PathMarin strives to be a bicycle-friendly place to live, so it's never to early to get your kids up on two wheels, even if it's with training wheels (which would actually make it four wheels). One of our go-to places to ride is the Mill Valley–Sausalito Multi-use Path, a 3.5-mile trail that's popular with cyclists and walkers in southern Marin.

The trail starts at Vasco Court near Edna McGuire Elementary School and travels through Mill Valley south past Camino Alto and Tamalpais High School, through Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, over bridges that cross creeks and sloughs, along Richardson Bay, and eventually to Gate 5 Road on the Sausalito waterfront. The trail is wide and flat and suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Along the way, you can look for birds and other wildlife in the marsh and in Richardson Bay, and take in amazing views of Mt. Tamalpais.

Panchito's Serves Up Family Friendly Mexican Fare in Terra Linda

July 12, 2014

Panchito's Terra LindaVisiting Terra Linda in northern San Rafael is a bit like stepping back in time, with plenty of mid-century Eichler ranch houses and a small shopping center that's home to some classic Marin restaurants that haven't changed for as long as I can remember. One of these that my family and I keep going back to is Panchito's, a family-run Mexican restaurant that's been serving up classic combo platters and more for over three decades.

I started going here for lunch with co-workers back when I worked in the area, and I've been coming back ever since. Panchito's opened in Terra Linda in 1979. It was taken over by current owners Leo and Jeff in 1999, who've been running it ever since. I've never been there when both of them are not there overseeing the dining rooms and making sure everything runs smoothly. They seem to know many of the customers on a first-name basis, too.

The food at Panchito's is classic Mexican-American fare, with all the usual suspects like enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fajitas, tamales, and chile rellenos. We love their extensive kids' menu (starting at $4.95), which features a variety of offerings to appeal to picky eaters and adventurous kids alike. Kids's meals all come with a small milk, juice, or soda.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 11, 12 & 13

July 10, 2014

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, July 11

  • Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day
    Angel Island State Park

    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Calling all children to come to Angel Island State Park and claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! Enjoy 10 free activities for kids in Ayala Cove, as we fish, plant and play our way through the day. If you have a bike or fishing pole bring it along! Explore the Maritime Museum’s ship the Alma and vessels from the Traditional Small Craft Association. Connect with the past as we commemorate 150 years of California State Parks! Most appropriate for kids 5–14 years old. For information call (415) 789-1384 or visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Nobody takes being silly as seriously as the Pi Clowns. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver amazing and original clown vignettes. No tickets needed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Puppet Art Theater: Shadow Paws
    Larkspur Library
    Friday, 3:30 pm

    Larkspur Library presents Shadow Paws, a shadow puppet show inspired by tales from around the world. Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of the Shadow Puppet Workshop. Space is limited, and reservations are required. RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org, or (415) 927-5005. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Chelle! And Friends
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5-7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day Museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday: Chelle! And Friends deliver a musically rich gumbo of New Orleans jazz, R & B and gospel, fused with Caribbean rhythms. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Marinwood’s most popular event is back! Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music with the French Cassettes, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. Cost: Entry is free; food, wine & beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: The Zydeco Flames, sponsored by Friends of the Sausalito Dog Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: The Starduster Orchestra. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: As You Like It  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    , Sunday, 4 pm
    This weekend's performances are "Pay As You Like It" previews: donations of any amount are accepted at the door. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Despicable Me 2 (PG)
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at Peacock Gap in San Rafael. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 12

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate teddy bear magic during this two-day event. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live music by the Raytones, create take-home crafts, get their photos taken with the Berenstain Bears, and more. All activities are free with paid zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Music by Tim Cain
    Stinson Beach Library
    Saturday 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    Bring the kids to a morning of music and dance. When it comes to delighting children and their parents with music and dance, children’s musician Tim Cain has no equal! Free. Location: 3521 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach. For more info, call (415) 868-0252 or visit their website.
  • Shrek: The Musical
    Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    It’s the story of everyone’s favorite ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that friendship and love aren’t only found in fairy tales.Cost: adults: $34–$40, children 6–12 $25–$30, children 3–5 $17–$23. For more info, visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Beatles Tribute
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The San Anselmo Arts Commission hosts their annual Beatles Night. Musical direction by Joe Bagale and the Fantastic Fabulous. Doors open at 4 pm. The event includes a live music sing-along. Tickets are available at Creek Park the day of the event. Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.
Syndicate content