Marin on Ice Returns to Northgate this Holiday Season!

November 5, 2017

Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice, Marin County's only holiday ice skating rink, returns to Northgate in San Rafael for a fourth season of open-air skating, opening Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and running through January 7, 2018. The rink will be open daily, including holidays. Opening times vary, but the rink is generally open from 2 to 9 pm during the week and 11 am to 10 pm on weekends, with extended weekday hours during Winter Break (December 25–January 5). Check Marin on Ice's calendar for exact hours.

Special events at Marin on Ice for 2017 include Disco Night on November 15, '90s Night on November 29, Ladies' Night on December 6, Black Light Night on December 13, and Couples Night on December 20.

Festive Holiday Teas for the Family in Marin and San Francisco

November 4, 2017

Holiday Tea Falkirk

Holiday teas are a fun seasonal treat for children and their parents, whether they're at a local library or a fancy hotel in the city. There are several in Marin this season. Holiday teas are popular and space is often limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible if you plan to go. Here are a few of our favorites in Marin, San Francisco, and the Wine Country.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 3, 4 & 5

November 3, 2017

The Union Square Ice Rink celebrates its 10th anniversary with free skating on Friday, November 3.

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, November 3

  • Union Square Ice Rink's 10th Birthday Party
    San Francisco
    Friday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    To commemorate ten years of outdoor skating at the quintessential San Francisco location, residents and visitors of San Francisco are invited to an all-day celebration featuring free ice skating, performances, and birthday treats! The celebration will include performances by some of San Francisco’s favorite arts organizations, a live installation by San Francisco's favorite mural artist, fnnch, and more surprises to be announced! Free skating slots subject to availability; first come first served. For more info, visit their Facebook Page.
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Admission: $12, $7 children 7 and under, skate rental $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Day Out: Madagascar
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm
    Join us for a Jungle of a Good Time! Play games inspired by the movie, turn your face into a wild animal, and make your own chocolate dipped banana penguin. We will watch the movie Madagascar. Pizza will be provided. Cost: $34 guest, $24 member. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movie Night: Smurfs: The Lost Village
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on the first Friday of the month for movie night. Free pizza and soda will be served. Students, parents, and friends welecome. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Night Fairy
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When tiny but feisty Flory loses her fairy wings in an attack by a bat, she has to muster all her courage and ingenuity to survive in a garden full of threatening creatures, including a voracious spider. Directed by Hannah Dworkin and Nina Meehan. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $24 seniors 65+, $20 children 2–14. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 4

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.

Horse-Drawn Tours of Novato's Holiday Lights with Indian Valley Carriage

November 3, 2017

Indian Valley CarriageWant to tour Novato's spectacular holiday lights the old fashioned way this winter? Book a trip via horse-drawn carriage or wagon from Gary Sello and Indian Valley Carriage. Novato residents have probably seen Gary and his team cruising the streets at Christmas time, especially near the famous Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive.

Montessori de Terra Linda: Educate the Mind,Nurture the Heart, Empower the Child

November 2, 2017

Montessori de Terra Linda

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Montessori de Terra Linda.

Are you looking for a school where your 2- to 12-year-old child can grow and thrive?

Welcome to Montessori de Terra Linda, an exceptional school for preschool through 6th grade .  We invite you to our upcoming Open House on Saturday, November 18 or January 20, or one of our school tours on select weekday mornings.

Family Holiday Performances at Marin Center

November 2, 2017

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker at Marin Center in San RafaelSee Stapleton Ballet's Nutcracker at Marin Center on December 2 and 3.

You can always count on finding a variety of wonderful holiday performances for the whole family at Marin Center in San Rafael, and the 2017 season is no exception. There’s definitely something for everyone, so bring the family to one of these Marin holiday classics. Many of these productions sell out early, so order your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Marin Center is located off Civic Center Drive at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael, adjacent to the Marin County Civic Center. It comprises two of Marin County's premier performance venues: the 1,960-seat Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, which hosts major concerts, performances, and events, and the smaller, more intimate 315-seat Showcase Theater.

Mount Tamalpais School Presents "That Sounds Hard: A Middle School Survival Guide for Parents"

November 2, 2017

Mt. Tamalpais School

Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley presents Bringing It Home, a Parent Education Speaker Series event with Andrew Davis, That Sounds Hard: A Middle School Survival Guide for Parents. Andrew's talk is open to the public. We invite you to join us on Monday, November 13 from 7–8:30 pm on our campus.

A Winter Circus for the Holidays at Cornerstone Sonoma

October 31, 2017

Cirque de Boheme Freedom 2017

This Thanksgiving and Christmas, Cirque de Bohème returns Cornerstone Sonoma for another magical holiday circus experience. An old-fashioned circus show based on French tradition from the 1920s, Cirque de Bohème's 2017 production, Freedom, features an amazing cast of characters including a unicycle tight rope, hand-to-hand acrobats, contortionist, hand chair balancing, aerial fabrics, hooper aerialist, mime, clown, and more.

This intimate circus gathering takes place under the charming tent in the gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma, and is limited to 140 guests per performance. Shows take place November 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 3 and 5 pm, except November 26 shows at 1 and 3 pm and December 2 shows at 11 am and 1 pm.

Visit a Museum for Free in November

October 31, 2017

Bay Area Discovery MuseumThe Bay Area Discovery Museum is free on the first Wednesday of the month, November 1.

Did you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing in our ultimate guide to San Francisco Bay Area museum free days below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

First Wednesday of the Month—November 1

Bank of America Museums on Us—November 4 & 5

Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include:

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