Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 29, 30 & May 1

April 30, 2016
Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide
Take a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide 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, April 29

  • Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come to the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse Sale where you can experience direct selling to the public—there will be no middle man and the savings will be passed directly on to you!  This is one of the hidden shopping gems in Marin County and has been in existence for over 20 years! Vendors are continually signing up to participate so visit their website at www.belmarinkeysale.com for the most up-to-date information (such as who is open which days) as well as a downloadable map!
  • SF Opera Guild Sing A Story Presents Cinderella
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce a classic opera story, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, and props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4–10. No registration required. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Batter Up
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm

    Take me out to the ball game! Kids (ages 5–10) will have a fun evening with a baseball card scavenger hunt and a game of marshmallow baseball. Mix up some homemade root beer and make (peanut free) cracker jacks. We will watch the classic movie Sandlot. Pizza will be provided. Cost: $22 per child (members ) and $32 per child ( Guests ). Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Corte Madera Town Band 20th Birthday Concert
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7:30–10 pm

    Celebrate CMTB's 20th birthday at this year's 20th Annual Spring Concert. CMTB is pulling out all the stops for this wonderful celebration. Expect delightful beverages, delicious treats, and extraordinary raffle prizes at this year's concert. Free. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 30

  • Fishing in the City
    Scottsdale Pond, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Novato's annual Fishing in the City program is co-sponsored by the City of Novato, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Novato Sunrise Rotary. Bait, tackle and rods are provided for this fun-filled family outing. Anyone 16+ must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, but drop-ins are welcome if there's space. Clinics last 30 minutes, and run from 8 to 10:30 am. Free. Location: Redwood and Rowland Boulevards, Novato. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm. Address: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. Visit their website here.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale (cash only please). All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinovators Student STEAM Exhibition
    College of Marin, Kentfield
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate with the curious open-minded youth of Marin who design, make, create, and code. See how the future is being imagined, programmed, invented, manufactured, and 3D printed by Marin County students. You can see robots in action, state-of-the-art technology, flying quadracopters, and hands-on demonstrations. Free. Location: College of Marin Academic Center. Get free tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
    Various farms in Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate Spring and see what's flowering! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Most locations are free. Register here for a complete list of participating farms.
  • American Girl Pizza Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Enjoy your time with your child at another awesome class with American Girl—a pizza party! We’ll make our own dough and then you can top your pizza just as you please. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. Cost: $40 per child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Amazing Science
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am
    Enjoy an exciting STEAM demonstration followed by hands-on displays and projects for elementary school-age children. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Play games, listen to live music, eat and drink, win prizes, and have the best Saturday ever at this free community event! Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Japanese Carp Kites
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! This weekend: During World War II, Japanese-American soldiers worked as interpreters. Celebrate Japanese culture and Children’s Day by making traditional carp kites! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in Marin!

April 29, 2016

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day! These bookstores will be celebrating with special events throughout the day. While the bookselling world has definitely felt the impact of online book sales, Marin County's independent bookstores are still going strong, providing the community with a wonderful literary resource. Many of these local independent bookstores offer more than just a cozy place to shop for your favorite books; many of them have full calendars of events ranging from booksignings to story time. Some even have fantastic cafes where you can relax with an cappuccino and your new favorite novel.

Here's our guide to independent bookstores in Marin County, all of which offer books for the whole family. We've included used bookstores, too, and many of these independent stores sell used books as well. Make sure you check out the new Copperfields Books in Downtown Novato.

Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

(415) 927-0960
www.bookpassage.com

Awesome Spots For a Mother's Day Picnic

April 28, 2016

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Pack a picnic and celebrate Mom's day outdoors at one of the many great picnic spots in and around Marin and Sonoma County. Here are some of our favorite places to bring our lunch (or brunch) and dine al fresco. If you want some more ideas for fantastic Mother's Day activities and outings, read our article here.

  • Bear Valley in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to the park's visitor center as well as a large picnic area complete with tables, restrooms, charcoal grills,  and drinking water. Have a leisurely lunch outdoors, and then take a hike—there are a number of different hikes and walks you can do here that are suitable for everyone in the family, including the Earthquake Trail, the Bear Valley Trail, and the trail leading to the Morgan horse ranch. Read more about Bear Valley in our article here.

Marinovators Showcases STEAM this Saturday at College of Marin

April 28, 2016

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators this Saturday, April 30, 2016 at College of Marin Academic Center  in Kentfield from 10 am to 3 pm. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.

Don't Miss the Fifth Annual Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale!

April 27, 2016

Pleasant Valley Rummage SaleIf you go to one rummage sale this year, this is the one you do not want to miss! The fifth annual Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale in Novato takes place this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9 am–3 pm. This is the fifth major rummage sale for the school, and the PV's families have dug through closets, kids' rooms, and garages and contributed their treasures to this fundraiser. Rummage sale volunteers have weeded through the donations so only quality items will be available for sale—but at rummage sale prices, of course.

Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. You never know what other amazing treasures will be donated.

Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm.

Mother's Day Adventures in Marin and Beyond

April 26, 2016

Point Reyes WildflowersA leisurely Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many, and you can find plenty of family friendly options in Marin here. If your family is the more adventurous type, however, why not check out some of these fun alternatives in Marin and the North Bay. From wineries to museums to hikes to BBQ's, there's plenty of fun to be had by all! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Mother’s Day Make and Take

Sunday, May 1, 12–2 pm
Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to Stafford Lake Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to build a beautiful flower press. Dress for outdoor weather. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. We will provide supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Please reserve your spot in advance, as this event is limited to 30 participants. Park entrance is waived for participants. Learn more on their website.

Touch a Truck at Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael this Saturday

April 26, 2016

Touch a Truck 2016 Oak View Nursery School San RafaelThis Saturday, April 30, 2016, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fourth annual Touch a Truck event! At Touch a Truck, kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes.

Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Touch a Truck takes place from 9:30 am to noon (rain or shine). Admission is $5 per person (cash only, please), and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale, too. All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

April 25, 2016

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are a dozen of our favorite family friendly spots for a Mother's Day brunch in Marin.

All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as Mother's Day brunches fill up pretty quickly.

Click on highlighted links for more info.

  • Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera features an all-day Mother's Day buffet featuring both brunch and dinner dishes from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Brunch items include eggs benedict, brioche French toast, duck confit hash, and special selections at the hot table. $39.95 for adults and $17.50 for kids 12 and under. Reservations recommended: (415) 924-3366. Brick & Bottle is located at 55 Tamal Vista Boulevard, in the Marketplace shopping center.

Treasures Await at the Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale, April 28-30

April 25, 2016

Bel Marin Keys Spring Sale Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale, which takes place April 28–30.

Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for some shopping deals? Starting Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, many of the businesses in the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse district (just off 101 in South Novato), will be opening for you. This sale has a wide array of items for your delight; including brightly colored kitchen gadgets (Kuhn Rikon), nutrient rich seaweed spa products (SeaBenefit), stunning and unique jewelry pieces (Alexis Jewelry), funky boots and sunscreen products (Mike Childs USA), gorgeous Italian décor (Via Graceffo) and fine wine (Starry Night Winery) to name just a few. There is something for everyone!

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