Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 7, 8 & 9

April 7, 2017

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 throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Friday, April 7

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Spring Science Days 2017
    The Lawerence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come and learn something new about the Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Visit the deepest parts of the ocean during special screenings of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D; learn how water has helped create the San Francisco Bay Area in our outdoor exhibit, Forces That Shape the Bay; and take on a giant, water-cycle themed maze in our featured exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey. Museum admission applies. Location: One Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: Discovering Flowers and Plants Tour
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
    Friday, 11 am–noon
    Develop your powers of observation as you explore plant communities from around the world. Why are there so many kinds of plants? How do their differences help them survive in their diverse environments? Discover the purpose of a flower – what the flower attracts, how, and why. Free with Garden Admission; Space is limited. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Meg Fleming
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Meg Fleming will be here to read you a bedtime story from Ready, Set, Build!. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.
  • Kids Night Out: Back to the Future
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Rolling Hills is going “Back to the Future”. Join us as we create skateboard crafts, make milkshakes, and play some back to the future inspired games! A pizza dinner will be served. We will watch Back to the Future. This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Men are From Mars — Women are From Venus Live!
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm and Saturday, 4 & 8 pm
    Perfect for a date night or girls night out, the Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Tickets: $60. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Stars, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 8

  • Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 8–10:30 am

    Join your friends at Corte Madera Parks and Recreation for a pancake breakfast (8 a m) and an egg hunt. Breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, potatoes, juice, milk, and coffee. The first egg hunt begins at 9 am, the second at 9:30 am, and the last at 10 am. Breakfast begins at 10:30 am. Egg hunts are not separate by age. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Spring City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come by and see what awesome items you might find. Admission is free. Over 80 different booths! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    MV Community Center, Front Lawn
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am
    Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents.  Not only is this a creative way to start an active lifestyle at a young age, you get to spend qualiity time with your family in the healthiest way possible! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Geared towards young learners (pre-k–2nd grade), each Family Fun Day event will celebrate a different theme, combining natural science, art, and sustainability. While activities and learning levels support young adventurers, kids of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but participation in events is free. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: American Girl Easter Cupcake Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    We're throwing a cupcake party and you're invited!  Join us as we bake delicious cupcakes and then learn how to decorate them too! You won't want to miss it! Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes Cupcake Set). Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Adventure Sails
    Bay Model Pier Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Egg Hunt at Hanna Andersson
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    We’re celebrating Easter early with an in store egg hunt on Saturday, April 8! For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
    Westside Park, Bodega Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Welcome to the home of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. Since 1973, this event has celebrated our local fisherman and it’s when salmon season is kicked off with a blessing of the fleet. The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages: kids zone, craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. Tickets: adults $12, kids ages 11 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woolly Egg Ranch Spring Farm Tour
    Mill Valley
    Saturday,  10:30 am

    Tour Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley's only working ranch, on their annual Spring Farm Tour and see baby animals, spring flowers, and more. Cost: $5 for kids (little ones free) and $7 for adults. Meet at the Tam Valley Community Center and we'll walk over as a group. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fly Guy, the Musical
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: Adults $25; children $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mom & Baby Pilates
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 11 am–12:15 pm

    Join us for this special time to bond with your baby and get a work out in at the same time! A classical mat pilates workout tailored to enhance core strength, awareness, and flexibility, while allowing you to challenge yourself at an appropriate level and intensity --gently engage those muscles, or find the edge! Feeding, changing, and holding baby during class is appropriate and welcomed. Recommended by women at least 4 weeks postnatal but not limited to postnatal women. Not recommended for prenatal women. Register here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tomatopalooza & Meet the Easter Bunny
    Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Meet the Easter Bunny as he hops by the Tomato Market handing out goodies. Pose for candid pictures with friends, family or pets. This will be taking place with the Tamotopalooza (at 9 am to noon). Green thumbs and wanna-be gardeners get a jump on planting summer veggie gardens at the annual Bon Air Tomato Market. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sheep Shearing Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    The annual Sheep Shearing Day will be held at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Adobe Road, Petaluma. This event demonstrates sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Fun for the whole family! Cost: $3 adults 17 and older, $2 children 6 to 16, free for 5 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Cowpoke Carnival
    McKinley School Auditorium, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family for some good old-fashioned carival fun. Activities include: games, cake walk, music, food, crafts, silent auction, raffle and much, much more. Cost: $5 kids (ages 2-8) and handlers are free. Location: 810 Madison Street, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Bay Festival
    Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the family to this free Bay Festival. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. Paddle a Dragon Boat for all ages with parents, and Cal Sailing Club for 6 years and up with adult supervision. Sailing can be wet, so bring waterproof clothes and get a first hand experience on the Bay.  Location: 160 University Ave. Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
    Post Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5:30 pm
    The 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. More than 200,000 people will attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community as well. This event is free and open to the public! For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, 12–2 pm

    Bring the kids to decorate some Easter cookies. Drop in any time between 12–2 pm. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Register online for Sat. or Sun. here. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., Novato. For more info, call (415) 895-5003.
  • 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    Bring your furry friend and join us for our 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Family Dog Rescue! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don't forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Dogs and children(under 12) enter for free! Location: Old Speedway Meadow, 371 Chain of Lakes Drive E, Golden Gate Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays: Soak up the Rainbow
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Museum admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Live
    City Hall, Novato
    Saturday, 6–8 pm

    Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, Pedal Steel. Located: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Family Easter Events in Tahoe

April 7, 2017

Easter Bunny in Tahoe

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Tahoe Luxury Properties.

With spring skiing in full effect, Easter is one of Tahoe's best holidays. The ski resorts, the towns, and the restaurants all host holiday events with something for everyone. 

Saturday, April 15

Get Creative This Easter with Watercolor Eggs

April 6, 2017

Watercolor Easter EggsEvery Easter, we always end up buying one of those egg-dying kits at the supermarket (tradition dies hard in our house), but that doesn't stop us from trying out different ways of coloring our Easter eggs, like making and using natural egg dyes. Recently, a friend mentioned that her family likes to paint their Easter eggs with watercolors, so we thought we'd give it a try.

Classic Coconut Mini Cupcakes for Easter

April 6, 2017

Coconut cupcakesOld fashioned coconut cake is an Easter favorite. We decided to give this classic treat a kid-sized spin and made a fun mini cupcake version.

These light and sweet little cakes with a marshmallow-like frosting are great for parties, playdates, and get-togethers, and of course as dessert on Easter! Sure, you can use fresh toasted coconut on the outside, but we love the old-school white flaked sweetened coconut from the grocery store's baking aisle.

This recipe makes about three dozen mini cupcakes. You can use it to make regular-size cupcakes, too, but of course you'll need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Fantastic Family Camping in Marin

April 4, 2017

Family Camping in Marin

Kids love to go camping, and to many people there's nothing quite like sleeping in a tent, toasting marshmallows over a campfire, and spending some time in the great outdoors. Fortunately, here in Marin County we have quite a few fantastic campgrounds right in our backyard. Here are five of our favorites that are perfect for family camping.

Many of these campgrounds are booked up for summer weekends months in advance, but you can often find reservations during the week, and cancellations are common, too. Most of the California state parks, like China Camp and Samuel P. Taylor require reservations through the ReserveAmerica website. Some of these camp sites are first-come, first served, so if you're lucky you can score a great spot to pitch your tent and enjoy the outdoors.

10 Fun Family Outings for Spring Break

April 4, 2017

Train Town SonomaVisit the Wine Country with the kids this Spring Break for family fun destinations like Sonoma TrainTown.

What are you doing on your time off from school next week? Here are a few of our picks for fun things to do with the family around Marin County, the Bay Area, and Northern California during Spring Break. Enjoy!

Train Rides and Railroad Adventures for Kids in the Bay Area and Northern California

April 3, 2017

It's hard to resist the romantic notion of riding the rails in a car pulled by an old-fashioned steam locomotive. It's something that captivates most kids—and many adults, too. Fortunately for railroad-obsessed kids and their parents, we have plenty of opportunities to take a real train ride in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, even if it is on a working scale-model! Many of these train rides are a short distance away, and some are great excuses for a day trip or weekend getaway. All of them are a lot of fun! Whether it's a miniature scale railroad or the full-size real deal, the sights and sounds of a train ride are unforgettable.

Keep in mind that many of these railroads keep to seasonal schedules, and rides are often weather permitting. Some offer train rides on weekends only. Make sure you check their websites or give them a call before you plan your visit.

Explore Windrush Farm for Family Fun

April 3, 2017

Windrush Farm

This weekend we had the chance to take a tour of Windrush Farm outside Petaluma. This working farm, sited on 25 rolling acres of green fields, is home to a both variety of animals, including sheep, goats, alpacas, and chickens, and some fantastic family programs, like music classes, summer camps, and more. It's a beautiful place, especially on a sparkling clear and warm spring day. It's an amazing educational resource that feels like it's a world away but is only a 20-minute drive from Novato.

We met up with Arann Harris, who organizes the educational programs on the farm, which his mother, writer Mimi Luebbermann, founded over 20 years ago. Arann, a musician and former naturalist at Walker Creek Ranch, showed us around the farm and introduced us to the farm's animals, including some adorable lambs and baby goats.

Passover Events and Celebrations for Families in Marin

April 3, 2017

Kesher Passover Kit

This year, Passover begins on the evening of Monday, April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18. For many, Passover is the most important of all Jewish holidays, and it's easy to see why: it's a family holiday that's celebrated with a festive meal that recounts the story of Exodus from slavery in Egypt—a foundational story of the Jewish people. Passover is also a spring holiday that celebrates the rebirth of the earth.

Deborah Burg-Schnirman, the Kesher Marin concierge, put together this fantastic list of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area Passover resources and events for families. Kesher is offering free Passover kits for families, filled with Passover goodies from the Marin Jewish community. These reusable fabric bags will bring extra joy to your family's holiday celebration, and include a LEGO frog kit, seder plate, matzah, grape juice, crafts kits, Kesher's Passover @Home guide ,and more. Sign up to get yours here. Supplies are limited and priority goes to families who haven't received a bag in the past.

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