Marin Family Weekend Events for June 6, 7 & 8

June 7, 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, June 6

  • Children's Garden Series: The Red Panda Acrobats
    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. The Red Panda Acrobats take the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with awe-inspiring displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. For more info, visit their website.
  • McNears Beach Block Party
    McNears Beach County Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 4–7 pm

    Come to McNears Beach Park to launch the weekend off with a “welcome to summer” block party! There will be food available from Andy's Local Market, live music, swimming, paddleboards, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Free parking and pool admission! Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts Under The Oak: Pride & Joy
    Northgate, Oak Plaza
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Clear out your calendar, because starting in June Concerts Under the Oak are back! Performances will be the first and third Friday from June 6th- August 15th from 6pm-8pm. We look forward to collaborating with everyone on food, drinks and specials to offer our concert goers- and we hope to see you there! This Friday: Pride & Joy (R&B/Soul). A limited number of seats will be provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more info, visit their website.
  • KidsFest at the Zoo: Monkey Madness
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday, 6–8 pm
    KidsFest is the most popular family event at the San Francisco Zoo! Enjoy exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, dancing, face painting, magicians, arts and crafts, and food and drink. Plus, you get private access to the Zoo’s attractions, including the newly renovated Elinor Friend Playground, Dentzel Carousel, Fisher Family Children’s Zoo, and the Little Puffer steam train. KidsFest raises money to support the Zoo’s many community-building and education efforts. Tickets: $100 adults, $50 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Craig Caffall Band. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 7

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    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 the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale
    Marin Catholic High School
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm
    (closed from noon–1 pm)
    Marin's largest garage sale for babies and kids has clothes for pregnant moms, babies and children up to age six. Other items include toys, baby equipment, and furniture.This sale has the reputation for providing clean, high quality items at excellent prices. Designer clothes racks too. Closed noon to 1 pm. Admission $1. Closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch and then there's a half price sale from 1–2 pm. Marin Catholic High School is located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Trails Day Pancake Breakfast
    Tennessee Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Come to Tennessee Valley on Saturday for a family-friendly morning of fun on National Trails Day. There will be a hearty pancake breakfast in the Tennessee Valley picnic area followed by a ranger-led hike to the beach. $10 adults, $5 children; includes pancakes, sausage or vegan sausage, and coffee or orange juice. Location: 591 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 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 listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids at Deer Island
    Deer Island Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    This is a Healthy Parks Healthy People Event. Follow the 2.3-mile loop trail around this “island” and look for all of the wildlife and late blooming flowers that thrive here. There should be plenty of butterflies and other interesting insects to see as well as lizards, birds, and gorgeous trees to shade. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! High fire danger may cancel: Call (415) 893-9527 after 7 am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Naturalist David Herlocker will lead. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Symphony Performs Pirates of the Caribbean This Sunday

June 6, 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean at the Marin SymphonyThe Marin Symphony wraps up its "Fun. Seriously." 61st season with a screening of the Disney adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with live musical accompaniment by the orchestra! If you attended the Symphony's Pixar in Concert performance last June, you know how fun these movie/orchestral mashups can be.

The performance takes place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3 pm, with Maestro Alasdair Neale conducting, at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. The program runs for approximately 2 hours.

Single tickets cost $70, $50, or $30 for adults, and $56, $40, or $24 for youth under age 18. There's a $5 ticket fee for online or phone orders; no fee for tickets purchased at the door or in person at the box office. Order tickets online here or by calling the Marin Center Box Office at (415) 473-6800. The Marin Center Box Office is open Monday–Friday, 11 am–6 pm.

Find a Bargain at this Saturday's Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale

June 3, 2014

Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale June 8 Marin CatholicFind top quality children’s clothes, toys, and equipment at garage sale prices this Saturday, June 7, at the 10th annual Marin Parents of Multiples Club (MPOMC) Garage Sale! Known at the largest family garage sale in Marin county, the sale features a variety of high-quality used items including maternity apparel, baby and children’s clothes (from infant to approximately age 10), infant and toddler gear, toys, furniture, strollers, safety equipment, feeding and nursing items, books, videos, outdoor play toys and equipment, and much more!

Because of the sale's strict quality control guidelines (it's often called the "Neiman-Marcus of garage sales"), this is the perfect place to find high-quality clothes and gear at 50%–80% below retail. This incredible sale not only benefits MPOMC members, who have early access to the huge selection of merchandise, but has a substantial community outreach component and is a service to the community at large. After the sale is closed, local families in need and non-profit organizations are invited to "shop" the remaining items at the sale for free.

Preschool Profile: St. Francis Preschool in Novato

June 3, 2014

St. Francis PreschoolNestled among tall oak and pine trees, St. Francis Preschool has been serving families in the North Bay Area for over 45 years. A semi-structured play-based program offers children the opportunity to become curious learners who are socially competent, co-operative, motivated, capable, self-reliant and considerate. We strive to prepare children to be independent and self-reliant so they are ready for elementary school. Learn more about the school and its programs at

Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

At St. Francis, we provide a developmentally appropriate education with an excellent balance between structure, play, socialization and kindergarten readiness. Our semi-structured program includes periods of self-directed time where children learn and discover through their play, as well as teacher-directed activities. Our curriculum encourages problem solving, exploration, decision-making, creativity, self-expression, dramatic play, and group interaction.

Father's Day Fun and Events in Marin and Beyond

June 2, 2014

Hiking father and sonSunday, June 15 is Father's Day, so it's time to start planning something special for Dad! There are many fun and exciting events, outings, and activities available for families in Marin and the Bay Area, and here are our favorite picks for a memorable Father's Day outing. Please keep in mind that many of these events require advance reservations, and may change at the last minute, so make sure you contact the organizer before you go.

  • Sunday is the last performance of the Mountain Play's production of South Pacific. Pack a picnic and treat Dad to a theatrical experience in the great outdoors.
  • If musical theater's not Dad's thing, hike up to Mount Tam's West Point Inn for their Sunday pancake breakfast, 9 am–1 pm. It's $10 for adults and $5 for children, and includes pancakes, sausages, and coffee. Canteloupe and orange juice are available for $1 extra.
  • Have fun at the Father Son BBQ at the Corte Madera Community Center, Rooms: Main Hall. The fun takes place from 6:30–9 pm on Friday, June 13, and features games, activities, and a BBQ. The cost is $20 per person.

A Family That Eats Together: Healthy and Flavorful Chicken Caesar Salad

June 2, 2014

Chicken Caesar SaladMarin Mommies presents this week's 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.

This recipe is inspired by Jamie Oliver. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the result, which is a truly amazing healthy salad. You must we wondering about how the salad dressing could be low fat. By simply substituting all the normal creamy ingredients of Caesar with 0% fat Greek yogurt; the dressing becomes creamy and satisfying without all the fat.

Now, some families have those amazing kids who will eat anything, even salad–I bow down to you. But since my son won't eat salad, I make this into a wrap using a fresh flour tortilla and all of a sudden it is a perfect meal for him. It's also a perfect lunch for me at work the next day too!

Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 1 small head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

Wisdom for Fathers from "Dad's Playbook"

June 1, 2014

Dad's PlaybookSometimes even Dad needs some great parenting advice, and who better to offer that than some of the greatest sports coaches ever? That's the idea behind Bay Area parent educator and author Tom Limbert's book Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (Chronicle Books, 2012).

Dad's Playbook gathers together more than 100 inspiring quotes from the all-time great sports coaches. This makes a lot of sense, since dads do the same things that great coaches do: motivate, mentor, discipline, lead, inspire, teach, praise, and love. Tom's book contains bits of wisdom from coaches like John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many others, and applies them to all aspects of fatherhood. The book also contains a foreword by 49ers hall of fame quarterback (and dad, of course) Steve Young.

Easy-to-Make Peach Crumble is the Taste of Summer

June 1, 2014

Summer peach crumbleFew things signify that summer is finally here as much as the easy availability of fresh and juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Now that we're seeing delicious peaches at the farmers' market and in the produce section of the supermarket, why not make a fantastic dessert like peach crumble? This recipe is a summertime staple in our house, especially when my mom brings over a load of peaches fresh off the tree in her front yard.

Fruit crumbles don't look as pretty and require less work than pies, but are just as delicious. Borne out of the need for rationing flour and sugar during World War II, crumbles, in their basic form, involve a fruit filling covered with a crumbly flour, sugar, and butter topping. It's something that's easy enough for the kids to help make, too. They love to mix up the crumble topping and spread it on top of the fruit filling.

Fruit crumble variations abound, and this recipe can be adapted for all sorts of seasonal fruit, from apples in the fall to strawberries and rhubarb in the spring. I happen to think peach crumble is one of the best versions on this treat.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 30, 31 & June 1

May 31, 2014
The Mountain Play: South Pacific
The Mountain Play presents South Pacific this Sunday at 2 pm on Mount Tam.

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, May 30

  • 50th Anniversary Party for the Town of Tiburon
    Shoreline Park and Main Street, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Celebrate Tiburon's 50th Anniversary in conjunction with the first Friday Nights on Main event! A huge party is planned for Shoreline Park and Main Street on the evening of Friday, May 30. Paradise Drive will be closed to allow for food trucks, live music, activities for kids of all ages and a big fireworks display off-shore. Bands will include Overbite, Wonder Bread 5, and the Redwood High School Band. Please walk, carpool, or cycle to the event. The Marin Bicycle Coalition will provide a secure bike corral. Please leave your pets at home.For more information, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Fridays, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). Performing this Friday, Maria Muldaur and Her Bluesiana Band. Food available to purchase. For more information, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins (1964)
    Stafford Lake, Novato
    Friday, 8–11 pm

    Come enjoy a spring evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night, featuring a family movie, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance is free. For more info, call Ranger Kevin O’Donoghue at (415) 897-0618 or visit their website.

Saturday, May 31

  • 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 listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Mt. Burdell
    Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join Ranger Mike Warner for a moderate 3 mile hike through the preserve. We’ll learn about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. For more info, call (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm Sunday,
    10 am–6 pm
    The Marin Home & Garden Expo presents the newest trends and favorite traditions in the home and garden Industry. Bring the kids! Hands on building projects will take place in the kid's zone, and there will be live performances throughout the weekend. Marin community music groups will entertain on the Home Grown Marin Music Stage. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coleman Carnival & International Festival
    Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael
    Saturday from 11 am–4 pm

    Come and experience some old fashioned family fun with entertainment from around the world, giant bounce houses, games, a raffle and more. The International Festival honors the diversity of the world and is Coleman’s largest annual community fundraiser. Food such as snow cones, crepes, Swedish waffles, cotton candy, pulled pork, BBQ, pizza ,and taqueria specialties availablAdmission is free and tickets can be purchased for food and games.. Location: 800 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Library's Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
    Join us as to kick off the library's Summer Reading Program with a wild party! Balloons, face painting, and music with Tim Cain (1 pm) are just some of the events at this celebration! For all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • May Madness Car Parade & Rockin' Street Dance
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–6 pm

    May Madness is the longest running car show and parade in Northern California. Parade begins at 5 pm. For the first time, the 27th annual event will showcase all cool vehicles! Chevrolet will have a special focus as this year’s featured marque. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Corvette. Location: Fourth Street between Lincoln Avenue and C Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • SingersMarin: Youth Spring Concert
    Community Congregational Church, Tiburon
    Saturday, 2 pm

    SingersMarin will perform their annual spring concert, "Why We Sing." Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 kids and seniors; $40 families. Location: 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Theater KIDS Film Club Movie Event: The Wizard of Oz
    Super Fresh Food Art Gallery, Novato
    Saturday, 3-6 pm
    Join Toto on the Yellow Brick Road with a screening of the classic film, and learn how dogs become actors and models with four furry stars from the Reel Dogs Agency. Also enjoy trivia, crafts, and prizes. Admission: $5 members, $10 non-members, $15 for event admission and annual KIDS Film Club membership. Location: 906 Grant Avenue, Downtown Novato. For more information, visit their website.
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