Drop-in Activities

See What UC Berkeley Has to Offer at Cal Day 2017

April 18, 2017

Cal Day

Take your family to UC Berkeley on Saturday, April 22, from 9 am to 5 pm to see all that the university has to offer at their annual Cal Day open house. Explore over 400 lectures, demonstrations, and tours taking place across campus, and learn about everything from architecture to zoology.

Learn about Cal spirit and traditions; listen to live music by the Cal Band and other performers; tour museums like the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Museum of Paleontology; and learn about science, engineering, technology, and more with hands-on fun. Prospective Cal students will also have a chance to learn about admissions, programs and resources at the university, and can even tour residence halls. Kids can pick up a Science@Cal Passport at the Valley Life Sciences building and tale part in fun hands-on science activities around campus.

Bay Area Classes & Drop-in Play for 0–5 Year Olds

April 17, 2017

 Looking for a fun class or indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house to get creative or to burn off some extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and the Bay Area:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm and Friday–Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child (free under 12 mo.) and $10.00 per adult during weekdays and $12 per child and adult on weekends (free under 12 mo.) For more info, visit their website.

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.

North Bay

Sonoma TrainTown, Sonoma

This scale railroad in the town of Sonoma has been delighting families since 1958. In addition to the train, pulled by scale steam and diesel engines, there's a petting zoo, miniature Western town, kid-size carnival rides, snack bar, and gift shop. Read more about TrainTown. 20264 Broadway, Sonoma CA 95476, www.traintown.com

Have Your Next Party at Laser Tag of Santa Rosa

February 13, 2017

Laser Tag of Santa Rosa

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Laser Tag of Santa Rosa.

Laser Tag of Santa Rosa is the Bay Area’s only stand-alone laser tag fun center North of the Golden Gate Bridge. The sparkling clean family entertainment destination is located at 3011 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95407 (707) 755-3503 and offers a great time for people of all ages.

The state-of-the-art laser equipment is non-militaristic and offers features that have never before been available the region. The sophisticated laser packs each have a super advanced computer, speakers that prompt individual players during the laser play, versatile game formats and incredible tagging accuracy to create a thrilling game experience. It’s like playing in a real-life video game!  The facility provides good, clean entertainment set to a theme of a futuristic cyber-world, similar to the classic film Tron. The private party rooms are the perfect environment for birthdays, corporate events, sports teams, church groups, scouting troops, office parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, date night, student groups, or any groups looking to laugh, bond, and share a lot of smiles!

The Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show Comes to the Cow Palace This Weekend!

January 26, 2017

Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show at the Cow Palace

Calling dog lovers of all ages: you won't want to miss this weekend's annual Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show at the Cow Palace in Daly City! The GGKC show is the West’s premier “benched” show—a benched show offers attendees a chance to meet and get to know the dogs on special “benches” organized by breed.

Chinese New Year Family Fun in Marin and the Bay Area

January 23, 2017

Lion dancers for Chinese New Year Fourth Street BerkeleyLion dancers perform at the Lunar New Year Festival on Fourth Street in Berkeley

This month, the Year of the Monkey comes to an end and the Year of the Rooster begins! Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, starts on Saturday, January 28.

As with many major holidays, there's plenty of family fun to be found in Marin County and all over the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from a Chinese New Year Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito on Monday, February 15 to the big blowout Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, February 20.

Here are a dozen fun family Chinese New Year events not to miss in Marin and the Bay Area:

San Francisco Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration

San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, February 4 & 5, 10 am–4 pm

To commemorate the Year of the Rooster, the San Francisco Zoo hosts two weekends of Lunar New Year celebrations. Marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances, go on a zodiac scavenger hunt through the zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar, and stop by the Family Farm to see the roosters at the zoo. Guests born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017) will receive free admission to the zoo!

Chinese Lion Dancers

You’re Invited to the Bioneers Free Family Fair October 22 & 23!

October 17, 2016

Bioneers Family Fair

Bioneers is bringing back their popular Family Fair on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael. This unique learning-and-play program is free for families with kids 12 and under. Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and have fun exploring a wide array of experiential education activities.

Attendance to the Family Fair is free for families, or check out the Bioneers Conference with a Tandem Ticket, allowing the kids to do kid things while two adults trade off experiencing the conference and hanging with kids at Family Fair.

Water Safety Day at Mill Valley Community Center

July 11, 2016

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4? Lean how to be safe this Saturday, July 16 from 12:30 to 5 pm at the Mill Valley Aquatic/Fitness Center. Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information.

Enjoy free admission to the pool from 12:30 to 5 pm. Activities and demonstrations take place from 2 to 5 pm and include lifeguard demos, airbrush tattoos, coloring, a bounce house, water games, a kids' nail salon, music, a raffle, and lifejacket fittings. In addtion, firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Protection Disctrict will present a water rescue demonstration from 2 to 4 pm. Come prepared with your water safety-related questions!

Mill Valley Community Center is located at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. For more information on Water Safety Day, call (415) 383-1370 or visit www.cityofmillvalley.org.

Free Movie Night on the Green at Marin Country Mart

June 6, 2016

Come to Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing this summer for free, family-friendly movies on the green! Every Wednesday at 6 pm, Marin Country Mart will present a great family film, so pack up the beach chairs, blankets, and of course the kids, for a great night of outdoor movie fun. Bring your own food or purchase dinner from one of the Mart's restaurants, including , Belcampo, Farmshop, and Rustic Bakery.

This summer's lineup of movies includes:

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