Events and Outings

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.

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.

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.

Marin Family Weekend Events for April 22, 23 & 24

April 22, 2016
Spring Fling at Slide Ranch
Family fun on the farm at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling this Saturday. Photo courtesy Slide Ranch.

Here are our picks for a variety of Earth Day events and other 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 22

  • Celebrate Earth Day with Safari West
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11:30–2:45 pm
    This year on Earth Day, Safari West presents an animal presentation on the lawn in front of the Amani Oasis aviary starting at noon and safari treks in the Nairobi minibus departing every 45 minutes. These guided trek tours show off the amazing ways the change from winter to spring effects Safari West itself. Lunch will be available from noon to 2:30 pm. Cost: $50 adults, $30 children, free for children 2 and under. For more info and reservations, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Insect Discovery Lab
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Insect Discovery Lab will introduce you to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library. For ages 4 to 13. Advance registration required. More info and registration.
  • The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm & Sunday, 1 & 5:30 pm

    Marilyn Izdebski Productions presents a production of Meredith Wilson's classic musical The Music Man, starring a cast of kids ages 8 to 18. General admission: $15. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 23

  • Novato Clean & Green Day
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town. Help remove litter from streets, bike path, parks, creek banks and more. Some supplies will be provided. Meet at Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue. Visit their website.
  • Mt. Tam Earth Day
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day on Mt. Tam with special service projects around the mountain. This special Earth Day celebration also celebrates the NPS Centennial. Following the morning work day, join an iNaturalist workshop and a wildflower hike. Visit their website for more info and project locations.
  • STEM Superhero Series: Power Up! Super Solving for Food, Waste & Energy
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    During this all-day special event, children are invited to use their STEM superpowers to find creative solutions to the Earth’s food, waste and energy crisis. There will be several Museum educator-led activity stations throughout the Museum for kids to play and flex their creative problem solving skills. Each child receives a free cape to wear, plus a badge for each STEM Superhero event. Price: Free for members; Free with Museum admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Earth Day
    San Franicisco
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Take part in the Presidio's annual volunteer event devoted to celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are invited to bring their friends and family for a morning of stewardship projects, a mid-day BBQ and potluck, and an afternoon of fun activities. All ages welcome. Free, but registration required here. Location: 1216 Ralston Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Slide Ranch Spring Fling
    Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, touring the organic garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. Enjoy live music from Tim Cain and Little Folkies. Cost: $30 per person; ages 2 and under are free. Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Find more info here.
  • Wildcare Family Adventures: Earth Day at Corte Madera Creek
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will join Marin County Parks' for an Earth Day Celebration with habitat restoration and clean up of the area. We'll start with a hike along the creek looking for the elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. Bring binoculars to look at the aquatic birds, such as Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Great Egrets, and Buffleheads. Location: Bon Air Road near Marin General Hospital. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day at the Bay Model
    Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    As we move closer to the 50th celebration of Earth Day in the US, plan on joining the Bay Model as we celebrate the day. We are honored to have world-renowned artist George Sumner join us with the exclusive Whale Bus that he painted. There will also be musicians, environmental films (noon and 2 pm), hands-on activities, and refreshments throughout the day. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day SF Street Fest
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm
    San Francisco's Earth Day celebration features informative and interactive learning experiences, including green jobs information, cutting-edge eco-fashion shows, eco artist grove, organic food court, and an eco-carnival and kids' zone. Location: 22nd & Valencia Streets, San Francisco. Find more info here.
  • Earth Day in the Eelgrass
    Heart's Desire Beach, Tomales Bay State Park
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Come enjoy Earth Day at Hearts Desire Beach with California State Park Eelgrass Volunteer Monitors and others! Volunteers will snorkel, kayak and wade. Please bring your own sunscreen, beach chairs, water, snacks, and lunch. Look through binoculars at birds, hear about eelgrass ecology and see it in action, play eelgrass bingo, and more. Event is free; $8 per vehicle state park entrance fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Geronimo Preschool Pancake Breakfast & music with Tim Cain
    San Geronimo
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Come enjoy breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. This delicious tradition is lovingly prepared by a expert parents and volunteers. Good coffee, sausage, fruit and other treats included. Cost: Adults $11/ kids $6. Breakfast from 8-11am, open house from 9 am-noon.Children's musician Tim Cain will play at 10 am. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
    Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. The event starts with beach cleanup (bags and gloves supplied). Find more info here.
  • Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival
    Dowtown Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to this year's old-fashioned Petaluma Butter and Egg Days Parade. On Saturday, don't miss Petaluma Farm's Cutest Little Chick in the World Contest at 10:15 am on Kentucky Street, Clover kids' pre-parade at 11:30 am, and main parade at noon, as well as arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors, sponsor booths, community and non-profit booths, and a kids' area with inflatables, rides, and activities. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dutch King's Day San Francisco
    Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
    Put on your orange and join the Bay Area's Dutch community in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as they celebrate King's Day. It's a festive celebration for the whole family, featuring food and drink, music, games, a bike ride, and more. Free (donation at the gate appreciated). Location: Martin Luther King Drive and the Great Highway. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Springtime at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling

April 19, 2016

Slide Ranch Spring FlingIf you haven't been to check out the beautiful and picturesque Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, now is your chance! Come to this non-profit teaching farm overlooking the ocean this Saturday to celebrate food, family, and fun at this year's Spring Fling. It all takes place on April 23, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm.

This year's Spring Fling features live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, hikes and tours, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, and touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts.

Come reconnect with the land on a guided coastal hike, watch a sheep shearing, meet baby animals, listen to the music of Marin's favorite kids' musician Tim Cain, watch a show by Dusty's Puppets, or simply relax on a picnic blanket while eating delicious local organic food.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 15, 16 & 17

April 15, 2016

Cal Day

Learn about the world of UC Berkeley at the annual Cal Day on Saturday, April 16.

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 15

  • Make a Flashlight
    Novato Library
    Friday, 1–3 pm

    Make a flashlight out of an Altoids tin! Teens in grades 6–12 can learn about basic soldering and simple circuits with this fun project. Sign-up and permission form required; call (415) 473-2050 to register. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Afterschool LEGO Club
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Use LEGO and DUPLO bricks to build whatever your heart desires! Children ages 4–12 are invited to build, play, engineer, and destruct together. Registration not required but space limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday, FivePlay Jazz with special guest Ron Horton plays fresh, original music for hungry ears! The compositions by band members range from swinging bebop, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian grooves to atmospheric ballads, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Film Night: The Sandlot
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 6–10 pm
    Bring your sleeping bags and camp out on the gym floor while you enjoy a fun free movie on a big screen. Free popcorn and It's It ice creams. Food available from Off the Grid at 6 pm, cartoon shorts at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 8 pm. The event is indoors at the Presidio Community Y Gymnasium, 63 Funston Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio. Stay warm and cozy with BYO blankets and cushions. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Addams Family
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm
    The hilariously morbid family is back in a brand new story! The daughter—Wednesday—has done the scariest thing imaginable, she's grown up! She's also fallen in love and wants her family to be "normal" for one night to impress her new boyfriend's parents. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 16

  • Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    America's Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it's free! Get into Muir Woods National Monument for free over this weekend, the first weekend of National Park Week. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Cal Day 2016
    UC Berkeley
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
    Introduce your family to the wide world of Berkeley. Watch dancers move and groove, hear the boom of the Cal band, hug a robot and get some hands-on science experience. Cal Day will light up their minds. Free! No advance registration is required to attend Cal Day—just show up! For more info, visit their website.
  • Tall Ships Battle Sail & Dockside Tours
    Spud Point Marina, Bodega Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Spud Point Marina for dockside tours and battle sails from 9 am–noon. Costumed crews will host walk-on tours, from 2–5 pm. Owned by the nonprofit Grays Harbor Historical Seaport of Washington, the replicas of colonial-era trading ships last sailed into Bodega Harbor in 2012 and 2013, attracting visitors from around the North Bay. Battle sale tickets: $39–$75; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival
    Downtown Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm
    & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    The 70th Annual Apple Blossom Parade is a delight for the entire family. Sebastopol comes alive as the flower-adorned floats, high-stepping horses, marching bands, and five-year-old dancers march proudly down Main Street. The parade starts at 10 Saturday morning at Analy High School and continues South on Main Street and ends at Calder Avemue. Join us in the Rose Garden at the festival for children's activities on the farm. Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students 11–17, free for ages 10 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Octopretzel
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    11–11:45 am

    Octopretzel, a children’s folk music band, plays an interactive musical performance, including puppets, lullabies, nursery rhymes and more. Free with museum admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Pier Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels welcome, no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles will be available. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Earth Day
    Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family (all ages welcome) for a day of fun and celebrate Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Activities include: arts & crafts, face painting, Lion Dance by RECA, mini kayak rides, kid's animal yoga, nature scavenger hunt and much, much more.... Cost: $5 parking fee (cash only). Location: 12841 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am & 2 pm
    Piggie is excited, because she has no idea what is going to happen today—which means that anything is possible. Like skipping. Or ping pong. Or a party invitation! Party invitation?! Good thing Gerald knows how to party! Join Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals as they sing and dance (well, Gerald tries to dance) through the joys and trials of everlasting friendship. Recommended for all ages. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children, $20 seniors, $13 groups of 15 or more. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturday: Earth Day
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Please wear comfy clothes that are OK to get messy! Register at the Children’s Reference Desk, or at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Bay Festival
    Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The Bay Festival, now in its 79th year, showcases activities and environmental education that are available at the Berkeley Marina and all around the region. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. This free event is for all ages, and features live music and entertainment, free sailboat rides and dragon boat paddling lessons, food vendors, and local recreational and education groups. For more info, visit their website.
  • Climate SCIENCE: Earth Day Celebrate!
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Join rangers and naturalists from the Bay Model and Aquarium of the Bay to find out what our communities are doing to adapt to changes in our climate. Make your own beaver dams, wetlands, and watersheds and learn how these activities are helping policy-makers and scientists envision innovative solutions to climate change. Free. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Kokoro
    George "Rocky" Graham Park, Marin City
    Saturday, noon–1 pm

    Join Marin County Parks for a unique exercise program focused for children from ages 7–13. Kids Kokoro will be fun, innovating and highly refreshing. Instructor Sigung Donna Ramos-Burns will lead the children in creative ways of using the park by stretching, jogging, aerobic, and incorporating self-defense moves. Yoga mats are suggested. Location: 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2016

April 11, 2016

Spring has arrived, and that means it's time to head to your nearby farmers' market to buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay. Please note that not all dates and times are finalized, so make sure you check before you go.

Year-round Marin County farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 8, 9 & 10

April 8, 2016
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Take a guided nature hike at Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach.

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.

Friday, April 8

  • 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.
  • 15th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival
    Tiburon Playhouse
    Friday, 4 pm–Sunday

    Don't miss the 14th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films from around the world.Check out a complete schedule of films here. Location: 40 Main Street, Downtown Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother-Son Dinner Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9 pm

    The annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance will be an "out of this world" cosmic celebration. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Tickets: $47. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Guys and Dolls Jr.
    Marin Center Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Schools Musical theater department present Guys and Dolls Jr. This show is performed by the incredible talents of GSLS 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students under the direction of Gretchen Simon. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls follows Salvation Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of Times Square to Havana and back again. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 students 8th grade and under. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 9

  • 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.
  • Kids Clothing Swap
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    TCSD presents a Spring Kids Clothing Swap—bring your newborn to age 8 gently worn clothing, seasonal items, Halloween costumes, hats, shoes, and accessories to swap. 2 grocery bags of items gets you free admission (without donations, admission is $10). All admissions can go home with 3 bags of items. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Uncle Gerry Family Concert
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 & 11:30 am

    Come and join in the fun with your little one! This family music concert benefits the SGVCC Summer Bridge Program. Family ticket for up to 4 people $25. Presented by Music Together of Marin. Location: 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Zen-a-thon
    Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2:30 pm

    Zen-a-thon is a fun day for all ages and a chance for parents to practice together with their children. Participate in many enriching activities, including time in the gardens, movement, kid-friendly mindfulness, and more. Zen-a-thon is also a fundraiser so you can look for sponsors (like a walk-a-thon) or you can just come and enjoy the day, donating as your means allow. Registration required. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cardinalpalooza: Stanford Spring Sports Festival
    Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Saturday, 10 am
    Join seven Stanford teams for a full day of free Cardinal sports events. Admission is free to every event, so come out to campus, bring your tailgating or picnic gear, and stroll to your choice of event. Four food trucks will be available in PAC-12 Plaza outside Sunken Diamond from 11 am–2 pm offering a variety of food and beverages. There will be opportunities to meet student-athletes from the teams following each event and parking will be free all day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marin Griffin Preserve is now open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore the bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. On weekends, volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions about the history, stewardship and preservation of the Preserve. Suggested donation: $15 per person. 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, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For reservations and more info visit their website.
  • Jungle Book Bonanza
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    It’s always a jungle inside the Zoo, but Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 will be a Jungle Book bonanza in anticipation of the release of the Disney feature film.  Costumed characters Mowgli and Baloo will roam the grounds to greet visitors and pose for photos (Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm).  Guests can also take pictures at an official Jungle Book backdrop near the Elinor Friend Playground!  On Sunday, we’ll be giving away passes to the April 12 screening at AMC Metreon, along with posters, bags and lots more movie swag.  Location: Sloat Blvd. @ The Great Hightway, San Francisco. 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.
  • 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.

10 Fun Family Outing Ideas for Spring Break

April 5, 2016

Drum bridge at Japanese Tea GardenWhat 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!

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