Events and Outings

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 24–26

February 22, 2017

mount burdellCelebrate the grand opening of the new Presidio Visitor Center this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

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, February 24

  • Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantments
    Oracle Arena, Oakland

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, various times
    It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantments. Tickets start at $20. Children 2 and up need tickets. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Kid-O-Rama
    Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
    Friday–Saturday, all day
    Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. Kid-O-Rama continues through Saturday, February 25. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make a Star Wars Figure out of Pipe Cleaners
    Novato Library
    Friday, 1–3 pm

    Come to the Novato Library and fashion a Star Wars figure out of pipe cleaners. Materials and basic hands on instruction provided. Light snacks. This program is for students in the 6th—12th grade. Space is limited. Signup required. For more information or to sign up, call (415) 473-2050. Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato.  Visit their website for more info.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and MANY more! Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 25

  • Complimentary Yoga & Meditation Class
    Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am

    Come enjoy a rejuveniting morning Vinyasa flow outdoors, led by Yogi Mateo. Experience the great redwoods and breathe with others as we end class with guided meditation and grounding. No pre-registration is required. Meet at Old Mill Park Amphtheatre 10 minutes before class. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or 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 music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Birds Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach

    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    Learn about the many birds that live at Slide Ranch, from the majestic great horned owls and delicate hummingbirds to our free-range chickens and ducks. Through guided hikes and activities your family will enjoy this rich coastal ecosystem while learning about and interacting with our feathered friends. This program also includes milking the goats, meeting friendly farm animals, exploring our organic garden and more. Cost: $25; children 2 and under are free. Location: Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company's Hare & Tortoise
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am, 12:30 pm & 3 pm, Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm
    Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend--the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up. Tickets: $18–$22. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-5200 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Visitor Center Community Day Grand Opening Celebration
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the new Presidio Visitor Center with a free and fun public celebration that features live music, dance performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, tours, and more! Family fun includes lawn games and activities, a selfie photo-op at the Presidio Photo Booth, craft-making at the Presidio Officer's Club from 11 am to 4 pm, and Whiffle Ball on the Anza Esplanade from 1 to 4 pm. Other activities include ranger-led history walks and performances by Ohlone dancers, taiko drummers, Mexican folk dancers, musicians from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and more. Free, registration required. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Tennessee Valley Hike
    Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join Ranger Al Blank on a walk up the Marincello Trail. We will leave from Tennessee Valley and walk up to the Miwok Trail. Bring your camera, good hiking shoes, and dress in layers. The walk is moderate to strenuous but the views are spectacular. Families welcome. Heavy rain will cancel. Bring water and even lunch if you’d like. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Polar Bear Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    In honor of International Polar Bear Day, a global event to bring awareness about a warming Arctic and the impact on polar bears, attend the 12:30 pm Keeper Talk all about SF Zoo's own polar bear "Uulu." The talk will focus on climate change and caring for aging animals. There's also interactive opportunities to learn by building crafts and discovering fun facts about polar bears. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists.  In February, Family Art Making will focus on Mesoamerica. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free; museum admission required for gallery activity. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Theatre Association: Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1 pm

    Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco presents Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco’s Marina district. Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp tells the story of a poor street boy, Aladdin, in the ancient Arabia, who (with the help from 3 Genies, a dragon, a monkey, and his family) uses his wits to outsmart the evil and powerful magician, Jammal, and win the Princess Jasmine’s hand in marriage. Tickets: $15. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Matinee: Marcus Shelby Orchestra
    SF Jazz, Miner Auditorium
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring the entire family to experience jazz with Marcus Shelby. With special guests from the Lyric Performing Arts Academy, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra celebrates the stunning musical stories of the Underground Railroad, and honors the memory of one of history’s most important champions of freedom: Harriet Tubman. Cost: adults $15 and youth $5. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturday
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Bookmark Buddies
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Read Across America day is coming up on March 2! Save your place in books with style by making your own cool page corner bookmark, inspired by Presidio animals. Drop-in any time between 11 am–4 pm. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Concert: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
    Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family. Their most recent album, Inspiraled, brings together ALL NEW fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am
    Join us in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss's upcoming birthday (March 2). At this fun celebration you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own hat from Cat in the Hat and more. Featured titles include What Pet Should I Get? and The Cat in the Hat. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled storytime! Location: Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Button Craft
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Bring your family or come solo to learn how to create button people. For ages 8 and up. Space is limited-call 415-924-6382. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jr. Rangers Program: Exploring the Marshlands
    Vallejo Home, Sonoma
    Saturday, 12–3 pm

    Join the Sonoma Petaluma Parks department for a Jr. Rangers exploration. During the wet season, a large part of the open space in the park turns to marsh and wetlands. Come out to learn and explore this interesting environment. Suggested: Rain boots or water- proof shoes. See what type of plant & aquatic life exists in the pond areas. Look for the green State Parks ATV with a flag parked along the bike path near the Vallejo Home driveway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Launch Event: The Luna Center
    Larkspur
    Saturday, 1–3 pm
    Join us at The LUNA Center on Saturday for our launch event which will include a special free fitness class for pregnant & postpartum mamas, followed by a guided Mamasté Meditation. Meet the LUNA team, and enjoy yummy snacks, organic pregnancy & mother's milk teas, and lots of exciting raffles and giveaways. You can pre-register for the event through our website on our Workshops & Events page. Location: 1165 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. For more info, call (415) 724-8181 or visit their website.
  • Raise a Glass Winter Wine Tasting
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2–5 pm

    Come experience some local wines, live music and hors d'oeuveres at the Marinwood Community Center in San Rafael. There will be childcare available for kiddos 2–8 years old for $10/child. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New Presidio Visitor Center

February 21, 2017

Presidio Visitor CenterPhoto: Matthew Millman/Presidio Trust

Welcome the new Presidio Visitor Center with a Community Day Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. This free and fun public celebration features live music, dance performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, tours, and more! Everyone is invited—visit the Presidio's website to register for this free family event.

Amazing Family Sleepovers in the Bay Area and Beyond

February 20, 2017

Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight
Photo courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you're looking for a fun and unique overnight experience for the family, try camping out at a museum, aquarium zoo, or wildlife center! Popular family destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California like the California Academy of Sciences, the Marine Mammal Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Francisco Zoo, the USS Hornet Museum, and Safari West all offer exciting programs where families can spend the night. It's be kind of like the movie Night at the Museum, except that the dinosaurs and dioramas won't come alive after hours (we hope)!

Needless to say, all of these events require advance reservations and have limited space, so register for your awesome overnight adventure soon! Many of these venues also offer overnight programs for scouts, schools, and other youth groups. All information is correct at time of posting; check each location’s website for complete information, pricing updates, and a schedule of events.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 17-20

February 17, 2017

Golden Gate view from Marin Headlands

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.

Looking for fun family activities during mid-winter break? Check out our list here.

Friday, February 17

  • 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days
    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! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 5–6 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 18

  • Kid-O-Rama
    Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
    Saturday–Monday, all day
    Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. Kid-O-Rama continues through Saturday, February 25. 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 music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Zumba
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party on the lawn. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Check in at the Aquatics & Fitness Center front desk when coming for class. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • NVCM Classical Kids: Just So Stories
    Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:30 & 11 am

    NVCM’s Classical Kids presents the Trinity Alps Chamber Players at Noe Valley Ministry performing Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, set to music by composer Danny Clay. Two 45-minute shows repeat at 9:30 and 11 am. Doors open at 9 am. Suitable for all ages. Tickets: $15 per person; $40 for family pass for up to 4 people. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 10–12

February 10, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out all the fun Valentine's Day festivals, teas,  crafts and more this weekend.

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes this weekend.

Friday, February 10

  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days
    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! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Homebrew Happy Hour!
    Mariwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Don't forget this Friday evening is Homebrew Happy Hour! Featuring local homebrew tastings and live music. Join neighbors and friends for a fun night out! Cost: $10 at the door (includes tastings). Free childcare (ages 2–10). Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Friday, 8 pm

    Bring the entire family for an evening of rip-roaring, dazzling, spectacular family entertainment with Shaolin Warriors, the masters of Kung Fu. Shaolin Warriors brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to the stage, perfecting the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, performing live feats thought only possible in the movies. Tickets: $25–$45. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 11

  • Saint Valentine's Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Bring the family to the Saint Valentine's Festival and The Farmers Market for lots of festive fun. Activities: heart art, kids entertainment, sugar cookie decoration, old fashioned photo stand, face painting and pony rides. Shop for some fresh produce too at this weekend's farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
  • American Girl: Valentine's Day Crepe Party
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes crepe pan set). Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. For more info, visit their website.
  • Will Zoo Be Mine?
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Feel the love at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Celebrate Valentine’s Day at SF Zoo by taking a “Lovers Stroll” to visit animal couples, mates and families.  Decorate a Valentine for your favorite animal and share the love by purchasing an “Adopt-An-Animal” for yourself or your sweetheart. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Giants Fan Fest 2017
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family to Giants Fan Fest and meet some of the players, autographs, and more. Free admission; parking $10. Takes place rain or shine. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: A Botanical Valentine's Day Tea
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am and 1–2:30 pm

    Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.  $22 Adults, $18 Adult Members,  $17 Child, $15 Member Child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Very First Concert!
    Main Library, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 & 11:15 am

    Experience the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for an interactive and educational performance of classical music favorites! Designed for our youngest listeners, these delightful 20-minute presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement. Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
    Lake Sonoma, Geyserville
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Fun activities for the family at the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, held on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center!  Rain or shine. Food, wine, beer, silent auction, live music, archery, fishing, tours, demonstrations -- just about anything you can imagine, and it is free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinatown Community Street Fair
    Chinatown, San Francisco
    Saturday,10 am–4:30 pm & Sunday, 9 am– 5 pm

    Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Craft for Kids!
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Make a paper heart garland to display or give as a gift! Free! All materials provided. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: Constellation Celebration
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday 11 am–4 pm

    Did you know that the Presidio hosts stargazing parties? On February 11, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will bring their telescopes to the Main Parade Ground and help you discover the Presidio’s night sky. Make a craft of your favorite constellation to enjoy day or night! Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • History Play Date: Vintage Valentines
    California Historical Society, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am

    Inspired by CHS collections we will be designing our own valentines inspired by our vintage ones. Use decorative paper, stickers, and vintage inspired images to make a crafty card for friends and family. Share what you love about California and its history by adding to our LOVE CA mural! Meet the staff of the the Museum of Craft and Design! They will be on hand to help decorate vases and make paper flowers. Free, but RSVP required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Storytime
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine's Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine's Day Is Cool. Don't miss out!  Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • One Love: A Celebration of Art and Community
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm
    Celebrate love, tolerance, and diversity at the de Young this Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy music, art making, tours, and more while exploring the many voices reflected in our permanent collections and discovering various expressions of love. The de Young café will offer delicious chocolate treats and a special menu. Get your collectible One Love buttons throughout the galleries.Create your own souvenir Snapchat photo from One Love using a specially designed filter just for today. Free admission (special exhibition fees apply). For more info, visit their website.
  • Pop-up Valentines Workshop with Artist Kathy Piscioneri
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Bring the kids for this Pop-up Valentine's workshop For kids 2nd grade and up. Space is limited. Call (415) 924-6382 to sign up. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hearts on the Hill Valentine's Festival
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Join Corte Madera's Kids on the Hill preschool for their annual Valentines-day-themed Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday. This year's Hearts on the Hill features fun for the entire family, including carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, a live DJ and dancing, food and drinks. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event and cost $5; children 2 and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Kids on the Hill Preschool. The Corte Madera Community Center is located at the Corte Madera Town Park at 498 Tamalpais Avenue. For more information, call (415) 924-3033.

Winter Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

February 9, 2017

studio 4 artLooking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming winter break? Check out some of the great winter day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below offer day camp or drop-in camps.

  • Andrew's Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: kindergarten and up
    Andrew's Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Camps take place from 9 am–5 pm with extended care from 8–9 am and 5–6 pm. Bring lunch and snack. For more info,call (415) 446-8946 or  visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

    Ages: 4–8
    The BADM is offering a Winter Discovery Camp that focuses on learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Camps hours:  9 am–2 pm; extended care from 2–4 pm (extended care $50/per day). For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • N.Y. Broadway Training Programs
    625 Arthur St., Novato High School
    Ages: 7–15

    Broadway Camp includes classes in ballet, jazz, tap, theatre dance, hip hop, acting, voice, musical theatre, arts & crafts, fun & games, special events and workshops. Mini performance on the last hour on Friday. Pizza party. Daily snack. Register here. For more info, visit www.marissajoyganz.com.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 3, 4 & 5

February 3, 2017

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes 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 Event Calendar.

Friday, February 3

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days
    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! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' PJ Party with Sandra V. Feder!
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur

    Friday, 6–6:30 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Sandra V. Feder will be here to read you a bedtime story. 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, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Movie Night: The Nut Job
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on the first Friday of the month for movie night. Free pizza and soda will be served. Students, parents, and friends welecome. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda Presents: Annie, Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael

    Friday, 7 pm
    Join the upper elementary class from Montessori de Terra Linda for a theatrical performance. Students aged 9–12 have worked to develop a show with action and song that will be performed one night only. Tickets: $12 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father Daughter Valentine's Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm

    This special Father Daughter Valentine's Dance includes dessert buffet, cookie decorating, music, dancing and father-daughter photos. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple/ $15 per additional daughter. To register, call The Ranch, Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation at (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 4

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Starting this January, Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 27, 28 & 29

January 27, 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, starts on this Saturday, January 28.

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, January 27

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Chess Night
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on Friday night for an hour of free supervised play for K–8th graders. All skill levels are welcome. Free pizza! Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Escape from Alcatraz
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Carousel Stage at the Bay End of the Pier for outdoor Movie Night! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and Movie Night discounts at participating PIER 39 businesses. At 6 pm, settle in for a free screening of the classic San Francisco film Escape from Alcatraz. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.
  • Disney's Peter Pan Jr.
    Showcase Theatre, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    & Saturday, 5 pm
    Come and see the amazing talents of the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s musical theater class under the direction of Gretchen Simon mesmerize you with their live performance of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, it's a modern version of the timeless tale. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 student 8th grade and under. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 28

  • Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
    Cow Palace, Daly City
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Dog lovers of all ages will not want to miss the upcoming annual Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show - the west’s premier “benched” show.Showcasing over 175 breeds, with 1500 entries a day, the GGKC event is an exciting and unique event for dog lovers who will have a rare opportunity at this “benched” show to learn about and get to know hundreds of breeds of dogs, all in one location over two days. Tickets: general admission $15, children (2–12 years) $9 and family plan (2 adults, 2 children) $42. Purchase your tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. No registration required. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 20, 21 & 22

January 20, 2017

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes 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, January 20

  • 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days
    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! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out: Angry Birds
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Join us for a viewing of Angry Birds, create a catapult to launch your own Angry Birds, and play some games inspired by the movie. Pizza will be provided. For ages 2.5–12 years. Cost: $22 members and $32 guests. Register online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Crab Feed
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Friday, 6:30–9
    pm

    Enjoy all you can eat crab, macaroni and green salads, bread, beer, coffee and dessert. $55 per person; $500 for a table of 10.
    Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Katia & Company presents: Willy Wonka
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 6:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    General Admission: $15 at the door. Show runs approx. 1.5 hrs with a 15-minute intermission. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, January 21

  • Waterbird Festival
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    This fun community and family-friendly event is free and will include naturalist led bird walks, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, interactive educational activities, and expert speaker sessions. There will also be exclusive fee-based field trips available. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit Opening: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. Cost: $7 per person; children under 16 free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays through late March. For more info, visit their website.
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