Events and Outings

Marin Family Weekend Events for April 24, 25 & 26

April 25, 2015
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 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 24

  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks & more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $22; $18 sibling (same family) discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Date Night Yoga
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm
    A unique way to share the love and connection in an intimate candlelit setting. Unwind and de-stress in this evening class while igniting the heat and passion from within. Led by Loren Altura. $45 per couple. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Anything Goes 2015
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    The zany plot of Cole Porter's Anything Goes centers around the self-styled gangster Moonface Martin, his side kick Bonnie, the "famous celebrity" Reno Sweeney, her old friend Billy Crocker, and his girlfriend Hope. The show is filled with Cole Porter's well-known musical numbers, "You're the Top," "Friendship," "Blow Gabriel Blow," just to name a few. General admission: $15. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 25

  • San Geronimo Preschool Pancake Breakfast
    San Geronimo Preschool
    Saturday, 8–11 am

    Come enjoy breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. This delicious tradition is lovingly prepared by annual volunteers. $11 adults, $6 children. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Mt. Tam Earth Day
    Mountain Theater on Mt. Tam
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day on Mt. Tam! In the morning, we’ll be leading projects to protect sensitive natural habitat, improve our trail systems, and preserve the historic Mountain Theater in preparation for the upcoming Mountain Play. Later in the day they will be offering a wildflower hike (1–3:15 pm)  and stargazing (8:30 pm). Visit their website for more info.
  • PV Rummage Sale
    Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    If you go to one rummage sale this year, this is the one you do not want to miss! This is the third major rummage sale for the school, and the PV's families have dug through closets, kids' rooms, and garages and contributed their treasures to this fundraiser. Sale closes from 1–1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30 pm. Location: 755 Sutro Avenue (between Vineyard and Center), Novato.
  • Mill Valley Beautification Day
    Multiple locations throughout Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    All ages and ability levels are welcome to come and help with the beautification projects all over Mill Valley. You can help make Mill Valley both clean and green by participating in litter brigades and beautification projects at area parks, schools, and designated locations around town. Find out more here.
  • 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. Location: Meet at Novato Civic Green, next to Novato City Hall. Find out more here.
  • Birding Abbott's Lagoon for Families
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join Sharon Heron and Kevin Kestrel for an interactive and fun day of observing and game-playing that teach us about the fascinating life of birds! Look for California quail, sparrows, hawks, herons, snowy plovers and other bird species that inhabit the area. Searching for birds, butterflies, tracks, scat, and, if we are lucky, river otters will make this a great outing for families! Easy walking. Carpools meet at the Dance Palace at Point Reyes at 8:30 am. $25 per adult, kids 8–17 free with adult. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day at Hal Brown Park
    Greenbrae
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    In celebration of Earth Day, join Marin County Parks ranger Kirk Schroeder in some beautification and restoration around the Creekside Marsh and Corte Madera Creek in Hal Brown Park, followed by an easy walk around the creek. Find out more here.
  • Sowing Seeds for Salmon
    Olema
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    All ages and abilities are welcome. Come and support salmon habitat restoration on a floodplain of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. We have the largest remaining run of Coho in California, and we need you to help protect their fragile habitat. Propagate plants in the nursery and help remove invasives for the sake of healthy salmon populations in the future. Location: 9255 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Olema. To RSVP, 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. Cost: $30 per person; ages 2 and under are free. Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. 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.

Celebrate Springtime at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling

April 23, 2015

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 25, 2015 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, listen to the music of Marin's favorite kids' musician Tim Cain, or simply relax on a picnic blanket while eating delicious local organic food.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 17, 18 & 19

April 17, 2015
Stinson Beach Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend, including Earth Day celebrations and activities around the Bay Area. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, April 17

  • West Marin Storytimes
    Pt. Reyes Library
    Friday, 11 am
    Join West Marin storyteller Judy Buchanan for some great children's stories. Location: 11435 CA-1, Point Reyes Station. For more info, call (415) 663-8375 or 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.

Saturday, April 18

  • 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. Pre-register here. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Olompali Bird Walk
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Take a family walk and explore the birds of Olompali State Historic Park. Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park's reservoir.  Families are welcome! Event is free; parking $8 per car. Meet In the Olompali parking lot at 8:30 am. For more info, visit their website.

10 Fun Family Outing Ideas for Spring Break

April 13, 2015

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!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 10, 11 & 12

April 10, 2015
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 10

  • Free Spring Concert Series
    Downtown Novato, City Hall
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Bring the entire family to Novato's Downtown City Hall for the free spring concert series featuring the music of Tom Rhodes (Americana). Location: 901 Sherman Ave in Downtown Novato. This Friday, American by Tom Rhodes. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Kenard Pak
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Illustrator Kenard Pak will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. 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, Grammy Award Winning Violinist Mads Tolling showcases his flying bow and creatively nimble improvisation and his eclectic arrangements. . For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 11

  • 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 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.

Spring is in Bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden

April 9, 2015

Japanese Tea Garden

San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is a favorite spot for tourists in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, but it's also a great spot for local families. I've been visiting since I was a small child, and I've made sure that I introduced it to my children, too. Before I took them there, I had forgotten how magical this place is.

It's especially worth a visit at this time of year when the sakura, or flowering cherry trees, and azaleas are in full bloom. It's a magnificent and colorful spring sight that's really worth the effort to see. The kids love to explore the grounds and get some tea and a Japanese snack at the tea room.

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2015

March 31, 2015

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 March 27, 28 & 29

March 28, 2015

Easter egg huntHere 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, March 27

  • Just Between Friends
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, noon–9 pm, Saturday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm

    Just Between Friends (JBF) is the Peninsula's largest baby, children's and maternity consignment sale. Shoppers enjoy 50–90% off retail on kids clothing, toys, shoes, furniture and more! Local families earn 60–65% on the items they sell. Click to learn more about shopping, consigning and helping at the sale! Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents Mary Poppins
    Showcase Theatre, Marin Center
    Friday and Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Let Mary Poppins take you on a magical and memorable adventure in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical! This musical production features performers ages 9 and up. Tickets: $20 adults, $16 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • San Marin High School Music Dept. presents: Wizard of Oz
    Novato, Emily Gates Student Center
    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The San Marin High School Music Department presents The Wizard of Oz, a delightful musical suitable for children and adults. Doors open at 7 pm and 1:30 pm. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Location: 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, March 28

  • Spring Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast
    Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don’t forget your camera). The breakfast will include french toast, sausages, orange juice, and coffee/hot chocolate. Get your tickets early! An adult must accompany children. After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our annual Egg Hunt. Breakfast tickets available at the Community & Aquatics/Fitness Center: $6, $4 children, free for ages 2 and under. Egg hunt admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast
    The Cheesecake Factory, The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Village at Corte Madera is hosting its annual Easter Bunny Breakfast at The Cheesecake Factory to benefit Dedication to Special Education. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast while meeting the Easter Bunny, listening to music by Tim Cain, playing with balloon animals, and more! Cost: $8 Per person (cash or check only). Seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling (415) 924-8921.
  • Teddy Bear Tea with Friends
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Kids ages 4–8 plus their stuffed animal/doll and an adult. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Cost: $23 child members, $26 child non-members; $12 adult members, $15 adult non-members. Parking $8 per car. Visit their website to register for this event.
  • Woolly Egg Ranch Spring Farm Tour
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 am

    Come see spring at the Woolly Egg Ranch Farm tour right here in Tam Valley. Flowers are starting to bloom, lambs are frolicking, and the first batch of chicks should be hatching. Meet at the Tam Valley Coummunity Center and the group will walk to the ranch. Parents must accompany children; reservations recommended. Remember to wear good shoes and boots if muddy. Cost: $5 per person. Reserve your spot by calling (415) 388-6393. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. Visit their website here.
  • Kids Cooking Class: Eggs-cellent Eggs
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Eggs aren’t just yummy to eat—they’re also good for you! Learn some basic egg-cooking techniques plus "eggs-traordinary" ways to enjoy those hard-boiled eggs that you’ve decorated. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

Easter Egg Hunts & Events in Marin & the Bay Area

March 24, 2015

Easter egg huntEaster is just a few weeks away (it's on April 5 this year), so it's time to start planning for egg hunts, breakfast with bunny and other special events. Part of the fun is celebrating spring and the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt, and there are Easter egg hunts scheduled at communities throughout Marin County.

Here's our list of fun Easter egg hunts and events taking place in Marin and other locations in the Bay Area. We'll update this list as we find out about additional events. If we've left out your favorite Marin or Bay  Easter egg hunt, please let us know and we'll add it to the roster.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 18, 2015, Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Belvedere

  • Bunny Hop & Egg Scramble
    Belvedere Community Center & Park
    Saturday, April 4, 11 am-2 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a carnival & Easter egg scramble. The Easter egg hunt is $5 per child. There will be four hunts during the event, children will be grouped by age: ages 0-2 on the grass at 10:30 am; ages 2 & 3 on the grass at 11:15 am; ages 4 & 5 on the playground at 10:30 am, and ages 6 and up on the playground at 11:15 am. Bunny Hop package: $10/child includes wrist band for age appropriate egg hunt & carnival tickets. Eggstravaganza package: $15/child and includes wristband for age appropriate egg hunt & 20 tickets. Pre-sale packages available by calling (415) 435-4355.  For more info, visit their website.
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