Events and Outings

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2015

May 22, 2015
American Crown Circus comes to Marin on Memorial Day Weekend
American Crown Circus brings its big top to Marinwood this Memorial Day weekend.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Memorial Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 22

  • Meet Kids' Author Kelly Jones
    San Anselmo LIbrary
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Create your own superpet with Kelly Jones, author of the new book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. You'll use your five senses (and a few secret questions) to think about how to describe your pet to someone special. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue in the Council Chambers. For more info, call (415) 258-4656 or visit their website.
  • American Crown Circus
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, various times

    This family run bilingual circus, presented by Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, is centered around acrobats, performers, and clowns, with no exotic animals. Performances are on Friday, May 22 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 25 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $12 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $18. For more info or to order tickets, vist their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $20 advance, $30 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 23

  • 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.
  • The 37th Annual San Francisco Carnaval
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come celebrate at the 37th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free two–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. For more info, visit their website.
  • 52 New Foods presents: Ice Cream Shop
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Scream for ice cream! Discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Use your imagination and come up with your own tasty blends. 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.
  • Marin Greek Festival
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
    Come celebrate the culture of Greece with fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and dance, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Adults $5, seniors 55+ $4, children 16 and under free. The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is at 1110 Dickson Drive in Novato. For more info, call (415) 883-1998 or visit their website.
  • Komodo Karnival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Komodo Karnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to Big Daddy Bahasa, the zoo's charismatic Komodo dragon. After you stop by and see him at Komodo Alley, try your luck at fun games like Crazy Ball, Ring the Bottle, Hoop Shot, Milk Can, Fat Cats, and Fish Are Jumping; you may even win a prize. After some cotton candy and a hot dog and soda, show your strength on the Komodo Klimbing Wall. There's no better way to welcome summer than the Komodo Karnival! Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Memorial Day Paper Poppies
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the kids to make Memorial Day paper poppies. Best for kids aged 5 to 12. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $20 advance, $30 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 15, 16 & 17

May 15, 2015
Pixie Park
Family fun awaits at Pixie Park's Spring Fair this Sunday at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 15

  • Hamilton Community Pool
    Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm

    Today is opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children ages 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Tour the Novato Fire District Fire Engine!
    Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am

    Meet on the lawn in front of the Novato Library for this special tour of the Big Engine. Everyone is welcome (suitable for ages 0–8). This is an outdoor only event in the library parking lot (library is closed on Friday), bring a picnic and meet up with other families. Please park across the bridge as the main parking lot will be reserved for the Novato Fire District engine. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Peter Pan
    Tiburon
    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm

    Del Mar Middle School presents its Spring play Peter Pan. The play runs for four evenings with two different casts. Peter Pan is a family-friendly classic that’s appropriate for all ages. $15 adults and $12 children. Purchase tickets here. Location: 277 A Karen Way, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 16

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, special performance by Sing-Marin from 1-6 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). For more info, visit their website.
  • Paradise Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join rangers for our annual fishing contest! Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Bees and Birds Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low-tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person, age 2 and under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 121th Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
    Downtown Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am

    This is one of Sonoma County's most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. Parade takes place from 10 am–noon. with marching bands, floats, roses, horse-drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses, and more roses. Following the parade will be music, family activities, and food vendors at Juilliard Park. The awards ceremony for all parade categories will take place at approximately 2 pm. Juillard Park is located on Santa Rosa Avenue just south of Sonoma Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Safe Boating Expo
    Coast Guard Motor Boat Station Golden Gate
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    An exciting, free, fun family event at beautiful U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, near the north tower of the Golden Gate bridge. Come get a free life jacket (while supplies last), watch friendly Coast Guard dogs as they demonstrate how they detect explosives, witness thrilling helicopter rescue demos, take tours of Coast Guard vessels and the Coast Guard station, learn about boating safety, get a free boater environmental kit, bring your boat for a courtesy vessel safety exam, and take one of three free boating seminars. Free parking. Location: 435 Murray Circle, Saualito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo County Events Center, San Mateo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    With over 900 maker exhibits, Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food, and more! Featuring how-to workshops, inspiring presentations and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $20 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Preschool's Open House
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come visit, meet our teachers and learn about our three preschool classes: parent-toddler, three's together and pre-K morning school. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ben Franklin's Colonial Printing Shop
    California Room, Civic Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join us for a fun family event when the Printing Museum on Wheels makes stops at the Civic Center. Museum curator Mark Barbour will tell engaging stories about how Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world in 1450 and how books and printing shaped young Ben Franklin’s life. During the second hour, participants can print their own keepsakes on antique presses, set their name in type, make a small book and print the front page of an historic Marin County newspaper. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: Top Your Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. We’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. You’ll impress your family when you prepare these at home. Suitable for ages 9–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Asian Heritage Celebration for the Family
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3:30 pm

    Explore the museum for free thanks to Target during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Indian dance demonstrations, art making, gallery tours, Southeast Asian dance and music performances are some highlights you can enjoy with family and friends. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Riding the Rails at Sonoma TrainTown

May 12, 2015

Sonoma TrainTown Railroad When we're in the Wine Country, we always make sure we visit TrainTown, the fun and fantastic miniature railroad located in the town of Sonoma. It's a place that I used to visit back when I was a kid, and it's the kind of destination that takes you and your family back to a simpler, less hectic time. Starting May 30, Train Town will be open daily for summer fun.

Sonoma TrainTown offers train-related activities that are fun for everyone, from toddlers to grade school kids (and adults, too), as well as a selection of carnival-style rides. It's also a short drive from pretty much anywhere in Marin, which makes TrainTown a must-visit attraction for North Bay families.

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 8, 9 & 10

May 8, 2015
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Mother's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Also, make sure you check our our guides to family-friendly Mother's Day brunches in Marin. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Seussical, the Musical
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Seussical, the Musical. Tickets: $20 adults, student $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • Concert at Old St. Hilary’s
    Old St. Hilary's Church, Tiburon
    Friday, 8 pm

    The 15-voice women's vocal ensemble Musae and the 16 voice men's choir Ragazzi Continuo will present songs referencing beauty, transformation, and maternalism with works by Guillaume Dufay, Vytautas Miskinis, Stephen Smith, and Zae Munn among others. Expect a variety of musical genres to be included some light-hearted and some serious. Tickets: $20 general, $15 youth and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, May 9

  • Marin Human Race 5K Race
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon
    Saturday, 7 am-noon

    The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser in our county! Join over 3,000 Marin residents to run, walk, or roll the five-kilometer racecourse at Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. Enjoy a community fair highlighting local nonprofits and businesses, kids’ races, live music, pancake breakfast, complimentary refreshments, prizes, kids' fair with games and activities, giveaways and more. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Migratory Bird Day for the Family
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family to Muir Woods for their 15th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This free event is filled with activities and fun for all ages. If ever you were a little curious about our fine feathered friends, this is a great chance to dive in and learn what you can do to help migrating birds. Reservations not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun weaving baskets, creating candles, playing games, and dancing at the Rancho. Adults $3; ages 6–16 $2; 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mothers Day Art in the Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Kids can work with Marin Parks rangers to make a special piece of art to give to Mom on Mothers Day. Supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks provided. Meet at the Hillside picnic area at 310 Smith Ranch Road. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother’s Day Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am to Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person; kids age 2 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, call (415) 381.6155 or visit their website.

Marin Movies in the Park for Summer 2015

May 6, 2015

Film Night in the Park Marin County SummerSummer means its time for Film Night in the Park, the annual series of free outdoor movies presented on a giant screen at parks in Marin County. Show time for all the movies is 8 pm, but arrive a little early for music, a raffle, and a cartoon. Reminiscent of the drive-in movies of yesteryear, Film Night in the Park is noted for its audience participation, with cheers for heroes, boos and hisses for villains, sing-alongs, and hearty applause.

This season's offerings are a fun mix of recent hits like Star Trek Into Darkness, Box Trolls, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Big Hero 6 and classics including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Toy Story, and Bedknobs & Broomsticks. There's definitely something for everyone!

The Circus is Coming to Town Memorial Day Weekend

May 5, 2015

American Crown Circus as St. Vincent'sIt's not every day that the circus comes to town, but it'll be here in Marin this Memorial Day weekend! American Crown Circus sets up its big top on the grounds of St. Vincent's School for Boys in Marinwood, just south of Novato, on May 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. American Crown Circus is a family run, bilingual circus that features acrobats, high wire acts, and clowns (but no exotic animals). Read about our visit to the circus here.

The circus is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, which has brought a professional traveling tent circus to Marin every year since 1997. Profits from the circus support local community projects.

There will be 10 performances and all, with shows on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm each day; and on Monday, May 26 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $14; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Advance tickets are available online and at Matt & Jeff's Car Wash in Vintage Oaks and Redwood Credit Union in Novato. Tickets at the gate cost $20 for adults and $5 for children. Parking fee $5.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 1, 2, & 3

May 1, 2015
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, May 1

  • 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.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Dev Petty
    Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Dev Petty 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: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their website.

Saturday, May 2

  • 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, and the Legion of Honor. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Tour of Novato and FunFair Carnival
    City Hall, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 6:30 am–2 pm

    The Tour of Novato and FunFair is a bicycling event and family fun day held annually to raise money for Novato schools. The Tour of Novato bike or walk takes place from 7:30 am–1 pm and the FunFair from 10 am–2 pm. There will be live entertainment provided by the talented students of Novato, crafts, games, jumpee, giant slide, sticky wall, and much more. Tickets: $10 per person or $25 per family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Day and Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
    Terra Linda Community Center & Pool
    Saturday, 8–11 am

    Come join City of San Rafael Firefighters for a free/donation pancake breakfast. After enjoying breakfast, come meet Josh the Otter and learn about water safety. There will be fun games and activities pool side to teach young children about being safe around the pool. Dress up like a lifeguard, go for a raft ride in the pool with a lifeguard, bounce in the bounce house or get your face painted. Location: 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3344 or visit their website.
  • Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo
    Lucchesi Park Community Center
    Saturday, 8 am–1 pm
    The Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo gives youth and their families the opportunity to donate and/or fundraise for children with disabilities, local schools, and other groups. Individuals and families will celebrate together by biking, running, walking, skating, skateboarding or rolling (wheelchairs) on one of the four course options. Participants will enjoy a complimentary lunch and a kids expo filled with bounce houses, a climbing wall, balance bike races, clowns/balloons, face painting, Three Twins Ice Cream, Clo the Cow, and much more. Registration fee: $10 per event. Location: 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day Festival in Japantown
    Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
    There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children in recognition of Japan's national holiday to celebrate children. Free and open to the public; additional fee for food. Location: 1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall, San Francisco. For more info call (415) 567-5505 or visit their website.
  • Mt. Tam Healthy Parks Family Hike
    Pantoll, Mt. Tam State Park
    Saturday, 9:05 am

    Breathe the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of nature on this easy guided hike on Mt. Tam. Designed especially for beginning hikers and those who are unfamiliar with the parks, this walk starts and ends at the Pantoll Kiosk and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. Healthy sweets and tea or hot cocoa are provided after the walk. Parking is available for $8. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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). Participate in crafts and face painting, sponsored by UrbanSitter. All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinovators STEM-STEAM Make Day
    Marin County Office of Education.
    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 demostrations of the coolest hardware and software from Autodesk and Microsoft. Free. Location: 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. Register online for this free event here.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

April 27, 2015

brioche french toastMother's Day is on Sunday, May 10. 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 a Mother's Day buffet brunch and dinner from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Brunch items include eggs benedict, brioche French toast (pictured above), beet salad, and special selections at the hot table. Dessert includes Meyer lemon tart with fresh raspberries and chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies. $55 for adults and $19 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 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.
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