Events and Outings

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.

Mad Hatter's Spring Tea Party at Falkirk

March 23, 2015

Mad hatter's tea partyGet your tickets for the Mad Hatter's Spring Tea Party at San Rafael's Falkirk Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2015. There will be two tea party sittings, at noon and 3 pm each day.

Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse for this Wonderland tea party, complete with tea sandwiches, beverages, and dessert. The company of characters in original costumes, from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, will entertain and make the little ones giggle and dream as they sip their “tea”. Falkirk’s beautiful and elegant Victorian setting is the perfect place for this spring tea party.

The cost is $27.50 for adults and $22.50 for children, which includes all the food you can eat and a goodie bag for each child. Bring your camera for great photos! Reservations are required; call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 20, 21 & 22

March 21, 2015
Spring Fling family goat feeding at slide ranch
Spend a day at Slide Ranch in Muir Beach during their Family Farm Day this Saturday.

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, March 20

  • SF Flower & Garden Show
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is one of the largest of its kind: a world-class flower and garden show for today's gardener. Hands-on children’s activities include designing, planting, and nurturing a small container garden. Tickets starting at $22; kids 16 and under free. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Primary & Middle School Presents: Tik-Tok of Oz
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Tik Tok of Oz is a musical performed by the talented middle school students of Marin Primary and Middle School and adapted for the stage by the school’s drama director, Charlie Queary. Cost: $18, $12 8th grade and under. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Wizard of Oz
    San Marin High School, 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: adults $15 and child $10. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mary Poppins: The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 5 and Sunday, 3 pm

    Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, March 21

  • Olompali Family Bird Walk
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Families welcome 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. Expect to see some migrating species as well as species who thrive in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands: raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and—of course—many woodpeckers. Meet in the Olompali parking lot at 8:30 am. Wear layered clothing and bring binoculars, lunch, plenty of water, and a birding field guide if you have one. Free; $8 per car parking fee. 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.

Celebrate Spring with these Fun Family Outings

March 19, 2015

Japanese Tea GardenSpring officially begins this Friday, March 20 (although it seems like it's been here for a few weeks already). Daylight saving time is here, the weather is getting warmer, wildflowers are in bloom, and there are plenty of fun things for families to do. Here are some of our favorite springtime family events and outings in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. What's your family's favorite spring event?

Camps and Family Fun at Mill Valley Recreation

March 16, 2015

Mill Valley RecreationMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Mill Valley Recreation.

It might still be chilly in the morning but summer is right around the corner and registration has started! Did you know that there is fun for the whole family at the Mill Valley Recreation?

We have programs for people of all ages, from the smallest crawlers to the seasoned pros. Whether you want to be an Olympic athlete or the next big rock star, we have just the camp for you.

Camp Overview

Our most popular camp is the Splash Camp for incoming Kindergarten to 6th graders. It’s a special 2 weeks filled with fun and swim. Monday through Thursday you will start your day with a swim lesson taught by ARC Instructors, then camp continues with arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking, and more!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 13, 14 & 15

March 14, 2015
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Explore Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve near Tiburon this weekend for spring wildflowers, amazing views, and wildlife.

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, March 13

  • 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.
  • Free Spring Concert Series: The McNulty Trio
    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 some traditional Irish music in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Location: 901 Sherman Ave in Downtown Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mary Poppins: The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 14

  • Free Day at the Exploratorium
    San Francisco
    Friday, 10 am–5 pm

    Five annual free days are just one way the Exploratorium remains accessible to everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to pay the cost of admission. This time celebrate Pi Day (3.14) with free admission. Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 528-4444 or visit their website.
  • Ocean Exploration Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tide pools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other marine creatures for you to discover. Each family will receive a free copy of the book, Exploring Low Tide in Northern California. Cost: $25 per person; kids age 2 and under are free. Location: Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway), Muir Beach. For more info, call (415) 381-6155 or visit their website.
  • Kids Cooking Class: Pancake Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Stir up some delicious fun at the next class at the 52 New Foods series! Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut, and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. 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.
  • Roll at Rush Creek
    Rush Creek Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Families can come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. This activity is moderate. Don’t forget to bring water and your bike. We'll provide healthy snacks. Location: Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Road gate off Binford Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Bouverie Preserve
    Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Hike the trails, learn from docents and enjoy the 500-acre preserve in the Valley of the Moon. Location: 13935 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen.  For more info,call (707) 938-4554 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Corncob Pencil Holders
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Swing by the Presidio Officers’ Club to make your own corn-y pencil holder. Best for kids aged 5 to 12 years. 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.
  • Storytime: Mustache Baby!
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    Come to Barnes & Noble for this special, fun-filled storytime featuring Mustache Baby (aka Baby Billy). Activities to follow. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco's 164th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
    Civic Center Plaza
    Saturday, 11:30 am–5 pm

    The colorful festivities and parade will showcase Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, and children's rides and inflatables. The parade begins at 11:30 am at the corner of Second and Market Streets, where more than 5,000 participants from all over the USA will work their way City Hall. For more info, visit their website.

Farm Day 2015 Comes to Marin Center

March 10, 2015

Marin Farm Day 2015Celebrate all things agricultural on Thursday, March 19 from 9 am to noon at the 2015 Marin Farm Day at the Marin County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. This free event, celebrating its 31st year, provides hands-on educational experiences outside the classroom for kids of all ages.

Families and children can meet farm animals, including cows, horses and ponies, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, and more, and experience interactive exhibition on agriculture, health, animals, gardens, seed planting, spinning and weaving, gardening, and environmental education from a variety of Northern California ranchers, growers, producers, and educators. Participants also include local 4H clubs.

Many of the exhibits and presentations are specifically focused on children ages 3 through 12, but all ages are welcome. Come have fun and learn about the importance of agriculture and farming in Marin County. There will also be elementary school essay, art, and quilt contests, with awards sponsored by various business donors.

10 Cool Camps for Spring Break in Marin

March 7, 2015

Spring Break Camp in MarinLooking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break in April? Check out our list of 10 great spring break day camps here in Marin County. Unless otherwise noted, camps take place between April 13 and 17, 2015.

  • Studio 4 Art
    1133 Grant Avenue, Novato

    (415) 596-5546
    Studio 4 Art specializes in true traditional art techniques with a modern and contemporary twist. Campers at Studio 4 Art can choose from drawing, illustration, painting (acrylic, oil, and water), cartooning, clay, ceramics, wheel-throwing, sculpture, sewing, mosaics, screen-printing, t-shirt design, mono printing, relief printing, photography, and mixed media. Each camp highlights as many of these topics as time permits. Camps take place April 13–17 from 9:30 am-–1:30 pm. Cost: $315 for the week, $68 daily drop-in (must reserve 24 hours ahead). 10% sibling discount. For more info, visit www.studio4art.net.
  • Rolling Hills Club Spring Break Camp
    351 San Andreas Drive, Novato
    (415) 897-2185

    Come explore spring with insects, flowers, eggs, fun April Fools crafts, and more. Each day has a different theme! Play games, laugh, create crafts, have lots of fun and, of course, we will sports and splash the day away! April 13–17, 9 am–4 pm. Extended care available. Cost: $60 members, $70 guests, daily; $270 members, $315 guests per week. For more info, visit their website.
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