Events and Outings

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2016

May 27, 2016
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 27

  • 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 27 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 30 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $14 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $20. 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 $25 advance, $35 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.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This season's kickoff event features Mustache Harbor performing the hits of the '70s and '80s. For more information, visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Katia & Co Presents: The Wizard of Oz
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    The Wizard of Oz starring young actors ranging in age from 5 to 16 from all over Marin County. This show is directed and choreographed by Katia McHaney. Tickets: adults $15 and Children $12. Purchase tickets here.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Sweet Charity
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm
    Sweet Charity, the spring Throckmorton Youth Production, is a hit! Bring your family, bring your friends—you will be singing along all week! Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real… Tickets: $15–$20 general, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 28

  • 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.
  • Exhibition Opening: The Magic Tree House
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, the Magic Tree House traveling exhibition allows children to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Museum admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Carnivore Carnival 2016
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Monday, 10 am–5 pm

    Carnivore Carnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to the zoo's amazing bears, lions, tigers, wolverines, fishing cats, and otters. After you stop by and see these magnificent animals, try your luck at many fun carnival games... you may even win a prize!  After some cotton candy, a hot dog and soda, show off your strength on the Rock Climbing Wall. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 38th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Family Hike: Come to Your Senses at Crissy Field
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Come experience sites sounds, smells, and flavors of Crissy Field on a one-mile easy walk at the Crissy Marsh. Look for crabs, taste strawberry treats; listen to legends, smell a sea shore habitat; touch and play on the sands of Crissy field under the cypress trees. Free: for the whole family; pre-registration is required; 415 561-2805. For more info, visit their website.

"What a Ride!" at the 2016 Marin County Fair

May 25, 2016

Marin County Fair Stormtroopers

Who's ready for the fair?! The 75th annual Marin County Fair opens on Thursday, June 30, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "What a Ride!"

This year, the Fair celebrates Marin County and all of its colorful traditions and innovations and highlights what residents love most about their local fair, like thrilling rides, popular concerts, farm animals, family activities, amazing exhibis, and a spectacular nightly fireworks display. This year's theme also echoes Hunter S. Thompson's quote “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!”

Free Outdoor Family Movies in Marin and the Bay Area

May 24, 2016

Film Night in the Park Marin County Summer

Summer means its time for free outdoor movies in Marin and the Bay Area, so grab your blankets and pillows, pack the picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy some flicks al fresco. Here's our guide to free family-friendly outdoor movies in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. Most movies begin at dusk or around 8 pm; check the organizer's website for exact time and location.

In addition, the North Bay Mobile Drive-In screens movies on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building in Novato; join their Meetup page to get notified about upcoming screenings.

2016 Outdoor Movie Schedule:

June

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 20, 21 & 22

May 20, 2016
Mountain Play West Side Story 2016
West Side Story premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 22.

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 20

  • KidsFest at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The most popular family event at the zoo returns! Enjoy exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, face painting, fun activities, and more, as well as free food, beverages, and parking. Tickets: $35 and up; discounts for SFZS members. For more information, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. Based on the animated Disney film and the hit Broadway musical. Tickets: $16–26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Sweet Charity
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm
    Sweet Charity, the spring Throckmorton Youth Production, is a hit! Bring your family, bring your friends—you will be singing along all week! Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real… Tickets: $15–$20 general, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 21

  • 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.
  • Open to the Public: Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve is open for their spring and summer season. Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore our bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. Volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Location: 4900 Highway 1, between Bolinas and Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 13, 14 & 15

May 13, 2016
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 13

  • Opening Day: Hamilton Community Pool
    Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the 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.
  • Friday Fun Days!
    South Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am
    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages.  Location: 931 C Street, Hamiliton, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Bob Barner author/illustrator of Sea Bones will be here to read you a bedtime story and help you to make collage art of your own. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before you head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar PTA Presents: High School Musical
    Del Mar Middle School, Tiburon

    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm
    Join the students of Del Mar as they present this year's play, High School Musical. Tickets: $12. Doors open at 6 pm. Open Seating. Limited sales at the box office starting at 5:30 pm each evening. Purchase advance tickets here. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. Based on the animated Disney film and the hit Broadway musical. Tickets: $16–26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof. Kid-friendly. Tickets: $22 adults, student $16. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 14

  • Tour of Novato and Community Fair
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 6:30 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, bike riders from the Novato community ride to support local schools. Day-of registration begins at 6:30 am. Community Fair and Student Showcase begins at 10 am and runs through 2 pm, with face painting, crafts, bicycle safety rodeo, carnival games and prizes, free books for kids of all ages, and more. Admission to the Community Fair is free. Location, Novato City Hall, Sherman Avenue (at Grant). For more info or to register online, visit their website.
  • 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), Emily Butterfly Puppet Show 9:30. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Get ready for some serious fun! The BADM's new STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. This Saturday: "Code Our Future: Super Solving with Robots." Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • St. Anselm Festival of Fun
    St. Anselm's School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm

    This free family fun festival offers over 25 attractions, including carnival rides, prize games, music and entertainment, face painting, jumpy houses and slides, and more. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for rides and games. Location: 40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, crafts men and women, plus others who lived in Old California. Have fun learning basket weaving, candle making techniques, dances from the rancho, and playing games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive! Admission: $3 adults, $2 children 6–16. Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: We Love Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! Suitable for ages 8–13.  Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunset Celebration Weekend
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Sunset is hosting its 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma. Tour the debut of Sunset’s Test Gardens and new Outdoor Test Kitchen; mingle with writers and celebrity chefs; attend seminars on home, travel, food, and garden; enjoy fine food, wine, and shopping.  Kids 12 and under are free on Saturday with a paid adult.  Purchase tickets here. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! For the past year, they've been working on a new album for release this spring. "Inspiraled" brings together new fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.

The Circus is Coming to Town Memorial Day Weekend

May 8, 2016

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, May 26–30. 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.

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 6, 7 & 8

May 6, 2016

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 6

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof. Kid-friendly. Tickets: $22 adults, student $16. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • Family Film Night: The Good Dinosaur
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 6–10 pm
    Bring your sleeping bags and camp out on the gym floor while you enjoy a fun free movie on a big screen. Free popcorn and It's It ice creams. Food available from Off the Grid at 6 pm, cartoon shorts at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 8 pm. The event is indoors at the Presidio Community Y Gymnasium, 63 Funston Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio. Stay warm and cozy with BYO blankets and cushions. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 7

  • Marin Human Race 5K Race
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon
    Saturday, 7–11 am

    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.
  • Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo
    Lucchesi Park Community Center
    Saturday, 9 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 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at the Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    In celebration of Mother's Day, join us for complimentary herbal tea, for cupcake decorating with Mom and to make a special card for her. Or toast Mom with a treat from the Farmers' Market Mimosa Bar! We’ll be pouring Champagne and mixing it with Pressed Juicery’s fresh-pressed orange juice. The bar is located beneath the Big Tent, so stop by from 10-2 for a mimosa or a glass of champagne. For more info, visit their website.
  • Horse Expo
    Novato Horsemens Arena
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    See horse demonstrations, get to know local horse businesss, and more at this one-day equine expo. Free! Location: 600 Bugeia Lane, Novato. 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. Food available for purchase. Location: 1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall, San Francisco. For more info call (415) 567-5505 or visit their website.
  • Flower Crowns for Mothers and Children
    Saturday, 10–11 am
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

    Come make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away. Cost: $20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child, $12 Additional Sibling or Parent Chaperone. Registration required here.
  • Mother's Day Art in the Park
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael

    Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Meet at the South Shore Picnic Area. Park entrance fee waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Moms & Nature Hike
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm
    Point Bonita, Marin Headlands
    What's better than a giving the gift of nature and relaxation? Let's celebrate more than one mother: Mother Nature and you, your mother, or mother figure by stretching and strolling around the Headlands with one of our naturalists. Following the free program event, we serve a delicious, optional lunch in our popular dining hall where we serve local and organic food for only $10/adult and $5/children up to 12 years old. Learn more on their website.
  • Spend Mother's Day on a Goat Farm
    Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Spend Mother's Day on a family-run goat farm in Sebastopol where you can sample yogurt and artisan cheese, see newborn kids, pet baby goats, climb hay bales, and more. Admission is free! Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery is located at 5480 Thomas Road in Sebastopol. Find out more on their website
  • STEAM Saturday: Building with the Three Little Pigs
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Please wear comfy clothes that are OK to get messy! Register at the Children’s Reference Desk, or at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Castles and Kites 2016
    Doran Beach, Bodega Bay
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Castles and Kites is an annual celebration of sandcastle building and kite flying at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay. At Castles and Kites, amateurs and experts are welcome to join in the fun. For kite flying, you can bring your own kite or sit back and watch others show off their kite-handling skills. For sandcastle building, free tools and molds are on loan from Sonoma Regional Parks, and long-time sand sculptors will be at work on elaborate creations. Castles and Kites is a spring tradition! Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 29, 30 & May 1

April 30, 2016
Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide
Take a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide this weekend.

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

Friday, April 29

  • Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come to the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse Sale where you can experience direct selling to the public—there will be no middle man and the savings will be passed directly on to you!  This is one of the hidden shopping gems in Marin County and has been in existence for over 20 years! Vendors are continually signing up to participate so visit their website at www.belmarinkeysale.com for the most up-to-date information (such as who is open which days) as well as a downloadable map!
  • SF Opera Guild Sing A Story Presents Cinderella
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce a classic opera story, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, and props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4–10. No registration required. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Batter Up
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm

    Take me out to the ball game! Kids (ages 5–10) will have a fun evening with a baseball card scavenger hunt and a game of marshmallow baseball. Mix up some homemade root beer and make (peanut free) cracker jacks. We will watch the classic movie Sandlot. Pizza will be provided. Cost: $22 per child (members ) and $32 per child ( Guests ). Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Corte Madera Town Band 20th Birthday Concert
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7:30–10 pm

    Celebrate CMTB's 20th birthday at this year's 20th Annual Spring Concert. CMTB is pulling out all the stops for this wonderful celebration. Expect delightful beverages, delicious treats, and extraordinary raffle prizes at this year's concert. Free. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 30

  • Fishing in the City
    Scottsdale Pond, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Novato's annual Fishing in the City program is co-sponsored by the City of Novato, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Novato Sunrise Rotary. Bait, tackle and rods are provided for this fun-filled family outing. Anyone 16+ must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, but drop-ins are welcome if there's space. Clinics last 30 minutes, and run from 8 to 10:30 am. Free. Location: Redwood and Rowland Boulevards, Novato. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm. Address: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. Visit their website here.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale (cash only please). All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinovators Student STEAM Exhibition
    College of Marin, Kentfield
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate with the curious open-minded youth of Marin who design, make, create, and code. See how the future is being imagined, programmed, invented, manufactured, and 3D printed by Marin County students. You can see robots in action, state-of-the-art technology, flying quadracopters, and hands-on demonstrations. Free. Location: College of Marin Academic Center. Get free tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
    Various farms in Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate Spring and see what's flowering! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Most locations are free. Register here for a complete list of participating farms.
  • American Girl Pizza Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Enjoy your time with your child at another awesome class with American Girl—a pizza party! We’ll make our own dough and then you can top your pizza just as you please. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. Cost: $40 per child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Amazing Science
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am
    Enjoy an exciting STEAM demonstration followed by hands-on displays and projects for elementary school-age children. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Play games, listen to live music, eat and drink, win prizes, and have the best Saturday ever at this free community event! Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Japanese Carp Kites
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! This weekend: During World War II, Japanese-American soldiers worked as interpreters. Celebrate Japanese culture and Children’s Day by making traditional carp kites! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Marinovators Showcases STEAM this Saturday at College of Marin

April 28, 2016

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators this Saturday, April 30, 2016 at College of Marin Academic Center  in Kentfield from 10 am to 3 pm. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.

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