Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 24, 25 & 26

March 25, 2017

See the cherry trees in bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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 24

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

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County

    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • MC Spring Musical 2017: Little Women the Musical
    Marin Catholic Performing Arts Center
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
    Little Women the Musical has amazing music and is full of adventure, romance, hilarity, and hope. For the entire family. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 675 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Middle School Presents Fiddler on the Roof
    San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: San Domenico School, Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts,1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 25

  • 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.
  • Special Exhibit Opening: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Market
    Treasure Island, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come out for a special Easter market this weekend. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, shop 400+ local artists, hunt for golden eggs throughout the market, photos with the Fleaster bunny and more... $3 Entry; Kids 12 & Under Free, free parking and pett friendly. For more info, visit their website.
  • Rally Healthfest San Francisco
    Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Join Rally Health and Rally Health Ambassadors actor/comedian Kevin Hart for this fun outdoor festival celebrating healthy living and featuring fun activities for the entire family. Activities include: free fitness bootcamps, yoga, football drills, a kids zone and more. Register for this free event here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Retro Recycled Racecars
    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.
    Start Your Engines! In May we are celebrating the many ways people travelled to and from the Presidio. Whether it was on Lincoln, Arguello, or Lombard, many people arrived at the Presidio by car. Come create your own car to drive through the Presidio. Registration preferred but not required. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Art Smart Showcase
    North Bay Artworks, Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–4 pm

    This is a fabulous display of student creative works hosted in a professional studio setting, the North Bay ArtWorks. Free. Location: 7049 Redwood Boulevard, suite 208
    Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents: Legally Blonde The Musical
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1 & 6:30 pm
    Follow Elle Woods on this fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment, as she tackles stereotypes, snobs and scandal! With the help of her Harvard classmate, Emmett, and quirky hairdresser, Paulette, she learns that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. This musical production features performers ages 9 and up. Tickets $24. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Stars, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Brewfest 2017
    Fairfax Pavilon, Downtown Fairfax
    Saturday, 1–5 pm
    Get your friends together for a fun day of sampling over 70 brews from more than 20 of the West Coast's finest craft breweries, live music. Includes souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastings, and terrific live music! Kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Tickets: $40. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Amazing Bubble Man
    Napa Valley Colllege Performing Arts Center
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Perfect for all ages. Tickets: $25–$35. Puchase tickets here. Location: 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Ocean in a Bottle: "Does it float?"
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome.  For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Spring with these Fun Family Outings

March 19, 2017

Japanese Tea Garden

Spring officially begins tomorrow, Monday, March 20! 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?

Spring is in Bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden

March 18, 2017

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 Weekend Family Fun for March 17, 18 & 19

March 18, 2017

Mt Burdell spring wildflowersTake a spring wildflower hike this weekend on Mt. Burdell in Novato.

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.

Spring has arrived...take a family-friendly farm tour or enjoy one of the many wildflower hikes.

Friday, March 17

  • Shamrock Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
    Top o' the morning! All day long, kids will be enchanted by the discovery of hidden "gold" throughout the museum, play with magical shimmery gak, explore shamrock art and wear green for an extra dose of the luck of the irish! For more info, visit their website.
  • Irish Fiddle and Banjo Tunes w/ John Pedersen
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 12–1 pm

    Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Irish fiddle and banjo tunes played by John Pedersen, local musician and longtime proprietor of Amazing Grace Music. Everyone is welcome to attend.
    Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Shamrock Cookie Decorating
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 2–6 pm

    Bring the kids and join us at Poppy Store for a special St. Patrick's Day treat! Shamrock cookie decorating (and eating!). For more info, visit their website.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 5:30–6:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Primary & Middle School Presents: Into the Woods Jr.
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. $18 adults, $12 students. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • North Bay Rep: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 5 pm

    Join director Sharon Boucher and other local youth and adult actors for North Bay Reps production of Beauty and the Beast! The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Tickets: $20 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jemima Puddle-Duck and Peter Rabbit
    Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 5 pm

    A charming play adaptation of the beloved stories from Beatrix Potter will be presented at CTE/TAM Drama from March 15-19. Favorites such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck along with several of her other stories will be presented. This production is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12/adults and $5/children and seniors. Puchase tickets here. Location: Caldwell Theater, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
    College of Marin Performing Arts Building
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Here's the whole Peanuts gang on stage! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and of course, Charlie Brown's best pal, Snoopy the Beagle. The play deals with a day in the life of Charlie Brown - from bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening! Bring the whole family! Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Paul Smith.  Tickets for other nights: $25, seniors $20 and COM Associates $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 835 College Avenue, the James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 18

  • Sunrise Hike at King Mountain
    King Mountain Open Space Preserve, Kentfield
    Saturday, 6:15–8:30 am

    Start your Saturday with a sunrise hike. Join Ranger Blain Thompson as we walk through your local forest to watch the sun rise from the beautiful King Mountain Loop Trail (approximately 1.5 miles). This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Rain will cancel. Meet at the gate at the end of Ridgecrest Road in Kentfield. 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 1.5-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: $18 SFZS members, $23 non-members. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Novato Mothers Club Kid's Rummage Sale
    Downtown Novato Recreation Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    This huge rummage sale takes place on Saturday, March 18, from 9 am to 3 pm. You can literally get everything you need for your family: cribs, strollers, children’s clothing, maternity wear, toys, books, shoes, nursing items, and more. It's a favorite shopping event for Marin families. The sale will close from 1:30 to 2 pm. After 2 pm everything will be 50% off! Location: 950 Seventh Street, off Grant Avenue, in downtown Novato (adjacent to the Novato Gymnastics Center). Admission to the rummage sale and parking are free. Cash only. For more info, visit their Facebook page here.
  • Free Saturday Morning Zumba
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party on the lawn. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Check in at the Aquatics & Fitness Center front desk when coming for class. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • 2017 Annual Arbor Day Eco Fair
    Warm Water Cove Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    During the annual Arbor Day celebration, there will be a focus on educating community members of all ages about urban tree care and environmental sustainability while enjoying fun-filled fair activities and informational booths. They are extremely hopeful that community youth, their families, their teachers and everyone else interested will join the fair. Location: 300 24th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open Cockpit Weekend
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are your chance to get up close to selected aircraft and look inside. We raise the canopies and open the doors to give you an unobstructed view so you can see what a genuine fighter plane, attack plane, transport, helicopter, or other type is like from the inside! This weekend, climb aboard a Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw helicopter. Museum admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: Secrets of Moss and Lichen
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    In honor of St. Patrick’s day, join our moss and lichen hunt, learn a little botany, and make a “secret garden” to take home. $15, $10 members. Registration required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Matinee: Ella Fitzerald's Centennial with Tiffany Austin
    SF Jazz, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am

    SF Jazz celebrates the centennial of one of the greatest voices in jazz and First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald! Born in 1917, Ella’s powerful tone, impeccable phrasing and uncanny scatting made her one of the most beloved vocalists in American music history. For our Family Matinee in honor of Women’s History Month, Bay Area soulful songstress Tiffany Austin celebrates the legacy of one of the most iconic figures in American music. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Frances England
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Frances England plays critically acclaimed indie pop for the young and young at heart. Her fifth album, Explorer of the World, will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:30 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Magnetic Flower Power
    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! With spring just around the corner, the Presidio will be blooming with wildflowers. Celebrate the return of our favorite native flowers, like Presidio Clarkia and Lessingia, by making your own native flower magnets! 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.
  • STEAM Saturday
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theater: Hansel and Gretel
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 pm

    With a bare cupboard and no food, out of desperation their stepmother contrives to leave Hansel and Gretel deep in the woods, to fend for themselves. Hansel and Gretel get caught by the Witch Wicked and fear they are doomed to be turned into gingerbread! With the help of their friends, they are able to outwit Witch Wicked and break her spell.  Come see this classic tale performed by kids for kids! This adventure is suitable for all ages!  Get your tickets today!!
     Tickets: $13.23. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Spring Family Hikes at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Are you looking for a fun, family friendly hike in a beautiful Sonoma County park? Join our naturalist staff at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park as we explore some of the county’s different habitats and inhabitants. Three hikes start on the hour, at 1, 2 and 3PM. Wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. For more information, call (707) 539-2865 Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Loctation: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bookshelf Author Series Featuring Lemony Snicket
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rasa
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Meet best-selling author Lemony Snicket, creator of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which includes 13 books that have garnered numerous awards. Mr. Snicket, a longtime fan of Charles Schulz, will talk about his admiration for Peanuts and other topics relating to despair. Tickets are free with Museum admission and available on a first come, first serve basis at the Museum starting at 10:00 am on the day of the event. Find out info, visit their website.

Farm Day 2017 Comes to the Marin Center Tomorrow, March 16!

March 15, 2017

Bring the family to the 33rd Annual Marin Farm Day on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 9 am to noon at the Marin County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. This free event, provides 40–50 hands-on environmental and agricultural activities specifically suited for children ages 3 to 12.

Easter Egg Hunts in Marin & the Bay Area

March 14, 2017

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Easter is just a few weeks away (it's on Sunday, April 16 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 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are 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 and Park
    Sunday, April 2, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos for a carnival and 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 and 4–5 yrs on the playground at 10:30 am; ages 2 and 3 on the grass and 6 and up at the playground at 11:15 am. Pre-sale packages for egg hunt and carnival are available by calling (415) 435-4355.  For more info, visit their website.

Find a Bargain at the Novato Mothers Club Kid's Rummage Sale, Saturday, March 18

March 13, 2017

Novaot Mothers Club Rummage Sale

Don’t miss the 2017 Novato Mothers Club Rummage Sale! This huge rummage sale takes place on Saturday, March 18, from 9 am to 3 pm. You can literally get everything you need for your family: cribs, strollers, children’s clothing, maternity wear, toys, books, shoes, nursing items, and more. It's a favorite shopping event for Marin families. The sale will close from 1:30 to 2 pm. After 2 pm everything will be 50% off!

The Novato Mothers Club Rummage Sale will take place at the Downtown Novato Recreation Center, located at 950 Seventh Street, off Grant Avenue, in downtown Novato (adjacent to the Novato Gymnastics Center). Admission to the rummage sale and parking are free. Cash only.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 10, 11 & 12

March 11, 2017

Try one of the 6 spectacular spring wildflower hikes for families in Marin 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 throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, March 10

  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm

    Just Between Friends bills itself as the North Bay's largest kids and maternity consignment sale, and offers toys, clothing, outdoor gear, mommy supplies, furniture, and more. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards accepted. There's a $3 admission charge on Thursday and $2 charge on Friday, but you can get in for free by registering for a pass in advance. The offer two sales each year: one in the spring and then another in the fall. Address: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $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.
  • Early Childhood Open House
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Friday, 11 am–noon

    Marin Waldorf School's early childhood program offers a nurturing environment filled with rhythm and wonder. The nature of our program ensures a strong sense of consistency, order and security - essential to the healthy development of the young child. Everything done in class has a purpose, instilling a sense of joy and care for every task. The atmosphere is homelike and the focus is on play and cultivating imagination. Outdoor playtime is scheduled every day, rain or shine. Come visit our beautiful classrooms and meet our early childhood teachers to learn more. RSVP online or call (415) 479-8190 for more info. Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael 94903.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Oliver
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Throckmorton Youth Performers deliver a heart-warming, unforgettable performance the whole family will enjoy! Join us on this wild adventure through Victorian England Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist.Tickets. $15–$35. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • North Bay Rep: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 5 pm

    Join director Sharon Boucher and other local youth and adult actors for North Bay Reps production of Beauty and the Beast! The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Tickets: $20 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
    College of Marin Performing Arts Building
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Here's the whole Peanuts gang on stage! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and of course, Charlie Brown's best pal, Snoopy the Beagle. The play deals with a day in the life of Charlie Brown - from bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening! Bring the whole family! Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Paul Smith. This runs from March 3–19. March 3 production-pay what you will preview. Tickets for other nights: $25, seniors $20 and COM Associates $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 835 College Avenue, the James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 11

  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    (see Friday for details)
  • Spring Toddler Days
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. Fee: $25 per person; children 23 months and under are free. Please select the quantity of tickets you'd like to purchase before adding to cart. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broom Busters Work Day – 20th Anniversary Celebration
    Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Old St. Hilary’s Broom Busters. Come learn about the importance of invasive species removal and lend a hand! All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please bring gloves if you have them.  Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at  (415) 473-3778. Location: Meet at the gate at the end of Vistazo West St in Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am
    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family!  Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Camp Fair
    Dominican University of California, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Explore a variety of summer camps at this Saturday's Marin Camp Fair. Fun for everyone, with free pizza, fun prizes for kids, face painting and a bounce house, as well as representatives from dozens of summer camps. This year will also feature a visit from the Disney princesses from Once Upon a Song. Location: Conlan Center Gymnasium, 1475 Grand Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Little Folkies Family Band Spring Concert
    Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bring your whole family dance and sing along to your Little Folkies favorites and a repertoire of fun, old, traditional tunes played by the Little Folkies Family Band with fiddle, banjo, guitar and the old-time winter spirit! Tickets: $17 adults, $12 children. Location: 280 Buena Vista Ave, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: Easter Cookies
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Join us for an exciting class all about Easter Cookies! We’ll teach you how to make and then decorate cookies that will almost be too beautiful to eat!   Suitable for ages 8–13. Free. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Summer Resource Fair
    County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The Fair features 200 exhibitors from organizations that offer summer programs, classes, camps, and other services for children and youth ages 0–24. Many of the exhibitors will host activities at their tables, the SF Rec & Park Department will host a range of sports, arts and crafts, and other play stations, the SF Public Library will give away books, and Play-Well TEKnologies will work with attendees to build a model of the city of San Francisco out of LEGOs! Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Purim Celebration for Families with Young Children
    Easton Hal, Berkeley
    Saurday, 10:30 am–noon

    Join other families in a cozy and welcoming environment to celebrate this joyful Jewish costume holiday. We'll sing silly Purim songs and hear how brave Queen Esther saved the day, led by Rabbi Bridget and beloved Jewish songleader Isaac Zones. We'll also enjoy a hands-on service project, yummy Purim treats, and more. We encourage children and adults to come in costume. A silly hat or your shirt on backwards works great! Presented by Jewish Gateways. Register online here. Cost: $25 per family. Location: 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Theatre Association: Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1 pm

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

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Grass Pals
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco

    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Presidio’s Main Parade Ground is known for its lush grass. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create a tiny friend with grass for hair. 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.
  • LEGO Batman Movie Event
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera

    Saturday, 11–11:45 am
    At the finale for our three-month celebration of The LEGO Batman Movie, kids will be able to help Batman protect Gotham from the Joker by making their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon! RSVPs are required for this event, due to space limitations; email crm2274@bn.com with your name, phone, and number of children to attend. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fiber and Dye Family Day
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come explore the wonderful world of plant-based fibers & dyes. There will be weaving demonstrations by the Golden Gate Weaving Guild, paper-making activities and natural dye sampling! Explore our exhibit and join us for this free hands-on family day for children and adults of all ages. Free after garden admission. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
    Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11:30 am

    The 166th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the West Coast’s largest event celebrating Irish history and culture. The Parade will start at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands will wind their way to Civic Center Plaza. Following the parade, the Festival will be held at Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall. This year’s Festival features cultural and exhibitor booths, a healthy selection of Irish food and beverages, Irish dancing, live music, both contemporary and traditional, and activities for children including inflatable and mechanical rides and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theater: Hansel and Gretel
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 pm

    With a bare cupboard and no food, out of desperation their stepmother contrives to leave Hansel and Gretel deep in the woods, to fend for themselves. Hansel and Gretel get caught by the Witch Wicked and fear they are doomed to be turned into gingerbread! With the help of their friends, they are able to outwit Witch Wicked and break her spell.  Come see this classic tale performed by kids for kids! This adventure is suitable for all ages!  Get your tickets today!!
     Tickets: $13.23. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Music for Families: How to Build an Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    It’s a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family! Learn what makes the heart of the Symphony beat, enjoy music inspired by Lemony Snicket, works featured in Harry Potter, and come on a musical adventure where you and your family solve a whimsical, musical mystery. With audience participation and interaction with the musicians, learn about the symphony orchestra in new and fun ways. Come early to collect stamps in your musical passport and enjoy lobby activities such as the instrument petting zoo, coloring areas, and the conductor photo station. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Tickets: $13.50–$64. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 3, 4 & 5

March 3, 2017

Visit McNears Beach Park in San Rafael for free 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 3

  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Meet Children's Author and Illustrator Alexandra Boiger
    San Anselmo Library-Council Chambers
    Friday, 3:30 pm
    Learn about the art of children’s book illustration with renowned local children’s author and illustrator Alexandra Boiger. She is the illustrator of the children’s series Tallulah and the forthcoming When Jackie Saved Grand Central, to be published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Come get a sneak peek at her latest book! Location: 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Totally '80s
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    It’s totally rad! Join us for a totally tubular '80s party! We will much on some '80s candy, visit our '80s beauty bar for a '80s makeover, and dance to some sick '80s tunes. We will watch Smurfs: World of Wonders. A pizza dinner will be served. Must be potty trained. Ages: 2.5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Constance Hale
    Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Constance Hale will be here to read you a bedtime story from 'Iwalani's Tree. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed. As a special treat, Constance will give a little hula demonstration and show some of her treasures from the sea!  Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their website.
  • Free Movie Night: Lilo & Stitch 2
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on the first Friday of the month for movie night. Free pizza and soda will be served. Students, parents, and friends welecome. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • MVMS Cabaret 2017 presents Annie
    Mill Valley Middle School Gym
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    The annual Mill Valley Middle School Cabaret is an all-ages show featuring a cast and crew of approximately 100 students who auditioned to be singers, dancers, and actors; or applied to be stage managers, set designers, costume designers, makeup artists, lighting assistants, and sound assistants. Tickets: $10–$35. Purchase tickets here. Location: 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
    College of Marin Performing Arts Building
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Here's the whole Peanuts gang on stage! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and of course, Charlie Brown's best pal, Snoopy the Beagle. The play deals with a day in the life of Charlie Brown - from bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening! Bring the whole family! Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Paul Smith. This runs from March 3–19. March 3 production-pay what you will preview. Tickets for other nights: $25, seniors $20 and COM Associates $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 835 College Avenue, the James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 4

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

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

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series: Robots and the Future
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 a m–5 pm

    Children use their STEM skills to design, imagine, and test innovations around robotics. Activities include testing robot circuitry, programming robots to follow commands, and using everyday objects to engineer instruments. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House Play Date: Marin Multiples
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Learn about the club and meet other parents of multiples! Location: 298 Peacock Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am
    Kick off an energetic weekend with Zumba at McInnis Park led by a professional instructor. This event is ideal for all ages so bring the family. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water. Rain will cancel the event. Questions: Contact Kevin Wright at KWright@marincounty.org, or (415) 473-2129. For more info, visit their website.
  • Crissy Field-Ranger Lead Family Bike Ride
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:45–11:30 am

    Family-friendly bike trip around Crissy Field and the Presidio Main Post!  Led by a Presidio park ranger, this 5.3-mile mostly-flat ride will take you on a whirlwind tour of some Presidio highlights, including: Fort Point, the brand new Presidio Visitor Center, Crissy Field marsh and the the Historic Pet Cemetery. Bike rentals available. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mountain Bike Ride with a Ranger
    Rush Creek, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Supervising Ranger Ian McLorg for a morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Rain will cancel. Location: Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Road in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company's Hare & Tortoise
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am, 12:30 pm & 3 pm, Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm
    Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend--the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up. Tickets: $18–$22. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-5200 or visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Disney's Beauty and the Beast "Be Our Guest"
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Come and celebrate the launch of Beauty and the Beast with a fun cooking class for kids ages 8–13. We'll be making Beastly Bread Pudding and Chips and favorte oat chocolate chip cookies. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco 94103. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturday
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Dazzling Damselfly
    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! The forktail damselfly was reintroduced to Mountain Lake in October. This month, the larvae will finally emerge from the water as adults! Welcome these rare damselflies back to the Presidio by making a damselfly craft. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint
    The Old Mint, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    This weekend, the Old Mint becomes a pop-up museum of San Francisco history featuring more than 75 exhibitors at the San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, reenactors, and other history enthusiasts for a free community open house at this historic site. Free. Location: 88 Fifth Street (at Mission Street), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Loctation: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Hansel and Gretel
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 and 3:30 pm & Sunday, 2:30 pm

    With a bare cupboard and no food, the stepmother contrives to leave Hansel and Gretel deep in the woods, to shift for themselves. Their playmates set off in search of them, but are captured by Witch Wicked and turned into a gingerbread fence. Hansel and Gretel are also caught, but outwit the witch and break her spell. The stepmother arrives remorseful, and all go home laden with baskets of jewels. This play is a fun adventure for kids of all ages! Tickets: $12. Location: Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Healthy Parks Family Walk
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you'll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. For more info, visit their website.
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