Events and Outings

Marin Family-Friendly Weekend Fun for February 27, 28 & March 1

February 27, 2015
mount burdell
Take a family hike on Mount Burdell in Novato 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, February 27

  • Disney On Ice Presents Let's Celebrate
    Oracle Arena, Oakland

    Friday, 10:30 am & 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday, 11 am, 3 pm & 6:30 pm
    It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Shows run from February 25–March 1. Tickets start at $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Beauty and the Beast
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    The classic story of a repulsive Beast who inhabits a strange and magical castle, and of the beautiful girl who is caught in the castle whose innocence and sympathetic affection for the Beast breaks a wicked spell and releases a handsome prince. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cabaret 2015: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Mill Valley Middle School
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm

    This weekend, Mill Valley Middle School presents its musical production of Roald Dahl's beloved story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Performances take place on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, February 28 at 1 and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are available at the door only, and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. Location: MVMS Gym, 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 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.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Hike to Fairway Falls
    Fairway Drive, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will visit Fairway Falls in Novato, part of the Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve. Marin's waterfalls are some of the county's hidden treasures and are best appreciated when they're running full force in winter and spring. This easy hike follows the creek through a lush forest and ends at the waterfalls. Free. For directions or more info, visit their website.
  • Spotlight Event with Author Faith Ringgold
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Celebrate Black History Month by creating a gorgeous quilt inspired by the author of Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold. Programs are free with admission to the museum. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546.4069 or visit their website.
  • World on Stage Performances: Chinyakare Ensemble
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    Chinyakare Ensemble presents the incredibly varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance. Harmonically weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture. Tickets: $5 members, $7 general plus Museum admission).Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Meet the Cat in the Hat
    Powell's Sweet Shoppe, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Meet the one-and-only Cat in the Hat in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. Goodie Bags and gelato for $5. Face painting and much more fun! 10% of all sales generated during event hours will go to the Novato Unified School District. Location: 879 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco History Expo
    The Old Mint, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Come to the Old Mint as more than 50 San Francisco organizations create "mini-museums" showcasing the diverse history of San Francisco's communities. In addition, there will be historic films, special programs, an art exhibition, and more. Admission: $5, under 12 free. The Old Mint is located South of Market at 88 5th Street at Mission. For more information, visit their website.

Find a Bargain at the Novato Mothers Club Kid's Rummage Sale, Saturday, March 7

February 26, 2015

Novato Mothers Club Rummage SaleDon’t miss the 2015 Novato Mothers Club Rummage Sale! This huge rummage sale takes place on Saturday, March 7, 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. There will also be a bake sale for goodies to munch while you shop.

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 Novato's Downtown 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 Family Weekend Fun for February 20, 21 & 22

February 20, 2015

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, February 20

  • Lake Fishing for Kids
    Stafford Lake County Park, Novato
    Friday, 9–11 am

    Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park, and try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided. A fishing license is not required for persons under 16. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.  RSVPs appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: jgilmore@marincounty.org. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Mid-Winter Movie Fest: Despicable Me
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 2–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for an afternoon of fun and a movie. Free. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 258-4600 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 21

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

    Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park's reservoir. 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.
  • Celebrate the Year of the Sheep
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Saturday, 9 am–1:30 pm

    Bring the whole family to a day of special performances and hands-on activities in celebration of the Year of the Sheep. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi demonstrations with dazzling sword forms and more. Enjoy family-friendly children's activities and Lunar New Year Story Times! Location: 9th Avenue, just inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 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.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Habitot Children's Museum
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion, food, music and dance. There will be an exciting dragon parade through the museum in which children can participate. Children can practice black ink calligraphy and also create their own paper dragon puppets in the Art Studio. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
    Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. The museum features one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. Ordinay museum admission fee applies. Location: 1 Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Rudy Trubitt & Hiram Bell
    Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am
    (doors open at 10:45 am)
    Rudy Trubitt and Hiram Bell appear regularly at the Freight: Rudy hosts the Patchwork Series while Bell teaches beginner and intermediate ukulele classes. They'll combine their considerable talents (guitar, ukulele, harmonica, porch-board and more) in an engaging, interactive performance for young and old alike. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Lunar Chinese New Year Festival
    Fourth Street in Berkeley
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    Join 4th street merchants for a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year featuring a traditional candy giveaway at participating shops, lion and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstrations, and a blessing of the stores. Free. Location: 4th Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year: Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company
    Presidio Library Meeting Room
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm
    Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a performance of traditional and contemporary Chinese Dance with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Free. Location: 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Bay Area Discovery Museum Today!

February 16, 2015

Dragon for chinese new year at bay area discovery museumGung hay fat choy! Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum opens on a Monday (something that happens rarely) for its annual Chinese New Year Festival. The festivities take place today, February 16 (Presidents' Day) from 9 am to 5 pm. At the this celebration of the Year of the Sheep, the whole family can find something to do. Try your hand at traditional Chinese calligraphy, construct a paper lantern, see a vibrant performance by the Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group, dine on delicious Chinese food, or make your own sweet wonton (they’ll even cook them for you).

You can also learn about the Chinese zodiac and enjoy an exciting performance by the lion dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Group at 10 am and 2 pm. Lion dance performances take place in the museum's Festival Plaza.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 13, 14, 15 & 16

February 13, 2015
Muir Woods
Visit Muir Woods National Monument this weekend for free admission, a Towering Trees youth program, and more.

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

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 14

  • Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday–Monday, 8 am–5 pm

    America's Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it's free! Get into Muir Woods National Monument for free over President's Day Weekend. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Valentine's Festival
    Marin Country, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market this Saturday. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, a creative reuse heart art project, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and live music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, local organic flowers, and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flea Market and Marinwood Farmers Market
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come and find new purpose for old items. Variety of items, range from household items, clothing and baby things, collectibles and antiques, books and jewelry, and handmade items. Free admission and parking. Location: 101 Marinwood Ave., San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Cooking Class: Stir-Frying
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Stir up some delicious fun at the next class at the 52 New Foods series! Together we’ll make Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy. It’s a fantastic dinner you can cook with your family—then claim the leftovers and pack in your lunch box to enjoy the next day. Suitable for ages 9–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Tea for Kids
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am & 1 pm

    Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party for the entire family. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Two program times: 10 am & 1 pm. Registration required, space is limited. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Includes Garden admission. Cost: $20 Adult, $18 Child, $15 Member Adult, $13 Member. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 643-2755 or visit their website.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mad Hatter Valentine's Tea Party
    Charles M. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with hands-on crafts and Valentine’s Day fun! Make your own Cheshire Cat smile, Mad Hatter hats, cute caterpillars, and more. Also, if you are a little (or not so little!) red-haired girl or boy then you will receive free admission in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 6, 7 & 8

February 7, 2015

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 Event Calendar.

Friday, February 6

  • Valentine's Day Card Making
    Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera
    Friday, 10 am–6pm

    Kids are invited to create one Valentie to give away to a child in need and one to take home for their favorite someone. Location: Corte Madera Town Center, 1600 Redwood Highway #D045. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm
    Enjoy a dessert buffet, photos, special valentine craft, and dancing. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple, $15 per additional daughter. Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info call (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda Presents Into the Woods
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm

    Join the upper elementary class from Montessori de Terra Linda for a theatrical performance. Students aged 9–12 have worked to develop a show with action and song that will be performed one night only. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 children and seniors. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 7

  • Learn to Saltwater Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Kids of all ages can come out and spenc the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Rain does not cancel the event. Park entrance is waived for participants. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, contact Ranger Mike Maraccini at MMaraccini@marincounty.org or visit their website.
  • KinderCycle Kids Swap
    South Berkeley Senior Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Bring your gently used kids items that your little ones have outgrown and swap them for larger items that fit them. Please bring your used items in  disposable bags, or bags. The admission fee per family is $5 if you have items to swap, and $10 if you don't.visit their website. Location: 2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 31 and February 1

January 31, 2015
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen
Head to the Wine Country and visit Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen 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.

Saturday, January 31

  • 2015 Waterbird Festival
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    This fun community and family-friendly event is free and will include naturalist led bird walks, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, interactive educational activities, and expert speaker sessions. There will also be exclusive fee-based field trips available. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hands-on Tam Winter Work Day
    Mount Tamalpais, Muir Beach, and Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8:30 am–1 pm

    Together, we will work to improve trails, care for natural landscapes, and improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Our projects provide a wonderful opportunity for hands-on learning and many of our projects are family-friendly and open to volunteers of all ages. Visit OneTam.org to learn more about our work. Register online here.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person; children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26 through mid-April. 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 Jill from Music for Children will be performing (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: No Bake Valentine Treats
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Valentine’s Day treats are the tasty topic of the next class designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. Together we’ll make three easy, no-bake treats that are perfect Valentine’s Day! Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children’s Theatre Association presents Jack and the Beanstalk
    Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am and 1 pm

    Jack in the Beanstock is a musical retelling of an English fairy tale. It is a toe-tapping whimsical comedy with wonderful characters. Happy-go-lucky Jack, his poor mother, Betsy the cow, the Golden Goose and of course the crazy Giant. Entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Admission: $13 plus $2 processing fee (waived at the door). To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Morse Code Messages
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    This month the Creative Family Fun events celebrate the amazing maritime history of the Presidio. The Army communicated through Morse code during the 1906 earthquake. Learn how to send your own message by making some Morse code jewelry. 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.
  • World on Stage Performances: Murphy Irish Dancers
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am
    Performing a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps, this amazing group of young dancers will connect you with age-old Irish traditions and joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Cost: $5 members; $7 general after museum admission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The reggae music of Bob Marley evokes the spirit of Jamaica in this modern-day fairytale about the unexpected adventures of timid 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but “don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right!” Based on the story by Cedella Marley. Recommended for 4 and up. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children, $20 seniors, $13 groups (10 or more). Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Storytelling Festival Featuring Olga Loya
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Bring the family (all ages) to the San Anselmo library's free fourth annual Storytelling Festival. The featured teller this year is Olga Loya, a nationally known Latina storyteller, performance artist, and author. Loya dramatically and vividly mixes Spanish and English in her performances. Her repertoire reveals the diversity and richness of our collective culture in its commonality and individuality. Kids to grandparents and everyone in between can also share stories too. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony: Let's Dance
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    From Mazurkas to Marches to Mambos, conductor Christian Baldini, and the San Francisco Symphony will show you how music can move and groove—and how people groove right along with it. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Half price for ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Visit their website for more info.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 23, 24 & 25

January 23, 2015
Fort Point Civil War Living History Day
Step back in time at Fort Point's Civil War Living History Day on Saturday from 10 am–5 pm

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, January 23

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

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco Boat Show
    McCovey Cove & Pier 48
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show offers a festive seaside atmosphere and is the “go to” place to see and experience everything that boating has to offer in the Bay Area, with entertainment for all ages including on-water activities such as hands-on skill building workshops, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding test rides and demos. Gourmet food and berverages will also be available to purchase. Admission: $12 adults: $12, free for 15 and younger. Adjacent to AT&T Park. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 24

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

    Celebrate the season with the birds of Olompali. Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the ranch road past the park's reservoir. Perfect for the family. Cost: $8 per car; event is free. Location: new park entrance from Atherton Avenue/Redwood Boulevard in Novato. For more info, call (707) 762-9715 or visit their website.
  • Family Fun: 2nd Annual Stafford Winter Classic
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Come out and show off your game at Stafford’s 2nd Annual Winter Disc Golf Classic! Merit and raffle prizes will be awarded with top honors going to lowest score per 18 holes. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Hot chocolate and snacks provided. Location: Park entrance is waived for participants. Meet at the gate house at Stafford Lake Park in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creekside Restoration with Save the Bay
    Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Join Marin County Parks and Save the Bay staff to learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh, and be a part of a community-based effort to enrich important habitat areas of Hal Brown Park. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. OK for volunteers as young as 5 to participate with a parent or guardian. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Snacks and extra water will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register or for additional information visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person; children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26 through mid-April. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join reenactors from the American Civil War Association as they bring this 150-year-old fort to life with period uniforms, military music, talks, and demonstrations. We attended this event last year—read our article here. Free admission. For information, call (415) 556-1693 or visit their website.
  • Open House at The Mountain School
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am-noon

    Bring the whole family to visit their cozy classrooms, meet their seasoned professional preschool teachers, and chat with the wonderful Mountain School parents. RSVP at (415) 924-4661. Location: 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Cook up family fun with this series of classes at Williams-Sonoma in Corte Madera. In this class, it’s A-OK to eat with your fingers—no forks required! Learn how to make scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner. What could be more fun? Suitable for ages 9–13. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House at Montessori de Terra Linda
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am
    Montessori de Terra Linda is an AMI recognized independent school in Marin County serving children from preschool through sixth grade. Their open house is a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers, see the classrooms, and get a better understanding of the Montessori curriculum. (Adults only, please.) Please RSVP by calling (415) 479-7373. Location: 610 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House at Cascade Canyon School
    Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Cascade Canyon School (CCS) opens its doors to the whole family, with a K–8 open house event. The open house includes a student-led tour, demonstration lessons, a teacher-led question and answer session, and an opportunity to meet the Head of School. Location: 2626 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, call (415) 459-3464 or visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun: January 16, 17, 18 & 19

January 16, 2015
Learn all about the famous Sea Lions at PIER 39 in San Francisco this weekend. Photo: PIER 39.

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

Friday, January 16

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

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Sea Lion Encounter at PIER 39
    PIER 39's Entrance Plaza, San Francisco
    Friday–Monday, 11 am–4 pm

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about California sea lions during the celebration of the return of these gregarious pinnipeds to PIER 39's famous K-docks! Free educational walking tours provided by naturalists from the Aquarium of the Bay. Tours begin at the top of the hour between noon and 4 pm each day. Enjoy complementary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks & more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $20; $18 sibling (same family) discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.

Saturday, January 17

  • 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.
  • Rockin' Ropes Opening Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday-Monday, 9 am–5 pm

    The zoo invites kids ages 4–14 years old to enjoy the elevated ropes obstacle course "Rockin’ Ropes Adventure" in the Pachyderm Building. To keep everyone active and healthy for the new year, this challenging ropes course will be open on weekends and school holidays. Young visitors can zip, swing, jump, step, and slide their way through 30 feet of fun; for this opening weekend a bounce-house obstacle course will be availalble for the little ones. Fee: $3 upper-level SFZS members, $5 regular SFZS members, and $7 general (after museum admission). For more info, visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person; children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26 through mid-April. For more info, visit their website.
  • New Exhibit: Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday–Monday, 9 am–5 pm
    Step into the pages of beloved children’s books and enter a world of early literacy adventures! Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites immerses children and adults in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Designed for children from birth through 8 years old and adults, Storyland engages visitors in storylines and literacy activities that lead them to discover that it’s never too early to develop a love of reading. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
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