Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 18, 19 & 20

April 18, 2014

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend, including Earth Day celebrations and activities around the Bay Area. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, April 18

  • Easter Stroller Strides Workout & Egg Hunt
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Friday, 9:30 am–noon

    Join Fit4Mom Marin for an "egg"-ceptional Stroller Strides workout. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddos immediately following class. Please bring Easter baskets for them to collect their eggs. Just bring yourself, your child, stroller, water and a snack. Your first class is free! Classes start on time, so for your first class please come 10 minutes early to load up your little one. To get your first class free, register at www.marin.fit4mom.com. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato.
  • Miss Kitty Sing and Dance
    San Rafael Public Libary
    Friday, 10:30 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 (at 5th Avenue), San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3323 or visit their website.
  • Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Memorial Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:15 pm sharp!
    Back by popular demand, the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt returns this Friday. Bring your basket and a good flashlight. For youth ages 8 and up only. Egg hunt lasts for about 5 minutes, so don't be late. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 19

  • Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 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 this weekend. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt!
    Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Children will dye eggs in bright colors, and creatively decorate them with reusable materials provided by SCRAP. Baby chicks and a small animal petting zoo will be on display at Victoria's Fashion Stable, where children can also enjoy a pony ride. There’s children's musical entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am, with an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny to follow. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10:30 am at Poppy Store, located just steps away from the Farmers' Market in the Marin Country Mart. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Come to the museum on Earth Day to celebrate the natural beauty of our environment. Every day, the museum seeks to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards by encouraging children to immerse themselves in our unique place by the Bay. All activities included with museum admission unless noted otherwise. See schedule here.
  • Learn to Saltwater Fish
    Paradise Beach, Tibruon
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fishing license is not required when fishing from the pier. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon (3450 Paradise Drive). Parking entrance fee is free. For more info, contact ranger Mike Maraccini at (415) 435-9212 or visit their website.
  • Fairfax's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
    Bolinas Park, Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am

    Children 8 and under are welcome to come and participate in Fairfax's spring egg hunt. Grab your basket and get ready to hunt for eggs at 10 am sharp in Bolinas Park! There will be facepainting, music by James K, and bubble entertainment for the little ones. Following that, there will be an eggstravaganza for the tweens in Peri Park, from 1–4 pm. The celebration continues into the evening, with a movie at the ball field from 8–10 pm! The event for older kids is sponsored by the Youth Commission. and fun. For more information, visit their website.
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    San Clemente Park, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am sharp

    Bring the little ones out for the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at San Clemente Park in east Corte Madera. The egg hunt will start at 10 am—don't be late! Separate areas for under 3 years and big kids. Little ones can trade in their empty eggs for a baby/toddler safe stuffed animal and big kids can "recycle" their eggs (after they empty them of their treasure of course!) in exchange for a prize. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. For more info, contact jessicapridemore@gmail.com.
  • Spring Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District

    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
    The Spring Faire is for children of all ages. Play carnival games, make a basket, get your photo taken with the bunny, bounce in the jump house, and gear up for the candy hunt! $8 per child. 118 East Strawberry Drive. For information, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.

Marin County and North Bay Easter Egg Hunts 2014

April 14, 2014

Easter egg huntEaster is just a few days away (it's on April 20 this year), so it's time to start planning for egg hunts, breakfast with bunny and other special events. My children love this time of year when the flowers bloom, and the Easter Bunny hops into town. 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 April 4–16, 2014, Monday–Saturday from noon–8 pm and Sunday 11 am–6 pm and April 16–19, Wednesday–Saturday, 10 am–9 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Corte Madera

  • Easter Egg Hunt
    San Clemente Park in East Corte Madera
    Saturday, April 19, 10 am sharp

    Bring the little ones out for the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at San Clemente Park (east side of Corte Madera).The egg hunt will stat at 10 am start time - don't be late! Over 1000 eggs. Separate areas for under 3 yrs and big kids. Little ones can trade in their empty eggs for a baby/toddler safe stuffed animal and big kids can "recycle" their eggs (after they empty them of their treasure of course!) in exchange for a prize. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. For more info, contact jessicapridemore@gmail.com.

Fairfax

  • Fairfax's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
    Bolinas Park
    Saturday, April 19, 10 am (sharp)

    Children 8 and below are welcome to come and participate in the Spring egg hunt. Grab your basket and get ready to hunt for eggs at 10 am sharp in Bolinas Park! There will be facepainting, music by James K, and bubble entertainment for the little ones. This event is sponsored by Park & Rec, and is for ages 8 and below. Following that, there will be an eggstravaganza for the tweens in Peri Park, from 1-4 p.m. The celebration continues into the evening, with a movie at the ball field from 8-10 p.m.! The event for older kids is sponsored by the Youth Commission. and fun. For more information, visit their website.

Larkspur

  • Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt!
    Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Saturday, April 19, 9 am–2 pm

    Children will dye eggs in bright colors, and creatively decorate them with reusable materials provided by SCRAP. Baby chicks and a small animal petting zoo will be on display at Victoria's Fashion Stable, where children can also enjoy a pony ride. There’s children's musical entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am, with an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny to follow. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10:30 am at Poppy Store, located just steps away from the Farmers' Market in the Marin Country Mart. For more info, visit their website.

Mill Valley

  • Spring Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District

    Saturday, April 19 from 10:30 am–noon
    The Spring Faire is for children of all ages. Play carnival games, make a basket, get your photo taken with the bunny, bounce in the jump house, and gear up for the candy hunt! $8 per child. 118 East Strawberry Drive. For information, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.

10 Fun Family Outing Ideas for Spring Break

April 14, 2014

Drum bridge at Japanese Tea GardenWhat are you doing on your week off from school? Here are a few of our picks for fun things to do with the family around Marin, the Bay Area, and Northern California during Spring Break. Enjoy!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 11, 12 & 13

April 10, 2014

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, April 11

  • CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp
    Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4:30 pm

    This new exhibit is for the entire family. The Special Exhibits Gallery will be transformed into a swampy paradise for hundreds of meat-eating plants. Visitors get a bug’s eye view of a few of these peckish plants to learn why these plants have adapted to attract, capture and, eat prey, as well as how they have perfected and honed their hunting skills. Admission fee applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Bunny Photos
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, noon–8 pm and Sunday 11 am–6 pm
    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 starting on April 4. For more info, visit their website.
  • Basics of Freshwater Fishing
    McInnis Park Pond, San Rafael
    Friday, 4–6 pm

    Bring the family for an afternoon of fishing. Park rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at McInnis Park Pond. A limited number of fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes will be provided first-come, first-serve. Fishing license required for participants 16 and over. Meet at the skatepark in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Road) and we will hike up to the pond. For more info, contact ranger Dan Sauter at DSauter@marincounty.org or visit their website.

Saturday, April 12

  • Spring Eggstravaganza!
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, April 12, 8:30 am–noon

    Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast and photo op from 8:30–10 am (don’t forget your camera). Mr. E. Bunny will start each egg hunt: 10 am for ages 2 and under, 10:15 am for ages 3–4 and 5–8. Egg hunt is free, but tickets required for breakfast. Tickets available at the Community Center & Aquatics/Fitness Center. Adults $6, children $4, 2y and under free. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. for more info, call ( 415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Healthy Kids Day
    Marin YMCA, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Bring the family for a day filled with fun and activities! This year all kinds of fun events scheduled to remind kids and families it’s important to get out and play. Come hungry—the Marinwood Fire Department will be serving a pancake breakfast. All events are free to the community. Location: 1500 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael.For more information contact Niel Bergquist at (415) 446-2152 or visit their website.
  • Easter Bunny Brunch & Carnival
    Belvedere Community Center
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    There will be a brunch ($5 per person) and an Easter egg hunt ($5 per child). Brunch takes place from 9:30 am–10 am, and the Easter egg hunt will take place in the playground starting at 10 am; the children will be grouped by ages. Buy your event package before the event! Bunny Hop Package is $10 per child and includes wristband for age appropriate hunt and 10 tickets. Egg-stravaganza Package is $20 per child and includes wristband for age appropriate hunt and 20 tickets. Extra tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are non-refundable. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast
    The Village at Corte Madera, Cheesecake Factory
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Children of all ages will enjoy the Easter Bunny, music by Tim Cain, balloon animals, and more! Cash or check only; payments accepted at the door. Suggested donation $8 per person. RSVP to (415) 924-8588. Seating is limited! For more info visit their website.
  • Cal Day 2014
    UC Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:45 am–6 pm

    Cal Day is UC Berkeley's annual open house showcasing everything the renowned university has to offer. There's plenty for kids and families to do: tour the campus, meet a K-9 officer from the campus police department, watch Cal sports teams, and participate in hands-on science activities and demonstrations (get your Science@Cal passport stamped). Of course you can listen to the Cal Band and other music acts, too. Find a full roster of events here. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 4, 5 & 6

April 4, 2014
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Take a wildflower hike at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve 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, April 4

  • Easter Bunny Photos
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, noon–8 pm and Sunday 11 am–6 pm
    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 starting on April 4. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm
    This Friday, the de Young hosts the ninth annual preview of Discarded to Divine with St. Vincent de Paul, live kora music with Keenan Weber, and hands-on art making for everyone. Programs are free; admission applies for galleries and special exhibitions. For more information, call (415) 750-3600 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Kathryn Otoshi
    DIESEL Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Kathryn Otoshi will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Kathryn Otoshi is a cat lover and the award-winning author and illustrator of Zero and One, which won ten awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Young Voices Foundation Award, and the Teachers' Choice Award. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.

Saturday, April 5

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    With over 90 different booths to browse through, the Sausalito City Wide Yard sale is truly a fun place to come and find some useful home items, gifts or secret treasures! Admission is free. The Sausalito Dog Park will be selling hot yummy food items to raise money for the park and there will be coffee donated by our local Starbucks in the morning so come early! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausaltio. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia Stroll
    Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event. Come join Ranger Felicity Hartnett for a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity one-mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Questions: contact Ranger Felicity Hartnett at (415) 473-2816. Meet at the Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    It's bath time and Pigeon won't go willingly! Join us April 5 at 11:00 am for a reading of The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, followed by more stories and pigeon activities. Free special event. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, call (415) 927-9016 or visit their website.

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2014

April 1, 2014

It’s spring, and that means it's time to go to your nearby farmers' market and buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay.

Year-round farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.
  • Marin County Mart Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 9 am–2 pm, rain or shine. Pony rides for kids from 10 am–2 pm, live family entertainment, and more. At Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Larkspur Landing Circle.
  • Marinwood Community Farmer's Market, at the Marinwood Plaza in San Rafael on Saturday mornings from 9 am–2 pm. Located at Marinwood Plaza 101 Marinwood Avenue San Rafael.,
  • Mill Valley Farmers' Market takes place year-round on Fridays from 9:30 am–2:30 pm at the CVS Pharmacy parking lot next to the Alto Shopping Center, off of Blithedale and Lomita in Mill Valley.
  • Sausalito Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 10 am–2 pm at Dunphy Park adjacent to Bridgeway in Sausalito

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 28, 29 & 30

March 26, 2014

Ring moumtainHere 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 28

  • Biodiversity Festival
    Crissy Field, East Beach
    Friday, 9 am–5 pm & Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    This family-friendly festival features science demonstrations and exhibits, live animals, hands-on activities, National Geographic-led photography workshops, food, entertainment, and art. Explorers of all ages can enjoy the festival and “graduate” from Biodiversity University by participating in activities. Enjoy music by the Banana Slug String Band, live animal demonstrations, science rappers, storytellers, and more. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Seals & Slippers: Sleep under the Stars
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Friday, 6 pm to Saturday 10 am

    The sleepover is aimed at children ages 6–12. The overnight stay includes eating feeding season with the seals, guided hike around Rodeo Lagoon, dinner, dessert, and continental breakfast. Cost: $85 per person. Register by contacting Kristin Ku at KuK@TMMC.org or (415) 289-7330. For more info about the sleepover, visit their website.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz
    Showcase Theatre, Marin Center
    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    In this unique and colorful fantasy, Dorothy is swept away to a magical land! Follow the Yellow Brick Road as she embarks on a quest with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to find the Wizard of Oz who can help her return home. This musical production features performers ages 9 and up. Tickets: $20 Adults, $16 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, March 29

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

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Fling at Moscone Recreation Center
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    This Annual Spring Carnival takes place rain or shine! Egg coloring, jumpy castles, egg hunt, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and more! Fun for all ages! Location: 1800 Chestnut St, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 292-2046 or visit their website.
  • Biodiversity Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday 10 am–2 pm

    Here at the farm, experience hands on activities that show how biodiversity is important for growing food sustainably. Explore Slide Ranch’s amazing natural resources, varied habitats and diverse species. Fee: $30 per person; age 2 and under free Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Kids Concert Series: The Bug Family Band
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    The Bug Family Band plays tunes that get kids and former kids dancing, laughing, and maybe even thinking. Their shows feature rockin’ original songs along with sing-along favorites like the Sesame Street classic Ladybug Picnic, which inspired the Band’s name. Members $5, general $16 (Includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Radio Disney Road Crew Celebrates Muppets Most Wanted
    Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
    Saturday, noon–1:30 pm

    Strawberry Village and the Radio Disney Road Crew celebrate Muppets Most Wanted! One free movie pass to the first 50 kids ages 3–11. Free Muppet-themed games, arts and crafts, and prizes, plus the Marin FLAGship Mobile Learning Center will be on hand for storytelling and a Books-for-Tots Drive. Bring a new or gently used book for children. For more information, visit their website.
  • Coastal Camp Open House
    NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Fort Cronkhite
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Come learn more about the upcoming 2014 Coastal Camp season. Meet staff, participate in a family hike, and touch the tidepool creatures in the marine lab. Free.  Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Ballet Presents Peter and The Wolf & Repertory Works
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm and 5 pm

    This year's program will pair the story ballet Peter and the Wolf with repertory works. Peter and the Wolf will captivate audiences of all ages as Stapleton Ballet Pre Junior and Junior Company dancers reenact the classic tale, written and composed by Sergei Prokofiev and with narration by Sean Connery. Tickets: $20 general, $14 students/seniors 65+. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
    Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Legion of Honor, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down serpents, swords, Dumbledore look-alikes, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cost: $16–$19. To purchase tickets or for more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Concert: Mozart to Madonna
    Randall Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 3:30 pm

    The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra offers this 45-minute introduction to classical music with Squid, Inc. Rock ‘n’ roll meets classical with this dynamic ensemble, who offer original tunes and arrangements of everything from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears, with a little Beethoven and Mozart thrown in. Free; seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open 30 minutes before concert time. Location: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 692-3367 or visit their website.

Spring is in Bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden

March 25, 2014

Japanese Tea GardenSan 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.

The Japanese Tea Garden is lush and tranquil with all its spring flowers blossoming, and even with the many tourists roaming around it still had the feeling of being a peaceful retreat from the bustle outside. We always try to make it a point to visit every time we're in Golden Gate Park, no matter what the time of year.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 21, 22 & 23

March 19, 2014

Spring Family iStockPhotoHere 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 21

  • Bouquets to Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

    The de Young's annual floral extravaganza never fails to impress! Local floral designers interpret works of art from the de Young's collections in creative flower arrangements. Free hands-on activities for kids on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $23 adults, $20 seniors 65+, $19 students, $13 youth 6–17, and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call (415) 750-3600 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is one of the largest of its kind: a world-class flower and garden show for today's gardener. Hands-on children’s activities include designing, planting, and nurturing a small container garden. Tickets $15–$30; kids 16 and under free. For more information, 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, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Marin Primary and Middle School presents a production of Moss and Hart's classic musical You Can't Take it With You. Tickets: $18, 8th grade and under $12. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 22

  • Giant Indoor Yard Sale
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Lots of stuff at bargain prices! All kinds of household items, toys, games, books, clothing, jewelry, accessories, linens, collectibles—you name it! This is the Corte Madera Women's Club's annual fundraiser for scholarships and community projects. Cash and checks only, no credit cards. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more information, 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.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Party
    Chronicle Books at the Metreon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kids to the free Eric Carle Day celebration at the Chronicle Books' Metreon location. Kids will paint their very own sections in a Very Hungry Caterpillar community-made garland that will be strung throughout the store. Location: Chronicle Books at the Metreon, 165 4th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Children's Toy and Clothing Sale
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marinwood's semi-annual children’s toy and clothing sale takes place this Saturday. Get there early to get the best bargains on children's clothing, toys, books, baby equipment, and more. The Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island
    Deer Island Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join naturalist David Herlocker for a nature hike on Deer Island. We'll look for salamanders, slugs, and millipedes, lizards and butterflies. We'll explore the different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life we encounter as the seasons change. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Lane Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Grand Opening Event: Sprout Mill Valley
    Sprout Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Check out the new natural and organic children's boutique in downtown Mill Valley. Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of events that include kids yoga, story time and music and more. Location: 12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-1312 or visit their website.
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