Events and Outings

Gravenstein Apple Fair: An Old-Time Country Festival

August 4, 2015

Girl with pie Gravenstein Apple FairWhere can you spend the day walking under ancient oaks following your nose from food booth to food booth (featuring frying apple fritters or slices of four-inch high apple pie), taking in terrific acoustic music, and experiencing the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century barnyard? At the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair, of course?

Sonoma County's summertime jewel takes place in Sebastopol's Ragle Ranch Park this weekend, August 8 and 9. 2015's event is the 103rd Gravenstein Apple Fair, which showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and beers, games, entertainment, and farm life activities.

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is produced by Sonoma County Farm Trails, and celebrates Sebastopol's iconic sweet and tart apple variety. While the fair in days past was a massive agricultural and food processing showcase, the modern version features family friendly fun like arts and crafts booths, chef demonstrations, live music on two stages, a petting zoo, farm animal displays, a hay maze, artisan booths selling handmade goods, and of course apples!

The fair also features apple-related contests in the areas of apple pie baking and eating, caramel apple eating, and even apple juggling! There's truly something here for the entire family, so try to make it this weekend if you can.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 31, August 1 & 2

July 31, 2015
Sonoma County Fair
The Sonoma County Fair continues this weekend at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

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, July 31

  • Saltwater Fishing Lessons for Kids
    McNears Beach County Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 10 am–noon

    Come to McNears Beach where rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Fair admission is free every day for children 6 and under; Friday is Kids' Days, with free admission for all children 12 and under. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $11 for ages 13 and up, $5 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 24, 25 & 26

July 24, 2015

Day Out with ThomasHere 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, July 24

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Fair admission is free every day for children 6 and under; Friday is Kids' Days, with free admission for all children 12 and under. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $11 for ages 13 and up, $5 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Gilroy Garlic Festival
    Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The 37th annual “Ultimate Summer Food Fair” features three days of incredible food, beverages, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. The children’s area includes spectacular rides, fun activities, and more. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children 6–12 and seniors 60+, children under 6 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Chelle! & Friends
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theater: Footloose
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm and Sunday 3 pm

    Footloose features a cast of young actors from across Marin County. Come enjoy the upbeat tunes and lively dance! Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info or tickets, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: A Whale of a Time
    Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. This Friday, dance to the Cole Tate's Band's masterful mix of country, blues and rock. Kids activities include a what scaventer hunt. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music in the Park
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine, and beer. This Friday: Soft White Sixties. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Summer of Love. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • The Outer Space from Open Space
    Mount Burdell, Novato
    Friday, 7:30–9:30 pm

    Come view outer space from open space as we identify the major constellations and talk about the legends behind them. Rangers will lead a short hike up Mount Burdell where we’ll settle in to watch the evening sky emerge into a stargazing adventure. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a telescope, flashlight, blankets, water, snacks, and star charts. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For directions, visit their website.

Saturday, July 25

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    This summer, impress your friends by whipping up ice cream sandwiches from scratch! We’ll show you how to make the outside layer—delicious brownies and cookies—and then the delicious ice cream filling and toppings. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 30th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival
    Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Berkeley Kite Festival is an amazing free family event with fun for all! From the terrific food and arts and crafts booths to the Kids' Zone, free kite making and candy drop, the Berkeley Kite Festival has something for everyone. Parking is $15 per day at Golden Gate Fields and includes free shuttle to event. For more info and directions, visit their website.
  • 10th Annual Far West Fest
    Love Field, Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm

    Voted Best Music Festival in Marin County, the Far West Fest is family friendly with top-notch musical entertainment. The Kids' Zone features interactive activities, healthful snacks, and kid-centric live music and storytellers. Clowns, jugglers, and other circus acts dot the landscape throughout the day. Tickets: $15–$75; children 10 and under free. Location: 11191 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at HIghway 1. For more info, visit their website.

Hands-on Fun for Fall at Slide Ranch

July 23, 2015

slide ranch spring flingSlide Ranch is a great place for family members of all ages. We tried out one of their family farm days in the past and my kids had a great time petting the sheep planting seeds, milking a goat, and making nature crafts. They offer guided tours and lots of hands-on activities, including collecting eggs from chickens, planting seeds, sampling from their organic garden, learning to make crafts and food just like the early farmers, and exploring the nearby tide pools.

Slide Ranch is located off of Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach. Below is a list of their upcoming fall events. Their programs do fill up quickly, so you need to plan ahead if you are interested in participating. Register for programs online at www.slideranch.org.

Toddler Days

Enjoy experiencing the farm and gardens through your child’s eyes. Experience milking a goat, holding a warm egg from a chicken, and exploring the farm. Activities are toddler age appropriate, but all ages welcome. The Halloween Family Farm Day includes making costumes with recycled materials, face painting, taking a spooky tour of the Slide Ranch garden, investigating our worm compost, and cooking up some tasty treats in our outdoor kitchen. Toddlers will get a chance to practice trick or treating around the ranch. Costumes are welcome and encouraged! Cost: $25 per person; children 23 months and under free. Register here.

Spend the Night at a Bay Area Museum

July 20, 2015

museum sleepoverIf you're looking for a fun and unique overnight experience for the family, try camping out at a local San Francisco Bay Area museum, zoo, or wildlife center! Popular family destinations like the California Academy of Sciences, the Marine Mammal Center, the San Francisco Zoo, the USS Hornet Museum, and Children’s Fairyland all offer exciting programs where families can spend the night. It'll be kind of like the movie Night at the Museum, except that the dinosaurs and dioramas won't come alive after hours (we hope)!

Needless to say, all of these events require advance reservations and have limited space, so register for your overnight adventure soon! Many of these venues also offer overnight programs for scouts, schools, and other youth groups. All information is correct at time of posting; check each location’s website for complete information, pricing updates, and a schedule of events.

Down on the Farm at the 2015 Sonoma County Fair

July 19, 2015

Sonoma County Fair carnivalIn case you missed or just didn't get enough of the Marin County Fair, you'll be happy to know that the 2015 Sonoma County Fair starts Friday, July 24 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, August 9. It's worth checking out if you've never been: it's bigger and a lot different than Marin's smaller, more intimate fair, and has more of an agricultural focus, which is natural for a more rural county like Sonoma. The Sonoma County Fair also features the largest themed flower show in the country, which is usually pretty stunning—this year's theme is "Barnyard Blossoms".

The fair includes a kids' area with free age-appropriate entertainment and activities that tie into the fair’s theme of “Down on the Farm.” Take part in a special farm-themed show, create farm animal craft projects, participate in farm-related activities, and more. There’s plenty of lawn and shade as well as a parents rest station with changing tables and chairs for nursing. The Farm Fun Show takes place daily at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 pm, and the Kids Area is open from 11 am to 8 pm, with activities and entertainment from noon to 6:30 pm.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 17, 18 & 19

July 17, 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, July 17

  • Children's Bill of Rights Day
    Angel Island State Park
    Friday & Saturday, 10:30 am–3 pm

    Celebrate and honor the rights of kids to an outdoor life on Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights Day. Catch the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island for a fun day of activities. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: The Unique Derique
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. This show will takea place the Children's Garden. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Blithedale Canyon will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Stafford Lake, Novato
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    Come enjoy a summer evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night! We’ll be featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 18

  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Tea with Friends!
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos (ages 4-8), adult and your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Cost: Children: $23.00 for current Oakland Zoo members / $26.00 for non-members. Adults: $12.00 members / $15.00 non-members Parking Fee: $8.00 for non-members. Free for members. Registration required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Upcycled Instruments
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Imagine, create and design a musical instrument all your own using a wide array of upcycled materials. For families of all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 35th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. This free event is great for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Looking for fun snacks to make in the Vitamix? This class is for you! You’ll learn how to make the perfect hummus, sorbet, a purple smoothie, and more! Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Traveling Lantern Theatre: Peter Pan
    Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founder's Room
    Saturday, 11 am

    Traveling Lantern Theatre performs the magical story of the boy who never wanted to grow up. Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates and his arch enemy: the villainous Captain Hook. For all ages. Location: 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    The annual Teddy Bear Festival returns with an amazing line-up of activities for the weekend. a special photo op with the Berenstain Bears, face painting, crafts and special animal encounters. All activities are free with paid zoo admission. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Rivertown Revival
    Steamer Landing, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–8 pm

    This is a unique, arts-based thematic festival that sustainably highlights and celebrates the Petaluma River, benefitting the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. This community festival includes over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla, art boat drag races, aerial acts on the river, artisan merchants, $5 weddings, local food vendors, theatrical performances, and children's activities. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Breastfest Beer Festival
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. Attendees get endless eats, bottomless cups, and live music. Proceeds will benefit low-income women with breast cancer. $55 advance, $65 at the door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Theater Kids Club: Lilo & Stitch and Ukulele Basics Class
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Bring the family to see Walt Disney's Lilo & Stitch. Then learn how to play a song on the ukulele with special guest instructor Amy Wigton. Free. Register online to save your spot. Location: Redwood Credit Union Community Room, 1010 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night at the Pool
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring the whole family for a night of neon/'80s themed fun at the Mill Valley Community Center! Swim or participate in lots of family friendly activities including: Costume contest, Staff led games and contests, jumpee, face painting and kid nail salon, and kid-friendly movie playing for those who do not want to swim. Only $10 for the entire family! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 10, 11 & 12

July 10, 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, July 10

  • Free Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. This show will take place on the Esplanade. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Bubble Lady
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Friday, 2–3 pm

    Rebecca Niles returns for an hour of soapy bubbly fun. Get ready to be amazed! For ages 2 and up. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Clare
    diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore. It's Pajama story time with our very own childrens' bookseller, Clare! Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, and then head home for bed. Free. For ages 4–8. Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Jerry Hannan will be performing electrifying blues. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food, and fun for the entire family at Marinwood Park! Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 11

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Off-Site Adventures: Nature Hike
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am
    Experience new parts of Fort Baker in these family adventures designed to share a little bit of history and natural wonder. Great for all ages, but please leave the stroller in the car. Options for 30 minutes or the full hour; trips include Horseshoe Cove, the Parade Grounds, the Batteries, and other local trails. Museum admission applies; meet at the Cafe. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. Learn you how to cook on a salt plate, from chicken and corn quesadillas to chocolate chip cookies, and how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Saturdays
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Every Saturday, Bon Air Center and Marin Maker Mobile host a free weekly 3-hour event featuring activities for makers of all ages. Come make, share and learn with hands-on activities where you can make a duct-tape wallet or purse, a windsock, or maybe even learn to solder. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Matinee: James and the Giant Peach
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Come join us for an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family! This Saturday: James and the Giant Peach. For families of all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flynn Creek Circus Under the Big Top
    Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 3 & 7 pm and Sunday, 1:30 & 4 pm
    Flynn Creek Circus' acrobats, aerialists, equilibrists and more light up the stage in their charming vintage tent this summer. Perfect for all ages. Come see top quality circus acts from all over the world accomplish amazing stunts. Full of laughs, drama and truly jaw dropping skill, this is a show that everyone can enjoy! Purchase tickets here. Location: 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concert on the Green: The T-Sisters
    Novato City Green
    Saturday, 5–7 pm
    Join Novato ALIVE on Saturday for the first of three free concerts happening this summer on the City Green in downtown Novato! This first concert features the T-Sisters, a vocally driven contemporary folk band from Oakland. Finnegan's Marin will be selling beverages on-site. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the green. Location: Sherman Avenue near Novato City Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beatles in the Park Tribute Concert
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The San Anselmo Arts Commission hosts their annual Beatles Night. Musical direction by Joe Bagale and the Fantastic Fabulous. Doors open at 4 pm. The event includes a live music sing-along. Tickets are available at Creek Park the day of the event. Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Nights: Hot Buttered Rum
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Hot Buttered Rum, with food by Big Jim's BBQ and Kid Zone sponsored by DrawBridge. Cost: $20 members $23 general public advance, $28 at the door; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Theatre Company: Willam à La Shakespeare
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 pm
    Fairfax Theatre Company presents iconic scenes from Shakespeare's plays, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and A Comedy of Errors. Doors open at 7:30 pm; curtain at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (G)
    Contrati Ball Field, Fairfax
    Saturday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of Bedknobs & Broomsticks (G) in Fairfax's Contrati Field. Show time is 8 pm, but arrive an hour early for music, a raffle, and a cartoon. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Popcorn, candy, and sodas available for sale. For more information, visit their website.

Splash, Slide, and Swim at the Hamilton Community Pool in Novato

July 7, 2015

Hamilton Community Pool NovatoIt's summer vacation, the weather's warm, and almost everyone loves going to the pool for a day of splashing and swimming in the sun. One of my family's favorite Marin public pools is the one in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood.

My kids love Hamilton Community Pool especially for the shallow kids' pool with its play structure, water slide, and water sprayers. It's a blast for kids of all ages. There's also a larger more traditional pool for more serious swimming and water play.

The remodeled and renovated Hamilton Community Pool opened in 2010 after a long construction process. We used to go to the old pool, which was left over from the old air force base and dated from the 1930s. The new pool and the surrounding facilities are a real improvement on the somewhat dilapidated old ones. The whole area is clean, modern, well kept up, and definitely worth a visit.

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