Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are some of our favorite family-friendly spots for a Mother's Day brunch in Marin.
All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as Mother's Day brunches fill up pretty quickly.
Sunday, 11:30 am–2 pm
Cavallo Point offers a Mothers Day brunch buffet in its Callippe Ballroom with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Enjoy a wide selection of brunch dishes and live jazz. $115 adults, $55 kids 4–12. Make reservations online or by calling (415) 339-4700. Location: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
Earth Day celebration at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.
Here are our picks for a variety of Earth Day events and other activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Friday, April 21
French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 11–11:30 am For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
Mom & Baby Yoga
Pomegranate, San Anselmo
Friday, 11 am
Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama & baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
Friday Fun Day!
South Novato Library
Friday, 3–4 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
Family Fun Night
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 4–7 pm Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
Kids Night Out: The Good Dinosaur
Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
Friday, 6–9:30 pm
Dino-Mite! Join us as we bake fossil cookies, sculpt a dinosaur out of play dough, and hatch fizzing dinosaur eggs. We will watch The Good Dinosaur. This movie is PG and is not appropriate for all audiences. Pizza will be provided.This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 members and $34 guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
Father Daughter Dance
Corte Madera Community Center
Friday, 7–9:30 pm
Treat your daughter for a Very Special Knight Father Daughter Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 927-5072. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School presents, Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Showcase Theater, San Rafael
Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s middle school musical theater department is happy to present, Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. For all ages. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Marin Center, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, April 22
My Earth Day Marin Various locations throughout Marin Count
Saturday & Sunday, various times
The My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. Most events are for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day Marin for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
Pancake Breakfast & Music with Tim Cain
San Geronimo Preschool
Saturday, 8 am–11 am
Come enjoy breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, strawberries, pancakes with maple syrup, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $11 adults and $6 children under 9 years. Toddler room and preschool is having an open house during the breakfast. Children's musician Tim Cain will be performing from 10–11 am. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Easter weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Family-friendly Easter Brunches
Brunch is always a popular Easter Sunday outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. Some even offer egg hunts! Check out our list here.
Friday, April 14
Visit with a Beekeeper
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 1–2:30 pm
We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
Spring Egg Hunt
PIER 39, San Francisco
Friday, 4–6 pm Hunt for hundreds of colorful eggs and enjoy fun crafts at PIER 39’s free Spring Egg Hunt! There will be two waves of egg hunts based on age: 0–5 at 4:30 pm and 6–10 at 5:30 pm. Kids can also enjoy a fun crafting activity led by the Museum of Craft and Design. For more info, visit their website.
Sonoma State Historic Park
Friday, 6–7 pm
Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
Presidio Family Bike Parade: Light Up Your Bike!
Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
Friday, 6:30–9 pm Bring the kids to this family-friendly lighted bike parade around the Main Post. Bring your lighted bikes, trikes, and scooters to the registration tent and receive a free glow necklace and other goodies. Helmets are required for youth. Registration starts at 6:30 pm and parade begins at 7 pm. Location: Main Post, corner of Anza and Owen, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
Presidio Stargazing Party
Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
Friday, 7–9:30 pm Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. For more info, visit their website.
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Friday, 8:15 pm
Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Piper Park for the Flashlight Egg Hunt! Eggs stuffed with goodies will be spread across a section of the Park. When the horn sounds, flashlights will turn on and the search begins! The hunt will begin at 8:30 pm so don’t be late! For kids ages 9+. Location: 250 Doherty Dr, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
Easter Day is on Sunday, April 16. Brunch is always a popular Easter outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as brunches fill up pretty quickly. Click on highlighted links for more info.
Sunday, April 16
Angel Island Cafe
Angel Island State Park
10 am–4 pm
As part of Angel Island's Hop to It! Spring Festival there will be a special spring brunch menu at the Angel Island Cafe, as well as live music from noon–3 pm.
11:30 & 2 pm
Cavallo Point's Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Enjoy a wide selection of brunch dishes and live jazz. Adults $110 adults, kids 4–12 $55. Make reservations online or by calling (415) 339-4700.
If you haven't been to check out the beautiful and picturesque Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, now is your chance! Come to this non-profit teaching farm overlooking the ocean this Saturday to celebrate food, family, and fun at this year's Spring Fling. It all takes place on April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.
This year's Spring Fling features live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, hikes and tours, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, and touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at College of Marin Academic Center in Kentfield. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.
This year’s Marinovators features projects from a variety of Marin County elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers, and includes themes like alternative energy, smart cities, environmental science, mobile apps, robotics, drones, virtual reality, immersive learning, coding for good, media and music makers, the Internet of things, VR art, digital health, hack your biology, and digital fashion.
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.
Easter Bunny Photos
While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.
Friday, April 7
Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
Friday, 10 & 11 am
Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
Spring Science Days 2017
The Lawerence Hall of Science, Berkeley
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm Come and learn something new about the Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Visit the deepest parts of the ocean during special screenings of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D; learn how water has helped create the San Francisco Bay Area in our outdoor exhibit, Forces That Shape the Bay; and take on a giant, water-cycle themed maze in our featured exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey. Museum admission applies. Location: One Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Family Program: Discovering Flowers and Plants Tour
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Friday, 11 am–noon Develop your powers of observation as you explore plant communities from around the world. Why are there so many kinds of plants? How do their differences help them survive in their diverse environments? Discover the purpose of a flower – what the flower attracts, how, and why. Free with Garden Admission; Space is limited. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Kids' Pajama Party with Meg Fleming
Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
Friday, 6 pm Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Meg Fleming will be here to read you a bedtime story from Ready, Set, Build!. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.
Kids Night Out: Back to the Future
Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
Friday, 6–9:30 pm
Rolling Hills is going “Back to the Future”. Join us as we create skateboard crafts, make milkshakes, and play some back to the future inspired games! A pizza dinner will be served. We will watch Back to the Future. This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
Men are From Mars — Women are From Venus Live! Showcase Theater, San Rafael Friday, 8 pm and Saturday, 4 & 8 pm
Perfect for a date night or girls night out, the Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Tickets: $60. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Stars, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, April 8
Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt
Corte Madera Community Center
Saturday, 8–10:30 am
Join your friends at Corte Madera Parks and Recreation for a pancake breakfast (8 a m) and an egg hunt. Breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, potatoes, juice, milk, and coffee. The first egg hunt begins at 9 am, the second at 9:30 am, and the last at 10 am. Breakfast begins at 10:30 am. Egg hunts are not separate by age. 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
Sausalito Spring City Wide Yard Sale
MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Come by and see what awesome items you might find. Admission is free. Over 80 different booths! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
Free Family Fitness Class
MV Community Center, Front Lawn
Saturday, 9–9:55 am Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. Not only is this a creative way to start an active lifestyle at a young age, you get to spend qualiity time with your family in the healthiest way possible! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
Family Fun Day
Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Geared towards young learners (pre-k–2ndgrade), each Family Fun Day event will celebrate a different theme, combining natural science, art, and sustainability. While activities and learning levels support young adventurers, kids of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but participation in events is free. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
Junior Chef Classes: American Girl Easter Cupcake Party
Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am We're throwing a cupcake party and you're invited!Join us as we bake delicious cupcakes and then learn how to decorate them too! You won't want to miss it!Suitable for ages 8–13.Price: $30 (includes Cupcake Set). Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
Family Adventure Sails
Bay Model Pier Sausalito
Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
Egg Hunt at Hanna Andersson
The Village Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm We’re celebrating Easter early with an in store egg hunt on Saturday, April 8! For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park, Bodega Bay
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Welcome to the home of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. Since 1973, this event has celebrated our local fisherman and it’s when salmon season is kicked off with a blessing of the fleet. The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages: kids zone, craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. Tickets: adults $12, kids ages 11 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
Woolly Egg Ranch Spring Farm Tour
Saturday, 10:30 am
Tour Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley's only working ranch, on their annual Spring Farm Tour and see baby animals, spring flowers, and more. Cost: $5 for kids (little ones free) and $7 for adults. Meet at the Tam Valley Community Center and we'll walk over as a group. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
Pixie Park Open House Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
Fly Guy, the Musical
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: Adults $25; children $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Mom & Baby Pilates
Pomegranate, San Anselmo
Saturday, 11 am–12:15 pm
Join us for this special time to bond with your baby and get a work out in at the same time! A classical mat pilates workout tailored to enhance core strength, awareness, and flexibility, while allowing you to challenge yourself at an appropriate level and intensity --gently engage those muscles, or find the edge! Feeding, changing, and holding baby during class is appropriate and welcomed. Recommended by women at least 4 weeks postnatal but not limited to postnatal women. Not recommended for prenatal women. Register here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
Tomatopalooza & Meet the Easter Bunny
Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae
Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
Meet the Easter Bunny as he hops by the Tomato Market handing out goodies. Pose for candid pictures with friends, family or pets. This will be taking place with the Tamotopalooza (at 9 am to noon). Green thumbs and wanna-be gardeners get a jump on planting summer veggie gardens at the annual Bon Air Tomato Market. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
Sheep Shearing Day
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Saturday, 11 am–1 pm The annual Sheep Shearing Day will be held at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Adobe Road, Petaluma. This event demonstrates sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Fun for the whole family! Cost: $3 adults 17 and older, $2 children 6 to 16, free for 5 and under. For more info, visit their website.
Kids Cowpoke Carnival
McKinley School Auditorium, Petaluma
Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
Bring the entire family for some good old-fashioned carival fun. Activities include: games, cake walk, music, food, crafts, silent auction, raffle and much, much more. Cost: $5 kids (ages 2-8) and handlers are free. Location: 810 Madison Street, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
Berkeley Bay Festival
Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Bring the family to this free Bay Festival. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. Paddle a Dragon Boat for all ages with parents, and Cal Sailing Club for 6 years and up with adult supervision. Sailing can be wet, so bring waterproof clothes and get a first hand experience on the Bay. Location: 160 University Ave. Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Post Street, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5:30 pm The 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. More than 200,000 people will attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community as well. This event is free and open to the public! For more info, visit their website.
Easter Cookie Decorating
teeny cake, Novato
Saturday & Sunday, 12–2 pm
Bring the kids to decorate some Easter cookies. Drop in any time between 12–2 pm. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Register online for Sat. or Sun. here. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., Novato. For more info, call (415) 895-5003.
8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Saturday, noon–2 pm
Bring your furry friend and join us for our 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Family Dog Rescue! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don't forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Dogs and children(under 12) enter for free! Location: Old Speedway Meadow, 371 Chain of Lakes Drive E, Golden Gate Park. For more info, visit their website.
Family STEM Saturdays: Soak up the Rainbow
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Museum admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
City Hall, Novato
Saturday, 6–8 pm
Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, Pedal Steel. Located: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
Visit the Wine Country with the kids this Spring Break for family fun destinations like Sonoma TrainTown.
What are you doing on your time off from school next week? Here are a few of our picks for fun things to do with the family around Marin County, the Bay Area, and Northern California during Spring Break. Enjoy!
Studio 4 Art offers Spring Break camps in both Novato and Mill Valley.
Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break? Check out some of the great spring break day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below drop-in camps, too.
Andrews Day Camp
400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
Ages: Kindergarten and up Andrews Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Spring break camps take place from 9 am–5 pm from April 10–14 with extended care from 8–9 am and 5–6 pm. Bring lunch and snack. For more info,call(415) 446-8946 orvisit their website.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
Ages: 4–8 The BADM is offering Spring Camps that focus on learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Camps hours: 9 am–2 pm; extended care from 2–4 pm. Two sessions: March 27–31 and April 10–14. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit