Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 28, 29 & 30

November 25, 2014

Garlock Tree Farm

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

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers. Also, check out our guide to North Bay Christmas tree farms and Lots.

Friday, November 28

  • Gingerbread Builders Workshop
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Friday-Sunday, 9 am-9 pm

    Bring the kiddos out to build a sweet home of their dreams. Gingerbread kits include house, candy and bag of royal Icing. Choose from 3 different sizes that range in price from $31-$52. Location: Bon Aire Shopping Center Suite #302. Reserve your gingerbread kit here. For questions, (415) 720-2193 or visit their website.
  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Friday-Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The Dickens Fair runs on weekends through December 21 from 10 am–7 pm. Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 35th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
    Downtown San Rafael
    Friday, noon–8 pm & Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Downtown San Rafael will once again commence the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland, Parade of Lights, and Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts that starts the Friday after Thanksgiving. On Friday: free snow sledding, kids activities (noon–4:30 pm & 6–8 pm), Holiday Marketplace (noon–8 pm) and the Parade of Lights (5:30 pm) with Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival and a tree-lighting immediately after. On Saturday, kids activities and snow sledding continues (9 am–noon). Location: Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place in downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Annual Tree Lighting
    San Francisco
    Friday,  4–9 pm

    Enjoy free live entertainment for the entire family throughout the day culminating with the lighting of the Ghirardelli Square tree at 5:30 pm. This year’s festivities will include live music, children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa. Location: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street (at Beach and Larkin), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Macy's 25th Annual Union Square Tree Lighting
    Union Square Park, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm

    Macy's gift to the city and San Francisco's most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit in Union Square at 6:40 pm. Macy's 25th Annual Tree Lighting will take place in Union Square Park between Sutter and Post and Geary and Stockton Streets, right across from the front of Macy's. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Presents The Wizard of OZ
    Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Follow the yellow brick road with Cinnabar's Young Rep as they present the classic musical live on stage. This production of The Wizard of Oz is performed entirely by talented young artists aged 7–18. More than 65 kids take the stage to bring this beloved story to life. Admission: $15 adults, $10 your 21 and under. Location: 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North. For more info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, November 29

  • 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 adjacent to the farmer's market and live music from Scott the Storyteller from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 2 and 3 pm

    Kick off your holiday season with Gingerbread Architecture. Come to the Museum and we'll provide a kit for you and your family with everything you need to construct a creative holiday home, including gingerbread house pieces, icing and festive holiday candies. Cost per kit is $20 (Museum admission for non-members is not included). To register, visit their website.
  • Family Science Open House
    Buck Institute, Novato

    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    Make plans now to take a break from holiday shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers. Bring friends, family and visiting relatives to a world-class research Institute and get first-hand experience with science aimed at extending healthspan—the healthy years of life. Every half hour we will have a science experiment in our Learning Center for children of all ages. Free and open to the public; free parking. For more info, visit their website.
  • Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Reindeer Romp returns with Santa's favorite reindeer friends Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet. These four majestic animals mark the return of the holidays at the Zoo and will be on exhibit through New Year’s Day. Stop by the reindeer area on the Playfield Lawn near the Elinor Friend Playground and check out the real story behind these majestic creatures. Free with Zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Let it Snow! at Treasure Island
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

    Bring the family to this weekend's SNOWvember at the Treasure Island Flea Market. Come shop and enjoy more than 20 tons of snow. Enjoy more than 400 local artists, makers, designers and collectors. The snow falls at 11 am each day. Cost: $3 per person and children 12 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 57th San Francisco International Auto Show
    Moscone Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–10 pm
    The International Auto Show features the world’s major manufacturers displaying their 2015 model cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans. There will also be classic cars, race cars, car simulators, hot rods, and more. Admission $10, children 12 and younger free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets at the door only. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Sing-Along: Your Song My Song!
    La Peña Cultural, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am

    ysmsJaime Lee Currier and Eric Hart are Your Song My Song! We sing classic kids’ songs, Beatles, originals, sing-a-longs, finger-plays, chants and rock ‘n roll! For ages. Cost: $5 Kids, $6 Adults. Location: 2113 Rose St., Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • SFEtsy Indie Holiday Emporium
    Embarcadero, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Start your holiday shopping at this weekend's Etsy event. The SFEtsy Indie Holiday Emporium is an annual market showcasing the SFEtsy team members and other artisan crafters and makers. See a list of sellers here. Location: Pier 35, 1526 Embarcadero, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa's Riverboat Arrival
    Petaluma River Turning Basin
    Saturday, 11:30 am
    Santa and Mrs. Claus sail into the Petaluma River Turning Basin aboard a tugboat at noon and disembark in the Golden Eagle Shopping Center on East Washington St. to greet children and distribute candy. Performers will be on hand at the shopping center starting at 11:30 am. For more info, visit their website.

Does It Really Snow in Downtown San Rafael?

November 22, 2014

Snow sledding in San RafaelDoes it really snow in Downtown San Rafael? Well, no... not very often. But that doesn't mean that they can't truck a bunch of the frozen white stuff for sledding on the Friday after Thanksgiving!

Snow will arrive in Marin as part of the 35th annual Downtown San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, taking place Friday, November 28. The event happens on Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place. Enjoy the Parade of Lights, Winter Wonderland, holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, and more! Free snow sledding and kids' activities take place from noon to 4:30 pm and 6 to 8 pm, and the Holiday Marketplace runs from noon to 8 pm.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 21, 22 & 23

November 21, 2014
Pier 39 holiday christmas tree lighting
PIER 39 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers.

Friday, November 21

  • Sturgeon Derby
    McNear's Beach Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 9 am–noon

    Join rangers for this popular annual fishing contest! Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Park entrance is $5. Location: Meet at the fishing pier in McNears Beach Park in San Rafael (201 Cantera Way). For more info, contace Chief Park Ranger Dan Sauter at (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.
  • Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 4–7 pm

    Celebrate the 28th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival at Embarcadero Center. The Building Lighting Carnival includes children’s activities, entertainment, visits with Santa and a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse. The Building Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 pm with live performances from Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate! The countdown to the official lighting leads up to the illumination of One, Two, Three, and Four Embarcadero Center featuring 16,000 lights - followed by a grand fireworks display. 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.
  • Broadway Bound Kids Presents: Annie Jr.
    Marin Center, Showcase Theater
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 6 pm

    Leapin' Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie is now adapted for young performers in Annie Jr. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written including Tomorrow. Tickets: $17 adults, $15 children and seniors. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 22

  • Lollipopalooza Family Concerts
    Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9:30 am & 11 am

    There will be two performances of this fun sing-along concert for kids age 3–8 and their parents, featuring Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith, along with the Dream Circle Band. Each artist has a strong and large following in the Bay Area, and when they work together they create a warm, intimate, exciting 45-minute show, perfect for young children. If you like to sing along and dance along, this is the show for you! Tickets at the door on the day of the event are $12. Kids under 1 are free. Location: 240 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. To purchase tickets for the 9:30 am show or 11 am show.
  • Make A Pie for Charity
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come make a homemade organic apple pie to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County this Thanksgiving. And don't forget to make a pie for yourself too! Purchase a ticket to make a pie for charity or yourself here. Don't forget to stop by the famers market to purchase fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cool, Clear Waters Walk
    Mount Tamalpais, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Take an easy two-mile walk with Ranger Lou around an ecological restoration site to learn how the needs of salmon and frogs can inspire people to create habitat for endangered and threatened species during a time of climate change. Bring water, snack, sunscreen, and hat, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Muir Beach parking lot. Reservations required; call (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The Dickens Fair kicks off Saturday, November 22 and runs on weekends through December 21 from 10 am–7 pm. Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Windy Trees
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

    For November celebrate the incredible art that the Presidio inspires! Using only your breath, a straw and some paint, you can be the wind that creates a beautiful tree to celebrate the fall season and the forests of the Presidio. Drop in every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am to 3 pm for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Best for kids aged 5–12. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 14, 15 & 16

November 14, 2014
Christmas House at West End Nursery San Rafael
Visit the amazing Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael.

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, November 14

  • Santa Photos at Northgate
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–6 pm

    Northgate in San Rafael invites children to visit Santa and have their picture taken with Santa Claus at his winter wonderland house, in the Macy's wing. Individual photos and packages are available. Santa takes breaks from 3–4 pm (2:30–3:30 pm on Sundays). More info: www.shopatnorthgate.com.
  • Tam Valley Arts and Crafts Fair
    Tamalpais Valley Community Center
    Friday, 5–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Shop for great crafts by local vendors and enjoy crafts for kids and more. Free admission. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm & Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Fiddler on the Roof, performed by 75 young people from throughout Marin County tells the story of Tevye, who is belabored by the difficult problems of raising and supporting his five daughters in Tsarist Russia. The show features songs like "Sunrise, Sunset," "Tradition," "If I Were A Rich Man," and many more. Tickets: $15. For reservations and ticket information, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Seussical the Musical
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Based on the splendid works of Dr. Seuss… anything's possible! Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $45 reserved. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, in downtown Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-9600 or visit their website.

Photos and Breakfast with Santa Claus

November 13, 2014

photos with santa clausIt goes without saying that every Holiday season Santa Claus is an extremely popular guy. He and his small army of little helpers will be making the rounds for photos, breakfasts, and other holiday fun at various shopping centers and other locations in Marin County and beyond. (And of course you'll need to tell him what you want for Christmas, too!)

We make every effort to assure that all listings and hours are as accurate as possible, but occasionally Santa has to take a break to feed the reindeer or tidy up his beard, so make sure to stay on Santa's "nice" list and call or check the venue's website before visiting.

Photos with Santa

  • Santa Photos
    Northgate Mall in San Rafael
    November 14–December 24

    Northgate in San Rafael invites children to visit Santa and have their picture taken with Santa Claus at his winter wonderland house in the Macy's wing. Individual photos and packages are available. Santa will be on hand Monday–Saturday from noon–8 pm, and Sunday from noon–6 pm. Santa takes breaks Monday-Saturday, 3-4 pm Sunday, 2:30–3 pm. More info: www.shopatnorthgate.com
  • Free Pictures with Santa
    Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
    November 22, noon–2 pm

    Get free 4x6 professional photos with Santa and meet Rudolph in the Strawberry Village Piazza on November 22. Also enjoy free face painting and balloon twisting. More info: strawberryvillage.com

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 7, 8 & 9

November 7, 2014
Ice skating at Marin on Ice
Marin on Ice opens this Saturday for another season of open air skating at Northgate in San Rafael.

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, November 7

  • James and the Giant Peach
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday, 4 & 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday,10:30 am, 12:30 & 3 pm

    The Bay Area Children’s Theatre production presents James and the Giant Peach for ages 4 to 11. This exciting new musical is inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs. Tickets: $18–22. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 64th Annual Holly Fair
    San Geronimo Community Center
    Friday, 4–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the family for some seasonal fun with turkey dinners, kids' games, homemade preserves and pies, silent auction, white elephant sale, and holiday gift boutique. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. For more info, call (415) 488-1757 or visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Seussical the Musical
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Based on the splendid works of Dr. Seuss… anything's possible! Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $45 reserved. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, in downtown Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-9600 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party Katherine Applegate
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Katherine Applegate 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.Katherine Applegate's new book is Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, a picture book companion to The One and Only Ivan. Location: Marin Country Mart 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 8

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

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 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.
  • Harvest Festival
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Celebrate the turn of the season with a harvest festival featuring a joyous outdoor performance and hands-on activities for the whole-family Indoor performance by The Banana Slug String Band ($3). All other events free with museum admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pizza Party on Horse Hill
    Horse Hill, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am-1pm

    We are hosting a broom-busting pizza party and raffle on Horse Hill. We need your help to to clear French and Scotch broom on the preserve. The work requires considerable strength and stamina but it is possible for volunteers as young as 5 years old to join if teamed with a parent or guardian. Some members of association will talk about their horses living on the preserve. Participants will get a chance to meet the horses up close. Meet at the entrance gate across from address 49 Lomita Dr, near the intersection of Lomita Dr.and Greenfield Ct. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craft Fair
    Petaluma Community Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Beautiful and unique crafts for sale, entertainment, food, prizes, and holiday photos with Santa. Admission is free. Location: 320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, call (707)778-4488 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the kiddos (ages 5 to 12) for some free craft-making at the new Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco.The Presidio is a beautiful mosaic of natural and cultural wonders. Make your own paper mosaic featuring some of your favorite Presidio scenes. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.
  • SF Parents of Multiples Children's Consignment Sale
    St Mary's Cathedral
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    If you're looking for maternity wear, clothing for newborns to 5 year olds, toys, high chairs, stollers and much, don't miss this shopping event. Free parking and free admission. Location: 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Blvd.), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holidays on the Home Front at Fort McDowell
    Angel Island

    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Visitors will learn how the Army helped soldiers and their families celebrate the holidays while at the island during World War II. Families will have the opportunity to make 1940s style Christmas decorations to take home, and enjoy refreshments in the East Garrison Chapel and Guard House. Make special holiday decorations using recycled materials, send a holiday greeting to our service men and women, learn about a soldier’s life, and enjoy the sounds and treats of the holidays. For information call (415) 435-3161 or visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice Opening Weekend
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday and Sunday, noon–10 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.

Hit the Ice! Holiday Ice Skating in the Bay Area

November 4, 2014

Ice skating at Marin on IceEven though it's an activity that you can do year-round, ice skating seems to be something that's especially appealing around the holidays. Marin on Ice is back at Northgate in San Rafael for another season of outdoor ice skating, so you don't have to leave Marin County to go skate! It's the only rink in the county, but you'll find more in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and the East Bay. Here's our list of places to hit the ice in the Bay Area this holiday season.

Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice outdoor skating rink in San Rafael's Northgate Mall returns to offers al fresco skating from November 8, 2014 through January 11, 2015. This year the rink is even bigger, with 6,300 square feet of real ice. Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners.The rink will be open daily, from 2 to 9 pm Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 pm Friday to Sunday, including holidays. Marin on Ice also offers birthday parties and private rentals. For more information, visit onicemarin.com or call (707) 738-8496. Northgate Mall is located off Highway 101 in San Rafael's Terra Linda area, between Northgate Drive and Las Gallinas Avenue.

Marin Weekend Fun for October 31, November 1 & 2

October 31, 2014

Halloween trick-or-treat kidsHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Halloween weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, October 31

  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come to a not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Treats and prizes. Come in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Exploratorium Family Halloween
    San Francisco
    Friday, noon–4 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of frightful, family-friendly fun and a bit of scary science. Sneak through a cemetery of dead science ideas, lend a hand to giant insects, or have a close encounter with reptiles that slither and creep. All ages welcome; costumes encouraged! Included with museum admission. Location: Pier 15, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street
    Berkeley
    Friday, 2–5 pm

    Berkeley's Fourth Street invites all costumed kids to trick or treat on the street. Activities include facepainting, photo booth, live music and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Friday, 3–5:30 pm

    Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Costume Parade & Trick-or-Treating
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 4–7 pm

    Kids Costume Parade, led by Superheroes Brass & Tin Marching Band, trick-or-treating at all shops with candy from Miette, and Pumpkin Decorating at Poppy Store. Trick-or-Treat from 4–7 pm and Costume Parade at 5:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Lane
    Sausalito City Hall
    Friday, 5:45–8 pm

    Kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume for a Halloween Parade and for some trick-or-treating. Parade begins at fire station (at 333 Johnson and Caledonia) Come on down to the Sausalito City Hall, located at Caledonia and Litho Streets in Sausalito for a spooky time. There will also be a haunted house at in the game room at City Hall from 6:15–8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia's 6th Annual Halloween Party
    San Rafael
    Friday, 5:30–9 pm

    Join us for our 5th Annual Halloween Block Party on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow). Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow) will be closed to all traffic for this event. Explore a haunted cemetery, check out what the witches are brewing in the Witches Kitchen, and check out the local house band playing your favorite Halloween tunes, not to mention the San Rafael Fire Department, who will be bring their best fire truck—and of course Trick-or-Treating! There is even rumor that Darth Vader will battle all Jedi-in-training... This is a fun event for the whole family. This event is FREE thanks to the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association. Location: Adrian Way between Meadow and Mabry.

Saturday, November 1

  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums, San Francisco
    Saturday and Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free this weekend: the de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP 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.
  • Halloween Family Farm Day/El Día de los Muertos
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    The ranch will reveal some special tricks and treats during Halloween Family Farm Day. Activities may include making costumes with recycled materials, taking a spooky tour of our garden, investigating our worm compost, and cooking up some warm treats in our outdoor kitchen. We will also honor El Día de los Muertos with a fun hike to bone grove. Costume wearing is encouraged! Cost: $30 per person. Register here. For more info, call (415) 381-6155 or visit their website.
  • Fun Family Mile
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a spectacular fall morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, one-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park. This will be an easy walk, and a great way to bond as a family. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks will be provided. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or ABocchi@marincounty.org. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

    Mill Valley Recreation joins the joyful celebration of dearly departed family, friends, and pets during the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Join in the celebration by participating in several free activities, decorating sugar skulls, getting your face painted, and creating memory boxes. All ages are welcome! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Days
    AT&T Park, San Francisco & Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    AT&T Park and Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this free science extravaganza. Last year, more than 30,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, there is something for everyone to unleash their inner scientist. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 24, 25 & 26

October 24, 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 beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Check out our list of Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties—see our list here.

Friday, October 24

  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday,  4–7:30 pm

    It's a sppoktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Zappo the Musician as he amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3 to 103. Cost: $9, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center Parking Lot
    Friday, 5–6:30 pm

    Various City Departments, local business and service organizations will be on site to show off their creativity and pass out treats to trick-or-treaters of all ages. Costumes are encouraged! Marin Theater Company will present a special Halloween inspired performance. Let's Eat Grill Stop Food Truck will be on site from 3:30–6:30 pm cooking up yummy grub for sale. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info call (415) 383-1370 or email recreate@cityofmillvalley.org.
  • Novato Horsemens' Haunted House
    Novato Horsemen, Novato
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5–9 pm

    There will be free family fun for all ages: a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more...  Admission for haunted house is $5 per person. Location: 600 Bugeia Lane, off Atherton in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2014
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens! Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 25

  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family out for some fun at the fall Halloween Festival. There is an organic pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, apple pressing, pony rides, crafts and more... Costume swap from 9 am–1 pm (bring one, get one), kids music from 9:30–10:30 am and a pup costume parade at George Pet Store at 11 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Explorers Bay Sail
    Bay Model, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Set sail for family adventureon the schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. $35/person, pre-registration required. Children of all ages are welcome. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under. Cost: $35 per person. Register online here. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green Faire
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for the first Scream on the Green Faire weekend in Downtown Novato. Activities include: Safe trick-or-treating downtown on Saturday from 11 am–1 pm, a haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, live music, children's play area, and food and beverages. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Wildlife Discovery Day
    Children's Island at Lagoon Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Let’s celebrate the diversity of Marin’s unique and fascinating wildlife! Please join us, the Marin Municipal Water District, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as we host the first Marin Wildlife Discovery Day (part of the 10-day Bay Area Science Festival). The event will feature hands-on science learning activities and fun for the entire family! Parking and admission are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Get to Know WildCare
    Gerstle Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Enjoy a short hike in nearby Gerstle Park, where we may spot red-shouldered hawks and dusky-footed woodrat nests. Following will be a tour of WildCare where you will meet non-releasable ambassador animals in the courtyard and museum, and learn why they are there. You will learn about our hospital and how you can help to keep our wildlife safe. For more info, call (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • Happy Creepy Halloween
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Kids of all ages can participate in Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE). Design and build your own robot in a special Halloween-themed Design Quest engineering station, then test which items your robot can drop into the Witches' Cauldron (11 am–3 pm). From gooey eyeballs to skeletons, which spooky items will you and your robot find in the witches' brew? Free with admission. Location: 1 Centennial Drive, Berekely. For more info, call (510) 642-5132 or visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    San Francisco
    Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Bring your family to Boo at the Zoo for incredible thrills and chills! Roam the Zoo in search of candy, see special animal enrichment, create take-home crafts, take your picture with Casper the Friendly Ghost and much more. All activities are free with paid San Francisco Zoo admission: Kids wearing costumes get $1 off admission. Members get in free every day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Halloween Bash at Bon Air
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games (started at the Mini Maker Faire in September), with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Raphael School Halloween Festival and Haunted house
    San Rafael
    Saturday, noon-4 pm

    Games, food and a haunted house. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 454-4455 or visit their website.
  • Trick or Treat on Fourth Street
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–2:30 pm

    Every year, the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (BID) hosts a free and safe trick-or-treating experience for kids on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, starting at San Rafael City Plaza. In addition, there will be a haunted house at Saint Raphael's School at 1100 Fifth Avenue. The haunted house, designed for all ages, will be spooking kids from 11 am–3 pm. Stop by and play games or make a craft before the trick or treating begins. For more info, visit their website.
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