Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 22–24

September 22, 2017


Celebrate fall at Blackie's Hay Day, on Saturday at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon

Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!

Friday, September 22

  • 53rd Annual Fall Big Book Sale
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    The annual Friends of the San Francisco Public Libary Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. Everything is $3 or less. All items remaining on Sunday are $1. Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 & 11:15 am
    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. For children 6 months to 3 years. Tickets $15; free for under 6 months. Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Sausalito Story Time with Carson
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Friday, 11 am

    Please join us Fridays at 11 am for our new weekly Book Passage Sausalito story time. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Big Bounce House America
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 1:30–7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–7:30 pm

    Get your tickets for the biggest bounce house in America. For the entire family. Cost: prices start at $5. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Event: Author Jennifer Mathieu
    Cooperfields, Petaluma
    Friday, 4 pm

    Meet Jennifer Mathieu, author of the book Moxie. Vivian Carter’s mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, however, she takes a page from her mom’s past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. Viv is just blowing off steam, but before she knows it, she’s started a revolution. Location: 140 Kentucky Street, Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Art Walk
    Downtown Fairfax
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Come celebrate Fairfax's unique creative spirit. Artists, makers, musicians, and poets will be showcased by our vital local business community. Plus, join the scavenger hunt for a prize drawing. This event is family friendly and stamped with an "Only in Fairfax" approval rating. Visit our town recreation page to preview some of the artists participating. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Campfire Program at Chicken Ranch Beach
    Inverness
    Friday, 7–9 pm

    Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. No pets (except service animals). are allowed at this park.  Location: Meet at the Chicken Ranch Beach pullout. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 23

  • 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 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • 5th Annual Candy Palooza
    Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The annual Candy Palooza is a free festival of all things sweet featuring free tastings, live music and free tours of the factory. Activities include arts and crafts, carnival rides and midway games, chalk art on the patio and tours of the factory. Carnival rides start at 10 am. This event is for kids of all ages. Free. Location: One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Rosa Toy and Comic Con 2017
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    This year will be even bigger than previous years with more activities and dealers. Come check out everything from 200 plus toy and comic dealers to movie cars, LARPing, a video game room, panels, live wrestling from SPW, a lego free play area and a whole lot more! Tickets: $15–$25. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, San Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • USTA Kids' Play Day
    Tiburon Peninsula Club
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    USTA Kids' Play Day at the Tiburon Challenger, a Pro Circuit men's professional event, is a special opportunity for children 6–12 to see a special exhibition performance, take part in fun activities and games on the court, and enjoy ice cream. USTA NorCal will have gifts for all participants, and kids and their families can stay to see qualifying matches. Participation in Kids' Play Day is free, but registration is required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blackie's Hay Day 2017
    Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Blackie's Hay Day has become a community tradition that families look forward to every year. Designed for children of all ages, Blackie's Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more. General Admission $10. Children under two are free. Event website.
  • Opening Day: McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Saturdays, 10 am–9:30 pm & Sundays, 10 am–6 pm
    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, pumpkin blaster, and a new haunted forest. You'll also find a farm store selling products like free-range eggs, ice cream, butter, lavender, and vegetables. The food shack serves organic hot dogs, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, snacks, and espresso drinks. School tours are available during the week. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
    Sonoma Plaza
    Saturday 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include blessing of the grapes, reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, firefighters' water fight, family grape stomp, parade, kids carnival, tiny tacks race, and 5k run/walk. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Community Day
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    This Saturday the Exploratorium opens its doors to the public for free. Entry subject to capacity and not guaranteed. Location: Pier 15 on the Embarcardero, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Dragon Boat Festival
    Lake Merritt, Oakland
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The California Dragon Boat Association presents the 21st Annual Kaiser Permanente Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt, Oakland! Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games and arts and crafts await. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberfest 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Live Music Performances from 11:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: Kids Concert
    Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
    Saturday, 10:15–11 am
    Bring the kiddos for this free concert featuring Sam and Abby, from Bloomington, Indiana, They combine clogging, hambone, and soulful singing with energetic banjo playing and some unusual instruments, including musical saw and jaw harp, in a participatory show that is fun for the whole family. Location: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, Community Room (3rd floor), 2090 Kittredge Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Matinee: Teodross Avery & Friends
    SF Jazz Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am

    Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A, and amazing music. This weekend: Saxaphonist and composer Teodross Avery. Tickets: $5–$23. Purchase tickets here.  Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Peace in the Park
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Peace in the Park Lets you explore a variety of ways to unplug and unwind while living in a fast-paced urban environment. It's an opportunity to find yourself, feel good and engage with our beautiful community in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. This free festival will feature world music, dances, tai-chi, hatha yoga, life-enchancing seminars, kids activities, peace exhibits, and meditation experiences in the exquisite Golden Gate Park Bandshell. For more info, visit their website.
  • 39th Annual Chili Cook-Off
    Dunphy Park, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–3:30 pm

    The air at Dunphy Park will be thick with the aroma of tomatoes, beans, peppers and spices. Come experience booth after booth of delicious park-made chili. Tasting will begin at high noon. Purchase a $10 unlimited chili tasting wrist band and visit each booth to try unique and original chili. Tasters will help decide the winners by casting their bean vote. Location: 1600 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 pm
    This is a play telling the age-old story of the lovely princess who was cursed on the day of her celebration by an uninvited wicked fairy. The fairy prophesied that on her 16th birthday the princess should prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep.This classic fairytale is performed by kids for kids and is suitable for all ages! . Tickets: $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Oktoberfest
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 3–9 pm
    Enjoy German music, beer, and food, as well as free family rides and games. Tickets: $15, $10 ages 1–10. Event website.
  • Astronomy Viewing Night
    Mount Burdell, Novato
    Saturday, 7:30–9:30 pm

    Bring the whole family out for an evening under the stars on Mount Burdell. Look at the planets and night sky through a telescope, or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the view. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a telescope, flashlight, blankets, water, snacks, and star charts. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Location: Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Fall in Tiburon with Blackie's Hay Day

September 21, 2017

Bring your family to come celebrate fall this Saturday, September 23, from 10 am to 4 pm at Blackie's Hay Day. This annual fundraiser and community tradition is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country fair and helps raise money for children's and teen programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Pumpkin Patches Further Afield

September 19, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

While there are plenty of awesome pumpkin patches to choose from in Marin and southern Sonoma counties (see our list of those here), you can find other great places to pick up pumpkins and other Halloween and autumn treats throughout the greater Bay Area. Maybe you're headed on a road trip to the south bay, or bound for the grandparents' house in Sacramento this October—there's probably a pumpkin patch on the way. Here are a few out-of-town pumpkin patches, in Solano, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, that we've visited at one time or another or had recommended to us.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 15–17

September 15, 2017


Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 61st annual Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park.

Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!

Friday, September 15

  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals. Location: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Circus Vargas
    Petaluma
    Friday, 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1, 4 & 7:30 pm

    Circus Vargas presents its new 2017 spectacular SteamCirque! Come on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Tickets: $17–$72; under 2 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 8 pm
     
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 16

  • GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–6 pm

    The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Sonoma Raceway for the epic series finale to the 2017 racing schedule. Fun for the entire family. Here is the schedule for kids events. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend. For more info, visit their website.

  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
    Various Marin locations
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On the third Saturday of every September volunteers all over the world converge on beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine-related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a significant difference. There are over 35 sites in Marin to choose from. Check the list here.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Zumba at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the 'work' out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burnin g dance fitness party on the lawn. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 61st Annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment under the redwoods. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography, and sculpture. See full schedule here. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes:  Pancake Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Let’s cook some pancakes! We’ll show you everything you need to know so you can make tasty pancakes for your family and friends, served with your favorite toppings. What could be better on the morning after a sleepover? All of the proceeds from this class will be donated to No Kid Hungry as they work to end childhood hunger in America. Cost: $5 donation per child. For more 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.
  • Open Cockpit Weekend: Public Heroes Weekend
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Look inside these vintage aircraft, and learn about their history from the crews who have lovingly restored them. You may climb aboard selected aircraft this weekend and sit in the pilot's seat! Come and take a look at some of the aircraft that make it possible for us to live our lives in great safety and confidence, knowing that when the worst happens a competent and dedicated aviator can be on hand within minutes to help us. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8+. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: California Natives: Plants and People
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Bring the whole family for a guided tour.. Our walk on the "Indian Trail" will explore the creative ways California Indians have used native plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, tools, fiber, medicine, even music, toys and games. At the end, we'll make a cattail cordage bracelet to take home.  $15 Adult,  $12 Child,  $10 Member Adult,  $8 Member Child (must have Family Membership level or above). Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberfest 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Live Music Performances from 11:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Musical Storytime with Miss Melissa
    Copperfield's Books, Novato
    Saturday, 10:30–11am

    This is musical family fun for babies, kids and grown ups, too! Bring the crew! Come on down to Copperfield's Books and shake it up with local children's musician and Kidnermusik educator, Miss Melissa Ayotte, as she shares songs, stories and sign language. Location: 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Family Open House
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In their wildly interactive shows for children and families, silly six-piece band Your Song My Song sings you through watery adventures, recycling kid revolutionaries, classic children's books, jungle expeditions, and deep sea dives! Instrument petting zoo. Free admisson. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • American Indian 50th Anniversary Trade Feast
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Featured activities: Inter-tribal Pomo Dance Group, “Red Voice Drum” Drumming & Singing, “Kalpulli Anahuak” Aztec Dancers, children’s activities/native story telling, hoop dancing and much more. Free admission. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Princesses Wear Pants Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    In their debut children's picture book, Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for a savvy, imaginative story that celebrates fashion and girl power. Join the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple as she finds a clever way to get the job done while staying true to herself. Activities to follow. Location: Town Center Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sumo Champions Exhibition
    Japantown Peace Plaze, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Learn about the ancient Japanese tradition of Sumo and watch live matches at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Meet Sumo wrestlers in person at a meet-and-greet at 5 pm. Free. Location: Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 4:30 pm, Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm

    This classic fairytale is performed by kids for kids and is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays: Kinetic Sand!
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
    Kinetic sand is fun to play with but is also great for developing fine motor skills, creative thinking and pre-writing skills. It can also promote calm! 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. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2–5 pm
    Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Comics Fest Event
    Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founders Room
    Saturday, 2:30–4 pm

    Come and meet Authors and comic artists, Lily Williams (If Sharks Disappeared, 2017) and Amy Martin, a cartoonist, illustrator, and children's librarian living in Oakland, California. Please note: content in this presentation may not be appropriate for children under 10 years old. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
  • Free Movies on the Green: Disney's Cars 3
    Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

    Sunday, 3 pm
    Bring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen Disney’s newest smash hit Cars 3! Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.

All Aboard! Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride on Sale Soon

September 10, 2017

The Polar Express

Get ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to members only on September 26–28, 2017 and to the general public on Saturday, October 1, 2017. The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown will also be holding Polar Express train rides again this holiday season.

Members of the Californa State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 are eligible to participate in member advance ticket sales. In order to reserve member tickets, your membership must be active or renewed as of Monday, September 5, 2017.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 8–10

September 8, 2017

Pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch. RSVP to reserve your spot and read about our visit here.

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, September 8

  • 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. He has been performing and recording professionally for over fifteen years, the last ten of which he has spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person additional child siblings under 7 months free. Lots of free parking too. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • 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.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood staff. Games, park time, arts and crafts, dinner and a movie at the end of the night! Activities include a toy room, dodgeball or just hanging out. Ages: at least 2 but less than 11. Cost: $25 per child. Register here. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars Gala Celebration
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Don’t miss this fast-selling, end of season celebration packed full of powerhouse performances, community tributes, sentimental reflections and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Night at the Museum
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them! At Rolling Hills, we know all our kids are great! Join us for a Dum Dum bubble gum blowing contest, Night Watchman Games, and “Night at the Museum Bingo”. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. A pizza dinner will be served. Ages 5 and up
    $24  Members and $34 Guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Dr, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Movies at Old Mill Park
    Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm (starts at dusk)

    Bring your family, blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics and enjoy this free movie in the park: Beauty and the Beast (live action). Location: 352 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Circus Vargas Returns to Petaluma with SteamCirque

September 5, 2017

Circus Vargas SteamCirque

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Circus Vargas.

Circus Vargas returns to the North Bay with its latest and greatest show: SteamCirque! This animal-free, traveling circus—the biggest in the USA—pitches its big top at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma from September 14 to 18. Shows take place at various times throughout the day, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

25 Inexpensive (or Free) Things to Do for Families in September

September 3, 2017

Tiburon Bike PathTake a ride along the Tiburon bike path this September.

September is here and school is back in, but that doesn't mean there still isn't a lot of family fun to be had! You don't have to break the bank to have a great time with the kiddos, either! Here are 25 great ideas for great affordable activities and outings in Marin and the Bay Area in September, all of which are free or really inexpensive. Keep in mind some of these activities require advance registration, so check before you go.

  1. Take a family bike ride or walk along the Tiburon bike path.
  2. Free family fun day at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, September 3, 10:30 am–2 pm
  3. Swim, jump and slide at the Water Park at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, September 3, 11 am–6 pm

Marin Family Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2017

Sausalito Art FestivalThe Annual Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend at Marinship Park.

Check out our list of 12 terrific family outings for this Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, September 1

 
  • Closing Weekend: "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit"
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    In "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit" children ages 2 to 6 enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Friday, 10 am; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am

    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. Who knows what might happen? Maybe ants will go marching! Maybe the honey bees won't want to share their honey! Together, you and the bears will surmount these obstacles and have a lovely, lively time! For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Children under the age of 6 months do not require a ticket. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: McNear's Beach Pool
    San Rafael
    Friday, 11 am–5 pm & Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Bring the entire family to swim and splash at McNear's Beach pool this weekend. After this weekend, the pool will be closing for the season. Parking is free on Saturday, due to Free Access of All Parks, but there is a charge to swim. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: Spring Lake Water Park
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    This inflatable water park includes multiple play stations for both kids and adults, including slides, bounce islands, a bouncy bridge, a trampoline, climbing cliffs, balance beam, and more. Test your strength by bouncing, sliding, balancing, climbing, and more! Spring Lake's three-acre swimming lagoon is filled with filtered spring water which is chlorinated to exeed water quality standards. Cost: $10 per person for water park and $7 parking fee. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park is located at 393 Violetti Road in Santa Rosa. For more info, read our article here.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
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