Events and Outings

Marin Family Weekend Events for June 2, 3 & 4

June 3, 2017

Find a great deal on clothing, toys, and gear for kids of all ages at the MPOMC Garage Sale this Saturday.

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, June 2

  • Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
    Sonoma Raceway
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–6 pm, Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Over 400 racers will take center stage for this invitational event. Some of the world’s finest racing machines will take to the track, some of which date as far back as pre-WWI. Featuring an incredible collection of race cars, including Bugatti, Lotus, Corvette, Ferrari, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo. Tickets: $15–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Alphabet Rockers
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. This powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs and dances. 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.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include live music, dance and theater performances, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Families welcome. Free. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out: Inside Out
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    There are a lot of things to be happy about! Parents Night Out is one of them! Join us as we create stress balls, candy necklaces, and get moving with parachute play. We will watch Inside Out. A pizza dinner will be served. All children must be potty trained. Ages: 2.5–10. 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.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Fridays, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra. Food available to purchase. For more information, visit their website

Saturday, June 3

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info,  .
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale
    Marin Catholic High School
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm
    (closed from noon–1 pm)
    Marin's largest garage sale for babies and kids has clothes for pregnant moms, babies and children up to age six. Other items include toys, baby equipment, and furniture.This sale has the reputation for providing clean, high quality items at excellent prices. Designer clothes racks too. Admission $1 per person; free for children 12 and under. They offer an early-bird admission at 7:45 am for $15 per family. Closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch and then there's a half price sale from 1–2 pm. Marin Catholic High School is located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Trails Day Events
    Various locations in Marin and the Bay Area
    Saturday, times vary
    National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. Events take place at parks throughout Marin, including the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as in other outdoors spots on the San Francisco Bay Area. Help enhance our trail systems, meet fellow park lovers, and enjoy a celebration of our great park! Learn more and find an event near you on their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    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! Wildcare will be at the Mart from 10 am–2 pm and a Flamenco Kids Performance at 3 pm.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots with Suzanne Fox
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    In this song circle, we’ll sing, dance to, and act out folk songs about things kids care about: things like animals, nature, vehicles, their bodies, family, friends and being silly. Little children can start to understand tempo and rhythm using toy instruments; parents and other caretakers can learn songs to sing and games to play with their children. Make music part of their lives! Music builds community. For ages 18 months to 6 years. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Bay Area Book Festival
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    This indoor-outdoor festival of all things literary features a roster of diverse authors and speakers for all ages, including children and teens. Other family activities include live music and performances on the Showtime Stage, tons of hands-on activities, and a Fun & Games Carnival. Admission is free, but there is a fee for the keynote speakers. Location: Downtown Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • 41st Annual Union Street Music Festival
    Union Street from Gough to Steiner, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    This year's event will have feature live bands performing in small entertainment areas throughout the site. Five different genres: Jazz, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Local Bands! The Festival will also include Arts and Craft Exhibitors, unique Sponsors, Festive Food Vendors and Community Groups, as well as beer and wine. Free; tickets required for craft beer and wine pavilions. For more info, visit their website.
  • Biggest Little Airshow
    Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join the festivities as the Biggest Little Air Show matches a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot John Collver and his full-sized 1944 SNJ along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models. San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza, including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!! Free with museum admission. Location: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. For tickets and more info, visit their website.
  • American Girl Birthday Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Let's throw a birthday party, American Girl style! Join us as we prepare some yummy treats that will make your gathering memorable. Cost: $30 per child includes American Girl Apron Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Headlands Treasure Hunt
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm
    Find clues and explore fun! Say goodbye to Google Maps and experience the Marin Headlands as explorers of the past! Find your way to fun clues and challenges as you explore Point Bonita. Y marks the spot and we'll see you here!  Free. After, enjoy a great lunch and amazing ocean views for only $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. For more info and to register, call (415) 331-9622 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Mexican Metal Art
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    rop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! The Presidio was under Mexican control from 1822–1846. To celebrate the Presidio’s Mexican heritage, join us in making a repujado craft. Repujado is a traditional Mexican art form where metal is raised and decorated to create beautiful designs. Registration preferred but not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • How to Draw Peanuts
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am

    Learn to draw your favorite cartoon characters with cartoonist Robert Pope. Pope has worked for Peanuts, Batman, Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and many more. Pope will discuss his creative process and teach you how to draw some of your favorite characters! Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Traveling Spectacular at Cornerstone
    Cornerstone, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The Traveling Spectacular is a surrealist vaudeville experience inspired by the dreams and dust of a bygone age. Allow your sense of wonder to ignite as we take you on a journey into the imagination: Grand illusions, a sword-swallowing prestidigitator extraordinaire, vaudevillian comedy, a bevy of dancing beauties and the fire-breathing Devil himself! All set to original music by our Gypsy-Klezmer orchestra, the Oddjob Ensemble. $20, children under 4 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wonder Woman Day Celebration: Special Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Join us for a specially-scheduled Wonder Woman Storytime at 1pm! We'll hear about one of our favorite heroes and make our own WW tiaras, and all are invited to stay for the Wonder Woman/DC Comics cosplay event at 2 pm! Costume categories for ages 0-12, 13-18 and 18+. Our first 25 guests at this event will receive a free exclusive Wonder Woman tiara and wristband set from DC Comics! Location: Town Center Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Inexpensive (or Free) Family Activities in the Bay Area for June

June 1, 2017

June is here, which means the end ofthe school year and summer vacation! It's time to start thinking of fun and affordable ways to keep the kids occupied when they're finally out of school. Fortunately, parents in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area will find plenty for kids to do!

Here are suggestions for great affordable summer activities and outings in Marin and the Bay Area taking for each day in the month of June. From hiking to swimming to movies to concerts, everything listed here is inexpensive or even free. You don't have to break the bank to have a great time!

All Month

Summer Reading Challenge
Marin County Free Library Branches

Join the Summer Challenge for Kids & Teens at the Marin County Public Libraries. Kids earn a Book Bucks for every 100 minutes of reading which can be redeemed for a variety of prizes. Kids who complete the Learning Challenge wil receive a Gold Medal Reader button. Teens can earn scratcher tickets by checking out books, writing book reviews, and attending teen events. Check with your local library branch for details.

Thursday, June 1

Presidio Twilight
San Francisco Presidio
5–9 pm
Presidio Twilight is the Bay Area's largest community campfire! Enjoy a large selection of international cuisine from the food trucks of Off the Grid, live music, sunset activities, and the ambiance of San Francisco’s national park for a one-of-a-kind experience. Lantern-lit cabanas and fire pits are available free on a first come, first-served basis. Additional activities include traditional games such as bean bag toss, hula hoops, and giant Jenga. More information.

Summer Festivals in Marin and the Bay Area

May 30, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin

Summertime is festival time! When the weather heats up, so do the fun local family-friendly festivals in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering music, performances, shopping, games, hands-on activities and more, there's usually something at these festivals for the entire family.

Here's our 2017 list of events taking place throughout Marin and the Bay Area this summer and into the fall. Many of these festivals are free, but some do charge admission. Check their websites for any fees, as well as times and details.

June

Picnics, Nature and Play at Stafford Lake Park

May 30, 2017

Stafford Lake

Stafford Lake, the reservoir that provides the town of Novato with much of its drinking water, is also the site of one of Marin's favorite outdoor recreation spots: Stafford Lake County Park. There are so many activities to do at this 139-acre park, and I'm surprised my family and I don't come here more often, especially since it's literally just around the corner from our house. If you haven't been there, you've certainly passed it on Novato Boulevard on your way out to the Cheese Factory or Point Reyes. With an upgraded play area, picnic spots, fishing, and an awesome bike park for all ages, you owe it to yourself to stop by and see what Stafford Lake has to offer!

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2017

May 28, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the BeastExperience Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Mountain Play this Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Friday, May 26

  • American Crown Circus
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, various times

    This family run, bilingual circus, presented by Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, is centered around acrobats, performers, and clowns, with no exotic animals. Performances are on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 29 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $20. Parking is $5. For more info or to order tickets, visit their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 19, 20 & 21

May 19, 2017

Beatuy and the Beast premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 21.

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, May 19

  • Endangered Species Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We’re celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them.  Location: 1 Zoo Road, Sloat Blvd., at The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more information, 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 and 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.
  • Contra Costa County Fair
    Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
    Friday, noon–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    The 2017 Contra Costa County Fair features an Extreme Sports Zone, Ag Venture Land, Midway of Fun Carnival live entertainment, animal shows for the entire family. Location: 1201 West 10th Street, Antioch. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. 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.
  • Family Movie Night: Moana
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Food Trucks 5:30 pm; Movie Shorts 7:30 pm; Feature Film: Moana, 8 pm. Movie is free. Location:
    63 Funston Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear CROW-tet (Zev Shearn Nance) at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6:30–7:30 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.

The Annual Festival of Fun Returns to San Anselmo This Weekend!

May 15, 2017

Saint Anselm Festival of Fun

The annual Saint Anselm Festival of Fun returns on Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 8 pm. This fun-filled day delights over 1,500 Marin and Ross Valley families with over 25 attractions, including vintage carnival rides, prize games (cake wheel, pick-a-pop, salami toss and more), jumpy houses and slides, the Panther Café, strolling entertainers, face painting, and more. Admission is free, and tickets are purchased for the rides and games.

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 12–14

May 12, 2017

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 14. Find something special to do with Mom with our round-ups of Mother's Day Brunches, spring hikes, picnic spots and beaches in Marin and Sonoma County.

Friday, May 12

  • 2017 National Public Garden Day
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Friday, 9 am–5 pm

    In honor of National Public Garden Day, enjoy one complimentary admission! Follow this link to get your coupon: COUPON.  Valid for one admission on May 12th. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Weekend: Hamilton Community Pool
    Hamilton, Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children ages 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a day or night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood Camp staff. Games, park time, arts and crafts, snacks, and more! Cost: $25 per child; $20 each additional sibling. For ages 2–10. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Gianna Marino will be here to read you a bedtime story from Splotch. 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 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Octobop at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • San Marin High School presents: The Music Man
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, 2 pm

    Bring the entire family to the San Marin Spring Musical, “The Music Man” opens on Friday, May 12th for a run of 6 performances. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for child. Purchase tickets here. Location: Emily Gates Student Center, San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 13

  • Bay Area Human Race
    Marin Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7 am–11 am

    From supporting those with disabilities, people advocating for animals, to those seeking to increase access to education, and more — the Bay Area Human Race™ is open to nonprofits, schools, and community groups across Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Race day features a fun and flat 5K run/walk at the historic Marin County Civic Center Lagoon Park and fairgrounds, including music, Kids Races and activities, a dog walk, the Community Village Fair and a pancake breakfast. The event is open to everyone. Cost: $10–$50. See cost here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

May 11, 2017

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.

  • Belcampo Meat Co
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 9 am

    Treat mom to a special brunch featuring Belcampo specialties: Bacon & Brioche French Toast, Ham Benedict, or the infamous Belcampo Breakfast Burger. Reserve now! Location: 2504 Larkspur Landing. For more info, call (415) 448-5810 or visit their website.
  • The Caprice
    Tiburon
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm
    Enjoy three course prix fixe brunch includes prosecco. $49/ adults; kids under 12 $19. Shrimp cocktail, brioche french toast, filet mignon, blueberry and more. Location: 2000 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Reservations are required by calling (415) 435-3400. For more info, visit their website.
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