Events and Outings

Weekend Family-fun for October 19, 20 & 21

October 18, 2007

Friday, October 19

Movies at the Bay Model is back with American Graffiti & Cars starting at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring the family, eat some popcorn and have the kids wear their pjs. Refreshments will be sold at the concession stand. The adult movie will be showing American Graffiti and kid’s movie will be showing Cars (chaperones are present in the Kids’ theatre). The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito. This event is free. For more info, call 415-332-3871.

Saturday, October 20

Clifford Comes to the Discovery Museum

October 3, 2007

The Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibition opens at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito this Saturday, October 6, so come and board the Birdwell Island Ferry and discover Clifford’s world. The exhibition features numerous hands-on adventures that introduce children to “Clifford’s Big Ideas”—life lessons such as playing fair, being kind, being truthful, and being respectful of others. Also on hand will be Emily Elizabeth and other fun and loving residents of Birdwell Island.

Weekend Along Farm Trails: September 29 and 30

September 26, 2007
Sonoma County Farm Trails is celebrating their 35th anniversary, so gather the family and check out some of the wonderful farms in our backyard! This weekend, September 29 and 30, a variety of farms will open their doors for a special weekend of fun activities and informative tours to start celebrating the fall harvest. Participating farms will be featuring pumpkin patches, special farm tours, farm animals, freshly picked fruits and vegetables, restaurants, wineries, and activities for the kids.

Free Outdoor Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens Today!

August 24, 2007

Join the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas for a free concert on August 24 at noon at Yerba Buena Gardens. Bring your lunch and enjoy thrilling music by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and others. Don't miss this spectacular event, another in the San Francisco Symphony's lineup of community events aimed at making music accessible to everyone in our community. For directions, go to Yerba Buena Garden's website.

Weekend Family Events August 24, 25 & 26

August 23, 2007

Friday, August 24

Fantastic Fridays featuring Breakfast with Enzo! Bring the kids to Crissy Field Center's Fantastic Fridays program featuring local tot idol Enzo for a regular Toddlerpalooza. Enzo plays a variety of instruments and has been wowing the preschool set for years with his fun and interactive music show. There are two shows at 10:00 and 11:00 am. The cost is $10 per child, accompanied by a parent or caregiver (stay as long as you like!) More info:

Enjoy Jazz & Blues by the Bay this Friday at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito from 6:30-8:00 pm. For more info, call (415) 289-4152.

Saturday, August 25

Marin Symphony Family Concert

August 22, 2007
Once again, the Marin Symphony Family Concert will be taking place on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at Marin Center in San Rafael. The theme of this family-friendly concert is “Heroes and Villains”. The Marin Symphony’s Family Concerts are special one-hour programs designed to introduce children to the wonders of symphonic music. Narrated by KDFC radio’s Hoyt Smith, the concert features John Williams’ “Superman March”, Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, “The Queen of the Night Aria” from Mozart’s Magic Flute, and other pieces by Grieg, Holst, Stravinsky, Rossini and Handel.

Summer Series for Kids at Local Children’s Museums

July 30, 2007

Summer’s still here, and if you’re looking for fun and educational things to do with your kids during the month of August, then look no further than your local children’s museum. The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley are two of our favorites.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a Special Summer Series that includes art, science and music workshops on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm for ages 4 and up.

August 1: Seaside Songs
August 8: Science by the Bay
August 15: Masterpieces, Summer Drawing Series
August 22: Prolific Puppetry

Peter Pan at the Marin Center

July 9, 2007

Peter Pan at the Marin CenterThe beloved and timeless tale of Peter Pan comes to life as Sharon Boucher brings 100 of Marin’s most talented children together to perform this magical tale. Watch Peter Pan fly with Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland as he encounters Captain Hook and the pesky pirate crew. The performances will be from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, 2007 at the Showcase Theater at the Marin Center in San Rafael, so bring the entire family. The performance days and times are as follows:

7/26 Thursday: 7:30 pm
7/27 Friday: 7:30 pm
7/28 Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
7/29 Sunday: 1 pm and 5 pm

Prices are $16 in Advance and $19 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to their website or call the Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800.

The Nut Tree: Revisiting a Childhood Favorite

June 5, 2007

The Nut Tree train(They have closed) Over the long Memorial Day weekend, I talked my family into visiting one of my childhood favorites, the new Nut Tree in Vacaville. I still remember this California landmark vividly when I would visit as a child, so I didn’t know what to expect now that it has reopened. We decided to first have lunch in the old Black Oak Restaurant that I’ve always seen on the other side of I-80, which is a family-friendly coffee shop style place (similar to a Dennys, but with nicer décor).

When we first pulled up to the new Nut Tree, I was a little disappointed. It is now one big shopping mall, replete with Old Navy, Borders, Starbucks, and other familiar retail outlets, with the family park area situated in the back. The Family Park is a small but clean and well thought out park with sort of an old-fashioned fell to it. It’s free to get in and roam around, but you have to purchase tickets to go on the rides. Some of the rides are:

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