Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 5, 6 & 7

August 5, 2016
The Little Mermaid 142 Throckmorton Theatre
The Little Mermaid opens this Friday at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley.

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, August 5

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Children's Garden Series: Crosspulse Ensemble
    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. Using finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs, and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse Ensemble performances are designed to entrance children with an international array of rhythms, instruments, and obscure musical practices. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    A fun, family-friendly way to spend your summer evenings. 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 tables on Tunstead or on Town Hall lawn. 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.
  • 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 a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: Cocktail Time at the de Young. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Marinwood’s most popular event is back! Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music with Rin Tin Tiger, a delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Creekside Fridays Music Series
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Tam Valley All Stars. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • The Little Mermaid
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm and Sunday, 4 pm
    Bring the entire family to see this family-friendly performance of The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney movie of the same name and featuring a talented cast of Bay Area performers. Tickets: $18 general, $14 students, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 6

  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 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. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Space Festival
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Meet legendary astronauts, including Apollo 15's Al Worden and Novato's own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle, see full-sized lunar module and moon buggy replicas, view the sun through telescopes, check out interactive space displays, and more at the Space Station Museum's annual Space Festival. Admission and parking are free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Head for the Headlands Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Marin Headlands will celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with a special weekend of talks, exhibits, tours and activities. Food trucks and special events all day. Come join in the celebration! For more info, visit their website.
  • Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson
    Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera

    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm
    Third-generation silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be at Pottery Barn Kids in Corte Madera on August 6 to create hand-cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome including the squirmy ones! Please reserve your appointment here. Location: The Village Corte Madera, 1600 Redwood Hightway, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOlympics
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The Summer Games have kicked off in Rio and SF Zoo is joining in the fun by hosting its own “ZOOlympics”! Throughout the Zoo, guests will find ten fun facts posted with information about the natural talents animal possess. Everyone is encouraged to learn about wildlife and test their own skills by participating in a physical activity to see how they measure up. All “scores” can be recorded in a provided booklet. Some of the “events” include breath holding, high jump and longest wing span. See the schedule here. Regular Zoo Admission applies. For more info, visit their website
  • Olympic Crafts and Games
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Join us as we celebrate the start of the Summer Olympics library-style with crafts, games and fun for all! For families of all ages and abilities. Free. Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Music Festival
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
    Friday, 6:45–9 pm & Saturday, 12:15–9 pm

    This family friendly festival will feature 15 fantastic bands on three stages, and a kids' area! Tickets: $35 general Friday, $40 general Saturday, $20 students 13–17, and free for kids 12 and under. Proceeds go to support music programs in all Petaluma area public schools! For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night: Pirates
    Mill Valley Aquatics
    Saturday, 5–7 pm
    Come join in the summer fun and get your swimmin' groove on. Family fun night will include: swimming, games, music, raffle, face painting, costume contest, a kid-friendly movie, and more. Cost: $10 for the entire family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bat Night
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The popular evening of batty activities and live bats returns. Perfect for the entire family. There will be bat snacks, bat mask decorating, and the chance to meet live bats. Bring a flashlight and chair or blanket to sit on while observing bats. Come explore and enjoy a family evening at this park. For more info, call (707) 762-9715 or visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 29, 30 & 31

July 29, 2016

Day Out with Thomas
Day Out With Thomas chugs into Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains this weekend.

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, July 29

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    This popular family event takes place at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can take a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Children's Garden Series: Ka-Hon
    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. In the hands of Ka-Hon, a gentle spring shower, a flamenco troupe, a galloping stallion, and a rumba circle. Drawing on a pan-American array of rhythms, the high-energy ensemble displays the astounding versatility of the humble cajón, a simple wooden box usually played by a percussionist seated atop it. 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 a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: The View from Hollywood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Marble Party. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. Jonathan Poretz with a  swingin' tribute to Frank Sinatra and the fabulous music of the Rat Pack era. For more information, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 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: Four and More. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • MTC presents Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.
    Mill Valley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 2 & 7 pm

    Bring the family to this weekend's Teen Production Camp production of Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr! Tickets: adult $8 and child $5. Puchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 30

  • 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, face kids' crafts 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.
  • March of the Penguins
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 9:30 am–5 pm

    One of our most popular annual events, March of the Penguins, is happening!  Come watch our two adorable Magellanic penguin chicks waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island.  With much pomp and circumstance, this event celebrates the chicks' graduation from “Fish School” where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim and accept food from their human keepers.  Once these little ones have made it around the pond, they’re reunited with the rest of the penguin colony where they will remain for their adult lives. Please help us welcome these wonderful waddlers as they make their public debut in red-carpet style and stay as long as you’d like for the Penguin Party! Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Kite Fest
    Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Berkeley Kite Festival is an amazing free family event with fun for all! From the terrific food and arts and crafts booths to the Kids' Zone, free kite making and candy drop, the Berkeley Kite Festival has something for everyone. Parking is $15 per day at Golden Gate Fields, which includes a free shuttle to event. For more info and directions, visit their website.
  • Circuit Craze
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    Come join us for a morning of simple science learning and fun for the whole family! We’ll have fun making simple circuit art projects together. Best for children of all abilities ages 4-10 with caregivers. Location: 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hop to it! with the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    Sing, clap, move and count! On this musical, mathematical adventure, explore a variety of sensorial artistic and active ways to build number sense together. Caregivers will practice ‘math talk’ while children express their natural  mathematical abilities through play. Please wear comfy clothes that are okay to get messy. For children ages 2-4 and their caregivers. Space is limited, please register at the Children’s Room Reference Desk, or call us at 415-485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Luminous Lighthouses
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! August 7 is National Lighthouse Day! Prepare for the fun event by making your own lighthouse. Then take your lighthouse over to Point Bonita in the Marin Headlands and check out their lighthouse! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. When she falls in love with a handsome prince who lives on land, she's willing to give up everything to be with him. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Latin Big Band!
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food from Casa Mañana Fairfax, beer from Lagunitas Brewery, wine from Bogle Winery, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, with a free pre-concert dance lesson. Cost: $22 members and $25 general advance; $30 day-of; kids 17 and under are free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Experience the Feast of Lanterns in Pacific Grove

July 26, 2016

Feast of Lanterns in Pacific Grove

Down in the Monterey Peninsula town of Pacific Grove, it's almost time for the annual Feast of Lanterns festival. Family-friendly Pacific Grove (or "PG", if you're a local) is one of our favorite places to go for a road trip, and the Feast of Lanterns is an especially magical time to visit this small seaside community billed as "America's Last Hometown" and "Butterfly Town USA." We try to make it there for the Feast of Lanterns at least every other summer.

Taking place every year in late July, the Feast of Lanterns is kind of like a combination of the 4th of July, Miss America, Halloween, and New Year's Eve all wrapped into one festive package. It's a big deal down there, and something that's delighted locals and tourists alike in this small coastal town for over 100 years. Pacific Grove is one of our favorite places for a family getaway, so why not consider heading down there for a visit this summer?

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 22, 23 & 24

July 22, 2016

Sonoma County Fair
The 2016 Sonoma County Fair opens this Friday, July 22 in Santa Rosa

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, July 22

  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Fair admission is free every day for children 6 and under; Friday is Kids' Days, with free admission for all children 12 and under. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Children's Garden Series: Unique Derique
    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. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. For more info, visit their website.
  • Anime Your Way
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Learn how to draw in the style of Japanese cartoons known as anime with artist Carlos Nieto. He will teach you how to create your own character step by step, including facial expressions and poses. Visiting from SoCal, Carlos has worked as a layout artist on The Simpsons, as well as visual consultant at Disney. For middle school aged youth (grades 6–8). Space is limited. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info and to register, 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 a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: MEX-I-AM. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music in the Park
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music, delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine, and beer. This Friday: Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This week: Revolver. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 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: Lost Dog Found. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 23

  • Ranger Led Dog Walk
    Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve
    Saturday, 8–10 am

    Join a ranger on this fun and informative walk in beautiful Baltimore Canyon. Take a relaxed walk along the fire road and discuss local plants, birds, and trail etiquette. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Dogs must be leashed. Meet at gate at the end of Crown Road in Kent Woodlands. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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, face kids' crafts 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.
  • Junior Chef Classes: Tools & Techniques
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Hey, kids! Learn how to use some cool kitchen tools, from a garlic press to a grater, as we cook some amazing recipes! You’ll be well equipped to prepare tasty meals for your family and friends. Cost: $30; includes Williams-Sonom gadget set. Suitable for 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.
  • Puppet Show: Chanticleer the Rooster
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Magical Moonshine Theatre presents Chaucer's Canterbury tale about the beloved rooster who is caught by a flattering fox … but foxes can be fooled as well! Assisting Chanticleer is a wise ant, a pig, sheep, goat, dog, hen and farmer. Medieval costumes and live, ancient music (including a 1710 version of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm") make for a delightful, interactive family program! First come, first seated. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.

Lights, Camera, Fair! at the 2016 Sonoma County Fair

July 18, 2016

Sonoma County Fair carnival

In case you missed or just didn't get enough of the Marin County Fair, you'll be happy to know that the 2016 Sonoma County Fair starts Friday, July 22 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, August 7. It's worth checking out if you've never been: it's bigger and a lot different than Marin's smaller, more intimate fair, and has more of an agricultural focus, which is natural for a more rural county like Sonoma. The Sonoma County Fair also features the largest themed flower show in the country, which is usually pretty stunning—this year's theme is "Sonoma Cinema".

The fair includes a kids' area with free age-appropriate entertainment and activities with the theme "Let's Put on a Show!" Young fairgoers can take part in a show three times a day, which might feature pirates, clowns, astronauts, or even dinosaurs. There’s plenty of lawn and shade as well as a parents rest station with changing tables and chairs for nursing. The Kids Area is open from 11 am to 8 pm, with activities and entertainment from noon to 6:30 pm.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 15, 16 & 17

July 15, 2016

Diego's Umbrella at Summer Nights Marin Osher JCC
Diego's Umbrella performs Gypsy rock at the Osher Marin JCC's Summer Nights concert series 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, July 15

  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm

    Visitors are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. This show will takea place the Children's Garden. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circuit Craze
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Come join us for a morning of simple science learning and fun for the whole family! We’ll have fun making simple circuit art projects together. Best for children of all abilities ages 4-10 with caregivers. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, call
    415-506-3165 or 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 a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Getting There: Celebrating Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fantastical Family Night
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30 pm
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    oin us for everyone's favorite annual night of magic and fun. This inspirational evening of dream-living will be filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Featuring special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp, pre-show adventures, and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. Puchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 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: Gator Nation Band, Zydeco. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Dedicated Maniacs will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 16

  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Tea with Friends!
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos (ages 4-8), adult and your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Cost: $23 member childfren, $26 non-members; $12 member adults, $15 non-members. Parking Fee: $8 non-members, free for members. Registration required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 36th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. This free event is great for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Rivertown Revival
    Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–8 pm

    This is a unique, arts-based thematic festival that sustainably highlights and celebrates the Petaluma River, benefitting the Friends of the Petaluma River. This community festival includes over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla, art boat drag races, aerial acts on the river, artisan merchants, $5 weddings, local food vendors, theatrical performances, and children's activities. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Build Your Bridge
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Do you know the length of the Golden Gate Bridge? Come learn the answer and other fun bridge facts as you design your very own San Francisco bridge Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Breastfest Beer Festival
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. Attendees get endless eats, bottomless cups, and live music. Proceeds will benefit low-income women with breast cancer. $55 advance, $65 at the door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Day
    Mill Valley Recreation
    Saturday, 12:30–5 pm

    Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information. Enjoy free admission to the pool from 12:30 to 5 pm. Activities and demonstrations take place from 2 to 5 pm and include lifeguard demos, airbrush tattoos, coloring, a bounce house, water games, a kids' nail salon, music, a raffle, and lifejacket fittings. In addtion, firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Protection Disctrict will present a water rescue demonstration from 2 to 4 pm. Come prepared with your water safety-related questions! Location: 1Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. When she falls in love with a handsome prince who lives on land, she's willing to give up everything to be with him. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

Hands-on Fun for Fall at Slide Ranch

July 11, 2016

slide ranch spring flingSlide Ranch is a wonderful place for everyone in the family. We tried out one of their family farm days in the past and my kids had a great time petting the sheep, planting seeds, milking a goat, and making nature crafts. They offer guided tours and lots of hands-on activities, including collecting eggs from chickens, planting seeds, sampling from their organic garden, learning to make crafts and food just like the early farmers, and exploring the nearby tide pools.

Slide Ranch is located off of Shoreline Highway in Muir Beach. Here is a list of their upcoming events for fall, 2016. Their programs do fill up quickly, especially popular ones like the fso you need to plan ahead if you are interested in participating. Register for programs online at www.slideranch.org.

Friday Night Slide

Come see what evenings are like at Slide Ranch. Enjoy a delicious catered dinner and then explore the ranch's nature trails and participate in family-friendly events in this evening program. Bring headlamps or flashlights. Activities offered will be for kids of all ages. Adults can BYOB. Cost: $60 per adult, $40 per child, including dinner; free for children 35 months under.

  • Friday, September 16, 5–8 pm: Owls
  • Friday, October 7, 5–8 pm: Creatures of the Night

Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 8, 9 & 10

July 7, 2016


Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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, July 8

  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm

    Visitors are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes, and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. This show will take place on the Esplanade. 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 a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance-Off: Swing 2 with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 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 Lara Price Band performs blues. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Vibrasón. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food, and fun for the entire family at Marinwood Park! Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. This Friday: Waterstrider. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Marin Summer Theater: Little Shop of Horrors
    San Marin High School, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm

    A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors; $25 reserved. Location: 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Theatre Company: Relativity! The Musical
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    Fairfax Theatre Company presents Relativity! The Musical. Doors open at 7:30 pm; curtain at 8 pm. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $10 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 9

  • Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival
    Downtown Cotati
    Saturday, 7 am–2 pm

    The 24th annual Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival kicks off with a free pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 am followed by a parade at 10 am that goes from Cotati City Hall to La Plaza Park. The festival includes a jump house, live music, entertainment by host Fiz-Nick Rick, free games and prizes, arts and crafts, and more. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • 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, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free E-Waste Recycling
    Marin Civic Center VMA Parking Lot
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Bring your old computers, laptops, cellphones, telephones, printers and more at this weeken's free e-waste event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circuit Craze
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    Come join us for a morning of simple science learning and fun for the whole family! We’ll have fun making simple circuit art projects together. Best for children of all abilities ages 4–10 with caregivers. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Billowing Birdmobiles
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! The Presidio is home to hundreds of bird species, from hummingbirds to Great Blue herons. Come design your own bird mobile and bring some of the Presidio’s birds home with you! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wine Country Big Q
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best pit masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews while enjoying great rock and blues music. Bring all of your senses to life as you wander amongst the teams to see, smell and taste mouthwatering barbecue. Location: 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. When she falls in love with a handsome prince who lives on land, she's willing to give up everything to be with him. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Sundown Safari
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 5 pm–Sunday, 10 am

    Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores! For families with children ages 4 and up. Cost: $85 per person; $75 for zoo members. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Nights: African Music
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, with food by Big Jim's BBQ and Kid Zone sponsored by DrawBridge. Cost: $20 members $23 general public advance, $28 at the door; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Wine Country Swimming Fun at Morton's Warm Springs

July 7, 2016

Morton's Warm Springs

Looking for a great family day trip this summer? Try heading to the Wine Country town of Glen Ellen for a day of swimming fun at Morton's Warm Springs Resort. Morton's Warm Springs is a family resort famous for its geothermally heated pools filled with natural mineral water. Long thought to have healing benefits, these spring waters have lent their name to numerous communities in the Sonoma area, including Boyes Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, and Fetters Hot Springs.

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