Events and Outings

Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair Starts Today!

June 21, 2017

Sonoma-Marin Fair

Summertime is fair time, and the first fair of the season is usually Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair, which takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from Wednesday June 21 through Sunday, June 25. The Sonoma-Marin Fair is not quite but almost a county fair, and offers a wide range of fun and exciting attractions, competitions, events, and activities for the entire family.

This year's theme is "Great Eggspectations", and you'll find plenty of family fun including carnival rides with a kiddie carnival for younger children, pig races, a safari adventure, "Agventure Land" for agricultural fun, strolling clowns, jugglers, and silly characters, and artst and crafts and a petting zoo at Clo's Kids Corner. You'll also find livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, chef demonstrations, a destruction derby, and more. Of course the fair's famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest, will take place, too!

Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 16, 17 & 18

June 16, 2017

Father's Day

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families in and around Marin County this Father's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, June 16

  • Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    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. While founded in Shanghai in 1990, the company has long called San Francisco home. With a year-round international touring schedule, the Red Panda Acrobats relish the opportunity to impress hometown audiences. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alameda County Fair
    Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm
    The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton offers an amazing lineup of concerts featuring headliners like Tower of Power, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Great White, Smash Mouth, Leann Rimes, and more. There will also be a carnival midway with rides and games, a 4th-of-July Fireworks Spectacular, farm animals, a rodeo, monster trucks, motocross, a demolition derby, and countless entertainers. Location:  4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Fairfax Library
    Friday, 12:15–12:45 pm

    Come to Fairfax Library for a free concert by multilingual singer/songwriter and storyteller Juan Sanchez! Children of all ages will enjoy this special musical program. Location:
    2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus of Smiles Workshop
    Stinson Beach Library
    Friday, 1–2 pm

    Join the circus workshop with an experienced circus arts instructor from Circus of Smiles. You don't have to run away to join this circus! Come try your hand at juggling and tumbling and try out a comedy routine in a supportive and fun environment. Free. 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.
  • 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday, 5 pm

    Join Transcendence for this thrilling celebration of music and dance from Broadway and beyond. Opening the season with a splash, this concert pays tribute to some of the most powerful songs and shows ever written. Kick off your summer with an evening you and your friends will never forget! Preshow picknicking starts at 5 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. 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 Robert Overbury at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father-Son Super BBQ
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father-Son Super BBQ at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a food. Location: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 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 Daniel Castro Band. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Opening Night: 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: Marble Party. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 17

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, 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! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit Music Day
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a day of music. Music Day features: Opportunities to meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger (9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), puppet show by Jelly Jam Time (10:30–11am, 11:30 am–12 pm), music performance by Juice and Jelly (1–1:45 am, 2–2:45 pm) and much more. Museum admission applies. Loction: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature Connection: Pond Exploration Day
    Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come explore the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve and discover the wonders of nature at three ponds using microscopes, nets, buckets, tubs, and field guides. ACR’s Nature Guide volunteers will be available to answer questions about the diverse aquatic life living in the ponds. Perfect for all ages. Free; suggested donation of $20. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $12 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10:30–11 am

    Join us for music, song and dance with Juan Sánchez! This outdoor bilingual concert (weather dependent) will take place in the meadow behind the Novato Library so please bring your sunscreen! For families of all ages and abilities.
    Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The LEGO Experience
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10:30–2 pm

    Join us outside Poppy and Toy Crazy for a hands-on Lego Experience with Dad! The perfect kickoff to your Father's Day weekend is hosted by PlayWell, and involves plenty of creative fun. Meet us at the Mart - and don't forget Dad! For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Classic Car Show
    Shoreline Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Tiburon Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon Waterfront Park. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Free. For more info visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Terrific Tile Painting
    Presidio Officer's 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!Come learn about the ceramics that the Spanish used in the Presidio long ago and paint your own majolica-style tile, a centuries-old tradition in Mexico. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Mateo County Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 94403. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Kite Festival
    Presidio Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features a free “build you own kite” booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 9, 10 & 11

June 8, 2017

Spring Lake
The water park at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is now open!

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

Check out our Marin Summer Survival Guide for family events and activites throughout the summmer.

Friday, June 9

  • Children's Garden Series: Chelle! & Friends
    Children's Garden at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free family event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Chelle! & Friends bring a family friendly taste of New Orleans, the city where jazz was born. Join the party, move your feet, sing-along, and join a Mardi Gras parade. For more info, 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.
  • Moana Sing Along
    Castro Theater, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 1 pm

    The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically lauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Tickets: $16 general, $11 youth 12 and under and seniors 62+. 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz: Mads Tolling
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday: Mads Tolling. 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. This Friday: The Speakeasies (jazz). Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Family Night Nature Hike
    Vallejo Home parking lot, Sonoma
    Friday, 7 pm

    Come out and explore the trail at dusk. See how nature transforms in the early evening with interpretation focusing on nocturnal animals. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages, free of charge. Location: 363 3rd St W Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movie in the Park: Zootopia
    Contratti Park Baseball Field, Fairfax
    Friday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of Disney's Zootopia, as well as special short features, in Fairfax's Contratti Field. Show time is 8 pm (or as soon as it's dark enough to show), but arrive an hour early to stake out a good spot. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Free. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, June 10

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, 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! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.

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.
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