Marin Family Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2017

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

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

Friday, September 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Friday, 6–6:30 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Bethanie Deeny Murguia will be here to read you a bedtime story from The Too Scary Story. 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, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher, Berkeley
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4:30 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Tickets: adults $26, senior $24 and child (ages 2–14) $20. Purchase tickets here.  Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Moana
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 7:45 pm

    Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! The movies will be playing on the lower lawn by the Land of Imagination Playground.  We will have a seating area up front for people with blankets. You may bring a chair with you if you would like, but we will seat you further back or to the sides so that we can make the screen visible and the movie enjoyable for as many people as possible! Location: 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 2

  • 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, visit their website.
  • Capitola Begonia Festival
    Capitola Village, Santa Cruz
    Saturday, 8 am–9 pm

    This free, fun, and family-friendly event held in Capitola Village. Activities include: sand sculpture contest, fishing derby, row boat races, and a Nautical Parade of begonia-laden floats traveling down Soquel Creek. Create a treasure in Children's Art events, throw a ringer in the Horseshoes tournament, or decorate yourself with begonias!  For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    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 Country Mart Farmers Market and Wildcare
    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 WildCare at the Mart so meet the animals from 10 am–2 pm!  For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Art Festival
    Marinship Park, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm and Monday, 10 am–5 pm
    The country’s best art and most exciting artists, a top-name music line-up, gourmet food, and fine wines and premium beers all bring more than 30,000 art lovers together in an electrifying atmosphere of creativity, fun, discovery, and magic every Labor Day Weekend. A children and families area features hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages, including kids' music by Tim Cain. Tickets to the Sausalito Art Festival are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors 62+, and $free for children 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their webiste.
  • Fall Donut Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Hey, kids—if you love donuts, this is the class for you! Discover how easy it is to make awesome donuts at home. A portion of the proceeds from this class will be donated to No Kid Hungry as they work to end childhood hunger in America. $30 per child, includes a donut pan. 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.
  • 2017 Aloha Poly Fest
    Golden Gate Park, San Franicsco
    Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Bring the entire family for some great entertainment and fun activities at this free admisson and parking event and learn about Polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean through cultural dances, songs, crafts, merchandise and more. Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Succulent Window Box Build
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    As summer draws to a close come learn about native plants that have adapted to survive where water is scarce. This event will include creating a handmade, hardy succulent windowsill garden, with a variety of fun and personalized decorations for kids! Rangers will assist in preserving your box with a handsome finish of your choice. Ideal for ages 5–12 with parent or adult helper. All materials provided. Space limited; RSVP required. Limit 2 kits per family. RSVP: Michael Campos, (415) 435-9212. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Curtain Theatre: The Miser
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday–Monday, 2 pm

    A mixture of mistaken identity, glorious romance, and families reunited, the show is perfect for a summer afternoon in the redwoods listening to some of the most beautiful words ever written! Free. Location: 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy People
    Presidio of San Francisco

    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    Is getting fit difficult because you could use some motivation and change of scenery? Your National Parks can help! Join the Healthy Parks Healthy People Rangers and leaders each month as we work our way to fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Through hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you'll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. For more information and to RSVP, call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Mission Bay Movie Night: The Goonies
    Spark Social, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5 pm

    Come early to grab a blanket spot on the astroturf, toss a few bean bags at the community cornhole, and pick up your gourmet picnic from 10+ of SF's favorite food trucks! Films commence shortly after sundown. Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Evening Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, September 3

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
  • Organic Apple U-Pick
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 9 am–4 pm
    Come pick organic apples and pears on this family farm. Other farm products, like eggs and ground beef, will be for sale, too. Bring bags for your apples, and leave dogs at home. $10 per car parking fee ($6 if you RSVP in advance; refundable with purchase of $50 or more. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info or to RSVP, visit their website.
  • Learn to Ride
    Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch
    Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
    Sunday, 9:45–11:45 am

    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Target First Free Sunday
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Target First Free Sundays offer free general admission and family programs on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. This Sunday features art making activities, exhibition tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • YBike Learn To Ride Program
    Main Post, Presidio, San Francisco

    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market's 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Belvedere-Tiburon Labor Day Parade
    Tiburon and Belvedere
    Sunday 2 pm (parade starts at 2 pm)

    This sixth annual old-fashioned home-town parade starts near the Tiburon Library at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Mar West Street and ends at Belvedere Park for the final Concert in the Park Event. This parade boasts live bands with a fantastic and fun variety of music, antique cars, and creative floats and entries from your favorite organizations. Bring the family and enjoy the fun! Lineup at 1 pm; parade starts at 2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sunday, 4 pm

    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. This Sunday, enjoy the music of the Flaming O's and teen Caroline Sky. Dance to rock 'n roll favorites! For more info, visit their website.

Monday, September 4

  • Closing Weekend: Spring Lake Water Park
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    This inflatable water park includes multiple play stations for both kids and adults, including slides, bounce islands, a bouncy bridge, a trampoline, climbing cliffs, balance beam, and more. Test your strength by bouncing, sliding, balancing, climbing, and more! Spring Lake's three-acre swimming lagoon is filled with filtered spring water which is chlorinated to exeed water quality standards. Cost: $10 per person for water park and $7 parking fee. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park is located at 393 Violetti Road in Santa Rosa. For more info, read our article here.
  • The Golden Gate Park Band
    Spreckels Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park Music Concourse
    Monday, 1–3 pm

    Don't miss this free Labor Day concert and enjoy a tribute to American workers. For more info, visit their website.