Marin Family Weekend Events for May 5, 6 & 7

May 6, 2017

Check out one of the many easy mountain biking trails in Marin

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 5

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, Appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • SF Opera Sing A Story: The Magic Flute
    San Anselmo Libary, Council Chambers
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce The Magic Flute by Mozart, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4-10. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Night Out: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Are you ready for adventure? Rolling Hills Club is excited to offer an evening of scavenger hunts, "poison dart" battles, and mummy relays! The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark will be watched. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. Pizza will be provided. Ages: 5–12. 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.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

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

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 6

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mom Spring Craft & Gift Market
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–2:30 pm

    The Market features more than 40 artists selling their fine handmade arts and crafts. There is a wide variety of items to choose from including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, fiber arts, food, baked goodies and much more. Bring the kids as there will also be a “Make & Take” Craft Workshop where children can make Mom a special gift. There will be several projects available for $5 each at the door. Crafts lead by GoGo Crafts, Beads of Marin and Mill Valley Recreation. Admission is free. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, 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.
  • STEM Superhero Series: The Future of Human Health
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
    Children learn about the human body and healthcare system through various STEM activities, including solving puzzles using biological building blocks to taking vitals. Learn more here. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, special performance by Sing-Marin from 1–6 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), Emily Butterfly Puppet Show 9:30. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tour of Novato Community Fair
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, bike riders from the Novato community ride to support local schools. Community Fair and Student Showcase begins at 10 am and runs through 2 pm, with face painting, crafts, bicycle safety rodeo, carnival games and prizes, free books for kids of all ages, and more. Admission to the Community Fair is free. Location, Novato City Hall, Sherman Avenue (at Grant). For more info or to register online, visit their website.
  • The Mystery of White Hill
    White Hill Grade, Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Come on a hike with Ranger Mike Warner to find the crash site of the B-17 Flying Fortress, a bomber aircraft from World War II. We’ll discuss the history, context, and mystery surrounding the site. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and lunch. Rain will cancel. For more info, visit their website.
  • Doing and Viewing Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. 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.
  • Freighter Tots
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: Baking for Mom
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Hey Kids! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we’re celebrating with a fun class all about baking! We’ll teach you to bake like a pro and create a dessert that is perfect for mom!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.
  • May Faire
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    A joyful celebration of spring. Music, dancing, flower crowns and food. All are welcome. Location: 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Castles and Kites
    Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the whole family to Doran Beach and celebrate the joys of sandcastle building and kite flying. Amateurs and experts are welcome. Bring your own kite or purchase one from local vendors. Long-time sand sculptors will be on hand to work on elaborate creations to build the sandcastle you have always imagined. Meet at the boardwalk. Bring your own kites and sandcastle building tools or use our sand toys, and dress for a day at the beach. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. For more info, call (707) 565-3955 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Japanese Carp Kites
    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! This weekend: Japanese Carp Kites. During World War II, Japanese-Americans worked as interpreters at Crissy Field. Celebrate Japanese culture, and Children’s Day, by making traditional carp kites. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day Festival in Japantown
    Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children in recognition of Japan's national holiday to celebrate children. Free. Food available for purchase. Location: 1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall, San Francisco. For more info call (415) 567-5505 or visit their website.
  • 29th Annual May Madness Car Show & Parade
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, noon– 6 pm
    Enjoy a fun-filled car show and parade, music from the '50s, and food and drink. Parade starts at 5 pm. Free. Location: 4th and A Streets, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Star Wars Big Build LEGO Event
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Join us at Play-Well Marin for a chance to participate in a massive Star Wars Big Build event using LEGO® Materials! Students can construct the high skyscrapers of Cloud City located on Bespin, a village in the tress for Ewoks located on the Moon of Endor, a massive Rebel Base on the ice planet Hoth, and of course, trenches of the Death Star! This event is FREE! Please pre-register a time slot to save your spot. The time slots are 1 pm-2 pm, 2 pm-3 pm, and 3 pm-4 pm. One hour per child. Register here. Location: 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–3:30 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.
  • Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chefs in Sonoma County You be the judge, you vote for the best! Over 40 chili teams, 15 salsa teams, and 14 breweries will be on hand. Cost: $25 chili and salsa; $50 chili, salsa, and beer; $10 kids under 12; free for kids under 5. Location: East Washington and Payran Streets, Behrens Park, Herzog Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Event: Elephant and Piggie
    Cooperfields, Petaluma
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Petaluma - Celebrate 10 years of Elephant and Piggie, the early reader series by New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Mo Willems—complete with a visit by the stars themselves! Elephant and Piggie will sing, dance, and tell stories, and all are invited to join in. Location: 140 Kentucky Street, Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indoor 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, May 7

  • 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.
  • Farm Day
    Windrush Farm, Chileno Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    The morning will be spent learning about wool and meeting the animals on the farm. Please bring a lunch to enjoy at the pond (and feel free to search for tadpoles). Windrush roving and yarns will be available for purchase. $20 adults, free for kids under 12. Registration required to attend. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Nature Fair
    Pixie Park, Ross
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    Please join us at the family-friendly Pixie Park Nature Fair this spring. The fair will be held in honor of Pixie Park’s founder, Mrs. Elizabeth Terwilliger, who was a pioneer in environmental education. Activities include WildCare Nature Van, tomato planting, nature crafts, face painting, musical performances, and more... Food can be purchased at the event. Admission: $12 per family, and can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail
    Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    San Francisco Zen Center
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    On the first Sunday of the month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After this short talk, children leave the zendo to participate in their own program. Activities include seasonal farm projects, mindfulness, yoga, contemplative handwork and ritual. Participating families are invited to stay for tea, juice, muffins and the farmers' market outside the zendo.Suggested donation: $20 per family. For more info, call (415) 863-3136 or visit their website.
  • Free Day:Storytelling! The Wicked, the Wily, the Wise
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–1:45 pm

    Want to hear stories about heroic girls and boys, animal legends and tales about dynamic deities? Join a storytelling tour and listen to myths and tales from Asia. While family friendly, these stories are not just for kids! Suggested for ages 7 and up. Kids 12 and under always get in free.  Street parking is free on Sundays. Location: Meet at the information destk, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: The Singing Lizard
    Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am
    FIt's electro-kindie music for the whole family! Liz DeRoche, AKA the Singing Lizard, will have the audience on their feet and dancing. All ages. Free. Location: Mail Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    San Francisco Presidio
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site. Held on the seven-acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from more than 30 local vendors. But it's not just about the grub. Visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent. For more info, visit their website.
  • Folkish Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm

    Get your groove on and enjoy the early summer sun (or fog, this is the Bay Area after all!) with Ramshackle Palace at Folkish Festival. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes! For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's/Father's Day Card Workshop
    San Rafael Public Library
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Make Mother’s Day, Father’s Day cards, or Thank You notes and show how much you care. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own to personalize and share. Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Music Chest 2017 Winners Concert
    San Domenico School
    Sunday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Free and open to the public, the annual Marin Music Chest Scholarship Winners Concert features solo musical performances by young Marin County classical musicians honored with 2016 Marin Music Chest Scholarship awards. Location: San Domenico School, Hall of the Arts, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.