Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 17-20

February 17, 2017

Golden Gate view from Marin Headlands

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.

Looking for fun family activities during mid-winter break? Check out our list here.

Friday, February 17

  • 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his 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 Fun Days
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 5–6 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.

Saturday, February 18

  • Kid-O-Rama
    Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
    Saturday–Monday, all day
    Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. Kid-O-Rama continues through Saturday, February 25. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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 music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Zumba
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party on the lawn. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Check in at the Aquatics & Fitness Center front desk when coming for class. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • NVCM Classical Kids: Just So Stories
    Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:30 & 11 am

    NVCM’s Classical Kids presents the Trinity Alps Chamber Players at Noe Valley Ministry performing Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, set to music by composer Danny Clay. Two 45-minute shows repeat at 9:30 and 11 am. Doors open at 9 am. Suitable for all ages. Tickets: $15 per person; $40 for family pass for up to 4 people. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join rangers, and a few of our experienced local anglers, 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. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rain will cancel. Location: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
    Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sit in the cockpits of vintage aircraft and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. The museum features one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. Ordinary museum admission fee applies. Location: 1 Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists.  In February, Family Art Making will focus on Mesoamerica. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free; museum admission required for gallery activity. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Lizard Lady
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:15–10:45, 11–11:30 am & 1:15–1:45 pm

    Meet the Lizard Lady and her menagerie of scaled friends during this 30-minute presentation of real reptiles from tropical rainforests from around the world. The performance is included with general museum admission and free for members. For all ages. Location: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Super Silly Sock Whales
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Whale-come our ocean friends for World Whale Day on February 18! January through April is the best time to spot gray whales off the coast of San Francisco. Create a sock whale friend to have by your side no matter where you go. Drop-in any time between 11 am–4 pm. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Concert: Charity and the Jam Band
    Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
    Saturday, 12:30–2 pm

    Bring the entire family for an afternoon of music, love and world peace. Tickets: $15/person (kids 1 and under free). Location: 1233 17th Street @ Missouri, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Walks
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. For more info, visit their website.
  • 90 Second Newbery Film Festival
    Main Library, San Francisco
    Saturday, 4–6 pm

    The 90 Second Newbery is a yearly video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery award-winning book in 90 seconds or less. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration
    Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
    Saturday, 5–9 pm
    Bring the family to the Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration. Activities include: music, dance, martial arts, dragons and lions and buffet dinner at 6 pm. Cost: $25 adults, $10 children ages 3–13. Location: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register at
  • 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.
  • A Midwinter Night's Dream
    Hotel Petaluma
    Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Come and play with the "Rude Mechanicals"! We've cut out the mushy romantic stuff from A Midsummer Night's Dream and will present an abridged version which only includes the "Play within the Play". Free Shakespeare fun for the entire family. All ages welcome. Kids: Dress as a woodland fairie! Register for your free tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 19

  • 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.
  • Family Bird Hike
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Sunday, 9–noon
    Meet Rangers Christin Lopez and Craig Solin for this morning hike at Rush Creek Preserve. We’ll learn about the birds and animals that live in the area as well as some of the colorful history of the preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring binoculars if you have them. Water and healthy snacks provided. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Road gate on Binford Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gold Project: Chemistry & Biology
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    Curious about biology or chemistry? Start with the basics. Come by on Sunday, February 19th from 10am-1pm to experience two new interactive activities that help introduce children to biology and chemistry.  Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Days
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–2 pm

    Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. On Feb. 19, explore tomb arts from the Han dynasty through the new special exhibition Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Empire. Discover what people of the Han dynasty took with them into the afterlife and think about what you would take with you.  Free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are free. Loction: 200 Larking Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Story time and Family Walk
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Sunday, 10:30 am

    Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Story Time is suitable for children aged 4-8. Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Amazing Bubble Show
    Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda
    Sunday, 2 shows: 11 am & 1 pm

    The Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) blends comedy and artistry with audience participation to amuse and amaze audiences of all ages. Having performed around the world for nearly 30 years, Pearl explores the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Cost: $10 children under 13; $15 adults. Location: 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda.  For more info, call (510) 865-5060 or visit their website.
  • Off the Grid Larkspur
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Showing: Vintage Valentine's Day Shorts
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–2 pm

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our special selection of classic Disney love-themed clips. With works ranging from 1929 to 1965, this collection will certainly get your heart thumping. Enjoy classic clips from beloved classics Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, Cinderella, plus segments from many Silly Symphonies and live-action favorites Babes in Toyland, The Parent Trap, and others. (Run time: 69 minutes). Free for members; $5 with museum admission; $10 adult, $8 youth/student without museum admission. Register here. Location: Walt Disney Museum and Cafe,
    104 Montgomery St, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bug Family Band
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 2:30–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    Every day is party time as Ashkenaz favorite the Bug Family Band performs catchy original songs and updated kiddie classics. In addition to the band, today’s special  attraction is the Beetlelady, the Bugs’ entomologist friend who will be bringing beautiful preserved bugs as well as real live friendly insects that kids can handle!   Cost: $6 kids, $8 adults, babes in arms free. Location: 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 525-5054 or visit their website.
  • A Midwinter Night's Dream (see Saturday for details).

Monday, February 20 (President's Day)

  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island
    Monday, 10 am–1 pm

    Rising above the surrounding marshland and pastures, the mix of forest and grassland on this little ridge make it a great place to see a variety of cold season critters. We’ll take advantage of the different habitats to see who we can find. Remember to bring lunch. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message. Location: Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidents Day Family Hike
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Monday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods. Join our Docents for this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2.2 mile hike with a 250 foot vertical, you will learn about Sugarloaf Park and its plants, animals, and history. The hike will begin and end at the Visitors Center. Hot chocolate at the finish! No RSVP needed, and no charge for the hike. $8 parking fee. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Monday, 10 am–noon

    Enjoy stories, arts and crafts activities, and movement games for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. Cost: $5 per child, up to 2 adults per child are free before 11am. After 11 am, regular museum admission applies. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Monday, 9 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family at BADM! Enjoy lion dance performances, taste delicious Chinese food, observe professional calligraphers, and more. This event is presented in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The event is included with general museum admission and free for members. For more info, visit their website.