Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 24–26

February 24, 2017

mount burdellCelebrate the grand opening of the new Presidio Visitor Center this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

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, February 24

  • Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantments
    Oracle Arena, Oakland

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, various times
    It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantments. Tickets start at $20. Children 2 and up need tickets. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Kid-O-Rama
    Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
    Friday–Saturday, 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.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Make a Star Wars Figure out of Pipe Cleaners
    Novato Library
    Friday, 1–3 pm

    Come to the Novato Library and fashion a Star Wars figure out of pipe cleaners. Materials and basic hands on instruction provided. Light snacks. This program is for students in the 6th—12th grade. Space is limited. Signup required. For more information or to sign up, call (415) 473-2050. Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato.  Visit their website for more info.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and MANY more! Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 25

  • Complimentary Yoga & Meditation Class
    Old Mill Park Amphitheatre, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am

    Come enjoy a rejuveniting morning Vinyasa flow outdoors, led by Yogi Mateo. Experience the great redwoods and breathe with others as we end class with guided meditation and grounding. No pre-registration is required. Meet at Old Mill Park Amphtheatre 10 minutes before class. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or 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.
  • Spring Birds Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach

    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    Learn about the many birds that live at Slide Ranch, from the majestic great horned owls and delicate hummingbirds to our free-range chickens and ducks. Through guided hikes and activities your family will enjoy this rich coastal ecosystem while learning about and interacting with our feathered friends. This program also includes milking the goats, meeting friendly farm animals, exploring our organic garden and more. Cost: $25; children 2 and under are free. Location: Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company's Hare & Tortoise
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am, 12:30 pm & 3 pm, Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm
    Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend--the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up. Tickets: $18–$22. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-5200 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Visitor Center Community Day Grand Opening Celebration
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the new Presidio Visitor Center with a free and fun public celebration that features live music, dance performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, tours, and more! Family fun includes lawn games and activities, a selfie photo-op at the Presidio Photo Booth, craft-making at the Presidio Officer's Club from 11 am to 4 pm, and Whiffle Ball on the Anza Esplanade from 1 to 4 pm. Other activities include ranger-led history walks and performances by Ohlone dancers, taiko drummers, Mexican folk dancers, musicians from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and more. Free, registration required. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Tennessee Valley Hike
    Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join Ranger Al Blank on a walk up the Marincello Trail. We will leave from Tennessee Valley and walk up to the Miwok Trail. Bring your camera, good hiking shoes, and dress in layers. The walk is moderate to strenuous but the views are spectacular. Families welcome. Heavy rain will cancel. Bring water and even lunch if you’d like. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Polar Bear Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    In honor of International Polar Bear Day, a global event to bring awareness about a warming Arctic and the impact on polar bears, attend the 12:30 pm Keeper Talk all about SF Zoo's own polar bear "Uulu." The talk will focus on climate change and caring for aging animals. There's also interactive opportunities to learn by building crafts and discovering fun facts about polar bears. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. 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.
  • Children's Theatre Association: Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1 pm

    Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco presents Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco’s Marina district. Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp tells the story of a poor street boy, Aladdin, in the ancient Arabia, who (with the help from 3 Genies, a dragon, a monkey, and his family) uses his wits to outsmart the evil and powerful magician, Jammal, and win the Princess Jasmine’s hand in marriage. Tickets: $15. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Matinee: Marcus Shelby Orchestra
    SF Jazz, Miner Auditorium
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring the entire family to experience jazz with Marcus Shelby. With special guests from the Lyric Performing Arts Academy, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra celebrates the stunning musical stories of the Underground Railroad, and honors the memory of one of history’s most important champions of freedom: Harriet Tubman. Cost: adults $15 and youth $5. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturday
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Bookmark Buddies
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Read Across America day is coming up on March 2! Save your place in books with style by making your own cool page corner bookmark, inspired by Presidio animals. Drop-in any time between 11 am–4 pm. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Concert: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
    Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family. Their most recent album, Inspiraled, brings together ALL NEW fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am
    Join us in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss's upcoming birthday (March 2). At this fun celebration you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own hat from Cat in the Hat and more. Featured titles include What Pet Should I Get? and The Cat in the Hat. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled storytime! Location: Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Button Craft
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Bring your family or come solo to learn how to create button people. For ages 8 and up. Space is limited-call 415-924-6382. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jr. Rangers Program: Exploring the Marshlands
    Vallejo Home, Sonoma
    Saturday, 12–3 pm

    Join the Sonoma Petaluma Parks department for a Jr. Rangers exploration. During the wet season, a large part of the open space in the park turns to marsh and wetlands. Come out to learn and explore this interesting environment. Suggested: Rain boots or water- proof shoes. See what type of plant & aquatic life exists in the pond areas. Look for the green State Parks ATV with a flag parked along the bike path near the Vallejo Home driveway. 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.
  • Launch Event: The Luna Center
    Saturday, 1–3 pm
    Join us at The LUNA Center on Saturday for our launch event which will include a special free fitness class for pregnant & postpartum mamas, followed by a guided Mamasté Meditation. Meet the LUNA team, and enjoy yummy snacks, organic pregnancy & mother's milk teas, and lots of exciting raffles and giveaways. You can pre-register for the event through our website on our Workshops & Events page. Location: 1165 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. For more info, call (415) 724-8181 or visit their website.
  • Raise a Glass Winter Wine Tasting
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2–5 pm

    Come experience some local wines, live music and hors d'oeuveres at the Marinwood Community Center in San Rafael. There will be childcare available for kiddos 2–8 years old for $10/child. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night at the Musuem
    Charles M. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Drop your kids (grades 1–6) off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, crafts, and cartooning. Advance reservations required--register online here or call (707) 284-1272. Cost: $25 for member, $32 for non-member, $20 for sibling member discount, $27 for Sibling non-member discount. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane 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.
  • Info Night: Tender Tracks Outdoor Awareness Preschool
    Saturday, 6:30–8 pm

    You are invited to join Wendolyn Bird, Tender Tracks Director, for an inspiring evening to learn more about this one-of-a-kind program at this Saturday's information night. Find out more about their preschool here. Please RSVP for location.To RSVP contact Wendolyn at (415) 419-5274 or

Sunday, February 26

  • 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.
  • Kanbar Kids: Josh McIntosh & Rattlesnakes in the Garden 
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am
    Learn about Americana-Roots music, enjoy the stories, songs, and sing along to your favorites. This live and interactive performance will appeal to both adults and kids, and create a slice of time for families and friends to enjoy together. Complimentary Peet's coffee for adults and hot chocolate for the kids make it a great start to a family Sunday! Fun for all ages. Admission: Tickets requird for ages 17 and under-up to 2 adults per child enter free. Additional tickets are $15. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Live: Magic & Juggling with Bob Kahn
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am

    National touring star Bob Kann brings his infectious enthusiasm and hilarious comedy to Mill Valley for one-show only. Bob’s combination of magic, juggling, and tongue twisting will have everyone in the audience laughing, and quite impressed! His style is unusual and irreverent, and he is very much a kid himself! One of our favorites, we are thrilled to be on his California tour every year! Tickets are $8 general admission, children 3 years or younger are free. You can purchase tickets now at the Mill Valley Community Center. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 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.
  • All About Bats! Kids Version
    Petaluma Seed Bank, Downstairs Classroom
    Sunday, 1 pm

    Join Corky Quirk from NorCalBats Rescue & Education for an an afternoon of information about bats. Kids will have the opportunity to see 3 species of Northern California bats up close and personal, and learn about the important contribution to the environment these valuable mammals make. Corky uses a projection system so that everyone can easily see the bats up close! Location:199 Petaluma Blvd. Nort, Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Showing: Monkeys, Go Home!
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm

    In this 1967 live-action feature, Hank Dussard learns that he is the heir to a crumbling French olive farm, so he packs his bags and heads for Europe. Upon his arrival, he learns that getting his property up and running is going to take a lot of work. Feeling inspired, Hank decides to use four chimps as his helping hands. Although the chimps quickly pick up on their new responsibilities, they prove to have a turbulent effect on the local community. (Run time: 101 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.