Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 18, 19 & 20

March 18, 2016
Spring Fling family goat feeding at slide ranch
Spend a day at Slide Ranch in Muir Beach during their Family Farm Day 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 throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Spring has arrived...take a family-friendly farm tour or enjoy one of the many wildflower hikes.

Friday, March 18

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • SF Flower & Garden Show
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is one of the largest of its kind: a world-class flower and garden show for today's gardener. Hands-on children’s activities include designing, planting, and nurturing a small container garden. Tickets starting at $22; kids 16 and under free. For more information, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Dangerous Dragon
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Join us for a Knights Quest! We will search for dragon eggs, create shields, make balloon swords, and battle it out with bread stick sword fights. Pizza with be served. Ages 2.5–12. Cost: $22 members and $32 guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Marin Primary & Middle School Presents: Chateau La Roach
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Chateau La Roach is a musical performed by the talented middle school students of Marin Primary and Middle School and adapted for the stage by the school’s drama director, Charlie Queary. Cost: $18, $12 8th grade and under. The play is sure to delight audiences of all ages! For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka: The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center

    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 5 pm & Sunday, 3 pm
    Come with us to see a world of pure imagination! Chocolatier Willy Wonka starts a candy bar frenzy when he puts five golden tickets wrapped inside five of his famous chocolate bars! The golden tickets will allow the lucky finders to tour his factory, a mysterious, locked delicious smelling place where no one goes in or out... Four of the five winning children are brats. The fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket. The children must follow the rules of the factory or suffer the consequences!  Tickets: $20 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 19

  • Spring Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 8:30–10:30 am

    Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast (8:30–10 am), and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don’t forget your camera). The breakfast will include french toast, sausages, orange juice and coffee/hot chocolate. Get your tickets early! An adult must accompany children. After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our annual Egg Hunt at 10 am (ages 2 yrs & under) and 10:15 am (ages 3–8). Breakfast tickets available now at the Community Center & Aquatics/Fitness Center: $6 adults, $4 children (2 and under free). Egg Hunt is free! Location: 180 Camino Alto. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the zoo for this informative 1.5-hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: $18 SFZS members, $23 non-members. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 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.
  • Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Our clothing comes from animals and plants! Learn the whole process, from sheep shearing demonstrations in our pasture to wool spinning in the yurt. Watch a live demonstration of how sheep get a haircut, and local wool expert Christie Collins will teach us fun activities to show how that wool eventually becomes a sweater. Everyone will get a chance to spin wool and take home some soft memories of the day! Cost: $25 per person. Children 2 years and under are free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, call or visit their website.
  • Hike to Dawn Falls in Baltimore Canyon
    Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    This easy hike through a lovely wooded canyon follows the Larkspur Creek and ends up at Dawn Falls.On the ground we can look for fetid adder’s tongue, milkmaids, and trillium. We will also look for signs of young steelheads and Pacific giant salamanders around the creek and for pileated woodpeckers and chipmunks up and around the trees. There is limited space for each program! RSVP required: call (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or email For directions or more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Ranger Day
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Celebrate Junior Ranger Day with Muir Woods! There will be kid-friendly activities in the plaza and throughout the forest from 10 am to 3 pm. Earn your Junior Ranger badge, make a salmon hat or go on a special walk in the woods, just for Junior Rangers. For all ages. Location: 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-2595 or visit their website.
  • The Hipwaders
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:45–11:30 am & 11:45 am–12:30 pm

    Award-winning children’s band, the Hipwaders, are playing their irresistible blend of witty lyrics and pop-rock songs like “Educated Kid” and “Hey Josie.” Come dance and sing along! Free with museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fiber & Dye Family Day
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
    Come explore the wonderful world of plant based fibers and dyes. There will be weaving demonstrations by the Golden Gate Weaving Guild, paper-making activities and natural dye sampling! View a one of a kind display of plant fibers by Tamara Wilder of the Paleotechnics Institute. Join us for this free hands-on family day for children and adults of all ages. Free after garden admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Cascada de Flores
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Cascada de Flores returns to the Freight to present a bilingual music and dance program for children.  Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun:Retro Recycled Racecars
    Presidio Officers' 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: Start Your Engines! - In March we are celebrating the many ways people travelled to and from the Presidio. Whether it was on Lincoln, Arguello, or Lombard Boulevard, many people arrived at the Presidio by car. Come create your own car to drive through the Presidio. Best for kids aged 5 to 12 years. Drop-in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Who Are Our Top Predators
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm
    San Francisco Bay is one of the most unique and truly beautiful places to live in the world. Part of what makes the Bay so special are the top predators that help keep our unique ecosystems in balance! Join us for this special event to discover who these top predators are, and find just how complicated the food web is. Presented in conjunction with Aquarium of the Bay. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
    Old Speedway Meadow, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    Bring your furry friend and join us for our 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Family Dog Rescue! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don't forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny!  Easter Attire is always encouraged. Adults $15–$20, dogs and children enter for free! Location: 371 Chain of Lakes Dr E, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theater: Charlotte's Web
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 pm

    Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship. Tickets: $13.23. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Walk
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pmGet the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. Naturalists lead free family hikes into the park and share their knowledge of the area’s plants and wildlife. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 pm 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 $7; free for Regional Parks members. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Tea Party at Tutu School
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 2:30–4 pm

    Tutu School is hosting a Tea Party to benefit Raphael House (and incredible family shelter in San Francisco). Dancing, crafts, & treats for participating children, plus champagne for parents. The party is open to all ages, but is ideal for kids from 2 to 6 years old. Please RSVP to: Cost: $125 per child + parent, includes a lovely tutu or princely cape to keep. All ticket sales go to Raphael House. Space is extremely limited.Location: 2201 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur. For more info, call (415) 734-8840 or visit their website.
  • Novato Live Concert: David Luning
    City Hall, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 6–8 pm

    Free spring community concerts at Novato City Hall are back. This Saturday: the “gritty, joyful, soulful Americana” of David Luning. Purchase beverages courtesy of Finnegan's Marin. Location: Novato City Hall, located at 901 Sherman Avenue. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, March 20

  • 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.
  • Purim Palooza: A Family Carnival
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9:30 am–2:30 pm

    Bring your family and friends to the Osher Marin JCC for a fun, all-ages carnival! Enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, carnival games, delicious food, live music and more!
    Location: 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bunny Hop & Egg Scramble
    Belvedere Community Center and Park
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos for a carnival and Easter egg scramble. The Easter egg hunt is $5 per child. There will be four hunts during the event, children will be grouped by age: ages 0–2 on the grass at 10:30 am; ages 2 and 3 on the grass at 11:15 am; ages 4 & 5 on the playground at 10:30 am, and ages 6 and up on the playground at 11:15 am. Pre-sale packages for egg hunt and carnival are available by calling (415) 435-4355.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Flying Angels Chinese Dance
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Sunday, 11 am
    Enjoy an interactive, traditional Chinese dance performance by the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, a San Francisco-based youth dance troupe. Free with museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Juggler Daniel DaVinci LiVE
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Mill Valley Recreation & The Buddy Club have partnered to offer exciting live entertainment for families featuring the juggling genius of Daniel DaVinci. Daniel’s show is fast-paced, fiendishly clever, and filled with one-of-a-kind stunts. Tickets are $8 general admission, children 3 years and 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.
  • Purim Carnival
    Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Our free-wheeling, festivity-full, family-friendly, food-for-feasting annual Purim Carnival! We'll have a bouncy house, a "Shushan Salon" with face painting, carnival games, jugglers, food for purchase, and lots of fun! Free entry, free bouncy-house, tickets and food for sale. For more information, contact Daniel at or visit their website.
  • Annual Free Easter Egg Hunt
    Pioneer Park, Novato
    Sunday, 1–2:30 pm
    Child safe bounce houses, train rides, jelly bean counting contest, Easter Bunny photos and a toddler fun area. Free egg hunt is for ages 10 and younger. Egg hunt will be broken up by age starting at 1:30 pm. This event is sponsored by a Novato family owned business and is entirely free! Volunteer help provided by Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts of Novato. Any inquiries call (415) 258-4800 or email: Location: Simmons Lane, Novato.
  • San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Praised for its “stunning … crisp, tight sound worthy of a mature orchestra” (Bachtrack), the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of more than one hundred of the Bay Area’s most talented young instrumentalists. Their next performance on March 20th, led by conductor Donato Cabrera, features a perennial favorite, Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and what is often considered one of Sibelius’ finest works, his dark and melancholy Symphony No. 6. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, For more info, call (415) 864-6000 or visit their website.