Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 20, 21 & 22

March 21, 2015
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.

Friday, March 20

  • 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.
  • Marin Primary & Middle School Presents: Tik-Tok of Oz
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Tik Tok of Oz 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. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Wizard of Oz
    San Marin High School, Emily Gates Student Center
    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The San Marin High School Music Department presents The Wizard of Oz, a delightful musical suitable for children and adults. Doors open at 7 pm and 1:30 pm. Tickets: adults $15 and child $10. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mary Poppins: The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 5 and Sunday, 3 pm

    Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, March 21

  • Olompali Family Bird Walk
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Families welcome to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park's reservoir. Expect to see some migrating species as well as species who thrive in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands: raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and—of course—many woodpeckers. Meet in the Olompali parking lot at 8:30 am. Wear layered clothing and bring binoculars, lunch, plenty of water, and a birding field guide if you have one. Free; $8 per car parking fee. 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 one- and one-half 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: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Pre-register here. 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.
  • Marinwood Children's Toy and Clothing Sale
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marinwood's semi-annual children’s toy and clothing sale takes place this Saturday. Get there early to get the best bargains on children's clothing, toys, books, baby equipment, and more. The Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Uplands Hike for the Family
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    With spring finally here, a ranger will guide you through the beautiful Tiburon Uplands in the hopes of seeing spring wildflowers such as hounds tongue, milkmaids, Indian warrior, and other species. Due to limited parking at the Uplands turnout we’ll meet at Paradise Beach Park parking lot and carpool to the Uplands if necessary. This activity is moderate. Bring water and snacks. For more info, call Ranger Christin Lopez at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Kids Cooking Class: Easter Baking
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    The Easter Bunny will stop in his tracks when he spies this adorable little cake you’ve baked and decorated in his own likeness! We bet that your parents will ask you to make one for everyone at your holiday table. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Stroll around Lake Lagunitas
    Lake Lagunitas, Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Enjoy a day of nature exploration and environmental education with a WildCare naturalists. They will lead fun family outing around one of the prettiest walks in Marin, Lake Lagunitas. We will look for signs of bald eagles, Brandt’s cormorant, river otters, western pond turtles, piliated woodpeckers, and much more. For directions or more info, visit their website.
  • Tall Ship Tours
    Bay Model, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain visit Bay Model in Sausalito this March for walk-on tours and sails. Walk-on tours $3 suggested donation; adventure sails $39–$47; battle sails $39–$75. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Check their website for more info and a daily schedule.
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am and 2 pm

    A moving stage adaptation by Dwayne Hartford of the award-winning tale by Kate DiCamillo about being loved and learning to love. The performance will be 1 hour and 45 minutes, including intermission. Recommended for age 8 and up. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children, $20 seniors. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturdays: Fun in the Pond
    San Rafael Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    Join us for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Traditional Dance of Peru and the Andes
    Stinson Beach Community Center
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Bring the family to come and see Antakella, an Andean dance company rbased at Tradición Peruana Cultural Center in San Francisco. They will perform authentic folkloric dance in traditional costumes from different regions of Peru. This bilingual program will delight viewers of all ages. Location: 32 Belvedere Avenue, Stinson Beach. For more info, call (415) 868-0252 or visit their website.
  • Family Nature Walk
    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. 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.
  • Family Outer Space Hike
    Mt. Burdell, Novato
    Saturday, 7–9:30 pm

    Come view outer space from open space as we identify the major constellations and talk about the legends behind them. Rangers will lead a short hike up Mount Burdell where we’ll settle in to watch the evening sky emerge into a stargazing adventure. This activity is easy. Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a telescope, flashlight, blankets, water, and star charts if you have them. We will provide hot chocolate and snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. For more info, Contact Ranger Mike Warner at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.

Sunday, March 22

  • 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.
  • Complimentary Sunday Yoga
    lululemon athletica, Corte Madera
    Sunday, 9:30 am

    Grab your yoga mat and enjoy a complimentary in-store yoga class with Becca Sogge. All levels welcome. For more info, call  (415) 927-2891 or visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: I Spy Marine Mammals
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month we celebrate and highlight how researchers study marine mammals in the wild with I Spy Marine Mammals: Tracking Seals and Whales! in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. Take a docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (650) 255-4985 or visit their website.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the family for a day of fun. Playtime in the gym, bounce house, and tumbling for families with children 6 and under, art time, library time in the Lefferts Jewish Community Library, and sports and recreation for families with children 7+. Family-friendly fare is available at the café. Adult supervision is required for kids 9 and under. Drop-in charge per person. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley LiVE: Kenn Adams Adventure Theater
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–noon

    Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater is comedy improv for the whole family! This show brings everyone in the audience into the show, with sound cues, characters, dramatic effect, and hilarious comedy—all created together in a spontaneous adventure! Tickets are available now at the Mill Valley Community Center, $8 general admission, 3 years and under free. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Frances England
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Sunday, 11 am

    This special Patchwork Series show at the Freight & Salvage will be the premiere of Frances England's new live show, which she is taking to Symphony Space in Manhattan later this spring. 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.
  • Baby Loves Disco
    DNA Lounge, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, is the best time you will have with your little ones. Come shake those booties. Get out those snazzy outfits, shake those booties, get your face painted, get crafty, grab a tattoo, and more. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, Simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non-driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! Admission: $15 or 4 for $55. Location: 375 11th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.