Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 21, 22 & 23

March 19, 2014

Spring Family iStockPhotoHere 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 21

  • Bouquets to Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

    The de Young's annual floral extravaganza never fails to impress! Local floral designers interpret works of art from the de Young's collections in creative flower arrangements. Free hands-on activities for kids on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $23 adults, $20 seniors 65+, $19 students, $13 youth 6–17, and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call (415) 750-3600 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco 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 $15–$30; kids 16 and under free. For more information, visit their website.
  • 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, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Marin Primary and Middle School presents a production of Moss and Hart's classic musical You Can't Take it With You. Tickets: $18, 8th grade and under $12. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 22

  • Giant Indoor Yard Sale
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Lots of stuff at bargain prices! All kinds of household items, toys, games, books, clothing, jewelry, accessories, linens, collectibles—you name it! This is the Corte Madera Women's Club's annual fundraiser for scholarships and community projects. Cash and checks only, no credit cards. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more information, 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.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Party
    Chronicle Books at the Metreon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kids to the free Eric Carle Day celebration at the Chronicle Books' Metreon location. Kids will paint their very own sections in a Very Hungry Caterpillar community-made garland that will be strung throughout the store. Location: Chronicle Books at the Metreon, 165 4th Street, San Francisco. For more info, 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.
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island
    Deer Island Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join naturalist David Herlocker for a nature hike on Deer Island. We'll look for salamanders, slugs, and millipedes, lizards and butterflies. We'll explore the different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life we encounter as the seasons change. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Lane Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Grand Opening Event: Sprout Mill Valley
    Sprout Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Check out the new natural and organic children's boutique in downtown Mill Valley. Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of events that include kids yoga, story time and music and more. Location: 12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-1312 or visit their website.
  • Puppet Show: Bunny Boot Camp
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Lt. Longears and his battalion of bunnies must complete the final delivery of Easter eggs before Sgt. Cottontail blows his top. However, the Big Bad Wolf has other plans for the eggs. He wants to eat them all! Will Lt. Longears be able to save the day? Find out in Puppet Art Theater’s Bunny Boot Camp!! Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. For ages 3–8. For more info, call 415-453-8151 or visit their website.
  • Kids Patchwork Series: Trubitt & Cole
    Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Trubitt & Cole present a morning of story and song with old and new songs for ears of all ages, original fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world, and hilarious stories from childhood. For all ages. Cost: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Springtime at the Shore: Family Discovery Days at Tomales Bay
    Heart’s Desire Beach, Inverness
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Spring is a busy time of year at Tomales Bay! Wildflowers are budding, ospreys are starting to nest, and the bat rays have returned to their seasonal home in the bay’s shallow waters. We’ll keep our eyes and ears opened for birds, flowers, fishes, and other interesting characters. Our exploration begins at the Heart’s Desire Beach tidepools during low tide before we walk a half mile to Indian Beach to check out a freshwater habitat. Binoculars and magnifying glasses will be provided. Bring a lunch for a picnic on the beach. For more info, call (415) 898-4362 x204 or visit their website.
  • Spring Kids Concert Series: Chris Molla & the Rolleos
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    The Rolleos are a family friendly folk-rock band formed by Chris Molla with his wife Jessica and their daughter Rosie. Former founding member of alternative rock's Camper Van Beethoven, Chris and his singing family perform traditional tunes mixed with his original songs composed with children in mind. With their upbeat singing, playful lyrics and quirky instrumentation, the songs and melodies are infectious. Members $5, general $16 (Includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Shrek! The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Shrek! The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek! The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here.
  • Crafts for Kids at Hyde Street Pier
    Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
    Saturday, 3–3:45 pm

    Learn about life at sea and have fun making a maritime craft. You could walk away with your own sailor's necklace that spells your name in ship signal flags! Appropriate for ages 3–12, but everyone is welcome! Meet inside the Ark houseboat at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. Free. For more info, call (415) 447-5000 or visit their website.

Sunday, March 23

  • 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.
  • Marine Science Sunday BioBlitz: I Spy Marine Mammals!
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month celebrate and learn how researchers study marine mammals in the wild with BioBlitz: I Spy Marine Mammals in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. You can also 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.
  • Complimentary Sunday Yoga
    lululemon athletica, Corte Madera
    Sunday, 10–11 am

    Lululemon athletica believes the practice of yoga offers mind body and spirit the opportunity to find balance in motion. Class is for all levels. No mat? No worries they, have extras! Arrive early to find a spot. This week, our awesome ambassador Becca is teaching. All levels welcome. For more info, call  (415) 927-2891 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.
  • Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
    Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart
    Sunday, 11:30 am–1 pm
    Come to Poppy for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, featuring the princess ensemble Once upon a Song. Come along and meet Alice, Snow White, Jasmine, and Cinderella. Location: 2413 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, call (415 464-0222 or visit their website.
  • Children’s Learning Garden
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Sunday, 12:30–2:30 pm

    Bring the kids out every Sunday for free classes and activities in the Learning Garden! Events include gardening, crafts, live bugs, tours of the garden, and more. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 820-3550 or visit their website.

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