Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 13-16

January 16, 2017

Get healthy at the 5th Annual Family Fun Run and Health Fair this Saturday from 9 am2 pm.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this MLK weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, January 13

  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their 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.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Friday & 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.
  • Visit with a Beekeeper!
    Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 1–3 pm
    We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper on the second Friday of the month from 1 to 3 pm. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out: Mad Science
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Science is a BLAST! Come enjoy a dry ice performance where bubbles are filled with smoke, create elephants toothpaste, and make a balloon scream! We will watch Jimmy Neutron. A pizza dinner will be served. Must be potty trained. For ages 2.5–12 years. Cost: $22 members and $32 guests. Register online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spaghetti Bingo
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Friday, 6:15 pm

    Bring the family for a night of bingo and dinner too. Cost: $8 per person for 9 bingo cards and dinner.
    Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 14

  • 5th Annual Health Fair & Family Fun Run
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 8:30 am–2 pm
    Get out your running shoes, walking shoes, and friends and family! This fun family event has options for everyone, from competitive runners to parents with little ones in strollers or those who just want to stroll among friends! Runs include a 3-mile race friendly competitive race, a 1.5 mile friendly competitive race, a 1.5-mile family jog/walk, a 1-mile family walk, and even Toddler Dashes for those little ones ages 2 – 5 years. Toddler runs are guided by Coach Tony from Amazing Athletes. Pre-registration is suggested. Register Online at www.millvalleyfamilyfunrun.org
  • Christmas Bird Count for Kids
    Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma

    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm
    Join us in estimating the birds inhabiting this area in the winter season. Sonoma Birding is sponsoring and leading this fun and educational event, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Orientation and a brief training will be held at the Sonoma Barracks video room and courtyard area. Kids ages 5-15 with an adult are encouraged to participate in this free event! Sign up is required at: sonomanature@gmail.com. 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 Storytelling Series
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am

    Bring the kiddos ages 3–6 years to this free storytelling series at Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael. This is free and open to the public.  Please arrive early-story starts promply at 9:30 am. Location: 755 Idylberry Road San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-8190 or visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. Cost: $7 per person; children under 16 free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays through late March. For more info, visit their website.
  • Snow Days!
    Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

    The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will create a winter wonderland right in Santa Rosa this weekend!  20 Tons of fresh snow will be delivered to the museum and maintained over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend, creating a space for children to explore, build, create, and play outside. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
  • California World Guitar Show
    Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall has hosted the California World Guitar Show twice every year since 1999, which features a high-class swap meet of all things musical. Exhibitors and buyers from around the world come to sell and buy guitars, amps, banjos, violins, effects, parts and sound gear. Attendees may bring items to sell or have appraised at no extra charge. Featured are new, used, old and rare items, as well as exhibits by manufacturers, guitar and amp builders, vintage dealers, retail stores and individuals. Visitors are encouraged to bring all the musical items you can carry to trade or sell. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lego Robotics Lab
    Mill Valley Public Library
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Learn to program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot to perform various challenges. Registration required. Participants must be in Grades 5–8. Click here to register. Location: Creekside Room, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley Public Library. For more info, visit their website.
  • Storytime: How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Perfect for every child who has ever loved or yearned for a pet, this uproarious new book delights readers of all ages as they peek into the mischievous world of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague's bestselling 'How Do Dinosaurs...' series. Join us for a fun-filled Storytime featuring How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Experience Elephant Seals
    Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 11 am–4 pm
    View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Check at one of the Visitor Centers for whether the slide program is being offered. Visitors will need to take the winter shuttle bus from Drakes Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Concert: Alphabet Rockers
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
    It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate: Alphabet Rockers are bringing their brand new theatrical hip-hop concert, “The Playground Zone” to the Freight! The band amplifies important messages with songs addressing diversity and the impact each of us has in shaping our world. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Ice Age Animal Masks
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Before humans came to the Presidio, large mammals lived here! These ice age animals included Sabertooth Cats, Columbian Mammoths, and Dire Wolves. With your own masks, these ancient creatures can once more be seen in the Presidio. Drop-in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Gak Factory
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design and create something! Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning. For more info, visit their website.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance “Decades of Dance”
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4 pm

    Love2Dance students will perform a variety of dance styles to song favorites that span all decades. Featured dance styles include hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics.  Bring your family and enjoy this entertaining show. Tickets: $19-$25. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Full Moon Adventure at Roy's Redwoods
    Roy's Redwoods Open Space Preserve, San Geronimo
    Saturday, 5–6:30 pm

    Join a ranger for a nature walk to experience this unique preserve after dark. We’ll discuss nocturnal animals and things that go bump in the night! This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Easy. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and a flashlight. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Heavy rain will cancel this event. 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 www.sananselmorecreation.org.
  • 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.
  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Nike Missile Site Open House (see Friday for detail).

Sunday, January 15 

  • 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.
  • Beginning Birding
    Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Experience the birds of summer in the Marin Headlands by joining volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon. Bring field guides and binoculars. Dress in Layers. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540. For ages 8 and older. No dogs. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mochi Pounding Ceremony
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed mochi group, as it presents the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional costumes. As part of the day, paint a Year of the Rooster netsuke to take home for luck and prosperity in the new year.Location: 200 Larking Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Love2Dance “Can’t Stop the Feeling” Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael

    Sunday, 1 & 3 pm
    Love2Dance will showcase its youngest dancers (ages 2-6) as well as the nationally ranked competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars in this fun and entertaining show. Dancing to popular kid’s songs in styles of dance that include ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap, the studio’s Little Feet and Mini dancers will warm your hearts and make you smile. Bring your family and enjoy this entertaining show. Tickets: $19-$25. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Free Admission Day at Muir Woods
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Monday, 8 am–5 pm

    Visit Muir Woods' majestic redwoods for free on MLK Day as part of the National Parks Free Entrance Days 2017. For more info, visit their website.
  • MLK Day of Service 2017
    Various locations
    Monday, 9 am–noon

    Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks at your doorstep and help grow and restore these cherished national parklands. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it makes a difference—the perfect way to pitch in on a momentous day. Bring the whole family and friends! From Fort Baker to Muir Woods, sign-up for a location here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin City Martin Luther King Jr. Day March & Celebration
    Marin City
    Monday, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Join hundreds of marchers en route from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church to the Manzanita Recreation Center. Lead chants, sing songs, and keep Dr. King’s dream alive! Afterward, participate in a volunteer project in the Mattie and Clarence Boatman Community Garden and Orchard. More information.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Monday, 9 am–4:30 pm
    Extended hours and special activities to honor Dr. King’s work on behalf of peace and equality. Museum admission applies.. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Verissimo Hills Vineyard Road
    Novato
    Monday, 10 am–1 pm
    We'll start our day exploring a forest where various animals should be enjoying a cool, wet winter. For lunch we'll find our way to a grassy ridge top where we can relax and take in the view of Stafford Lake and the green hills surrounding us. This small preserve doesn't have an extensive trail system which means that it isn't regularly visited by very many people, but we’ll try to figure out which creatures do spend time here. Remember to bring lunch. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Location: Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Rd in Novato. Questions: Contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Hike
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Monday, 10–11:30 am

    Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods, join our Docent’s for this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2.2 miles hike with a 250 foot vertical, you will learn more about Sugarloaf Park and its plants, animals, and history. Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitors Center. Hot chocolate at the end! No RSVP needed, and no charge for the hike. $8 parking fee. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. For more info, call (707) 833-5712 or visit their website.
  • SFJAZZ Center Anniversary Celebration—Free MLK Day Open House
    San Francisco
    Monday, 11 am–7 pm

    To celebrate our 5th Anniversary Season, we kick off 2017 by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and welcoming families to explore our space, listen to exciting live music in the beautiful Miner Auditorium, and find out more about America’s art form, jazz. Join the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band, and the Jazz Mafia Brass Band led by multi instrumentalist Adam Theis for a musical day of fun, children’s activities, a digital music sandbox, instrument petting zoo, and exploration of the amazing SFJAZZ Center! Reserve your free tickets for the entire family today and select one of three (3) tours: 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Festival
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Monday, 11 am

    Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an festival, march and parade around Yerba Buena Gardens. Attend a full day of free and exciting events, festivals and programs, as well as a march and parade from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery march. For more info, visit their website.
  • Drop-In Art Studio: Flags for Justice
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Monday, 11 am-3 pm

    In honor of Martin Luther King and inspired by the banners of artist Cary Leibowitz, create your own unique flag using fabric markers and the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. Free with Museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street., San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).