Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 10–12

November 11, 2017

Get hands-on at this weekend's 7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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, November 10

  • Christmas House at West End Nursery
    San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–4 pm

    Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery. This magical setting includes lights, decorated trees, and more. It's a holiday must-visit in Marin. Free admission; ornaments and decor are for sale. Location: 1938 5th Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday 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.
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Admission: $12, $7 children 7 and under, skate rental $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 2
    –10 pm, Saturday, noon–10 pm, Sunday, noon–9 pm
    Marin on Ice is open for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Night Fairy
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When tiny but feisty Flory loses her fairy wings in an attack by a bat, she has to muster all her courage and ingenuity to survive in a garden full of threatening creatures, including a voracious spider. Directed by Hannah Dworkin and Nina Meehan. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $24 seniors 65+, $20 children 2–14. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Leapin’ lizards! One of the most popular musicals of all time returns to Berkeley Playhouse in an all new production that’s going to “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!” When Annie is chosen by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to spend the holidays at his mansion, she leaves behind the only community she’s ever known, and her daily life of “hard knocks” and “maybe’s” turns into one of cinemas and Roll’s Royces … and an opportunity to discover the truth about her parents. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $20–$45. For more info, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Annie The Musical!
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Don't miss this classic American musical that takes a stand for what matters most:  love and family! The talented Throckmorton Youth Performers bring the iconic characters to life, including the lovable Daddy Warbucks, the wicked Miss Hannigan and the adorable orphan herself. Perfect for the entire family. Location: 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • 23 Elephants Theatre Company: Legally Blonde
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 1 pm

    Harvard's beloved Blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun upbeat story of self discovery. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Elle Woods (and, of course, her dog, Bruiser). Tickets: $15 general, $23 reserved. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 11 (Veterans Day)

  • NPS Free Entrance Days
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–sunset
    Visit Muir Woods and its majestic redwoods for free during Veterans Day weekend! For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Bird Walks
    Crissy Field Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 8:30–10:30 am

    Come on a youth-led bird walk in the Presidio with Jonah Benningfield, accompanied by Presidio Trust staff Rebekah Berkov and Diony Gamoso. Enjoyable for birders of any level, from beginners to the pros. The Presidio is perfectly suited to observe the west coast's spectacular bird migration, as hundreds of different species pass through the Presidio on their way from Boreal forests in Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds in Panama. Register to receive meeting location. Dress for hiking and variable weather. Bring your binoculars. We will bring youth binoculars to share and Jonah’s Birds of Mountain Lake guide for every participant. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pizza Party on Horse Hill with One Tam
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join us on Saturday, November 11th as we work to maintain the health of the meadows and grasslands at the Horse Hill Open Space Preserve (ages 5 and up are welcome). This rain or shine work day will culminate with a pizza party and raffle prizes. Families and all-ages are welcome! Please bring sturdy shoes, layers, and a water bottle. Location: Meet at the entrance gate across from address 49 Lomita Drive, near the intersection of Lomita Dr and Greenfield Ct. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall Toddler Day #2
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. Cost: $25 per person; children 23 months and under are free. Pre-registration required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Discovery Day at AT&T Park
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 7th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park is fun for kids 0–14 years. There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist. Free early access by registering here. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Skate: Free Clinic
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Saturday, 10–noon
    Join us at the McInnis skatepark where rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your board, helmet, and pads. We’ll provide water and healthy snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Rain will cancel.  Location: Meet at the skatepark in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd). For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class - Thanksgiving Helper: Side Dishes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Tie on your apron and whip up some delicious side dishes for the holiday meal. Your family and friends will be begging for seconds (and thirds)! Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Art Celebrating Our Veterans
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–1 pm
    For this special Veterans Day Creative Family Fun event, drop in and create artwork celebrating the spirit of community and service. Open to kids of all ages. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Old MacDonald: Beyond the Farm
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 & 11:15 am

    Old MacDonald lives happily on her farm with all her animals. But Duck is sad because his birthday is tomorrow and his pen-pals live far away. Then Old Macdonald has an idea to cheer up her web-footed friend. Join her as she journeys beyond the farm to meet Duck’s pen-pals in faraway places. We’ll visit breezy islands, bustling cities, and lush jungles to collect Duck’s birthday presents, then return to the farm and surprise Duck with a special birthday party. For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Children under 6 months do not require a ticket. Tickets: $15. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. 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.
  • Veterans Day Service + Art
    San Francisco Presidio
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This Veterans Day, in recognition and celebration of the spirit, sacrifice, and significance of military service, the Presidio invites veterans and civilians to come together at the Presidio Officers’ Club. We’ll have veterans’ art on display, Creative Family Fun arts and crafts for the whole family (Star Spangled Banners, 11 am–4 pm), and community service opportunities related to the recent fires in Northern California. For more info, visit their website.
  • Veterans Day Celebration
    Rocky Graham Park, Marin City
    Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Marin City's Veterans Day celebration features a parade, children's performance, ceremony, plane flyover, entertainment, and food. Parade starts at the 100 block of Drake Avenue and ends at Rocky Graham Park.
  • Veterans Day Parade
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, noon–3:30 pm

    For more than 30 years, Petaluma has proudly presented the largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern California. Get in the spirit of the day by enjoying patriotic music in Walnut Park, located at Petaluma Blvd. and D Street. The parade begins at 1pm in historic downtown Petaluma and concludes at Walnut Park. Huey helicopters, tanks, and more than 100 entries will fill the parade with plenty of pomp and circumstance. For more info, visit their website.
  • Artisan Craft Fair
    Twin Cities Community Preschool
    Saturday, 2–5 pm

    "Art from the Heart" is an annual trunk show hosted by Twin Cities Community Preschool for local moms to showcase their small businesses. We will have unique jewelry, clothing, pottery, gifts, and wreaths for purchase - just in time for the holidays. There will be beverages and nibbles as you shop. Please invite a friend and enjoy an hour or two away from the kids for this unique Holiday shopping experience. Location: 56 Mohawk Ave, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Laternenfest
    Pioneer Park, Novato
    Saturday, 5:30 pm
    Join us for a centuries-old German tradition of songs and brightly-colored lanterns to celebrate Martins Tag! We will have a lantern parade and refreshments will be available. The parade is free! Only $5 per person if you would like a cup of hot chocolate and a Weckmann (jumbo gingerbread man) afterward. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by emailing info@germanschoolmarin.com or calling (415) 897-9771. Location: 1007 Simmons Lane, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike and Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    Join NatureBridge Golden Gate as we discover one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, bioluminescence. We will hike out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton. This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S'more roasting, campfire skits and fun sing alongs! Cost: $15 per person. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Presidio Stargazing Party
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 6:30–9 pm

    Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zoovie Night: The Angry Birds Movie
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 6:30–9:30 pm

    Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and Zoovie movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium as Roosevelt, our costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of our Education animals. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. $6 per person for groups of 4 or more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Christmas House at West End Nursery (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).

Sunday, November 12

  • 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.
  • Alternative Christmas Fair
    Tiburon
    9:15 am–noon
    Come join us for food and fun and make a difference to those in need. Shop for family, friends, teachers, coaches and inspire those who receive donations in their name. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Birth and Baby Fair
    Golden Gate Club, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The event for new and expecting parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing local resources, services, and new, innovative products for young families. Location: Golden Gate Club, San Francisco Presidio, 135 Fisher Loop. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: An Ocean Feast
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month we celebrate Thanksgiving by highlighting the amazing feeding and hunting strategies of marine mammals! Find out about how orcas have learned together to wash seals off the ice in Antarctica, humpback whales use bubbles to trap fish and otters use tools to crack open their favorite foods! For more info, visit their website.
  • Making New Memories Free Day
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join us for the grand reopening of the Schulz Museum and make new memories with family, friends, and Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts characters. Visitors will enjoy free admission all day, as well as appearances by Snoopy and Charlie Brown (11 am–4 pm), photo booth, and free picture frames to commemorate the day (while supplies last). At 1 pm, meet Andrew Farago, author of The Complete Peanuts Family Album. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Veterans Day Parade
    Fisherman's Wharf/Embarcadero, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    The parade route starts on the Embarcadero at North Point Street, proceeds west on Jefferson Street at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Holiday Crafterino
    Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Join in the fun and get your holiday shopping done early! This year our first 100 entrants will receive swag bags! To date, we have raised over $13,000 for COTS and we continue to support them by donating all raffle ticket sales and door fees to them. Cost: $1 Donation at the door.  Location: 1094 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Christmas House at West End Nursery (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).