Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 29–October 1

October 1, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Party Nicasio Valley Farms

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.

Most Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties open this weekend—see our complete list here.

Friday, September 29

  • Opening Day: Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday & Saturday, 9 am–10 pm and Sunday, 9 am–8 pm

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, children's entertainers, pony rides (weekends only), hay rides, yummy treats and food, birthday parties and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • New Exhibit: Measurement Rules
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 9 am–4 pm, Saturday, 10 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Going beyond traditional measuring tapes and vessels, Measurement Rules is an interactive exhibit that uses new units such as apples and pennies to measure height and brings measurement to life with balancing scales, odometers, 3-D imaging, foot rulers, and more.
    Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 & 11:15 am
    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. For children 6 months to 3 years. Tickets $15; free for under 6 months. Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Day: Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Story Time with Carson
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Friday, 11 am

    Please join us Fridays at 11 am for our new weekly Book Passage Sausalito story time. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new haunted forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
  • Design Paper Circuits
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 4–5 pm

    Paper Circuitry Friday in the Council Chambers Grades 5 and up—Sign up recommended Explore design and learn how to run electric current through a piece of paper. Call 415-258-4656 to sign up.  Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Firefighter's Diamond Jubilee
    Downtown Tibruon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the entire family for a night of fun. The Tiburon Fire Protection District celebrates its Diamond Jubilee year with a dance party extravaganza! Wonder Bread 5 will have us laughing, singing and dancing in the street as the fire district celebrates 75 years of exceptional service. Great activities for kids, including a whale scavenger hunt, will be offered. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 30

  • Vintage Car Races
    Sonoma Raceway

    Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am–5:30 am
    Vintage race cars from the '50s through the '70s compete at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Visit the paddock to look at cars and talk to the drivers. It's like a museum on wheels! Adults $12 advance $25 day-of, children free. Sonoma Raceway is located at Highway 37 and 121 between Sonoma and Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Day 2017
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Celebrate the Bay at the Bay Model, where partners will be hosting various family-friendly activities to help everyone appreciate the Bay and learn how to protect this vital local resource. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberfest 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Live Music Performances from 11:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Moon Festival
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate the Moon Festival at Oakland Zoo. This special day will be one your family is sure to enjoy with Asian-inspired festivities, live music, special animal encounters, and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, arts, crafts and enrichment-making stations for the Asian Sun Bears. The Adventure Landing rides area will feature Lion Dances and martial arts demonstrations too! Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Little Folkies Family Band
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    The Little Folkies Family Band is back in concert at Sweetwater Music Hall! Led by Little Folkies creator Irena Eide, this concert will feature stand-up Bass player Danny Vitali and mandolin/fiddle extraordinaire Andrew Fahlander. They will perform Little Folkies original songs and a sweet collection of old traditional folk songs for children. Tickets: $17 adults, $12 kids 13 and under advance, $22/$17 day of. For more info, visit their website.
  • Youth Pie Baking Contest
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Meet us at the Farmer's Market for a pie-filled Saturday! First up at 10:30, a pie making demo, followed by the 7th annual Pie Baking Contest! Bring your best pie to the big tent Farmer's Market tent by 10am the morning of September 30. Separate category for kids under 14. Location: At farmers market, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF-Marin Food Bank Benefit: Children's Author, Todd Parr
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Come celebrate the release of Todd Parr’s latest book, Love the World, and help feed your neighbors in need at the same time.  Todd has decided to turn his launch party at Book Passage in Mill Valley into a fundraiser for his new friends at the SF-Marin Food Bank. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Cardboard Critters
    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!
     October 4 is World Animal Day! Come celebrate and learn about some animals who live in the Presidio by making your own cardboard critter! Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 4:30 pm & Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm
    This is a play telling the age-old story of the lovely princess who was cursed on the day of her celebration by an uninvited wicked fairy. The fairy prophesied that on her 16th birthday the princess should prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep.This classic fairytale is performed by kids for kids and is suitable for all ages! . Tickets: $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays: Kinetic Sand!
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Kinetic sand is fun to play with but is also great for developing fine motor skills, creative thinking and pre-writing skills. It can also promote calm! Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film in the Fog: The Iron Giant
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5:30–9 pm

    Grab the kiddos, a blanket and enjoy a fun, free outdoor movie under the stars. Free activities will be available and food trucks will be on hand. For more info, visit their website.
  • Evening 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.
  • Santa Rosa Pumpin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • New Exhibit: Measurement Rules (see Friday for details).

Sunday, October 1

  • Whole Foods Market Tiburon Half Marathon
    Tiburon
    Sunday, 7 am
    Enjoy a run with amazing Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco views and awesome course snacks. Half-marathon, 10K, and 5K courses and kids' races are available. Details and registration here.
  • Run Like a Girl
    Tiburon
    Sunday, 7:30 am

    Provide girls only 1 mile and 5K starts as part of larger events so girls can have a girls only event that focuses on them. This run is geared towards girls 12 and younger and focuses on empowerment, confidence, and a healthy lifestyle through running. Find event details and registration here.
  • 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.
  • Organic Apple U-Pick
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 8:30 am–noon
    Their 2017 u-pick is officially over, but they'll be open one more day, this Sunday, Oct. 1, for those who want to glean the trees and collect windfalls. These are small apples that are suited to juice, wine, and cider. There will be no entry fee and no farm tours or picnicking. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info or to RSVP, visit their website.
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also ofers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Free parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • 1st Dual Slalom Race at Stafford Lake Bike Park
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9 am

    This is the first ever dual slalom race at Stafford Lake Park! Come enjoy prizes, music, smiles, and rippin’ riding at California’s premier public dual slalom course. RSVPs and pre-registration are required; free admission. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. To RSVP, contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at  (415) 897-0618. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    Muir Beach
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    Kids will hear a short talk and then participate in their own special programs including arts and crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden and yoga. This program is held on the first Sunday of the month. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Target First Free Sunday
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Target First Free Sundays offer free general admission and family programs on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. This Sunday features art making activities, exhibition tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Adventure Sails
    Bay Model Pier Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kindermusik in the Park
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Sunday, 10:30–11:30 am

    Make a shaker instrument, sing songs, dance and play! Musical family fun for babies, kids and grown-ups too! Bring: Your instruments, your family, your lunch (for after.) Please no pets. FREE with a $1 requested donation. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd. For more info, visit Melissa's website.
  • Songs & Stories with Megan
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Sunday, 10:30 am

    Bring the kiddos for some stories and music this Sunday. Megan is a children's music teacher, performer, and recording artist, offering classes and events across the north bay and San Francisco. Learn more about Megan at www.musictimewithmegan.com . Location: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Dave Rocha Jazz Ensemble
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am

    Listen and learn about Jazz with Dave Rocha and his jazz band. The band plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards (Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, etc.) pop tunes (Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Jobim) and original compositions. All ages. No sign-up required. Main Reading Room. Location: 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • YBike Learn To Ride Program
    Main Post, Presidio, San Francisco

    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market's 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. For more info, visit their website.
  • James K. Performs at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Sunday, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
    James K. will perform at Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch in Nicasio. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is located at 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square) and are open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm animals, jumpy houses, farm stand, BBQ on the weekends. For more info, call (415) 662-9100. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woofstock 2017
    Marin Humane Society, Novato
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Bring your friends and family—including the four-legged ones—and hang loose with us for a fun-filled afternoon of dancing, food, and groovy times! Enjoy music by local favorite Mustache Harbor, along with food from Extreme Pizza and Lagunitas Brewing Company and Thirty-Seven Wines. The ever-popular Kid’s Zone will be back with awesome activities for kids of all ages. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley's 20th Annual Block Party
    Downtown Mill Valley
    Sunday, 1–5:30 pm

    Party in the streets at the 20th annual MV Community Block Party produced by Larry "the Hat" Lautzker of Famous4 along with many local merchants. Benefits Kiddo! Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Oktoberfest
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Fun for the entire family. Enjoy music, bounce house, lawn chess, themed food, Oktoberfest beads and hats and German style beer. Cost: $10, kids 12 and under are free. Location: 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • 17th Annual Blessing of the Animals
    St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 2–5 pm

    Bring the family for the 17th Annual Blessing of the Animals. Take part in this unique Sonoma Valley tradition by bringing your best furry friend to the Winery to be blessed and spend the afternoon helping us raise money for the Sonoma Humane Society. Admission: free. Location: 100 Pythian Road at Highway 12, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Rosa Pumpin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Saturday for details).
  • Vintage Car Races (see Saturday for details)
  • New Exhibit: Measurement Rules (see Friday for details).