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Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 31–April 2

March 29, 2017

Fun family spring and Easter events begin this weekend.

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.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Friday, March 31

  • Sticker Fun Friday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 9:30–4:30 pm
    Stickers, stickers, and more stickers, back by popular demand! They’re fun to look at, inspire self-expression, improve motor skills, and best of all, you can stick them just about anywhere. Today in the art studio, tots can choose from a variety of objects to cover with stickers. Bring in a pack of stickers to share and receive a FREE adult admission pass to use on your next visit, limit one pass per group. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, 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.
  • Free Meet + Make Day!
    Studio 4 Art, Novato
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue. Read our article here for more info.
  • Kids Night Out: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    See your favorite turtles in their original 90's film! Create your own Ninja Turtle cookie and play Ninja inspired games. Pizza will be provided.  Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Mother-Son Dinner Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm

    Treat Mom like the "Queen of the Castle" at the annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Tickets: $47. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mark Day School Presents Disney's the Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm

    Mark Day Schools 4th through 8th graders present Disney's Lion King Jr. The African savanna comes alive on stage with Simba and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle—and back again—in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale about the circle of life, and the true meaning of friendship and loyalty. Tickets: $13 general admission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Forrest Gump
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 7:45–10 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay End of The PIER for free outdoor Movie Night, starting at 7:45pm! This month's movie is local favorite Forrest Gump in honor of Bubba Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market’s 20th Anniversary at PIER 39. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.

Saturday, April 1

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Spring Eggstravaganza
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 8:30–
    11 am
    Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don’t forget your camera). After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our free annual egg hunt which starts promptly at 10 am prompt. Three separate hunts at two different times to help the morning flow smoothly. Don’t forget to look for the “golden eggs’ that hold special surprises for their finders. For more info, visit their website.
  • Vintage Car Road Races
    Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 am–5 pm

    Approximately 200 historic and vintage race cars from the '30s, '50s, '60s, and '70s race this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. See legendary names like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, MG, Porsche, Triumph, and Corvette up close and personal. Kids and students are admitted free to this family event; adult tickets $12 advance through 3/31, $25 at the gate; weekend pass $25/$40 at the gate. Many owners allow kids to sit in their cars, so bring your camera! Read more about it here. Location: 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Fish
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Saturday, 9–11 pm

    Join rangers at Stafford Lake to learn the basics of fishing. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Craft & Gift Market
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for seasonal spring décor and Easter and Mothers Day gifts from local artisans. Children are invited to craft a Mothers Day gift for $5 at the Novato Parks and Recreation booth while supplies last. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series: The Future of Food
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Children use their STEM skills to discover the best ways for us to grow, obtain, and distribute food in the future. Through various activities, children learn about bioengineered foods, composting, organic gardening, and more. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House Play Date with Yoga
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Learn about the Marin Parents of Multiples Club and meet other parents of multiples! Free It's Yoga, Kids demo at 10 am. Location: 298 Peacock Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lamb Day on the Farm
    Windrush Farm, Chileno Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–1:30 pm

    Come celebrate all our little lambs on the farm. We have over 25 lambs ready for viewing. Please bring a lunch to enjoy at the pond (and feel free to search for tadpoles). Windrush roving and yarns will be available for purchase and each visitor will get to take home a child’s loom from recycled materials. $20 adults, free for kids under 12. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    This Healthy Parks, Healthy People event will include volunteer work, a Zumba fitness class, and delicious, healthy food. We will begin with volunteer work to spruce-up McInnis Park and improve habitat along Las Gallinas Creek. Then we will follow the lead of our Zumba teacher as we dance and move to upbeat salsa music. Afterward we will enjoy a delicious, free lunch provided by Mi Familia. Volunteer work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling, and kneeling and hiking on steep and uneven terrain. All ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVPs appreciated but not required: (415) 763-2977. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots with Suzanne Fox
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their webiste.
  • Juice and Jelly
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30 & 11:30 am

    Dance along to songs about plants, food, and farming by the San Francisco based duo Juice and Jelly. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Publication Party! Illustrator Lorraine Rocha Reads and Signs Zebra on the Go
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur

    Saturday, 11 am
    Diesel bookstore in Larkspur welcomes illustrator Lorraine Rocha to the store to read and sign her new book, Zebra on the Go. This will be her publication party and perfect for children ages 3–6 along with their parents or guardians. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.
  • Creative Family Fun: Origami Animals
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Paper folding, known as origami, is an art form that has been practiced for more than a thousand years. At the Presidio Officers' Club, we will create origami with a Presidio twist. Join us to create animals that live in the Presidio out of paper! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open Houses: Tiburon Landmark Properties
    Tiburon & Belvedere
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    The Landmarks will be open for the 2016 season. Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2017

March 28, 2017

Spring has arrived, and that means it's time to head to your nearby farmers' market to buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay. Please note that not all dates and times are finalized, so make sure you check before you go.

Year-round Marin County farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.

Learn About Summer Camps and Get Creative at the Free Meet + Make Day at Studio 4 Art!

March 27, 2017

Studio 4 Art

Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue.

Easter Egg Hunts in Marin & the Bay Area

March 27, 2017

Easter egg hunt

Easter is just a few weeks away (it's on Sunday, April 16 this year), so it's time to start planning for egg hunts, breakfast with bunny and other special events. Part of the fun is celebrating spring and the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt, and there are Easter egg hunts scheduled at communities throughout Marin County.

Here's our list of fun Easter egg hunts and events taking place in Marin and other locations in the Bay Area. We'll update this list as we find out about additional events. If we've left out your favorite Marin or Bay  Easter egg hunt, please let us know and we'll add it to the roster.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Belvedere & Tiburon

  • Bunny Hop & Egg Scramble
    Belvedere Community Center and Park
    Sunday, April 2, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos for a carnival and Easter egg scramble. The Easter egg hunt is $5 per child. There will be four hunts during the event, children will be grouped by age: ages 0–2 on the grass and 4–5 yrs on the playground at 10:30 am; ages 2 and 3 on the grass and 6 and up at the playground at 11:15 am. Pre-sale packages for egg hunt and carnival are available by calling (415) 435-4355.  For more info, visit their website.

Color Your Easter Eggs with Homemade Natural Dyes

March 26, 2017

Easter eggs with natural dyes

Coloring Easter eggs is a fun spring tradition, but do you really know what's in those commercial dye kits that you pick up at the supermarket? Dying your Easter eggs with your own homemade natural dyes is easier than you think, and the results can be really beautiful. You'll find plenty of recipes and formulas out there, some of which work better than others.

Over the years, we've experimented with various mixtures and figured out a few that really work well. You can make these plant- and food-based dyes with many of the things that you have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator, or can pick up at the farmer's market, so why not give it a try?

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 24, 25 & 26

March 25, 2017

See the cherry trees in bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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 24

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his 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.
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County

    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • MC Spring Musical 2017: Little Women the Musical
    Marin Catholic Performing Arts Center
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
    Little Women the Musical has amazing music and is full of adventure, romance, hilarity, and hope. For the entire family. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 675 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Middle School Presents Fiddler on the Roof
    San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: San Domenico School, Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts,1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 25

  • 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.
  • Special Exhibit Opening: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Market
    Treasure Island, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come out for a special Easter market this weekend. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, shop 400+ local artists, hunt for golden eggs throughout the market, photos with the Fleaster bunny and more... $3 Entry; Kids 12 & Under Free, free parking and pett friendly. For more info, visit their website.

Eight Awesome Stroller Hikes in Marin

March 21, 2017

Just because your kids are too small to go on a hike doesn't mean you can't! Fortunately for outdoor-minded parents of babies and toddlers Marin County has many outdoor destinations that are perfectly suitable for a hike with your stroller.

When my kids were little, my husband and I must have racked up thousands of miles on our trusty Kelty jogging stroller, which we used on sidewalks, paths, and unpaved trails.

Many of these hikes are over paved trails, so they're suitable for just about any kind of stroller. Just because they are on more civilized paved surfaces doesn't mean they aren't in some of the most spectacular outdoors areas of Marin, so make sure you check them out.

  • Muir Woods National Monument

    Muir Woods National Monument near Mill Valley features majestic old-growth redwoods and has been one of Marin's top tourist attractions for over a century. Stop by during the week to avoid the crowds and take in the wonder of it all in relative peace and quiet. Take your stroller on the main trail loop through Cathedral Grove, it's paved or on a wooden boardwalk the entire way. Find out more here.

Theater Summer Camps for Kids in Marin

March 20, 2017

Marin Shakespeare CampPhoto: Michael V. Dyett/ Marin Theatre Company

If you have a young Shakespearean or budding Broadway musical star at home, why not hone their talents at one of the theater camps being offered this summer in Marin. Here's a list of 2017 camps that have a focus on acting and musical theater in Marin County.

Celebrate Spring with these Fun Family Outings

March 19, 2017

Japanese Tea Garden

Spring officially begins tomorrow, Monday, March 20! Daylight saving time is here, the weather is getting warmer, wildflowers are in bloom, and there are plenty of fun things for families to do. Here are some of our favorite springtime family events and outings in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. What's your family's favorite spring event?

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