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Get Creative at the Annual Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest this Sunday!

August 26, 2017

Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest

Get creative this Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the annual Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach! This fun family event is free to participate in or watch. Registration starts at 9 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach.

Judging begins at noon and prizes are awarded starting at 3:30 pm. There are categories for kids, families and adults working individually or in groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each category, along with prizes for using the most recycled plastic in a sculpture.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 25, 26 & 27

August 26, 2017

The 36th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest take place this Sunday at Drake's Beach

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, August 25

  • Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 am–8 pm

    Visit Muir woods for free during Free Entrance Days for the birthday of the National Park Service. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Children's Series: Venezuelan Music Project
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Enjoy fertile intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences with Venezuelan Music Project. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Back to School
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday: School’s back in session and so is Neon Velvet, the ultimate modern rock dance band. Blending new wave and modern rock hits, this world class band packs the dance floor and delivers an unforgettable time! For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday, Eugene Huggins and Friends, sponsored by the Call of the Sea. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 7–9 pm
    Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Finding Dory
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 8 pm
     
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 4 & 8 pm

    The hot-headed D’Artagnan and his misfit musketeer mates serve the king with swashbuckling zeal through a series of dashing and exciting exploits. A comic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. One for all, and all for one! Tickets: $37 general, $34 seniors 65+, youth 25 and under $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Inside Out
    Pier 39, San Francisco
    8:45–11 pm

    Grab your blankets and settle in for a free screening of local favorite, Inside Out. This film is rated PG. Location: Pier 39, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, August 26

  • 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. The will also be a children's book Launch Party for the picture book "Leo the Ghost Story" at 10:30 am under the tent at the farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Admission Day: Island Party
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
    Habitot is celebrating the end of summer with a Summer Island Party-themed free admission day sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation. Island-themed art activities in the Art Studio, Hawaiian leis for dress up, live performances , and exhibits that promote learning through play, including a wind tunnel swirling with island flowers in the air! Register in advance to receive expedited entry to the Island Party. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • End of Summer Snow Party
    Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Grab your boots and gloves and come play in the Snow Zone with real snow! Plus, enjoy other cool activities including live music, a photo booth, caricatures, airbrush tattoos, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and face painting. Event benefits Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. Tickets: $10. Location: Strawberry Village Main Piazza, 800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Pignic 2017
    Marin Humane, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Join us for our 7th annual Pignic, a fun-filled gathering for guinea pigs and their owners!  Grab some lunch, pack up your guinea pigs, and join us for a cavy costume contest, a vegetable eating contest, raffle, bake sale, health checks, grooming, and more! All proceeds benefit local rescue operations. Admission: $5. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 23rd Annual Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
    Bodega
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Live music, wine and beer tastings, dance floor, and a kids' entertainment, activities and games. $15 adults, $10 seniors 60+ and military, $8 ages 12–18, kids under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate, too. Food and drink not included in admission price. Free parking. Location: Watt's Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Hike
    Sugarloaf Regional Park, Kenwood
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Egg-citing Critters
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    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! The Presidio is full of exciting and interesting animals. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create your own egg-citing critter and learn about all the different animals that call the Presidio home. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bean Sprouts Family Day
    San Francisco Botanical Gardens

    Saturday, noon–3 pm
    A great afternoon outing with the kids! Bring a picnic and ramble on out to the west end of the Botanical Garden for craft and nature activities, volunteer work in the native beds and California nature trail, and exploration of this hidden treasure in the city. Kids and their families can help water the garden, dig in a sand dune, go on a bug hunt, play pine cone basketball, create an herb bundle, and much more! Families with children of all ages are welcome. Free with regular admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Movies on the Green
    Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

    Saturday, 5 pm
    Bring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen a double-feature of Disney’s two versions of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teen Movie Night
    Belvedere Tiburon Library
    Saturday, 5–7:30 pm

    Teens age 11–18 (in grades 6–12) are invited to the library after hours for free movie, popcorn, and pizza once a month on a Saturday. Movies may be rated PG-13; call or email the library for the movie title. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Founders Room, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.

Gymnastics Classes for Kids in Marin

August 22, 2017

Photo courtesy of GymWorld in San Rafael

Looking for a local gymnastics class for your kiddos? Here is our list of classes throughout Marin County for kids of all ages.

  • Tumble Spot Marin
    Mill Valley
    Classes Start September 11

    A new gym for ages 18 months to 10 years in collaboration with PAAM. They offer acro, tumbling and gymnastics classes. Location: 750 Redwood Highway, Suite 1212, Mill Valley. Register by calling (415) 380-0887 or online here.
  • Mill Valley Recreation
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Classes start late September

    From tumbling to gymnastics, Young gymnasts will learn fundamental gymnastic positions and basic tumbling skills and techniques as they stretch, jump and roll. Gymnasts will work on floor exercises, advanced tumbling techniques, vaulting and balance beams and, in the process, will improve their confidence, balance and muscle control. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.  Register by calling (415) 383-1370 or online here.

Celebrate the End of Summer with a Snow Party at Strawberry Village!

August 22, 2017

End of Summer Snow Party

How about celebrating the end of summer with a snow party? Grab your boots and gloves and come play in the Snow Zone at Strawberry Village in Mill Valley this Saturday, August 26, from 10 am to 1 pm. Strawberry Village's Piazza will be transformed into a winter playground, complete with a 20-by-60-foot Snow Zone filled with two feet of real snow. Not only can the kids play in the snow, but they'll enjoy live music, a photo booth, arts and crafts, a caricature artist, airbrush tattos, balloon twisting, face painting, and more.

Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

August 21, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchFall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and beyond. Find a family-friendly fall festival, fair or Oktoberfest to celebrate the season. We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, October 13, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $16 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Marin and the Bay Area

August 19, 2017

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

In case you haven't noticed, there's going to be a total solar eclipse on Monday morning! On August 21 at approximately 9:05 am, the moon will start to pass in front of the sun, with maximum coverage occurring at around 10:15 am. This is the first eclipse visible across the entire continental US since 1979 and the last until 2024.

Unfortunately, in the Bay Area we won't get to see the sun completely blocked—you'll have to go to parts of Oregon, Idaho, Georgia or somewhere else for that, but 78% of it will be hidden from view, so the effects should still be dramatic! Here's our guide to places for solar eclipse viewing in Marin and the Bay Area on Monday, many of which will offer free eclipse-viewing glasses, usually on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

August 19, 2017

Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

I know it sounds a little strange, but a great hike that's perfect for kids can be found on the grounds of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District in northern San Rafael, at the complex of trails and fire roads near the district's treatment plants off of Smith Ranch Road, near McInnis Park. The gravel trails here are wide and flat, and are perfect for off-road strollers and bikes. The paths wind atop levees through the wetlands bordering San Pablo Bay, and offer amazing views of Marin.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 18, 19 & 20

August 18, 2017

Chileno Valley
Meet Daniel Tiger and ride the train at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Transportation Day on Saturday.

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, August 18

  • Mom & Baby Yoga
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Friday, 11 am

    Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama and baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Series: Non Stop Bhangra
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. A passport to Bollywood for kiddies. Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Room End of Summer Party
    Mill Valley Public Library - SmartGarden
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Crafts, bubbles, face painting, music and more! SmartGarden. Free.  Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Marinwood’s most popular event is back! Enjoy Friday evenings in the park, featuring live music with delicious food by Marinwood Market, wine and beer. This Friday:  Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces. Free; food, wine, and beer may be purchased. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available, first-come first-served. This Friday: Dr. Mojo Band (blues). For more info, visit their website.

"Mommy and Me" Fall Classes in Marin

August 17, 2017

mommy and me class at pomegranatePomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center, San Anselmo; photo by Fluid Frame

Looking for a local "mommy and me" class for you and your little one? Here is our list of classes throughout Marin County for children and their moms, dads, or caregivers to participate in together.

Sausalito

  • Pre-Ballet: Mommy and Me
    City Hall Exercise Room, Sausalito
    Wednesdays, 9:30–10:15 am

    This playful class with Miss Matrisha improves motor skills as children perform finger plays, dance to nursery rhymes, and move with balls or scarves to music. Wear comfortable clothing, such as leggings and a stretch top or leotards and tights. Come barefoot or wear ballet shoes. For ages 2–3. Pre-registration required. For questions about the class contact Miss Matrisha at (415) 722-8281 or matrishadance@gmail.com.  Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Family Classes at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Fort Baker, Sausalito
    Various times throughout week
    Explore art, music, dance, sign language, culture and more in the Discovery Museum's Family Classes. Each series offers multiple sessions for deep engagement with the topics, and includes museum admission for one adult and one child. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Ft. Baker in Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
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