Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2017

May 28, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the BeastExperience Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Mountain Play this Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Friday, May 26

  • American Crown Circus
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, various times

    This family run, bilingual circus, presented by Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, is centered around acrobats, performers, and clowns, with no exotic animals. Performances are on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 29 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $20. Parking is $5. For more info or to order tickets, visit their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This season's kickoff event features a bada boom…BoomBox, that is. Marin’s best dance band plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. For more information, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Come on down to hear Pamela Rose at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Katia & Co Presents: Disney’s the Lion King Experience!
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday 1, 4 & 7 pm

    Disney's the Lion King Experience starring young actors ranging in age from 5 to 16 from all over Marin County. This show is directed and choreographed by Katia McHaney. Tickets: adults $15 and Children $13. Purchase tickets here.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Beauty and the Beast
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm and Sunday, 1 pm
    “Be Our Guest!” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and sets and is perfect for the entire family! Tickets: $15–$35. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: The Princess Diaries
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay end of the PIER for free Outdoor Movie Night. This month's movie is local favorite: The Princess Diaries. For more info and to download coupons for PIER 39 restaurants and merchants, visit their website.

Saturday, May 27

  • 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.
  • Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration
    Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Come to Ring Mountain to help restore habitat on this special volunteer day. We’ll venture out to see the endangered Tiburon mariposa lily and remove invasive plants that threaten their existence. We’ll finish our day with storytelling and activities for kids! Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and gloves if you have them. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVP's are appreciated but not required: or (415) 473-3778. For more info, visit their website.
  • Honoring World War II and Korean War Vets: Meet Our Veterans
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Come meet and mingle with over 40 local war Veterans and see an array of vintage aircraft on display at this special Memorial Day weekend event. Free admission, two  "Open Cockpit” aircraft, a P-51 fly-by, a raffle, and hot dogs and beverages for purchase make this a great family activity for the long weekend. Location: One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 39th Annual San Francisco Carnaval
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come celebrate at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free two–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday 10 am–3 pm

    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists. In May, the theme is Architecture Adventure. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Drive to Perfection Classic Car Show and Cruise
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come see classic cars and trucks at this 5th annual event. Last year's show had over 200 classic pre-1976 vehicles! $7 per person, free for kids 12 and under. All proceeds go to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Location: O'Reilly Media, 1005 Gravenstein Highway North. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Family Fun Festival & Farmers Market
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family for games, dancing, and hands-on fun for all ages! Activities include: music with Asheba, face painting, kids cooking demo, puppet making, petting zoo and much, much more... Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley For more info, visit their website.
  • Fly Guy, the Musical
    Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & Sunday, 1:30 pm

    A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: $25/adult, $20/child and $23/seniors. Puchase tickets here.  Location: 221 4th St  San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Greek Festival
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
    Come celebrate the culture of Greece with fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and dance, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Adults $5, seniors 55+ $4, children 16 and under free. The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is at 1110 Dickson Drive in Novato. For more info, call (415) 883-1998 or visit their website.
  • Kayak Voyage to Santa Margarita Island
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Join Marin Parks rangers on a kayak voyage exploring the beautiful wetlands of Las Gallinas Creek. Our voyage will take us to Santa Margarita Island where we will attempt to land and then explore this wonderful preserve. Bring your own kayak and life vest. Snacks and water provided. Please reserve your spot in advance. Questions or to RSVP: or (415) 446-4423. Free. Meet at the McInnis Park dock, 310 Smith Ranch Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. This Month: Designing and Building with Keva Planks. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Campfire Program
    Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay
    Saturday, 7–8 pm

    Join us at the amphitheater at Doran Regional Park for a fun, interactive campfire program to learn about topics ranging from local animals’ habits and habitats to the area’s cultural history. Every Saturday, weather permitting, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend there will be fireside banter for the campers and public. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more info, call (707) 875-3540 or visit their website.
  • Astronomy Night on Mt. Tamalpais: Popular Myths of Astronomy
    Rock Springs Parking and Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Much of what we think we know about space comes from film and television, but Hollywood’s job is more often to entertain than to educate. In this presentation, we will sort fact from fiction, taking a tour through the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and much more. Guest speaker:  Thomas Targett, Sonoma State University. Following the lecture, audience members are invited to the Rock Spring parking  area to view through telescopes provided by members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. For more info, visit their website.

Great Summer Reads for Kids from Diesel Bookstore in Larkspur

May 28, 2017

Summer books

Marin Mommies presents a guest article highlighting some fantastic summer reading selections from Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. Visit their website at or call them at (415) 785-8177.

School's almost out and summer is almost here! Your kids are booked into camp, the trip to Grandma's house is all planned out, and the beach is calling. Now you just need to get some books together. There are so many great books to choose from for toddlers to independent readers. You already know many of the classics, so Clare from Diesel bookstore in Larkspur has picked out some new books that will keep your kids reading all summer long.

Stay Cool this Summer at the Water Park at Spring Lake Regional Park

May 27, 2017

Spring Lake Regional Park Water ParkPhoto: Sonoma County Regional Parks

Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Check out the Water Park at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, which opens for another season of fun on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Surround by redwood trees and a grassy picnic area, this is a great place to spend a warm summer day. We visited the park last summer and had a blast, and we're looking forward to having fun there again this season.

Mill Valley is the Place to Be This Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2017

Kiddo! Family Carnival Mill Valley

Mill Valley is the place to be in Marin County this Memorial Day Weekend! From an old-fashioned parade and a pancake breakfast to a fun family carnival, there's something for everyone in the family.

Kiddo! Family Carnival

The long weekend kicks off with the annual Kiddo! Family Carnival, which takes place Friday, May 26 from 4 to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, from noon to 10 pm, and on Memorial Day, Monday May 29, from noon to 5 pm. This old-fashioned carnival features fun for all ages, including rides like the Tune Train, Zipper, Sizzler, and the Typhoon, and games. Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase, too.

Make Dad a Fused Glass Gift that he will Treasure Forever at I Made It!

May 26, 2017

I Made It! Father's Day

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from I Made It! Glass Creations in San Rafael.

Father's Day will be here soon—make Dad a unique work of art that you can be proud of and that he will love.

I Made It! Glass Creations in San Rafael is the perfect place to make beautiful and functional Father’s Day gifts! From wine stoppers and bookends to letter openers and cufflinks, we have the perfect gift for you to make for Dad.

Family Friendly Recipes for a Memorial Day Barbeque

May 25, 2017


Memorial Day Weekend, that traditional kick-off to summer is coming up! Since it's traditional to have a BBQ in the backyard, we've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great sides and warm weather treats. So fire up the grill, cook up a feast, and enjoy the weekend!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with plenty of wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is simple to make and really delicious.

Swimming, Play and More at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael

May 24, 2017

McNears Beach Park is one of those special places that I hold close to my heart. I grew up literally around the corner from it, and spent a lot of time there as a child. It's still one of my favorite places to spend the day in Marin, especially now that I have kids of my own. McNear's Beach is a 55-acre county park located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. It's the a perfect place to go on a warm day to wade in the bay, swim in the pool, picnic, fish, take in spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area, and more.

McNears Beach has been popular with Bay Area residents since the 19th century, when the McNear family owned most of the property in what eventually would become San Rafael's Peacock Gap neighborhood. The McNears operated a beach resort at the present location of the park, as well as a nearby quarry and brickyard.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" Brings Charm and Fun to the 2017 Mountain Play

May 24, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the Beast

This year's Mountain Play—the 104th, to be exact—is Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and we had a chance to see it on its opening day last Sunday. This family-friendly production of the Broadway musical has loads of charm and energetic fun and is a must-see live theater experience this spring!

Adapted from the animated feature of the same name, this classic fairy tale features features memorable songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice and of course plenty of Disney fun. Beauty and the Beast is directed by Jay Manley (who also directed West Side Story on Mt. Tam last season), musical direction is by David Möschler leading a live 18-piece orchestra, and choreography is by Nicole Helfer.

Road Trip! Eight Exciting California Family Summer Getaways

May 22, 2017

Asilomar State Beach

School will be out and summer will be here before we know it! California offers countless opportunities for fantastic family getaways; after all, that's why millions of tourists visit our state every year. You don't have to endure and hours-long plane ride to visit some of the world's most beloved vacation destinations—many of them are right in our own backyard. Here are eight of our favorite family summer road trip destinations, ranging from beach towns to the High Sierra to an African wildlife preserve right in Sonoma County.

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