Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 6, 7 & 8

May 4, 2016

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

Also, make sure you check our our guides to family-friendly Mother's Day brunches in Marin. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 6

  • 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.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof. Kid-friendly. Tickets: $22 adults, student $16. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • Family Film Night: The Good Dinosaur
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 6–10 pm
    Bring your sleeping bags and camp out on the gym floor while you enjoy a fun free movie on a big screen. Free popcorn and It's It ice creams. Food available from Off the Grid at 6 pm, cartoon shorts at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 8 pm. The event is indoors at the Presidio Community Y Gymnasium, 63 Funston Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio. Stay warm and cozy with BYO blankets and cushions. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 7

  • Marin Human Race 5K Race
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon
    Saturday, 7 am–noon

    The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser in our county! Join over 3,000 Marin residents to run, walk, or roll the five-kilometer racecourse at Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. Enjoy a community fair highlighting local nonprofits and businesses, kids’ races, live music, pancake breakfast, complimentary refreshments, prizes, kids' fair with games and activities, giveaways and more. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo
    Lucchesi Park Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm
    The Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo gives youth and their families the opportunity to donate and/or fundraise for children with disabilities, local schools, and other groups. Individuals and families will celebrate together by biking, running, walking, skating, skateboarding, or rolling (wheelchairs) on one of the four course options. Participants will enjoy a complimentary lunch and a kids expo filled with bounce houses, a climbing wall, balance bike races, clowns/balloons, face painting, Three Twins ice cream, Clo the Cow, and much more. Registration fee: $10 per event. Location: 320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at the Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    In celebration of Mother's Day, join us for complimentary herbal tea, for cupcake decorating with Mom and to make a special card for her. Or toast Mom with a treat from the Farmers' Market Mimosa Bar! We’ll be pouring Champagne and mixing it with Pressed Juicery’s fresh-pressed orange juice. The bar is located beneath the Big Tent, so stop by from 10-2 for a mimosa or a glass of champagne. For more info, visit their website.
  • Horse Expo
    Novato Horsemens Arena
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    See horse demonstrations, get to know local horse businesss, and more at this one-day equine expo. Free! Location: 600 Bugeia Lane, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day Festival in Japantown
    Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
    There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children in recognition of Japan's national holiday to celebrate children. Free. Food available for purchase. Location: 1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall, San Francisco. For more info call (415) 567-5505 or visit their website.
  • Flower Crowns for Mothers and Children
    Saturday, 10–11 am
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

    Come make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away. Cost: $20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child, $12 Additional Sibling or Parent Chaperone. Registration required here.
  • Mother's Day Art in the Park
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael

    Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Meet at the South Shore Picnic Area. Park entrance fee waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Moms & Nature Hike
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm
    Point Bonita, Marin Headlands
    What's better than a giving the gift of nature and relaxation? Let's celebrate more than one mother: Mother Nature and you, your mother, or mother figure by stretching and strolling around the Headlands with one of our naturalists. Following the free program event, we serve a delicious, optional lunch in our popular dining hall where we serve local and organic food for only $10/adult and $5/children up to 12 years old. Learn more on their website.
  • Spend Mother's Day on a Goat Farm
    Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Spend Mother's Day on a family-run goat farm in Sebastopol where you can sample yogurt and artisan cheese, see newborn kids, pet baby goats, climb hay bales, and more. Admission is free! Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery is located at 5480 Thomas Road in Sebastopol. Find out more on their website
  • STEAM Saturday: Building with the Three Little Pigs
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Please wear comfy clothes that are OK to get messy! Register at the Children’s Reference Desk, or at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Castles and Kites 2016
    Doran Beach, Bodega Bay
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Castles and Kites is an annual celebration of sandcastle building and kite flying at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay. At Castles and Kites, amateurs and experts are welcome to join in the fun. For kite flying, you can bring your own kite or sit back and watch others show off their kite-handling skills. For sandcastle building, free tools and molds are on loan from Sonoma Regional Parks, and long-time sand sculptors will be at work on elaborate creations. Castles and Kites is a spring tradition! Admission is free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. For more info, visit their website.

The Downtown Novato Farmers Market Opens Tonight

May 3, 2016

The Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market opens for its 2016 season this evening, Tuesday, May 3. The market takes place from 4 to 8 pm on Grant Avenue between 1st and 4th Streets. Come check out an abundance of fresh produce from local farms, pony rides, bounce houses, live music, fresh prepared foods from local vendors, crafts, and more.

Bring the family for an evening of fun on Grant Avenue. Each year the Novato Farmers Market grows and improves, and boasts an impressive array of some of the Bay Area’s finest food purveyors, producers, farmers, and ranchers.

The Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday evening from 4 to 8 pm from May 4 through September 27, 2016. Customer parking for the Farmers’ Market will be offered at the old Pini’s lot located at 1107 Grant Avenue. For more info, visit www.communityfarmersmarkets.com, call (415) 999-5635, or email agriculturecommunityevents@gmail.com.

Day Out in Point Reyes Station

May 3, 2016

Point Reyes Station

Point Reyes Station is the social and cultural hub of West Marin, and a fantastic destination for a day out with the family. While the railroad that gave this small town its name is long gone, Point Reyes Station has become something of a tourist mecca in recent years, with a focus on sustainable agriculture, locally produced artisanal and organic foods, outdoor activities, and art. On weekends, the main street of this quaint and charming gateway to Point Reyes National Seashore bustles with West Marin locals, Bay Area day trippers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, hikers, and visitors from around the world.

Even though many of Point Reyes Station's attractions are geared toward grownups, families will find plenty to do here, making it an attractive destination for an outing in and of itself, or a worthwhile stop on the way to or from the beaches and hiking trails of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Most of Point Reyes Station's businesses are clustered around Highway One (AKA A Street, Main Street, or Shoreline Highway). A walk down Main Street's sidewalks takes you past art galleries, boutiques, and gourmet restaurants, as well as businesses more traditionally associated with small rural towns, like a feed store, tack and saddle shop, hardware store, and saloon.

Summer Swim Lessons in Marin

May 2, 2016

Summer's almost here, and one of the season's time honored traditions for children is swimming lessons. Not only are swimming lessons a fun way to get some exercise and cool off on a hot summer day, but they're essential from a safety standpoint.

Below is our list of local Marin County providers of swimming lessons for children. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information. As always, if you have a favorite swim class or teacher that you think should be added to the list, let us know by leaving a comment or contacting us.

Kentfield:

Larkspur:

Cool Off at Marin Community Pools 2016

May 2, 2016

Hamilton Pool Novato Marin County

Looking for a pool in Marin to keep cool on a warm spring or summer day? Here's our list of swimming pools throughout the county that are open to the public and offer drop-in recreational swim hours for families. In addition to daily drop-in fees, many of these pools offer season passes as well.

All schedules and drop-in fees are accurate at the time of publishing, but are subject to change and cancellation without notice. It always helps to give them a call to confirm hours and prices before you go. If you know of another local drop-in swim facility that you don't see in our roster here, please let us know and we'll add it to the list.

Win Tickets to the May 3 Speak to Me Event: Empowering Change

May 1, 2016

Jennifer DulskySpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the fourth and final event in its 2015/2016 evening series, "Empowering Change: Using Your Talents for Good" with Jennifer Dulsky, president and COO of Change.org, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. She'll discuss the importance of pursuing work aligned with your natural talents, and why doing so will give everyone, everywhere the power and opportunity to change the world around them.

Change.org is the world’s largest social change platform with more than 100 million users in 196 countries. Dulski, hailed as an "instigator of change" by Forbes, is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman who was integral to the growth of both Yahoo! and Google, and was the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google.

Visit a Museum for Free in May

April 30, 2016

ExploratoriumDid you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

First Sunday of the Month—May 1

Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 29, 30 & May 1

April 30, 2016
Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide
Take a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide 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 beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, April 29

  • Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come to the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse Sale where you can experience direct selling to the public—there will be no middle man and the savings will be passed directly on to you!  This is one of the hidden shopping gems in Marin County and has been in existence for over 20 years! Vendors are continually signing up to participate so visit their website at www.belmarinkeysale.com for the most up-to-date information (such as who is open which days) as well as a downloadable map!
  • SF Opera Guild Sing A Story Presents Cinderella
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce a classic opera story, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, and props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4–10. No registration required. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Batter Up
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm

    Take me out to the ball game! Kids (ages 5–10) will have a fun evening with a baseball card scavenger hunt and a game of marshmallow baseball. Mix up some homemade root beer and make (peanut free) cracker jacks. We will watch the classic movie Sandlot. Pizza will be provided. Cost: $22 per child (members ) and $32 per child ( Guests ). Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Corte Madera Town Band 20th Birthday Concert
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7:30–10 pm

    Celebrate CMTB's 20th birthday at this year's 20th Annual Spring Concert. CMTB is pulling out all the stops for this wonderful celebration. Expect delightful beverages, delicious treats, and extraordinary raffle prizes at this year's concert. Free. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 30

  • Fishing in the City
    Scottsdale Pond, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Novato's annual Fishing in the City program is co-sponsored by the City of Novato, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Novato Sunrise Rotary. Bait, tackle and rods are provided for this fun-filled family outing. Anyone 16+ must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, but drop-ins are welcome if there's space. Clinics last 30 minutes, and run from 8 to 10:30 am. Free. Location: Redwood and Rowland Boulevards, Novato. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm. Address: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. Visit their website here.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale (cash only please). All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinovators Student STEAM Exhibition
    College of Marin, Kentfield
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate with the curious open-minded youth of Marin who design, make, create, and code. See how the future is being imagined, programmed, invented, manufactured, and 3D printed by Marin County students. You can see robots in action, state-of-the-art technology, flying quadracopters, and hands-on demonstrations. Free. Location: College of Marin Academic Center. Get free tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
    Various farms in Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate Spring and see what's flowering! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Most locations are free. Register here for a complete list of participating farms.
  • American Girl Pizza Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Enjoy your time with your child at another awesome class with American Girl—a pizza party! We’ll make our own dough and then you can top your pizza just as you please. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. Cost: $40 per child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Amazing Science
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am
    Enjoy an exciting STEAM demonstration followed by hands-on displays and projects for elementary school-age children. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Play games, listen to live music, eat and drink, win prizes, and have the best Saturday ever at this free community event! Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Japanese Carp Kites
    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! This weekend: During World War II, Japanese-American soldiers worked as interpreters. Celebrate Japanese culture and Children’s Day by making traditional carp kites! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in Marin!

April 29, 2016

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day! These bookstores will be celebrating with special events throughout the day. While the bookselling world has definitely felt the impact of online book sales, Marin County's independent bookstores are still going strong, providing the community with a wonderful literary resource. Many of these local independent bookstores offer more than just a cozy place to shop for your favorite books; many of them have full calendars of events ranging from booksignings to story time. Some even have fantastic cafes where you can relax with an cappuccino and your new favorite novel.

Here's our guide to independent bookstores in Marin County, all of which offer books for the whole family. We've included used bookstores, too, and many of these independent stores sell used books as well. Make sure you check out the new Copperfields Books in Downtown Novato.

Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA 94925

(415) 927-0960
www.bookpassage.com

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