Meet the Midwives of Marin on Monday, October 2

September 25, 2017

Midwives of MarinMoms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're interested, the hospital holds a series of one-hour informational meetings throughout the year. Midwives will share their philosophies and approaches, and review the services available when you choose to deliver your baby at Marin General Hospital.

FilmHOOD Presents Fantastic Family Fare at the Mill Valley Film Festival

September 24, 2017

Liyana at the Mill Valley Film FestivalLiyana

The Mill Valley Film Festival returns to Marin this October with a full program of diverse films from around the globe (as well as occasional celebrity sightings). The festival (the 40th!) takes place from October 5 through 15 at locations throughout the county and includes a full roster of fantastic family programming through its filmHOOD series.

FilmHOOD presents a carefully curated selection of eye-opening international films that are perfect for everyone in the family. Among this season's sensational filmHOOD family offerings are the films Liyana, Owls & Mice, and Revolting Rhymes.

Free Family Fun at Novato's Sundays on Sherman

September 23, 2017

Sundays on Sherman Downtown Novato

Sundays on Sherman takes place again this Sunday, September 24, from 11 am to 3 pm on Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green in downtown Novato. This free family event will feature fun activities for all ages, including train rides, inflatables, sidewalk art, jump rope challenges, water balloon archery, scooters, sensory bins, adult coloring groups, live music, bubbles, toddler sports, fitness challenges by Novato Police Department, children’s percussion station provided by Music Together, giveaways provided by Whole Foods, and much more!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 22–24

September 22, 2017

Celebrate fall at Blackie's Hay Day, on Saturday at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon

Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!

Friday, September 22

  • 53rd Annual Fall Big Book Sale
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    The annual Friends of the San Francisco Public Libary Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. Everything is $3 or less. All items remaining on Sunday are $1. Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Big Bounce House America
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 1:30–7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–7:30 pm

    Get your tickets for the biggest bounce house in America. For the entire family. Cost: prices start at $5. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Event: Author Jennifer Mathieu
    Cooperfields, Petaluma
    Friday, 4 pm

    Meet Jennifer Mathieu, author of the book Moxie. Vivian Carter’s mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, however, she takes a page from her mom’s past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. Viv is just blowing off steam, but before she knows it, she’s started a revolution. Location: 140 Kentucky Street, Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Art Walk
    Downtown Fairfax
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Come celebrate Fairfax's unique creative spirit. Artists, makers, musicians, and poets will be showcased by our vital local business community. Plus, join the scavenger hunt for a prize drawing. This event is family friendly and stamped with an "Only in Fairfax" approval rating. Visit our town recreation page to preview some of the artists participating. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Campfire Program at Chicken Ranch Beach
    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. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. No pets (except service animals). are allowed at this park.  Location: Meet at the Chicken Ranch Beach pullout. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 23

  • 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.
  • 5th Annual Candy Palooza
    Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The annual Candy Palooza is a free festival of all things sweet featuring free tastings, live music and free tours of the factory. Activities include arts and crafts, carnival rides and midway games, chalk art on the patio and tours of the factory. Carnival rides start at 10 am. This event is for kids of all ages. Free. Location: One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Rosa Toy and Comic Con 2017
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    This year will be even bigger than previous years with more activities and dealers. Come check out everything from 200 plus toy and comic dealers to movie cars, LARPing, a video game room, panels, live wrestling from SPW, a lego free play area and a whole lot more! Tickets: $15–$25. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, San Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • USTA Kids' Play Day
    Tiburon Peninsula Club
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    USTA Kids' Play Day at the Tiburon Challenger, a Pro Circuit men's professional event, is a special opportunity for children 6–12 to see a special exhibition performance, take part in fun activities and games on the court, and enjoy ice cream. USTA NorCal will have gifts for all participants, and kids and their families can stay to see qualifying matches. Participation in Kids' Play Day is free, but registration is required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blackie's Hay Day 2017
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Blackie's Hay Day has become a community tradition that families look forward to every year. Designed for children of all ages, Blackie's Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment and more. General Admission $10. Children under two are free. Event website.
  • Opening Day: McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Saturdays, 10 am–9:30 pm & Sundays, 10 am–6 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, pumpkin blaster, and a new haunted forest. You'll also find a farm store selling products like free-range eggs, ice cream, butter, lavender, and vegetables. The food shack serves organic hot dogs, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, snacks, and espresso drinks. School tours are available during the week. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
    Sonoma Plaza
    Saturday 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include blessing of the grapes, reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, firefighters' water fight, family grape stomp, parade, kids carnival, tiny tacks race, and 5k run/walk. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Community Day
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    This Saturday the Exploratorium opens its doors to the public for free. Entry subject to capacity and not guaranteed. Location: Pier 15 on the Embarcardero, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Dragon Boat Festival
    Lake Merritt, Oakland
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The California Dragon Boat Association presents the 21st Annual Kaiser Permanente Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt, Oakland! Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games and arts and crafts await. 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.
  • Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: Kids Concert
    Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch
    Saturday, 10:15–11 am
    Bring the kiddos for this free concert featuring Sam and Abby, from Bloomington, Indiana, They combine clogging, hambone, and soulful singing with energetic banjo playing and some unusual instruments, including musical saw and jaw harp, in a participatory show that is fun for the whole family. Location: Berkeley Public Library, Main Branch, Community Room (3rd floor), 2090 Kittredge Street. 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.
  • Family Matinee: Teodross Avery & Friends
    SF Jazz Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am

    Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A, and amazing music. This weekend: Saxaphonist and composer Teodross Avery. Tickets: $5–$23. Purchase tickets here.  Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Peace in the Park
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Peace in the Park Lets you explore a variety of ways to unplug and unwind while living in a fast-paced urban environment. It's an opportunity to find yourself, feel good and engage with our beautiful community in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. This free festival will feature world music, dances, tai-chi, hatha yoga, life-enchancing seminars, kids activities, peace exhibits, and meditation experiences in the exquisite Golden Gate Park Bandshell. For more info, visit their website.
  • 39th Annual Chili Cook-Off
    Dunphy Park, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–3:30 pm

    The air at Dunphy Park will be thick with the aroma of tomatoes, beans, peppers and spices. Come experience booth after booth of delicious park-made chili. Tasting will begin at high noon. Purchase a $10 unlimited chili tasting wrist band and visit each booth to try unique and original chili. Tasters will help decide the winners by casting their bean vote. Location: 1600 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 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.
  • Tam Valley Oktoberfest
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 3–9 pm
    Enjoy German music, beer, and food, as well as free family rides and games. Tickets: $15, $10 ages 1–10. Event website.
  • Astronomy Viewing Night
    Mount Burdell, Novato
    Saturday, 7:30–9:30 pm

    Bring the whole family out for an evening under the stars on Mount Burdell. Look at the planets and night sky through a telescope, or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the view. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a telescope, flashlight, blankets, water, snacks, and star charts. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Location: Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Fall in Tiburon with Blackie's Hay Day

September 21, 2017

Bring your family to come celebrate fall this Saturday, September 23, from 10 am to 4 pm at Blackie's Hay Day. This annual fundraiser and community tradition is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country fair and helps raise money for children's and teen programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Fall Classes for Moms and Mothers-to-Be at Pomegranate

September 19, 2017

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Pomegranate is offering a variety of fantastic fall classes for expectant mothers and moms with babies. Looking for a class to include your little one? Check out the Mom & Baby Yoga and Crawler + Me classes that are offered throughout the week. Pomegranate also offers on-site childcare for more than half of their movement classes too. Drop-in classes are $23 each or purchase a 5-pack for $95.

Pomegranate is located at 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. Find out more about their classes by visiting

Fall class schedule:


  • 9:30–10:45 am: Vinyasa Flow • Natalie POW, CC, **
  • 11 am–12:15 pm: Mindful Flow • Natalie POW, POP, CC
  • 12:30–1:45 pm: Mom & Baby Yoga • Marie POM
  • 5:30–6:45 pm: Prenatal Flow • Amber POP

Pumpkin Patches Further Afield

September 19, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

While there are plenty of awesome pumpkin patches to choose from in Marin and southern Sonoma counties (see our list of those here), you can find other great places to pick up pumpkins and other Halloween and autumn treats throughout the greater Bay Area. Maybe you're headed on a road trip to the south bay, or bound for the grandparents' house in Sacramento this October—there's probably a pumpkin patch on the way. Here are a few out-of-town pumpkin patches, in Solano, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, that we've visited at one time or another or had recommended to us.

Get Your Tickets Now for Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms

September 18, 2017

Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms In addition to producing healthy and sustainable local food, Petaluma's Tara Firma Farms also puts on fantastic family-friendly events throughout the year. This fall, their annual Pumpkins on Pikes event continues this tradition. Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, a corn maze, BBQ and more.

Pumpkins on Pikes takes place on Saturday, October 28, from 2 to 10 pm. Bring your pumpkin carving tools, blankets and coats to stay warm after dark, a sheet to cover hay bales for seating, and favorite treat for the dessert potluck. Free pumpkins for carving will be provided with admission. The carved pumpkins are placed on pikes out in the cornfield, and when the sun goes down, the pumpkins are lit. It's an amazing spectacle! A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase $10 a plate at the event.

The Clover Family Fun Series Returns to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa

September 18, 2017

This fall the Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series returns to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa with six fantastic shows for young audiences and their families. Beginning in October, the series will delight audiences of all ages with a brand-new fairy tale, awe-inspiring acrobats, a world premiere musical, and more.

This season, Family Fun Series subscribers will be invited to exclusive post-show meet-and-greet and autograph sessions with the performers, as well as an opportunity to attend a backstage tour and docent-guided Sculpture Garden Art Talk. Each event in the series will also feature pre-show activities, including Free Fun with Art, custom-designed arts and crafts projects for the whole family, and pizza and drinks at the concession stand.

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