7 Sensational Ways to Beat the Heat this Labor Day Weekend

August 31, 2017

Cool off at Spring Lake Water Park

When the late summer temperatures start to heat up, then it's time to find a place to cool off with the kiddos. Here are our favorite ways to beat the heat with the family on hot day in Marin and the Bay Area.

Take a ferry ride to Angel Island

Hop on the ferry in Tiburon and take a refreshing ferry ride over the Bay to Angel Island State Park. Explore historic sites, splash on the beach in Ayala Cove, have a picnic, or just relax.

Learn Pottery, Play with Clay, Get Messy & Have Fun!

August 29, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mill Valley Potter's Studio.

Mill Valley Potter’s Studio specializes in pottery and ceramic arts education. The Studio offers a variety of award winning classes and workshops for adults and kids. We also provide the opportunity for parents to work alongside their children.

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2017

McNears Beach San Rafael

Labor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of the destinations and activities here close up shop after Labor Day, so this is your last chance to visit until next summer!

There's Something for the Entire Family at the Sausalito Art Festival

August 29, 2017

2016 Sausalito Art Festival

A Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to 4, for its 65th season. The family friendly festival showcases the works of the finest local, national and international artists, with thousands of original works of art by 260 artists, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

12 Unique Birthday Party Ideas in Marin and the Bay Area

August 28, 2017

Pony Party at Morning Star FarmPony Party at Morning Star Farm in Novato

Looking for something different for your child’s next birthday party? Here are a dozen party ideas that go beyond the jumpy house and day out at the park. There’s a unique party venue and activity for almost every interest, whether it’s reptiles, planes, or horses.

Fall Camping in Marin and the Bay Area

August 27, 2017

Slide Ranch Family CampIntroduce the kids to camping at Slide Ranch's Family Campouts at their spectacular seaside location. Photo: Slide Ranch

Fall in the Bay Area, especially at the coast, can have some of our best weather of the year, making it a perfect time to dust off your gear, pack up the kiddos and head out for a weekend camping trip. No tent? No problem! Some of these campgrounds even have cozy cabins you can rent. Here are our picks for great fall camping spots in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

California State Parks have an all-new platform for camping and lodging reservations—visit www.reservecalifornia.com or call 1-800-444-PARK to reserve your camping spot at any of the state parks listed below.

10 Favorite Entertainers for Kids' Birthday Parties in Marin

August 27, 2017

Let the princesses and princes of Marin's Once Upon a Song entertain at your child's birthday party.

Sometimes the best birthday parties are the ones with the best entertainment—fantastic performers who care about kids and get everyone involved in the show. We took a look at the most popular entertainers listed in our Marin Birthday Party Guide and created this top-10 list for kids' birthday party performers in Marin.

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
    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
    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.
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