Events and Outings

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: GReza@marincounty.org 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
    Sebastopol
    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: JOlivotti@marincounty.org 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.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 19, 20 & 21

May 19, 2017

Beatuy and the Beast premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 21.

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, May 19

  • Endangered Species Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We’re celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them.  Location: 1 Zoo Road, Sloat Blvd., at The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Contra Costa County Fair
    Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
    Friday, noon–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    The 2017 Contra Costa County Fair features an Extreme Sports Zone, Ag Venture Land, Midway of Fun Carnival live entertainment, animal shows for the entire family. Location: 1201 West 10th Street, Antioch. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: Moana
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Food Trucks 5:30 pm; Movie Shorts 7:30 pm; Feature Film: Moana, 8 pm. Movie is free. Location:
    63 Funston Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear CROW-tet (Zev Shearn Nance) at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6:30–7:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.

The Annual Festival of Fun Returns to San Anselmo This Weekend!

May 15, 2017

Saint Anselm Festival of Fun

The annual Saint Anselm Festival of Fun returns on Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 8 pm. This fun-filled day delights over 1,500 Marin and Ross Valley families with over 25 attractions, including vintage carnival rides, prize games (cake wheel, pick-a-pop, salami toss and more), jumpy houses and slides, the Panther Café, strolling entertainers, face painting, and more. Admission is free, and tickets are purchased for the rides and games.

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 12–14

May 12, 2017

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 14. Find something special to do with Mom with our round-ups of Mother's Day Brunches, spring hikes, picnic spots and beaches in Marin and Sonoma County.

Friday, May 12

  • 2017 National Public Garden Day
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Friday, 9 am–5 pm

    In honor of National Public Garden Day, enjoy one complimentary admission! Follow this link to get your coupon: COUPON.  Valid for one admission on May 12th. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Weekend: Hamilton Community Pool
    Hamilton, Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children ages 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a day or night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood Camp staff. Games, park time, arts and crafts, snacks, and more! Cost: $25 per child; $20 each additional sibling. For ages 2–10. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Gianna Marino will be here to read you a bedtime story from Splotch. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed.
    Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Octobop at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • San Marin High School presents: The Music Man
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, 2 pm

    Bring the entire family to the San Marin Spring Musical, “The Music Man” opens on Friday, May 12th for a run of 6 performances. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for child. Purchase tickets here. Location: Emily Gates Student Center, San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 13

  • Bay Area Human Race
    Marin Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7 am–11 am

    From supporting those with disabilities, people advocating for animals, to those seeking to increase access to education, and more — the Bay Area Human Race™ is open to nonprofits, schools, and community groups across Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Race day features a fun and flat 5K run/walk at the historic Marin County Civic Center Lagoon Park and fairgrounds, including music, Kids Races and activities, a dog walk, the Community Village Fair and a pancake breakfast. The event is open to everyone. Cost: $10–$50. See cost here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

May 11, 2017

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are some of our favorite family-friendly spots for a Mother's Day brunch in Marin.

All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as Mother's Day brunches fill up pretty quickly.

  • Belcampo Meat Co
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 9 am

    Treat mom to a special brunch featuring Belcampo specialties: Bacon & Brioche French Toast, Ham Benedict, or the infamous Belcampo Breakfast Burger. Reserve now! Location: 2504 Larkspur Landing. For more info, call (415) 448-5810 or visit their website.
  • The Caprice
    Tiburon
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm
    Enjoy three course prix fixe brunch includes prosecco. $49/ adults; kids under 12 $19. Shrimp cocktail, brioche french toast, filet mignon, blueberry and more. Location: 2000 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Reservations are required by calling (415) 435-3400. For more info, visit their website.

The Circus is Coming to Town Memorial Day Weekend

May 11, 2017

American Crown Circus as St. Vincent's

It's not every day that the circus comes to town, but it'll be here in Marin this Memorial Day weekend! American Crown Circus sets up its big top on the grounds of St. Vincent's School for Boys in Marinwood, just south of Novato, May 25–29. American Crown Circus is a family run, bilingual circus that features acrobats, high wire acts, and clowns (but no exotic animals). Read about our visit to the circus here.

The circus is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, which has brought a professional traveling tent circus to Marin every year since 1997. Profits from the circus support local community projects.

Marin Family Weekend Events for May 5, 6 & 7

May 6, 2017

Check out one of the many easy mountain biking trails in Marin

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, May 5

  • 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.
  • SF Opera Sing A Story: The Magic Flute
    San Anselmo Libary, Council Chambers
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce The Magic Flute by Mozart, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4-10. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Night Out: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Are you ready for adventure? Rolling Hills Club is excited to offer an evening of scavenger hunts, "poison dart" battles, and mummy relays! The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark will be watched. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. Pizza will be provided. Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Bill Belasco and Aguabella at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 6

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 28, 29 & 30

April 28, 2017

Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow DivideTake a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide this weekend.

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 28

  • Celebrate Arbor Day
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 9 am–noon

    Join Marin County Parks at the launch of our new tree planting ceremony and celebrate Arbor Day! All Ages Welcome! Celebrate Arbor Day by joining at the Dedication Tree Ceremony. Start the morning with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities, including a seedling giveaway, leaf printing, the library bookmobile, virtual reality redwoods, and One Tam Roving Ranger. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. 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.
  • SF Opera Guild Sing a Story: 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.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts: Josh Smith Trio
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Josh Smith Trio at Friday Night Jazz, featuring guest bass player from Chicago, Anton Hatwich and local jazz celebrity Scott Amendola! This one is a not-to-miss. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Seussical Jr. the Musical
    Tiburon
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Come see the family friendly production Seussical Jr, The Musical at Del Mar School ! There will be two casts, “Green Eggs” and “Ham” performing this delightful show full of fun and fantastical Seussical characters.The shows will be performed at the Del Mar Middle School gym, and all tickets are general admission/open seating.  The Box Office & Concession Booth are located outside the Del Mar Gym and will open nightly at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School: Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
    The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. The Lion King Jr. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as, “Hakuna Matata”, and the Acadamy Award winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Come and join us as you see 23 amazing middle school actors bring this encouraging story of love and self-discovery to life. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Civic Center in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Upper School: Two Gentlemen of Verona
    San Domenico, San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Our spring production is William Shakespeare's fast-paced comedy of love and friendship, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Packed with great characters—the two Gents themselves, resourceful and witty women, comical and saucy servants, tyrannical fathers, ridiculous fops, outlaws, and Launce's famous dog, Crab. The play takes its characters on a roller-coaster of emotions, transformation, and even sword fights! Tickets: $12 general, $8 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Big Hero 6
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 8:15–10 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: Big Hero 6. For more info and to download coupons for PIER 39 restaurants and merchants, visit their website.

Saturday, April 29

  • 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.
  • Presidio Trails Run
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 8:30–11 am

    The Presidio Y is hosting the 3rd annual Presidio Trail 10k/5k/1.5 mile run. With spectacular views of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this unique and challenging trail run winds its way through the Presidio of San Francisco, past Inspiration Point, the Presidio Golf Course, Rob Hill Campground and more. Registration: $13–$45. For more information, visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am– 3 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. Location: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free Admission Day: Habitot's 19th Birthday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is celebrating nineteen years with a newly refurbished firehouse and fire truck exhibit due to debut on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30-4:30pm with a Free Admission Day sponsored by Mechanics Bank. The fire truck is equipped with a hose, flashing lights, and an alarm for little ones to pretend to put out a fire in firefighter costumes. Adjacent to the truck is a pretend burning house, with flames and lights in windows, a rescue crawl space, and floor instructions to “stop, drop and roll”. In the art studio visitors can paint a giant Habitot Anniversary cake with sparklers and glitter, or play with fire engine red sparkly playdough. Free. Space is limited-need to register to attend. Register here. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Butter & Egg Days Parade and Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. The 2017 theme, “Petaluma – City of Makers!” recognizes the importance of the innovative spirit that fuels the community to create and craft products and ideas. The Festival opens at 10am and the main historic parade begins at noon. There will be a kids parade at 11:30 am. Location: Downtown Petaluma. 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.
  • Family Performance: How Andy Found His Voice
    San Francisco Opera
    Saturday, 10 am

    A comic, yet poignant, operatic performance for kids of all ages that explores issues of bullying and personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Four singers and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. Tickets: $10 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location:
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave - See more at: https://sfopera.com/discover-opera/education-programs/for-schools/48-programs/how-andy-found-his-voice/#sthash.RMVUDT37.dpuf
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Bldg., 401 Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Cascade Canyon School
    Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Cascade Canyon School's full day, developmental Kindergarten program includes an exciting, hands-on approach to specialist and core academic learning, across a wide range of subjects. An added benefit is Cascade Canyon’s unique learning community: students in grades K–8 travel, perform, play, and celebrate learning together throughout the year. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Treasure Island Flea: Mother's Day Special!
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Join us as we celebrate Spring and an early Mother's Day at the Treasure Island Flea. Shopping, mimosas, food truck brunch, and much, much, more! Cost: $3 entry, kids 12 and under are free. Parking is free too. Pet-friendly. Location: Treasure Island, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Doing and Viewing Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Suncatchers
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Spring is in full swing with longer days and warm sun rays! Tissue papered native plants will catch the light and make it dance!Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dutch King's Day San Francisco
    Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Put on your orange and join the Bay Area's Dutch community in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as they celebrate King's Day. It's a festive celebration for the whole family, featuring food and drink, music, games, a bike ride, and more. Free (donation at the gate appreciated). Location: Martin Luther King Drive and the Great Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day at the Sonoma Mission
    Sonoma Valley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring your family and step back in time to a day at Mission San Francisco Solano. There will be crafts, demonstrations and activites such as: candle making, basket weaving, wool spinning, tortilla and butter making, and leather tooling. The Pomo Youth Dance Group will kick off the day with a presentation at 11:00 am. Adult admission is $3.00. Children aged 17 and under are free on Children's Day. Location: 114 E Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day of the Child - Día del Niño
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the children in your life during this special family event with fun-filled, bilingual (Spanish/English) nature activities for all ages! Join Regional Parks staff and other local environmental organizations at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park for a day of crafts, hikes, special exhibits, stories, music, and other activities that will connect you to each other and nature in your neighborhoods. In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we will raffle parks memberships. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park, Discovery Center, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Events for April 21–23

April 22, 2017

Earth Day celebration at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Here are our picks for a variety of Earth Day events and other 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 21

  • 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.
  • 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 & 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.
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: The Good Dinosaur
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Dino-Mite! Join us as we bake fossil cookies, sculpt a dinosaur out of play dough, and hatch fizzing dinosaur eggs. We will watch The Good Dinosaur. This movie is PG and is not appropriate for all audiences. Pizza will be provided.This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 members and $34 guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Father Daughter Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm

    Treat your daughter for a Very Special Knight Father Daughter Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 927-5072. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School presents, Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm

    Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s middle school musical theater department is happy to present, Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. For all ages. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Marin Center, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 22

  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin Count
    Saturday & Sunday, various times

    The My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. Most events are for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day Marin for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
  • Pancake Breakfast & Music with Tim Cain
    San Geronimo Preschool
    Saturday, 8 am–11 am

    Come enjoy breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, strawberries, pancakes with maple syrup, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $11 adults and $6 children under 9 years. Toddler room and preschool is having an open house during the breakfast. Children's musician Tim Cain will be performing from 10–11 am. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
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