Events and Outings

Marin Family-Friendly Weekend Events for February 28, March 1 & 2

February 28, 2014
Xtreme Bugs at the Lawrence Hall of Science
Experience Xtreme Bugs at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science 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, February 28

  • Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After
    Oracle Arena, Oakland

    Friday, 10:30 am & 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday, 11 am, 3 pm & 6:30 pm
    Get ready to rock out with your favorite Disney heroes and heroines, including Ariel and Sebastian, Rapunzel and Flynn, the Beast and Belle, and Merida from Disney/Pixar's Brave. Shows run from February 26–March 2. Tickets start at $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire. Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan, which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast. Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wizards of Wonderland
    Dance Place, Pt. Reyes
    Friday, 7:30 pm

    Shows are all ages welcome, start at 7:30 pm, and are only $10 with the proceeds going directly to the artists! Think of it as the local farmers market for the soul! Come on down, put your dancing shoes in your produce basket, and join the fun! Wizards of Wonderland is a new musical. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland
    Mill Valley Middle School
    Friday, 8 pm, Saturday, 1 & 8 pm

    This year's MVMS Cabaret will tell the timeless tale of Alice in Wonderland. But in true MVMS style, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale. Tickets at the door only $15 adults, $10 for MVMS students and younger. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Location: MVMS Gym, 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 1

  • Museums on Us
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Junior Ranger Day at Alcatraz Island
    Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday

    On Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, Alcatraz Island will host two Junior Ranger Day events and provide special interpretive programs. A limited number of free tickets are available only for children between 5–11 years old, maximum 4 per family or group. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult age 18 or older. Tickets must be purchased 3 days in advance and are not available online or at the Pier 33 ticket booth. To book Junior Ranger Day tickets, please call the Alcatraz Cruises Group Services Department at (415) 438-8361. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • McInnis Family Fun Mile
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile-long, walk/hike/run with the family. This will be a low-pressure event and a great way to bond as a family. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Marin County Parks annual pass, day pass, or a pool pass!  Water, snacks, and hot chocolate will be provided. Heavy rain will cancel. Meet at the Hillside Picnic Area in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd). For more info, call (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Hamilton Pre-K/Tiny Tots/Teeny Tots Programs Open House
    Hamilton Community Center
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    If you are looking for a fantastic preschool option for now or for the Fall, come check out the Novato Parks and Rec Hamilton Pre-K/Tiny Tots/Teeny Tots Programs at their open house this Saturday. Come and meet the teachers and find out more about the program. Location: 503 S. Palm Drive, Novato. For more info, call Leslie at (415) 328-2684 or visit their website.
  • The LEGO Movie Building Event: Hands-On Learning
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 1–1:45 pm

    Barnes & Noble Corte Madera Invites The LEGO Movie fans to a fun, free hands-on learning LEGO build event on Saturday. For ages 4–8. Space is limited for this event. Attendees are required to RSVP to Laurel Kidd, Community Relations Manager at the Corte Madera store, crm2274@bn.com, with their name, phone, and email. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 21, 22 & 23

February 22, 2014
Shollenberger Park Petaluma
Take a family wildlife walk at Petaluma's Shollenberger Park 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, February 21

  • LEGO Play Day
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Lego supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills. Age 5 and up. No sign-up needed. Location: Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks & more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $20; $18 sibling discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire. Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan, which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast. Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 22

  • Stafford Bass Derby
    Stafford Lake County Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Join rangers for this annual fishing contest! Prizes will be awarded for the first fish, biggest fish, and total combined stringer weight of fish caught. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Meet at Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Boulevard in Novato. Park entrance is $5 per vehicle. For more info, contact ranger Josh Gilmore at (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Free Performance: Little Beats Music Program
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    Get a taste of the new Little Beats early childhood music education program this Saturday with a free musical performance. Popular Bay Area children's musicians essence and Rachel will perform, joined by the Little Beats music program staff. Location: Mill Valley Community Center lobby, 180 Camino Alto. For more information, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Wildcare Family Adventures: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am

    Take a family stroll led by Wildcare naturalists around Las Gallinas Ponds and learn about the family life of the waterfowl that overwinter in this area. We’ll talk about nesting habits, mating displays, baby bird foods, and what it takes to raise a bird family every year! It is not all about birds. We’ll also look for river otters who are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Meet at Las Gallinas Ponds trailhead. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Day at Charles M. Schulz Museum
    Santa Rosa

    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
    Enjoy free admission to the museum all day and a special constellation wall as part of the Starry, Starry Night exhibition. Check out the museum in our article here. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.

Xtreme Bugs at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science

February 20, 2014

Xtreme Bugs at the Lawrence Hall of ScienceOne of our favorite Bay Area destinations for hand-on science fun Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. Located in the hills high above the UC Berkeley campus, this science center has entertained and educated generations of kids, and continues to offer fun science exhibits and activities. We visited this week to check out their awesome new exhibit Xtreme Bugs and had a great time.

Xtreme Bugs, on view at the Lawrence Hall of Science through September 1, 2014, allows visitors to get an up-close view of the fascinating world of bugs through giant insect and arthropod models that move and buzz. You'll find over 100 of these enormous animatronic bugs situated throughout the museum and even outside, and you'll encounter such critters as an orchid mantis, a monarch butterfly, a tarantula, honeybees, and a 15-foot-long Japanese hornet.

Not only can you examine these big bugs up close, but you can listen to the sounds they make, watch them move and learn how they play a critical role in our environment. My kids loved the extreme size and realistic look of these amazing bugs. It's truly fascinating and engaging for kids and grownups of all ages. Some of the bugs were accompanied by an interactive iPad component, too. This part of the exhibit is located in one of the rooms in the back of the building on the first floor. You can visit some of the giant robotic bugs' real-life counterparts in the Backyard Zoo, which features a tarantula, a scorpion, a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach, and an Argentine ant colony.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Bay Area Discovery Museum Today!

February 17, 2014

Dragon and Golden Gate BridgeGung hay fat choy! Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum opens on a Monday (something that happens rarely) for its annual Chinese New Year Festival. The festivities take place today, February 17 (Presidents' Day) from 9 am to 5 pm. At the this celebration of the Year of the Horse, the whole family can find something to do. Try your hand at traditional Chinese calligraphy, construct a kite, see a vibrant performance by the Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group, dine on delicious Chinese food, or make your own sweet wonton (they’ll even cook them for you).

You can also learn about the Chinese zodiac and enjoy an exciting performance by the Dragon Horse Lion Dance Team (10 am) and the lion dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Group (2 pm). Lion dance performances take place in the museum's Festival Plaza (performances will be in the Discovery Theater if it's raining).

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 14, 15 & 16

February 13, 2014
Muir Woods
Visit Muir Woods National Monument this weekend for free admission, a Woodland Winter walk through an old-growth redwood forest, and more.

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, February 14

  • 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. Enzo has been performing his family music show, "Breakfast with Enzo," weekly in San Francisco for the past 8 years, Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $5 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Calling All Little Red-Haired Girls!
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 11 am–5 pm

    If you are a little (or not so little!) red-haired girl or boy then you will receive free admission in celebration of Valentine’s Day and Charlie Brown’s affection for a certain Little Red-Haired Girl. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse
    Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
    Friday, 5–6:30 pm

    Join park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand-carved tunnel and out to the lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail, which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Limited to 50 people, and program fills quickly. Reservations required; call (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine’s Night at the Museum
    Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    The museum is celebrating the animals we love this Valentine's evening with a special look at how species show off to find their mate. From peacock feathers to the Iguana's "chick magnet" jowls, we'll glimpse into the wild world of natural selection then settle in for pizza and movie. $20 members, $25 general. Space limited; reservations required. Location: Petaluma High School campus at 201 Fair Street. For more info, visit their website or call (707) 778-4787.

Saturday, February 15

  • Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday–Monday, 8 am–5 pm

    America's Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it's free! Get into Muir Woods National Monument for free over President's Day Weekend. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Valentine's Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market, on Saturday February 15. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, a creative reuse heart art project, personalized poetry by the Valentine Poet, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and French music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, and don't forget local organic flowers and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinatown Community Street Fair
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue. Make sure to get a family photo with the giant puppets, dragon, and other memorable artifacts from the parade! Location: Grant Avenue from California to Broadway, Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton; and Washington & Jackson Street from Kearny to Stockton. For more information, visit their website.
  • Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. We feature one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. This weekend, climb aboard in a DC-6 Cockpit. Location: 2230 Becker Boulevard, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Win Tickets to the February 25 Speak to Me Event, Featuring Debora Spar

February 13, 2014

Debora SparSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents the next event in its 2013/2014 season, "Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection" with Barnard College president Debora Spar on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center.

As the president of arguably the most important all-women school in the country, Debora Spar brings research, wisdom, humor and insight to the heated debate about how women’s lives have and have not changed over the past forty years. How far have women really come? And what will it take to get true equality for good? Can women really have it all?

We're giving away one set of two tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Speak to Me February" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. We'll choose a random winner on Thursday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Cool Camps for Ski Week Winter Break in Marin

February 11, 2014

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming winter break? Check out some of the great winter day camps here in Marin and San Francisco.

  • Studio 4 Art
    1133 Grant Avenue
    Novato

    (415) 596-5546
    Campers will have the choice of many different projects each day. Explore clay, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, mosaics and wheel throwing! The camps are February 17-21 from 10 am–1 pm ($65 daily; $255 weekly for 5 day camp, $205 for 4 day camp) for ages 4–14, or 10 am–3 pm ($90 daily; $375 weekly for 5-day camp) for ages 7–14. A sibling discount is offered. For more info, visit www.studio4art.net.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    February Break Camp: Shipwrecks and Treasure Hunt
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
    (415) 339-3900

    This February, the BADM offers a special opportunity to for children to enjoy one of its most popular camp themes: Shipwreck and Treasure Hunts. Experience the delights and hardships of a sea-faring life; make maps, sing chanteys, dig artifacts and treasures from mysterious lands, and discover weird sea creatures. Cost: Supporting Level Members: $275 per session; general: $300. Note: no extended care available. For more info, visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • Le Petit Jardin Ski Week Language Camp
    Red Hill Church, 921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
    San Anselmo

    This camp takes place February 17-21 from 9 am-1 pm for ages 4 to 9.Language Camps offer a small group setting with a hands-on learning technique including music, art, games, story time and occasional neighborhood outings. Children will enjoy engaging activities, fun seasonal crafts and games with friends, all while effortlessly learning French with LPJ's loving and fluent director, Amber Smith-Lopata! Cost: $280 for the week. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 7, 8 & 9

February 7, 2014

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 Event Calendar.

Friday, February 7

  • Kids' Pajama Party
    Diesel, a bookstore Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Authors (and sisters) Shirin Bridges and Natasha Yim will be here to read you some bedtime stories. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to the stories and have some milk and cookies. Then get your books signed and head home for bed. For more infor, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their visit their website.
  • Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm
    This evening begins with a flower being presented to each young lady and picture taken of the father and daughter(s) as a memento of the occasion. A dessert buffet will be served and daughters can enjoy creating a special valentine craft. Guests will enjoy dancing to the music provided by a DJ. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple, $15 per additional daughter. Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info call (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 8

  • 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). Special Event: Toy Crazy (in Larkspur Landing) welcomes kids ages 2-8 to enjoy a "Do-A-Dot" Valentine Art Project during the farmer's market from 11 am-noon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley
    Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring the kids for some outdoor fun and exploration. We’ll look for early blooming flowers and see what kinds of insects are visiting them in search of nectar or pollen. WE'll take a break for lunch. David Herlocker will lead. If it's raining, please call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk for a recorded message to see if the walk is cancelled. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd). For more info, visit their website.
  • Babysitter Meet & Greet with UrbanSitter
    Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join UrbanSitter at Belvedere Community Park for crafts and playtime. You'll have the opportunity to interview a few local babysitters, build your network of go-to sitters and learn more about UrbanSitter! This group of sitters will have availability over Valentine's Day and weekend. Location: 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • World on Stage: Murphy Irish Dancers
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    Performing a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps, this amazing group of young dancers will connect you with age-old Irish traditions and joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Cost: Members $7; General $18 (includes Museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Storytime: Love Monster
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Join us Saturday, February 8 at 11 am for Valentine's Day Storytime featuring Love Monster. Stories, activities and Valentine's Day treats. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, call (415) 927-9016 or visit their website.

Jumpstart Your Passion at Speak to Me's Lunch & Learn on February 11

February 7, 2014

Dianne MorrisonJoin Speak To Me (Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women) on Tuesday,  February 11 for "Jumpstart Your Passion" featuring Dianne Morrison, principal at MorrisonMcNabb and leadership coach with over 25 years experience. Dianne will share her expertise on how to snap your life, business, or career out of its holding pattern. Learn about the power of building solid relationships and how to use this tool to achieve off-the-charts performance in all parts of your life.

Dianne specializes in working with entrepreneurs who are growing companies. She is an expert in leadership development, team building, and management effectiveness. Dianne has worked successfully with entrepreneurial leaders in a variety of industries, with a recent focus on helping clients reinvent themselves and their businesses to be effective in the new economy. This impactful work consistently produces unprecedented business results.

"Jumpstart Your Passion" takes place on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Piatti Restaurant in Mill Valley. Single tickets for Speak to Me's Lunch & Learn events are $45 each. Learn more about the Lunch & Learn and order tickets online, visit www.speaktomeevents.com, or call (415) 888-2329.

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