Events and Outings

Riding the Rails at Sonoma TrainTown

May 24, 2014

Sonoma TrainTown RailroadWhen we're in the Wine Country, we always make sure we visit TrainTown, the fun and fantastic miniature railroad located in the town of Sonoma. It's a place that I used to visit back when I was a kid, and it's the kind of destination that takes you and your family back to a simpler, less hectic time.

Sonoma TrainTown offers train-related activities that are fun for everyone, from toddlers to grade school kids (and adults, too), as well as a selection of carnival-style rides. It's also a short drive from pretty much anywhere in Marin, which makes TrainTown a must-visit attraction for North Bay families.

A Sonoma Valley landmark since the early 1950s, TrainTown has that old-fashioned roadside-attraction kind of charm associated with a bygone era. It's right on Broadway as you head into town, so it's impossible to miss. Park your car, buy your tickets at the admission booth, and hop on when the train arrives at the station. Train rides last approximately 20 minutes, and are drawn by a variety of engines, both diesel and steam.

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2014

May 22, 2014
American Crown Circus comes to Marin on Memorial Day Weekend
American Crown Circus/Circus Osorio brings its big top to Marinwood 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 23

  • American Crown Circus/Circus Osorio
    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 23 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 26 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $12 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $18. Advance tickets available until 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 25. Parking fee $5. For more info or to order tickets, vist 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 $20 advance, $30 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.

Saturday, May 24

  • 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.
  • New Exhibit: Broken? Fix It!
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
    Broken? Fix it! invites visitors to embrace the broken as they discover the joy and satisfaction in making things whole or usable again. The exhibit encourages children and adults to learn together to diagnose problems, then roll up their sleeves and get inside the repair process. Visitors try their hand at a variety of fix-it activities, including figuring out why the car thumps and clangs, getting a bike rolling again, repairing a shoe, and fixing a toy train track. General admission $11; free for infants under 6 months and members. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Forever Family Spring Walk at Muir Woods
    Muir Woods, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

    Bring your family on this slow and moderate walk through the redwood forest on the Fern Creek Trail to Camp Alice Eastwood and back. Discover wild and endangered coho salmon, banana slug trails, the Native American uses of plants, ghost redwoods, and more. Appropriate for ages 6 and above. Stroller and wheelchairs not advised. Backpack baby carriers ok. Dress in layers, bring water and a light snack, wear sturdy shoes with good treads. Reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 36th Annual San Francisco Carnaval
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    As one of the Bay Area’s most beloved events, the free family-friendly San Francisco Carnaval Festival is a 2-day event that showcases a diverse array of food, live music and activities for all. Enjoy a variety of dancing: Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Tango, Hip- Hop, Merengue, Calypso, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, and Mambo into the evening. The Grand Parade takes place on Sunday and starts at 9:30 am at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn East and flow into the Festival area. For more info, visit their website.
  • Washed Ashore
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 10 am–4 pm
    Through spectacular, giant sea life sculptures made with debris that has “washed ashore,” this new exhibit creates awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution and gives new meaning to the common man-made items we throw in the garbage every day. These amazing works of art have been created from thousands of pounds of debris removed from local beaches. A sea lion pup, a whale bones rib cage, and an ocean gyre—all made from ocean and beach garbage—are a few of the gigantic sculptures that will be on display throughout the summer. Tickets: $17 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $11 children 4–14, free for children 3 and under. Parking $8 weekdays, $10 weekends. For more information, 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 $6, 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.
  • Kids Patchwork Series: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family. For all ages. Doors open at 10:Cost: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.

The Circus is Coming to Town Memorial Day Weekend

May 17, 2014

American Crown Circus as St. Vincent'sIt'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, on May 23, 24, 25, and 26. 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.

Performances are on Friday, May 23 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and on Monday, May 26 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $12; $18 at the gate; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Advance tickets available until noon on Sunday, May 25. Parking fee $5. Order advance tickets online.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 16, 17 & 18

May 17, 2014
South Pacific is the Mountain Play
The Mountain Play kicks off its 101st season with South Pacific this Sunday. Photo: Ed Smith/The Mountain Play

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 16

  • Hamilton Community Pool Opening Day
    Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6:30 pm

    The recently renovated Hamilton 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 pay is $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 night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks, and more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $22; $18 sibling (same family) discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Pajama Night at Doodlebug Marin
    Doodlebug Marin, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Kids put on their pajamas and enjoy pizza, crafts, stories, face painting and more. Cost: $30 per child and $25 each additional family member. Reserve your spot by calling (415) 456-5989 or online here.
  • Kids Musical Theatre presents We Are Monsters
    Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes
    Station
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 3 pm
    We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock 'n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Tickets: $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 youth at the door. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 17

  • New Peri Park Playground Unveiling
    Fairfax
    Saturday, 9 am-noon

    Join the Friends of Peri Park this Saturday, May 17, from 9 am to noon for the unveiling of the park's new play structures. Peri Park playground is located at 16 Park Road in Fairfax. This free celebration features refreshments from Mana Bowls and Peri Park merchandise for sale. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday features a music class from Little Folkies from 9:30–10:15 am followed by a Littel Folkies Bluegrass Family Concert from noon–12:45 pm with the Willie Nillies. There will also be a Nate the Great Treasure Hunt—kids can find cluse all around Marin Country Mart and win prizes. A pancake-cooking demonstration from 10:30 am–noon features Nate's favorThe farmer's market takes place on the south site of the shopping center closest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ocean Exploration Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am-Sunday, 1 pm

    On Saturday, join Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration. At night, gather for a family potluck dinner and a campfire under the stars. Sunday morning, everyone has a chance to help with farm chores before sitting down to breakfast, provided by Slide Ranch and served in the cozy yurt. Spend the rest of the morning preparing a farm tasting of homemade cheese, bread, butter and other treats harvested from the organic garden. Participants must bring their own camping equipment and a dish to share for Saturday night’s potluck dinner. Sunday continental breakfast is provided. Fee: $75 per person, age 2 and under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Arts & Technology Summer Camps
    Hamilton School-Comupter Lab in Novato
    Saturday, 10-11:30 am

    Check out some of the cool Art & Technology camps for ages 10-15 at Hamilton School in Novato. Some of this year's themes include: Minecraft modding, 3D printing, video game design, visual effects, and learn to program iPad apps. Instructor Howard Gersh has been working in the Visual Effects industry for over 23 years. His work has appeared in over two dozen major motion pictures including the Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises. Location: 5530 Nave Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 506-0282 or visit his website.
  • The 120th Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
    Downtown Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am

    This is one of Sonoma County's most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. Parade takes place from 10 am–noon. with marching bands, floats, roses, horse-drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses, and more roses. Following the parade will be music, family activities, and food vendors at Juilliard Park. The awards ceremony for all parade categories will take place at approximately 2 pm. Juillard Park is located on Santa Rosa Avenue just south of Sonoma Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo County Events Center, San Mateo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    With over 900 maker exhibits, Maker Faire is a family-friendly festical of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food, and more! Featuring how-to workshops, inspiring presentations and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $17.50 and up.Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, visit their website.
  • Free Asian Heritage Celebration for the Family
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Explore the museum for free thanks to Target during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Indian dance demonstrations, art making, gallery tours, Southeast Asian dance and music performances are some highlights you can enjoy with family and friends. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bon Air Center Spring Fair
    Greenbrae
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Celebrating Marin's food, recreation, health and living. Food sampling by Mollie Stone's Market. Live music by Lumberyard noon–2 pm. Kid's entertainment by Magic Circus noon–3 pm. Special merchant offers and demonstrations. Location: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Movies in the Park for Summer 2014

May 12, 2014

Film Night in the Park Marin County SummerSummer means its time for Film Night in the Park, the annual series of free outdoor movies presented on a giant screen in various parks throughout Marin County. Show time for all the movies is 8 pm, but arrive a little early for music, a raffle, and a cartoon. Reminiscent of the drive-in movies of yesteryear, Film Night in the Park is noted for its audience participation, with cheers for heroes, boos and hisses for villains, sing-alongs, and hearty applause.

This season's offerings are a fun mix of recent hits like Pixar's Monsters University, Frozen, Despicable Me 2, and the LEGO Movie and classics including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Iron Giant, and even Blood Alley, the John Wayne movie filmed right here in Marin at China Camp. There's definitely something for everyone!

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 9, 10 & 11

May 10, 2014

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

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

Friday, May 9

  • Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity Consignment Event
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am–2 pm

    The North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment sales event, JBF is held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Grace Pavilion: 40,500 square feet of shopping awesomeness. Shop huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0–12 years and maternity), games, toys, furniture, strollers, mommy supplies, etc! Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movin' With Rosie
    Jack and Jill's Play Space, San Rafael
    Friday, 1–4:30 pm

    Come and relax, ctach up with friends or join in as Rosie will lead and engage your little ones in everything from dance, singing, parachute time, story telling, arts, acting on the stage and much more! No additional charge. Included in the regular drop-in play admission charge. For more information, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Theatre Company presents Oliver!
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents the classic musical, Oliver! Based on the Dickens novel, Oliver! is fabulous family entertainment. Oliver! will engage you with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Tickets: $20 adults, student $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 10

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

    The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser in our county! Join over 3,000 Marin residents to run, walk, or roll the five-kilometer racecourse at Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. Enjoy a community fair highlighting local nonprofits and businesses, kids’ races, live music, pancake breakfast, complimentary refreshments, prizes, kids' fair with games and activities, giveaways and more. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Migratory Bird Day for the Family
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family to Muir Woods for their 14th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This free event is filled with activities and fun for all ages. If ever you were a little curious about our fine feathered friends, this is a great chance to dive in and learn what you can do to help migrating birds. Reservations not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beyond the Garden Gate: 18th Annual Ross Garden Tour
    Ross School
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Tour the secret gardens of Ross, rangin from a 4-acre Mediterranean estate to peaceful garden that honors formal Japanese design. Tickets are $40 in advance online, and $50 the day of the event. The ticket price includes parking in College of Marin Lot 15, shuttle transportation, and admission to all five gardens. Box lunches $10. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Select from the freshest produce and other artisan products from over 25 local farmers and purveyors. Fun activities for kids include: crafts, face painting, storytelling, pony rides, petting zoo, and live music. At Poppy store (10 am–1 pm), all moms will receive a complimentary violet in honor of her special day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun weaving baskets, creating candles, playing games, and dancing at the Rancho. Adults $3; ages 6–16 $2; 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow 1876 Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open on Saturday for free tours. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Panda-monium!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am

    The San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of an adorable new red panda! Be among the first to see this crazy-cute 10-month-old male red panda in his custom-made digs. In March, Pete Nelson and his crew from the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters built a brand-new home especially for the unique needs of this species, and now it's time for the big reveal. Admission entrance fee applies. For more info, visit their website.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

May 5, 2014

brioche french toastMother's Day is on Sunday, May 11. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are a dozen 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.

Click on highlighted links for more info.

  • Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera features a Mother's Day buffet brunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Brunch items include eggs benedict, brioche French toast (pictured above), beet salad, and special selections at the hot table. Dessert includes Meyer lemon tart with fresh raspberries and chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies. $40 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and under. Reservations recommended: (415) 924-3366. Brick & Bottle is located at 55 Tamal Vista Boulevard, in the Marketplace shopping center.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 2, 3 & 4

May 2, 2014
Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve
Experience Israel in Marin at the Osher Marin JCC this Sunday, May 4, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

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 2

  • Kids' Pajama Party with author Gianna Marino
    DIESEL Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6 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. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Gianna Marino is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books including Meet Me at the Moon, Too Tall Houses, and Following Papa's Song. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their website.
  • Cafe Marinwood: Swing Night!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 7–10 pm

    Swing the night away to the music of Éclair de Lune. Whether a beginner or a swing dance pro, you’ll enjoy this evening at the Marinwood Community Center. Free dance lessons for beginners 7–8 pm by Jean & Bromley. Beer and wine available for purchase. Free child care for ages 2–8. Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at door. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call ( 415) 479-0775 or visit their website.

Saturday, May 3

  • Tour of Novato and FunFair Carnival
    City Hall, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 7 am–2 pm

    The Tour of Novato and FunFair is a bicycling event and family fun day held annually to raise money for Novato schools. The Tour of Novato bike or walk takes place from 7:30 am–1 pm and the FunFair from 10 am–2 pm. There will be live entertainment provided by the talented students of Novato, crafts, games, jumpee, giant slide, sticky wall, and much more. Tickets: $10 per person or $25 per family. You can also register online to walk or ride here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Day and Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
    Terra Linda Community Center & Pool
    Saturday, 8–11 am

    Come join City of San Rafael Firefighters for a free/donation pancake breakfast. After enjoying breakfast, come meet Josh the Otter and learn about water safety. There will be fun games and activities pool side to teach young children about being safe around the pool. Dress up like a lifeguard, go for a raft ride in the pool with a lifeguard, bounce in the bounce house or get your face painted. Lots of family fun and a great way to kick of Water Safety Month. Location: 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3344 or visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Events for April 25, 26 & 27

April 25, 2014
Spring Fling at Slide Ranch
Family fun on the farm at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling this Saturday. Photo courtesy Slide Ranch.

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

Friday, April 25

  • Movin' With Rosie at Jack and Jill's
    San Rafael
    Friday, 1 pm

    Rosie (of Jumping Jacks in the mornings at the San Rafael Community Center) will lead and engage your little ones in freestyle fun with dance, singing, story time, arts, acting on stage and much more! Each day is a different theme. Rosie will be at Jack and Jill's every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Cost is included in the regular drop-in play admisson fee of $10 per child. $8 per sibling. Location: 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 472-1120 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: $22; $18 sibling (same family) discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Seals & Slippers: Sleep under the Stars
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Friday, 6 pm to Saturday 10 am

    The sleepover is aimed at children ages 6–12. The overnight stay includes eating feeding season with the seals, guided hike around Rodeo Lagoon, dinner, dessert, and continental breakfast. Cost: $85 per person. Register by contacting Kristin Ku at KuK@TMMC.org or (415) 289-7330. For more info about the sleepover, visit their website.
  • Broadway Bound Kids: Seussical the Musical
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 & 5 pm
    Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little child with a big imagination—Jojo. Seussical the Musical incorporates stories and scenes from 11 Seussical books. It is a wonderful family musical that will entertain all ages! Tickets: $17 adults, $15 children and seniors. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, April 26

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

    The Fishing in the City program, co-sponsored by the City, the Department of Fish and Game and the Novato Sunrise Rotary, provides the bait, tackle and rods needed for a fun filled family outing. Anyone 16 years and older must have a California fishing license. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, however, drop-ins are welcome if space is available. Last clinic begins at 10:30 am. Free. Register online here.
  • PV Rummage Sale
    Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    If you go to one rummage sale this year, this is the one you do not want to miss! This is the third major rummage sale for the school, and the PV's families have dug through closets, kids' rooms, and garages and contributed their treasures to this fundraiser. Sale closes from 1–1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30 pm. Location: 755 Sutro Avenue (between Vineyard and Center), 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mrs. T's Mill Valley Beautification Day
    Multiple locations throughout Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    All ages and ability levels are welcome to come and help with the beautification projects all over Mill Valley. You can help make Mill Valley both clean and green by participating in litter brigades and beautification projects at area parks, schools, and designated locations around town. Find out more here.
  • Novato Clean & Green Day 2014
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town. Help remove litter from streets, bike path, parks, creek banks and more. Some supplies will be provided. Location: Meet at Novato Civic Green near City Hall at 901 Sherman Street. Find out more here.
  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin County
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Marin County Parks and the My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. This event is for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day for a complete list of opportunities. For questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778 or GReza@marincounty.org.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    At this special FUNdraiser, kids (and adults) can explore their favorite vehicles alongside hometown heroes! This is the chance to get behind the wheel of a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, U.S. Coast Guard rig and more! Baked goods and beverages for sale. Cost: $5 per person, kids under 1 year old free. Cash only. All proceeds will fund special programming for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 33rd Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival
    Dowtown Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to this year's old-fashioned Petaluma Butter and Egg Days Parade. Don't miss Petaluma Farm's Cutest Little Chick in the World Contest at 10:15 am on Kentucky Street, Clover kids' pre-parade at 11:30 am, and main parade at noon, arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors, sponsor booths, community and non-profit booths and a large area to entertain youngsters with inflatables, rides, and hands-on activities. For a schedule, directions and more, visit their website.
  • Quarryhill Botanical Garden Earth Day Celebration
    Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family for this free Earth Day celebration. Activities include: origami, story telling, lion dancing, arts and crafts, plant sale, fly fishing demonstration, reptile display and much more. Location: 12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. Find more info here.
  • 10th Annual Free Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
    Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. The event starts with beach cleanup (bags and gloves supplied). Find more info here.
  • Slide Ranch Spring Fling
    Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, touring the organic garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. Cost: $30 per person; ages 2 and under are free. Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Find more info here.
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