Events and Outings

A Visit to Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 4, 2015

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we paid a visit to the popular Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, a certified organic pumpkin patch that has been a Marin County tradition for 20 years! Located in the small west Marin village of Nicasio, the farm is just west of the Nicasio Village Square right on Nicasio Valley Road. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week through Halloween from 10 am to 6 pm, and it's always worth a visit.

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Pumpkin varieties ranged from your standard Halloween jack-o-lantern types to white ones, green Italian and Australian varieties, and flat European "Cinderella" style squash. The farmstand also offers of gourds, squash, and decorative cornstalks, apples, as well as drinks and snacks.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 2, 3 & 4

October 2, 2015

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.

Most Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are now open—see our complete list here.

Friday, October 2

  • Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also ofers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Free parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, winner of our 2014 Marin Mommies Pumpkin Patch Poll, offers certified organic pumpkins as well as countless attractions including hay rides, farm animals, pony rides, mechanical bulls, a bounce house and giant inflatable slide, a farm stand, Big Jim's award-winning BBQ and ice cream. Popular children's recording artist Tim Cain performs every Sunday form 11 am–noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square). For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm and Sunday, 10 am–6pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $5, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Friday 10:30 am–7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–7 pm
    This free annual music festival of bluegrass, old time, country, and more, founded by the late Warren Hellman, takes place in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow and Marx and Lindley Meadows. This year's headliners include T Bone Burnett, Lee Ann Womack, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Boz Scaggs, and the Brothers Comatose. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 3

  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Tam!
    Various Locations on & around Mt. Tam
    Saturday, 8 am-4 pm
    Join us for a variety of walks, talks, volunteer, and health activities all across the mountain during the day on Saturday, October 3rd. All activities are free, but space is limited and registration is required here. For more info, check their schedule here.
  • Vintage Car Races
    Sonoma Raceway

    Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am–5:30 am
    Vintage race cars from the '50s through the '70s compete at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Visit the paddock to look at cars and talk to the drivers. It's like a museum on wheels! Adults $12, children free. Sonoma Raceway is located at Highway 37 and 121 between Sonoma and Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Color 5k
    Indian Valley College, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am

    A 5K walk, run, hop, skip, leap, mosey on a designated route. Along the way, participants go through stations where they are sprayed with colored powder. After the 5K, everyone will gather for a fun festival.  Rotary Club of Ignacio event to benefit the Rotary Club of Ignacio Foundation and other charitable organizations. Open to all ages; ages 6 & up must be registered. The 5K starts at 10:00 am. Packet pickup begins at 8:00 am. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNear's Beach, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    Begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration, then switch gears at noon and enjoy a 45-minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. A free, healthy lunch will be provided at 1 pm. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Park entrance fee is waived. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
  • Library 2 Library Family Bike Tour
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Families will learn safe riding tips, then ride bikes from Fairfax Library to the San Anselmo Library. After bike decorating crafts, we’ll ride back to Fairfax Library for healthy snacks and special prizes. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Space is limited; Please register at desk or call (415) 453-8151. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am-5 pm
    Experience the best of Wine Country at the 41st annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa. Activities include: wine tasting, kids grape stomp on Sunday for ages 13 and under, live music, family activiities and more. Gate admission is $5, and tasting tickets range from $25-$55. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Pumpkin Patches Further Afield

September 28, 2015

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

Solano County

  • Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Festival
    5848 Highway 12
    Suisun 94585
    (707) 374-2978
    www.wrm.org
    Saturdays and Sundays, October 10–25, 9:30 am–5 pm


    The Western Railway Museum in rural Solano County holds its celebrated annual Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday from October 11–26. Ride a vintage electric express train to the pumpkin patch at Gum Grove Station for pumpkins, tractor rides, games, music, a hay fort, a pumpkin launcher, and pumpkins for sale, of course. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 65+, and $9 for children 2–14. Admission includes museum entry, unlimited train rides, picnic area use, and parking. Reservations are not accepted.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for September 25, 26 & 27

September 25, 2015
Peter Pumpkin Patch
Get a head start on fall at some of our favorite pumpkin patches opening this weekend!

Here are our other 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, September 25

  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch Opens
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm and Sunday, 10 am–6pm
    This is the opening weekend for the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch. Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $5, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunset Family Hike
    Presidio Trust, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–7:30 pm

    Come and enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun!? The Batteries to Bluffs trail provides stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Land’s End and the ocean. No flashlights are necessary and please dress warmly. All ages are welcome! No dogs pls. Registration required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: Annual Firemen's Ball
    Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm
    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This Friday, dance to the Fundamentals. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 26

  • Weekend Along Farm Trails
    Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday
    Sonoma County farms are abundant with fall harvest. Pack up the family and head out to the farm! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, hay rides & corn mazes, 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. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 8 am–1 pm

    Get out and get physical for a great cause! This six-mile, noncompetitive, all-ages trail loop is a great way to spend time with friends—enjoy breathtaking Mount Tamalpais views, experience the legendary Dipsea steps, and enjoy food, music, and prizes with great people. Raises funds for Zero Breast Cancer’s prevention-focused research efforts. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Hike
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Satuday, 8:30 am–noon

    Bring the family to explore nature at Olompali. Learn about habitats, geology, animal tracks, wildflowers, birds, archaeology and more. Meet in the Olompali parking lot at 8:30 am. Bring binoculars, lunch, and water. Parking $8; event is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
    Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

    The Wings Over Wine Country Air Show is presented by the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) as a family-friendly community event. Lots of activities for families and children as well as military jet fly-bys, world class civilian aerobatics, and warbirds. Static displays include the museum's collection of over 30 restored aircraft (most of which will be open for climb aboards), civilian and military statics and morning access to the warbirds that will fly later in the show. Gates open both days at 9 am for pre-show activities, including radio controlled model aircraft demonstrations. The main air show events kick off just after 11 am. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Pier Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9–11 am
    Bring the kiddos out for a day of fishing with the local Rangers. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 3450 Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • USTA Kids' Play Day
    Tiburon Peninsula Club
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    USTA Kids' Play Day at the Tiburon Challenger, a Pro Circuit men's professional event, is a special opportunity for children 6–12 to see a special exhibition performance, take part in fun activities and games on the court, and enjoy ice cream. USTA NorCal will have gifts for all participants, and kids and their families can stay to see qualifying matches. Participation in Kids' Play Day is free, but registration is required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch Opening
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also ofers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Free parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Avenue). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Blackie's Hay Day 
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Blackie's Hay Day has become a community tradition that children look forward to every year. Designed for children of all ages, Blackie's Hay Day is reminiscent of an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractors, jumpies, a climbing wall, live entertainment, food trucks, and more. General admission $15 and children under 2 free.. Activity tickets in packets of 25 ($25) and unlimited bracelets ($50) are available. Order advance tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am&ndash5 pm
    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Pick your pumpkins straight from the vine. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals, and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, tire swing, pumpkin blaster, and u-pick squash, as well as a farm store. There will also be a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
    Sonoma Plaza
    Saturday 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is Sonoma Valley’s annual tradition of celebrating the harvest of wine grapes and the yearly crush. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include Opening Night Gala, blessing of the grapes, reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, firefighters' water fight, family grape stomp, parade, kids carnival, tiny tacks race, and 5k run/walk. For more info, visit their website.
  • HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival
    San Rafael High School
    Saturday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come have fun and help save critical school programs for San Rafael City Schools at the HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival on Saturday. Admission is free! Game booths, giant slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, wheel of fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, yummy BBQ, and delicious pupusas. Location: at 185 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Fall in Tiburon with Blackie's Hay Day

September 21, 2015

Blackie's Hay Day TiburonBring your family to come celebrate fall this Saturday, September 26, from 10 am to 4 pm at Blackie's Hay Day. This annual fundraiser and community tradition is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country fair and helps raise money for children's and youth programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Blackie's Hay Day takes place, naturally, at Blackie's Pasture, which is located off Tiburon Boulevard near Trestle Glen. Blackie's Pasture is named after Blackie, a swaybacked horse who stood in the pasture for nearly 30 years and became a Tiburon mascot, after stints in the rodeo and the US cavalry.

The family fun on Blackie's Hay Day will include pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, jumpies, a spa tent with face painting, nail and hair salons, and temporary tattoos carnival games, story time, and more. The event will also include live musical entertainment, including by Daffy Dave, Fur Tails and Scales, Redwood High's High Tide ensemble, and others.

Get Ready for the Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

September 19, 2015

Goblin JamboreeCome get a jump on Halloween at the 29th annual Goblin Jamboree fundraiser at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Bring your little goblins to this year’s spooky family event on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18 from 10 am to 4 pm. Come in costume and explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum transformed into a haunted Halloween wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment.

Ride a spooky train or real ponies, make potions in the Witches' and Wizards' School, and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. New features this year include a kid-sized hay maze, end of day costume parades, and a chance to make colorful potions and dissect jack-o-lanterns! Make sure you also stop in the Bay Hall to experience the glowing trains, too!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 18, 19 & 20

September 18, 2015
Blue Fairy at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 58th annual Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park.

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, September 18

  • 51st Annual Fall Big Book Sale
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am-6 pm

    The annual Friends of the San Francisco Public Libary Big Book Sale features over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories. Everything is $3 or less, with a 3-2-1 scale: $3 hard cover books; $2 paperback books; $1 DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media. All items remaining on Sunday are $1. Location: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason. 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun playing games, making crafts, watching a movie, and enjoying dinner. This event often sells out—register early! For ages 3–10. Cost: $23; $5 sibling discount. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 19

  • Farmers Market & Pie Baking Competition
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Show off your baking skills and bring your best pie to the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market on Saturday at 10 am at the tent. New this year is a special category for bakers 14 and under. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, children's crafts 10:30 am-1:30 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from noon–2 pm pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
    Various Marin locations
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On the third Saturday of every September volunteers all over the world converge on beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine-related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a significant difference. There are over 35 sites in Marin to choose from. Check the list here.
  • Coastal Clean-up Day: Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On Saturday, September 19, 2015 The Marine Mammal Center will host a beach cleanup at Rodeo Beach on behalf of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring gloves, a bucket, and a friend! Make a day of it and head over to The Marine Mammal Center afterwards to view our patients and learn more about Ocean Conservation! After the cleanup you are also welcome to join all Marin County volunteers at the Bay Model in Sausalito for a free BBQ from noon to 3pm. Free. For all ages. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Plant Sale
    College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Shop for plants and produce this weekend at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. On Sunday, there will be family activities from 1 to 3 pm including a scavenger hunt, face painting, fall farm crafts, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore the Pioneer Tree Trail
    Samuel P. Taylor Park
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for this WildCare exploration. A dense combination of bay laurel, douglas fir, and tanoak trees provide an excellent shady trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park on hot days. We will start at the Redwood Grove. Aside from the diversity of flora, this area is habitat to gray foxes, northern spotted owls, stellar’s jays, acorn woodpeckers, and more. Join us for a fabulous made-in-the-shade hike in one of Marin’s most beautiful parks. There is an $8 parking fee per vehicle. RSVP required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 20th Annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
    Treasure Island
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the entire family for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. There are over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing. This two-day festival includes cultural activities, games, creative arts, crafts, exhibits, entertainment, live dance and music, performances, and immersive experiences for both kids and adults in a family-friendly space. Free admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 58th Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment under the redwoods. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography, and sculpture. See full schedule here. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: American Girl
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Come build your own delicious lunchbox with American Girl. Recipes include bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato and turkey cranberry sandwiches; veggies with buttermilk ranch dip; and lemony-berry bars. For ages 8–13. $30 per child. Class size is limited to 12 students. Cost: $30 per child, 20% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.

All Aboard! Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride on Sale Soon

September 16, 2015

The Polar Express

Get ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to members only on September 22–24, 2015 and to the general public on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Members of the Californa State Railroad Museum and Railroad 1897 are eligible to participate in member advance ticket sales. The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown will also be holding Polar Express train rides again this holiday season.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 11, 12 &13

September 11, 2015
Chileno Valley Ranch Apple Picking
Pick organic apples this Sunday at Chileno Valley 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, September 11

  • 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: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Big Hero 6
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Big Hero 6 (PG). Arrive by 8 pm—films begin at dusk. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrests, and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Donations are appreciated. Creek Park is located in San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 12

  • Zero Breast Cancer Free Yoga Class
    Athleta, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am

    Join a community of like-minded women to support Zero Breast Cancer for a FREE all-levels Yoga Class at Athleta with premiere yoga teacher Sherri Mills. Then stay for a shop party with snacks and learn more about our upcoming Dipsea Hike. 10% of proceeds from sales will be donated to Zero Breast Cancer Gentle stretch yoga class: 8:30-9:30 am, snacks and shop party: 9:30-11:30 am. For more info, call (415) 507-1949 or visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for great local food and have fun at Marin Country Mart. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Cookie Decorating
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Support a great cause—and have fun while you’re doing it! In this hands-on class, kids will bake and decorate cookies, then eat their delicious creations. Fee is $5 per child; all proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which strives to end childhood hunger in America. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Re:Make Festival 2015
    Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to try their hand at tons of free DIY projects and will stay to shop awesome handmade goods from over 100 makers. Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, or dance the day away to top tracks mixed by the in-house DJ. All ages welcome. Come to learn, make, play and explore! Register here. 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: Presideo Puppet Pals
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend. Coyotes, gophers, and Chorus frogs all roam the Presidio! Join us in making these Presidio friends come to life as puppets. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Alison Faith Levy
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    This morning kids show is fun for all ages. Enjoy the upbeat tunes from musician, composer and educator Alison Faith Levy (of The Sippy Cups fame). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at door. Doors open at 10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dino Discovery Lab!
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Calling all young paleontologists! Come and join us for this hands-on program designed for small hands and big imaginations. We will dig for dinosaurs, create our own fossils, and so much more! Recommended for young learners, ages 3–6 years with caregivers. Location: 931 C Street (Hamilton), Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Hike: Back in Time
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11:30 am–6 pm

    Grab your huaraches, canteens, and rebozos–let’s get outdoors! Join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way. In the spirit of the ancestors who originally made this trek, we’ll be walking the five-mile distance. There will be a partial shuttle bus option for those whose huaraches can’t make it all the way. At the end of our journey, we’ll arrive at the Rob Hill Campground for a special surprise! (Hint: delicious food is involved.) Reservations required: (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2015
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival hosts over 50 vendors, culinary demos by top dessert professionals, a silent auction, and the popular Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. The best part? 100% of the profits from this event are donated to San Francisco non-profit, Project Open Hand. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
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