Events and Outings

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 27, 28 & 29

November 25, 2015
Winter Wonderland in San Rafael
Visit downtown San Rafael this Friday and Saturday for free snow sledding and more!

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers. Also, check out our guide to North Bay Christmas tree farms and Lots.

Friday, November 27

  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Friday-Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The Dickens Fair runs on weekends through December 20. Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 36th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
    Downtown San Rafael
    Friday, noon–8 pm & Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Downtown San Rafael will once again commence the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland, Parade of Lights, and Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts that starts the Friday after Thanksgiving. On Friday: free snow sledding, kids activities (noon–4:30 pm & 6–8 pm), Holiday Marketplace (noon–8 pm) and the Parade of Lights (5:30 pm) with Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival and a tree-lighting immediately after. On Saturday, kids activities and snow sledding continues (9 am–noon). Location: Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place in downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Boutique
    St. John's, Ross
    Friday, noon–6:30 pm & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for family, a favorite teacher, or your neighbors at the St. John's Holiday Boutique. Look for homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, chutneys, and mustards, handcrafted scarves and hats, candles and soaps, or wreathes and holiday decorations. Location: 14 Lagunitas Road (at Shady Lane) in Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • ODC/Dance's The Velveteen Rabbit
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

    Bring the family for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Tickets range from $18 to $75. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Annual Tree Lighting
    San Francisco
    Friday,  4–9 pm

    Enjoy free live entertainment for the entire family throughout the day culminating with the lighting of the Ghirardelli Square tree at 5:30 pm. This year’s festivities will include live music, children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa. Location: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street (at Beach and Larkin), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Winter Lights
    Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
    Friday,  5–7:30 pm

    Winter Lights is an annual event that brings together community to celebrate the holidays and remember our loved ones. This all-ages event is family-oriented and multi-cultural, and features a tree lighting celebration, remembrance candle lighting ceremony, Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck, Taste of Santa Rosa, live entertainment, children's activities, photos with Santa, ornament painting, and ugly sweater contest, and more. Location: 25 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Macy's 26th Annual Union Square Tree Lighting
    Union Square Park, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm

    Macy's gift to the city and San Francisco's most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit in Union Square at 6:40 pm. Macy's 26th Annual Tree Lighting will take place in Union Square Park between Sutter and Post and Geary and Stockton Streets, right across from the front of Macy's. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm
    The whole family will enjoy our Young Rep's holiday musical. Everyone's favorite flying car comes to life in this Broadway musical. It's based on the beloved film version of a children's book by Ian Fleming and features an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh). You are sure to find this magical musical "Truly Scrumptious."  Admission: $15 adults, $10 your 22 and under. Open seating. Location: 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Disney in Concert: The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Friday and Saturday, 8 pm

    A delightfully quirky score from Danny Elfman drives Tim Burton’s fantastical tale of Jack Skellington’s plot for Halloween Town to take over Christmas—and the hilariously haunting results—all while the SF Symphony plays the score live. Tickets start at $25. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 28

  • 36th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    On Saturday morning, kids activities and snow sledding continue in downtown San Rafael. Location: Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place in downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market and live music from Scott the Storyteller from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair 
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    See Friday's listing for details.
  • Holiday Boutique
    St. John's Ross
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    See Friday's listing for details.
  • Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Reindeer Romp returns with Santa's favorite reindeer friends Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet. These four majestic animals mark the return of the holidays at the Zoo and will be on exhibit through New Year’s Day. Stop by the reindeer area on the Playfield Lawn near the Elinor Friend Playground and check out the real story behind these majestic creatures. Free with Zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Let it Snow! at Treasure Island
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to this weekend's SNOWvember at the Treasure Island Flea Market. Come shop and enjoy more than 20 tons of snow. Enjoy more than 400 local artists, makers, designers and collectors. The snow falls at 11 am each day. Cost: $3 per person, children 12 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • 58th San Francisco International Auto Show
    Moscone Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–10 pm
    The International Auto Show features the world’s major manufacturers displaying their 2015 model cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans. There will also be classic cars, race cars, car simulators, hot rods, and more. Admission $10, children 12 and younger free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets at the door only. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Gingerbread House Open House
    Fairmont, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Lovingly built with a completely edible exterior, this delectable abode will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the annual Gingerbread Open House on Saturday, November 28, which takes place from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm.  The event is open to the public and offers guests the opportunity to take pleasure in complimentary holiday refreshments and heart-warming music while Santa Claus, a Balloon Elf, a Christmas Fairy pose for photos and kids can write letters to Saint Nick in the lobby’s “North Pole Nook." Location: 950 Mason Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craferino
    Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart presents its sixth annual Holiday Crafterino show at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. The show brings together the best in handmade crafts and gifts and raises funds for several worthy causes. Admission: $1 donation. Location: 1094 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The beloved story about the adventures of the Potts family and their miraculous car comes to the stage in a special musical version for young audiences. Sing along as Jeremy and Jemima take on the Vulgarians, who want Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the Baron’s birthday. Recommended for ages 4 and up. The performance is 90 minutes, including intermission. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children 14 and under, $20 seniors 65+. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium
    Embarcadero, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Start your holiday shopping at this weekend's Etsy event. The SFEtsy Indie Holiday Emporium is an annual market showcasing the SFEtsy team members and other artisan crafters and makers. See a list of sellers here. Location: Pier 35, 1526 Embarcadero, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa's Riverboat Arrival
    Petaluma River Turning Basin
    Saturday, 11:30 am
    Santa and Mrs. Claus sail into the Petaluma River Turning Basin aboard a tugboat at noon and disembark in the Golden Eagle Shopping Center on East Washington Street to greet children and distribute candy. Performers will be on hand at the shopping center starting at 11:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cirque de Bohème: Stolen Moonlight
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 1, 3 & 5 pm and Sunday, 1 & 3 pm

    Experience the magic of a 1920s-style circus based on the French tradition, featuring an amazing cast of characters including a unicycle, contortionist, juggler, slack-rope, hand chair balancing, aerial fabrics, and a hooper aerialist. This intimate circus gathering takes place under the charming tent in the gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma, and is limited to 140 guests per performance. Tickets cost $28 for adults and $18 for kids under 15. Last year many of these performances sold out early, so get your tickets soon. Order tickets online here. A portion of all ticket sales go to benefit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive outside the town of Sonoma. For more info, call (707) 933-3010 or visit their website.

Does It Really Snow in Downtown San Rafael?

November 22, 2015

Snow sledding in San RafaelDoes it really snow in Downtown San Rafael? Well, no... not very often. But that doesn't mean that they can't truck a bunch of the frozen white stuff for sledding on the Friday after Thanksgiving!

Snow will arrive in Marin as part of the 36th annual Downtown San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, which takes place Friday, November 27. The event happens on Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place. Enjoy the Parade of Lights, Winter Wonderland, holiday market, tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, and more! Free snow sledding and kids' activities take place from noon to 4:30 pm and 6 to 8 pm, and the Holiday Marketplace runs from noon to 8 pm.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 20, 21, & 22

November 19, 2015
Pier 39 holiday christmas tree lighting
PIER 39 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers.

Friday, November 20

  • Bel Marin Keys Holiday Warehouse Sale
    Bel Marin Keys, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    On Friday and Saturday, many of the warehouses in the Bel Marin Keys will open their doors for direct-to-seller deals waiting for you. This semi-annual sale is one of the hidden shopping gems in Marin County and has been in existence for over 20 years! Shop for a wide variety of goods from food and wine to decor and fine art. For more info, visit their website.
  • Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 4–7 pm

    Celebrate the 28th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival at Embarcadero Center. The Building Lighting Carnival includes children’s activities, entertainment, visits with Santa and a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse. The Building Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 pm with live performances from Disney on Ice Presents: Let’s Celebrate! The countdown to the official lighting leads up to the illumination of One, Two, Three, and Four Embarcadero Center featuring 16,000 lights—followed by a grand fireworks display. For more info, visit  their website.
  • Tam Valley Craft Fair
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday, 5–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Shop for unique holiday gifts at this year's Tam Valley Craft Fair. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Mary Poppins
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday &
     Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring your family and be enchanted by this irresistible story and the unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft that makes this the musical that soars high above the rest. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it! Tickets: $20 general, $15 students, $35 reserved. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, in downtown Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-9600 or visit their website.

Saturday, November 21

  • Mt. Tam Day of Thanks
    Bothin Marsh, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–12:30 pm

    The One Tam initiative of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative will be hosting its annual Mt. Tam Day of Thanks, a large volunteer work day to celebrate and give thanks for this beloved mountain. Family-friendly projects will include trash removal, pulling invasive weeds, and improving the condition of wooden bridges along the path. There will be opportunities to learn about wildlife on Mt. Tam and the ecology of tidal marshes, and time to enjoy prime bird watching. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craft Fair
    Petaluma Community Center
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Beautiful and unique crafts for sale, entertainment, food, prizes and holiday photos with Santa. Free admission. Location: 320 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The Dickens Fair kicks off Saturday, November 21 and runs on weekends through December 20. Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Hike to China Camp Point
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet. We will hike the Shoreline Trail from Miwok Meadows to enjoy the area’s wildlife and view of San Pablo Bay. Along the way, we will look for signs of wild turkeys, deer, woodpeckers and an abundance of flora. We will end up at China Camp Point to explore the museum, the shore, and the sand, and have lunch at China Camp Point Picnic Area. There is limited space for each program! Please RSVP by calling Marco (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Twisty Tree Fall Celebration
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    It’s fall! Come make this super fun and popular craft by twisting paper bags into beautiful trees. Drop in every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am to 3 pm for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Best for kids aged 5–12. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.
  • 2016 San Francisco International Auto Show
    Moscone Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–10 pm
    The International Auto Show features the world’s major manufacturers displaying their 2016 model cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans. There will also be classic cars, race cars, car simulators, hot rods, and more. Admission $10, children 12 and younger free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets at the door only. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2015 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
    Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
    Find a plethora of thoughtfully curated goods from 300+ makers for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. There will be food stands and a full bar, too. For more info, visit their website.
  • PIER 39's Tree Lighting Celebration 
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–6 pm

    Join special friends from the Disneyland Resort at the annual PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday and Sunday. Experience the magic—sing songs, give hugs to Disneyland friends (noon-3 pm) and welcome the holiday season with two days of holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family. Tree lighting takes place both Saturday and Sunday night at 6 pm. For a complete schedule of activities, visit their website.
  • Marilyn Izdebski Productions Presents Annie
    The Playhouse San Anselmo
    Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 1 pm

    Start the holiday season with the whole family in this heart warming tale of Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Performed by young people from throughout Marin County, is directed and choreographed by Marilyn Izdebski with musical direction by Judy Wiesen. No babies or children under three pls. Tickets: $15. Puchase tickets here. All tickets must be picked up from will call 10 minutes prior to performance. Location: 27 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids’ Musical Theater Holiday Variety Revue
    Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Join the Kids Musical Theater crew on a journey from Outer Space to Santa's Workshop and everywhere in between! Our intrepid twelve member cast performs a revue that includes songs, audience participation, and live caroling at the end. KMT provides the opportunity for children (ages 6 - 12) to explore the skills of acting, improvisation, singing and dance through musical theater. Tickets: $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 youth at the door. Location: 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. For more info, call (415) 663-1075 or visit their website.
  • Family Games Day!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    If you are terrific at Twister or a Monopoly master come and join us to celebrate International Games Day! This drop-in program will have a variety of games available for families of all ages. No Experience Necessary! Just come ready to have fun! Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Young Performers Theatre, Disney's Cinderella
    San Rafael Community Center
    Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Join us as San Rafael Young Performers theatre presents the classic fairytale, Disney's Cinderella! Over 40 youth from across Marin star in this delightful show! Show runs for two weekends: November 21 & 22, and December 4-6 at the San Rafael Community Center (618 B Street, San Rafael). Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Ice Skating Fun at Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa

November 17, 2015

Snoopy's Home Ice Redwood Empire Ice Arena

The new Peanuts Movie out in theaters now inspired us to head north to Santa Rosa and pay another visit to Snoopy's Home Ice, as well as the Charles M. Schulz Museum right next door. The arena was a gift to the North Bay community from the late Santa Rosa resident and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, and has been going strong since 1969.

I always consider an outing here a holiday tradition, especially since I grew up watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year, and attended a few holiday ice shows here over the years, too. It was always a treat to see Charles Schulz himself sitting in the audience, enjoying the show and chatting with visitors. 

Photos and Breakfast with Santa Claus

November 14, 2015

Photos with Santa

It goes without saying that every Holiday season Santa Claus is an extremely popular guy. He and his small army of little helpers will be making the rounds for photos, breakfasts, and other holiday fun at various shopping centers and other locations in Marin County and beyond. (And of course you'll need to tell him what you want for Christmas, too!)

We make every effort to assure that all listings and hours are as accurate as possible, but occasionally Santa has to take a break to feed the reindeer or tidy up his beard, so make sure to stay on Santa's "nice" list and call or check the venue's website before visiting.

Photos with Santa

  • Santa Photos
    Northgate Mall in San Rafael
    November 12–December 24

    Northgate in San Rafael invites children to visit Santa and have their picture taken with Santa Claus at his winter wonderland house in the Macy's wing. Individual photos and packages are available. Through December 11, Santa will be on hand Monday–Friday from 3–7 pm, Saturday from noon–8 pm, and Sunday from noon–6 pm. Santa takes breaks from 3–4 pm. December 12–18 he'll be there from 10 am–9 pm, and December 19–23 from 9 am–9 pm, with breaks from noon–12:45 pm and 3:45–4:30 pm. Last-minute visits can be had on Christmas Eve (December 24) from 10 am–5 pm. More info: www.shopatnorthgate.com

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 13, 14 & 15

November 13, 2015
Christmas House at West End Nursery San Rafael
Visit the amazing Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael.

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, November 13

  • Christmas House at West End Nursery
    San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–4 pm

    Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery. This magical setting includes lights, decorated trees, and more. It's a holiday must-visit in Marin. Free admission; ornaments and decor are for sale. Read about our visit here. Location: 1938 5th Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or www.unionsquareicerink.com.
  • Mediterranean Holiday Bazaar
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Friday, noon–7 pm & Saturday, 9 am–7 pm

    This 1st annual Mediterranean Holiday Bazaar is hosted by the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Novato. The event will be held on the church's campus on Highland Drive, the same venue as the annual Marin Greek Festival, This holiday shopping event will showcase the work of over 30 local Bay Area artisans. Location: 1110 Highland Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 2
    –10 pm, Saturday, noon–10 pm, Sunday, noon–9 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Photos at Northgate
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 3–7 pm, Saturday, noon–8 pm, Sunday noon–6 pm

    Northgate in San Rafael invites children to visit Santa and have their picture taken with Santa Claus at his winter wonderland house, in the Macy's wing. Individual photos and packages are available. Santa takes breaks from 3–4 pm (2:30–3:30 pm on Sundays). More info: www.shopatnorthgate.com.
  • 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.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Peter Pan
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Take off with Peter and the three Darling children as they fly away to Neverland! They encounter villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile, a sprightly fairy named Tinker Bell, and the cunning Captain Hook. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $17–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marilyn Izdebski Productions Presents, Annie
    The Playhouse San Anselmo
    Friday, 7:30 pm Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 1 pm

    Start the holiday season with the whole family in this heart warming tale of Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Performed by young people from throughout Marin County, is directed and choreographed by Marilyn Izdebski with musical direction by Judy Wiesen. No babies or children under three pls. Tickets: $15. Puchase tickets here. All tickets must be picked up from will call 10 minutes prior to performance. Location: 27 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Mary Poppins
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Bring your family and be enchanted by this irresistible story and the unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft that makes this the musical that soars high above the rest. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it! Tickets: $20 general, $15 students, $35 reserved. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, in downtown Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-9600 or visit their website.

Saturday, November 14

  • Educator's Day at the Museum
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Are you a preschool–3rd grade Bay Area Educator? Enjoy complimentary admission to the Bay Area Discovery Museum for you and your family on Saturday from 9 am–noon! Come preview hands-on STEM activities from museum programs for schools and teachers, learn more about memberships for teachers and explore the museum's 7.5 acre site. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, crafts by SCRAP from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pizza Party on Horse Hill
    Horse Hill Open Space Preserve, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Marin County Parks is hosting a broom-busting pizza party and raffle on Horse Hill with the Alto Bowl Horseowners Association. Help pull broom and sow native grass seed. Participants will get a chance to meet the horses up close. The work requires considerable strength and stamina. OK for volunteers as young as 5 if teamed with a parent or guardian. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required: (415) 473-3778. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Bazaar
    Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    There will be hand made gifts, food, baked goods, a children's boutique, children's activities, music, and more. Location: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-4456 or visit their website.
  • Open House: Marin Waldorf School
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    For over 40 years Marin Waldorf School has served parents and their children from the early toddler years through the 8th Grade.Come tour our beautiful campus, meet our faculty, and learn more about Waldorf education. Free childcare will be provided for children 2 years 9 months an older. RSVP at www.marinwaldorf.org or (415) 479-8190. Location: 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: San Domenico School
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am

    San Domenico's warm and nurturing Kindergarten program develops in students foundational habits of mind, which will serve them throughout their academic lives. Learn more about their Kindergarten at this weekend's open houe. RSVP here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Twin Cities Community Preschool
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Please join us for an open house to learn more about the Twin Cities Community Pre-School. We'll have information on our school, philosophy and fun enrichment programs like music, theater, yoga, and Spanish that our students love. In addition to the Pre-school morning program 9am-12pm (parent-participation), we offer a Stay and Play after care program led by teachers from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Location: 56 Mohawk Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, call 415-924-3150.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Tasty Side Dishes for Thanksgiving!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Help make your family’s Thanksgiving feast a delicious success! Join us and learn how to cook some amazing side dishes, including a tasty stuffing and simple
    seasonal vegetables. Suitable for ages 5–13. 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.
  • STEAM Saturday: Fire Science & Safety with the San Rafael Fire Department
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am & 2 pm
    The beloved story about the adventures of the Potts family and their miraculous car comes to the stage in a special musical version for young audiences. Sing along as Jeremy and Jemima take on the Vulgarians, who want Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the Baron’s birthday. Recommended for ages 4 and up. The performance is 90 minutes, including intermission. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children 14 and under, $20 seniors 65+. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Aquarium of the Bay and BayMobile: Tentacles and Brains!
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Do you know your way around a cephalopod? Come join naturalists for squid dissections and compare your own physical and mental prowess to that of the incredible octopus and its cephalopod relatives. Plus, learn how you can protect these amazing animals and their habitats. Free admission. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • History for Half Pints: Celebrating Picture Books
    California Historical Society, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11:30 am

    History for Half Pints is a family friendly, fun program that shares history with kids of all ages. To celebrate National Picture Book Month, CHS will dive into the fantastic world of picture books through crafts making and story time! Design your own thankful hands picture book, book corners, book marks, and more. At 12:30 pm come take a seat with Screen Actors Guild Book Pal Teresa for story time. Location: 678 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Celebration
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on the big screen. Enjoy a re-creation of Snoopy’s Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, pretzels, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, plus visits from Snoopy himself, hands-on crafts, and dessert from Cold Stone Creamery. Bring two cans of food to donate to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in exchange for one free child's admission. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: What’s the Buzz with Newspaper Bugs?
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! November 15 is America Recycles Day! Get creative with newspaper and upcycle it into amazing wall art. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.

Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You at Speak to Me's Lunch & Learn November 19

November 12, 2015

Sonya AngeloneJoin Speak To Me (Intelligent, Inspiring Events for Women) on Thursday, November 19th, for "Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" featuring Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, a nutritional consultant, LEAP therapist and an Oprah favorite on the topic of using food to actually look and feel youthful.

A certified lifestyle counselor and nutritionist, Sonya will share her extensive knowledge and secrets to using nutrition as a tool to keep you feeling youthful, strong and happy as you age. She'll discuss the myths and truths behind everything from supplements to "power foods” and provide an action plan that just could replace all those expensive creams, serums and facials you've currently got in your arsenal.

"Nutrition For A Healthy, Vibrant, Beautiful You" takes place on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Piatti Restaurant in Mill Valley and includes a healthy and delicious lunch while you learn . Single tickets are $49 each. Learn more and order tickets online at www.speaktomeevents.com. Space is limited. Purchase today.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 6, 7 & 8

November 6, 2015
Marin on Ice
Marin on Ice opens this Saturday for another season of open air skating at Northgate in San Rafael.

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, November 6

  • STEAM Carnival 
    Pier 48 at AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Friday 10 am–5 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    The event features high-tech games, interactive installations, dynamic build zones, round the clock stage shows, lab demos, aerialists, artists, food, and more. There’s something for everyone! Admission: $25 adults and $20 kids 4–12 on Friday, $30 adults and $25 kids on Saturday and Sunday; free for kids 3 and under. Purchase tickets and learn more here. 
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. General Admission – $11, Children (7 & under) – $6, Skate Rental – $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craft Fair
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday 11 am–7:30 pm

    Handcrafted items from over 60 vendors for sale. Snack bar with refreshments and homemade baked goods available all day. Sponsored by the San Rafael Goldenaires Senior Citizen Organization. Free admission. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3348 or visit their website.
  • Holly Fair 2015
    San Geronimo Community Presbyterian Church
    Friday, 4–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    The Holly Fair is magical, with sparkling lights, live music, and the warm glow of celebration. Turkey dinners Friday, 4:30–8 pm, lunch Saturday, 11 am–1 pm, carnival games with prizes for kids. Shop for gifts, housewares, food, toys, books, DVDs, and more. Silent auction for art, jewelry, antiques, and gift certificates. Proceeds support services for local people. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard at Nicasio Valley Road, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Marucs Ewert and illustrator Lisa Brown will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen, creating a story-within-a-story about the events of centuries past. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse presents Peter Pan
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 1 & 6 pm and Saturday, 12 & 5 pm

    Take off with Peter and the three Darling children as they fly away to Neverland! They encounter villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile, a sprightly fairy named Tinker Bell, and the cunning Captain Hook. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $17–$60. For more info, visit their website.
  • El Nino Party!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6-9 pm

    We're celebrating the arrival of El Nino Marinwood style! Join us for drinks, food, raffle & live music!  Money raised from this event will go towards sand, sandbags and storm equipment. If you want to bring the kiddos, there will be $5/childcare. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 7

  • Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. Meet at the Old Mill Amphitheater 10 minutes prior to class. Location: Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, call 415-383-1370
  • Family Fun: Fall Wake-up
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a spectacular spring morning at McInnis Park. We will begin with a volunteer activity to beautify the park followed by a Zumba workout and a free lunch. This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event and ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Water and healthy snacks provided. Questions: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 763-2977 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Stars and Stripes Wristbands
    Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the kiddos ages 5 to 12 for some free craft-making at the new Presidio Officers' Club in San Francisco.November 11 is Veterans Day. Remember our soldiers by making American flag-themed wrist bands. After that, create a postcard to send to a veteran. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio Main Post, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 561-4400 or visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Cookie Decorating for the Holidays!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Baking and decorating cookies is a fun Holiday activity for the entire family! In this class, we’ll share tips and tricks for making and decorating delicious cookies. Then
    we’ll taste our sweet creations! 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.
  • Bay Area Science Festival 5th Annual Discovery Day
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    The 5th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park features hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist. Free admission! Perfect for families with kids ages 0–14. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice Opening Weekend
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday and Sunday, noon–10 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.

Hit the Ice! Holiday Ice Skating in the Bay Area

November 2, 2015

Ice skating at Marin on IceEven though it's an activity that you can do year-round, ice skating seems to be something that's especially appealing around the holidays. Marin on Ice is back at Northgate in San Rafael for another season of outdoor ice skating, so you don't have to leave Marin County to go skate! It's the only rink in the county itself, but you'll find more opportunities to skate in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and the East Bay. Here's our list of places to hit the ice in the Bay Area this holiday season.

Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice outdoor skating rink in San Rafael's Northgate Mall returns to offers al fresco skating from November 7, 2015 through January 10, 2016. This year the rink, located near the center's Oaktree Plaza, is even bigger, with 6,400 square feet of real ice. Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners.

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