Events and Outings

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2014

April 10, 2014

It’s spring, and that means it's time to go to your nearby farmers' market and buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay.

Year-round farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.
  • Marin County Mart Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 9 am–2 pm, rain or shine. Pony rides for kids from 10 am–2 pm, live family entertainment, and more. At Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Larkspur Landing Circle.
  • Marinwood Community Farmer's Market, at the Marinwood Plaza in San Rafael on Saturday mornings from 9 am–2 pm. Located at Marinwood Plaza 101 Marinwood Avenue San Rafael.,
  • Mill Valley Farmers' Market takes place year-round on Fridays from 9:30 am–2:30 pm at the CVS Pharmacy parking lot next to the Alto Shopping Center, off of Blithedale and Lomita in Mill Valley.
  • Sausalito Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 10 am–2 pm at Dunphy Park adjacent to Bridgeway in Sausalito

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 4, 5 & 6

April 4, 2014
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Take a wildflower hike at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve this weekend.

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

Friday, April 4

  • Easter Bunny Photos
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, noon–8 pm and Sunday 11 am–6 pm
    While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing starting on April 4. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm
    This Friday, the de Young hosts the ninth annual preview of Discarded to Divine with St. Vincent de Paul, live kora music with Keenan Weber, and hands-on art making for everyone. Programs are free; admission applies for galleries and special exhibitions. For more information, call (415) 750-3600 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Kathryn Otoshi
    DIESEL Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Kathryn Otoshi 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, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Kathryn Otoshi is a cat lover and the award-winning author and illustrator of Zero and One, which won ten awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Young Voices Foundation Award, and the Teachers' Choice Award. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.

Saturday, April 5

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • 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.
  • Sausalito City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    With over 90 different booths to browse through, the Sausalito City Wide Yard sale is truly a fun place to come and find some useful home items, gifts or secret treasures! Admission is free. The Sausalito Dog Park will be selling hot yummy food items to raise money for the park and there will be coffee donated by our local Starbucks in the morning so come early! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausaltio. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia Stroll
    Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event. Come join Ranger Felicity Hartnett for a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity one-mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Questions: contact Ranger Felicity Hartnett at (415) 473-2816. Meet at the Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    It's bath time and Pigeon won't go willingly! Join us April 5 at 11:00 am for a reading of The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, followed by more stories and pigeon activities. Free special event. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, call (415) 927-9016 or visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 28, 29 & 30

March 26, 2014

Ring moumtainHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, March 28

  • Biodiversity Festival
    Crissy Field, East Beach
    Friday, 9 am–5 pm & Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    This family-friendly festival features science demonstrations and exhibits, live animals, hands-on activities, National Geographic-led photography workshops, food, entertainment, and art. Explorers of all ages can enjoy the festival and “graduate” from Biodiversity University by participating in activities. Enjoy music by the Banana Slug String Band, live animal demonstrations, science rappers, storytellers, and more. Free. For more info, 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.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz
    Showcase Theatre, Marin Center
    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    In this unique and colorful fantasy, Dorothy is swept away to a magical land! Follow the Yellow Brick Road as she embarks on a quest with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to find the Wizard of Oz who can help her return home. This musical production features performers ages 9 and up. Tickets: $20 Adults, $16 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, March 29

  • 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.
  • Spring Fling at Moscone Recreation Center
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    This Annual Spring Carnival takes place rain or shine! Egg coloring, jumpy castles, egg hunt, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and more! Fun for all ages! Location: 1800 Chestnut St, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 292-2046 or visit their website.
  • Biodiversity Family Farm Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday 10 am–2 pm

    Here at the farm, experience hands on activities that show how biodiversity is important for growing food sustainably. Explore Slide Ranch’s amazing natural resources, varied habitats and diverse species. Fee: $30 per person; age 2 and under free Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Kids Concert Series: The Bug Family Band
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    The Bug Family Band plays tunes that get kids and former kids dancing, laughing, and maybe even thinking. Their shows feature rockin’ original songs along with sing-along favorites like the Sesame Street classic Ladybug Picnic, which inspired the Band’s name. Members $5, general $16 (Includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Radio Disney Road Crew Celebrates Muppets Most Wanted
    Strawberry Village Shopping Center, Mill Valley
    Saturday, noon–1:30 pm

    Strawberry Village and the Radio Disney Road Crew celebrate Muppets Most Wanted! One free movie pass to the first 50 kids ages 3–11. Free Muppet-themed games, arts and crafts, and prizes, plus the Marin FLAGship Mobile Learning Center will be on hand for storytelling and a Books-for-Tots Drive. Bring a new or gently used book for children. For more information, visit their website.
  • Coastal Camp Open House
    NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Fort Cronkhite
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Come learn more about the upcoming 2014 Coastal Camp season. Meet staff, participate in a family hike, and touch the tidepool creatures in the marine lab. Free.  Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Ballet Presents Peter and The Wolf & Repertory Works
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm and 5 pm

    This year's program will pair the story ballet Peter and the Wolf with repertory works. Peter and the Wolf will captivate audiences of all ages as Stapleton Ballet Pre Junior and Junior Company dancers reenact the classic tale, written and composed by Sergei Prokofiev and with narration by Sean Connery. Tickets: $20 general, $14 students/seniors 65+. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
    Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Legion of Honor, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down serpents, swords, Dumbledore look-alikes, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Cost: $16–$19. To purchase tickets or for more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Concert: Mozart to Madonna
    Randall Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 3:30 pm

    The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra offers this 45-minute introduction to classical music with Squid, Inc. Rock ‘n’ roll meets classical with this dynamic ensemble, who offer original tunes and arrangements of everything from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears, with a little Beethoven and Mozart thrown in. Free; seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open 30 minutes before concert time. Location: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 692-3367 or visit their website.

Spring is in Bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden

March 25, 2014

Japanese Tea GardenSan Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden is a favorite spot for tourists in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, but it's also a great spot for local families. I've been visiting since I was a small child, and I've made sure that I introduced it to my children, too. Before I took them there, I had forgotten how magical this place is.

It's especially worth a visit at this time of year when the sakura, or flowering cherry trees, and azaleas are in full bloom. It's a magnificent and colorful spring sight that's really worth the effort to see. The kids love to explore the grounds and get some tea and a Japanese snack at the tea room.

The Japanese Tea Garden is lush and tranquil with all its spring flowers blossoming, and even with the many tourists roaming around it still had the feeling of being a peaceful retreat from the bustle outside. We always try to make it a point to visit every time we're in Golden Gate Park, no matter what the time of year.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 21, 22 & 23

March 19, 2014

Spring Family iStockPhotoHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, March 21

  • Bouquets to Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

    The de Young's annual floral extravaganza never fails to impress! Local floral designers interpret works of art from the de Young's collections in creative flower arrangements. Free hands-on activities for kids on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $23 adults, $20 seniors 65+, $19 students, $13 youth 6–17, and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call (415) 750-3600 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday and Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is one of the largest of its kind: a world-class flower and garden show for today's gardener. Hands-on children’s activities include designing, planting, and nurturing a small container garden. Tickets $15–$30; kids 16 and under free. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You
    Showcase Theater, Marin Center
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm

    Marin Primary and Middle School presents a production of Moss and Hart's classic musical You Can't Take it With You. Tickets: $18, 8th grade and under $12. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 22

  • Giant Indoor Yard Sale
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Lots of stuff at bargain prices! All kinds of household items, toys, games, books, clothing, jewelry, accessories, linens, collectibles—you name it! This is the Corte Madera Women's Club's annual fundraiser for scholarships and community projects. Cash and checks only, no credit cards. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Party
    Chronicle Books at the Metreon
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Bring the kids to the free Eric Carle Day celebration at the Chronicle Books' Metreon location. Kids will paint their very own sections in a Very Hungry Caterpillar community-made garland that will be strung throughout the store. Location: Chronicle Books at the Metreon, 165 4th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Children's Toy and Clothing Sale
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marinwood's semi-annual children’s toy and clothing sale takes place this Saturday. Get there early to get the best bargains on children's clothing, toys, books, baby equipment, and more. The Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island
    Deer Island Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join naturalist David Herlocker for a nature hike on Deer Island. We'll look for salamanders, slugs, and millipedes, lizards and butterflies. We'll explore the different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life we encounter as the seasons change. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Lane Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Grand Opening Event: Sprout Mill Valley
    Sprout Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Check out the new natural and organic children's boutique in downtown Mill Valley. Bring the kids for a fun-filled day of events that include kids yoga, story time and music and more. Location: 12 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-1312 or visit their website.

Farm Day 2014 Comes to Marin Center

March 18, 2014

Farm DayCelebrate all things agricultural on Thursday, March 20 from 9 am to noon at the 2014 Marin Farm Day at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. This free event, celebrating its 30th year, provides hands-on educational experiences outside the classroom for kids of all ages.

Families and children can meet farm animals, including cows, horses and ponies, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, and more, and experience interactive exhibition on agriculture, health, animals, gardens, and environmental education from more than 30 Northern California ranchers, growers, producers, and educators. Participants also include local 4H clubs.

Many of the exhibits and presentations are focused on children in kindergarten through third grade, but all ages are welcome. Come have fun and learn about the importance of agriculture and farming in Marin County. There will also be essay and art contests, with awards sponsored by various business donors.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 14, 15 & 16

March 14, 2014

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

Friday, March 14

  • Free Day at the Exploratorium
    San Francisco
    Friday, 10 am–5 pm

    Five annual free days are just one way the Exploratorium remains accessible to everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to pay the cost of admission. This time celebrate Pi Day (3.14) with free admission. Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 528-4444 or visit their website.
  • Glow in the Dark Geometry Party
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Kids are invited to a Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry Party at the Larkspur store. Grab your PJs and come down to the store geometry party! We’ll be exploring the wonderful world of geometry, learning and building crazy shapes out of glow sticks and Styrofoam balls. Then we’ll turn out the lights and watch the whole thing light up! For more info, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their website.
  • St. Patrick's Day Stories
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Celebrate the rich heritage of the Celts with Irish native storyteller Maureen Kalbus who will whisk you away to the land of shamrocks and leprechauns. Everyone is welcome to attend! Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers. For more info, visit their website.
  • Shrek! The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Shrek! The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek! The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, March 15

  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Pedal with your pals while enjoying the sights and sounds of your very own zoological park! Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative, 1.5-hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS members $18 per pedaler and non-members: $23 per pedaler. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 4th Annual Marin Teen Girl Conference
    Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–3:30 pm

    From troubled teen to teen empowerment specialist and confidence coach, Kathleen Hassan shares a message of self-worth and personal power that comes from her own real-life experiences. Those hard-earned lessons have become the tools for transformation to help women of all ages find their voice and authentic power within. Kathleen will share the secrets of success that completely transformed her life to one that is beyond her wildest dreams. Registration: $15. Location: 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael. To register, visit their website.
  • Bunny Boot Camp!
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring the little ones ages 3 to 8 to a puppet show. Lieutenant Longears and his Battalion of Bunnies must complete the final delivery of Easter eggs before Sergeant Cottontail blows his top. However, the Big Bad Wolf has other plans for the eggs. He wants to eat them all! Will Wolf get all the eggs for himself? Will Lt. Longears be able to save the day? Find out in Puppet Art Theater’s Bunny Bootcamp!! Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. For more info, call 415-453-8151 or visit their website.
  • Olompali Heritage Foods: Spring Greens!
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am-1 pm

    The land at Olompali has provided fresh and local “California Cuisine” for thousands of years.  Learn about wild foods enjoyed by Coast Miwoks, crops cultivated on the Burdell Ranch and bread baked by members of Olompali’s hippie commune.  An easy walking exploration of the park will be followed by a tasting of miner’s lettuce salad and nettle-mint iced tea. More info: (415) 898-4362 x 204 or visit their website.
  • Baby Loves Disco
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Baby loves disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs, blending classic disco tunes from the ’70s and ’80s with today’s hottest dance beats. DJ Big G, MC Jesse B, and T Rock will have us rockin' to kid-friendly tunes all afternoon. Urban Sitter will be guiding the fun at fun craft tables to make pipe-cleaner cereal bracelets, do magic scratch, create color-your-own puzzles, temporary tattoos, and face painting. Free with paid Zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gustafer Yellowgold's Show
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Gustafer Yellowgold is a little yellow cone-headed fellow who traveled here from the sun—and the brainchild of musician/artist Morgan Taylor. This show has become an international phenomenon described by the New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” Taylor combines whimsical animation with live music and storytelling to create a wholly imaginative and creative experience. Tickets: members $5, general $16 (includes museum admission). For more information, visit their website.
  • San Francisco's 163rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
    Civic Center Plaza
    Saturday, 11:30 am–5 pm

    The colorful festivities and parade will showcase Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, and children's rides and inflatables. The parade begins at 11:30 am at the corner of Second and Market Streets, where more than 5,000 participants from all over the USA will work their way City Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • 19th Annual Fairfax Brewfest
    The Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend early with the 19th annual Fairfax Brewfest at the Pavilion! Come enjoy a day of great beer, music, food, and friends and a chance to support the beauty and vitality of downtown Fairfax. Tickets: adults $30, minors 17–20 $15. Kids 16 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.

Cool Camps for Spring Break in Marin and Beyond

March 11, 2014

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break? Check out some of the great spring break day camps here in Marin and San Francisco. Schools have different spring break schedules, so camp dates vary. See our list below:

  • Studio 4 Art
    1133 Grant Avenue
    Novato

    (415) 596-5546
    Campers will have the choice of many different projects each day. Explore clay, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, mosaics and wheel throwing! The camps are March 31–April 4 from 9:30 am-–12:30 pm ($65 daily; $255 weekly for 5 day camp) for ages 4–14, or 9:30 am–3:30 pm ($105 daily; $435 weekly for 5-day camp) for ages 7–14. A sibling discount is offered. For more info, visit www.studio4art.net.
  • Ark Row Spring Break Camp
    122 Main Street, Tiburon
    (415) 435-2200

    Ark Row Center for Enrichment in Tiburon offers a spring break camp April 14–18 for ages 2–7. Camp includes: arts and crafts, music, cooking, games, and more. Camp cost is $45 per day, 9 am–noon and $60 per day 9 am–1 pm, extended hours available, sibling discounts. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 7, 8 & 9

March 7, 2014

Jack London State Historic ParkHere are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, March 7

  • Diesel Larkspur Pajama Party with Elisa Klevin
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Elisa Kleven 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. Then head home for bed. Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 picture books for children. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their website.
  • Beauty and the Beast
    Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 7 pm & Saturday, 1 pm

    Manor Elementary School 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders sing, dance, and act in a favorite love story! Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students/matinee. Location: 27 Kensignton Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Shrek! The Musical
    San Rafael Community Center
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 3 pm

    Shrek! The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek! The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone! Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, March 8

  • Novato Mothers Club Rummage Sale
    Downtown Novato Recreation Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    One-stop shopping for your growing family! All items sold are in good condition. Maternity clothes, boys and girls clothes, toys, and books for infants, toddlers, & preschoolers. Plus everything you need for your baby—strollers, high chairs, & nursing items and more. Location: 950 Seventh Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Baby Romp
    Presidio, the Observation Post
    Saturday, 9:30 am–1:30 pm

    Find a fantastic class for your baby or toddler at the Great Baby Romp. Enjoy classes, yoga, art, dance, complimentary lunch from Fresh Baby Bites, play areas, and even free nanny service at the exhibit hall so you can roam and explore some of the best resources the Bay Area has to offer. Cost: $65 per family. For more info, visit their website.
  • McInnis Park Family Fun Obstacle Run
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–11:30 am

    This is a family-oriented event that will have fun obstacles dispersed throughout the one mile course. Families will be challenged on their teamwork and endurance while participating in a fun afternoon! Location: McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. Meet at the Hillside picnic area. For more info, call (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Family Farm Days: Ocean Exploration
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tide pools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other discoveries. Fee: $30 per person; age 2 and under free. Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kid's Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am

    DirectionFive is back at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market on Saturday! Kids and parents will enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation (appropriate for children of all ages). Haley, the market’s resident DirectionFive teacher knows that kids will eat almost anything, including raw vegetables, fruit, and nuts, if they are involved in chopping, mashing, measuring, mixing, and pouring. Location: 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Camp Fair 2014
    Dominican University's Conlan Center Gym, San Rafael

    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    If you're trying to make a decision on the perfect summer camp for your kids, don't miss this Saturday's Marin Camp Fair at Conlan Center Gymnasium at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. There will be pizza, snacks, and a bounce house for the kids while parents visit representatives from over 100 local summer camps. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Adventures of Phineas McBoof with Dr. Noize Unplugged
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 11 am

    Doctor Noize, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for interactive pop/rock and a degree in music from Stanford, inspires young audiences to be musicians and creators themselves. He returns to the Discovery Theatre with the latest adventure of the mischievous monkey, Phineas McBoof. For ages 6 months and up. Cost: members $5; general $16 (Includes museum admission). For more info, visit their website.
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