Events and Outings

Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 17, 18 & 19

June 17, 2016

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

Friday, June 17

  • Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Builder's Challenge
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm
    Children of all abilities ages 4–12 are invited to build, play, engineer and destruct together. Registration is not required but space is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Materials will be provided. For more information, call the South Novato Library at (415) 506-6158. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance Off: Bollywood. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Year With Frog and Toad
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 5 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Join us this weekend for some very special performances of A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS by our K-2 production class! Adult Tickets are $8, Children are $5. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Purchase tickets here.
  • Father-Son Luau
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father-Son Luau at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a food. Location: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Gator Nation Band—Zydeco. Sponsored by the Volunteers in Public Safety. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Opening Night: Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Jerry Hannan will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 18

  • Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
    Windsor
    Saturday & Sunday, 5–11 am

    This celebration of Wine Country's most beautiful sites features two days of hot air ballooning, food, crafts, balloon rides (tethered to the ground) and other fun. Cost: $6 advance, $10 at gate, $5 children 6–12. Location: 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Race
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 am

    Classic cars gather in downtown San Rafael for the start of the 2016 Great Race. The official start of this road rally, which ends in Moline, Illinois, begins at 10 am. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Flea and Makers Market
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Find new treasures and collectibles at bargain prices, plus the Mill Valley Seniors' Club will sell a variety of foods, drinks, snacks and delicious homemade take-home goodies! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Municipal Water District Customer Appreciation Open House
    MMWD Corporation Yard, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 9 am–noon
    Join MMWD for their 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Open House! This year's event will feature water quality lab tours and testing demonstrations, a musical performance from ZunZun, and kids' arts and crafts activities, as well as a photo opportunity on MMWD's heavy equipment with a safety hat and vest, conservation and drought information, a Mt. Tam Watershed model, refreshments, and much more! Location: 220 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. 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. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival, which takes place from 10 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Classic Car Show
    Shoreline Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Tiburon Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon Waterfront Park. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Free. For more info visit their website.
  • Family Performance: Cristalette & Company
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 12:15 pm

    Dance and sing along to Cristalette & Company, a sophisticated soul band that plays a mix of well-known and obscure oldies. Free after museum admission. Location: 
    557 McReynolds Road Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Mateo County Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 94403. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 10, 11 & 12

June 10, 2016

Spring Lake
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa

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.

Check out our Marin Summer Survival Guide for family events and activites throughout the summmer.

Friday, June 10

  • Children's Garden Series: Alphabet Rockers
    Children's Garden at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Over the past decade the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world comes alive through beats, rhymes, songs, and dances. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Dance Off: Tango. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: The Incredibles
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Friday, 5:30–10 pm

    Grab a blanket and enjoy a fun, free outdoor movie under the stars, complete with free popcorn and It's It ice-cream. Sponsored by San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell. Food will be available for purchase from Off the Grid food trucks. Location: Civil War Parade Ground, 37 Graham Street, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts Under the Oak: Evolution
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The 7th annual Concert Under the Oaks Summer Concert Series features a series of five free concerts every other Friday night from June through August. This event includes live music, vendor booths, and food and drinks from Northgate's restaurants! This Friday: Evolution (Journey tribute band). For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz: Masha Campagne
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday: jazz vocalist Masha Campagne. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Inside Out
    Contratti Park Baseball Field, Fairfax
    Friday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of Pixar's Inside Out, as well as special short features, in Fairfax's Contratti Field. Show time is 8 pm, but arrive an hour early to stake out a good spot. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Free. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, June 11

  • 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 family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Novato Festival of Art, Wine, and Music is a perfect blend of unique handcrafted art, regional vintage wines, award-winning micro brews, and gourmet foods, and first-rate live music. Festival goers of all ages love the youth activities, including guided art projects, train rides, climbing wall, petting zoo, bounce houses, jumbo slides, and a dunk tank. Select artists specialize in children's books, toys, gifts, clothing and accessories. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 39th Annual Fairfax Festival
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Saturday, 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm

    Parade takes place on Saturday at 10 am in Downtown Fairfax. Come hear great local music at three stages, shop for crafts and flea market treasures, enjoy fresh, wholesome food, beer, organic wine tasting, entertain the kids in the expanded children’s area, and ponder social and environmental issues at the Ecofest. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Roll at Rush Creek
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. Don’t forget to bring water and your bike. Meet at trailhead on Binford Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 62nd Annual North Beach Festival
    North Beach, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday 10 am–6 pm

    This event will feature over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, three stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, children's activities and the blessing of the animals. Let your kids' creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at the kids' chalk art area on Vallejo Street between Grant and Columbus from 10 am–6 pm both days. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to our 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Builder's Challenge
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Children of all abilities ages 4-12 are invited to build, play, engineer and destruct together. Registration is not required but space is limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. Materials will be provided. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Summer Festivals in Marin and the Bay Area

June 8, 2016

Italian Street Painting MarinSummertime is festival time! When the weather heats up, so do the fun local family-friendly festivals in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Offering music, performances, shopping, games, hands-on activities and more, there's usually something at these festivals for the entire family.

Here's our 2016 list of events taking place throughout Marin and the Bay Area this summer and into the fall. Many of these festivals are free, but some do charge admission. Check their websites for any fees, as well as times and details.

June

Marin Family Weekend Events for June 3, 4 & 5

June 3, 2016
MPOMC Garage Sale
Find a great deal on clothing, toys, and gear for kids of all ages at the MPOMC Garage Sale this Saturday.

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, June 3

  • Children's Garden Series
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The Red Panda Acrobats take the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with awe-inspiring displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. This Friday: Cuban Rhythms at the de Young with Compañia All Stars of Santiago de Cuba. Free Cuban salsa dance lessons for all levels from 5–6 pm. Free. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay kicks off its 2016 season with the Second Street Band. This free event takes place at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito. Lawn seating is first-come first-served. Reserved tables available for $60 ($50 Sausalito residents). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 4

  • 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 Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale
    Marin Catholic High School
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm
    (closed from noon–1 pm)
    Marin's largest garage sale for babies and kids has clothes for pregnant moms, babies and children up to age six. Other items include toys, baby equipment, and furniture.This sale has the reputation for providing clean, high quality items at excellent prices. Designer clothes racks too. Admission $1; free for children 12 and under. Closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch and then there's a half price sale from 1–2 pm. Marin Catholic High School is located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Trails Day Events
    Various locations in Marin and the Bay Area
    Saturday, times vary
    National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and the outdoors. Events take place at parks throughout Marin, including the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as in other outdoors spots on the San Francisco Bay Area. Help enhance our trail systems, meet fellow park lovers, and enjoy a celebration of our great park! Learn more and find an event near you on their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Basics of Freshwater Fishing
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9–11 am
    Marin Parks rangers will teach tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing at the McInnis Park’s pond. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles provided, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Book Festival
    Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    This indoor-outdoor festival of all things literary features a roster of diverse authors and speakers for all ages, including children and teens. Other family activities include live music and performances, pony rides and a petting zoo (Sunday only), manual typewriters to play with, a free book for every child, interactive art installations, and more. An organic beer and wine garden will be available for grownups, and food trucks and stalls will offer delicious cuisine. Admission is free. Location: downtown Berkeley between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Oxford Street and Addison Street and Kittredge Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • 40th Annual Union Street Festival
    Union Street from Gough to Steiner, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Each of the six blocks of the event will feature a unique “World” including, Fashion World, Culinary World, Tech World, Local World, Craft World and Health & Fitness World. Chef demos, kids' activities, live music, arts and crafts, fashion shows, and more. Free; tickets required for craft beer and wine pavilions. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Don’t miss this annual event at Angel Island's Camp Reynolds which is great for the whole family. There are plenty of activities for everyone. Learn about life during the Civil War, witness a battle and maybe even see a cannon firing! For more info, visit their website.
  • Blue at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come meet the men and women in blue – officers of the San Francisco Police Department! They’ll be handing out police swag for the kiddos and showing off the latest high-tech vehicles used to solve crimes! Officers will be stationed near the lawn at the Elinor Friend Playground from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Hightway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Helifest
    Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Helifest showcases military, rescue, private and commercial helicopters. These aircraft are used for everything from traffic reports and power line maintenance to cliff rescues and national defense. Helicopters from around the western region will be on static display. Free with museum admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors 65+ and youth 5–17, free for kids 4 and under. Advance tickets recommended. Location: 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. For tickets and more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Summer Series: Cast Iron Mac-and-Cheese
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? In this class you’ll learn how to make one that’s extra-rich and creamy, with three kinds of cheeses. We’ll bake it in a cast-iron pan and then eat. It’s the mac & cheese of your dreams! Suitable for ages 8–13. Cost: $20 per child, includes a Junior Chef Cookbook. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Headlands Treasure Hunt
    Point Bonita YMCA, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Strengthen your navigational skills by finding your way to fun challenge checkpoints using only a compass and a map. Say goodbye to your GPS and Google Maps for a must-do summertime mission with your family and friends! All levels are welcome in this orienteering adventure. X marks the spot and we'll see you there! After, enjoy a great lunch and amazing ocean views for only $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. For more info and to register, call (415) 331-9622 or visit their website.

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2016

May 27, 2016
American Crown Circus comes to Marin on Memorial Day Weekend
American Crown Circus brings its big top to Marinwood this Memorial Day weekend.

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

Friday, May 27

  • American Crown Circus
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, various times

    This family run, bilingual circus, presented by Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, is centered around acrobats, performers, and clowns, with no exotic animals. Performances are on Friday, May 27 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 30 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $14 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $20. For more info or to order tickets, vist their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $25 advance, $35 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main
    Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. This season's kickoff event features Mustache Harbor performing the hits of the '70s and '80s. For more information, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Katia & Co Presents: The Wizard of Oz
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    The Wizard of Oz starring young actors ranging in age from 5 to 16 from all over Marin County. This show is directed and choreographed by Katia McHaney. Tickets: adults $15 and Children $12. Purchase tickets here.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Sweet Charity
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm
    Sweet Charity, the spring Throckmorton Youth Production, is a hit! Bring your family, bring your friends—you will be singing along all week! Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real… Tickets: $15–$20 general, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 28

  • 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.
  • Exhibition Opening: The Magic Tree House
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, the Magic Tree House traveling exhibition allows children to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Museum admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Carnivore Carnival 2016
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Monday, 10 am–5 pm

    Carnivore Carnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to the zoo's amazing bears, lions, tigers, wolverines, fishing cats, and otters. After you stop by and see these magnificent animals, try your luck at many fun carnival games... you may even win a prize!  After some cotton candy, a hot dog and soda, show off your strength on the Rock Climbing Wall. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 38th Annual San Francisco Carnaval
    Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come celebrate at the 37th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free two–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets and experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Greek Festival
    Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–10 pm
    Come celebrate the culture of Greece with fabulous authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and dance, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Adults $5, seniors 55+ $4, children 16 and under free. The Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is at 1110 Dickson Drive in Novato. For more info, call (415) 883-1998 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Memorial Day Paper Poppies
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the kids to make Memorial Day paper poppies. Best for kids aged 5 to 12. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Hike: Come to Your Senses at Crissy Field
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Come experience sites sounds, smells, and flavors of Crissy Field on a one-mile easy walk at the Crissy Marsh. Look for crabs, taste strawberry treats; listen to legends, smell a sea shore habitat; touch and play on the sands of Crissy field under the cypress trees. Free: for the whole family; pre-registration is required; 415 561-2805. For more info, visit their website.

Free Outdoor Family Movies in Marin and the Bay Area

May 24, 2016

Film Night in the Park Marin County Summer

Summer means its time for free outdoor movies in Marin and the Bay Area, so grab your blankets and pillows, pack the picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy some flicks al fresco. Here's our guide to free family-friendly outdoor movies in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. Most movies begin at dusk or around 8 pm; check the organizer's website for exact time and location.

In addition, the North Bay Mobile Drive-In screens movies on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building in Novato; join their Meetup page to get notified about upcoming screenings.

2016 Outdoor Movie Schedule:

June

Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 20, 21 & 22

May 20, 2016
Mountain Play West Side Story 2016
West Side Story premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 22.

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

Friday, May 20

  • KidsFest at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The most popular family event at the zoo returns! Enjoy exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, face painting, fun activities, and more, as well as free food, beverages, and parking. Tickets: $35 and up; discounts for SFZS members. For more information, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. Based on the animated Disney film and the hit Broadway musical. Tickets: $16–26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Present Sweet Charity
    142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm
    Sweet Charity, the spring Throckmorton Youth Production, is a hit! Bring your family, bring your friends—you will be singing along all week! Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real… Tickets: $15–$20 general, $35 reserved. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 21

  • 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.
  • Open to the Public: Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve is open for their spring and summer season. Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore our bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. Volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Location: 4900 Highway 1, between Bolinas and Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 13, 14 & 15

May 13, 2016
Pixie Park
Family fun awaits at Pixie Park's Spring Fair this Sunday at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross.

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

Friday, May 13

  • Opening Day: Hamilton Community Pool
    Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children ages 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days!
    South Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am
    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages.  Location: 931 C Street, Hamiliton, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Bob Barner author/illustrator of Sea Bones will be here to read you a bedtime story and help you to make collage art of your own. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before you head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar PTA Presents: High School Musical
    Del Mar Middle School, Tiburon

    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm
    Join the students of Del Mar as they present this year's play, High School Musical. Tickets: $12. Doors open at 6 pm. Open Seating. Limited sales at the box office starting at 5:30 pm each evening. Purchase advance tickets here. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. Based on the animated Disney film and the hit Broadway musical. Tickets: $16–26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof. Kid-friendly. Tickets: $22 adults, student $16. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 14

  • Tour of Novato and Community Fair
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 6:30 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, bike riders from the Novato community ride to support local schools. Day-of registration begins at 6:30 am. Community Fair and Student Showcase begins at 10 am and runs through 2 pm, with face painting, crafts, bicycle safety rodeo, carnival games and prizes, free books for kids of all ages, and more. Admission to the Community Fair is free. Location, Novato City Hall, Sherman Avenue (at Grant). For more info or to register online, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, special performance by Sing-Marin from 1-6 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), Emily Butterfly Puppet Show 9:30. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Get ready for some serious fun! The BADM's new STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. This Saturday: "Code Our Future: Super Solving with Robots." Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • St. Anselm Festival of Fun
    St. Anselm's School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm

    This free family fun festival offers over 25 attractions, including carnival rides, prize games, music and entertainment, face painting, jumpy houses and slides, and more. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for rides and games. Location: 40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, crafts men and women, plus others who lived in Old California. Have fun learning basket weaving, candle making techniques, dances from the rancho, and playing games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive! Admission: $3 adults, $2 children 6–16. Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: We Love Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! Suitable for ages 8–13.  Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunset Celebration Weekend
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Sunset is hosting its 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma. Tour the debut of Sunset’s Test Gardens and new Outdoor Test Kitchen; mingle with writers and celebrity chefs; attend seminars on home, travel, food, and garden; enjoy fine food, wine, and shopping.  Kids 12 and under are free on Saturday with a paid adult.  Purchase tickets here. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! For the past year, they've been working on a new album for release this spring. "Inspiraled" brings together new fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.

The Circus is Coming to Town Memorial Day Weekend

May 8, 2016

American Crown Circus as St. Vincent'sIt's not every day that the circus comes to town, but it'll be here in Marin this Memorial Day weekend! American Crown Circus sets up its big top on the grounds of St. Vincent's School for Boys in Marinwood, just south of Novato, May 26–30. American Crown Circus is a family run, bilingual circus that features acrobats, high wire acts, and clowns (but no exotic animals). Read about our visit to the circus here.

The circus is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, which has brought a professional traveling tent circus to Marin every year since 1997. Profits from the circus support local community projects.

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