Events and Outings

Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 19, 20 & 21

June 20, 2015

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

Friday, June 19

  • Children's Garden Series: The Red Panda Acrobats
    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. Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes, and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance, and dexterity. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father Son BBQ
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father Son BBQ at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a BBQ. Cost: $20 per person. Location: 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: Mitch Wood and his Rocket 88's. Sponsored by Sausalito Sister City Committee. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • 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, The 85's will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 20

  • 11th Annual Flea 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.
  • Father's Day Weekend Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Spend the day with Dad at Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon for the Father's Day Weekend Fishing Derby. Prizes awarded for biggest fish, first fish, and heaviest fish! No fishing license required when fishing from the pier. Free. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided to beginners on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Avast, mateys! The Northern California Pirate Festival takes place at the Vallejo waterfront this weekend. The festival features piratical music and entertainment, sword fighting, vendors, and food, plus a special children's area with a 30-foot slide, special shows, contests, and the Children's School of Piracy. Tickets: $10 adults; children 11 and under free with paid adult admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Birth & Baby Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Don’t miss this amazing shopping event for new and expecting parents in the Bay Area. The Birth & Baby Fair showcases local businesses and resources as well as independent designers with the aim to educate and expose new and expecting parents and young families to unique and beneficial products and services. General admission is $10 at the door. Children 18 and under are free. Location: 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dave the Horn Guy
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 11 am
    Dave the Horn guy explains THE ELEMENTS OF MUSIC and THE PHYSICS OF SOUND to ages 4 and up. Instead of regular storytime. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.

Inexpensive and Fun Summer Kids' Activities in and around Marin

June 16, 2015

kids swimming summerSummer vacation is finally here, and it's time to start thinking of fun and affordable ways to keep the kids occupied now that they're finally out of school. Fortunately, parents in Marin County will find plenty for kids to do!

Here are a dozen ideas for great affordable summer activities and outings in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. From hiking to swimming to movies to farm tours, everything listed here is either free or inexpensive. You don't have to break the bank to have a great time!

Marin Family Weekend Fun for June 12, 13 & 14

June 12, 2015

Heart's Desire Beach 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 12

  • Children's Garden Series: Ka-Hon
    Children's Garden at 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. What’s in that box, you ask? In the hands of Ka-Hon, a gentle spring shower, a flamenco troupe, a galloping stallion, and a rumba circle. Drawing on a pan-American array of rhythms, the high-energy ensemble displays the astounding versatility of the humble cajón, a simple wooden box usually played by a percussionist seated atop it. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz: Jeff Derby Quartet
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday, saxophonist/pianist, composer, and educator Jeff Derby. 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: The LEGO Movie (PG)
    Contrati Ball Field, Fairfax
    Friday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of The LEGO Movie (PG) in Fairfax's Contrati Field. Show time is 8 pm, but arrive an hour early for music, a raffle, and a cartoon. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Popcorn, candy, and sodas available for sale. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, June 13

  • Family Bird Walk at Olompali
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Celebrate the season with the birds of Olompali. Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the ranch road pas the park's reservoir. Perfect for the family. Cost: $8 per car-event is free. Location: new park entrance from Atherton/Redwood Blvd., Novato. 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.
  • Hobby Expo 2015
    Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4 pm

    The 2015 Hobby Expo offers displays and demonstrations from a dozen Sonoma County hobby clubs. There will be model railroads, RC planes, ships and cars, battling robots, war gaming and RC car racing. Plus, over 40 vendor tables, a huge raffle, Make & Take for the kids, and the ever-popular "Speed Building" contest. Location: 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. 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.
  • Civil War Days
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Angel Island State Park invites you to step back in time and experience an 1860’s Union Army post during the Civil War. Witness mock battles, cannon firings, and musket demonstrations, chat with military and civilian reenactors, and even help bake bread in the camp ovens. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 61st 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.
  • WildCare Family Adventures
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Enjoy a free day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of the planet. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tibruron. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: I ♥ Zoku
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Join us for some frosty Zoku fun! The amazing Zoku products turn out everything from quick and easy pops to slushies and ice cream. If you’d like, you can preorder your choice of a Zoku pop maker, slushie maker or ice cream maker. We’ll have it frozen and ready for you to create a cool work of art. 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.
  • The 38th Annual Fairfax Festival
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Saturday, 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm

    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.
  • Presidio Kite Expo
    Presidio, San Franicsco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and FUN of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features Kite Making Pavilion, Giant Creature Kites, food trucks, picnics and more. Location: Presidio of San Francisco, Main Parade Ground. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Events for June 5, 6 & 7

June 5, 2015
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 5

  • Children's Garden Series: The Red Panda Acrobats
    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.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Christie Matheson
    DIESEL, A Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–6:30 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Christie Matheson 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.Christie Matheson's collage-and-watercolor art evokes the bright simplicity of Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle and the interactive concept will delight fans of Pat the Bunny. Combining a playful spirit and a sense of wonder about nature, she has created winning modern classics! For more info, visit their website.
  • Concerts Under The Oak: Foreverland
    Northgate, Oak Plaza
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Clear out your calendar, because starting in June Concerts Under the Oak are back! This Friday: Foreverland, Michael Jackson tribute band. Bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy the concert on the new Oak Plaza lawn. Food and drink available for purchase from Northgate restaurants. 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: Craig Caffall Band. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 6

  • 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
    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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore Stafford Lake Park
    Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Come out for an easy nature walk around beautiful Stafford Lake. Along the way we’ll stop and talk about some of the interesting animals and plants that live here. This is a Healthy People Healthy Parks event. We will provide water and healthy snacks. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 29, 30 & 31

May 29, 2015
Mountain Play Peter Pan
The Mountain Play presents Peter Pan this Sunday at 2 pm on Mount Tam.

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 29

  • 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, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: All that Jazz!
    Shoreline Park and Main Street, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to this free family night in Downtown Tiburon. Enjoy live music, wine & dine al fresco. This Friday, enjoy some razzmatazz and All that Jazz! Tanya Scarlett and her A Team bring stylish, fresh jazz, pop and R&B to Main Street. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 30

  • Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
    Sonoma Raceway
    Saturday, 8:30 am–8 pm
    & Sunday, 8:30 am-4 pm
    The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, featuring sports cars and popular marques like Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche and Lotus, as well as a full array of formula cars, Trans-Am, and production sports cars roaring around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Each ticket doubles as a pit pass, granting you an up-close look at these historic racecars and a chance to chat with their owners. Children 12 and under are 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.
  • Toddler Day
    Slide Ranch
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm. Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very family-friendly farm day. Fee: $25 per person; kids 1 year under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm Sunday,
    10 am–5 pm
    The Marin Home & Garden Expo presents the newest trends and favorite traditions in the home and garden Industry. Bring the kids! Hands on building projects will take place in the kid's zone, and there will be live performances throughout the weekend. Marin community music groups will entertain on the Home Grown Marin Music Stage. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Eat Your Veggies!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Join us for a veg-tacular class and learn how to make vegetables the star of the plate. They’re delicious—we promise! Discover what’s in season at the farmers’ market and how to select veggies that are ripe and ready to eat. We’ll show you some fun and easy ways to serve them. Then head home and prepare your favorites for your family. 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.
  • Living Ship Day
    USS Hornet Museum, Alameda
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet! This Saturday's theme is Birth of the Original Navy SEAL: The UDT. Free after museum admission. Location: 707 West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: City of Novato Preschool Programs
    Novato (see locations below)
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    If you're looking for a high-quality, affordable preschool program for the fall, come check out the City of Novato Preschool Programs at Hamilton and Lu Sutton this Saturday. Classes for ages 2, 3, and 4 years old. Registration opens Monday June 1. Locations: Hamilton Community Center, Preschool Room: 503 So. Palm Dr. & Lu Sutton School, Preschool Room: 1800 Center Rd. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coleman Carnival & International Festival
    Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael
    Saturday from 11 am–4 pm

    Come and experience some old fashioned family fun with entertainment from around the world, giant bounce houses, games, a raffle and more. The International Festival honors the diversity of the world and is Coleman’s largest annual community fundraiser. Food such as snow cones, crepes, Swedish waffles, cotton candy, pulled pork, BBQ, pizza ,and taqueria specialties availablAdmission is free and tickets can be purchased for food and games. Location: 800 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Concert: Jammie Jam
    Community Church of Mill Valley
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    “Jammie Jam” is a fundraiser for homeless children organized by Marin Montessori middle school student Clara Spitz. Local children’s musicians Miss Kitty, Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith will be performing an hour-long set of fun and whimsical songs with a special guest performance by Clara. Admission is free, but families are asked to bring donations of new crib-sized blankets, new stuffed animals, and new or gently used books, which will be placed in a gift tote and given to shelters housing homeless children in Marin County. Location: 8 Olive Street across from Old Mill Park. For more info, call (415) 786-1251.
  • Meet Yo Gabba Gabba!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    On May 30-31, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee will be on site from 11 am to 4 pm to take pictures with you and your little Yo Gabba Gabba! fans! So make it out to the San Francisco Zoo and enjoy the Yo Gabba Gabba! crew! Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Memorial Day Weekend Family Events 2015

May 22, 2015
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 22

  • Meet Kids' Author Kelly Jones
    San Anselmo LIbrary
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Create your own superpet with Kelly Jones, author of the new book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. You'll use your five senses (and a few secret questions) to think about how to describe your pet to someone special. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue in the Council Chambers. For more info, call (415) 258-4656 or visit their website.
  • 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 22 at 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24 at 1:30, 4, and 6:30 pm; and Monday, May 25 at 1:30 and 4 pm. Advance tickets are $12 and are good for any performance; two children under 12 admitted free per paid advance adult ticket. Tickets at the gate $18. For more info or to order tickets, vist their website.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $20 advance, $30 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 23

  • 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 37th 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.
  • 52 New Foods presents: Ice Cream Shop
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Scream for ice cream! Discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Use your imagination and come up with your own tasty blends. 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.
  • 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.
  • Komodo Karnival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Komodo Karnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to Big Daddy Bahasa, the zoo's charismatic Komodo dragon. After you stop by and see him at Komodo Alley, try your luck at fun games like Crazy Ball, Ring the Bottle, Hoop Shot, Milk Can, Fat Cats, and Fish Are Jumping; you may even win a prize. After some cotton candy and a hot dog and soda, show your strength on the Komodo Klimbing Wall. There's no better way to welcome summer than the Komodo Karnival! Free after zoo admission. For more info, 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.
  • Kiddo Family Carnival
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–10 pm & Monday, noon–5 pm

    Bring the family for a four-day real old-fashioned carnival. There will be rides for all ages, plus food and games. The littlest ones in your family will love the Berry-Go-Round and the Tune Train, while your teenagers will be thrilled with the Sizzler, Zipper, Century Wheel, and the Typhoon. Advance discounted ticket books will be available in the Kiddo! office and Mill Valley Community Center while they last. Books are $20 advance, $30 once the carnival begins. Books may be turned in for a one-day wrist band for unlimited rides. Food and games extra. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 15, 16 & 17

May 15, 2015
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 15

  • Hamilton Community Pool
    Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm

    Today is 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.
  • Tour the Novato Fire District Fire Engine!
    Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am

    Meet on the lawn in front of the Novato Library for this special tour of the Big Engine. Everyone is welcome (suitable for ages 0–8). This is an outdoor only event in the library parking lot (library is closed on Friday), bring a picnic and meet up with other families. Please park across the bridge as the main parking lot will be reserved for the Novato Fire District engine. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Peter Pan
    Tiburon
    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm

    Del Mar Middle School presents its Spring play Peter Pan. The play runs for four evenings with two different casts. Peter Pan is a family-friendly classic that’s appropriate for all ages. $15 adults and $12 children. Purchase tickets here. Location: 277 A Karen Way, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 16

  • 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). For more info, visit their website.
  • Paradise Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join rangers for our annual fishing contest! Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! 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. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Bees and Birds Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low-tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person, age 2 and under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 121th Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
    Downtown Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am

    This is one of Sonoma County's most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. Parade takes place from 10 am–noon. with marching bands, floats, roses, horse-drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses, and more roses. Following the parade will be music, family activities, and food vendors at Juilliard Park. The awards ceremony for all parade categories will take place at approximately 2 pm. Juillard Park is located on Santa Rosa Avenue just south of Sonoma Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Safe Boating Expo
    Coast Guard Motor Boat Station Golden Gate
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    An exciting, free, fun family event at beautiful U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, near the north tower of the Golden Gate bridge. Come get a free life jacket (while supplies last), watch friendly Coast Guard dogs as they demonstrate how they detect explosives, witness thrilling helicopter rescue demos, take tours of Coast Guard vessels and the Coast Guard station, learn about boating safety, get a free boater environmental kit, bring your boat for a courtesy vessel safety exam, and take one of three free boating seminars. Free parking. Location: 435 Murray Circle, Saualito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo County Events Center, San Mateo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    With over 900 maker exhibits, Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food, and more! Featuring how-to workshops, inspiring presentations and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $20 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Preschool's Open House
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come visit, meet our teachers and learn about our three preschool classes: parent-toddler, three's together and pre-K morning school. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ben Franklin's Colonial Printing Shop
    California Room, Civic Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join us for a fun family event when the Printing Museum on Wheels makes stops at the Civic Center. Museum curator Mark Barbour will tell engaging stories about how Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world in 1450 and how books and printing shaped young Ben Franklin’s life. During the second hour, participants can print their own keepsakes on antique presses, set their name in type, make a small book and print the front page of an historic Marin County newspaper. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: Top Your Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. We’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. You’ll impress your family when you prepare these at home. Suitable for ages 9–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Asian Heritage Celebration for the Family
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3:30 pm

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

Riding the Rails at Sonoma TrainTown

May 12, 2015

Sonoma TrainTown Railroad When we're in the Wine Country, we always make sure we visit TrainTown, the fun and fantastic miniature railroad located in the town of Sonoma. It's a place that I used to visit back when I was a kid, and it's the kind of destination that takes you and your family back to a simpler, less hectic time. Starting May 30, Train Town will be open daily for summer fun.

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

Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 8, 9 & 10

May 8, 2015
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Mother's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

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

Friday, May 8

  • 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, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Seussical, the Musical
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Seussical, the Musical. Tickets: $20 adults, student $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • Concert at Old St. Hilary’s
    Old St. Hilary's Church, Tiburon
    Friday, 8 pm

    The 15-voice women's vocal ensemble Musae and the 16 voice men's choir Ragazzi Continuo will present songs referencing beauty, transformation, and maternalism with works by Guillaume Dufay, Vytautas Miskinis, Stephen Smith, and Zae Munn among others. Expect a variety of musical genres to be included some light-hearted and some serious. Tickets: $20 general, $15 youth and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, May 9

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

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

    Bring the entire family to Muir Woods for their 15th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This free event is filled with activities and fun for all ages. If ever you were a little curious about our fine feathered friends, this is a great chance to dive in and learn what you can do to help migrating birds. Reservations not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun weaving baskets, creating candles, playing games, and dancing at the Rancho. Adults $3; ages 6–16 $2; 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mothers Day Art in the Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Kids can work with Marin Parks rangers to make a special piece of art to give to Mom on Mothers Day. Supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks provided. Meet at the Hillside picnic area at 310 Smith Ranch Road. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother’s Day Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am to Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person; kids age 2 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, call (415) 381.6155 or visit their website.
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