Events and Outings

Marin Family Weekend Events for May 5, 6 & 7

May 6, 2017

Check out one of the many easy mountain biking trails in Marin

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 5

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, Appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • SF Opera Sing A Story: The Magic Flute
    San Anselmo Libary, Council Chambers
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce The Magic Flute by Mozart, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4-10. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Night Out: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Are you ready for adventure? Rolling Hills Club is excited to offer an evening of scavenger hunts, "poison dart" battles, and mummy relays! The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark will be watched. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. Pizza will be provided. Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or 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.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Bill Belasco and Aguabella at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 6

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 28, 29 & 30

April 28, 2017

Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow DivideTake a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide this weekend.

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, April 28

  • Celebrate Arbor Day
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 9 am–noon

    Join Marin County Parks at the launch of our new tree planting ceremony and celebrate Arbor Day! All Ages Welcome! Celebrate Arbor Day by joining at the Dedication Tree Ceremony. Start the morning with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities, including a seedling giveaway, leaf printing, the library bookmobile, virtual reality redwoods, and One Tam Roving Ranger. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • SF Opera Guild Sing a Story: Cinderella
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce a classic opera story, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session and props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4–10. No registration required. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts: Josh Smith Trio
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Josh Smith Trio at Friday Night Jazz, featuring guest bass player from Chicago, Anton Hatwich and local jazz celebrity Scott Amendola! This one is a not-to-miss. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Seussical Jr. the Musical
    Tiburon
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Come see the family friendly production Seussical Jr, The Musical at Del Mar School ! There will be two casts, “Green Eggs” and “Ham” performing this delightful show full of fun and fantastical Seussical characters.The shows will be performed at the Del Mar Middle School gym, and all tickets are general admission/open seating.  The Box Office & Concession Booth are located outside the Del Mar Gym and will open nightly at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School: Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
    The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. The Lion King Jr. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as, “Hakuna Matata”, and the Acadamy Award winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Come and join us as you see 23 amazing middle school actors bring this encouraging story of love and self-discovery to life. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Civic Center in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Upper School: Two Gentlemen of Verona
    San Domenico, San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Our spring production is William Shakespeare's fast-paced comedy of love and friendship, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Packed with great characters—the two Gents themselves, resourceful and witty women, comical and saucy servants, tyrannical fathers, ridiculous fops, outlaws, and Launce's famous dog, Crab. The play takes its characters on a roller-coaster of emotions, transformation, and even sword fights! Tickets: $12 general, $8 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Big Hero 6
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 8:15–10 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay end of the PIER for free Outdoor Movie Night. This month's movie is local favorite: Big Hero 6. For more info and to download coupons for PIER 39 restaurants and merchants, visit their website.

Saturday, April 29

  • Fishing in the City
    Scottsdale Pond, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Novato's annual Fishing in the City program is co-sponsored by the City of Novato, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Novato Sunrise Rotary. Bait, tackle and rods are provided for this fun-filled family outing. Anyone 16+ must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, but drop-ins are welcome if there's space. Clinics last 30 minutes, and run from 8 to 10:30 am. Free. Location: Redwood and Rowland Boulevards, Novato. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Trails Run
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 8:30–11 am

    The Presidio Y is hosting the 3rd annual Presidio Trail 10k/5k/1.5 mile run. With spectacular views of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this unique and challenging trail run winds its way through the Presidio of San Francisco, past Inspiration Point, the Presidio Golf Course, Rob Hill Campground and more. Registration: $13–$45. For more information, visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am– 3 pm

    Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm. Location: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. 
  • 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.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale (cash only please). All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Admission Day: Habitot's 19th Birthday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is celebrating nineteen years with a newly refurbished firehouse and fire truck exhibit due to debut on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30-4:30pm with a Free Admission Day sponsored by Mechanics Bank. The fire truck is equipped with a hose, flashing lights, and an alarm for little ones to pretend to put out a fire in firefighter costumes. Adjacent to the truck is a pretend burning house, with flames and lights in windows, a rescue crawl space, and floor instructions to “stop, drop and roll”. In the art studio visitors can paint a giant Habitot Anniversary cake with sparklers and glitter, or play with fire engine red sparkly playdough. Free. Space is limited-need to register to attend. Register here. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Butter & Egg Days Parade and Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. The 2017 theme, “Petaluma – City of Makers!” recognizes the importance of the innovative spirit that fuels the community to create and craft products and ideas. The Festival opens at 10am and the main historic parade begins at noon. There will be a kids parade at 11:30 am. Location: Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
    Various farms in Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate Spring and see what's flowering! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Most locations are free. Register here for a complete list of participating farms.
  • Family Performance: How Andy Found His Voice
    San Francisco Opera
    Saturday, 10 am

    A comic, yet poignant, operatic performance for kids of all ages that explores issues of bullying and personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Four singers and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. Tickets: $10 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location:
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave - See more at: https://sfopera.com/discover-opera/education-programs/for-schools/48-programs/how-andy-found-his-voice/#sthash.RMVUDT37.dpuf
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Bldg., 401 Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Cascade Canyon School
    Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Cascade Canyon School's full day, developmental Kindergarten program includes an exciting, hands-on approach to specialist and core academic learning, across a wide range of subjects. An added benefit is Cascade Canyon’s unique learning community: students in grades K–8 travel, perform, play, and celebrate learning together throughout the year. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Treasure Island Flea: Mother's Day Special!
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Join us as we celebrate Spring and an early Mother's Day at the Treasure Island Flea. Shopping, mimosas, food truck brunch, and much, much, more! Cost: $3 entry, kids 12 and under are free. Parking is free too. Pet-friendly. Location: Treasure Island, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Doing and Viewing Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Suncatchers
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Spring is in full swing with longer days and warm sun rays! Tissue papered native plants will catch the light and make it dance!Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dutch King's Day San Francisco
    Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Put on your orange and join the Bay Area's Dutch community in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as they celebrate King's Day. It's a festive celebration for the whole family, featuring food and drink, music, games, a bike ride, and more. Free (donation at the gate appreciated). Location: Martin Luther King Drive and the Great Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day at the Sonoma Mission
    Sonoma Valley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring your family and step back in time to a day at Mission San Francisco Solano. There will be crafts, demonstrations and activites such as: candle making, basket weaving, wool spinning, tortilla and butter making, and leather tooling. The Pomo Youth Dance Group will kick off the day with a presentation at 11:00 am. Adult admission is $3.00. Children aged 17 and under are free on Children's Day. Location: 114 E Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day of the Child - Día del Niño
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the children in your life during this special family event with fun-filled, bilingual (Spanish/English) nature activities for all ages! Join Regional Parks staff and other local environmental organizations at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park for a day of crafts, hikes, special exhibits, stories, music, and other activities that will connect you to each other and nature in your neighborhoods. In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we will raffle parks memberships. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park, Discovery Center, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Family Weekend Events for April 21–23

April 22, 2017

Earth Day celebration at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Here are our picks for a variety of Earth Day events and other activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, April 21

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mom & Baby Yoga
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Friday, 11 am

    Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama & baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    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, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: The Good Dinosaur
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Dino-Mite! Join us as we bake fossil cookies, sculpt a dinosaur out of play dough, and hatch fizzing dinosaur eggs. We will watch The Good Dinosaur. This movie is PG and is not appropriate for all audiences. Pizza will be provided.This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 members and $34 guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Father Daughter Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm

    Treat your daughter for a Very Special Knight Father Daughter Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Purchase tickets by calling (415) 927-5072. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School presents, Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm

    Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s middle school musical theater department is happy to present, Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. For all ages. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Marin Center, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 22

  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin Count
    Saturday & Sunday, various times

    The My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. Most events are for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day Marin for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
  • Pancake Breakfast & Music with Tim Cain
    San Geronimo Preschool
    Saturday, 8 am–11 am

    Come enjoy breakfast in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley, while supporting preschool scholarships for low income families. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, strawberries, pancakes with maple syrup, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $11 adults and $6 children under 9 years. Toddler room and preschool is having an open house during the breakfast. Children's musician Tim Cain will be performing from 10–11 am. Location: 6001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 14, 15 & 16

April 14, 2017

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

Family-friendly Easter Brunches

Brunch is always a popular Easter Sunday outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. Some even offer egg hunts! Check out our list here.

Friday, April 14

  • Visit with a Beekeeper
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 1–2:30 pm

    We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Egg Hunt
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 4–6 pm

    Hunt for hundreds of colorful eggs and enjoy fun crafts at PIER 39’s free Spring Egg Hunt! There will be two waves of egg hunts based on age: 0–5 at 4:30 pm and 6–10 at 5:30 pm. Kids can also enjoy a fun crafting activity led by the Museum of Craft and Design. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family Bike Parade: Light Up Your Bike!
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm
    Bring the kids to this family-friendly lighted bike parade around the Main Post. Bring your lighted bikes, trikes, and scooters to the registration tent and receive a free glow necklace and other goodies. Helmets are required for youth. Registration starts at 6:30 pm and parade begins at 7 pm. Location: Main Post, corner of Anza and Owen, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Stargazing Party
    Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm
    Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Piper Park
    Friday, 8:15 pm

    Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Piper Park for the Flashlight Egg Hunt! Eggs stuffed with goodies will be spread across a section of the Park. When the horn sounds, flashlights will turn on and the search begins! The hunt will begin at 8:30 pm so don’t be late! For kids ages 9+. Location: 250 Doherty Dr, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.

Family-Friendly Easter Sunday Brunches in Marin

April 13, 2017

Easter Day is on Sunday, April 16. Brunch is always a popular Easter outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as brunches fill up pretty quickly. Click on highlighted links for more info.

Sunday, April 16

  • Angel Island Cafe
    Angel Island State Park
    10 am–4 pm

    As part of Angel Island's Hop to It! Spring Festival there will be a special spring brunch menu at the Angel Island Cafe, as well as live music from noon–3 pm.
  • Cavallo Point
    Sausalito
    11:30 & 2 pm

    Cavallo Point's Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Enjoy a wide selection of brunch dishes and live jazz. Adults $110 adults, kids 4–12 $55. Make reservations online or by calling (415) 339-4700.

Celebrate Springtime at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling

April 13, 2017

Slide Ranch Spring Fling

If you haven't been to check out the beautiful and picturesque Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, now is your chance! Come to this non-profit teaching farm overlooking the ocean this Saturday to celebrate food, family, and fun at this year's Spring Fling. It all takes place on April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

This year's Spring Fling features live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, hikes and tours, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, and touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts.

Marinovators Showcases STEAM at College of Marin

April 11, 2017

Marinovators

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at College of Marin Academic Center in Kentfield. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.

This year’s Marinovators features projects from a variety of Marin County elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers, and includes themes like alternative energy, smart cities, environmental science, mobile apps, robotics, drones, virtual reality, immersive learning, coding for good, media and music makers, the Internet of things, VR art, digital health, hack your biology, and digital fashion.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 7, 8 & 9

April 7, 2017

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.

Easter Bunny Photos

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 from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Friday, April 7

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Spring Science Days 2017
    The Lawerence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come and learn something new about the Earth’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and other waterways. Visit the deepest parts of the ocean during special screenings of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D; learn how water has helped create the San Francisco Bay Area in our outdoor exhibit, Forces That Shape the Bay; and take on a giant, water-cycle themed maze in our featured exhibit, Water’s Extreme Journey. Museum admission applies. Location: One Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: Discovering Flowers and Plants Tour
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
    Friday, 11 am–noon
    Develop your powers of observation as you explore plant communities from around the world. Why are there so many kinds of plants? How do their differences help them survive in their diverse environments? Discover the purpose of a flower – what the flower attracts, how, and why. Free with Garden Admission; Space is limited. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Meg Fleming
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Meg Fleming will be here to read you a bedtime story from Ready, Set, Build!. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.
  • Kids Night Out: Back to the Future
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Rolling Hills is going “Back to the Future”. Join us as we create skateboard crafts, make milkshakes, and play some back to the future inspired games! A pizza dinner will be served. We will watch Back to the Future. This is a PG movie, and may not be appropriate for all audiences. Ages: 5–10. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Men are From Mars — Women are From Venus Live!
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm and Saturday, 4 & 8 pm
    Perfect for a date night or girls night out, the Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus Live!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Tickets: $60. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Stars, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 8

  • Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 8–10:30 am

    Join your friends at Corte Madera Parks and Recreation for a pancake breakfast (8 a m) and an egg hunt. Breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, potatoes, juice, milk, and coffee. The first egg hunt begins at 9 am, the second at 9:30 am, and the last at 10 am. Breakfast begins at 10:30 am. Egg hunts are not separate by age. 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Spring City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come by and see what awesome items you might find. Admission is free. Over 80 different booths! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    MV Community Center, Front Lawn
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am
    Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents.  Not only is this a creative way to start an active lifestyle at a young age, you get to spend qualiity time with your family in the healthiest way possible! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Geared towards young learners (pre-k–2nd grade), each Family Fun Day event will celebrate a different theme, combining natural science, art, and sustainability. While activities and learning levels support young adventurers, kids of all ages are welcome to join us as we explore forest trails and learn about nature through fun hikes, games and hands-on activities. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but participation in events is free. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes: American Girl Easter Cupcake Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    We're throwing a cupcake party and you're invited!  Join us as we bake delicious cupcakes and then learn how to decorate them too! You won't want to miss it! Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes Cupcake Set). Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Adventure Sails
    Bay Model Pier Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Egg Hunt at Hanna Andersson
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    We’re celebrating Easter early with an in store egg hunt on Saturday, April 8! For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
    Westside Park, Bodega Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Welcome to the home of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. Since 1973, this event has celebrated our local fisherman and it’s when salmon season is kicked off with a blessing of the fleet. The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages: kids zone, craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. Tickets: adults $12, kids ages 11 and under are free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woolly Egg Ranch Spring Farm Tour
    Mill Valley
    Saturday,  10:30 am

    Tour Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley's only working ranch, on their annual Spring Farm Tour and see baby animals, spring flowers, and more. Cost: $5 for kids (little ones free) and $7 for adults. Meet at the Tam Valley Community Center and we'll walk over as a group. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley.  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 this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fly Guy, the Musical
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: Adults $25; children $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mom & Baby Pilates
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 11 am–12:15 pm

    Join us for this special time to bond with your baby and get a work out in at the same time! A classical mat pilates workout tailored to enhance core strength, awareness, and flexibility, while allowing you to challenge yourself at an appropriate level and intensity --gently engage those muscles, or find the edge! Feeding, changing, and holding baby during class is appropriate and welcomed. Recommended by women at least 4 weeks postnatal but not limited to postnatal women. Not recommended for prenatal women. Register here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tomatopalooza & Meet the Easter Bunny
    Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Meet the Easter Bunny as he hops by the Tomato Market handing out goodies. Pose for candid pictures with friends, family or pets. This will be taking place with the Tamotopalooza (at 9 am to noon). Green thumbs and wanna-be gardeners get a jump on planting summer veggie gardens at the annual Bon Air Tomato Market. Location: 50 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sheep Shearing Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    The annual Sheep Shearing Day will be held at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Adobe Road, Petaluma. This event demonstrates sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Fun for the whole family! Cost: $3 adults 17 and older, $2 children 6 to 16, free for 5 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Cowpoke Carnival
    McKinley School Auditorium, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family for some good old-fashioned carival fun. Activities include: games, cake walk, music, food, crafts, silent auction, raffle and much, much more. Cost: $5 kids (ages 2-8) and handlers are free. Location: 810 Madison Street, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Bay Festival
    Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the family to this free Bay Festival. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. Paddle a Dragon Boat for all ages with parents, and Cal Sailing Club for 6 years and up with adult supervision. Sailing can be wet, so bring waterproof clothes and get a first hand experience on the Bay.  Location: 160 University Ave. Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
    Post Street, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5:30 pm
    The 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. More than 200,000 people will attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community as well. This event is free and open to the public! For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, 12–2 pm

    Bring the kids to decorate some Easter cookies. Drop in any time between 12–2 pm. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Register online for Sat. or Sun. here. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., Novato. For more info, call (415) 895-5003.
  • 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    Bring your furry friend and join us for our 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Family Dog Rescue! Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don't forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! Dogs and children(under 12) enter for free! Location: Old Speedway Meadow, 371 Chain of Lakes Drive E, Golden Gate Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays: Soak up the Rainbow
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Museum admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Live
    City Hall, Novato
    Saturday, 6–8 pm

    Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, Pedal Steel. Located: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

10 Fun Family Outings for Spring Break

April 4, 2017

Train Town SonomaVisit the Wine Country with the kids this Spring Break for family fun destinations like Sonoma TrainTown.

What are you doing on your time off from school next week? Here are a few of our picks for fun things to do with the family around Marin County, the Bay Area, and Northern California during Spring Break. Enjoy!

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