Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 12, 13, 14 & 15

February 13, 2016

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, February 12

  • Chinese New Year Fun: Tai Chi for All Ages
    Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
    Friday, 11 am–noon

    Experience the health benefits of Tai Chi for all ages with these introductory classes by local instructor Chris Anderl. Fee: $5–10 sliding scale. Location: Dance Palace 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night at the Museum
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    Drop your kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum all to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, and cartooning. Recommended for kids 10 and under. Cost: $25 members, $32 non-members. $5 discount for siblings. Advance reservations required; register online or call (707) 284-1272. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz: Dave Getz and Friends
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Enjoy live jazz in the outdoor setting of Marin Country Mart. Food available from Marin Brewing Company, FarmShop, El Hurache Loco, BelCampo Meat, Three Twins Ice Cream, Rustic Bakery, and others. Dave Getz was the original drummer for Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company; his quartet performs an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, samba, funk, and standard. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, 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.
  • Family Film Night: Ratatouille
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 6–10 pm
    Bring your sleeping bags and camp out on the gym floor while you enjoy a fun free movie on a big screen. Free popcorn and It's It ice creams. Food available from Off the Grid at 6 pm, cartoon shorts at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 7 pm. The event is indoors at the Presidio Community Y Gymnasium, 63 Funston Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio. Stay warm and cozy with BYO blankets and cushions. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 13

  • Third Annual Presidents Weekend Stand Up Paddle
    McNear's Beach, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Dress up as your favorite U.S. president and enjoy a family friendly paddle board race for all ages at McNears Beach Park. Day of race registration starts at 8 am, races start at 9:30 am. Award will be given for best costume. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a paddle board. Park entrance is waived for participants. Meet at the snack bar in McNears Beach Park in San Rafael (201 Cantera Way). For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Valentine's Festival
    Marin Country, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market this Saturday. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, a creative reuse heart art project, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and live music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, local organic flowers, and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Fun at Marinwood Farmers Market
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Join the MSEL students at Marinwood Community Farmers' Market for Valentine's Day Fun. Kids can make valentine's day cards. The Terra Linda High School Band will be playing live music. Location: 101 Marinwood Ave., San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Botanical Valentine's Day Tea
    UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Families can enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Cost: $20 adults, $15 adult members,  $18 children, $13 member children. Register online, or by calling (510) 664-9841, or by emailing
  • Lunar New Year 2016
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come marvel at Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, and much more. Children of all ages can make a take-home monkey craft, go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Don't forget to stop by the Primate Discovery Center to see all of our monkeys during this Year of Monkey Celebration!  Cost: free with paid admission to the Zoo.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar Chinese New Year Festival
    Fourth Street in Berkeley
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Fun for the entire family. Featuring lion dancing and martial arts street performance. Check out their complete schedule of events here.
  • Teen Valentine Party
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    Join us for an afternoon of cookies, cakes, tea, paper crafts and board games. For teens 6th–12th grade. Location: 11720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, call (415) 473-2050 or visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration and Imperial Dinner
    San Francisco Symphony
    Saturday, 3 pm
    Music, family and tradition: three things at the heart of the San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year celebration. This family event includes a pre-concert Festival Reception which transforms the lobbies of Davies Symphony Hall with lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy, ribbon dancing, tea bars, children’s entertainment and “lucky” red envelopes. Get more info and tickets here.
  • Tulipmania at Pier 39
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am

    Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour, enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Giants Fan Fest 2016
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family to Giants Fan Fest and meet some of the players, autographs, and more. Free admission; parking $10. Takes place rain or shine. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Wacky Whales
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco

    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    February 14 is National Whale Day. From the bluffs of the Presidio, you may be fortunate enough to spot a whale swimming by! Right now, Killer Whales and Gray Whales are passing by. At this event, make your own homemade whale. 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 Science Days
    San Jose Convention Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days are free and open to all, and features hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families. For more info, visit their website.
  • 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
    San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
    Saturday, 3–5 pm

    Join us for the 5th annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the San Francisco Public Library. It's a yearly video competition in which kid filmmakers create weird movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. Co-hosted by James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and SF author Marcus Ewert (Mummy Cat, 10,000 Dresses). Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 14 (Happy Valentine's Day)

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beginning Birding
    Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Experience the birds of summer in the Marin Headlands by joining volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon. Bring field guides and binoculars. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. For ages 8 and up; no pets allowed. Reservations required: (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Valentine Fun
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Spend the morning with all of your Valentine sweeties enjoying delicious hot cocoa, creating paper magnolias and transforming into pollinators with DIY beetle headbands. Then, explore the Garden's magnificent magnolias together with a Family Adventure Map. Free. Location: Golden Gate Park, Martin Luther Kind Jr. Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–5:45 pm

    Bring the family for a day of fun. Playtime in the gym, bounce house, and tumbling for families with children 6 and under, art time, library time in the Lefferts Jewish Community Library, and sports and recreation for families with children 7+. Family-friendly fare is available at the café. Adult supervision is required for kids 9 and under. Drop-in charge per person. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sunday: Heart and Soul Party
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am (doors open at 9:45 am)

    On second Sundays, The Museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. The fun in February includes storytime in the gallery, crafting in the art studio, and a soulful dance party with Isaac Zones and his band! Location: 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Soggy Sundays Kids Series: Family Square Dance
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    All-female Bay Area string band More Pretty Girls Than One brings its foot-stomping fiddle tunes to “Soggy Sundays,” Ashkenaz’s series of kids’ shows that chase the winter fog and rain away (or lift spirits higher even if it’s not raining). Cost: $6 kids, $8 adults. Location: 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 525-5054 or visit their website.

Monday, February 15 - Presidents' Day

  • Chinese New Year Festival
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Monday, February 15 (Presidents' Day), 9 am–4 pm
    Gung hay fat choy! Welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Witness spectacular lion dancers, observe professional calligraphers, sample delicious Chinese food and more in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. Be sure to stop by the exhibition Children’s China and discover even more timeless traditions. Free with paid admission. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Monday, 10 am–1 pm
    We’ll take an easy walk at this beautiful park looking for cold weather creatures. We'll look for millipedes and beetles under logs, tadpoles along the edges of the pond, and maybe we'll even find a newt or two wandering along the trail. Remember to bring lunch. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. Questions: Contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or visit their website.