Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 10–12

February 10, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out all the fun Valentine's Day festivals, teas,  crafts and more this weekend.

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes this weekend.

Friday, February 10

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Friday Fun Days
    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! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Homebrew Happy Hour!
    Mariwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Don't forget this Friday evening is Homebrew Happy Hour! Featuring local homebrew tastings and live music. Join neighbors and friends for a fun night out! Cost: $10 at the door (includes tastings). Free childcare (ages 2–10). Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Friday, 8 pm

    Bring the entire family for an evening of rip-roaring, dazzling, spectacular family entertainment with Shaolin Warriors, the masters of Kung Fu. Shaolin Warriors brings the remarkable skill, stunning movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to the stage, perfecting the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat, performing live feats thought only possible in the movies. Tickets: $25–$45. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 11

  • Saint Valentine's Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Bring the family to the Saint Valentine's Festival and The Farmers Market for lots of festive fun. Activities: heart art, kids entertainment, sugar cookie decoration, old fashioned photo stand, face painting and pony rides. Shop for some fresh produce too at this weekend's farmers market. For more info, visit their website.
  • American Girl: Valentine's Day Crepe Party
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Let’s have a crepe party! Crepes are super-fun to make, and you can finish them with whatever tasty fillings and toppings you’d like, such as chocolate, fresh fruit or jam. Then serve them to your family and friends on Valentine’s Day. Suitable for ages 8–13. Price: $30 (includes crepe pan set). Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. For more info, visit their website.
  • Will Zoo Be Mine?
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Feel the love at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Celebrate Valentine’s Day at SF Zoo by taking a “Lovers Stroll” to visit animal couples, mates and families.  Decorate a Valentine for your favorite animal and share the love by purchasing an “Adopt-An-Animal” for yourself or your sweetheart. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Giants Fan Fest 2017
    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.
  • Family Program: A Botanical Valentine's Day Tea
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am and 1–2:30 pm

    Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. 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.  $22 Adults, $18 Adult Members,  $17 Child, $15 Member Child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Very First Concert!
    Main Library, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 & 11:15 am

    Experience the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for an interactive and educational performance of classical music favorites! Designed for our youngest listeners, these delightful 20-minute presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement. Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
    Lake Sonoma, Geyserville
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Fun activities for the family at the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, held on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center!  Rain or shine. Food, wine, beer, silent auction, live music, archery, fishing, tours, demonstrations -- just about anything you can imagine, and it is free! For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Chinatown Community Street Fair
    Chinatown, San Francisco
    Saturday,10 am–4:30 pm & Sunday, 9 am– 5 pm

    Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Craft for Kids!
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Make a paper heart garland to display or give as a gift! Free! All materials provided. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: Constellation Celebration
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday 11 am–4 pm

    Did you know that the Presidio hosts stargazing parties? On February 11, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will bring their telescopes to the Main Parade Ground and help you discover the Presidio’s night sky. Make a craft of your favorite constellation to enjoy day or night! Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • History Play Date: Vintage Valentines
    California Historical Society, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am

    Inspired by CHS collections we will be designing our own valentines inspired by our vintage ones. Use decorative paper, stickers, and vintage inspired images to make a crafty card for friends and family. Share what you love about California and its history by adding to our LOVE CA mural! Meet the staff of the the Museum of Craft and Design! They will be on hand to help decorate vases and make paper flowers. Free, but RSVP required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Storytime
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine's Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine's Day Is Cool. Don't miss out!  Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • One Love: A Celebration of Art and Community
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm
    Celebrate love, tolerance, and diversity at the de Young this Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy music, art making, tours, and more while exploring the many voices reflected in our permanent collections and discovering various expressions of love. The de Young café will offer delicious chocolate treats and a special menu. Get your collectible One Love buttons throughout the galleries.Create your own souvenir Snapchat photo from One Love using a specially designed filter just for today. Free admission (special exhibition fees apply). For more info, visit their website.
  • Pop-up Valentines Workshop with Artist Kathy Piscioneri
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Bring the kids for this Pop-up Valentine's workshop For kids 2nd grade and up. Space is limited. Call (415) 924-6382 to sign up. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hearts on the Hill Valentine's Festival
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Join Corte Madera's Kids on the Hill preschool for their annual Valentines-day-themed Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday. This year's Hearts on the Hill features fun for the entire family, including carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, a live DJ and dancing, food and drinks. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event and cost $5; children 2 and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Kids on the Hill Preschool. The Corte Madera Community Center is located at the Corte Madera Town Park at 498 Tamalpais Avenue. For more information, call (415) 924-3033.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register at
  • 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, singer and songwriter Tracy Blackman. Located: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
    Downtown San Francisco
    Saturday, 6–8 pm
    Named one of the top ten Parades in the world, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country and one of the largest Asian cultural celebrations outside Asia. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26. For more info, visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 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.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24 per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Learn how to set loving limits that work, use do-able strategies, and have discipline that connects with your child at a workshop with best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed. Tickets to Saturday's workshop cost $15 each, and can be ordered in advance online. Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael 94903. For more information, call (415) 479-8190 or visit their website.
  • WinterNights: Mardi Gras Dance Party
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm
    The Kanbar Performing Arts Center brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights indoors to the Hoytt Theater. Shake off your winter blues with the vivacious and infectious sounds of Andre Thierry, featuring Louisiana Roots music fused with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock! The dance show will lead into dance instruction sharing fun and easy to learn dance steps followed by a great dance party on the floor with dholrhythms dance co and music by DJ Jimmy Love (Non Stop Bhangra) accompanied by live dhol drummers. Fun for all ages. Admission: $22 public, $20 members; $25 day-of; $10 ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 12

  • 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.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley with WildCare
    College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm
    We'll join up with WildCare Family Adventures for a day of nature exploration and education. We'll be joined by Marco Berger who is a fantastic teacher and naturalist who will share his expertise in both English and Spanish. We’ll look for frogs, toads, and salamanders, in addition to other winter-active animals. The creek should be full, so we’ll follow it up the canyon and have lunch by a beautiful waterfall. Remember to bring lunch. Rain may cancel. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    In preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. 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.
  • Super Fun Sundays: Happy Birthday Trees with Hullabaloo
    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 kids and their grownups. In celebration of Tu B’shevat, family fun includes nature rubbings, a musical instrument petting zoo, and the earthy tones of Hullabaloo. Location: 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth streets), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
    Parents Place Marin, San Rafael

    Sunday, 10 am–4:30 pm
    Are you getting worn down by bedtime challenges, morning-rush madness, dawdling, whining, and other challenging behaviors? Do you find yourself too often resorting to threats, bribes, or raised voices? Learn practical strategies to improve cooperation and discipline, strengthen character, and enhance your relationships at home. Usually a four-week series, this workshop is being offered as a one-day intensive for those who can’t attend for four weeks. $199–$329. Register here. Location: Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Puppy Love Valentine Tea Party
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 11:30 am–1:30 pm

    Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a “show and tell” hosted by Rebekah Kaufman. Join us under the tent among a display of vintage Steiff as we create and exchange Valentines. A special Puppy Love Tea menu will be served featuring tea, milkshakes, tea sandwiches, scones and other delicious fare. See link for full menu, $15 children, $20 adults. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    We will be celebrating by decorating 2 Heart cookies for your Valentine! Drop-in any time between 2–4 pm to decorate. Cost: $10 per person. Price includes 2 sugar cookies, icing and decorations. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., Suite #101, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
    Fairfax Women's Club, Fairfax
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Make a Sunday afternoon date for an English High Tea with Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse, and Mad Hatter at a decidedly unique tea party complete with delicious tea sandwiches, a selection of organic teas, hot chocolate for kids and yummy desserts for all. A benefit for the Fairfax Theater Company. Location: 46 Park Road, Fairfax. Cost: $20 adults, $15 kids. Advance ticket sales deadline has passed, contact (415) 456-5652 or for availability. For more info, visit their website.