Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 19, 20 & 21

February 19, 2016

Golden Gate view from Marin HeadlandsHere 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 19

  • Kid-O-Rama
    Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
    Friday & Saturday, all day
    Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hunger Games: The Exhibition
    Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–7 pm
    Follow Katniss Everdeen's journey from her beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay and explore the real-world themes underpinning the stories and the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that carried them to the screen. This exhibition features immersive themed environments and interactive digital and hands-on experiences related to the Hunger Games movie franchise. Tickets: $27.50 adults, $25 seniors 65+, $22 children 3–11. Location: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco. For more info and to reserve tickets, visit their website.
  • Make a FlipBox Night Light
    The MakerSpace, South Novato Library
    Friday, 11 am–1 pm

    Teens in 6th–12th grade can assemble a cube and wire it to light up when you flip it over. Space is limited, registration required; to sign up, call (415) 506-3165. Location: 931 C Street, Novato (Hamilton area). For more info, visit their website.
  • Discover the Dinosaurs
    San Jose Convention Center
    Friday, 1–8 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    Experience moving animatronic dinosaurs showcased in the period of time in which they lived. Other activities inlcude a scavenger hunt, dinosaur rides, movies, a dino dig, inflatables, and more. Tickets: $28 children 2–12, $24 adults, $21 seniors 65+, free for children under 2. Location: 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lego Play Day!
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm
    Did you know that the skills used to build with Legos support problem solving, reading, and creativity? Join us for Lego Play Day. Grades K and up, no advance sign-up required. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese Zodiac Storytelling
    Inverness Library
    Friday, 4–5 pm

    Kids and adults will enjoy an interactive storytelling experience celebrating the Year of the Monkey and the Chinese zodiac. Free. Locaiton: 15 Park Avenue, Inverness. For more info, call (415) 669-1288 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 20

  • 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.
  • NVCM Classical Kids: Just So Stories
    Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:30 & 11 am

    NVCM’s Classical Kids presents the Trinity Alps Chamber Players at Noe Valley Ministry performing Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, set to music by composer Danny Clay. Two 45 minute shows repeat at 9:30 and 11 am. Doors open at 9 am. Suitable for all ages. Tickets: $10 per person; $25 for family pass for up to 4 people. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
    Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
    Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. The museum features one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. Ordinary museum admission fee applies. Location: 1 Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Aquarium of the Bay at the Bay Model
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Aquarium of the Bay has teamed up with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bay Model Visitor Center to create the Bay Model Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that benefits the Bay Model and its educational programs by bringing the Bay, its animals, and their habitats to you! Join us at the Bay Model for these special conservation programs that are fun for the whole family! Free. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Nature Walks
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. For more info, visit their website.
  • Weaving Workshop for Grades K–5
    Fairfax Library
    Saturday, 3–4:15 pm

    Come learn about the art and history of weaving from San Anselmo's Gabriella Drake of Art Abloom. Create your own mini tapestry! Space limited, pre-registration required; call (415) 457-5629 to sign up. For kids ages 6–11. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration
    Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
    Saturday, 5–9 pm
    Bring the family to the Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration. Activities include: music, dance, martial arts, dragons and lions and buffet dinner at 6 pm. Cost: $25 adults, $10 children ages 3–13. Location: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade
    Downtown San Francisco
    Saturday, 5:15–8 pm

    Started in the 1860s, San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade has grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). Free; bleacher seats $30. Route: Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson. You can also watch is on KTVU 2 or KTSF 26. For more info, visit their website.
  • Give Hockey a Try
    Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 7–8:45 pm

    New players ages 4–9 can give hockey a try at YBC in a safe, fun environment. Equipment provided. Free. Location: 750 Folsom Street, San Francisco. Registration required. Visit their website for more info and to sign up.
  • Kid-O-Rama (see Friday for details)

Sunday, February 21

  • 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.
  • Family Bird Hike
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Sunday, 9–noon
    Meet Rangers Christin Lopez and Craig Solin for this morning hike at Rush Creek Preserve. We’ll learn about the birds and animals that live in the area as well as some of the colorful history of the preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring binoculars if you have them. Water and healthy snacks provided. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Road gate on Binford Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Black History Month Celebration
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Listen to the recorded strains of 20th century jazz throughout the day and create art work in the styles of prominent African American artists like Romare Bearden (collage), Kara Walker (cut-out silhouettes), and Jean Michel Basquiat (mixed media painting and drawing) in the Art Studio. Free after museum admission. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Days
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–2 pm

    Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. In February, learn about Lunar New Year symbols for longevity, fortune and happiness with art projects developed and led by our Art Speak teen interns. Free with museum admission. Children 12 and under are free. Loction: 200 Larking Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley LiVE: Karen Quest
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Karen Quest, America's funniest cowgirl, shows off her roping tricks and more at the Mill Valley Community Center. Tickets are available in advance at the Mill Valley Community Center. Admission: $8 per person, children 3 and under free. Location: 180 Camino Alto Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Brunch Show: Festival Speed & The Bearcat Duo
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 11 am-2 pm
    Enjoy brunch and bluegrass with Festival Speed & the Bearcat Duo. Free. This event is all ages. For Location: 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Soggy Sundays Kids Series: Cascada de Flores
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    The lively Mexican music of Cascada de Flores wraps up this season's “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.