Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 20, 21 & 22

February 20, 2015

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 20

  • Lake Fishing for Kids
    Stafford Lake County Park, Novato
    Friday, 9–11 am

    Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park, and try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided. A fishing license is not required for persons under 16. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.  RSVPs appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Mid-Winter Movie Fest: Despicable Me
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 2–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for an afternoon of fun and a movie. Free. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 258-4600 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 21

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

    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 old ranch road past the park's reservoir. Expect to see some migrating species as well as species who thrive in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands: raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and—of course—many woodpeckers. Meet in the Olompali parking lot at 8:30 am. Wear layered clothing and bring binoculars, lunch, plenty of water, and a birding field guide if you have one. Free; $8 per car parking fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate the Year of the Sheep
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Saturday, 9 am–1:30 pm

    Bring the whole family to a day of special performances and hands-on activities in celebration of the Year of the Sheep. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi demonstrations with dazzling sword forms and more. Enjoy family-friendly children's activities and Lunar New Year Story Times! Location: 9th Avenue, just inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 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 music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Habitot Children's Museum
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion, food, music and dance. There will be an exciting dragon parade through the museum in which children can participate. Children can practice black ink calligraphy and also create their own paper dragon puppets in the Art Studio. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 647-1111 or 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. Ordinay museum admission fee applies. Location: 1 Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. 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.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Rudy Trubitt & Hiram Bell
    Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am
    (doors open at 10:45 am)
    Rudy Trubitt and Hiram Bell appear regularly at the Freight: Rudy hosts the Patchwork Series while Bell teaches beginner and intermediate ukulele classes. They'll combine their considerable talents (guitar, ukulele, harmonica, porch-board and more) in an engaging, interactive performance for young and old alike. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Lunar Chinese New Year Festival
    Fourth Street in Berkeley
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    Join 4th street merchants for a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year featuring a traditional candy giveaway at participating shops, lion and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstrations, and a blessing of the stores. Free. Location: 4th Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year: Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company
    Presidio Library Meeting Room
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm
    Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a performance of traditional and contemporary Chinese Dance with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Free. Location: 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog: Costume Character Storytime!
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 2–2:30 pm
    Come welcome costume character Clifford the Big Red Dog to storytime! Be sure to bring along your camera for a memorable photo opportunity. Free. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Community Day at the Palace of Fine Arts
    San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    This day-long community event will honor the 100th anniversary of the opening of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and will kick-off a year of Centennial events. A variety of educational activities for families and adults are planned, including a Uke-a-thon (bring your ukulele!) under the rotunda at 3pm, as well as exhibitions and entertainment. For more info, visit their website.
  • Year of the Ram Chinese New Year Celebration
    Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
    Saturday, February 21, 5–9 pm
    Bring the family to the Year of the Ram 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.
  • Kids Night at the Museum
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Drop your kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Enjoy a pizza dinner, games, and arts and crafts. Kids will learn about nocturnal animals with Sonoma Wildlife Rescue and by dissecting owl pellets. Also, make a terrarium, create art with mushrooms and more. Admission: $25 members, $32 non-members. $5 discount for siblings. Advance reservations required by registering online or calling (707) 284-1272. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 22

  • 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.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    In honor of Valentine's Day this month, the Marine Mammal Center celebrates love and Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for kids and adults. Tours at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Learn about unusual dating habits of marine mammals and their resultant pups. There will even be a cutest marine mammal baby contest! Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 754-4020 or visit their website.
  • Mill Valley LiVE: Bob Kann, Magician, Juggler & Tongue Twister!
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–noon

    National touring star Bob Kann’s combination of magic, juggling, and tongue twisting will have everyone in the audience laughing, and quite impressed! His style is unusual and irreverent, and he is very much a kid himself! 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.
  • Boobie-Palooza
    Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley
    Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Boobie-Palooza is the first Bay Area baby event focusing on wellness-based education, informed pregnancy, and early childhood natural health and offers panels, workshops, and expert presentations on the topics of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, birthing options, sleep techniques, and more, as well as exhibitors, entertainment, and family-friendly fun. Admission: $15; $45 VIP. Location: 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children’s Learning Garden
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2:30
    4 pm
    Bring the kids out every Sunday for free classes and activities in the Learning Garden! Events include gardening, crafts, live bugs, tours of the garden, and more. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 820-3550 or visit their website.
  • Soggy Sundays Kids Series: Asheba
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    A big favorite of generations of Ashkenaz families, Asheba brings his latest infectious songs 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.