Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 21, 22 & 23

February 22, 2014
Shollenberger Park Petaluma
Take a family wildlife walk at Petaluma's Shollenberger Park this weekend.

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 21

  • LEGO Play Day
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Lego supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills. Age 5 and up. No sign-up needed. Location: Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks & more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $20; $18 sibling discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire. Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan, which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast. Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 22

  • Stafford Bass Derby
    Stafford Lake County Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Join rangers for this annual fishing contest! Prizes will be awarded for the first fish, biggest fish, and total combined stringer weight of fish caught. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Meet at Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Boulevard in Novato. Park entrance is $5 per vehicle. For more info, contact ranger Josh Gilmore at (415) 446-4424 or 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.
  • Free Performance: Little Beats Music Program
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–11 am

    Get a taste of the new Little Beats early childhood music education program this Saturday with a free musical performance. Popular Bay Area children's musicians essence and Rachel will perform, joined by the Little Beats music program staff. Location: Mill Valley Community Center lobby, 180 Camino Alto. For more information, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Wildcare Family Adventures: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am

    Take a family stroll led by Wildcare naturalists around Las Gallinas Ponds and learn about the family life of the waterfowl that overwinter in this area. We’ll talk about nesting habits, mating displays, baby bird foods, and what it takes to raise a bird family every year! It is not all about birds. We’ll also look for river otters who are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Meet at Las Gallinas Ponds trailhead. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Day at Charles M. Schulz Museum
    Santa Rosa

    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
    Enjoy free admission to the museum all day and a special constellation wall as part of the Starry, Starry Night exhibition. Check out the museum in our article here. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or 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.
  • World on Stage: Chinyakare Ensemble
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 11 am

    Chinyakare Ensemble presents the incredibly varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance. Harmonically weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture. Cost: members $7; general $18 (includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road. Ft. Baker, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • ClownSnotBombs: A Spaghetti Western
    Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    ClownSnotBombs’ A Spaghetti Western follows a band of travelers as they bring the power of pasta to the western frontier. This performance features a menu of circus with entrees of acrobatics, performance art, comedy, physical theater and original music.Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 8 am

    Listen to the evening songs of the rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star at the Discovery Tidepool. Then head over to Tusher African Hall to interact with a Penguin specialist and become a stargazing guru during an after-hours planetarium show. Before bedtime, settle in for story time while snacking on cookies and milk and learn about Pierre—the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin. When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast. Cost: $79 per person members, $99 per person general. For more information, call (415) 379-5333 or visit their website.

Sunday, February 23

  • 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.
  • Cool, Clear Waters Hike
    Muir Beach
    Sunday, 9 am–noon

    Take an easy two-mile walk around an active restoration site. Learn how the needs of the endangered coho salmon and threatened California red-legged frog can influence the design of ecological restoration, and ultimately, how a national park stewards a popular site like Muir Beach. Bring water and a snack, dress in layers, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Muir Beach parking lot. Hike is limited to 20 people, so RSVP is required; please call (415) 388-2596. 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 of the hospital showcase some of the patients in our care and how veterinarians are getting them better. Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 754-4020 or visit their website.
  • Mill Valley LiVE: Magic Happens at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–noon

    This first Mill Valley LiVE performance features award winning magician and illusionist Timothy James. Tim's hilarious routines and impressive magic skills are earning him rave reviews with audiences everywhere he performs. Don't miss this unique talent! Tickets are available in advance at the Community Center and Aquatics & Fitness Center front desks or at the door the day of the event. $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.
  • The World's Funniest Bubble Show
    The Marsh, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am

    The World’s Funniest Bubble Show is an enchanting brew of breathtaking bubbles and bubbly music that will appeal to everyone, no matter what their ages. Packed with fun stuff, it makes a perfect and amazingly inexpensive outing for the whole family. This show is 60 minutes with no intermission and is intended for all audiences. Location: 1062 Valencia Street. Tickets: children under 12 $8; adults $11 (plus $1.50 service fee). For more info, visit their website
  • Free: Children’s Learning Garden
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Sunday, 12:30–2:30 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.
  • Marin Symphony: Quintessential Beethoven, Chic Tchaikovsky
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Sunday, 3 pm

    Music Director Alasdair Neale and Marin Symphony orchestra bring exciting classics to life for the third 61st Season Masterworks concerts. "The Apotheosis of the Dance" was how Richard Wagner described Beethoven's 7th Symphony, a work teeming with volcanic energy from start to finish. Tchaikovsky's elegant Rococo Variations showcases young virtuoso cellist Austin Huntington in his Marin Symphony debut. Tickets: $70, $54, $29, $35, $27.50, $14.50 teachers and college sudents, $10 Youth under age 17. For more info and tickets, visit their website.