Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 13, 14, 15 & 16

February 13, 2015
Muir Woods
Visit Muir Woods National Monument this weekend for free admission, a Towering Trees youth program, and more.

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 13

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his 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.

Saturday, February 14

  • Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday–Monday, 8 am–5 pm

    America's Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it's free! Get into Muir Woods National Monument for free over President's Day Weekend. 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.
  • Flea Market and Marinwood Farmers Market
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come and find new purpose for old items. Variety of items, range from household items, clothing and baby things, collectibles and antiques, books and jewelry, and handmade items. Free admission and parking. Location: 101 Marinwood Ave., San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Cooking Class: Stir-Frying
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Stir up some delicious fun at the next class at the 52 New Foods series! Together we’ll make Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy. It’s a fantastic dinner you can cook with your family—then claim the leftovers and pack in your lunch box to enjoy the next day. Suitable for ages 9–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Tea for Kids
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am & 1 pm

    Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party for the entire family. 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. Two program times: 10 am & 1 pm. Registration required, space is limited. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Includes Garden admission. Cost: $20 Adult, $18 Child, $15 Member Adult, $13 Member. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 643-2755 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.
  • Mad Hatter Valentine's Tea Party
    Charles M. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with hands-on crafts and Valentine’s Day fun! Make your own Cheshire Cat smile, Mad Hatter hats, cute caterpillars, and more. Also, if you are a little (or not so little!) red-haired girl or boy then you will receive free admission in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Chinese New Year Fans
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Chinese New Year Fans Commemorate Chinese New Year by creating your own decorated fan to take home. 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.
  • Valentine’s Day Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Barnes & Noble Corte Madera celebrates Valentine’s Day with the new Sesame Street friends book I Love You Just Like This. Participants will create Valentine’s Day cards, enjoy activities, and make Elmo and Cookie Monster finger puppets. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Youth Program
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm

    Children explore the towering redwood trees using their senses. We'll each meet a tree; participate in a scavenger hunt; play guessing games; sing a few tree songs while enjoying the beautiful forest in a special secret grove at Muir Woods. Space is limited so reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Evening Hike on the Big Rock Trailhead
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 4–6 pm

    Join us at Big Rock Trail and unwind as we end a beautiful winter day on the Lucas Valley Preserve. Ranger Mike Warner will be leading a short hike to one of the best sunset viewing spots in Marin Open Space. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. This activity is moderate. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Location: Meet at the Big Rock trailhead in San Rafael. For more info, contact Ranger Mike Warner at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Sweetheart Stroll
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 6:30–9:30 pm

    This Valentine’s Day take your sweetheart on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Novato’s quaint downtown… for free! Have dinner at one of Novato’s romantic restaurant spots, and and enjoy a free carriage ride. Two Pick-up Locations- 2nd & Grant and Sherman & Grant. Sponsored by the Downtown Novato Business Association (DNBA). For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 15

  • 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.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count
    NatureBridge, Fort Cronkhite
    Sunday, 9:30 am–noon
    It is time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, and we need your help! For the entire family Learn how to identify Marin County frequent flyers while counting birds around Rodeo Lagoon. Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen. Free event. Register here. Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. Free. For more info, call (415) 331-1548 or 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.
  • Family Down Home Music Time
    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Sunday, 12:30–1 pm

    Inspired by the exhibition Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman, enjoy and explore bluegrass instruments like the mandolin and fiddle. Listen, learn, play, and have fun with Dave Rosenfeld of Octopretzel. Music programs are in the Zim Zoom Family Room.Free with museum admission (adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry); youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Symphony Masterworks 3 Eight Seasons
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Sunday, 3 pm
    Hear Vivaldi's beloved The Four Seasons as it appears juxtaposed with The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by the master of the Tango, Astor Piazzolla. Jeremy Constant, concertmaster of the Marin Symphony is our soloist and guide through this fascinating journey. Tickets: $70, $55, $30. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Soggy Sundays Kids Series: Music for Children with Jill & Steve
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    Jill and Steve (2/3 of Orange Sherbet) bring their happy music 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.
  • Free entrance days at Muir Woods (see Saturday for details)

Monday, February 16 - Presidents' Day

  • Chinese New Year Festival
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Monday, 9 am–5 pm

    Welcome the Year of the Sheep at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Purchase a theatre ticket to see a vibrant performance by the Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group (members $5, general $7). Enjoy delicious Chinese food for sale, as well as a variety of cultural demonstrations. You won’t want to miss the Marin Chinese Cultural Association and their spectacular lion dancers. Free after museum admission. Location: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidents' Day Paddle
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Monday, 9 am
    Enjoy a family friendly paddle board race for all ages at McNears Beach Park. Day-of-race registration starts at 9 am, races start at 10 am. USCG approved flotation devices and leashes are required. Course length and duration will be weather dependent. This activity is easy. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a paddle board, OC1, OC2, prone, or kayak. Park entrance fee waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Roy's Redwoods
    Roy's Redwoods Open Space Preserve
    Monday, 10 am–1 pm
    The redwood forest comes to life in the wet season; ferns, mosses, and mushrooms are all around, banana slugs and newts are on the move, and there are lots of insects and other interesting animals hiding under logs and rocks. Remember to bring lunch! Location: Nicasio Valley Road near San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free entrance days at Muir Woods (see Saturday for details)