Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 14, 15 & 16

February 13, 2014
Muir Woods
Visit Muir Woods National Monument this weekend for free admission, a Woodland Winter walk through an old-growth redwood forest, 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 14

  • 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. Enzo has been performing his family music show, "Breakfast with Enzo," weekly in San Francisco for the past 8 years, Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $5 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Calling All Little Red-Haired Girls!
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 11 am–5 pm

    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 and Charlie Brown’s affection for a certain Little Red-Haired Girl. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 579-4452 or visit their website.
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse
    Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
    Friday, 5–6:30 pm

    Join park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand-carved tunnel and out to the lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail, which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Limited to 50 people, and program fills quickly. Reservations required; call (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine’s Night at the Museum
    Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum
    Friday, 5–9 pm

    The museum is celebrating the animals we love this Valentine's evening with a special look at how species show off to find their mate. From peacock feathers to the Iguana's "chick magnet" jowls, we'll glimpse into the wild world of natural selection then settle in for pizza and movie. $20 members, $25 general. Space limited; reservations required. Location: Petaluma High School campus at 201 Fair Street. For more info, visit their website or call (707) 778-4787.

Saturday, February 15

  • 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 Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market, on Saturday February 15. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, a creative reuse heart art project, personalized poetry by the Valentine Poet, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and French music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, and don't forget local organic flowers and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates. 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
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue. Make sure to get a family photo with the giant puppets, dragon, and other memorable artifacts from the parade! Location: Grant Avenue from California to Broadway, Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton; and Washington & Jackson Street from Kearny to Stockton. For more information, visit their website.
  • Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday & 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. We feature one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. This weekend, climb aboard in a DC-6 Cockpit. Location: 2230 Becker Boulevard, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whiskers!, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am
    & 2 pm and Sunday, 1 & 3 pm
    Whiskers!, a musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “real” through humor, song, and this classic story adapted by composer/lyricist, Caroline Altman, as told from the toys’ perspective. For grades K–6. Tickets: General $15, children under 14 $10. Purchase tickets here. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 820-3320 or visit their website.
  • Berkeley Playhouse Presents The Music Man
    Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm and Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Full of heart, wit, and beautiful music, The Music Man opens on the 4th of July, 1912 with the arrival of Harold Hill in River City, Iowa. Claiming he can keep small-town ideals alive with an all-boys marching band, Hill charms the townspeople into purchasing equipment, except Marion the Librarian sees through his schemes, at least until she falls in love with the irrepressible con artist. Tickets: $35–$40 adults 18-64, $33–$38 seniors 65+, $25–$30 youths 6–17, $17–$23 tots 2–5. Special $17 preview show on Saturday at 1 pm. Location: 2640 College Ave, Berkeley. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Muir Woods After Hours
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 4:30–6:30 pm

    Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down! Although this is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trails, this event is not recommended for children under 8 years. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Heavy rains cancel. Meet at the Visitor Center. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Parade
    Downtown San Francisco
    Saturday, 5–8 pm

    Over 100 units will participate in the annual Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade. 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, 6–8 pm. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268-foot Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung"), which takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to handle. The parade begins at 5:20 pm at 2nd and Market Streets, proceeds up Geary and around Union Square, and then follows Kearny Street into Chinatown. For more information, visit their website.
  • Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike at White Hill
    Saturday, 6–7:30 pm
    White Hill Open Space Preserve, Fairfax

    Join us for a Junior Ranger program, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. The program is intended for 7–12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Meet a ranger for an evening of learning and fun at White Hill. We’ll watch the sun set and the full moon rise, weather permitting. This will be an easy walk, approximately 1.5 mile round-trip. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), and bring water, snacks and a flashlight. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. High winds or rain will cancel the event. Questions: contact Ranger Jacob Feickert at (415) 473-2816 or JFeickert@marincounty.org. For more information, visit their website.

Sunday, February 16

  • 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.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count for Kids!
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Sunday, 9 am–noon
    Join San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the Golden Gate Audubon Society for our second annual Bird Counts for Kids. Six teams of junior birders ages 8–16 will gather to count the more than 44 bird species commonly found in the garden. Groups will be led by experienced birders. One parent or guardian must attend with each child. You must register here to attend. Make sure to bring a bag lunch Location: 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way at MLK Jr. Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Woodland Winter
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Sunday, 9:30 am–noon

    Discover the wonder of an old-growth redwood forest in winter on this leisurely walk on the Fern Creek and Alice Eastwood trails. Look for salmon, mushroom displays, winter wildflowers, waterfalls, and more! Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as the trails are steep and may be muddy. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the visitor center. For information and reservations, call (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count
    NatureBridge, Fort Cronkhite
    Sunday, 9:30 am–noon
    It's time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, and you and your family can help! During this event you will become ornithologists (a fancy word for bird scientist) and learn how to identify Marin County frequent flyers. Then help in counting birds during a hike around Rodeo Lagoon. The data collected will be used to help get an accurate picture of what bird populations are doing locally and globally. Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat, water bottle, and sunscreen. Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. Free. Register for this event here. For more info, call (415) 331-1548 or visit their website.
  • Kids Cooking Class
    ITK Culinary, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Kids can learn how to make food for Taco Tuesday. They will make tamales, pupusas, enchiladas and baked tortilla chips. This is a fun event for the entire family. Cost is $45. Register online here. Location: 300 Turney Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 331-8766 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.
  • Learn to Ride at McInnis Skate Park
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    Kids of all ages can bring their scooters or skateboards. We learn to use the park together, the way it is intended to be used. Injuries can happen when we don’t understand the code of ethics and sharing of space in a skate park, so we will focus on spatial awareness, dropping into bowls with other users, taking turns, listening to our intuition and developing other skills for success in a dynamic sporting environment. Meet at the skate park in McInnis Park. For directions, visit their website.