Marin Family Weekend Events for July 12, 13, and 14

July 11, 2013

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, July 12

  • Children's Garden Series: Chelle! & Friends
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Children's show of New Orleans jazz music. No tickets needed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff
    Larkspur Library
    Friday, 4–5 pm

    As part of its Summer Reading Program, Larkspur Library hosts the Puppet Art Theater with The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This production starts with the classic race of the Tortoise and the Hare. Space is limited; please RSVP to (415) 927-5005 or Location: 400 Magnolia Ave. First Floor, City Hall building, Downtown Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pajama Night at Doodlebug Marin
    San Anselmo
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Kids put on their pajamas and enjoy pizza, crafts, stories, face painting and more. Cost: $30 per child; $25 each additional family member. Location: 641 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info or to reserve a spot, call (415) 456-5989 or visit their website.
  • For Whom the Bell Rings
    Hayes Theater at San Rafael High School
    Friday, 6 pm

    Even if school is the last thing you want to think about over the summer, you'll love this fast-paced musical comedy, with songs about everything from standardized tests to the lost and found. Presented by Katia & Company kids' summer camp. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Madison Band Blues, sponsored by Friends of the Sausalito Dog Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event.This Friday: Rusty Evans (Johnny Cash). Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 8 pm

    Marin Shakespeare Company presents Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, one of Elizabethan England's most popular plays and an inspiration for Shakespeare's Hamlet and Titus Andronicus. Celebrate the opening on Friday with complimentary cake, champagne, and festivities. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Footloose
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:30 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at San Anselmo's Creek Park. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 13

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wildcare Adventures: Journey to the City of Egrets
    Audubon Canyon Ranch, Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am

    Visit Audubon Canyon Ranch and see an egret heronry in action. Each spring egrets converge on this spot to build nests and raise their young. Hike to a viewing area to look down into the nests to see egrets feeding their young and witness how fledglings prepare for their first flight. Location: 4900 Highway 1, Stinson Beach. For more info, call (415) 453-1000 x17 or visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open for visitors one Saturday per month for five months beginning June. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Family Fun on the Farm and Adventures in the Wild
    Green Gulch Farm, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring the family for this experiential, nature-based day designed to help us remember our deep connections and learn how to apply them to our modern communities. This workshop is designed for parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents to explore and have fun with children in nature and on the farm. This day includes strategic mentoring practices, community gleaning and potluck, small group discussions, storytelling and music...all while having a great family day on a local, organic farm! $20 for Marin Organic Members, $25 non-members, $5 for children. Location: 1601 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate teddy bear magic during this two-day event. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live music by the Raytones, special book readings of I Am NOT a Bear, create take-home crafts, and have a special meet-and-greet with the Pete the Polar Bear and Baxter the Brown Bear. All activities are FREE with paid zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Northgate Kids’ Sing ‘n Play!
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Bring the kids to sign and dance with Andy Z, a children's performer and singer/songwriter who combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create an experience that keeps kids engaged and adults entertained. For more info, visit their website.
  • "Just Add Water" Butterfly-Attracting Container Workshop for Families
    Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    Bring the kids and get ready to get your hands dirty at this workshop led by garden designer Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Centers. Participants will leave with a beautiful container filled with butterfly-attracting plants. $25 per container, limit one per family for advance purchase. Tickets include admission to the Conservatory and Butterflies & Blooms! For more information and to order tickets, visit their website.
  • The Wiz
    Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Dorothy, our gal from Kansas, gets fun and funky when she eases on down the yellow brick road, right along with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. The Wiz, a modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. For ages 4 and up. $17 preview tickets for this day and time only. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Beatles Tribute
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The San Anselmo Arts Commission hosts their annual Beatles Night, featuring the Liddypudlians, on Saturday from 6–9 pm in Creek Park. Doors open at 4 pm. The event includes a live music sing-along. Tickets are available at Creek Park the day of the event. Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Hot Buttered Rum
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Hot Buttered Rum, and dinner from Roadside BBQ; Kids Zone hosted by Bread & Roses. Cost: $20 members in advance; $25 general public and day-of; Kids 17 and under are free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 14

  • 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.
  • Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast and breathtaking mountaintop view of San Francisco and the bay area. Come enjoy flufffy pancakes, tasty sausage, and hot coffee for only $10 (kids are $5). Orange juice and cantaloupe are available for $1 extra. Scenic views and live music are included with your breakfast. For more info, visit their website.
  • Look Out Below!
    Muir Woods
    Sunday, 9–11 am
    Join Ranger Aimee for an easy two-mile hike around Muir Woods National Monument to observe not just the large trees above you, the Coast Redwoods, but also the nature on the ground. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack, Intended for families with children 8 years and younger. RSVP required; call (415) 388-2596. For more information, visit their website.
  • U-Pick at Bloomfield Farms
    Bloomfield (near Petaluma)
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Take a scenic drive out to Bloomfield Farms in western Sonoma County where you and your family can pick your own certified organic produce, including dinosaur kale (our favorite!), lettuce, cabbage, collards, herbs, and more! $30 for large box of produce; cash only. Bring your own wagon (they have some available on a first-come, first-served basis) and a knife to cut produce with. RSVP to Location: 12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Meet author, inventor and expert bubbler Louis Pearl. He'll showcase the entertaining science of bubbles, including Square Bubbles, Person-Inside-a-Bubble, Edible Bubbles, and more! All Ages. No advanced sign-up required. Main Reading Room. All ages welcome—no registration necessary. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 x.4741 or visit their website.
  • 12th Annual Art & Garden Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family and enjoy free live music by four bands and browse the streets of downtown that will be lined with more than 150 booths from local artists, gardeners, restaurants, wineries and breweries! This is one of Petaluma's favorite festivals as there is something for everyone, including the Italian Street Art Competition, formerly known as the Chalk Art Competition, as well as a Children's Corner! For more info, visit their website.
  • Off the Grid: Food Truck Extravaganza
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Experience and eight or more gourmet food trucks and live music from noon to 1:30 pm on Sundays at this mobile food extravaganza at Marin Country Mart. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sunday Fun Days at Marinwood Pool!
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 12:30 pm

    Every Sunday is a Fun-Day at the Marinwood Pool this summer. Bring the entire family! The Marinwood Market will be set up poolside selling delicious BBQ. Enjoy live music, bounce house, and, of course, fun in the pool. Free for pool members, non-members pay the normal entrance fee. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Poolside Jam: Valiant Sailors
    Strawberry Recreation District
    Sunday, 2:30-4:30 pm

    Enjoy local bands at the pool. Bring the family, a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music and swimming in the pool. Cardholders get in free or $5 per person. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    This summer enjoy free live music from 2–4 pm every Sunday in front of the Clock Tower. This Sunday: enjoy Carribean Steel Drums with Harmonics Steel Band. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music of the Kronos Quartet, Geographer with Magik*Magik Quartet, and Real Vocal String Quartet. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival at the SF Zoo (see Saturday for details)
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Spanish Tragedy (see Friday for details)