Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 10, 11 & 12

July 10, 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, July 10

  • Free Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. This show will take place on the Esplanade. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Bubble Lady
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Friday, 2–3 pm

    Rebecca Niles returns for an hour of soapy bubbly fun. Get ready to be amazed! For ages 2 and up. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Clare
    diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore. It's Pajama story time with our very own childrens' bookseller, Clare! Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, and then head home for bed. Free. For ages 4–8. Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. 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, Jerry Hannan will be performing electrifying blues. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Join us this summer for live music, food, and fun for the entire family at Marinwood Park! Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the adults. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick off the weekend Marinwood-style. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 11

  • 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.
  • Off-Site Adventures: Nature Hike
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am
    Experience new parts of Fort Baker in these family adventures designed to share a little bit of history and natural wonder. Great for all ages, but please leave the stroller in the car. Options for 30 minutes or the full hour; trips include Horseshoe Cove, the Parade Grounds, the Batteries, and other local trails. Museum admission applies; meet at the Cafe. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. Learn you how to cook on a salt plate, from chicken and corn quesadillas to chocolate chip cookies, and how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Saturdays
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Every Saturday, Bon Air Center and Marin Maker Mobile host a free weekly 3-hour event featuring activities for makers of all ages. Come make, share and learn with hands-on activities where you can make a duct-tape wallet or purse, a windsock, or maybe even learn to solder. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Matinee: James and the Giant Peach
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Come join us for an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family! This Saturday: James and the Giant Peach. For families of all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flynn Creek Circus Under the Big Top
    Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 3 & 7 pm and Sunday, 1:30 & 4 pm
    Flynn Creek Circus' acrobats, aerialists, equilibrists and more light up the stage in their charming vintage tent this summer. Perfect for all ages. Come see top quality circus acts from all over the world accomplish amazing stunts. Full of laughs, drama and truly jaw dropping skill, this is a show that everyone can enjoy! Purchase tickets here. Location: 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Concert on the Green: The T-Sisters
    Novato City Green
    Saturday, 5–7 pm
    Join Novato ALIVE on Saturday for the first of three free concerts happening this summer on the City Green in downtown Novato! This first concert features the T-Sisters, a vocally driven contemporary folk band from Oakland. Finnegan's Marin will be selling beverages on-site. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the green. Location: Sherman Avenue near Novato City Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beatles in the Park Tribute Concert
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 6–9 pm

    The San Anselmo Arts Commission hosts their annual Beatles Night. Musical direction by Joe Bagale and the Fantastic Fabulous. 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.
  • 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, with food by Big Jim's BBQ and Kid Zone sponsored by DrawBridge. Cost: $20 members $23 general public advance, $28 at the door; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Theatre Company: Willam à La Shakespeare
    Fairfax Pavilion
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 pm
    Fairfax Theatre Company presents iconic scenes from Shakespeare's plays, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and A Comedy of Errors. Doors open at 7:30 pm; curtain at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (G)
    Contrati Ball Field, Fairfax
    Saturday, 8 pm

    Kick off the Fairfax Festival with a free outdoor screening of Bedknobs & Broomsticks (G) in Fairfax's Contrati Field. Show time is 8 pm, but arrive an hour early for music, a raffle, and a cartoon. Bring your picnic, blankets, and low-backed lawn chairs. Popcorn, candy, and sodas available for sale. For more information, visit their website.
  • Deer Island Sunset Family Hike
    Saturday, 8–9:30 pm

    Join Ranger Mike Warner for a fun sunset and night hike at Deer Island, where we’ll discover nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the unique views of this wonderful preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Lane in Novato. Questions: Contact Ranger Mike Warner at (415) 473-2816. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, July 12

  • Miracle Mile & 5K
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 7 am
    The San Rafael Miracle Mile and 5K features fun runs for the entire family. All races start and finish on Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael. Registration: For more info, $35/$45. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • 14th 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.
  • Poolside Jam: Steve Taylor-Ramirez
    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.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music of Amy Hanaiali‘i, a top-selling female vocalist in Hawai’i. Sharing the stage is the Stern Grove Festival Orchestra conducted by Matt Catingub. 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.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline
    Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, San Rafael
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Marin Shakespeare presents a famly matinee of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Cymbeline—youth 18 and under are admitted free. Admission: $35 general, $32 seniors. Location: 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6:30 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. This Sunday, Dirty Cello: blues/gypsy jazz/bluegrass. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.