Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 6, 7 & 8

February 7, 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 Event Calendar.

Friday, February 6

  • Valentine's Day Card Making
    Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera
    Friday, 10 am–6pm

    Kids are invited to create one Valentie to give away to a child in need and one to take home for their favorite someone. Location: Corte Madera Town Center, 1600 Redwood Highway #D045. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm
    Enjoy a dessert buffet, photos, special valentine craft, and dancing. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple, $15 per additional daughter. Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info call (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda Presents Into the Woods
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7 pm

    Join the upper elementary class from Montessori de Terra Linda for a theatrical performance. Students aged 9–12 have worked to develop a show with action and song that will be performed one night only. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 children and seniors. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 7

  • Learn to Saltwater Fish
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Kids of all ages can come out and spenc the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Rain does not cancel the event. Park entrance is waived for participants. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, contact Ranger Mike Maraccini at or visit their website.
  • KinderCycle Kids Swap
    South Berkeley Senior Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Bring your gently used kids items that your little ones have outgrown and swap them for larger items that fit them. Please bring your used items in  disposable bags, or bags. The admission fee per family is $5 if you have items to swap, and $10 if you don't.visit their website. Location: 2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    This fun family event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park. Begin with service projects and then enjoy a 45-minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The yoga class is for all ages and ability levels. Free lunch by Whole Foods at 1 pm. Please RSVP at (415) 763-2977. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • SF Giants Fan Fest 2015
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family to Giants Fan Fest and meet some of the players, autographs, and more. Free admission; parking $10. Takes place rain or shine. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Preschool Open House
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come meet the teachers and get a peek at what this jewel of a preschool can offer for children ages two through four. Children are welcome as some of our play materials will be out for them to explore while parents have the opportunity to view our facility and pose some questions for our very experienced and caring staff. Marinwood preschool programs include: The Parent-Toddler Class, Threes Together, and the Marinwood Morning School. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Card-making Workshop
    San Francisco Childrens Art Center
    Saturday, 10 am-noon

    Bring the kiddos ages 3-10 for a creative and fun Valentine's Day card making workshop. We'll use block printing, collage, and homemade stamps and stencils to create unique and heartwarming holiday greetings. Snacks, beverages, and envelopes for your cards are included. Cost: $35 per adult/child pair; $15 each additional child. Please call (415) 771-0292, click here, or e-mail to sign up! Location: Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. Bldg. C in San Francisco.Find out more here.
  • Family Event: Lion Dancers
    San Francisco Public Library, Children's Storytelling Room
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year and enjoy a traditional Chinese lion dance performance. Location: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street 2nd Floor. For more info, visit their website.
  • World on Stage Performances: Ensambles Ballet Folklorico
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    See the colorful dresses and intricate footwork of the Ensambles Ballet Folklorico, who will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music and traditional costumes. Tickets: Members $5; General $7 (plus Museum admission).Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kidz Cinefest
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
    Bring your kids for an entertaining hour of short films that they (and you) will absolutely love. The 9 films range in topics from vivid imagination to skiing, wild animals and even a fun perspective on sustainable living! Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets here. Location: 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The reggae music of Bob Marley evokes the spirit of Jamaica in this modern-day fairytale about the unexpected adventures of timid 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but “don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right!” Based on the story by Cedella Marley. Recommended for 4 and up. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children, $20 seniors, $13 groups (10 or more). Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Family Fitness Fun at the Presidio
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Through hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Meet in from of the Presidio Visitor Center, 105 Montgomery at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard. For more information and to RSVP, call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House Sprout Mill Valley
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 2:30-4:30 pm

    Come and celebrate their expansion and check out the variety of classes Sprout Mill Valley has to offer. Location: 12 Miller Avenue. For more info, call (415) 389-1312 or visit their website.
  • Hearts on the Hill Valentine's Fundraiser
    Corte Madera Recreation Center
    Saturday, 4–7 pm

    Bring the family for some fun and help raise money for Kids on the Hill Preschool. Carnival-style games, face painting, cupcake walk, live DJ, and dancing. Raffle for a family getaway to Disneyland. There will be a silent auction for Giants tickets, one-night getaways, golf outings, kid's birthday parties and more! Bring the whole family! Food and drinks to purchase. Admission: $5, free for children 2 and under. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 924-3033 or visit their website.
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    Come take a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand. Cost: $12 per person. Children of all ages are welcome. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under. Register here. For more info, call (415) 992-4700 or visit their website.

Sunday, February 8

  • 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.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Reading Rocks
    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    On second Sundays, the museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. The fun includes story time with Mr. Lunch, accordion books in the art studio, and kids’ rock band the Corner Laughers. Stay for more family fun at Tales and Tails: A Celebration in Partnership with SFPL and enjoy art-making, the SF SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales, free cake, and more! 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.
  • Family Lunar New Year Celebration
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the Year of the Ram with students from the Chinese American International School, presenting classical music and dance from China to kick off the Lunar New Year. The program ends with a playful student-arranged version of the lion dance. Free with museum admission. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Live! Interactive Shows for Children: The Brian Waite Band
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    The band is in search of a gang of bad guys who have created a machine that has taken their music! Tickets: $7 members, $8 general, free for under 2 years. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • GO LOCAL Chow Down Hoe Down
    Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, Rohnert Park
    Sunday, noon–4 pm

    Come on down to a local food and beverage showcase with 25 local foodmakers, including Amy's Kitchen, Clover Stornetta, Hip Chick Farms, Petaluma Pie Company, and more. Live music by Buck Nickels and Loose Change. Free admission with free samples; food and drink will be for sale, too. Location: 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Book Event: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas with Natasha Yim
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Sunday 1 pm

    In this Chinese American retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard. Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids English Tea Party
    Fairfax Women's Club
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Make a Sunday afternnon date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Dormouse, and Mad Hatter at a decidedly unique tea party complete with delicious tea sandwiches, a selection of organic teas, hot chocolate for kids and yummy desserts for all. Enjoy the Fairfax Theater Company cast of characters as they entertain us at the Fairfax Women's Club. Don't forget your camera! A benefit for Fairfax Parks & Recreation. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for kids. Reserve by February 4 by calling (415) 456-5952. Location: 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax.
  • Jay Alexander Magic
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Sunday, 2 pm
    & 5 pm
    Step right up and see world-renown Master Illusionist Jay Alexander in an amazing, funny and unique magic show that will entertain children and adults alike. Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Soggy Sundays Kids Series: Alphabet Rockers
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    Alphabet Rockers return, bigger and better than ever, 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.