Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 3, 4 & 5

February 3, 2017

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes this weekend.

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 3

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' PJ Party with Sandra V. Feder!
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur

    Friday, 6–6:30 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Sandra V. Feder will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Movie Night: The Nut Job
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on the first Friday of the month for movie night. Free pizza and soda will be served. Students, parents, and friends welecome. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda Presents: Annie, Jr.
    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 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father Daughter Valentine's Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm

    This special Father Daughter Valentine's Dance includes dessert buffet, cookie decorating, music, dancing and father-daughter photos. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple/ $15 per additional daughter. To register, call The Ranch, Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation at (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 4

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Starting this January, Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House Play Date: Marin Multiples
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Learn about the club and meet other parents of multiples! Location: 298 Peacock Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am
    Kick off an energetic weekend with Zumba at McInnis Park led by a professional instructor. This event is ideal for all ages so bring the family. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water. Rain will cancel the event. Questions: Contact Kevin Wright at KWright@marincounty.org, or (415) 473-2129. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    To commemorate the Year of the Rooster, the San Francisco Zoo hosts two weekends of Lunar New Year celebrations. Marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances, go on a zodiac scavenger hunt through the zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar, and stop by the Family Farm to see the roosters at the zoo. Guests born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017) will receive free admission to the zoo! Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Doing and Viewing Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • History Hike: Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railroad
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    It’s been almost 121 years since the ground breaking ceremony of the Mt Tamalpais Scenic Railroad. Join us for a three-mile hike on the Old Railroad Grade as we discuss the history of the railroad. This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a lunch and water. Rain or heavy winds will cancel. Meet at the West Blithedale Avenue trailhead. For more info, visit their website.
  • Upton Beach Cleanup
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join us to help clean up Upton Beach in the town of Stinson. Our efforts will help protect marine life from harmful trash and keep one of Marin's most picturesque beaches looking great. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. It is possible for volunteers as young as 5 years old to join if teamed with a parent or guardian. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please bring gloves if you have them. Snacks and extra water will be provided, but bring a lunch. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Tea
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, February 4
    10:30–11:30 am

    We are “bruin” some tea so be sure to bring your best teddy bear friend to the library for our first ever Teddy Bear Tea Party! Tea, games, and crafts await you and your furry friend. Advance registration required by calling (415) 258-4656 to sign up. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Scaly Sidekicks
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    February 1 is National Serpent Day! The Presidio is home to slithering snakes and lovely lizards. Learn about some of our reptile friends and make your own finger puppet to take home. Registration preferred but not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Oakland Asian Cultural Center
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
    Bring the entire family for a cLunar New Year Celebration Enjoy cultural performances such as Chinese dance, traditional music, lion dancing, and many more! Location: 388 9th St, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Superball Saturday
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, noon

    Picture 17,000 small bouncing balls cascading from a height of 40 feet at “high noon” in Downtown Novato. If that sounds like fun, come and see it happen for real. Trek Wines is sponsoring this free and fun event for kids of all ages. Kids take home a free souvenir “hard hat” and as many balls as they can capture. Given that there will be 17,000 balls dropping, you’ve got a pretty good chance of taking home a few. Fore more info, visit their website.
  • 9th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Fourth Street
    Fourth Street, Berkeley
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Fourth Street's annual Lunar New Year celebration features a giant parade, lion dancing, martial arts performances, a rooster-coloring contest for kids, food and drink, and candy giveaways. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–4 pm

    Join members of our Chinese community to kick off the Year of the Rooster, try your hand at traditional crafts, and enjoy displays and performances. Museum admission applies. Location: 180 Woz Way, San Jose. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gotham City Big Build Event
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Come to Play-Well Marin for a chance to participate in a massive Gotham City Build. Students can construct Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, Ace Chemical Plant, where the Joker and Two Face were born, Wayne Enterprise for young Bruce Wayne and his trusted butler Alfred, and of course, the Bat Cave for Batman and Batgirl. Free. Please pre-register to save your spot. Children ages 5+ can be dropped off. For more info and registration, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Concert with the San Francisco Symphony
    Davies Symphony Hall
    Saturday, 3 pm

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster with the SF Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary Asian traditions. Arrive at 3 pm for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Asian instruments, “lucky” red envelopes, lion dancing, and more. At 4 pm, the concert begins and the Symphony showcases its versatility in a diverse concert featuring Eastern and Western repertoire. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register at www.sananselmorecreation.org.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • WinterNights: The Colors of India
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm
    The Kanbar Performing Arts Center brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights indoors to the Hoytt Theater. Shake off your winter blues with the vivacious and infectious sounds of Dholrhythms Dance Company! The dance show will lead into dance instruction sharing fun and easy to learn dance steps followed by a great dance party on the floor with dholrhythms dance co and music by DJ Jimmy Love (Non Stop Bhangra) accompanied by live dhol drummers. Fun for all ages. Admission: $22 public, $20 members; $25 day-of; $10 ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 5

  • 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.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    San Francisco Zen Center
    Sunday, 9:45–11:45 am

    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. This week, book reading of Puppy Mind by the author Andrew Jordan Nance. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. For more info, call (415) 863-3136 or visit their website.
  • Charles M. Schultz Museum Free Day
    Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Enjoy Free Museum admission and explore our newest exhibition, It was a Dark and Stormy Night. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Story Time & Family Walk
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Sunday, 10:30 am

    Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Day at the Asian Art Museum
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–2 pm

    Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. In February, learn about Lunar New Year symbols for longevity, fortune, and happiness with art projects developed and led by Art Speak teen interns. Street parking is free on Sundays. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: MTC presents Hare & Tortoise
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library

    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend--the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up.  Suggested for ages 4 and up. No registration required. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Downtown Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website
  • Y Bike Learn to Ride Program
    Presidio Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Sunday 11 am–2 pm

    Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Location: Main Post at the corner of Anza and Owen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lion Dancers of Kei Lun Martial Arts
    Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am

    The Lion Dance has been performed in Chinese New Year celebrations for thousands of years. The Kei Lun Martial Arts dance troupe will lead our retiring procession in this beautiful lunar new year tradition after the 11 am service. Experience all the excitement of Chinese New Year without the Chinatown crowds and noise. Children and families are especially welcome. Free. Location: 1100 California Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Super Bowl Party
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 5 pm

    All ages welcome. Come watch it on our big movie screen with your friends and neighbors on a high def movie screen. Lots of food, drinks and fun for the entire family. Free admission. Location: 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Community Sing with Melanie DeMore
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    A primal force in Bay Area music, singer-activist-educator Melanie DeMore brings her striking voice and empowering songs, old and new, to Ashkenaz. She leads her Community Sing, guaranteed to create instant community and raise spirits of participants at a time when we all need spirits raised! Location: 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $10–$15 sliding scale. For more info, call (510) 525-5054 or visit their website.