Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 5, 6 & 7

February 5, 2016
Jack London State Historic Park
Take a family hike this weekend at Jack London State Historic Park.

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 5

  • Super Bowl City
    Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 11 am–10 pm, Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Centered in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street, Super Bowl City will feature family-friendly activities for fans of all ages. It will offer a fun—and free—way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the extravaganza that is the sporting world’s biggest annual event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Create Valentines—The Green Way!
    San Anselmo Library

    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm
    Create unique valentine cards for friends and family by re-using colorful everyday materials like junk mail, old cards, magazines, and more! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Julie Bayless
    DIESEL, a bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Julie Bayless 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.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda's The Wizard of Oz
    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 6

  • Learn How to Pier Fish Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–11 am
    Join rangers to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Park entrance waived for participants. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • 2016 Waterbird Festival
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Celebrate scaups, scoters, cormorants, and more! Visit Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary for naturalist-led bird walks, exclusive field trips, and fun bird-themed activities. Bring a pair of binoculars or use our spotting scopes to see the waterbirds that call Richardson Bay home. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info and to regsiter, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Sizzling stir-fries are easy and lots of fun to make. We’ll show you everything you need to know so you can prepare an awesome meal for your family! Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio: A Family Musical
    Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am and 1 pm

    Come join this magical musical of Gepetto, the master puppet maker and his puppet Pinocchio, who embark on a journey to pursue their dream of turning Pinocchio into a real boy so he can become the son Gepetto dreams of having. They meet many amazing characters along the way, including a Blue Fairy, the Land of the Toys and even escape from a giant whale. Dreams can come true! Admission: $13 plus $2 processing fee. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Chinese Lion Dancers
    San Anselmo Library Lawn
    Saturday, 11 am
    Welcome the Lunar New Year with the famous Lion Dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people all over the world. The Lion Dance is thought to cleanse darkness and bring good luck, prosperity and happiness. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Bad Kitty On Stage!
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm
    Straight from the pages of the wildly popular Bad Kitty comic book series, here she sprawls, in solitary splendor, until one day … (loud hissing) PUPPY! Uh oh.  And then … (hair on back standing on end) MOUSE! And then … well, let’s just say life gets complicated.  A world premiere. Recommended for ages 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.
  • Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony
    Davies Symphony Hall
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Awaken musical curiosity in new and interactive ways with on-stage experiments, a collection of family-friendly musical pieces, and a free activity guide that is sure to enhance musical discovery at home. This concert features selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. Come early and interact with fun experiments from the Exploratorium. Half price for kids. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company
    San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
    Saturday, 3–4:30 pm
    Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a performance of traditional and contemporary dance. Free. Location: 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine's Teddy Bear Tea
    Belvedere Tiburon Library
    Saturday, 3 pm

    Bookmarks hosts its annual Teddy Bear Tea for young children and their families. Hot cocoa, savory eats, and festive treats greet little guests at their beautifully decorated tables. Bring your favorite teddy bear to join you. 3 pm seating available only. Tickets $30 per adult and $30 per child. Location: Founder's Room, Belvedere Tiburon Library 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. Purchase your tickets here.
  • Marché de La St. Valentin
    Le Petit Jardin Courtyard, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Shop for yourself or for Valentines Gifts for loved ones! Choose from imported French sparkling and red wines, handmade chocolates from a real French chocolatièr, and handcrafted jewelry, gifts, and paintings by local French artists! Fresh, hot crepes will be available as well as panini and gauffres (French/Belgian Waffles) from L'appart Resto of San Anselmo. Watch the kids get creative making their very own Maisons des Fées (Fairy Houses) assisted by young local artists and crafted from beautiful and whimsical woodland materials. Location: 921 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, 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.

Sunday, February 7

  • 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, 10–11:30 am

    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. 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: $10 per family. For more info, call (415) 863-3136 or 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: Marin Theatre Company's The Little Mermaid
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am
    Dive right into this adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale about a beautiful mermaid named Ariel who longs to leave the ocean behind - and her fins - and join the world above. Suggested for ages 4 and up.  No registration required. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Downtown Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Book Event: Bethanie Murguia reads Cockatoo, Too
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Sunday 11:30 am
    In Cockatoo, Too, two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more Can they all can-can? They can The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance and ask the reader: "Can you can-can too?" Bethanie Deeney Murguia's fabulous book combines fantastically funny wordplay with lush, vibrant illustrations that will make readers want to can-can along. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard. Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
    Fairfax Women's Club

    Sunday, 2–4 pm
    Make a Sunday afternoon date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, the Dormouse, and the 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. This annual event is a benefit for the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission. Cost: $20 adults, $15 kids. Reserve by February 3 by calling (415) 456-5952. Location: 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Super Bowl 50 Party
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Sunday, 3:30 pm

    Bring the family to watch Super Bowl 50 on the big screen under the heated Big Tent at 3:30 pm. Enjoy free entry, great food from local vendors, wine and non-alcholic beverages too. For more info, visit their website.
  • Super Bowl Party
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 3:30 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.

  • Soggy Sundays Kids Music Series
    Ashkenaz, Berkeley
    Sunday, 3–4:30 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

    Bring your family to learn about rhythm and harmony with this modern princess. Treat your ears to clawhammer banjo, guitar, ukulele, and fiddle! In this adventurous musical experience the audience is invited to join in. Wear your princess, prince, wizard, witch, or gnome costume and pick your magical name. Crowns are optional. Mindy Dillard sings original and familiar tunes and shares funny stories about becoming “Princess Fearless” and learning to play her instruments. Leave ready to tackle your next project whether it’s riding a bike, playing guitar or hiking to the top of a tall mountain. Cost: $6 kids, $8 adults. Location: 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 525-5054 or visit their website.
  • Brazilian Family Carnaval Ball
    Casa de Cultura, Berkeley
    Sunday, 4–8 pm

    A traditional Brazilian Carnaval Ball for the whole family, featuring traditional carnaval music, kids' king and queen contest, kids' dance performance, mask making corner, Brazilian food and drinks, and more. Fun for the whole family. Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids 13 and under. Location: 1901 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.