Marin Family Weekend Fun for July 14, 15 & 16

July 14, 2017

Fantastical Family Night comes to Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Historic Park on Friday and Saturday.

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 14

  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm

    Visitors are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppets
    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. Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. A master puppeteer with a sly sense of humor, Leon keeps everyone entertained. This show will takes place the Children's Garden. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mom & Baby Yoga
    Pomegranate, San Anselmo
    Friday, 11 am

    Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama and baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a special menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Curtis Lawson & Friends (blues). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or 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: Rewind. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Fantastical Family Night
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30 pm
    Join us for everyone's favorite annual night of magic and fun. This inspirational evening of dream-living will be filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Featuring special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp, pre-show adventures, and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • 23 Elephants Theatre Company presents: Madagascar Jr.
    Redwood High Little Theater
    Friday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, 1 pm and 7:30 pm

    Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they escape from their home in New Yorks Central Park Zoo and find themselves on th unexpected musical journey of a lifetime to the madcap world of King Juliens Madagascar. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jaws—Feature Film with Live Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    Watch Steven Spielberg’s action-suspense blockbuster film as the SF Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score live! Follow each nail-biting twist on the big screen as a seaside community is terrorized by a great white shark. Widely considered one of the most influential adventures in film history, don’t miss your chance to experience this classic of American cinema in a whole new way. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 864-6000 or visit their website.
  • Seussical: The Musical
    Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco
    Friday, 8 pm & Saturday, 2 & 8 pm

    Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little girl with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets: $20–$100. Location: 650 Geary Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 15

  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission: $12 adults, $6 juniors 6–12, free kids 5 and under. Parking: $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • 37th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. This free event is great for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8+. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bug Eaters: All About Carnivorous Plants
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Family members of all ages are invited to discover some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can eat insects. Get up close with the amazing leaf adaptations as you learn more about them. Cost: $16, $12 members. Registration required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Rainbow Fish Musical
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 2 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 4 pm

    Come with us under the sea for The Rainbow Fish Musical, a world premiere based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. Book, music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro. Playing in Oakland and San Francisco. Tickets: $20 per person. Location: 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
  • Guided Hike: Birds + Bird Art Scavenger Hunt
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

    Join us for a two-mile family-friendly guided hike led by volunteer Presidio art docents, Presidio trail ambassadors, and Golden Gate Audubon birders to view birds in the Presidio and enjoy chalk art created by local nature artists. Registration is required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Musical Performance: Asheba
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am
    Enjoy a caribbean-infused music performance by Asheba during Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit Making Day!  For all ages. Museum admission applies. Loction: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Traveling Spectacular at Cornerstone
    Cornerstone, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The Traveling Spectacular is a surrealist vaudeville experience inspired by the dreams and dust of a bygone age. Allow your sense of wonder to ignite as we take you on a journey into the imagination: Grand illusions, a sword-swallowing prestidigitator extraordinaire, vaudevillian comedy, a bevy of dancing beauties and the fire-breathing Devil himself! All set to original music by our Gypsy-Klezmer orchestra, the Oddjob Ensemble. $20, children under 4 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    Come out to the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture for their second Fair of the year with an incredible summer celebration of independent craft and design! For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Flower Power Pendants
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Come celebrate the spirit of the 1960s by making your own necklaces with super groovy pendants. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • 20th Annual Free Fiddlekids Concert
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11:30 am (doors open at 11 am)

    Please come enjoy our free fiddlekids fiddle concert. It's always a sweet and incredible show of young fiddlers playing their recently learned tunes. Only happens once a year, and we'd love to have you join us in celebrating our 20th fiddlekids anniversary! Free–open to the public. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Breastfest Beer Festival
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. Attendees get endless eats, bottomless cups, and live music. Proceeds will benefit low-income women with breast cancer. Tickets: $50 advance, $65 at the door. For more info, visit their website.
  • 23 Elephants Theatre Company presents: Madagascar Jr.
    Redwood High Little Theater
    Saturday, 1 pm and 7:30 pm

    Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they escape from their home in New Yorks Central Park Zoo and find themselves on th unexpected musical journey of a lifetime to the madcap world of King Juliens Madagascar. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tarzan
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    With a thrilling score from one of pop-music’s greatest icons, Phil Collins, Tarzan is the ultimate story of a unique family drawn together by fate and bound by love. Audiences will journey to the African jungles in this vibrant production that features a live percussive environment, stunning acrobats, and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family. Tarzan is this summer’s most exciting musical event.Tickets: $25–$40. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Be Part of the Largest Human Flower
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Be part of history and help form a beautiful lotus that can be seen from the sky. At least 3,000 community members are needed. The current Guiness World Record title for the Largest human flower featured 2,297 people at the Rochester Lilac Festival on May 9, 2014. All participants will receive free admission to the museum’s Flower Power exhibition, a chance to win raffle prizes, and a commemorative downloadable photo of the attempt. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm
    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome.This Month: make your own playdough. All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Concerts on the Green
    City Green, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy classic jazz and blues from Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on the City Green in Downtown Novato. Free outdoor summer concert for all ages!. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Angel Island Movie Night: Moana
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday, 5 pm

    Angel Island Conservancy in partnership with the Mill Valley Film Festival presents Disney’s Moana. The evening will include live music, hula dancers, games and more! Movie starts at sundown. Ferry departs Tiburon at 5 pm; arrive no later than 4:30 pm to board. Purchase dinners in advance; snacks and drinks available, too. Tickets: $30 adults, $15 kids; includes ferry ride. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Sleepover
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Saturday, 5:45 pm–Sunday, 8:30 pm

    Grab your sleeping bag and join us this summer for a magical campout inside Children’s Fairyland. With rides, special performances, dinner, and a continental breakfast, a summer sleepover creates amazing memories for kids of all ages. Cost: $55 adults, $30 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
    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 food from the Plant Café Organic will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and Kids' Zone. This Saturday features Thomas Mapfumo, who has been at the cutting edge of the political struggle in his native Zimbabwe for over 20 years, even as he's become a major figure on the world music scene. Cost: $22 members, $25 public advance; $30 day-of; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
    War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
    Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

    Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world. Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese Jegog) and Zena Carlota (West African Kora). Pre-show performances will begin one hour before each show. Tickets: $25–$45. Location: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, July 16

  • 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.
  • Disc Golf Clinic at Stafford Lake
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Join local pros who will teach kids (and parents too) this fun and exciting sport at our beautiful and nationally recognized disc golf course. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring discs, water, and snacks. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market's 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. 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 blues-rock legends Eric Burdon and the Animals; local artists the Stone Foxes open. 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.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Union Square Live: Pickelwater Free Circus Festival
    Union Square, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    The Picklewater Free Circus Festival is a free festival of circus arts featuring some of the best in Circus Arts from around the bay area, the festival will entertain and inspire bay area families while celebrating the rich tradition of circus in San Francisco and around the bay. Free. Location: 333 Post Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sundays, 4 pm

    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. This Sunday: Jonathan Poretz, with swing, swagger, and the music of Sinatra and Bobby Darin. 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: Soul Mechanix. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: An Evening at Mt. Burdell
    Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Sunday, 5–8 pm CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER

    This is a good time of year to adopt a crepuscular lifestyle; avoid the heat of the day and explore the outdoors during the evening hours. We’ll go for a short walk and enjoy a picnic dinner just as the evening activity of the natural world commences. With luck we might hear (or see) owls or coyotes as we watch for bats coming out to hunt for insects. Remember to bring a flashlight and dinner. Meet at the trailhead on San Andreas Drive. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days (see Saturday for details)