Marin Family Weekend Fun for May 19, 20 & 21

May 19, 2017

Beatuy and the Beast premieres at the Mountain Play on Sunday, May 21.

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, May 19

  • Endangered Species Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Did you know SF Zoo has dozens of threatened and endangered animals? We’re celebrating all of them and raising awareness about Endangered Species Day (Friday, May 19) from Friday-Sunday. Conservation is at the heart of the Zoo's mission and you're invited to learn the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions you can take to help protect them.  Location: 1 Zoo Road, Sloat Blvd., at The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more information, 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.
  • Contra Costa County Fair
    Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
    Friday, noon–10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    The 2017 Contra Costa County Fair features an Extreme Sports Zone, Ag Venture Land, Midway of Fun Carnival live entertainment, animal shows for the entire family. Location: 1201 West 10th Street, Antioch. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    San Mateo Event Center
    Friday, 1–5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival that's part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! It's an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, artists, and more sharing what they've made and learned. Tickets: $25 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: Moana
    Presidio Community YMCA
    Friday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Food Trucks 5:30 pm; Movie Shorts 7:30 pm; Feature Film: Moana, 8 pm. Movie is free. Location:
    63 Funston Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear CROW-tet (Zev Shearn Nance) at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6:30–7:30 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Twilight Hike
    Bouverie Preserve, Glen Ellen
    Friday, 6–8:30 pm

    Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the beauty and rich natural history of this 535-acre preserve as dusk arrives and the animals start to appear. Our twilight hikes are on select Fridays throughout spring and fall. Hikes range from two to five miles.Tickets: $20 non-member, $15 member or student, free for children under age 18. Fees support the preservation, education and conservation science programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marilyn Izdebski Productions presents Charlotte's Web
    The Playhouse San Anselmo
    Friday, 7 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    This musical adaptation of Charlotte's Web tells the story of a delightful pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a wonderful barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilber and ultimately saving his life. For all ages. Tickets: $10 per person. Puchase tickets online here. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.
  • Disney's Tarzan
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. Tickets: $16–$26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • San Marin High School presents: The Music Man
    Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, 2 pm

    Bring the entire family to the San Marin Spring Musical, The Music Man. Tickets: $10 adults and $5 children. Location: Emily Gates Student Center, San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 20

  • 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). As part of the 33rd Annual Harmony Sweepstakes: Sing! Marin, a vocal harmony event, choruses, vocal ensembles, quartets and more! For more info, visit their website.
  • Exhibit Opening "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit"
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am– 5 pm

    In "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit" children ages 2 to 6 enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 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. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their webiste.
  • Family Hike to Fairway Falls
    Fairway Falls, Novato

    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Familes can explore the many places along the trail to appreciate the variety of birds, trees and wildflowers that thrive there. Bring lunch and water and please note there are no bathrooms at this site! Free; RSVP required at (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 123rd Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
    Downtown Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am

    This is one of Sonoma County's most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. Parade takes place from 12:15–2 pm with marching bands, floats, roses, horse-drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses, and more roses. Following the parade will be music, family activities, and food vendors at Juilliard Park. The awards ceremony for all parade categories will take place at approximately 2 pm. Juillard Park is located on Santa Rosa Avenue just south of Sonoma Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • St. Anselm Festival of Fun
    St. Anselm's School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm

    This free family fun festival offers over 25 attractions, including carnival rides, prize games, music and entertainment, face painting, jumpy houses and slides, and more. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for rides and games. Location: 40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Day: Nature's Recyclers
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    How does Nature keep the environment healthy and how can humans help? Over 100 years ago, Jack London knew the importance of using eco-friendly materials to grow his crops and take care of the land. At this event, we will take a close look at nature’s own recycling system and how humans can reduce, reuse, and recycle too! The 45-minute nature walk leaves the meadow at 10 am and ends with fun activity stations using recycled materials to play games and make crafts. Free after park entry fee of $10 per vehicle. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Help Build Novato out of LEGO Bricks: with Play-Well TEKnologies!
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Drop by the South Novato Library and help build Novato out of 40,000 LEGO Bricks! Families will have the opportunity to create the city of Novato, as they would like to see it at this free event. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Fair
    Coast Guard Motor Boat Station Golden Gate, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    An exciting, free, fun family event at beautiful U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, near the north tower of the Golden Gate bridge. Come get a free life jacket (while supplies last), watch friendly Coast Guard dogs as they demonstrate how they detect explosives, witness thrilling helicopter rescue demos, take tours of Coast Guard vessels and the Coast Guard station, learn about boating safety, get a free boater environmental kit, bring your boat for a courtesy vessel safety exam, and take one of three free boating seminars. Free parking. Location: 435 Murray Circle, Fort Baker in Saualito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open Cockpit Supersonic Weekend
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Open cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are your chance to get up close to selected aircraft and look inside. This weekend, climb aboard a F-4C Phantom II, F-106 Delta Dart, a Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II cockpit simulator, and the T-38 Talon trainer.  Museum admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo
    Fairgrounds, Marin Center in San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    For more info, visit their website.
  • Salute to American Graffiti
    Dowtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm

    Celebrate the classic movie American Graffiti in the streets where it was filmed! Dance to live bands, check out classic cars, visit local merchants and vendors, and dine on delicious food. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Nature Connection: iNaturalist Exploration
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve is open for their spring and summer season. Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore our bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. Volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions. Suggested donation: $15 per person. Location: 4900 Highway 1, between Bolinas and Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fly Guy, the Musical
    Children's Creativity Museum Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & Sunday, 1:30 pm

    A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! This rollicking musical will have you cheering for the bugs and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. Recommended for age 4 and up. (Children under 2 do not require tickets.) Tickets: $25/adult, $20/child and $23/seniors. Puchase tickets here.  Location: 221 4th St  San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bon Air Center Spring Fair
    Greenbrae
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Celebrate spring at the Bon Air Center Spring Fair, an afternoon filled with seasonal fun for the whole family. More than 60 local farms and food producers will offer demonstrations and free samplings for all to enjoy. Location: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coleman Carnival & International Festival
    Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The annual Coleman Carnival and International Festival is a fun event for the entire family that celebrates a variety of cultural traditions though food, games, and crafts. Entertainment will include music and dance by students and other performers. This year also features an international car show! The proceeds of the event benefit music, art, technology, and physical education at the school. Admission is free. Location: 800 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Taste of Town Center
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 12–2 pm

    This free festive afternoon will offer bites of the tastiest seasonal dishes, as well as live music, face painting, balloons, prizes and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre presents The Frog Prince
    Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm & 3:30 pm

    Princess Rosalie loves to get out of the castle and explore the world around her.  While on the way to a royal family picnic she meets two talking frogs!  One of whom used to be a Prince.  The Frog Prince reveals that if he is kissed by his one, true love, he will be turned back into a Prince.  Is Rosalie the one who can free him from his spell? Come see this original version of The Frog Prince filled with humor, music and good lessons. Perfect for the entire family. Purchase tickets by calling the box office at (415) 346-5550.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Family Hike
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Are you looking for a fun, family friendly hike in a beautiful Sonoma County park? Join our naturalist staff at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park as we explore some of the county’s different habitats and inhabitants. Three hikes start on the hour, at 1, 2 and 3PM. Wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 5585 Newanga Ave, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Campfire Program: Evening at Stafford Lake
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Saturday, 7–9 pm
    Join rangers for an evening of fun around the campfire!  This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Road in Novato. For more info contact Mike Warner at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Drive-in Movie: Star Wars
    Old Hamilton Theater Building, Novato
    Saturday, 8:45 pm

    This is a free show. The show begins with a 15–20 minute pre-show with vintage drive-in stuff,  trailers and a cartoon. There's a 15-minute intermission halfway through the presentation with bonus featurettes and raffle prizes! Concessions and raffle tickets are available during pre-show and intermission! Please arrive 30–60 minutes before the show if you want to park and watch in the forward row. Location: 520 Palm Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Endangered Species Weekend (see Friday for details).
  • Contra Costa County Fair (see Friday for details).
  • San Marin High School presents: The Music Man (see Friday for details).
  • Marilyn Izdebski Productions presents Charlotte's Web (see Friday for details).
  • Disney's Tarzan (see Friday for details).

Sunday, May 21

  • 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.
  • Run Like a Girl
    Indian Valley College, Novato
    Sunday 8 am

    You are Mighty, Powerful, Strong, Fit, Healthy, Confident, Empowered… Showcase your strength in the Run Like a Girl Series, for girls 14 years old and younger. Choose from 2 distances, 1 mile or a 5K. Register here.
  • Learn to Ride
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at (415) 897-0618.  Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Community Garage Sale
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come shop 30 local vendors for amazing garage sale bargains and treasures. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo
    Lucchesi Park, Petaluma
    Sunday, 9 am

    Children from all over will have the chance to challenge themselves on any of 3 different routes from which they choose. They can also choose to ride a bike, walk, run, roller skate, skateboard, wheelchair etc. on one of the 3 courses which include a 1-mile, 4-mile and 7-mile route. Parents (strollers included) and dogs are also welcomed to accompany their kids. The PKGF raises money for families of children facing life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beginning Birding
    Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Experience summer bird watching in the Marin Headlands.  Join volunteer Jane Haley on an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon to discover our summer birds.  Bring binoculars and field guides.  Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring field guides and binoculars. For ages 8 and up. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail
    Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. Tickets: $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • Presidio Picnic
    San Francisco Presidio
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site. Held on the seven-acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from more than 30 local vendors. But it's not just about the grub. Visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent. For more info, visit their website.
  • Folkish Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm

    Get your groove on and enjoy the early summer sun (or fog, this is the Bay Area after all!) with Misner and Smith at Folkish Festival. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes! For more info, visit their website.
  • The Mountain Play: The Beauty and the Beast
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 2–4:30 pm
    The Mountain Play Association presents the family-friendly Broadway musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast as its 104th production. All shows begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the show. Tickets range from $25–$40 general admission. Information for group discounts, reserved seating, and tickets are available at the Mountain Play website.
  • Love2Dance Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance “Paint the Stage”
    Showcase Theatre, San Rafael
    Sunday, 1 & 3 pm
    Love2Dance will showcase its youngest dancers (ages 2-6) as well as the nationally ranked competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars in this fun and entertaining show. Dancing to popular kid’s songs in styles of dance that include ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap, the studio’s Little Feet and Mini dancers will warm your hearts and make you smile. Tickets: $20. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Exhibit Opening: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit (see Saturday for details).
  • Endangered Species Weekend (see Friday for details).
  • Contra Costa County Fair (see Friday for details).
  • Marilyn Izdebski Productions presents Charlotte's Web (see Friday for details).
  • Disney's Tarzan (see Friday for details).
  • Young Performers Theatre presents The Frog Prince (see Saturday for details).
  • Open Cockpit Supersonic Weekend (see Saturday for details).
  • Nature Connection: iNaturalist Exploration (see Saturday for details).
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo (see Saturday for details).
  • Fly Guy, the Musical (see Saturday for details).