Marin Family Weekend Fun for October 21, 22 & 23

October 21, 2016

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.

Check out our list of Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties—see our list here.

Friday, October 21

  • The Amazing Maze
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 9 am–4 pm and Saturday–Sunday, 9 am– 5 pm

    Children experience the joys and surprises of black light in this glow-in-the-dark hay maze. In this special exhibit, children are challenged to navigate a 150-bale hay maze—complete with tunnels, netting, and a slide—all under black light! In addition to the winding maze, there is a glow-in-the-dark dress-up station with white clothes and accessories for kids to try on, as well as a fluorescent Shoot-A-Hoop game. Admisson applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Godmothers Pumpkin Patch
    St. Vincents, Marinwood
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This long-time favorite pumpkin patch at St. Vincent's near Marinwood offers a variety of pumpkins as well as attractions and activities like bounce houses, a hay pile, face painting, snack shack, and a picnic area. Groups welcome. Read our review of St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. 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.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, various times (see below)

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Aftershock"—after the Big One, anything can happen. The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30–4:30 pm: Not Scary, for children under 8 with all the lights on and a fun tour of the different areas; 5-6:30 pm: Scary, for children over 9; closed 6:30–7:30 pm to feed the volunteer monsters then back open 7:30–9 pm for a truly horrifying experience. Cost: $6 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 22

  • 2016 Bioneers Conference & Family Fair
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–6 pm

    The Bioneers Conference highlights breakthrough ideas for solving our most pressing ecological and social challenges. Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and have fun exploring a wide array of experiential education activities. Free events on-site including the Family Fair (10 am–4 pm). For more info, visit their website.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday (various times)

    Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event website.
  • Non-Spooky Halloween Carnival
    Twin Cities Community Preschool
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Calling all ghosts, goblins, Pikachu and princesses! Fun for preschool through elementary aged children! Free admission and open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors for games, prizes, food, a photo booth and arts and crafts. Location: 56 Mohawk Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website. 
  • ZOOtoberfest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family and navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Jump in the bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use the festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops. SF Zoo’s “Zoo Brew Haus” at the Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional polka music. Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Upper School Open House
    San Domenico School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    This comprehensive event includes an opening welcome from the administration, mini sample classes, a student/faculty panel, and a fair exhibiting academic and extracurricular programs. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Pumpkin Patch & Train Festival
    Western Railway Museum, Suisun City
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore our huge hay bale fortress, and enjoy a train ride too. Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. Doors open at 9:30 -- The first electric express train leaves at 10:00 AM with departures every half-hour until 4pm. Cost: adults $14, children (2–14 yrs) $10 and seniors $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Seussical TYA
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

    The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss springs to life in this imagination-infused musical! Horton the Elephant discovers a dust speck is actually an entire planet, Gertrude McFuzz wishes she had a flashier feathered tail, and Jojo the Who's elaborate thinks keep getting him into trouble! The Cat in the Hat is your magical master of ceremonies in this sensational smorgasbord of Seuss stories. Recommended for age 3 and up. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 children, $23 seniors. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    The 10th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. For more info, call (707) 565-2041 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Pumpkin Carving Festival
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Create your own Halloween décor! Basic tools and pumpkins are provided. Bring your own stencils and stickers. Food is available for purchase. Free, but registration required. Location: Main Parade Ground, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • The Great Reuse Race
    CCSF Mission Campus, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    In honor of National Reuse Day, the San Francisco Bay Area ReUse Alliance is hosting a reuse themed Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt in the Mission District. Teams of between 2 and 6 will solve puzzles and clues, travel together to hidden spots, participate in upcycling and reuse challenges, and find unique people, places and things related to reuse. Free for kids 12 and under; $20 for adults. Location: 3261 22nd Street, San Francisco. For more info and to RSVP, visit their website.
  • Annual Corte Madera Larkspur Mothers Club Halloween Boo-Fest
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Grab your mask, a wand, or broom and join CMLMC for a frightfully fabulous, fun-filled event with other families from our local community. Admission: $20 per family for CMLMC members, $40 per family for non-members. Your ticket will include a magic show and balloon art by Mr. Shap, bounce house and slide, arts and crafts, tricks and treats. Dinner from Abel's Mexican Food Truck, wine, and beer available. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail & Boo Bash
    Main Street, Tiburon & Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Trick or treat down Tiburon's Main Street with our downtown merchants from 5–7 pm. Follow the pumpkin-lit trail all the way to the Belvedere Park for a Halloween carnival and movie in the park (Hocus Pocus, weather permitting) from 6–9 pm; movie begins at 7 pm. Bring your carved pumpkins prior to the event to be a part of the pumpkins lining the streets from Tiburon to Belvedere! The goal is to have 500 carved pumpkins. Event website.
  • Tam Junction Kids' Event
    Tam Junction, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Poekie Nook, Mathnasium, and MojoDojo are hosting an open house. Free food, drinks and fun activities. Win a free goody bag! Cafe del Soul, Domino's, and May Lee's are supplying food and drinks. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spooky Sleepover Family Overnight
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 5:30 pm to Sunday, 10 am
    This unique sleepover event is filled with fun family-friendly activities. Set up camp in the zoo, enjoy a pizza dinner, then meet with a zookeeper and take guided nighttime tours before heading back to the campsite for more fun before bedtime. In the morning you’ll wake to the sounds of the zoo before enjoying continental breakfast. Finish off the Spooky Sleepover with an early morning tour as the animals wake up for the day. After the morning festivities, you'll be invited to continue the fun with a day at the zoo. For families with children 6 and up. For more info, visit their website.
  • Oktoberfest 2016
    Greek Orthodox Church, Novato
    Saturday, October 22, 5:30–10 pm
    This traditional October celebration features live polka music and dance lessons, and a dinner of traditional Oktoberfest fare, like brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, and more. And it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without pretzels and beer, served up at the Rotary’s no-host bar. Tickets are $45 each. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not Afraid of the Dark Family Hike
    Roy’s Redwoods, San Geronimo
    Saturday,  6–7:30 pm
    Come enjoy Roy’s Redwoods at night! Join rangers for an evening hike through the preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight or headlamp. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: Contact Ranger Mike Warner at (415) 473-2816. Location: Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Rd in San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Evening Nature Hike
    Vallejo Home, Sonoma Valley
    Saturday, 6–7 pm

    Explore the trail at dusk! Interpretation will focus on local wildlife and nocturnal animals. This is a one mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages, free of charge. Location: Downtown Sonoma, Vallejo Home. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Finding Nemo
    Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito
    Saturday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    See Pixar's Finding Nemo for free in Sausalito's Robin Sweeny Park. Location: Caledonia Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, October 23

  • 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.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month, the Marine Mammal Center celebrates Halloween with a creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seals can dive to 5,000 feet and stay underwater for two hours at a time without imploding (!), find out how a sperm whale searches for its nemesis, the mysterious giant squid, and discover more about spooky looking animals like the vampire squid and goblin shark. Free admission. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the family for a day of fun. Playtime in the gym, bounce house, and tumbling for families with children 6 and under, art time, library time in the Lefferts Jewish Community Library, and sports and recreation for families with children 7+. Family-friendly fare is available at the café. Adult supervision is required for kids 9 and under. JCC members free; general public $25 public adults, $10 kids 10–12, $5 kids 0–9. Location: 200 N San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Community Music Day
    Crowden Music Center, Berkeley
    Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Community Music Day is Crowden's annual musical carnival for all ages. Join Crowden, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and East Bay Music Together for musical fun throughout the day. Free. Location: 1475 Rose Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • West End Village Celebration
    Downtown San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am–7 pm

    San Rafael’s West End Village invites you to be a part of its highly acclaimed “Family Fun Day”. This year’s street fair promises to excite and entertain the entire community with a public skateboard park, free kids games and activities, great food, local artist & business tents and lives music (The West End Village Celebration is an award-winning street festival that emphasizes family and community through innovative events. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tim Cain Performs at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Tim Cain will perform at Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch in Nicasio on Sunday at 11 am. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is located at 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square) and are open daily from 10 am–6 pm. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm animals, jumpy houses, farm stand, BBQ on the weekends. For more info, call (415) 662-9100. For more info, visit their website.
  • Town Center's Trick-or-Treat Day for Kids
    Town Center Corte Madera
    Sunday, noon–3 pm

    Calling all witches, ghosts, princesses and superheroes! The Center will come alive with laughter and fun for kids who will be able to fill their treat bags with special goodies provided by participating Town Center merchants. For more info, visit their website.