Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 9, 10 & 11

May 10, 2014

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Mother's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Also, make sure you check our our guides to family-friendly Mother's Day brunches. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9

  • Just Between Friends Children's & Maternity Consignment Event
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am–2 pm

    The North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment sales event, JBF is held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Grace Pavilion: 40,500 square feet of shopping awesomeness. Shop huge deals on new and gently-used clothes (0–12 years and maternity), games, toys, furniture, strollers, mommy supplies, etc! Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movin' With Rosie
    Jack and Jill's Play Space, San Rafael
    Friday, 1–4:30 pm

    Come and relax, ctach up with friends or join in as Rosie will lead and engage your little ones in everything from dance, singing, parachute time, story telling, arts, acting on the stage and much more! No additional charge. Included in the regular drop-in play admission charge. For more information, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Theatre Company presents Oliver!
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents the classic musical, Oliver! Based on the Dickens novel, Oliver! is fabulous family entertainment. Oliver! will engage you with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Tickets: $20 adults, student $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 10

  • Marin Human Race 5K Race
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon
    Saturday, 7 am

    The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser in our county! Join over 3,000 Marin residents to run, walk, or roll the five-kilometer racecourse at Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. Enjoy a community fair highlighting local nonprofits and businesses, kids’ races, live music, pancake breakfast, complimentary refreshments, prizes, kids' fair with games and activities, giveaways and more. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Migratory Bird Day for the Family
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family to Muir Woods for their 14th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This free event is filled with activities and fun for all ages. If ever you were a little curious about our fine feathered friends, this is a great chance to dive in and learn what you can do to help migrating birds. Reservations not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beyond the Garden Gate: 18th Annual Ross Garden Tour
    Ross School
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Tour the secret gardens of Ross, rangin from a 4-acre Mediterranean estate to peaceful garden that honors formal Japanese design. Tickets are $40 in advance online, and $50 the day of the event. The ticket price includes parking in College of Marin Lot 15, shuttle transportation, and admission to all five gardens. Box lunches $10. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Select from the freshest produce and other artisan products from over 25 local farmers and purveyors. Fun activities for kids include: crafts, face painting, storytelling, pony rides, petting zoo, and live music. At Poppy store (10 am–1 pm), all moms will receive a complimentary violet in honor of her special day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun weaving baskets, creating candles, playing games, and dancing at the Rancho. Adults $3; ages 6–16 $2; 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow 1876 Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open on Saturday for free tours. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Panda-monium!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am

    The San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of an adorable new red panda! Be among the first to see this crazy-cute 10-month-old male red panda in his custom-made digs. In March, Pete Nelson and his crew from the Animal Planet show Treehouse Masters built a brand-new home especially for the unique needs of this species, and now it's time for the big reveal. Admission entrance fee applies. For more info, visit their website.
  • Storytime: Oh the Things My Mom Will Do!
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Barnes & Noble Corte Madera store’s May lineup of free Storytime events for children and families are all designed to celebrate the joy of reading, creativity and fun. The events center around the popular children’s books Oh the Things My Mom Will Do by author/illustrator Marianne Richmond and Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. For more information, visit their website.
  • History for Half-Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling
    California Historical Society, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon

    Join in on History for Half Pints fun on Mexican Mother's Day. In honor of Juana Briones, considered by some the "mother of San Francisco," the California Historical Society is hosting fantastic crafts, food, music, and more on May 10! Hear stories from Olga Loya as Juana Briones, clap and dance to tunes by Mike Santillan, and make Mother's Day cards, jewelry, crepe flowers, and more. Free admission! Register online and learn more here.
  • The 17th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    40 chili teams, 15 salsa teams, and 14 breweries to sample, indoors and outdoors!! Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chefs in Sonoma County You be the judge, you vote for the best! Chili and salsa $25; chili, salsa, and beer $40; kids under 12 $10; under 5 free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Location: East Washington and Payran Streets, Behrens Park, Herzog Hall. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 11 (Happy Mother's Day!)

  • 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.
  • Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast
    West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Enjoy pancakes, sausage, hot coffee, amazing views, and live music. The cost is only $10 for adults and $5 for children; orange juice and cantelope are available for an additional $1. Guests must hike or mountain bike to the inn; parking is available at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs and the East Peak parking lots. For more info, call (415) 388-9955. or visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Brunch and Lunch
    Larsen Family Winery, Sonoma

    Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Enjoy a Mothers Day brunch from 9:30 am–noon and lunch from 1:30–4:30 pm. Brunch features fresh-baked goods from Basque Boulangerie in Sonoma; lunch features Mavericks BBQ. Enjoy live music, a bounce house, and wagon rides through the vineyards. Brunch: $25 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Lunch: $40 adults, $20 kids. Order advance tickets online. Location: 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Kayak Fish at Miller Boat Launch
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Join rangers and learn how to fish from a kayak on Tomales Bay. Participants will learn the proper gear and technique to effectively kayak fish in the bay! Please bring your own kayak and fishing pole and dress in layers. This event is open to all ages. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Questions: contact Ranger Jim Slack at Meet at Miller Boat Launch on Hwy 1 (2.5 miles north of the US Post Office in Marshall). For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Serenity Sunday Yoga
    Yoga Tree Corte Madera
    Sunday, 9-10:30 am

    Join Dana Damara and DJ HyFi at Yoga Tree in Corte Madera for a special Mother's Day flow. Class is complimentary and everyone is welcome. Mimosa's, giveaways and snacks after class! Bring a mat. Location: 67 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sundays—Saving Species: Endangered Marine Mammals
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month we celebrate the endangered and threatened marine mammals found along the California coast and Pacific Ocean, including the massive blue whale, Steller sea lions, fur seals, and the rarest seal in the United States, the Hawaiian monk seal. Docent-led tours will take you around the hospital showcasing some of the patients we are caring for and how our veterinarians are getting them better. Classroom presentations will feature interactive activities and multimedia. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Rockin’ Pattern Party for Mother’s Day
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am (doors open at 9:45 am)

    Celebrate Mom’s special day with art, puppet-theater, and music! Groove to the beat of Alison Faith Levy and the Big Time Tot Rock Band, laugh with Jen Miriam Altman and her hilarious puppet show Zaide’s Mother’s Day Surprise, and create colorful fabric designs in the art studio. Free with museum admission (adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry); youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day BBQ at Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach

    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Audubon Canyon Ranch has offered its Mother's Day BBQ for 50 years! It takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Sunday from 11 am–3 pm. The menu includes barbecued chicken or vegetarian quiche, green salad, home-style beans, local breads, coffee and tea, and ice cream. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available. Guided nature hikes are offered to those who would like to explore this amazing area with its spring wildflowers, hiking trails, and egret nesting site. Cost: $28 per adult and $12 per child under 12. To register, visit their website.
  • Sail Camp Open House
    Marin Yacht Club, San Rafael
    Sunday, noon–3 pm

    Come try out  boats and learn about summer sailing programs for kids ages 8–16, as well as meet the camp's founder, director, members of the parent committee, and reliable and dedicated counselors. There will also be a BBQ too. Cost: sailing free; BBQ $5–$10. Location: 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother’s Day in Bloom
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Sunday, 1-4 pm

    Spring has sprung with thousands of native plants and flowers hugging the hills. We’ll head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques, and learn about popular pollinators. Then we’ll stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. Cost: $12 per person. Register online here. Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Saualito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Music & Mother's Day
    College of Marin, James Dunn Performing Arts Theater
    Sunday, 3 pm & 7 pm

    Take your mom to lunch and join us for an afternoon and/or evening of beautiful music performed by our amazingly talented youth orchestras and ensembles.The 3 pm program includes the Overture String Ensemble; 7 pm Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets at the door: $5 youth/senior, $10 adult. For more info, visit their website.