Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 8, 9 & 10

May 8, 2015
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 in Marin. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Seussical, the Musical
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Seussical, the Musical. Tickets: $20 adults, student $14. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • Concert at Old St. Hilary’s
    Old St. Hilary's Church, Tiburon
    Friday, 8 pm

    The 15-voice women's vocal ensemble Musae and the 16 voice men's choir Ragazzi Continuo will present songs referencing beauty, transformation, and maternalism with works by Guillaume Dufay, Vytautas Miskinis, Stephen Smith, and Zae Munn among others. Expect a variety of musical genres to be included some light-hearted and some serious. Tickets: $20 general, $15 youth and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, May 9

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

    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 15th 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.
  • 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.
  • Mothers Day Art in the Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Kids can work with Marin Parks rangers to make a special piece of art to give to Mom on Mothers Day. Supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks provided. Meet at the Hillside picnic area at 310 Smith Ranch Road. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother’s Day Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am to Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person; kids age 2 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, call (415) 381.6155 or visit their website.
  • Free Workshops at Play-Well Marin
    Play-Well Marin Activity Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come join us on Saturday, May 9 for our summer preview day at Play Well's Marin Activity Center. Help us get ready for summer by attending one of our three free workshops, entering our raffle and meeting our staff. Students will dive into our massive LEGO collection and, with the guidance of a Play Well Engineer, your child will build one of three awesome projects. See schedule here. Space is Limited: Preregistration Required here. Location: 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre's Youth Company performs Miss Nelson is Missing!
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 11 am

    A play based on the classic children's book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Come see this hilarious story of a fed-up teacher and her unusual tactic to make her kids behave. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Come fly with us by making a mini biplane. Best for kids aged 5 to 12. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Josephine and the Sheep of Dreams
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco

    Saturday 11 am-noon and 2-3 pm & Sunday, 1–2 and 3–4 pm
    This live musical performance presented by Lyricabella Productions and the Children’s Creativity Museum features a diverse, multi-generational cast, original songs, and a universal story that inspires kids and grown-ups alike. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets: $13 general, $10 children under 13. Location: 221 4th St , San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 820-3320 or visit their website.
  • The 17th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chefs in Sonoma County You be the judge, you vote for the best! Over 40 chili teams, 15 salsa teams, and 14 breweries will be on hand. $12 chili and salsa; $40 chili, salsa, and beer; $10 kids under 12; free for kids under 5. Location: East Washington and Payran Streets, Behrens Park, Herzog Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • 10th Annual Uncorked Wine Festival
    Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1–6 pm

    Ghirardelli Square hosts the 10th Annual UnCorked Wine Festival with over 50 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, live music, art and craft vendors, and delicious local food for sale. Uncorked partners with local nonprofit organization, Save the Bay, and will donate proceeds raised from ticket sales to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay. Purchase tickets and visit their website here.
  • Mountain Lake Senses Walk
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm

    Come experience sites sounds smells and flavors of Mountain Lake on an easy fun-filled walk. Let’s use our five senses to investigate who uses this place as a home. Things to bring on this walk: walking shoes, dress in layers, and your love of nature. Free: All ages; registration required/ space is limited; Meet ranger Fatima Colindres at Mountain Lake playground. Registration is required; please call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 10 (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.
  • Family Adventure Sails
    Bay Model Pier Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Climb aboard the classic schooner Seaward and see San Francisco from the water! Take in an unmatched view of the city front as you sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. You can sit back and enjoy the view, or get involved with sailing the schooner with the help of the professional crew. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. This sail will include optional learning stations in seamanship and San Francisco Bay ecology. It is a great sail for families. Tickets: $50 adults, $25 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day BBQ at Audubon Canyon Ranch
    Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    The Mother's Day BBQ takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Mothers Day. 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. Register online here.
  • Mom's Free Mother's Day
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join Betty Jean the Bongo (African antelope) and her calf Pence as well as a host of other "mom" animals as the Zoo celebrates Mother's Day. Mothers who come to the Zoo on Sunday, May 10, with their children will receive one free admission. The Zoo also will host “Baby Loves Disco,” a daytime disco party for kids in the Elinor Friend Playground from 11 am to 3 pm. Lots of other activities will happen on Mom’s special Day at the Zoo including face painting, animation video making, and a mini-soccer obstacle course, all free with Zoo admission. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Day at the Exploratorium
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    The Exploratorium celebrates Mothers Day with free admission for all visitors. Note: Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. Group or field trip reservations not accepted; group entry discouraged due to large crowds. Special programs with limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 528-4444 or visit their website.
  • Mothers Day Brunch and Lunch
    Larsen Family Winery, Sonoma
    Sunday, 10 am–noon and 1–4:30 pm
    Larsen Family Winery near Sonoma offers a Mothers Day brunch (reservations required) from 10 am–noon and lunch from 1-4:30 pm. Brunch features fresh-baked goods from Basque Boulangerie in Sonoma; lunch features Mavericks BBQ. Kids will enjoy a bounce house and photo booth, and Mom gets a complimentary mimosa or glass of bubbly. Brunch: $30 adults, $20 kids 12 and under. Lunch: $55 adults, $35 kids. Order advance tickets online.
  • Marine Science Sundays—Back from the Brink: Saving Species
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come and find out about the fascinating work taking place to help save endangered and threatened marine mammals found along the California coast and Pacific Ocean. Our program this month is Back from the Brink: Saving Species, in which we'll learn about the massive blue whale, Steller sea lions, fur seals, and the rarest seal in the United States, the Hawaiian monk seal. Combine the classroom program with a docent-led tour and become a marine mammal expert! Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. 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.