Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 12–14

May 12, 2017

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 14. Find something special to do with Mom with our round-ups of Mother's Day Brunches, spring hikes, picnic spots and beaches in Marin and Sonoma County.

Friday, May 12

  • 2017 National Public Garden Day
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Friday, 9 am–5 pm

    In honor of National Public Garden Day, enjoy one complimentary admission! Follow this link to get your coupon: COUPON.  Valid for one admission on May 12th. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Weekend: Hamilton Community Pool
    Hamilton, Novato
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children ages 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a day or night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood Camp staff. Games, park time, arts and crafts, snacks, and more! Cost: $25 per child; $20 each additional sibling. For ages 2–10. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Gianna Marino will be here to read you a bedtime story from Splotch. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home for bed.
    Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Octobop at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, 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” opens on Friday, May 12th for a run of 6 performances. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for child. Purchase tickets here. Location: Emily Gates Student Center, San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 13

  • Bay Area Human Race
    Marin Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7 am–11 am

    From supporting those with disabilities, people advocating for animals, to those seeking to increase access to education, and more — the Bay Area Human Race™ is open to nonprofits, schools, and community groups across Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Race day features a fun and flat 5K run/walk at the historic Marin County Civic Center Lagoon Park and fairgrounds, including music, Kids Races and activities, a dog walk, the Community Village Fair and a pancake breakfast. The event is open to everyone. Cost: $10–$50. See cost here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at the Farmer's Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    Children can plant a posy or strawberry for Mom in honor of her special day at Poppy Store. 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), listen to music, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am
    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family!  Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, crafts men and women, plus others who lived in Old California. Have fun learning basket weaving, candle making techniques, dances from the rancho, and playing games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive! Admission: $3 adults, $2 children 6–17, ages 5 and under are free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flower Crowns for Mothers and Children
    Saturday, 10–11 am
    UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

    Come make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away. Cost: $20, $18 members, $12 additional sibling or parent chaperone. Registration required here.
  • 17th Annual Spring Festival
    Alameda
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm
    Bring your mom and the whole family to Alameda’s celebration of spring during Mother’s Day weekend. There will be lots of arts and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music, and a kids' play area. Location: historic Park Street, between Encinal Ave and Lincoln Ave. in downtown Alameda. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Camp Open House
    Novato Parks & Recreation, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    This event is the perfect chance to learn about our summer camps and programs, meet camp staff, participate in free games and activities, bounce around in our new inflatables, and register on-site for any of our summer programs! Guests will also have a chance to enter into our free raffle for a chance to win a free week of camp AND when you register on-site with us you can receive $10 off some of our most popular summer camps!  Location: Downtown Recreation Center, 950 Seventh Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • KQED Family Fun Day at the Presidio Officers' Club
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am–2:30 pm

    Join the Presidio Trust and KQED for a free family fun day at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Get curious about the Presidio’s natural and cultural history with special guests Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, from the PBS KIDS animated television series. Enjoy interactive exhibits and hands-on bird-themed crafts celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, and learn about local wildlife from the Roving Ranger truck. The first 100 families to arrive will receive a special Presidio goodie bag (one per family). Advance registration preferred; a limited number of walk-in tickets will be available at the door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Art in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Meet at the South Shore Picnic Area. Park entrance fee waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: ClownSnotBombs
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Get ready for a wild morning of singing, dancing, acrobatics, and silliness! ClownSnotBombs is a Bay Area troupe of acrobats, circus performers, teachers, and musician who are guaranteed to delight the young and young at heart. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Storytime: How to Raise a Mom
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera

    Saturday, 11–11:45 am
    This hilarious, heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom is filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas and lots of love! Activities to follow. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fare: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    BAMPFA, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11:30 am & 1 pm
    Explore the history of the recycle symbol and learn about universal symbols. Delve into ideas of reduce, reuse, recycle, replenish, restore, rethink, and rot, and become an ambassador for the planet while creating your own educational posters! Limited space; sign up onsite 15 minutes before start of session. Kids free with paid adult. Location: 2155 Center Street, Berkeley. 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.
    Explore the structure of built urban environments with 3-D paper models. With artist Jill McLennan. - See more at: http://bampfa.org/program/family-fare#sthash.HLa55vrt.dpuf
  • 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.
  • Full Moon in the Park
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 7:30–10 pm

    Join us for a fun evening of culture and nature under the full moon at Spring Lake Regional Park. Come howl at the moon! Drop-by for folklore stories about the moon, a twilight walk, and gather around a warm fire for s'mores! Bring poems, songs, and stories to share. Wear layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Spring Lake Group Campsite from the Newanga Avenue entrance. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more info, call (707) 565-7888 or visit their website.

Sunday, May 14

  • 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 BikeAbout 2017
    Sunday, 8:30–11 am
    San Francisco

    The mom in your life will love this special Mother’s Day outing! Spend your Sunday morning on a leisurely hour-and-a half-long, docent-led cycling tour through the Zoo, and finish up with relaxing continental breakfast. Bring the whole family along for the fun! Mom will enjoy being in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watching 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 $25 per person, non-member $30 per person; children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. 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 canteloupe 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 learn more on their website.
  • The French Market
    Marin Fairgrounds, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Bring your mom, listen to live French music, grab a tasty crepe, greet your favorite exhibitor with Bonjour, and come home with a treasure or two. This popular antique market brings together shoppers, treasure hunters, collectors, decorators, and dozens of quality vendors with booths filled to the brim with great bargains and unique collectibles. Free admission and parking. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Brunch at Safari West
    Safari West, Santa Rosa

    Sunday, 10 am & 1:30 pm
    Santa Rosa's Safari West offers a Mother's Day champagne brunch and Trek on the Nairobi minibus. Enjoy a brunch at 10 am or 1:30 pm and then trek through the "Sonoma Serengeti". Meet giraffes, cheetahs, birds, monkeys, lemurs, and more. $75 for adults ($42.50 brunch only), $40 for children ages 4–12 ($18 brunch only). Make reservations and learn more online.
  • Free Admission for Moms at the Exploratorium
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    The Exploratorium offers free admission for all on Mother’s Day from 10 am–5 pm. 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The Zoo has so many mothers to celebrate this Mother’s Day, and we’re pleased to offer free admission to mothers who come to the Zoo with their children on Sunday, May 14. Be sure to bring your mom to see the wonderful animals who recently mothered infants by stopping by the following exhibits: flamingo, François’ langur, giant anteater, giraffe, guanaco, and wallaroo. These fabulous females are the ultimate conservationists for their species, and we applaud their impeccable care and devotion to their offspring. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Admission at Schulz Museum for Moms
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    All mothers receive free Museum admission at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Mother's Day. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. Learn more on their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this Co-Op Playground. The New Member Open House is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a Board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Adventure Sail
    Call of the Sea, Sausalito

    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward on Mother's Day 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: $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • Olompali Mother's Day Bird Walk
    Novato
    Sunday, 10:30 am

    It's always an exciting time to bird watch at Olompali State Historic Park!  Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Janet Bodle and Rich Cimino of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park's reservoir.  Expect to see some migrating species as well as a wide variety of species who thrive in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands:  raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and—of course—many woodpeckers.  Sharpen your bird-identification skills, gain a deeper appreciation for our local ecology and have a lot of fun along the way. Families are welcome! More information.
  • Audubon Canyon Ranch Mother's Day BBQ
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Martin Griffin Preserve, near Stinson Beach

    Audubon Canyon Ranch offered its Mother's Day BBQ for over 50 years! It takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Mother's Day 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: $30 per adult and $10 per child under 12. Register online here.
  • Family Nature Hike
    Vallejo House, Sonoma
    Sunday, 11 am–noon

    This is a casual hike for the entire family. We will explore the trees, birds and nature led by a Park Interpretive Specialist through portions of the park open space and a loop through the Montini Trail preserve. Length: 1 hour, slow paced, suitable for all ages. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at 11am. Suggested: Sturdy shoes and water. Location: off of West Spain Street in Downtown Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picnic at the Presidio: 1960s Takeover
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Put on your tie-die and celebrate the Summer of Love anniversary with classic rock, 1960-era cocktails, and the chance to make free flower crowns in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent. Presidio Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from 30 local vendors. 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.
  • Open House: Tiburon Landmark Properties
    Tiburon & Belvedere
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    The Landmarks will be open for the 2017 season. Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    The Youth Orchestra Series offers a chance to enjoy the latest generation of young musicians in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, an ensemble that has earned international recognition. Don’t miss these concerts, performed by more than one hundred of the Bay Area’s most talented young instrumentalists. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre presents: The Frog Prince (see Saturday for details).