Marin Weekend Family Fun for February 1 & 2

January 30, 2014
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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.

Saturday, February 1

  • Museums on Us
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $5 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House during the weekends. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
    This is a Healthy Parks, Healthy People event. Start with a two-hour service project that will spruce up McNear’s Beach Park, then switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. Lunch will be served at 1:15 pm. Park staff will provide a limited number of extra yoga mats. Questions or to RSVP: contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 473-2823 or For more information, visit their website.
  • KNBR Giants Fan Fest
    AT&T Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come to the 2014 Giants Fan Fest for pre-season baseball fun! Walk the field or play catch, view Giants memorabilia and World Series trophies, watch highlights from past seasons, and get hands-on in the Kids Zone. Of course you'll also have a chance to meet and get free autographs from players including Buster Posey, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence, and others. This event is free, although lines to meet players can be long, so get there early. For more information, visit their website.
  • The Scoop on Poop!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come take this fun, scientific look at a fascinating topic we all have in common. The Scoop on Poop! is the zoo's latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop! leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. Location: 1 Zoo Road In the Pachyderm Building, San Francisco. General admission applies. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Kids Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am

    DirectionFive is back at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market on Saturday. Kids and parents will enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation (appropriate for children of all ages). The demonstrations and tastings will take place under the big farmers’ market tent. There will be two 30-minute teaching sessions, the first from 10:30–11 am and the second session will be from 11–11:30 am. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco: Cinderella
    Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1 pm

    The Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco presents the musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Suitable for the entire family. Tickets: $12. For more info, call (415) 248-2677 or visit their website.
  • World on Stage: Kariktan Dance Company
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    Kariktan is a Tagalog word that means beauty, brilliance, and splendor. The Kariktan Dance Company shares the rich culture and diverse heritage of the Philippines through music, dance and song from its northern, central and southern regions. Cost: members $7; general $18 (includes museum admission). Location: 557 McReynolds Rd Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese Lion Dancers
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Welcome the Lunar New Year with the famous Lion Dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people all over the world. The Lion Dance is thought to cleanse darkness and bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, in the Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year at Olompali
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Celebrate the Year of the Horse at Olompali State Historic Park! Learn about Sam Yaw and other Chinese who lived at Olompali over a century ago. An interpretive walk at 1 pm with Olompali People docent Diane Einstein will highlight structures built by the men of Gold Mountain. Children’s craft activities, a tangram puzzle contest, and traditional foods will be offered all day. Free; parking fee $8. For more info, see attached flyer or visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: Mercy Watson to the Rescue
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor Eugenia is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG. Her solution? A call to animal control. This wild, comic adventure is adapted from the hilarious series by Kate DiCamillo. Recommended for age 4 and up. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children, $13 groups (10 or more). Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Lion Dancers in the Library!
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, noon–1 pm

    Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Lion Dance Team! Presented boy the Friends of the Corte Madera Library and the Marin Chinese Cultural Group. Free. Location: 707 Meadowsweet Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar Chinese New Year Festival
    Fourth Street in Berkeley
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Bring the family to the Annual Lunar New Year performance featuring lion dancers and martial arts street performance. Families are invited to join the free activities which include a martial arts demonstration (noon–1 pm) and lion dance (1–2 pm). Lions and drummers will begin on Delaware and Fourth Streets with the street performance, then the crowd is asked to join the parade as the lions bless the local shops. Free parking. For more info, visit their website.
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Hiking for Heartbeats
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Bring your family for some stretches and light exercises before setting out to find a spring that promised love and hiking the trails that soldiers once used. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery Street. Call (415) 561-4323 for reservations. For more info,visit their website.
  • 1st Annual Family Bingo Night
    Sir Francis Drake High School Student Center
    Saturday, 5–8 pm

    Brought to you by the San Anselmo Parks & Recreation Commission, this event is fundraiser for the newly formed Friends of San Anselmo Parks & Recreation non-profit organization. Space limited, so sign up early! $20 adults, $10 kids (includes HighTech burrito dinner). Register by calling (415) 258-4640. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 2

  • 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.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration—Free Admission Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion, food, music and dance. There will be an exciting dragon parade through the museum in which children can participate. Children can practice black ink calligraphy and also create their own paper dragon puppets in the Art Studio. Free admission on Sunday! Location: 2065 Kitteredge Street, Berkeley. For more information, 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. Drop-in charge per person. Location: 200 N San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am
    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $10 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Marin Theatre Company's Rapunzel
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Don't miss Marin Theatre Company's live staging of everyone's favorite fairy tale, Rapunzel! Recommended for ages 4 and up. No sign-up required. Main Reading Room. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call 415-389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm

     Hear storytellers share Lunar New Year stories, create your own work of art and search for zodiac animals on a treasure hunt through the galleries. Red Panda Acrobats will add to the festivities. Target First Free Sundays—free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. For more info, call (415) 581.3500 or visit their website.