Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 29, 30 & 31

January 29, 2016
Fort Point Civil War Days
Civil War Living History Day takes place his Saturday at Fort Point in San Francisco.

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.

Friday, January 29

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Once Upon A Mattress
    Showcase Theatre, San Rafael
    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School’s young actors do a fantastic job performing this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance. Chances are, you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 student 8th grade and under. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 30

  • STEM Superhero Series
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm
    Get ready for some serious fun! Kicking off on January 30, our new STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 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. Cost: $7 per person; children under 16 free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays through late March. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join reenactors from the American Civil War Association as they bring this 150-year-old fort to life with period uniforms, military music, talks, and demonstrations. We attended this event last year—read our article here. Free admission. For information, call (415) 556-1693 or visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Who doesn’t love an apple! In this class we’ll transform apples into awesome snacks and treats that you and your family will love. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Flower Fair
    Chinatown, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    The Chinese New Year Flower Fair is set in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown and provides a festive atmosphere in which the community can purchase their annual lunar new year flowers and produce while enjoying traditional Chinese dance, music, art and cultural displays. The Children's Area features a petting zoo, photo area, and other fun activities. Free. Location: Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway and Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio: A Family Musical
    Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am and 1 pm

    Come join this magical musical of Gepetto, the master puppet maker and his puppet Pinocchio, who embark on a journey to pursue their dream of turning Pinocchio into a real boy so he can become the son Gepetto dreams of having. They meet many amazing characters along the way, including a Blue Fairy, the Land of the Toys and even escape from a giant whale. Dreams can come true! Admission: $13 plus $2 processing fee. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Super Bowl City
    Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–10 pm & Sunday, 11 am–9 pm
    Centered in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street, Super Bowl City will feature family-friendly activities for fans of all ages. It will offer a fun—and free—way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the extravaganza that is the sporting world’s biggest annual event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Freshwater Fish
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    Join us at McInnis Park where rangers will teach the tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing. This event requires a short walk uphill and downhill to reach the park's pond. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Rain will cancel. Park entrance is free. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Scaly Sidekicks
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    February 1 is National Serpent Day! The Presidio is home to slithering snakes and lovely lizards. Learn about some of our reptile friends by making your own finger puppet. Drop-in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Bad Kitty On Stage!
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    Straight from the pages of the wildly popular Bad Kitty comic book series, here she sprawls, in solitary splendor, until one day … (loud hissing) PUPPY! Uh oh.  And then … (hair on back standing on end) MOUSE! And then … well, let’s just say life gets complicated.  A world premiere. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 children, $20 seniors, $13 groups (10 or more). Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Year of the Monkey: Chinese New Year Celebration
    San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
    Saturday, 1–3 pm
    Join us to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Performances include lion dance, folk dance, singing, traditional Chinese dress show, and more. Location: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i Community Day
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
    Enjoy a Tahitian dance and hula performance by Te Mau Tamari'i A Tiare/N? Kamali'i a Kiele, and a closing reception for January artist-in-residence Herman Tachera. Free; ticket required to view Royal Hawaiian Featherwork exhibition. Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • WinterNights: Latin Dance Night
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm
    The Kanbar Performing Arts Center brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights indoors to the Hoytt Theater. Shake off your winter blues with the vivacious and infectious sounds of Los Pinguos! A pre-concert Latin dance lesson will help you make the most of the dance floor, and small plates of “South of the Border” flavors will be available for purchase. Fun for all ages. Admission: $22 public, $20 members; $25 day-of; $10 ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, January 31

  • 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.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley with WildCare
    Indian Valley Preserve
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    We'll be joined by Marco Berger who is a fantastic teacher and naturalist who will share his expertise in both English and Spanish. We’ll look for frogs, toads, and salamanders, in addition to other winter-active animals. The creek should be full, so we’ll follow it up the canyon and have lunch by a beautiful waterfall. Remember to bring lunch. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8 am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, Parking Lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd). For more info, visit their website.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–5:45 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 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Family Celebration
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–4 pm
    Let’s bid farewell to the Year of the Ram and ring in the Year of the Monkey with special events, family-friendly activities and unique merchandise in our museum store.  All events are free with admission, and kids 12 and under always get in free (as do San Francisco Unified School District students). Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus Bella
    Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    Don’t miss this full-force, non-stop kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegant demonstrations of grace and poise, outrageous humor and slapstick antics. The music is originally composed and directed by the highly-acclaimed Rob Reich. Tickets: $17. For more info, visit their website.