Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 31 and February 1

January 31, 2015
Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen
Head to the Wine Country and visit Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen this weekend.

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, January 31

  • 2015 Waterbird Festival
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    This fun community and family-friendly event is free and will include naturalist led bird walks, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, interactive educational activities, and expert speaker sessions. There will also be exclusive fee-based field trips available. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hands-on Tam Winter Work Day
    Mount Tamalpais, Muir Beach, and Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8:30 am–1 pm

    Together, we will work to improve trails, care for natural landscapes, and improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Our projects provide a wonderful opportunity for hands-on learning and many of our projects are family-friendly and open to volunteers of all ages. Visit to learn more about our work. Register online here.
  • 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 $7 per person; children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26 through mid-April. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    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) and Jill from Music for Children will be performing (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: No Bake Valentine Treats
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Valentine’s Day treats are the tasty topic of the next class designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. Together we’ll make three easy, no-bake treats that are perfect Valentine’s Day! 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.
  • Children’s Theatre Association presents Jack and the Beanstalk
    Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am and 1 pm

    Jack in the Beanstock is a musical retelling of an English fairy tale. It is a toe-tapping whimsical comedy with wonderful characters. Happy-go-lucky Jack, his poor mother, Betsy the cow, the Golden Goose and of course the crazy Giant. Entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Admission: $13 plus $2 processing fee (waived at the door). To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Morse Code Messages
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    This month the Creative Family Fun events celebrate the amazing maritime history of the Presidio. The Army communicated through Morse code during the 1906 earthquake. Learn how to send your own message by making some Morse code jewelry. 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.
  • World on Stage Performances: Murphy Irish Dancers
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am
    Performing a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps, this amazing group of young dancers will connect you with age-old Irish traditions and joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Cost: $5 members; $7 general after museum admission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The reggae music of Bob Marley evokes the spirit of Jamaica in this modern-day fairytale about the unexpected adventures of timid 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but “don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right!” Based on the story by Cedella Marley. Recommended for 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.
  • Storytelling Festival Featuring Olga Loya
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Bring the family (all ages) to the San Anselmo library's free fourth annual Storytelling Festival. The featured teller this year is Olga Loya, a nationally known Latina storyteller, performance artist, and author. Loya dramatically and vividly mixes Spanish and English in her performances. Her repertoire reveals the diversity and richness of our collective culture in its commonality and individuality. Kids to grandparents and everyone in between can also share stories too. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony: Let's Dance
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    From Mazurkas to Marches to Mambos, conductor Christian Baldini, and the San Francisco Symphony will show you how music can move and groove—and how people groove right along with it. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Half price for ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Visit their website for more info.
  • Saturday's Unplugged Goes to Camp
    JCCSF, San Francisco
    Saturday, 3 pm

    Come for the play date, stay for the live music. Unplug and meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon of fun activities and celebratory cocktails. Jonathan Bayer and Emily Bonn play favorite campfire songs. Tap your toes, clap your hands and sing along with these talented performers. Free-all are welcome. Location: 3200 California Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 292-1200 or visit their website.
  • Birth and Baby Fair’s Mom's Night Out 2015
    The Hotel Diva, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5–9 pm
    Every mom deserves a fun night out, and you're invited to Mom's Night Out SF 2015 at the Hotel Diva in San Francisco. Mom's Night Out features networking, shopping, fitness, pampering, and great food and drinks, plus childcare from Urbansitter and Peekadoodle Kids' Club, too. Tickets: $35 per mom; $20 for Kids' Suite (ages 2–7). For more info, visit their website.
  • Salsa Party! with Norma Prieto
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm
    Join us for a night of music and dance! Shake off those winter blues with a fun filled night of music and dancing at Club J. Don’t know how to salsa? No Problem! The evening kicks off with a lively dance class led by the JCC’s own Norma Prieto, an experienced salsa and Zumba instructor. Tickets range from $10–$15. General Admission Seating. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, February 1

  • 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.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Osher 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
    Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, 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: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Around the World in 80 Days
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    The Marin Theatre Company presents Around the World in 80 Days specially adapted for young audiences. Join Mr. Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout as they hurriedly leave London in the middle of the night to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. All ages. No sign-up required. Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Library. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
  • Tree Shadows Tu B’Shevat Puppet Show
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11:30 am–noon

    Come celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees, with Daniel Barash of the Shadow Puppet Workshop. In this participatory puppet show watch stories and hear poems and songs about trees come to life on an illuminated shadow stage. Audience members will have the chance to puppeteer behind the screen at the conclusion of the program. Free with Museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentine Cardmaking Workshop
    San Rafael Public Libary
    Sunday, 1–3 pm

    Using a variety of papers, decorative embellishments, found objects, rubber stamps, and ephemera, you’ll create a valentine greeting specifically tailored to the object of your affection. This workshop is free. Materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own to use and share. Children under eight should be accompanied by an adult. Location: 1100 E Street, downtown San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3321or visit their website.
  • Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th-Century Sailing Ship
    San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Sunday, 2:15–3 pm

    Join in on a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage. Cost: Vessel Admission: $5, Free for visitors 15 and younger. For more info, visit their website.