Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 27, 28 & 29

January 27, 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, starts on this Saturday, January 28.

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 27

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Chess Night
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on Friday night for an hour of free supervised play for K–8th graders. All skill levels are welcome. Free pizza! Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Escape from Alcatraz
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Carousel Stage at the Bay End of the Pier for outdoor Movie Night! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and Movie Night discounts at participating PIER 39 businesses. At 6 pm, settle in for a free screening of the classic San Francisco film Escape from Alcatraz. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.
  • Disney's Peter Pan Jr.
    Showcase Theatre, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    & Saturday, 5 pm
    Come and see the amazing talents of the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s musical theater class under the direction of Gretchen Simon mesmerize you with their live performance of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, it's a modern version of the timeless tale. 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 28

  • Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
    Cow Palace, Daly City
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Dog lovers of all ages will not want to miss the upcoming annual Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show - the west’s premier “benched” show.Showcasing over 175 breeds, with 1500 entries a day, the GGKC event is an exciting and unique event for dog lovers who will have a rare opportunity at this “benched” show to learn about and get to know hundreds of breeds of dogs, all in one location over two days. Tickets: general admission $15, children (2–12 years) $9 and family plan (2 adults, 2 children) $42. Purchase your tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. No registration required. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. 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 listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    To commemorate the Year of the Rooster, the San Francisco Zoo hosts two weekends of Lunar New Year celebrations. Marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances, go on a zodiac scavenger hunt through the zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar, and stop by the Family Farm to see the roosters at the zoo. Guests born in the Year of the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017) will receive free admission to the zoo! Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lumacon: 3rd Annual Youth Comic Convention
    Lucchesi Park, Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Meet well-known artists, illustrators, and writers of comic books and graphic novels, and gives local youth artists the chance to display and sell their artwork alongside the professionals. Children’s crafts, Live Action Role Play (LARP), a Magic the Gathering tournament, and a cosplay (costume) competition, and vendors will offer books, comics and food for sale. LumaCon! is brought to you by the Petaluma Regional Library, the Petaluma High School Library, and the Casa Grande High School Library. Location: 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • 7th Annual Whalefest Monterey
    Downtown Monterey
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The event is a free fun family activity, celebrating the migration of the gray whales along the California coast. Whalefest also benefits local and national marine organizations that help bring awareness through their education outreach on the importance of protecting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Marin Waldorf School
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    In honor of The Women's March that took place on Jan 21st they changed the date of their Open House to Saturday, Jan 28th. Marin Waldorf is offering a new, more fluid format this year at the Open House to allow flexibility for visiting parents and their families. Arrive anytime between 10 am and 1 pm. Come enjoy the natural rhythm of our beautiful 10 acre campus, live music, welcoming community and good food.  Location: San Rafael campus, 755 Idylberry Road, from 10 am–12:30 pm. For more info, call (415) 479-8190 or visit their website.
  • Open House: Marin Montessori
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Get to know Marin Montessori at an admissions open house at their Corte Madera Campus, 5200 Paradise Drive. RSVP required; call (415) 924-5388 ext. 0. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Wedding Fair
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    The one stop shop to plan your special day. Stop by and meet a variety of talented photographers, caterers, bridal fashion designers, and event planners who can fill your needs and help make your wedding special. Free admission and parking! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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.
  • Doing and Viewing Art: Processes of Painting
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alladin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp
    Palace of Fine Art Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am and 1 pm
    This year’s adaptation of Aladdin And His Wonderful, Magical Lamp tells the story of a poor street boy, Aladdin, in ancient Arabia who (with the help from 3 Genies, a dragon, a monkey, and his family) uses his wits to outsmart the evil and powerful magician, Jammal, and win the Princess Jasmine’s hand in marriage. Admission: $15 plus $2 processing fee. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Chinese Lion Dancers
    San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn

    Saturday, 11–11:30 am
    Welcome the Lunar New Year with the famous Lion Dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The lion dance is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people all over the world, and is thought to cleanse darkness and bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Free. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beads, Baubles, and Found Treasures
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring your creativity and a “found treasure” (sea shell, souvenir stone, bead, etc.) and join us at Paradise Park, where rangers will provide instruction in the ancient Viking skill of Nalbinding, a technique similar to knitting or crocheting. You’ll be able to use your found treasure in creating a pendant that you’ll be proud to wear! This event is ideal for all ages. We provide supplies and healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will NOT cancel. Reserve your spot in advance, as this event is limited to 12 participants. Questions or to RSVP: Contact Ranger Maggie Guiott at (415) 435-9212 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Lunar New Year Pellet Drum
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco

    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Happy Lunar New Year! Pellet drums have been a New Year tradition in various Asian countries for thousands of years. Drum in the Year of the Rooster with your own pellet drum! Drop-in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Lego Club
    Belvedere Tiburon Library
    Saturday, 1–2 pm
    Come and create something wonderful with Legos! We will supply Legos for you to make your own creations. Join the fun, no age limit.  Kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music for Families: Music Around the World: Latin America
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Join the San Francisco Symphony on a musical journey through the works of some of our favorite Latin American composers. From vibrant Mexican folk rhythms to the enchanting allure of the Argentine tango, guest artists like folkloric music group Vinic-Kay and vocalist Diana Gameros help bring the experience to life with unique instruments and musical traditions from different cultures. Tickets: $13.50–$64. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration with the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company
    San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
    Saturday, 3–4:30 pm

    Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a performance of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance in the Presidio Meeting Room at the Presidio branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Free. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register at
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm–Sunday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • WinterNights: African Dance Party
    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 29

  • 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.
  • Tu B'Shvat Family Connections
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Connect with other families with young children! Learn about the Jewish holiday and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! For families with children birth to 3 years old and their siblings. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • JCC Preschool Tiburon Open House
    JCC Preschool, Tiburon
    Sunday 9:30–11:30 am
    Come visit the Osher Marin JCC Preschool in Tiburon. Locaton: 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    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. Children can practice black ink calligraphy and also create their own paper lanterns for the Year of the Rooster in the Art Studio. Museum admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese New Year Family Celebration
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10:30 am–4 pm
    Roll in the Year of the Rooster with talented dancers and musicians at the Asian Art Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Students from the Chinese American International School and China Dance School and Theatre present traditional and modern music, as well as dances from China, to kick off the Lunar New Year. After the performances, enjoy author Oliver Chin’s story about Chinese zodiac animals’ characteristics and discover something new about yourself. Listen to new year stories and make art projects to bring you luck and prosperity in the Year of the Rooster.  Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Chinese Brush Painting for ages 8–12 - Celebrating the Year of the Rooster
    Point Reyes Library, Point Reyes Station
    Sunday, 11 am–12:15 pm

    According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2017 is the year of the rooster. Come explore painting the courageous rooster and other subjects in a new world of artistic expression! This class is for youth ages 8–12 and introduces basic Chinese brush painting skills taught using traditional methods by master artist and teacher Joseph Yan of Joseph Fine Art School in San Francisco. Space is limited to 10 youth participants (ages 8-12); email or call (415) 663-8375 to reserve a spot. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Llama Llama Pajama Party
    Mill Valley Library
    Sunday, 1:30–3 pm

    Join us for a Llama Llama Pajama Party for Llama Llama stories, crafts, and theater games.  We're partnering with the Marin Theatre Company to celebrate these wonderful books! Registration required. Location: Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Orch’apalooza! Marin Symphony Youth Programs
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Sunday 3 pm
    In the grand finale of Midori’s residency, Midori and all three of the Marin Symphony’s Youth ensembles will perform at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. Midori will be the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and will also perform alongside three Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. The program will also include selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece, “Scheherazade.” In what is sure to be an energetic finale, all three of our youth ensembles (160 musicians ages 8-18) will join forces to perform the rousing “Toreador March” from Bizet’s Carmen. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 youth 17 and under. For more info, visit their website.