Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 6, 7 & 8

January 7, 2017

Take a waterfall hike with your family 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.

Friday, January 6

  • Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Last Weekend for Ice Skating: Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday-Sunday, noon–10 pm

    This is the last weekend for Marin on Ice, an outdoor skating rink in San Rafael's Northgate Mall. Bring the kiddos out to for a day of ice skating. Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners. For more info, call (707) 738-8496 or visit
  • Embarcadero Center Ice Rink
    Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm and Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm
    The Bay Area's largest outdoor ice rink offers 90-minute skating sessions Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 9:30 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 11:30 pm. Admission is $11 for adults and $7 for children ages 7 and under; skate rental is $5. They also offer group rates, as well as birthday parties and private rentals. For more info, call 415) 837-1931 or visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Friday & Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' PJ Party with Dev Petty!
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Dev Petty will be here to read you a bedtime story from I Don't Want to be Big. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, and get your books signed. Then head home for bed. Free. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • de Youngsters Family Art Party 2017
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Join other Bay Area families in putting the "art" in "party" at the de Youngsters third annual benefit bash for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Guests both young and "young at art" will enjoy a fun-filled evening at the de Young exploring color and line fun-filled evening at the de Young exploring art and innovation in the true spirit of San Francisco. Activities will include hands-on art making, live performances, cutting edge technology, and more surprises! For info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, January 9

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Starting this January, Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Last Weekend: Iceless Skating Rink
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Hit the “ice” this winter with family and friends at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Iceless Skating Rink. Children can strap on skates and glide around on a synthetic ice rink in the museum's Discovery Hall. The synthetic ice rink provides all the fun of a real ice rink but without the cold and icy falls. Get in the holiday spirit with this classic winter activity. Best of all, it's free with museum admission or membership. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 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). Enjoy complimentary latkes from the Hanukkah Hut, too. 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. 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, 2015 through late March 2016. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am
    Kick off an energetic weekend with Zumba at McInnis Park led by a professional instructor. This event is ideal for all ages so bring the family. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water. We request no animals (except service animals) attend. Rain will cancel the event. Questions: Contact Kevin Wright at, or (415) 473-2129. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Kindergarten–8 Grade Open House
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am
    At San Domenico, they believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. Come and and find out more at the Lower & Middle School Open House this weekend. RSVP online here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road Library, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Experience Elephant Seals
    Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 11 am–4 pm
    View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Check at one of the Visitor Centers for whether the slide program is being offered. Visitors will need to take the winter shuttle bus from Drakes Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Nest Fest
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    More than 200 species of birds have been seen in the Presidio. Spots like El Polín Spring and Crissy Field are excellent places for birdwatching. Visit the Presidio Officers’ Club and build your own bird nest! Drop-in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday
    Environmental Discovery Center, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Bring the family for fun, hands-on activities at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park. This month we will explore petrology, the branch of geology that studies the origin, composition, distribution and structure of rocks. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. This is a free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Gak Factory
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design and create something! Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House (see Friday for details).

Sunday, January 8

  • 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.
  • The Story of Marin’s Salmon and Steelhead
    Sunday, 9 am–noon

    Rangers Gabe Ngarangad and Craig Solin will lead a family friendly hike along Lagunitas Creek in San Geronimo. If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll witness one of Marin’s natural treasures: Steelhead and coho salmon returning from the sea. Learn about the fishes’ life cycles, the efforts to restore local populations, and some of the interesting local history. This event is ideal for ages 5 and over, though explorers of all ages are welcome. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, and polarized sunglasses. Heavy rain will cancel this event. Location: Meet at the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area west of Lagunitas. For more info, visit their website.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Art Fiesta with Little Artistas and Bilingual Birdies
    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am (doors open at 9:45 am)

    On second Sundays, The Museum opens early just for kids and their grown-ups. Family fun includes kinetic painting with Little Artistas in the studio, fun and play in gallery activities, and the joyful Spanish/English songs of Bilingual Birdies. Free with museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 655-7800 or visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join the Marine Mammal Center's monthly free educational series, Marine Science Sundays, on the second Sunday of each month. This month we talk about the amazing animals of the cold, like walruses, narwhals, seals, and whales! Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (650) 255-4985 or visit their website.
  • Parents Day Out: Peppa Pig
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Sunday, 1–4:30 pm

    Join us as we celebrate our favorite pig, Peppa ! Join us as we create sticker stories, make a pig craft, and even play in mud! We will watch “Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and other Stories”. A snack of popcorn and fruit will be served. Ages: 2.5–12 years. Cost: $22/members $32/guest. Register online here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse (see Saturday for details).
  • Experience Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Seashore (see Saturday for details).