Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 8, 9 & 10

January 8, 2016
Mochi pounding at the Asian Art Museum in San Francsico
Celebrate the New Year, Japanese-style, with traditional mochi pounding at the Asian Art Museum.

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 8

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or 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
  • de Youngsters Family Art Party 2016
    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. Creative thinkers will be inspired by Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 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

  • Family Fun Run/Health & Wellness Fair
    Mill Valley Recreation Center
    Saturday, 8–2 pm

    Jump start your New Years resolution with a fun and exciting way to experience health, wellness and community in Mill Valley. Family fun run/walk (around the large lawn area behind community center), bounce house, airbrush tattoos, face painting, and food tasting. Health & Wellness Fair takes place from 10 am-2 pm. Preregister for fun run here. Free admission to fair. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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.
  • 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.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    A spiralizer turns fruits and vegetables into all kinds of shapes, from noodles to spiral cuts. We’ll teach you how to make fun foods with this cool tool. Suitable for ages 8–13. Suitable for ages 8–13. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Montessori Open House
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Get to know Marin Montessori at an open house at their Corte Madera Campus, 5200 Paradise Drive. RSVP required; call (415) 924-5388 ext. 0. More information
  • Marin Waldorf School Open House
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Marin Waldorf School, which offers eduction for children from early childhood to 8th grade, holds its open house at its San Rafael campus, 755 Idylberry Road, from 10 am–12:30 pm. RSVP required at (415) 479-8190 or on their website. More information
  • New Village School Open House
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Come visit the New Village School at their Kindergarten Open House. Please RSVP by calling (415) 289-0889 and completing an inquiry form. More information
  • San Domenico School Open House
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am

    The best way to get to know San Domenico is to come for a visit! Their K–8 open house takes place Saturday, January 9. RSVP online. More information
  • Family Program: Succulents for Little Green Thumbs
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Children of all ages, together with their parent/guardian, will explore amazing succulents, discover where and how they grow, and pot-up their plants to take home. The program features a mini-tour of the Arid House and Desert collections. Registration required: $15 general, $12 members. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website
  • Family Performance: Jelly Jam Time
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:45–11:30 am & 11:45 am–12:30 pm

    Bring the kiddos for an interactive puppet show! Free with museum admission. Location: 557 McRenyolds, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Author Launch Party for Cockatoo, Too
    Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur
    Saturday, 11 am

    What a party it will be! There will be can-can dancing, dress-up tutus, a ukulele band, crafts, snacks and a live trained cockatoo. And of course local author and illustrator Bethanie Deeney Murguia will read her book aloud and tell us about how she makes a book. For kids ages two and up. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. 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 Drake's Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Origami Animals
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Paper folding, known as origami, is an art form that has been practiced for more than a thousand years. Join us to create animals that live in the Presidio out of paper! Drop-in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Imagination Players present: Narnia
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Berkeley Playhouse presents Narnia. Performed by students in Berkeley Playhouse’s educational program, the Imagination Players. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2640 College Avenue Berkeley. Find more info here.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance “Night at the Movies”
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4 pm

    The Love2Dance cast will perform a variety of dance styles including jazz, hip hop, tap, musical theater, contemporary, acrobatics, ballet and lyrical to songs from all genres. Popular hip hop, country, top 40, and classical hits from popular movie soundtracks will be featured. Love2Dance, located in Novato, is a positive upbeat dance studio with over 300 students from the bay area. The entertaining show promises to be a great time for the entire family. The Love2Dance All-Stars will also perform their national award winning routines and the Dancing Dads are sure to bring the house down. Tickets: $19 or $25. Purchase tickets and learn more here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
  • Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    NatureBridge at Golden Gate
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    This program features a hike and campfire led by our environmental science educators. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike, we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including s'more roasting, campfire skits, and fun sing alongs! Cost: $12 per person. Register online here.

Sunday, January 10

  • 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.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Robot Hullabaloo
    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 robot-making in the art studio, movement and games in the gallery, and the upbeat, down-home folk sounds of Hullabaloo! 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.
  • Omochitsuki! Mochi Pounding Ceremony
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm
    Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed local mochi-pounding group. Enjoy the colorful and exciting New Year’s tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance, art-making activities and traditional costumes. Free with museum admission (kids 12 and under always admitted free). For more info, call (415) 581-3500 or visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Circus of Smiles
    Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am
    The circus is coming to the Library!  These clowns know how to make your whole family smile using juggling, acrobatics, and comedy. Audience participation guaranteed as they engage you through songs, dance and zany antics. All ages. No sign-up needed. Location: Main Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Buddy Club: Master Magician Robert Strong
    The Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    The Buddy Club is proud to present one of America's most popular Magicians, Robert Strong! He's performed at the White House two times, and travels the world as a first-class corporate entertainer. Sleight-of-hand, mentalism, pick pocketry, visual comedy and more. Tickets: $7 members, $8 general (under 2 years old free). Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Tickets are available at the door or call (510) 236-7469. For more info, visit their website.
  • Love2Dance Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael

    Sunday, 1 & 3 pm

    Love2Dance showcases its youngest dancers (ages 2–6) as well as the studio’s nationally-ranked competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars. Dancing to a wide variety of popular kids’ songs, this fun and entertaining performance will feature ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics and hip hop. The studio’s Little Feet dancers will warm your hearts and make you smile.Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets online and learn more here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse (see Saturday for details).
  • Experience Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Seashore (see Saturday for details).