Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 22, 23 & 24

January 22, 2016
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Bad Kitty premieres at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley this weekend. Photo: Bay Area Children's Theatre.

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 22

  • 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.
  • Katia & Company presents: Please Be Seated
    The Playhouse San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Featuring a cast of talented local kids, follows the misadventures of a group of 5th through 8th graders who try to put on their own production of Cinderella. Featuring diva actors, a stressed-out director, and incompetent stagehands—everything that can go wrong, does! Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for students 12 and under. (Make sure you mention Marin Mommies at the door for your free ticket! One free ticket per family.) Doors open 20 minutes before the show. No children under 3 years old, please. Location: 27 Kensington Road in San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 23

  • Family Bird Walk at Olompali
    Olompoli State Historic Park, Novato
    Saturday, 8:30 am–noon

    Celebrate the season with the birds of Olompali. Beginning and experienced birders are invited to join leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the ranch road past the park's reservoir. Perfect for the family. Cost: $8 per car; event is free. Location: new park entrance from Atherton Avenue/Redwood Boulevard in Novato. For more info, call (707) 762-9715 or 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
    Waffles aren’t just for breakfast—you can eat them from morning ’til night! Join us as we prepare waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. 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.
  • Montessori de Terra Linda Open House
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am

    Tour the campus, get an overview of our program, and hear passionate presentations from faculty about the Montessori curriculum. Please call to RSVP at (415) 479-7373 x112.  Adults only, please. More information
  • The Mountain School Open HOuse
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Bring the whole family to visit the preschool classrooms, meet the teachers, and chat with Mountain School parents. Refreshments will be served! RSVP to or call (415) 924-4661
  • Cascade Canyon School Open House
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Meet the teachers and learn more about Cascade Canyon School this January. RSVP at (415) 448-5125 or More information
  • "Your Favorites" Special Storytime Activity
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Join us for a special storytime to celebrate the top picture books picked by Novato families! Come experience these stories and listen, read and play with the books you love. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, call (415) 473-2050 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Ice Age Mammal Masks
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Before humans came to the Presidio, large mammals lived here! These ice age ani?mals included Sabertooth Cats, Columbian Mammoths, and Dire Wolves. With your own masks, these ancient creatures can once more been seen in the Presidio. 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.
  • Creek Walk to See Spawning Coho Salmon
    Samuel P Taylor Park, San Geronimo
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    With the first hard rains in the watershed comes the beginning of spawning season for Coho salmon. SPAWN-trained naturalists lead creek walks to explore the majesty of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Tour will meet at the front Kiosk of Camp Taylor and embark on a journey to multiple creek sites in search of some of these critically endangered salmon. Tours are open to all ages and abilities. Cost: $10 per person donation requested. Register here.
  • Octopalooza!
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    At Aquarium of the Bay, we celebrate cephalopods of the world through an entire week of fun activities, crafts, and presentations! Join us as we bring some of these engaging activities to the Bay Model for this octo-tastic event. We’ll experiment with market squid dissections using squids from the sustainable seafood we feed our animals at Aquarium of the Bay. Plus, we’ll have an “octopus course” with fun challenges to find the inner cephalopod in all of us! Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Imagination Players present: Narnia
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 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.
  • Moms Matinee: Gem of the Ocean
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Moms Matinees at Marin Theatre Company feature onsite childcare at no additional cost, in partnership with UrbanSitter. Babysitters will be onsite beginning at 1 pm. Let the box office know if you'll need a babysitter when you book your tickets. This Saturday: August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Sunset/Full Moon Walk to the Point Bonita Lighthouse
    Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
    Saturday, 4:45–6:15 pm

    Join park staff and docents for a tour down the Point Bonita Trail, through the hand carved tunnel and out to the Lighthouse. We will walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places. Arrive early as parking is limited. Meet at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Limited to 50 people; program fills quickly. Reservations required; call (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • RoCo Dance On Stage and Peter
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday 4 and 7:30 pm

    RoCo Dance is presenting their original dance production entitled “Peter,” a modern twist on the classic story of Peter Pan. Tickets: $27; purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, January 24

  • 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.
  • Osher Marin JCC Preschool Open House
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Come check out the Marin JCC Preschool at this weekend's open house at their Tiburon location at 215 Blackfield Drive. Families of all backgrounds are welcome. More information
  • Saint Hilary School Open House
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Come experience the innovative and joyful community at Saint Hilary School in Tiburon. RSVP here! More Information
  • 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.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This month we celebrate the animals that are the champions of the cold: Animals of the Arctic. Team the free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (650) 255-4985 or visit their website.
  • Drop-In Art-Making: Superhero Scratch-Art
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Design your own superhero (or re-create your favorite) using fun scratch art papers.Free with Museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Picture Book Author: Salina Yoon
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Sundayy, 2–3 pm

    DIESEL, A Bookstore is pleased to welcome Salina Yoon to discuss and sign her new picture book, Be a Friend. Salina Yoon is the prolific author/illustrator of more than 100 books for children, including the much loved book Penguin & Pinecone. Her brand new book Be A Friend is the story of a mime named Dennis and an unlikely friendship. It's a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt "different". Location: 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Concert Series: Peter and the Wolf
    Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
    Sunday, 3 pm

    Here’s a fresh take on this well-loved classic. Peter is a dreamer dealing with the pressures of everyday life when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers, colorful sets and incredible masks make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring story. Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages. Location: 1801 East Cotati Avenue, corner of Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway. Purchase tickets on their website here.
  • Embrace the Child You Have
    The Lark Theater, Downtown Larkspur
    Sunday, 4 & 6:30 pm

    When Erik Weber was 5 years old, Sandy Weber was told her son would never progress cognitively beyond 18 months due to his autism. Today he is a practicing attorney in San Diego and a gifted long distance runner. Sandy says she was able to work with her son because she let go of the idea of a perfect child and learned to embrace the child she had. Tickets for this speaking engagement with Erik and Sandy Weber cost $35; all ticket proceeds support Matrix Parent Network. Location: 549 Magnolia Avenue, Downtown Larkspur. Purchase tickets here.