Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 2, 3 & 4

January 2, 2015
Elephant seal at Point Reyes
Experience Elephant Seals this weekend at Point Reyes National Seashore's Chimney Rock.

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.

You can also hit the ice at Marin on Ice or another Bay Area seasonal skating rink, which will be open during the holidays. Check out our guide to local ice skating here.

Friday, January 2

  • Make a Nightlight for 6th–12th graders
    Novato Library
    Friday, 1–3 pm

    Make a nightlight—materials and assistance provided. Feel free to bring your own figures to populate your nightlight jar. Soldering involved, so signup and permission form required. For more information, contact the Novato Library at (415) 473-2050. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • LEGO Play Day
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with LEGOs supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills, and it's FUN! Age 5 and up. No sign-up needed. Free. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Creekside Room, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 or visit their website.

Saturday, January 3

  • Museums on Us
    Various locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission to select location museums on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission; one free general admission per cardholder. Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. 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 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.
  • Explore Stafford Lake Park
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Come out for an easy nature walk around beautiful Stafford Lake. Along the way we’ll stop and talk about some of the interesting animals and plants that live here. This activity is easy. Water and healthy snacks provided. Park entrance is free. Turn right after the gate house and follow to the first parking lot. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Cook up family fun by joining us for a series of classes designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. This class will boost creativity and confidence by empowering children to make healthy smoothies in the blender. Suitable for ages 5–13. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEAM Saturdays: Earth Science
    San Rafael Library
    Saturday, 11–11:45 am

    Join us for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. This Saturday, Earth Science. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Experience Elephant Seals
    Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 11 am–4 pm
    Weekends and holidays, late December–April. 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 moore info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Saturday Cinema: Holiday Animation
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1, 2 & 3 pm

    Ring in the New Year with exuberant and unaffected animations. Making use of stop-motion, pixelation, and handcrafted techniques, these short works rely on visual prowess to tell simple, jubilant stories of quiet heroism, emotional reactions, and internal conflicts. For all ages. Free with museum admission. Location: Pier 15, San Francisco (on the Embarcadero). For more information, visit their website.
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy People
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Through hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Park sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Meet in front of the Presidio Visitor Center, 105 Montgomery Street at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, January 4

  • 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!
    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.
  • Drop-in Art Making: Creative Clay Creatures
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–3 pm

    Sculpt your creatures, real or imagined, out of clay, wire, sticks, and more. Free after 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.
  • Muir Woods After Hours
    Muir Woods, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 4–6 pm
    This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required; call (415) 388-2596. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museums on Us (see Saturday for details)
  • Whale watching in Point Reyes (see Saturday for details)
  • Experience Elephant Seals (see Saturday for details)