Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 3, 4 & 5

January 2, 2014
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.

Friday, January 3

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

    Join Marin County's 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.
  • Game & Puzzle Day!
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4 pm

    Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or work a giant floor puzzle. Fun for the whole family! For all ages; no sign-up needed. Free. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call 415-389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
  • Music in the Courtyard with Falso Biano
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Enjoy live music on Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday: Falso Biano. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Mac Barnett
    Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Mac Barnett will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Mac Barnett is the author of Battle Bunny and the Brixton Brothers series, as well as several picture books, including Count the Monkeys and the New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, in the Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 4

  • Museums on Us
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission 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, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. For more info, visit their website.
  • Icebreaker Stand Up Paddle Races
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am
    Celebrate the New Year by joining us for a fun and exciting morning of paddle board races on the bay. This is a family-friendly event; there will be courses for all ages and the location is spectator friendly. Day-of-race registration starts at 9 am; races start at 10 am. Course duration and direction will be weather dependent. United States Coast Guard approved flotation devices and leashes are required. Don’t have a board? Don’t sweat it! Local rental shops are happy to help. This event is for stand up paddleboards only (no canoes or kayaks). For more info, call Jim Slack at (415) 446-4424 or 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 $5 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Rangers: People and Natural Habitats
    Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve, San Geronimo
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    The MCOSD's Junior Ranger program was created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history, and environmental stewardship and is intended for 7–12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Go over some basic pre-hike preparation and outdoor safety, then walk in the Willis Evans Canyon and learn about creek restoration and the diverse habitats found here. This will be an easy one-mile walk with one moderate hill. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks. For more information, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island
    Deer Island Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    It’s the middle of winter and it’s wet and cold. Salamanders, slugs, and millipedes are easy to find, but where do they go during the dry months? And where are the lizards and butterflies that we see everywhere in the dry season? Explore different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life as the seasons change. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! David Herlocker will lead. For more information, visit their website.
  • KinderCycle Kids Swap
    South Berkeley Senior Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Get rid of what the kids are done with and take next-to-new kids' stuff home with you at the KinderCycle Swap. Swap newborn to 6-year-old clothes and stuff, and maternity clothes. Any items that are brought to the swap that are not taken by other families will be donated to charities. Cost: Location: 2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley. 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.
  • Come Fly a Kite!
    Millerton Point, Tomales Bay State Park
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Build a customized Frustrationless Flyer kite with materials provided. Fly your personalized creation at Millerton Point overlooking beautiful Tomales Bay. Appropriate for ages 3–103; youth under 18 years must be accompanied by adult. Event is free, but please RSVP by January 2; supplies are limited. RSVP: For more information, visit their website.
  • Saturday Cinema: Holiday Animation
    Exploratorium, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 4 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. Free after general admission to the Exploratorium (Bay Area residents get discounted local rates). Location: Pier 15, San Francisco (on the Embarcadero). For more information, visit their website.
  • Family Boot Camp
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Start the year with high energy and get ready for a fun and challenging Family Boot Camp at the historic Presidio’s Main Post. Learn basic soldier drills and about Presidio military life while getting fit. Family Boot Camp will conclude at Inspiration Point after a brisk hike up the Ecology Trail. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery Street. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Reservations required: (415) 561-4323. For more information, visit their website.
  • Sea Chantey Sing
    San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Saturday, 8 pm

    Sing traditional working songs aboard the floating historic vessel Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot cider served from the ship`s galley. Location: Hyde and Jefferson Streets, San Francisco. Reservations required: (415) 561-7171. For more information, visit their website.

Sunday, January 5

  • 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.
  • Beginning Birding at Rodeo Lagoon
    Marin Headlands
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
    Rodeo Lagoon is a favorite winter refuge for many northern species. Join volunteer Jane Haley on an easy outing around the lagoon to discover the birds that overwinter here. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring field guides and binoculars. For ages 8 and up. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540. For more information, 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.
  • Family Gallery Adventures
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

    Listen to stories, take a closer look at art, and draw in mini take-home sketchbooks during this family fun-time with guided activities in the gallery. Family Gallery Adventures are a great way to explore the CJM, share quality time, and make new memories together. 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.
  • Three Kings Day at Gloria Ferrer
    Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma
    Sunday, 4–5 pm
    Enjoy a performance of the Epiphany to celebrate the Spanish tradition El Dia de los Reyes Magos or Three Kings Day while sipping on a glass of award-winning sparkling wine followed by a sample of traditional Spanish holiday rosca bread and hot chocolate. Performance begins at 4 pm. Admission is $15 per person, $12.75 for wine club members. Children under 12 are free. 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)