Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 15, 16 & 17

July 15, 2016

Diego's Umbrella at Summer Nights Marin Osher JCC
Diego's Umbrella performs Gypsy rock at the Osher Marin JCC's Summer Nights concert series this Saturday

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, July 15

  • Flower Piano
    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm

    Visitors are encouraged to seek out the twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: Pi Clowns
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling, and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. This show will takea place the Children's Garden. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circuit Craze
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Come join us for a morning of simple science learning and fun for the whole family! We’ll have fun making simple circuit art projects together. Best for children of all abilities ages 4-10 with caregivers. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, call
    415-506-3165 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday, Getting There: Celebrating Ed Ruscha and the Great American West. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fantastical Family Night
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30 pm
    oin us for everyone's favorite annual night of magic and fun. This inspirational evening of dream-living will be filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Featuring special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp, pre-show adventures, and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. Puchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Gator Nation Band, Zydeco. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday, Dedicated Maniacs will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, July 16

  • Family BikeAbout
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 8:30–10 am

    Families can bring their bicycles to the Zoo for this informative one- and one-half hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS Members: $18 per peddler and Non-Members: $23 per peddler. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills
    Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm

    Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors 6–12, and free for kids 5 and under. Parking is $5 per car. For more info, visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Tea with Friends!
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon

    Bring the kiddos (ages 4-8), adult and your stuffie, and learn all about one of our Zoo’s special animals. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo animal you’ve been learning about. When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Cost: $23 member childfren, $26 non-members; $12 member adults, $15 non-members. Parking Fee: $8 non-members, free for members. Registration required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 36th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This free family event celebrates traditional Native American festivals that would bring together local tribes during the summer months. Throughout the day demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group and Dry Creek Pomo will also perform a variety of traditional dances. Vendors will also be selling a wide variety of crafts. This free event is great for the whole family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Rivertown Revival
    Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–8 pm

    This is a unique, arts-based thematic festival that sustainably highlights and celebrates the Petaluma River, benefitting the Friends of the Petaluma River. This community festival includes over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla, art boat drag races, aerial acts on the river, artisan merchants, $5 weddings, local food vendors, theatrical performances, and children's activities. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Build Your Bridge
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Do you know the length of the Golden Gate Bridge? Come learn the answer and other fun bridge facts as you design your very own San Francisco bridge Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Breastfest Beer Festival
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. Attendees get endless eats, bottomless cups, and live music. Proceeds will benefit low-income women with breast cancer. $55 advance, $65 at the door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Day
    Mill Valley Recreation
    Saturday, 12:30–5 pm

    Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information. Enjoy free admission to the pool from 12:30 to 5 pm. Activities and demonstrations take place from 2 to 5 pm and include lifeguard demos, airbrush tattoos, coloring, a bounce house, water games, a kids' nail salon, music, a raffle, and lifejacket fittings. In addtion, firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Protection Disctrict will present a water rescue demonstration from 2 to 4 pm. Come prepared with your water safety-related questions! Location: 1Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Berkeley Playhouse
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm

    Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. When she falls in love with a handsome prince who lives on land, she's willing to give up everything to be with him. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. Tickets: $23–$60. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ratatouille—Feature Film with Live Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm
    Watch the Academy Award-winning animated film Ratatouille and relive the story of Remy the optimistic rat with a calling to make delicious food. The San Francisco Symphony performs the Grammy Award-winning score, live, while the movie is projected on the big screen. With two matinee performances, this event is great for the entire family. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 864-6000 or visit their website.
  • Concerts on the Green: French Cassettes
    City Green, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy the music of French Cassettes (indie pop) on the City Green in Downtown Novato. Free outdoor summer concert for all ages!. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: Gypsy Rock Night!
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and food from the Plant Café Organic will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and Kids' Zone sponsored by 10,000 Degrees. This Saturday features Gypsy rock by Diego's Umbrella, with Marin's own teen a capella group 'Til Dawn opening. Cost: $22 members, $25 public advance; $30 day of for members and public; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Sunday, July 17

  • 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.
  • Family Hike to Tennessee Valley Beach
    Mill Valley

    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    As we meander down the trail, we will look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call Tennessee Valley home. We may find evidence of gray fox, black-tailed deer, coyote, bobcat, red-tailed hawk and great horned owl. We may even spy some river otters in the pond. This fairly easy (2 miles each way) trail will take us down to the beach where we will have lunch. Bring your lunch, water, and layers of clothing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beads, Baubles, and Found Treasures
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring your creativity and a “found treasure” (sea shell, souvenir stone, bead, etc.) and join rangers at Paradise Beach Park, where you'll learn the ancient Viking skill of Nalbinding, a technique similar to knitting or crocheting. You’ll be able to use your found treasure in creating a pendant that you’ll be proud to wear! This event is ideal for ages 10 and up. Kits and healthy snacks provided. Advance reservations required; event limited to 15 participants. Location: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music of Joan Osborne brings her Soul Revue to the Stern Grove Festival stage for an afternoon of Motown classics. Sharing the stage with local band John Brothers Piano Company open the show with a mix of early jazz, classical, and blues tunes. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
    Belvedere Community Park
    Sundays, 4 pm

    The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. This Sunday, enjoy the music of Silvermoon. Swing to big band sounds and boogie to motown, disco, and rock classics! For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare: The Taming (Family Matinee)
    Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, San Rafael
    Sunday, 4 pm

    It’s 2016 and the Shrew that needs taming is the US Congress. The Tamers? Three intrepid women with very different points of view. If this unholy trinity can form a more perfect union, then what’s stopping the rest of us? Beloved local playwright Lauren Gunderson’s rollicking comedy tickles both brain and funny bone. On Family Day Matinees youth 18 and under are free; family activities start at 3 pm. Tickets: $35 general, $32 seniors, $60 VIP (includes wine or beer and seat cushions). Location: 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flynn Creek Circus
    Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 4 & 7 pm and Sunday 1 & 4 pm
    Flynn Creek Circus returns to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts with an all new show! Acrobats, aerialists, and stunning daredevils promise to exceed expectations in this all human spectacle. Full of laughs, drama, and truly jaw dropping skill. This all ages show promises to inspire! Doors open one hour before each show. Seating is general admission. Children 2 and under free. Purchase tickets here. Location: 50 Mark Springs West Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
    Old Corte Madera Square
    Sundays, 5–6:30 pm

    Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. This Sunday: Soul Mechanix. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days (see Saturday for details)