Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 18, 19 & 20

July 18, 2014
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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 18

  • 2014 Child Safety Fair
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    A two-day safety event with multiple demonstrations from community experts that include: choke saving skills, toxin free homes, earthquake safety, helmet, auto, and water safety. Free admission. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Theater By Kids 4 Kids: Peter Pan Jr.
    Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley
    Friday 10:30 am, 1 and 3:30 pm & Saturday 11:30 am, 2 and 4 pm

    Come support the MTC Summer Campers as they perform Disney's Peter Pan Jr. on the main stage! Perfect for ages 5 and up - Bring the whole family. This is a free event. Seating is general admission and available day of or in advance by calling (415) 388.5208. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate Captain Hook!  Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppeets
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Join master puppeteer Joe Leon and his friends: the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, the singing Gunnywolf, and the shy artist mouse Amadeus, who sketches a lucky audience member at every show! Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Family Date Nights: Miss Kitty
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday, 5–7:30 pm

    Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. All activities and performances included with all-day museum admission. Free admission for members. This Friday: Bay Area musical treasure Miss Kitty sings and plays the tunes her pint-sized audience requests. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8:30 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Jimi James, sponsored by Sausalito Art Festival. For more info, 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: The 85's. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy Pachamama Band, an eclectic mix of highly talented musicians from Bolivia, Cuba, and Brazil along with some surprise guests. This is an exciting blend of sultry South American music.! Free. Dine, picnic, kick back and relax to the great music or get up and dance. Arrive early for best parking. Location: 366 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet  Preview
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
    , Sunday, 4 pm
    Preview performances encourage audience feedback; tickets are discounted. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 19

  • Civil War Days
    Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncan 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.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Rush Creek Bird Walk
    Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family programs full of discovery. Come search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican to the Red-tailed Hawk and Allen’s or Ana’s Hummingbirds. Please, no animals (except service animals). For more info, call (415) 453-1000 ext. 17 or visit their website.
  • 34th Annual Big Time Festival
    Bear Valley Visitor Center Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Join the National Park Service and Point Reyes National Seashore Association for the annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok cultural exhibit located near the Bear Valley Visitor Center. 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. Free parking available at the Bear Valley Visitor's Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Sausalito Play Date
    Sausalito Public Library
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Children 3 and younger and their grownups. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.
  • Wolverine Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday
    , 10:30 am–4 pm
    Come make the acquaintance of the newest Zoo residents: a seven-year-old male and a 13-year old female wolverine! Learn about the conservation challenges this amazing species faces in the wild, and meet the superhero Wolverine in person! Free after Zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Rivertown Revival
    Steamer Landing, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–8 pm

    This is a unique, arts-based thematic festival that sustainably highlights and celebrates the Petaluma River, benefitting the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. 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.
  • Charged Particles Jazz Trio
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, noon–1 pm

    The Grammy nominated jazz trio Charged Particles has played at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Yoshi's Jazz Club, and now they're coming to the Corte Madera Library! It's jazz with a spark, from swing to salsa to classical to funk. This enormously talented trio features Jon Krosnick on drums, bassist Aaron Germain and Murray Low on keyboard. Two are Stanford professors. For ages 3 and up. For more info, visit their website.
  • 22nd Anniversary Party
    Whole Foods Market, Mill Valley

    Saturday, noon–3 pm
    Come celebrate the Mill Valley Whole Foods' birthday! Enjoy live music, food, games, prizes, raffles, bouncy and more. This is an event for the whole family! This event takes place at the Miller Avenue store. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night: Safari
    Mill Valley Aquatics
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Come join in the summer fun and get your swimmin' groove on. Family fun night will include: swimming, games, music, raffle, face painting, movie, and more. Prizes for best animal costume. Cost: $10 for the entire family. Madagascar will be playing in the Cove Room, too. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 6–8:30 pm

    Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats, and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. S'mores will be provided. Cost: $12 per person, pre-registration required here. Only families with children are permitted to attend. Registration ends 24 hours prior to event. For more info, visit their website.
  • Festival of Summer Nights: HAPA, Hawaii's Super Group!
    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 Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ  will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and Kids Zone sponsored by Bay Area Discovery Museum. This Saturday features HAPA, Hawaii's Super Group! Hula dance performance, hula instruction. Cost: $20 members in advance; $25 general public and day-of; Kids 17 and under are free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG)
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 8 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at Peacock Gap in San Rafael. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Shakespeare Company: As You Like It
    Forest Meadows Amphitheater, San Rafael
    Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 4 pm

    These are "Pay as You Like It" performances—donations of any amount accepted. Performances take place at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, 1475 Acacia Avenue (at Grand Avenue). For more info, visit their website.
  • 2014 Child Safety Fair (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 20

  • 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.
  • Fun Family Crafts
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    Bring your creativity to Paradise Beach Park and make fun nature crafts with a ranger. Supplies to create nature suncatchers and healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for all ages. Questions: Ranger Sarah Burkhart, (415) 897-0618 or Meet at the parking lot in Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: The Corner Laughers
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    The Corner Laughers play catchy and clever pop music, full of harmony, hooks and intelligent lyrics. For all ages. Free. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Summer Music Series
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    This summer enjoy free live music from 2–4 pm every Sunday in front of the Clock Tower. This Sunday: Black Olive Jazz. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Stern Grove Festival presents a celebration of Fania record label's 50th anniversary, featuring salsa great Roberto Roena, Los Angeles-based Latin group Boogaloo Assassins, and virtuoso guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré. 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.
  • 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, Jake Botts and Friends (jazz). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days (see Saturday for details)
  • Wolverine Weekend (see Saturday for details)