Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 17, 18 & 19

July 17, 2015

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 17

  • Children's Bill of Rights Day
    Angel Island State Park
    Friday & Saturday, 10:30 am–3 pm

    Celebrate and honor the rights of kids to an outdoor life on Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights Day. Catch the ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island for a fun day of activities. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Children's Garden Series: The Unique Derique
    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. A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. This show will takea place the Children's Garden. 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, Blithedale Canyon will be performing. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
  • Family Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Stafford Lake, Novato
    Friday, 8:30–10:30 pm

    Come enjoy a summer evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night! We’ll be featuring How to Train Your Dragon 2, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, July 18

  • 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: Children: $23.00 for current Oakland Zoo members / $26.00 for non-members. Adults: $12.00 members / $15.00 non-members Parking Fee: $8.00 for non-members. Free for members. Registration required here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Upcycled Instruments
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Imagine, create and design a musical instrument all your own using a wide array of upcycled materials. For families of all ages. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 35th 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.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Looking for fun snacks to make in the Vitamix? This class is for you! You’ll learn how to make the perfect hummus, sorbet, a purple smoothie, and more! Suitable for ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Traveling Lantern Theatre: Peter Pan
    Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founder's Room
    Saturday, 11 am

    Traveling Lantern Theatre performs the magical story of the boy who never wanted to grow up. Fly away with the Darling children to Neverland, where Peter battles with a band of pirates and his arch enemy: the villainous Captain Hook. For all ages. Location: 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
  • Teddy Bear Festival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    The annual Teddy Bear Festival returns with an amazing line-up of activities for the weekend. a special photo op with the Berenstain Bears, face painting, crafts and special animal encounters. All activities are free with paid zoo admission. Location: 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.
  • 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.
  • Novato Theater Kids Club: Lilo & Stitch and Ukulele Basics Class
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Bring the family to see Walt Disney's Lilo & Stitch. Then learn how to play a song on the ukulele with special guest instructor Amy Wigton. Free. Register online to save your spot. Location: Redwood Credit Union Community Room, 1010 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night at the Pool
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    Bring the whole family for a night of neon/'80s themed fun at the Mill Valley Community Center! Swim or participate in lots of family friendly activities including: Costume contest, Staff led games and contests, jumpee, face painting and kid nail salon, and kid-friendly movie playing for those who do not want to swim. Only $10 for the entire family! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-1370.
  • 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, with hula dance performance and instruction. Cost: $20 members, $23 public advance; $28 day of for members and public; kids 17 and under free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Film Night In The Park: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
    San Anselmo Creek Park
    Friday, 8 pm

    Grab the family, blanket, pillows, low back chairs and some popcorn and enjoy an outdoor family-friendly movie at San Anselmo Creek Park. Arrive at 8 pm, movie begins at dusk. Donations appreciated. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights Day (see Friday for details)

Sunday, July 19

  • 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.
  • Marine Mammal Center Tour and Walk to Rodeo Beach
    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    Join WildCare Family Adventures and the Marine Mammal Center on a guided tour of their facility in the Marin Headlands. Learn how they care for the patients at their hospital, experience simulated rescue and rehabilitation demonstrations, and find out how we can all help to protect our oceans. After the tour, join us for a short walk down to beautiful Rodeo Beach to spot seabirds and porpoises while enjoying the sunshine and fresh ocean breeze. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stern Grove Festival
    Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm
    Bring the family and enjoy the music of tUnE-yArDs, backed by looped sounds and a varied number of instruments (bass, percussion, a plethora of saxes, and more). Sharing the stage with Kyiv, Ukraine, DakhaBrakha is a self-described “ethnic chaos” band, creating a world of unexpected new music. 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.
  • 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, Taylor Rae Band (rock). Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Days (see Saturday for details)
  • Teddy Bear Festival (see Saturday for details)