Marin Family-Friendly Weekend Events for February 28, March 1 & 2

February 28, 2014
Xtreme Bugs at the Lawrence Hall of Science
Experience Xtreme Bugs at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science this weekend.

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, February 28

  • Disney On Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After
    Oracle Arena, Oakland

    Friday, 10:30 am & 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm, and Sunday, 11 am, 3 pm & 6:30 pm
    Get ready to rock out with your favorite Disney heroes and heroines, including Ariel and Sebastian, Rapunzel and Flynn, the Beast and Belle, and Merida from Disney/Pixar's Brave. Shows run from February 26–March 2. Tickets start at $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire. Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan, which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast. Tickets: $10. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wizards of Wonderland
    Dance Place, Pt. Reyes
    Friday, 7:30 pm

    Shows are all ages welcome, start at 7:30 pm, and are only $10 with the proceeds going directly to the artists! Think of it as the local farmers market for the soul! Come on down, put your dancing shoes in your produce basket, and join the fun! Wizards of Wonderland is a new musical. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland
    Mill Valley Middle School
    Friday, 8 pm, Saturday, 1 & 8 pm

    This year's MVMS Cabaret will tell the timeless tale of Alice in Wonderland. But in true MVMS style, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale. Tickets at the door only $15 adults, $10 for MVMS students and younger. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Location: MVMS Gym, 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 1

  • 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.
  • Junior Ranger Day at Alcatraz Island
    Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday

    On Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, Alcatraz Island will host two Junior Ranger Day events and provide special interpretive programs. A limited number of free tickets are available only for children between 5–11 years old, maximum 4 per family or group. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult age 18 or older. Tickets must be purchased 3 days in advance and are not available online or at the Pier 33 ticket booth. To book Junior Ranger Day tickets, please call the Alcatraz Cruises Group Services Department at (415) 438-8361. 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.
  • McInnis Family Fun Mile
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come out and enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile-long, walk/hike/run with the family. This will be a low-pressure event and a great way to bond as a family. All participants will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Marin County Parks annual pass, day pass, or a pool pass!  Water, snacks, and hot chocolate will be provided. Heavy rain will cancel. Meet at the Hillside Picnic Area in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd). For more info, call (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Hamilton Pre-K/Tiny Tots/Teeny Tots Programs Open House
    Hamilton Community Center
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    If you are looking for a fantastic preschool option for now or for the Fall, come check out the Novato Parks and Rec Hamilton Pre-K/Tiny Tots/Teeny Tots Programs at their open house this Saturday. Come and meet the teachers and find out more about the program. Location: 503 S. Palm Drive, Novato. For more info, call Leslie at (415) 328-2684 or visit their website.
  • The LEGO Movie Building Event: Hands-On Learning
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 1–1:45 pm

    Barnes & Noble Corte Madera Invites The LEGO Movie fans to a fun, free hands-on learning LEGO build event on Saturday. For ages 4–8. Space is limited for this event. Attendees are required to RSVP to Laurel Kidd, Community Relations Manager at the Corte Madera store,, with their name, phone, and email. For more info, visit their website.
  • Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Family Fun Fitness!
    Presidio Visitor Center, Crissy Field
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Fitness doesn’t have to be boring. Join the Healthy Parks Healthy People family to learn how we can work out our bodies while playing fun games and exploring the Presidio. 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. Call the Presidio Visitor Center at (415) 561-4323 for reservations. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted To Sing with Cascada de Flores
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    In this bilingual program, Cascada de Flores tells the story of a donkey who dreamed of singing. It is filled with rhyme, clever acting, lovely music, fun instruments, and sweet characters. Children and their families are invited to sing, dance and play with beautiful traditional music. For ages 6 months and up. Members $5; general $16 (Includes museum admission). For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • San Francisco History Expo
    The Old Mint, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Come to the Old Mint as more than 50 San Francisco organizations create "mini-museums" showcasing the diverse history of San Francisco's communities. In addition, there will be historic films, special programs, an art exhibition, and more. Admission is $5, under 12 free. The Old Mint is located South of Market at 88 5th Street at Mission. For more information, visit their website.
  • Try Hockey for Free Day
    Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 6 pm

    Try Hockey for Free Day provides kids a completely free opportunity to get on the ice and experience youth hockey for themselves. Certified coaches will be on hand to teach your child the basics of hockey with equipment provided. Register online here. Location: 750 Folsom Stree, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • See the Stars of Marin
    Marin Country Club, Novato
    Saturday, 6:30 pm

    This free event will take place behind the Marin Country Club tennis courts next to the main parking area with telescopes provided by Novato's Space Station Museum. Viewing subject to weather and cloud cover. Location: 500 Country Club Drive, Novato. For more info, contact

Sunday, March 2

  • 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.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am
    On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $10 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Children's Program
    Muir Woods, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 10:30–11:45 am

    Meet a tree, play with sounds and colors, learn about micro hiking and earth windows. Join Sherry Keith in exploring nature through song, music, and art. Meet at the Visitor Center. Entrance fee applies. Dress for the weather, bring water, snacks, and lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Space is limited so reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Fun Days
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making, and more during the museum’s Family Fun Days, designed for pre-school and kinder families. Free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family offered on that day are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: 200 Larkin, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Randy Kaplan
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Los Angeles musician Randy Kaplan blends American roots, country blues, and comedic storytelling in his songs for children and families. People magazine listed Randy’s new album, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, in their 8 Cool Kids' Albums for 2013. Great fun for all ages! No sign-up needed. Location: 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-4292, ext. 4741 or visit their website.
  • The Buddy Club Children's Shows: Illusionist Brian Scott
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    Brian Scott is one of the Bay Area's most sought-after Magicians! His illusions will make you think you are seeing things right before your eyes – and you will be! His comedy style is for the whole family. Tickets: $7 members / $8 general (under 2 years old free). Tickets at the door or call (510) 236-7469. For more info, visit their website.