Marin Family-Friendly Weekend Fun for February 27, 28 & March 1

February 27, 2015
mount burdell
Take a family hike on Mount Burdell in Novato 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 27

  • Disney On Ice Presents Let's Celebrate
    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
    It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Shows run from February 25–March 1. Tickets start at $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. To purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Beauty and the Beast
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    The classic story of a repulsive Beast who inhabits a strange and magical castle, and of the beautiful girl who is caught in the castle whose innocence and sympathetic affection for the Beast breaks a wicked spell and releases a handsome prince. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cabaret 2015: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Mill Valley Middle School
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm

    This weekend, Mill Valley Middle School presents its musical production of Roald Dahl's beloved story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Performances take place on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, February 28 at 1 and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are available at the door only, and cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. Location: MVMS Gym, 425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, February 28

  • 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.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: Hike to Fairway Falls
    Fairway Drive, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–12:30 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will visit Fairway Falls in Novato, part of the Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve. Marin's waterfalls are some of the county's hidden treasures and are best appreciated when they're running full force in winter and spring. This easy hike follows the creek through a lush forest and ends at the waterfalls. Free. For directions or more info, visit their website.
  • Spotlight Event with Author Faith Ringgold
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Celebrate Black History Month by creating a gorgeous quilt inspired by the author of Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold. Programs are free with admission to the museum. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546.4069 or visit their website.
  • World on Stage Performances: Chinyakare Ensemble
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    Chinyakare Ensemble presents the incredibly varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance. Harmonically weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture. Tickets: $5 members, $7 general plus Museum admission).Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Meet the Cat in the Hat
    Powell's Sweet Shoppe, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Meet the one-and-only Cat in the Hat in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. Goodie Bags and gelato for $5. Face painting and much more fun! 10% of all sales generated during event hours will go to the Novato Unified School District. Location: 879 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, 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: $5, under 12 free. The Old Mint is located South of Market at 88 5th Street at Mission. For more information, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am and 2 pm

    A moving stage adaptation by Dwayne Hartford of the award-winning tale by Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux) about being loved and learning to love. Recommended for age 8 and up. The performance will be 1 hour and 45 minutes, including an intermission. Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors, $18 children. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Family Matinee: Hinokio
    San Rafael Film Center
    Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm

    Special family matinees-Japanese feature about an 11-year-old and robot friend. Tickets: $8.25 adults, $7.75 children and seniors. Location: 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Baby Loves Disco
    DNA Lounge, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, is the best time you will have with your little ones. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! Cost: $15 general, $55 for a family of 4. Location: 375 11th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • See the Stars of Marin
    The Space Station, Novato
    Saturday, 7:30–8:30 pm

    Come view and enjoy the universe with telescopes provided by the Space Station Museum! Viewing subject to weather and cloud cover. Free. Location: Pacheco Plaza, 464 Ignacio Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cabaret 2015: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (see Friday for details)

Sunday, March 1

  • 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.
  • The Great Baby Romp
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Sunday, 9:30 am–1 pm

    The Great Baby Romp is a curated day of unique classes selected from the best and most interesting programs available throughout your city. Intimate sample classes are scheduled in classrooms on a rolling basis throughout the event and the "play and chat" exhibit hall features support services, resources, entertainment, and parent seminars. Class passes are $12 online and $15 day-of. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley
    Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    We’ll start the day learning about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the ponds at the upper end of the valley, and then we’ll walk up to the waterfall, which is a perfect place to enjoy lunch and let the kids explore the shallow pools. Remember to bring lunch. For more info, call David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or visit their website.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch
    Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, 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: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. 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. Come build a cardboard world at the Asian Art Museum!  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.
  • Purim Palooza: A Family Carnival!
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9:30 am–2:30 pm

    Bring your family and friends to the Osher Marin JCC for a fun, all-ages carnival! Enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, carnival games, delicious food, live music, and more! Free. Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year 2015
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    To commemorate the Year of the Goat, the San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to host Lunar New Year entertainment for children of all ages. Come marvel at Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks, and much more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Community in Music
    San Domenico School, San Anselmo
    Sunday, 3 pm

    Please join us for the San Domenico Orchestra da Camera’s Winter Concert on Sunday. This event will take place in the Hall of the Arts. Tickets are free to the public but donations to the Virtuoso Program scholarship fund are greatly appreciated. Reserved seats are strongly recommended: (415) 258-1921 or Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (see Saturday for details)
  • San Francisco History Expo (see Saturday for details)