Marin Weekend Family Events for March 15, 16 & 17
March 15, 2013Posted by pamela |
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 throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.
Friday, March 15
- Dabbling & Diving Ducks: Golden Gate Playdate
Friday, 9:30–11:30 am
Waddle your way over to Rodeo Lagoon and take a closer look at the wet and wondrous lives of ducks! You and your preschooler will become duck detectives and use hands-on activities to answer questions like whether all ducks eat the same food, do ducks get wet, and do all ducks quack? Together, we will explore duck specimens, play games, and use hand-crafted binoculars to observe ducks in their habitats. Cost: $15 per child per session, one adult admission free with purchase of child ticket. Ages 3–5 welcome (pre-K). Pre-registration required here. Location: NatureBridge at Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
- Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, San Francisco
Friday, 2 shows: 10 am & 11 am
Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Enzo has been performing his family music show, "Breakfast with Enzo," weekly in San Francisco for the past 8 years, Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $5 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
- Easter Bunny Photos at Northgate
Northgate Mall, San Rafael
Friday, 11 am–7 pm
The Easter Bunny will be at arriving at Northgate Mall on Friday, March 15. Bring the little ones out to visit the Easter Bunny for photos and a free gift! The Easter Bunny is located in the Macy's wing. Photo hours: Monday–Saturday, 11 am–7 pm (Break: 1–1:45 pm and 4:30–5:15 pm) and Sunday 11 am–6 pm (Break: 2:15–2:45 pm). For more info, visit their website.
- Marinwood Camp Night
Marinwood Community Center
Friday, 5–7 pm
Whether you are still looking for the perfect camp for your child or you still need to register, come to this event! Ask Marinwood staff your camp questions, register for camps, meet specialty camp instructors and sign up for swim lessons. Free bounce house and hot dogs! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
Saturday, March 16
- My Step, Her Stride: 5K Walk/Run & Festival
Great Meadow at Fort Mason San Francisco
Saturday, 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Take part in the first annual My Step, Her Stride, a San Francisco 5K walk/run followed by a festival including music, dance, and food as well as prominent speakers addressing women’s and global issues, benefitting Women for Women International. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 9:30 am. Online registration is available on this site through Thursday, March 14 at 2 pm. Event-day registration is welcome at 8:30 am on March 16 (at a cost of $5 more). The event is on rain or shine. For more info, visit their website.
- Spring City-Wide Yard Sale
MLK Parking Lot, Sausalito
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
With over 90 different booths to browse through, the Sausalito City-Wide Yard Sale is truly a fun place to come and find some useful home items, gifts or secret treasures! Admission is free. The Sausalito Dog Park will be selling hot yummy food items to raise money for the park and there will be coffee donated by the local Starbucks in the morning so come early. Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. 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 family music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
- Public Season at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Martin Griffin Preserve (formerly called Bolinas Lagoon Preserve) hosts one of the most studied Great Egret nesting sites on the West Coast. Each year visitors can enjoy viewing approximately 100 active nests in a grove of redwoods on the property. Martin Griffin Preserve includes bird and wildlife viewing platforms outfitted with spotting scopes and binoculars, eight miles of hiking trails, picnic tables, and an environmental education-focused bookstore and natural history exhibit. Open Saturday, Sundays and holidays from March 16 to July 14, 2013. For more info, call (415) 868-9244 or visit their website.
- Puppet Show for Preschoolers with Rebecah Freeling
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
Master storyteller and early childhood educator Rebecah Freeling presents a magical puppet show for preschoolers featuring her original stories and tales drawn from folk and fairy tale traditions. Free. Book Passage is located at 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard in Corte Madera. For more information, visit their website.
- Kids Club with Andy Z
Northgate Mall, San Rafael
Saturday, 11 am–noon
Northgate has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Singer/songwriter Andy Z will entertain kids through music, movement, storytelling, and character puppets to create an experience that keeps kids engaged and adults entertained. Location: Kids Club area near center of mall. For more info, visit their website.
- Marin Theatre Company: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Saturday, 11 am
Through the magic of theater, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where the White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all. Location: in Founders Room at 1501 Tiburon Blvd.,Tiburon.For ages 5 and up. For more info, call (415) 789-2662 or visit their website.
- San Francisco's 162nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival
Civic Center Plaza
Saturday, 11:30 am–5 pm
The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, and children's rides and inflatables. The parade begins at 11:30 am at the corner of Second and Market Streets, where more than 5,000 participants from all over the USA will work their way City Hall. For more info, visit their website.
- Cat In the Hat Storytime!
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am–1:45 am
The “Hats Off to Reading” celebration will include a reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, fun “cat-tivities” provided by Random House, and treats from the Barnes & Noble Café. For more info, call (415) 927-9016 or visit their website.
- Kids Origami Workshop
Corte Madera Library
Saturday, 2 pm
Led by amazing student origami artists Marco Carbullido from Kent Middle School and Grace Lightner from Tamalpais High School. Ages 8 and up. Call (415) 924-6382 to sign up. Visit their website for more info.
- 18th Annual Fairfax Brewfest
The Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road
Saturday, 1–5 pm
Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the 18th annual Fairfax Brewfest at the Pavilion! Come enjoy a day of great beer, music, food and friends and a chance to support the beauty and vitality of downtown Fairfax. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. For more info, visit their website.
- 2013 Family Concert: All-Stars of the Italian Baroque
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Saturday, 4–5 pm
Violinist Rachel Podger will lead members of Philharmonia Baroque in a "virtuosi" program designed especially for families with children ages 4–12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Location: 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. For more info, call (415) 392-4400 or visit their website.
Sunday, March 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.
- Shamrock Day at Habitot
Habitot Childrens Museum
Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Top‘o the morning! For Shamrock Day, hunt for hidden “gold” throughout the museum and in the art studio decorate Wizard of Oz glasses that make the whole world look green. Play with green gak and wear green for an extra dose of the luck of the Irish! All visitors will enjoy interactive storytelling in the multicultural reading tent. Admission: $10 child (under 12 months free), $8 adult, $1 off senior/disabled. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- Passover Preparation for Children
Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
For families with children ages birth–3 and their siblings. This is a free event at the JCC Preschool in San Rafael. Come and connect with other families with young children and learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Music and PJ library stories with Mimi Greisman. Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 444-8000 or visit their website.
- Learn to Ride a Skateboard!
McInnis Skate Park , San Rafael
Sunday, 11 am–1 pm
Come to the McInnis Skate Park where rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners and ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Make sure to bring your board, helmet and pads. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at ACraig@marincounty.org. Meet at the skatepark in McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd). For more info, visit www.marincountyparks.org/depts/pk
- St Patrick's Day Activities
United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish bands and dancing, face painting and much more. Location: 2700 45th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard) San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 661-2700 or visit their website.
- Off the Grid—Food Truck Extravaganza
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Come and enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market, every Sunday at the Marin Country Mart. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, while listening to live music, and taking in the views of the bay and Mt. Tam. This is a year-round event. For more info, visit their website.
- St. Patrick Day BBQ
Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes Station
The 57th annual festival and barbecue is held indoors, rain or shine and this year falls on St. Patrick’s Day itself! The famous barbecued chicken dinner includes a half-chicken for adults, a quarter-chicken for children, plus pasta, salad, roll, and milk or coffee. Sponsored by Sacred Heart Church. Cost: $12 adults, $6 kids. Location: 503 B Street, downtown Point Reyes Station. For more info, call (415) 663-1075 or visit their website.
- Baby Loves Disco
Temple San Francisco
Sunday, noon–2:30 pm
Baby loves disco is back at Temple San Francisco November 17 at noon. Enjoy music, crafts, food, unlimited juice boxes, cash bar for mamas and papas, and lots of dancing. Tickets are $20 per walking human or 4 for $60. Come boogie down with the kiddos! Location: 540 Howard Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Public Season at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve (see Saturday for details)