Marin Weekend Family Events for May 17, 18 & 19

May 16, 2013
Mountain Play Sound of Music
The Mountain Play kicks off its 100th season with The Sound of Music this Sunday.

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, May 17

  • Celebrate International Museum Day
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 9:30 am–8:45 pm

    Come celebrate International Museum Day at the de Young Museum with free general admission all day. See Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritsuis for only the $15 special exhibition fee! (It's $5 for youth 6–17 and free for kids 5 and under.) Stick around for the fun with Friday Nights at the de Young, with live music, hands-on art making, and more. For more information, visit their website.
  • Hamilton Community Pool Opening Day
    Friday, 11 am–6:30 pm

    The recently renovated Hamilton Pool offers a kiddie pool with slide and play equipment, as well as a BBQ and picnic area. Daily drop in admission is $4 for Novato resident children (ages 12 months to 15 years) and $5 for Novato resident adults (16 and older) with photo ID; non-residents pay is $7 (ages 12 months to 15 years) for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Pajama Night at Doodlebug Marin
    Doodlebug Marin, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Kids put on their pajamas and enjoy pizza, crafts, stories, face painting and more. Cost: $30 per child and $25 each additional family member. Reserve your spot by calling (415) 456-5989 or online here.
  • Kids Musical Theatre presents Seussical, the Musical
    Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 3 pm
    In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life. The colorful characters transport viewers from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Tickets: $9 general, $7 seniors, $5 youth at the door. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 18

  • Pixie Park Spring Fair
    Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Bring the whole family to the 55th Annual Pixie Park Spring Fair Fundraiser. Children will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, obstacle courses and prize games. Plus family entertainment, delicious food, tasty drinks, and much, much more! The MAGC is located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross. More info:
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. The farmer's market takes place on the south site of the shopping center closest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 119th Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
    Downtown Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am

    This is one of Sonoma County's most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. There will be marching bands, award winning floats, roses, horse drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses and more roses. Festival of family fun from 11 am–3 pm: Festival at Juilliard Park. The parade will start at Sonoma Avenue and E Street and proceed north on E Street, turning left onto 4th Street and proceed west on 4th Street then south onto Mendocino Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire
    San Mateo County Events Center, San Mateo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    With over 900 maker exhibits, Maker Faire is a family-friendly festical of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food, and more! Featuring how-to workshops, inspiring presentations from Mythbusters' Adam Savage and others, and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $15–$55. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, visit their website.
  • Field & Family Wildflower Walk
    Marin Headlands Visitor Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

    Spring is in bloom! Come join an experienced YMCA naturalist to explore all the beauty that spring has to offer here in the Marin Headlands. Moderate to strenuous hike 3–5 miles. Bring your own bagged lunch. Pre-registration required. Contact Point Bonita YMCA for details or to pre-register at (415) 331 9622 or Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Meet at the visitor center's restrooms at 10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Guarding the Gate
    Angel Island State Park
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Experience living history on Angel Island with re-enactors portraying soldiers and families from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Phillipine–American War, World War I, and World War II. Enjoy demonstrations in the historic Bake House, cannon firings at Camp Reynolds, and living history and Battery Drew and Fort McDowell. Free. For more information call (415) 435-5537 or visit their website.
  • The Art of Cake Decorating with Lenka Glassner
    Mimi the Sardine
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Learn the tricks of the trade from a seasoned 30-year European pastry-chef veteran. Master ornamental piping technique, taste a delicious chocolate cake and learn a Lenka favorite recipe for French buttercream icing. Ages 12 and above welcome (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult) | Includes use of pastry bag, tips and spatula; bringing your own is encouraged. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Asian Heritage Celebration for the Family
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am-4 pm

    Explore the museum for free during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Free admission does not include $10 surcharge to see China’s Terracotta Warriors. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Puppet Storytime for Preschoolers
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    The Mountain School and Book Passage present master storyteller Rebecah Freeling in a series of free events for young children ages 2–6. Puppet stories are preceded and followed by songs, finger games, and other fun activities! For more info, call 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 924-4661 or visit their website.
  • Bon Air Center Spring Fair
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Celebrating Marin's food, recreation, health and living. Food sampling by Mollie Stone's Market. Live music by Lumberyard noon–2 pm. Kid's entertainment by Magic Circus noon–3 pm. Special merchant offers and demonstrations. Location: Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Greenbrae. For more info, visit their website.
  • Water Safety Day for the Family
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Free swimming for the whole family, safety tips and information, water rescue demos, fire truck tours and more! Location: 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Movie Night: Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, 7:30 pm
    Come visit this sustainable family farm outside Petaluma, learn more about the food they produc— including eggs, grass-fed beef, and pasture-raised pork—and settle down for a screening of the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Free. Location: 3796 I Stree Extension, Petaluma. For more information, visit their website.

Sunday, May 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.
  • U-Pick at Bloomfield Farms
    Bloomfield (near Petaluma)
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    U-pick is back! Take a scenic drive out to Bloomfield Farms in western Sonoma County where you and your family can pick your own certified organic produce, including dinosaur kale (our favorite!), lettuce, cabbage, collards, herbs, and more! $30 for large box of produce; cash only. Bring your own wagon (they have some available on a first-come, first-served basis) and a knife to cut produce with. RSVP to Location: 12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma. For more information, visit their website.
  • 30th Annual Plowing Play Day
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The North Coast Draft Horse and Mule Association presents the 30th annual draft horse Plowing Play Day at Jack London State Historic Park. This popular family event features plowing and harnessing demonstrations, free horse drawn wagon rides, and medieval horseback skill at arms. See mules and Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire, and Belgian draft horses, blacksmiths, antique gas engines, and more. Food will be available for purchase. Free; $10 parking fee. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more information, visit their website.
  • The 28th Annual Olompali Heritage Day
    Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The day will feature guided walks to learn about Olompali's birds, plants, and archaeology, as well as talks by experts who will discuss the park's historical structures and the Burdell Victorian Garden. Admission is free, parking is $8. For more info, call (707) 762-9715 or visit their website.
  • Complimentary Sunday Yoga
    lululemon athletica
    Sunday, 10–11 am

    Lululemon athletica believes the practice of yoga offers mind, body, and spirit the opportunity to find balance in motion. They're so passionate about this that weekly they offer the gift of yoga by pushing product aside, unrolling yoga mats and turning their store into a complimentary yoga studio. Class is for all levels. No mat? No worries they have extras! Arrive early to find a spot. This week Barbara McMillian from Red Dragon will lead. Location: 1620 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 927-2891 or visit their website.
  • Picnic in the Park!
    Marinwood Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Join us for this fun family event this Sunday at Marinwood Park! Music by Ned Ripple (Gypsy Jazz) and Steve Pierce (of Orange Sherbet). Food, wine, beer and mimosas will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic lunch. Food by Marinwood Market. This event is free. Come enjoy the great weather in the park this weekend. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Storytime with Christopher Smith
    Book Passage Corte Madera
    Sunday at 11 am

    Acoustic multi-instrumentalist Smith crafts story songs that aim for the heart. He is especially popular with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. However, all ages (including adults) love him. The Book Passage is located at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 927-0960 or visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: 'Til Dawn A Cappella Concert
    Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Enjoy the sweet and energetic sounds of Youth in Arts' a cappella ensemble 'Til Dawn. Kids and families will be inspired by the group's focus on positive, upbeat, songs and youthful dedication to their craft. Don't miss this homegrown Bay Area treasure! Location: 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Ride a Skateboard!
    McInnis Skate Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am–1 pm

    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 Meet at the skatepark in McInnis Park in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Safe Boating Week
    Loch Lomand Marina, San Rafael
    Sunday, 12-4 pm

    Sailing Education Adventures teams up with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week with family fun activities, vessel inspections and life jacket giveaways.Learn more about the adult, youth and family programs with Sailing Education Adventures at the Community Sailing Center in San Rafael.The Loch Lomond Yacht Club offers Sunday Brunch from 10 am to 1 pm. Adults $15 and Children $8. Make reservations by May 17. For more information and brunch reservations, contact or call (415) 775-8779. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Mountain Play Presents The Sound of Music
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais
    2–4:30 pm
    The Mountain Play Association starts its 100th season this Sunday with Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. All shows begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the show. Tickets range from $20–$40 general admission. Children 3 and under are free. Information for group discounts, reserved seating, and tickets are available at the Mountain Play website here.
  • The 3rd Annual Storybook Ball: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday 3:30–7 pm

    The Storybook Ball is a parent-child event for children ages 4–10 . Families will go on a magical tour of the Wonka factory. Activities will include dancing, “Chocolate Factory” skits and songs, photos, fantastic food, wine and beer, and a silent auction and raffle. Ticket Price: $50 by advance reservation only. Party attire. Location: Cascade Room at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Music Chest Young Artists Concert
    Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley
    Sunday, 5 pm

    The Marin Music Chest presents its annual Young Artists Concert featuring selected classical student musicians honored with its 2013 scholarships awards, including Laura Arthur, soprano; Hayaka Komatsu, viola; Katarina Lee, piano; Kuni Migimatsu, piano; and Max Norman, clarinet. Free. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit their website.