Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 13, 14 & 15

May 13, 2016
Pixie Park
Family fun awaits at Pixie Park's Spring Fair this Sunday at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross.

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 13

  • Opening Day: Hamilton Community Pool
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–6 pm

    Celebrate the opening day at Hamilton Pool in Novato. This community 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 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Friday Fun Days!
    South Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am
    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages.  Location: 931 C Street, Hamiliton, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Bob Barner author/illustrator of Sea Bones will be here to read you a bedtime story and help you to make collage art of your own. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before you head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larskspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar PTA Presents: High School Musical
    Del Mar Middle School, Tiburon

    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm
    Join the students of Del Mar as they present this year's play, High School Musical. Tickets: $12. Doors open at 6 pm. Open Seating. Limited sales at the box office starting at 5:30 pm each evening. Purchase advance tickets here. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid
    Spreckels Center for the Peforming Arts, Rohnert Park
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm

    Take an enchanting trip under the sea with everyone's favorite mermaid princess and her crabby sidekick Sebastian, as they battle the evil sea witch Ursula and win the heart of the human prince Eric. Based on the animated Disney film and the hit Broadway musical. Tickets: $16–26. Location: 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company presents Fiddler on the Roof. Kid-friendly. Tickets: $22 adults, student $16. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 14

  • Tour of Novato and Community Fair
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 6:30 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, bike riders from the Novato community ride to support local schools. Day-of registration begins at 6:30 am. Community Fair and Student Showcase begins at 10 am and runs through 2 pm, with face painting, crafts, bicycle safety rodeo, carnival games and prizes, free books for kids of all ages, and more. Admission to the Community Fair is free. Location, Novato City Hall, Sherman Avenue (at Grant). For more info or to register online, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, special performance by Sing-Marin from 1-6 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), Emily Butterfly Puppet Show 9:30. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Get ready for some serious fun! The BADM's new STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. This Saturday: "Code Our Future: Super Solving with Robots." Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • St. Anselm Festival of Fun
    St. Anselm's School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–8 pm

    This free family fun festival offers over 25 attractions, including carnival rides, prize games, music and entertainment, face painting, jumpy houses and slides, and more. Food and drink available for purchase. Admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for rides and games. Location: 40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, crafts men and women, plus others who lived in Old California. Have fun learning basket weaving, candle making techniques, dances from the rancho, and playing games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive! Admission: $3 adults, $2 children 6–16. Location: 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: We Love Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    If you love tacos as much as we do, this is the class for you! There’s no end to the amazing fillings you can make—and then you can top your taco with whatever you please, be it sour cream, a yummy salsa or a squeeze of lime juice. Then dig in! 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.
  • Sunset Celebration Weekend
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Sunset is hosting its 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma. Tour the debut of Sunset’s Test Gardens and new Outdoor Test Kitchen; mingle with writers and celebrity chefs; attend seminars on home, travel, food, and garden; enjoy fine food, wine, and shopping.  Kids 12 and under are free on Saturday with a paid adult.  Purchase tickets here. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Octopretzel
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! For the past year, they've been working on a new album for release this spring. "Inspiraled" brings together new fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Family Fare: Building Cities and Towns
    BAMPFA, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11:30 am & 1 pm
    Explore the structure of build urban environments with 3–D paper models. For ages 6 to 12. Come explore the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Kids free with paid adult. Location: 2155 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
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  • Kids Kokoro
    George "Rocky" Graham Park, Marin City
    Saturday, noon–1 pm

    We invite you to come and join us for a unique exercise program focused for children from ages 7 through 13.  Kids Kokoro will be fun, innovating and highly refreshing since the class is generally offered in the park.  Instructor, Sigung Donna Ramos-Burns will lead the children in creative ways of using the park by stretching, jogging, aerobic, and incorporating self-defense moves that will be enjoyable to all.  Yoga mats are suggested and comfortable shoes. Location: 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sing! Marin
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 1–6 pm

    Join us in the courtyard for the 3rd Annual Sing! Marin, part of the Harmony Sweepstakes being held at Marin Center. With performances all afternoon, this special musical event features these and other a cappella singing groups: Singers Marin, Rita and the Cosmos, Marin Golden Gate Chorus, Marin Harmony, Rock The Ages, North Bay Youth Choir, Larksdales, Aca-Word and Scales of the City. Free. Location: 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Moms Annual Spring Picnic
    Fairfax Women's Club
    Saturday, 3–6 pm

    Join family, friends, and neighbors for Fairfax Moms' annual spring gathering. Please bring a dish to share. Face painting, bubbles, music, storytelling, art station, and fun! Special appearances by the Bubblesmith, a local youth musician, and Wendolyn Bird of Tender Tracks Tales & Trails. Location: 46 Park Road, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Astronomy Night on Mt. Tam
    Mountain Theater, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Explore the wonders of the universe on Mt. Tam at these free astronomy programs at the Mountain Theater. Enjoy a talk by an astronomer or scientist, a Night Sky Tour, and then a star party with amateur astronomers in the Rock Spring parking lot. This week: Dr. Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Center: "Searching for life in Ocean Worlds of the Outer Solar System". For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 15

  • 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.
  • Pixie Park Spring Fair
    Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Spring has sprung at the Marin Art and Garden Center and Pixie Park’s Spring Fair is about to bloom! Kids of all ages are welcome to step back in time and explore the Fair’s Candy Land, Autopia, and Tot Town. The fair also offers families rides on an old-time train, storytelling performances, and a petting farm. Admission is free so there is really no reason not to make Pixie Park’s Spring Fair a new family tradition. Located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross. Admission is free; games, rides, and food require paid tickets. There's a $10 fee for parking at the Marin Art and Garden Center. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Adventure Sail
    Call of the Sea, Sausalito

    Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
    Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward on Mother's Day from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. Tickets: $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Purchase your tickets online here.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–5:45 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 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Magician Brian Scott
    Mill Valley Library
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Who doesn’t love magic? Brian Scott’s blend of sleight of hand, misdirection, and comedy will thrill and amuse audiences of all ages. Free. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pacific Islander Day
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring your family and friends to experience the incredible sights, sounds and flavors of the Pacific during Pacific Islander Heritage Day at the Zoo!   From 11 am to 3 pm, come see amazing, cultural dance performances by Spark of Creation and hear traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar by award-winning Patrick Landeza.  All activities are free with paid Zoo admission. So, spend a day at the Zoo and immerse yourself into the Pacific Islander culture. Free with paid admission. Location: Sloat Blvd. @ The Great Highway in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
    Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Gather on the Presidio’s lush Main Parade Ground to experience bay views, cuisine from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, and live jams from a DJ. In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids,” as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Tiburon Landmark Properties
    Tiburon & Belvedere
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    The Landmarks will be open for the 2016 season. Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flamenco Youth Dancers Debut Performance
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Sunday, 2:30 pm

    This local troupe of flamencitas will enchant you and your family with traditional Spanish folk dances. Part of Marin Country Mart's Folkish Festival. Free. Location: 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Enjoy Donato Cabrera's final concert as Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and celebrate a fruitful musical partnership that has continued to garner international recognition for the exceptional young musicians. On a program showcasing this ensemble’s incredible talent, experience Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Mason Bates' Devil's Radio, and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with SF Symphony members Chen Zhao and Katie Kadarauch. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. 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 2016 scholarship awards. Free. Donations appreciated. Location: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more information, visit their website.