Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 16, 17 & 18

May 17, 2014
South Pacific is the Mountain Play
The Mountain Play kicks off its 101st season with South Pacific this Sunday. Photo: Ed Smith/The Mountain Play

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 16

  • 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 1–15 and $5 for Novato resident adults 16+ with photo ID; non-residents pay is $7 for children and $9 for adults. Location: 203 El Bonito Road. For more info, call (415) 883-7126 or visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm

    Drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! While you relax, the kids will be having fun with the Marinwood camp staff playing games, park time, arts, crafts, snacks, and more! This event often sells out—register early! For ages 2–10. Cost: $22; $18 sibling (same family) discount. For more info and registration call (415) 479-0775 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 We Are Monsters
    Dance Palace Community Center, Point Reyes
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 3 pm
    We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock 'n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Tickets: $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 youth at the door. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 17

  • New Peri Park Playground Unveiling
    Saturday, 9 am-noon

    Join the Friends of Peri Park this Saturday, May 17, from 9 am to noon for the unveiling of the park's new play structures. Peri Park playground is located at 16 Park Road in Fairfax. This free celebration features refreshments from Mana Bowls and Peri Park merchandise for sale. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday features a music class from Little Folkies from 9:30–10:15 am followed by a Littel Folkies Bluegrass Family Concert from noon–12:45 pm with the Willie Nillies. There will also be a Nate the Great Treasure Hunt—kids can find cluse all around Marin Country Mart and win prizes. A pancake-cooking demonstration from 10:30 am–noon features Nate's favorThe 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.
  • Ocean Exploration Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am-Sunday, 1 pm

    On Saturday, join Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration. At night, gather for a family potluck dinner and a campfire under the stars. Sunday morning, everyone has a chance to help with farm chores before sitting down to breakfast, provided by Slide Ranch and served in the cozy yurt. Spend the rest of the morning preparing a farm tasting of homemade cheese, bread, butter and other treats harvested from the organic garden. Participants must bring their own camping equipment and a dish to share for Saturday night’s potluck dinner. Sunday continental breakfast is provided. Fee: $75 per person, age 2 and under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Arts & Technology Summer Camps
    Hamilton School-Comupter Lab in Novato
    Saturday, 10-11:30 am

    Check out some of the cool Art & Technology camps for ages 10-15 at Hamilton School in Novato. Some of this year's themes include: Minecraft modding, 3D printing, video game design, visual effects, and learn to program iPad apps. Instructor Howard Gersh has been working in the Visual Effects industry for over 23 years. His work has appeared in over two dozen major motion pictures including the Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises. Location: 5530 Nave Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 506-0282 or visit his website.
  • The 120th 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. Parade takes place from 10 am–noon. with marching bands, floats, roses, horse-drawn carriages, clowns, roses, roses, and more roses. Following the parade will be music, family activities, and food vendors at Juilliard Park. The awards ceremony for all parade categories will take place at approximately 2 pm. Juillard Park is located on Santa Rosa Avenue just south of Sonoma Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Maker Faire Bay Area
    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 and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $17.50 and up.Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, 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 thanks to Target during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Indian dance demonstrations, art making, gallery tours, Southeast Asian dance and music performances are some highlights you can enjoy with family and friends. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, 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.
  • Salmon Kiss & Release
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Saturday, 12-4 pm

    Come help kiss and release 2,000 Chinook Salmon Fingerlings into San Francisco Bay for the tenth annual Kiss & Release at Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon. The Casa Grande students will bring fish to our waiting youngsters who will carry them to the bay, and start them on their way out to the Pacific Ocean. There will be information booths about preserving our San Francisco Bay Estuary, Jumpies, Music and Tiburon Volunteer Fire Department Bar-B-Q. 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 Event: Is That Me Yelling?
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 4–5:30 pm
    Book Passage presents a dynamic talk by Rona Renner, RN, a Parents Place educator, host of the popular Childhood Matters radio show, and now the author of Is That Me Yelling? Rona will talk about her new book, which offers you gentle yet effective approaches to encouraging positive behaviors in your children… without your ever having to raise your voice! Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • An Evening on Mount Burdell
    Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve, Novato
    Saturday, 7–9 pm

    Join rangers for an evening of family-fun around the campfire! There will be a short hike, stories, sing-a-longs, and a talk about the area’s history. Remember to bring warm clothes and a flashlight. Questions: contact Ranger Jacob Feickert at (415) 473-2816. High fire danger may cause cancellation: call (415) 473-7191 to get an update on fire danger status and land closures. Location: Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 18

  • 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.
  • Nature Detectives Hike at Deer Island
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett in a search for clues to discover what creatures live at Deer Island. This program is best suited for ages 5 to 10. Questions: contact Ranger Felicity Hartnett at (415) 473-2816. Location: Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 31st Annual Plowing Play Day
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    This free family event features historic farming practices which include plowing and harnessing demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, medieval horseback skill-at-arms, blacksmithing, early-day gas engines, and more. See mules and draft horses including Clydesdales, Belgians, Percherons, and Shires at the Beauty Ranch, home of the famous author Jack London who also raised Shire draft horses. Food and beverages will be available for purchase or bring your own picnic lunch. The park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle includes all activities. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more information, visit their website.
  • The 29th 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 free; parking $8. For more info, call (707) 762-9715 or visit their website.
  • Marinwood Community Day!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Sunday, noon–4 pm

    Marinwood's Community Day features fun activities for children, live music, food, beer and wine for purchase, and booths featuring local artists, local organizations and businesses. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • McInnis Skate Jam
    McInnis Skate Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    The annual McInnis Park Skateboard Competition is on again for all ages and abilities! There will be food, music, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Registration begins at 11 am and the competition kicks off at noon. Prizes are awarded by age group: 5–9, 10–12, 13–15, and 16 and over. Questions: contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more information, visit their website.
  • Paint with Dirt!
    Nicasio Druids Hall
    Sunday, noon–3 pm

    Artist Ane Carla Rovetta leads kids and adults in creating—and using—paint from soil at this hands-on lesson during the Ranches & Rolling Hills Landscape Art Show and Sale. When you're done painting with soil, check out the art show, featuring hundreds of paintings of Marin landscapes from more than 30 renowned artists, plus sculpture, food from the Farmer's Daughter and coffee from Equator Coffees and Teas. Admission is free. Sales of art, beverages and food benefit Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). For more information, visit their website.
  • The Mountain Play Presents South Pacific
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais
    2–4:30 pm
    The Mountain Play Association starts its 101th season this Sunday with Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. All shows begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at least one hour prior to the show. Tickets range from $20–$40 general admission. Free general seating admission for kids 4–13 on opening day! Information for group discounts, reserved seating, and tickets are available at the Mountain Play website here.
  • The 3rd Annual Storybook Ball: Peter Pan
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday 4–7 pm

    The Storybook Ball is a parent-child event for children ages 4–10 . The fourth annual event will celebrate the classic story of Peter Pan. Proceeds support children's and teens' programs at the Mill Valley Library. 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 2014 scholarship awards. Free. Donations appreciated. Location: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more information, visit their website.