Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 15, 16 & 17

May 15, 2015
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 15

  • Hamilton Community Pool
    Friday, 11 am–6 pm

    Today is 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.
  • Tour the Novato Fire District Fire Engine!
    Novato Library Parking Lot
    Friday, 10–11 am

    Meet on the lawn in front of the Novato Library for this special tour of the Big Engine. Everyone is welcome (suitable for ages 0–8). This is an outdoor only event in the library parking lot (library is closed on Friday), bring a picnic and meet up with other families. Please park across the bridge as the main parking lot will be reserved for the Novato Fire District engine. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Peter Pan
    Friday & Saturday, 6:30 pm

    Del Mar Middle School presents its Spring play Peter Pan. The play runs for four evenings with two different casts. Peter Pan is a family-friendly classic that’s appropriate for all ages. $15 adults and $12 children. Purchase tickets here. Location: 277 A Karen Way, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 16

  • 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). For more info, visit their website.
  • Paradise Fishing Derby
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join rangers for our annual fishing contest! Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Bees and Birds Family Campout
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–Sunday, 1 pm

    Honor your mom with a special weekend that will be fun and memorable for the whole family! Meet the goat and chicken moms at the ranch, explore the garden and trails, cook farm-to-table treats, and make your mom nature crafts like lavender herb pillows and homemade picture frames to take home. A low-tide on Sunday will make tidepool exploration possible too. Fee: $80 per person, age 2 and under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 121th 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.
  • Family Fun Safe Boating Expo
    Coast Guard Motor Boat Station Golden Gate
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    An exciting, free, fun family event at beautiful U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, near the north tower of the Golden Gate bridge. Come get a free life jacket (while supplies last), watch friendly Coast Guard dogs as they demonstrate how they detect explosives, witness thrilling helicopter rescue demos, take tours of Coast Guard vessels and the Coast Guard station, learn about boating safety, get a free boater environmental kit, bring your boat for a courtesy vessel safety exam, and take one of three free boating seminars. Free parking. Location: 435 Murray Circle, Saualito. 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 festival of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food, and more! Featuring how-to workshops, inspiring presentations and outrageous attractions. Tickets: $20 and up. Location: 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. For more information, visit their website.
  • Marinwood Preschool's Open House
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come visit, meet our teachers and learn about our three preschool classes: parent-toddler, three's together and pre-K morning school. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ben Franklin's Colonial Printing Shop
    California Room, Civic Center
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join us for a fun family event when the Printing Museum on Wheels makes stops at the Civic Center. Museum curator Mark Barbour will tell engaging stories about how Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world in 1450 and how books and printing shaped young Ben Franklin’s life. During the second hour, participants can print their own keepsakes on antique presses, set their name in type, make a small book and print the front page of an historic Marin County newspaper. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Kids Cooking Class: Top Your Tacos!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. We’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. You’ll impress your family when you prepare these at home. Suitable for ages 9–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Asian Heritage Celebration for the Family
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–3:30 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.
  • 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.
  • Salmon Kiss & Release
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Saturday, noon–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 BBQ. 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.
  • Family Nature Walk
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. Naturalists lead free family hikes into the park and share their knowledge of the area’s plants and wildlife. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 pm at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking $7; free for Regional Parks members. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 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.
  • 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.
  • Culinary Hike at Mount Burdell
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    Ranger Charlie Schonwasser and Native Foods Chef John Farais lead this culinary hike on beautiful Mount Burdell. Learn the many ways local Native Americans used the abundant native plants of this area for food, medicine, and other everyday needs. Our destination is Pierre Joske Grove where we’ll rest and enjoy a shared meal. Please bring a cold dish to share and an optional recipe card to exchange with others. This activity is easy-perfect for families. Don’t forget to bring water. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Location: Meet at the gate on San Andreas Drive in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 30th 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2015 scholarship awards. Free. Donations appreciated. Location: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more information, visit their website.