Marin Weekend Family Events for November 2, 3 & 4
November 1, 2012Posted 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 beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Friday, November 2
- Sing-Along with Sara Sonnet
San Rafael Public Library
Friday, 10:30-11 am
Join us for a delightful selection of books, motion songs, toys, finger plays, lullabies and rhymes for children aged birth to four years old! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
- Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Altar Making Event
Mill Valley Library
Friday, 3:15–5 pm
Learn about Día de los Muertos traditions and honor your loved ones with a beautiful altar fashioned from a shoe box. For kids ink indergarten and older, families welcome, advance sign-up required. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Creekside Room, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 389-4292 x4741 or visit their website.
- Friday Nights at the de Young
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Friday, 5–8:45 pm
Enjoy hands-on art activities for the family, live music, the de Young Café, a cash bar, and more. Programs and entertainment are free. General admission required to enter the galleries: adults $10, seniors 65 and over $7, youths 13–17 $6, college students with ID $6, children 12 and under and members free. Additional admission fee for special exhibitions. More information: www.deyoungmuseum.org.
- The Berkeley Playhouse presents The Sound of Music
The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm
The Berkeley hills come alive with the sound of this radiant and most beloved musical about a high-spirited governess and the famous Von Trapp family. Tickets: Adults $35, senior 65+ $33, children 6–17 $25, tots 5 and under $17. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, November 3
- Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face painting and arts and crafts from 9 am–2 pm, and Christopher Smithfrom 9:30–10:30 am. Live music in the courtyard from 11 am–12:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
- Babes & Babies
St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
Saturday, 9:30 am–2 pm
Moms and moms-to-be are invited for a day of shopping, education and information. Featuring 65 designers and companies offering baby and toddler clothing, products, gear, toys, all at discounted prices. Enjoy speakers and seminars, activities, gift bags (first 200 guests) and a raffle with incredible prizes! For more information, visit their website.
- Bouverie Preserve Fall Guided Nature Walks
Saturday, 9:30 am–1 pm
Half-day fall guided nature walks at Bouverie Preserve explore the 535-acre, private, non-profit nature preserve. Participants are divided into small groups and paired with a trained Bouverie volunteer to explore the mixed evergreen forest, oak woodlands and rugged chaparral. The walks range from two to five miles. Visitors of all ages are welcome. There is no fee for the program, but a $15 per person contribution is suggested and appreciated. Reservations are required. Location: 13935 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen. For more info call (415) 868-9244 or RSVP at email@example.com. Visit their website for more info.
- Local History and Wildlife Sail
Schooner Freda B Sausalito Yacht Harbor
Saturday, 9:45 am–noon
Sail on the classic schooner Freda B for a local history and SF Bay wildlife tour. See the Golden Gate Bridge up close and personal, Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz and Angel Island from the water. This unique sail offers the stories of the people, the water and the land that make San Francisco Bay what it is today. Keep an eye out for Bay wildlife: harbor porpoises, sea birds, sea lions, seals, and the local boater. Boarding 9:45 am; departing 10 am; disembark at noon. Cost: $65 (all ages); call the office and mention Marin Mommies and get $20 per ticket discount! For ticket or more info call (415) 331-0444 or visit their website.
- Manor School Winter Faire
Manor Elementary School, Fairfax
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Follow Yeti for snow sledding and more at the Manor School Winter Faire! Enjoy sledding, crafts, creative games, live music, baked treats, silent auction, obstacle courses, a chili cook-off, and a book sale. Proceeds support Ross Valley Schools. Location: 150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
- World of Wonder with Alison Faith Levy
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday, 11 am
Alison Faith Levy, formerly of The Sippy Cups, sings tunes that travel from the barnyard to the cosmos and back again. Her imaginative indie pop songs get kids dancing, singing, laughing, and even pondering the mysteries of the universe, asking the eternal question: Are there cupcakes in space? Members $5, general $14 (includes admission to the museum). Location: 557 McReynolds Road in Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3976 or visit their website.
- Patchwork Series: Asheba and the Fratello Marionettes
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am
The Freight's Family Open House is fabulous, fun, and free! See the Fratello Marionettes interweave three classic fables set toe Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, and take in the musical storytelling—with a Caribbean twist—of Asheba. Other events at the Family Open House include an instrument petting zoo, family song circles, and cool crafts from the Sticky Art Lab. The Freight & Salvage is located at 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley. For more information, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
- Bay Area Science Fest: Discovery Days at AT&T Park
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
AT&T Park will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes again with this free science extravaganza. Last year, more than 21,000 people enjoyed a non-stop program chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, there is something for everyone to unleash their inner scientist. For more info, visit their website.
- Día de los Muertos Community Concert
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 pm
Bring the entire family as VivaFest! and the San Francisco Symphony present the fifth annual Day of the Dead community concert celebrating Latino culture. Arrive at 1 pm for pre-concert festivities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including cinnamon infused Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, face painting and paper flower making, and a colorful art exhibition celebrating the unique tradition of Día de los Muertos. Tickets: $17.50–$68 depending on seating location. For more information and tickets, visit their website.
- Día de los Muertos—Day of the Dead Celebration
Dance Palace Community Center, Pt. Reyes
Saturday, 6–8 pm
A celebration of life, a time to share memories through arts and crafts, music, stories and food. Join us in celebrating those who have gone before us. El Dia de los Muertos is not a sad time but a time of remembering and rejoicing. A communal altar will be constructed so please bring photos, flowers or mementos of a loved one. Aztec dancers will conclude the night's festivities. The celebration will also include a candlelight procession and local Mexican food and drink. This event is being held in collaboration with the Latina Photo Project. Free, but donations accepted. Location: 503 B Street, downtown Pt. Reyes. For mor info, call (415) 663-1075 or visit their website.
Sunday, November 4
- 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.
- Headlands Helping Hands: Free Family Stewardship Day
NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Sausalito
Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
Help grow and protect the Marin Headlands for all generations with family stewardship days throughout the seasons. Help with projects ranging from non-native plant removal, beach cleanups, and native plant nursery stewardship. All programs are free family friendly, and include a fun seasonal naturalist led nature walk along with a stewardship project. All tools, supplies, and gloves will be provided. Pre-registration required here. Location: 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
- Final U-Pick Sunday at Bloomfield Farms
Sunday, 10 am–3 pm
This Sunday is the final u-pick event of the season at Bloomfield Farms. Families can come pick their own kale, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, Swiss chard, and more on this certified organic family farm. The cost is $25 to fill a box. Read our article about it here. This Sunday, special guests Chef John Lyle and Hardcore Farm to Face prepare a "pay what you can" Fun Farm Brunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Bloomfield Farms is located west of Petaluma on 12250 Valley Ford Road. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the farm's Facebook page is appreciated, but not essential.
- Breakfast with Enzo
Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse
Sunday, 10 am & 11 am
Family entertainer Enzo Garcia present Breakfast with Enzo at the Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse every Sunday. Cost: $5 per person. The Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 280 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or go to www.enzogarcia.com.
- Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
Sunday, 10–11:30 am
On the first Sunday of each month, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sundays of December and January). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $10 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
- Park Pals at McInnis
McInnis Park, San Rafael
Sunday, 10 am–noon
A hands-on park ranger experience for kids ages 4 and up. Different stations will be set up for various educational activities such as tree identification, plant health and irrigation, and a wild animal talk. Prizes and gifts will be awarded. This is a free event, snacks and hot cocoa will be provided. Questions: Contact Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or ABocchi@marincounty.org. Meet at the Hillside picnic area. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Storytime with Christopher Smith
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Sunday, 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.
- Family Sundays at SFMOMA—Kids Get in Free
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
On the first and third Sundays of each month kids get in free from 11 am–3 pm. Explore art and create your own, travel to virtual worlds, get hands-on, discover special places, and be inspired. Moderators guide participatory art projects, and docents lead family-friendly gallery tours (1 pm). Special programs like book readings and movie screenings (2 pm) round it all out. For more info, visit their website.