Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 11, 12 &13

September 11, 2015
Chileno Valley Ranch Apple Picking
Pick organic apples this Sunday at Chileno Valley Ranch.

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, September 11

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Big Hero 6
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Big Hero 6 (PG). Arrive by 8 pm—films begin at dusk. Popcorn, candy, and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrests, and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. Donations are appreciated. Creek Park is located in San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 12

  • Zero Breast Cancer Free Yoga Class
    Athleta, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am

    Join a community of like-minded women to support Zero Breast Cancer for a FREE all-levels Yoga Class at Athleta with premiere yoga teacher Sherri Mills. Then stay for a shop party with snacks and learn more about our upcoming Dipsea Hike. 10% of proceeds from sales will be donated to Zero Breast Cancer Gentle stretch yoga class: 8:30-9:30 am, snacks and shop party: 9:30-11:30 am. For more info, call (415) 507-1949 or visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for great local food and have fun at Marin Country Mart. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm adjacent to the farmer's market. Arts and crafts and face painting for kids from 9 am–2 pm and kid's entertainment from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Cookie Decorating
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Support a great cause—and have fun while you’re doing it! In this hands-on class, kids will bake and decorate cookies, then eat their delicious creations. Fee is $5 per child; all proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which strives to end childhood hunger in America. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Re:Make Festival 2015
    Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to try their hand at tons of free DIY projects and will stay to shop awesome handmade goods from over 100 makers. Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, or dance the day away to top tracks mixed by the in-house DJ. All ages welcome. Come to learn, make, play and explore! Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lyford House Open to Visitors
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Lyford House, the yellow 1876 Victorian on the shores of Richardson Bay at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will be open on Saturday for free tours. It was deeded to the Audubon Society in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 388-2524 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Presideo Puppet Pals
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend. Coyotes, gophers, and Chorus frogs all roam the Presidio! Join us in making these Presidio friends come to life as puppets. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Alison Faith Levy
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    This morning kids show is fun for all ages. Enjoy the upbeat tunes from musician, composer and educator Alison Faith Levy (of The Sippy Cups fame). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at door. Doors open at 10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dino Discovery Lab!
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Calling all young paleontologists! Come and join us for this hands-on program designed for small hands and big imaginations. We will dig for dinosaurs, create our own fossils, and so much more! Recommended for young learners, ages 3–6 years with caregivers. Location: 931 C Street (Hamilton), Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Hike: Back in Time
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11:30 am–6 pm

    Grab your huaraches, canteens, and rebozos–let’s get outdoors! Join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way. In the spirit of the ancestors who originally made this trek, we’ll be walking the five-mile distance. There will be a partial shuttle bus option for those whose huaraches can’t make it all the way. At the end of our journey, we’ll arrive at the Rob Hill Campground for a special surprise! (Hint: delicious food is involved.) Reservations required: (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2015
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite you to the annual, two-day chocolate celebration that has transformed into a true San Francisco staple. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival hosts over 50 vendors, culinary demos by top dessert professionals, a silent auction, and the popular Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. The best part? 100% of the profits from this event are donated to San Francisco non-profit, Project Open Hand. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Peter Rabbit
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter are so excited because it’s spring. They know they must obey Mama Bunny’s number one rule: stay out of Farmer McGregor’s garden! But Peter, driven by curiosity and a craving for veggies, decides to test his limits, and into the garden he goes. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Bring a picnic and your family to the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet, featuring a cast of the Bay Area's best actors, including six of SF Shakes' Resident Artists. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Culinary Dude Presents Parents Night Out
    Saint Hilary School, Tiburon
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    You drop the kids off at 5 pm and they will create a fresh, healthy meal for themselves as soon as they walk through the door and you pick them up promptly at 9 pm. The children will learn about kitchen safety, cook their own meal, setting the table, cleaning up the after themselves, wash their own dishes and prepare and cook their own dessert. This is for kids ages 4–16. Cost: Cost: $65 per child early-bird special; $75 regular price. Register here. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, September 13

  • Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K
    Downtown Petaluma
    Sunday, 7 am

    The 5th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K is set for Sunday in historic downtown Petaluma. This half-marathon course along rural roads is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Grandparents Day
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Celebrate National Grandparents Day at the Museum! Join the Museum and ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan for a special celebration of National Grandparents Day. Enjoy grandparents-themed activities throughout the day, including collaborative family projects in the Art Studios, a special storytime and a performance by Tim Cain. Grandparents receive FREE Museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • The French Market
    Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9 am-3 pm

    Enjoy the atmosphere of a French street market right here in Marin at The French Market, Marin’s Outdoor Antique market. An exciting way to shop for antique and vintage home and garden décor. Wander through aisles of booths filled with art, books, textiles, vintage and estate jewelry and more. French music and crepes add to the ambiance of this unique event!  Free admission and parking. Location: Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium parking lot in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Organic Apple U-Pick
    Chileno Valley Ranch
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
    Come pick organic apples and pears on this family farm. Other farm products, like eggs and ground beef, will be for sale, too. Bring bags for your apples, and leave dogs at home. $10 per car parking fee ($6 if you RSVP in advance; refundable with purchase of $50 or more. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info or to RSVP, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: The Bug Family Band
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    The Bug Family Band plays rockin' original folk rock for kids and former kids. The Bug Family's sound is characterized by rich vocal harmonies, interactive sing-alongs, and clever tunes that kids and their adults can all appreciate. The Bugs' second album, ABeeCD features recent crowd favorites like "Put My Helmet on" and "Goin' to the Pool (When You Get out of School)." For more details, call (415) 389-4292 x4741. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the family and your blanket to 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 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.
  • JAMband Family Festival: Celebrate Back-to-School!
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, 3–5 pm

    Celebrate the back-to-school with Charity and the JAMband at San Francisco's Park Chalet. At each concert is a magical mix of music, dance, mindfulness and big family love. New this year: a special project for families at each show, based on the theme for that day. Location: 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.