Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 9, 10 & 11

September 9, 2016

Our go-to spot for family hikes and outdoor excurisions in Marin is the Bear Valley Visitor Center at Point Reyes National Seashore.

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 9

  • 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. He has been performing and recording professionally for over fifteen years, the last ten of which he has spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free. Lots of free parking too. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their 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.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. This Friday: Everything and Nothing. For more info, 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 staff. Games, park time, arts and crafts, dinner and a movie at the end of the night! Activities include a toy room, dodgeball or just hanging out. Cost: $23 per child. Register here. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stars & Blankets Movie Night
    Nicasio Square Ball Field
    Friday, 6:30 pm

    Bring the family for a picnic and movie at Nicasio Square Ball Field. Enjoy the movie School of Rock on the big screen. Cost: $20 donation per family or $5 per person. There will be a snack shack open with hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and more. Make sure to bring your picnic blankets. Call (415) 237-3218 with questions. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

Saturday, September 10

  • 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.
  • Family Program: Young Naturalists
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Learn to identify some key California native plants and create your own field guide journal. This engaging walk and hands-on workshop is perfect for children ages 6 and up and their accompanying adults. Take what you learned on your next hike or outdoor adventure! Children must be accompanied by a paid adult chaperone. Wear appropriate clothes for dirt paths and sitting on the ground.  $15, $10 members. Register online, by calling (510) 664-9841, or by emailing For more info, visit their website.
  • Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
    Johnson's Beach, Guerneville
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Johnson's Beach in Guerneville with a lineup including Keb Mo', Sheila E., Chaka Khan, and Jonny Lang. Enjoy an international food court and water activities, too. Kids tickets available, and ages 5 and under are admitted free. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Year With Frog & Toad
    The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Downtown Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
    The Tony Award-nominated musical, based on Arnold Lobel's beloved stories, is back in Berkeley at a new venue! Come celebrate friendship in glorious song, as our heroes, Frog and Toad, hop through a season of comic adventures with their animal friends. Recommended for age 3 and up. This performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: All Hands on Deck for Cute Crustaceans
    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. 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, 10:30 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 Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cartoonist: Svetlana Chmakova
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Meet, watch, and talk to internationally published, award-winning manga author Svetlana Chmakova. Chmakova was recently nominated for an Eisner award for her graphic novel, Awkward, which has been honored as one of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2015 by School Library Journal as well as one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens 2016 by YALSA. Museum admisson applies. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2016
    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.
  • Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
    Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
    Saturday, 2 pm & 8 pm

    Among its country's most celebrated troupes, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China dazzle with a vivid new spectacle that celebrates their colorful, kinetic hometown. Expect daring stunts like giant trampoline somersaults, hoop-diving dragons, aerial silk ribbon dances, juggling, and a signature gravity-defying jumping routine that has earned the acrobats a Guinness World Record. Family friendly; ages 16 and under half price! Tickets starting at $30. Purchase tickets he e.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: The Winter's Tale
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    Bring a picnic and your family to the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Winter's Tale 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.
  • Sumo Champions Exhibition
    Japan Center Mall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5 pm, Sunday, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm & 5 pm
    Bring the family to meet real sumo wrestlers at Japan Center Mall in San Francisco's Japantown. Saturday at 5 pm: kids' meet-and-greet; demonstration matches on Sunday at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm; meet-and-greet at 5 pm. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Norm of the North
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 8 pm

    Film Night in the Park presents a large-screen outdoor presentation of Norm of the North at Creek Park in San Anselmo. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Free; donations greatly appreciated. Location: 451 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Astronomy Night on Mt. Tam
    Cushing Memorial Amphitheater & Rock Springs Parking Area, Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, 8:30 pm

    Dr. Holger Müller from UC Berkeley will discuss astronomical evidence of dark matter and dark energy, mysterious stuff whose gravity holds galaxies together. Afterwards, enjoy a star party in the Rock Springs parking lot. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, September 11

  • 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.
  • WildCare Family Adventures: King of the Mountain
    King Mountain, Larkspur
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outing to beautiful King Mountain. This is a 3.3-mile loop hike offers a variety of plant life that thrives on the flanks of King Mountain, and trails travel through shaded mixed woodland, sunny patches of grassland and chaparral, and redwood, tanoak, and California bay canyons. For directions or more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: The Not-Its!
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11 am

    The Not-Its! are a Seattle-based band that plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. All ages welcome-no sign up needed. Free. Location: Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave. 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, 9 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.
  • Southern Marin Mothers' Club Community Open House
    Piper Park, Larkspur
    Sunday, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

    Learn more about the SMMC and enjoy Music with Megan, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, food and drinks, and a chance to meet fellow parents and new friends, and of course learn about the perks of being an SMMC member. Free. Please register here. Location: 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur. 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.
  • Sunset Family Camping 101
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Sunday, 1:30–3 pm

    In this family-friendly event, Elaine, the book’s co-editor and a senior food editor at the magazine, will demo how to build the perfect campfire, what to consider if you’re buying a new camp stove, and how to pack a cooler like a pro. Come ready to sample, because she’ll also demo an easy camp meal and talk about snacks that will take your next adventure to a new level. Cost: $10 per person; kids 12 and under are free. Register here. Location: Sunset outdoor test kitchen at Cornerstone,  23570 Arnold Drive in Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.