Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 12, 13 & 14

September 10, 2014
Dipsea Hike
Hike the Dipsea Trail for Zero Breast Cancer this Saturday.

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 12

  • Kids' Pajama Party with Aaron Becker
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Put on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Aaron Becker will be here to read you a bedtime story. Aaron Becker is the author and illustrator of Journey and the upcoming follow-up book, Quest. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed before heading home for bed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night: Ghostbusters
    Strawberry Recreation, Mil Valley
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night amongst the stars! Bring blankets, family and friends and join us for a wonderful time on the field. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please do not bring chairs that may block the view for others. Fee: $3 per person or $10 per family. Location: 118 East Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: The LEGO Movie
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm

    The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mill Valley have partnered on a free outdoor film screening of The LEGO Movie, a blockbuster animated adventure comedy featuring the famous construction toys. Old Mill Park, 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Flubber
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Flubber (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 13

  • Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 8 am–1 pm

    Get out and get physical for a great cause! This six-mile, noncompetitive, all-ages trail loop is a great way to spend time with friends—enjoy breathtaking Mount Tamalpais views, experience the legendary Dipsea steps, and enjoy food, music, and prizes with great people. Raises funds for Zero Breast Cancer’s prevention-focused research efforts. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Novato Bike & Hike
    Indian Valley Campus, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    Spend a wonderful day cycling the back roads or hiking the hills and ridges of Marin, and then kick back ?and enjoy a fun family festival of ?food and music at Indian Valley Campus (IVC) meadow. This event helps provide school ?scholarships and fund projects for local schools and charitable organizations in the community and beyond. Bike or hiking tour ticket $75 individual, $120 couple, $150 family of four; $25 festival ticket only. Must be 14+ for biking tours and Buzzard Burn 6-mile hike. For more info, visit their website.
  • Farmers' Market and Pie Baking Contest
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    This Saturday, enter your award-winning pies in the 4th annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market in Larkspur Landing. 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 music or stories from 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire
    Bon Air Center
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Come visit Marin's largest "do-it-yourself" festival, with hands-on learning activities and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, food, and creativity. It's a day of family fun that encourages the "maker" in all of us. Admission: $7.50 adults, $5 youth 4–14, free for children 3 and under. $20 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 youths). For more information, visit their website.
  • LEGO Fall Preview
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm

    Come by and build with Play-Well's massive collection of LEGO for free and learn about their fall classes and workshops. Come and check out some of the cool workshops: Battle Track: 10:30 am–noon, Gear Cars: 1–2:30 pm, and Airplanes- 3–4:30 pm. Location 216 Greenfield Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, call (415) 460-5210 or visit their website.
  • Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
    Ives Park, Sebastopol
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come experience Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs! Ives Park, in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th-century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens. Fun for the entire family. Cost: $14 adults, $8 children 11–17, and free for kids 10 and under. Location: 7400 Willow Avenue, in between the fire house and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in the Veteran's Memorial Building). For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Martin Griffin Preserve
    Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas
    Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

    Audubon Canyon Ranch eagerly welcomes you back to the Martin Griffin Preserve for fall exploring! Hike through the redwood grove under the historic heronry. Learn about spiders in the Spider Patch. Visit the ponds and the indoor teaching spaces. Volunteer naturalists called Ranch Guides will be available to answer questions from inquisitive nature lovers! Read about our visit here. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway between the towns of Stinson Beach and Bolinas. 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.
  • Family Fun: Mini Golf
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Rangers will host a fun afternoon of miniature golf at the McInnis Park Golf Center. Prizes will be given for anyone who gets a hole-in-one! Healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for children ages 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Hillside picnic area. Park entrance is free. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Audrea Bocchi at (415) 446-4423 or visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series: Alphabet Rockers
    Frieight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)

    This morning kids show is fun for all ages. Tap your toes, feel the fresh beats, sing along with Alphabet Rockers at the Freight.Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at door. Purchase tickets online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 19th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
    San Francisco
    Saturday, 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. Over 30 vendors generously donate sample-sized portions of their products to help raise money for Project Open Hand. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: James and the Giant Peach
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1 & 3:30 pm, Sunday, 2:30 pm

    A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Perfect for all ages. Tickets: $10 general admission. Order your tickets now. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Marin Symphony Waterfront Pops
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 6:30 pm (gates open at 4 pm)
    Pack your family, a picnic, a blanket, and your lawn chairs as the Marin Symphony performs an outdoor Waterfront Pops Concert at Marin Center's Lagoon Park. Experience movie music classics performed by Marin's own symphony orchestra and maestro Alasdair Neale. Before the show, enjoy activities like a musical instrument petting zoo, cultural exhibits, and more. Food from Off the Grid and beverages available for sale. Tickets: $20–$100; children under 12 free! For more information or tickets, visit their website or call (415) 473-6800.
  • Sunset Sensory Stroll and Campfire
    NatureBridge, Fort Cronkhite Sausalito
    Saturday, 6–8:30 pm

    Engage all of your senses on this amazing sensory awareness hike to Rodeo Beach. Experience sights, sounds, and smells as you and your kids enjoy some quality family time by the Pacific. Children of all ages are welcome. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under. Cost: $12 per person. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Film Night in the Park: Wreck-It Ralph
    Creek Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 8 pm

    This Friday's movie is Wreck-It Ralph (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.

Sunday, September 14

  • 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.
  • 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, will be for sale, too. Cash only. Bring bags for your apples, and leave dogs at home. $6 per car parking fee; refundable with purchase of $50 or more. Location: 5150 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Sunday Special: Asheba
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    J Dance, sing or just mellow out to the cool vibes and rhythmic sounds of this Bay Area treasure. Asheba specializes in vibrant songs from the musical and storytelling traditions of Trinidad. For more details, call (415) 389-4292 x4741. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • 35th Annual Comedy Day
    Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
    Sunday, noon–5:30 pm

    Enjoy peformances by 40 comedians, including Brian Copeland, Will Durst, Marga Gomez, Father Guido Sarducci, and Johnny Steele. This free event is for the entire family, and features a salute to Robin Williams. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Sleep Solutions for Baby and Toddler
    San Rafael Community Center
    Sunday, 2–4 pm

    When babies and young children aren't sleeping, parents aren't sleeping. Sleep expert Angelique Millette will be discussing the Millette Method© approach to sleep and discuss the toolbox of various methods used for different ages/stages. Naps, dropping night feeds, breast-feeding, and transition to toddler bed will be a few of the topics discussed. Presented by the Marin Alternative Mother's Group. Cost: AMG member $15, non-members $20; childcare $10. Register here. Location: 618 B St, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.