Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 14, 15 & 16
April 14, 2017Posted by pamela |
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Easter weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Family-friendly Easter Brunches
Brunch is always a popular Easter Sunday outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. Some even offer egg hunts! Check out our list here.
Friday, April 14
- Visit with a Beekeeper
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 1–2:30 pm
We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Spring Egg Hunt
PIER 39, San Francisco
Friday, 4–6 pm
Hunt for hundreds of colorful eggs and enjoy fun crafts at PIER 39’s free Spring Egg Hunt! There will be two waves of egg hunts based on age: 0–5 at 4:30 pm and 6–10 at 5:30 pm. Kids can also enjoy a fun crafting activity led by the Museum of Craft and Design. For more info, visit their website.
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Friday, 6–7 pm
Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
- Presidio Family Bike Parade: Light Up Your Bike!
Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
Friday, 6:30–9 pm
Bring the kids to this family-friendly lighted bike parade around the Main Post. Bring your lighted bikes, trikes, and scooters to the registration tent and receive a free glow necklace and other goodies. Helmets are required for youth. Registration starts at 6:30 pm and parade begins at 7 pm. Location: Main Post, corner of Anza and Owen, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Presidio Stargazing Party
Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
Friday, 7–9:30 pm
Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. For more info, visit their website.
- Flashlight Egg Hunt
Friday, 8:15 pm
Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Piper Park for the Flashlight Egg Hunt! Eggs stuffed with goodies will be spread across a section of the Park. When the horn sounds, flashlights will turn on and the search begins! The hunt will begin at 8:30 pm so don’t be late! For kids ages 9+. Location: 250 Doherty Dr, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
- Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt
Friday, 8:15 pm
Back by popular demand, the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt returns on Friday at 8:15 pm sharp! Bring your basket and a good flashlight. For youth ages 8 and up. Egg hunt lasts for about 5 minutes, so don't be late. Sponsored by San Anselmo Parks and Recreation. For more info, call (415) 258-4640. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, April 15
- Free Entrance Days: Muir Woods National Park
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm
America's Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it's free! Get into Muir Woods National Monument for free over this weekend, the first weekend of National Park Week. For more info, visit their website.
- Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt!
Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Come to the Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market for an egg hunt and Easter fun. Egg hunt starts at 10:30 am for ages 3 and under and 10:45 am for ages 4 and up. There will be an Easter art project and egg dying, too. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Saturday Morning Zumba
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–10 am
We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party on the lawn. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Check in at the Aquatics & Fitness Center front desk when coming for class. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
- Berkeley Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza
Willard Park, Berkeley
Saturday, 9:30 am–1 pm
Egg hunts will be divided by ages (1-10 years) with a scavenger hunt for kids 11 and up. Other fun activities include a petting zoo, a visit with the Spring Bunny, spring-themed arts and crafts, an interactive kid’s carnival with fun prizes, and Bunny Hop Dance Lessons! Youth participants will receive a basket to collect all their spring goodies. Admission: $6 youth. Location: 2720 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- Annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt and Parade
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Sausalito's old-fashioned Easter celebration starts with a parade on Caledonia Street at 10 am, followed by an egg hunt at Dunphy Park at 10:15 am. Enjoy music by Tim Cain at 10:30 am and an Easter bonnet contest at 11 am. Dunphy Park is located on Bridgeway between Napa and Litho Streets. Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Community Easter Egg Hunt
San Clemente Park, Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am
Annual Easter Egg Hunt features two sections, elementary and preschool and younger. It's fast and furious, starts at 10 am so don't be late—it will be all over by 10:15! Bring your own Easter Basket! Easter Bunny photo op available. For more info, visit their website.
- Fairfax's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Egg hunt starts at 10 am sharp! Come join the Easter bunny in a hunt for eggs at Bolinas Park! There will be music by James K, face painting, bubbles, and more fun! For ages 8 and below. Don’t forget your basket! For more info call (415) 458-2340 or visit their website.
- Breakfast with Bunny and Egg Hunt
Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 10 am
Children will enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Las Gallinas Lions Club. Breakfast with Bunny costs $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road. For more info, visit their website.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Celebrate spring at San Francisco Recreation and Park’s annual Eggstravaganza event at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. This family-friendly event features egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, kids’ activities and free Mobile Recreation activities, including BMX bikes, climbing wall, skateboards, and more. Location: 320 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park. For more info, visit their website.
- Lamb Day on the Farm
Windrush Farm, Chileno Valley
Saturday, 10 am–1:30 pm
Come celebrate all our little lambs on the farm. We have over 25 lambs ready for viewing. Please bring a lunch to enjoy at the pond (and feel free to search for tadpoles). Windrush roving and yarns will be available for purchase and each visitor will get to take home a child’s loom from recycled materials. $20 adults, free for kids under 12. Advance registration required. For more info or to register, visit their website
- Big Bunny's Spring Fling
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am
The San Francisco Zoo will be hosting three egg hunts on Saturday and three egg hunts on Sunday with thousands of candy-filled eggs! Participation for each Easter egg hunt is limited and will reach capacity. Reservations hold your spot until 30 minutes prior to the egg hunt. Egg hunts are filling up quickly! Register online to reserve your spot here. Location: 1 Zoo Road, Sloat Boulevard and The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- The Great Egg Hunt
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, Oakland
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Over 2,000 children and parents attend this fun filled day, enjoy an egg hunt, live entertainment, food, an Adopt a Pet Area, crafts, egg-dying, face painting, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Families are also able to tour the historic 117-year mansion. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
- Naturally Dyed Eggs
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Saturday, 10 am & noon
This hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 10–11 am or noon–1 pm. Registration required: Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $15; $12 members. Register by calling (510) 643-2755 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit their website.
- Kids' Free Day
Charles M. Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Celebrate spring with hands-on crafts and free admission for children, when accompanied by an adult. Location: Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Eggster Egghunt and Learning Festival
Campanile, UC Berkeley
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
The Eggster Egghunt and Learning Festival is the largest free egg hunt in Northern California. Not only is it free for all kids, it is also a learning festival filled with educational booths and activities that raises money for non-profit youth agencies! For more info, visit their website.
- Learn to Pier Fish
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels welcome, no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Bait and a limited amount of fishing poles will be available. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
- Children's Spring Egg Hunt and Camp Fair
Memorial Park, San Anselmo
Saturday, 10:30 am
Get in the spring spirit by participating in the annual San Anselmo Children's Egg Hunt! We'll split the kids into three age groups for this hunt, and we set the kids off at the sound of the fire truck's siren! Parent assistance is allowed in the 0–2 age group, otherwise please let your kids hunt! For children 7 and under. Egg hunt starts at 11 am sharp. For more info, call the San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 258-4640 or visit their website.
- Easter Eggstravaganza
Trinity Lutheran Church, San Rafael
Saturday, 10:30 am
You are invited to a free community event at Trinity Lutheran Church that is fun for the entire family (but especially children and youth)! This Easter event offers games, candy and prizes, cookie decorating, crafts, and a special Easter Celebration presentation. Location: 333 Woodland Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Spring Faire and Candy Hunt
Strawberry Recreation District
Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
Come hop into spring with SRD’s annual Spring Faire. Get your photo taken with the bunny, play carnival games, make a basket, bounce in the jump house and gear up for the candy hunt. $8 per child; free for adults. Location: 118 East Strawberry Drive. For information, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
- Fly Guy, the Musical
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
A fly for a pet? Flies are pests, not pets, right? Well, young Buzz and his new friend, Liz, know otherwise, and their adventures with their winged pets have the whole town, umm, buzzing! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets: Adults $25; children $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
- Cherry Blossom Festival
Post Street, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5:30 pm
The 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. More than 200,000 people will attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community as well. This event is free and open to the public! For more info, visit their website.
- San Marin Easter Egg Hunt
All Saints Lutheran Church, Novato
Saturday, 11 am
Bring your kids, grand kids and family for our traditional Easter Egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny! There will be three age groups: 0–2, 3–5, 6–9. We will also have potato sack race, egg toss and 3-legged race for the kids. All Saints church will be cooking up BBQ for sale benefiting their youth group, while Kona Shave Ice truck along with the Kona mascot add to the festivities. Location: 2 San Marin Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Jazz Matinee
SF Jazz, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am
From the indelible rhythms of the danzón, the mambo and cha-cha-chá to the contemporary sounds of timba, families will rejoice in the powerful and dance-driven sounds of Cuba with Rebeca Mauleón & Juan de Marcos González SF Jazz. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Spring Festival & Egg Hunt
Angel Island State Park
Saturday, 11:30 am
Hunt for eggs on Angel Island. Find the golden egg for a special gift! Ages groups for 4 and under, 5–8, 9–12, and 13 and older. There will also be a Rombauer wine tasting from noon–2 pm, live music at the Angel Island Cafe from noon–3 pm, and a special spring brunch menu. For more info, visit their website.
- Easter Festival
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Saturday, noon–4 pm
Bring the kiddos to meet the Easter Bunny, face painting, crafts and lots of chocolate. Location: 900 N Point Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Skating with the Easter Beagle
Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
Celebrate Spring with Snoopy The Easter Beagle! Skaking, prizes, Easter eggs, and spring pictures with the Easter Beagle. Cost: $5 skating, includes free skate rental. Location: 1667 West Steele Lana, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Spring Family Hike
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1 & 3 pm
Are you looking for a fun, family friendly hike in a beautiful Sonoma County park? Join our naturalist staff at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park as we explore some of the county’s different habitats and inhabitants. Three hikes start on the hour, at 1, 2, and 3 pm. Wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call (707) 539-2865.For more info, visit their website.
Sunday, April 16
- 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.
- Family Fun Day
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10 am–2:30 pm
Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making and more during the museum’s Family Fun Day. Discover and play as a family! Free with paid admission. Children 12 and under are free. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
This fun event is now in its 26th season and draws families from around the Bay Area. You can enjoy al fresco dining while you watch the parade go by starting at 2 pm. All manner of children's activities are offered including games, pony rides, face painting, inflateables, and a climbing wall, as well as live entertainment. You can enter the Easter bonnet contest too, where creativity is encouraged! Location: Union Street and Gough to Steiner. For more info, visit their website.
- Hunt for the Hare and Brunch
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Sunday, 10 am & 1:30 pm
Looking for hare-raising adventure this Easter? Join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for the Hunt for the Hare! There are two times: 10 am brunch followed by an egg hunt and Hunt for the Hare tour at 11:15 am; or brunch and egg hunt at 1:30 pm and Hunt for the Hare at 2:45 pm. Tour and brunch cost $75 for adults and $40 for children 4–12; brunch only $42 adults and $18 children. Prices are all inclusive. For more info, call (707) 579-2551 or visit their website.
- Easter Egg Hunt
Tam United Methodist Church, Mill Valley
Sunday, 10:30 am
Immediately following the 10:30 am service, children will gather for an egg hunt. Bring your baskets. Loction: 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 388-4455 or visit their website.
- Easter Kids Eggstravaganza
Cavallo Point, Sausalito
Sunday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm
Bring the kids to our Easter Kids Eggstravaganza—over five hours of fun for children 12 and under. Enjoy egg hunts (10:30 am & 1 pm) throughout the day, a magic show and balloon animals with Mr. Shap, cookie decorating and coloring. Plus a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Admission $20; complimentary for lodge and restaurant guests. Easter baskets, lights snacks and beverages for kids provided throughout the event. Location: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their wesbite.
- Easter Brunch Buffet & Free Community Easter Egg Hunt
Peacock Gap Golf Club, San Rafael
Sunday, 11 am–1 pm
The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap is pleased to continue the tradition of Easter Brunch for your family and friends. Relax and let our talented Chef and attentive staff take care of everything while your children enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny (11 am to 1 pm) and a free Easter Egg Hunt (11 am) on the lawn. The egg hunt starts promptly at 11 am. Easter brunch takes place at the club's Range Cafe from 10 am to 2 pm. Location: 333 Biscayne Drive, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 454-6450 or visit their website.
San Francisco Presidio
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site. Held on the seven-acre Main Parade Ground lawn, Presidio Picnic features food and drink from more than 30 local vendors. But it's not just about the grub. Visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth, free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent. For more info, visit their website.