Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 3, 4 & 5

November 3, 2017

The Union Square Ice Rink celebrates its 10th anniversary with free skating on Friday, November 3.

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 3

  • Union Square Ice Rink's 10th Birthday Party
    San Francisco
    Friday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    To commemorate ten years of outdoor skating at the quintessential San Francisco location, residents and visitors of San Francisco are invited to an all-day celebration featuring free ice skating, performances, and birthday treats! The celebration will include performances by some of San Francisco’s favorite arts organizations, a live installation by San Francisco's favorite mural artist, fnnch, and more surprises to be announced! Free skating slots subject to availability; first come first served. For more info, visit their Facebook Page.
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Admission: $12, $7 children 7 and under, skate rental $5. For more info, visit their 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.
  • Parents Day Out: Madagascar
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm
    Join us for a Jungle of a Good Time! Play games inspired by the movie, turn your face into a wild animal, and make your own chocolate dipped banana penguin. We will watch the movie Madagascar. Pizza will be provided. Cost: $34 guest, $24 member. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movie Night: Smurfs: The Lost Village
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on the first Friday of the month for movie night. Free pizza and soda will be served. Students, parents, and friends welecome. Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Night Fairy
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When tiny but feisty Flory loses her fairy wings in an attack by a bat, she has to muster all her courage and ingenuity to survive in a garden full of threatening creatures, including a voracious spider. Directed by Hannah Dworkin and Nina Meehan. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $24 seniors 65+, $20 children 2–14. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 4

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. Meet at the Old Mill Amphitheater 10 minutes prior to class. Location: Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, call 415-383-1370 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Kindergarten Open House
    San Domenico School, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Our warm and nurturing Kindergarten program develops in our students foundational habits of mind, which will serve them throughout their academic lives. Come and see first-hand at this weekend's open house. Register online here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road Library, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • National Park Ranger Storytime
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Join National Park Ranger Jasmine for an adventurous Storytelling and hands-on activity at the South Novato Library. Learn more about the plants and animals you'll discover at your local National Parks in Marin and Sonoma County. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class—Thanksgiving Helper: Pumpkin Pie
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Dessert will be the hit of your family’s Thanksgiving feast when you’re the baker! Join us and learn how to make an awesome pumpkin pie that everyone will love. Cost: $30 per child includes Pie Crust Cutters! Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Biketoberfest Redux
    FairAnselm Plaza, Fairfax
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Biketoberfest has been rescheduled from its original date on October 14. Enjoy 60 bike exhibitors, a handmade bike show, group road and mountain bike rides, 35 varieties of beer from 20 California brewers, live music, delicious food, and more. A portion of the proceeds will support Sonoma and Napa fire relief efforts. $40 beer tasting with souvenir mug. For more info, visit their website.
  • 38Makers Holiday Gift Fair
    Pinterest, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    38Makers kicks off the season with an early gift fair specially curated by Pinterest for shoppers looking for artisan, locally-made gifts in a unique and festive setting. Cost: $5 suggested cash donation at the door goes to SFMade and our efforts to support local manufacturers. Location: 681 Brannan Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Waldorf School Early Childhood Open House
    Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Come visit our beautiful classrooms and meet our early childhood teachers to learn more about Marin's only fully accredited Waldorf school. Registration required; childcare available. For more info and to register, visit their website
  • Creative Family Fun: Picturing the Presidio
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! There are over 200 species of birds within the Presidio! Come celebrate our winter birds by joining us in the Officers Club as we make yarn birds. You can also join a bird walk on the morning of November 5th to learn about birding and conservation in the Presidio! Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Discovery Day at the Academy
    The Academy School, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    This free, fun, interactive community event will feature games, exhibits, and learning activities with hands-on science projects for children aged 4–13. Featuring community booths from UC Berkeley’s Society of Women Engineers, Cal’s Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and more. RSVP required on Eventbrite here. All children required to attend with an adult. Location: 2722 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday
    Environmental Discovery Center, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Bring the family for fun, hands-on activities at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park. This month we will explore petrology, the branch of geology that studies the origin, composition, distribution and structure of rocks. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. This is a free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more info, visit their website.
  • Día de los Muertos Community Concert
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 8 pm

    Join us as at Davies Symphony Hall for the 10th anniversary of our Day of the Dead celebration, featuring two vibrant, fun-filled events. Mexican cultural icon Eugenia León lends her exquisite vocals to the San Francisco Symphony for a family-friendly afternoon concert, conducted by Alondra de la Parra. At the evening performance, León performs an intimate set backed by her own band. Arrive early for refreshments, live music, dancing, colorful altars, and folk art! Half price for ages 17 and under. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day of the Dead
    Albert J. Boro Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4–9 pm

    San Rafael's 29th annual Day of the Dead Celebration features music, craft projects, face painting, authentic food for sale, altar viewing, a procession down Canal Street, and cultural performances. Free shuttle and free parking at Bahia Vista School and Health and Wellness Campus. Location: Pickleweed Park, 50 Canal Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday, 6–9 pm
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, November 5

  • 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.
  • Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm
    Muir Beach
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    Kids will hear a short talk and then participate in their own special programs including arts and crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden and yoga. This program is held on the first Sunday of the month. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Target First Free Sunday
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Target First Free Sundays offer free general admission and family programs on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. This Sunday features art making activities, exhibition tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents & Puppy Practice
    Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10:30–1130 am

    A session for children 11 & under and their parents/guardians. This session includes a beginner group lesson for the children as well as the adults. A limited number of chairs will be available for the beginners to use during this session. Cost: $9.00 adults, $7.00 (no skate rental charge). Location: 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Family Day at SFMOMA
    SFMOMA, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Head to SFMOMA for our fall Free Family Day! Explore the galleries, check out Louise Bourgeois Spiders on Floor 5, and continue the festivities with Performance All Ages. Performance All Ages invites you and your family to join us for a day of spooky and wildly fun performances. The artists of Whoop Dee Doo team up with local collaborators to present a ghoulish variety show for audiences of all ages. On Free Family Day, general admission is also free for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and under. Location: 151 Third Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.