Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 8–10

September 8, 2017

Pick your own organic apples at Chileno Valley Ranch. RSVP to reserve your spot and read about our visit here.

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 8

  • 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: $7 per person 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.
  • 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. Ages: at least 2 but less than 11. Cost: $25 per child. Register here. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars Gala Celebration
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Don’t miss this fast-selling, end of season celebration packed full of powerhouse performances, community tributes, sentimental reflections and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Night Out: Night at the Museum
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them! At Rolling Hills, we know all our kids are great! Join us for a Dum Dum bubble gum blowing contest, Night Watchman Games, and “Night at the Museum Bingo”. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. A pizza dinner will be served. Ages 5 and up
    $24  Members and $34 Guests. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Dr, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Movies at Old Mill Park
    Mill Valley
    Friday, 8 pm (starts at dusk)

    Bring your family, blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics and enjoy this free movie in the park: Beauty and the Beast (live action). Location: 352 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Sing
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 8 pm
     
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 9

  • Presidio Bird Walk
    Presidio Visitors Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 8:30–10:30 am

    Enjoy this family walk in the Presidio led by young birder Jonah Benningfield. Enjoyable for birders of any level, from beginners to pros. Bring binoculars. Free. Register here for meeting location. For more info, 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 Family Fitness at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the entire family! Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class is filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. Not only is this a creative way to start an active lifestyle at a young age, you get to spend quality time with your family! Location: held on lawn, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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 Stephanie Mills, Tower of Power, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, and Beth Hart. 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.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature and Optics Festival
    The Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Live owls, bats and raptors, oh my! California State Parks is again hosting the annual Wine Country Nature and Optics Festival with Sonoma Birding. Explore over 55 exhibits in the Casa Grande and Barracks Courtyard, including live animals, optical equipment vendors, and local artisans. This year’s new activities include; face painting and an animal petting zoo. Meet local and national non-profit nature organizations and your local county agencies. All ages, free of charge. Location: 20 East Spain Street Sonoma. 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.
  • Learn to Skimboard
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Head out to beautiful Upton Beach for a morning of learning how to skimboard with ranger staff. We’ll learn the basics of skimboarding through demonstration and practice. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. A limited number of skimboards will be provided, but please bring your own if you already have a board. This event is ideal for ages 8 and up. Don’t forget to bring wet suit, sunscreen, and a towel. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Questions or to RSVP: Ranger Scott Moller at (415) 473.6387. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Traveling Spectacular at Cornerstone
    Cornerstone, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    The Traveling Spectacular is a surrealist vaudeville experience inspired by the dreams and dust of a bygone age. Allow your sense of wonder to ignite as we take you on a journey into the imagination: Grand illusions, a sword-swallowing prestidigitator extraordinaire, vaudevillian comedy, a bevy of dancing beauties and the fire-breathing Devil himself! All set to original music by our Gypsy-Klezmer orchestra, the Oddjob Ensemble. $20, children under 4 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival 2017
    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.
  • Family Maker Saturdays: Kinetic Sand!
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
    Kinetic sand is fun to play with but is also great for developing fine motor skills, creative thinking and pre-writing skills. It can also promote calm! Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2–5 pm
    Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hot Amphitheater Nights
    Hamilton Amphitheater Park, Novato
    Saturday, 5–7 pm

    The City of Novato presents two free concerts this Summer at the Hamilton Amphitheater! This Saturday: Cascada de Flores. Free. Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Mission Bay Movie Night: Zootopia
    Spark Social, San Francisco
    Saturday, 5 pm

    Come early to grab a blanket spot on the astroturf, toss a few bean bags at the community cornhole, and pick up your gourmet picnic from 10+ of SF's favorite food trucks! Films commence shortly after sundown. Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Moving Forward Musical Benefit
    San Rafael Elks Lodge Terrace
    Saturday, 6–10 pm

    The Moving Kids Forward benefit concert is a great evening of socializing, food, wine and music and a fundraiser in support of the community’s programs for underserved kids, ?through Trips for Kids Marin. Tickets: $45 online here. Location: 1312 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

Sunday, September 10

  • 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, 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.
  • Terwilliger Nature Trail Hike
    Stafford Lake Park
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Join a ranger for a hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. We’ll enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail and discuss the flora and fauna found in the various habitats along the way. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pancake Breakfast at West Point Inn
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family for a delicious Sunday morning breakfast and breathtaking mountaintop view of San Francisco and the bay area. Come enjoy flufffy pancakes, tasty sausage, and hot coffee for only $10 (kids are $5). Orange juice and cantaloupe are available for $1 extra. Scenic views and live music are included with your breakfast. For more info, visit their website.
  • The French Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
    Sunday 9 am–3 pm

    Come shop at this French-style street market for antiques, books, clothes, toys, and much more. Enjoy crepes, live music, and more! Free admission and parking. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sundays
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The size, strength and skills of the ocean's top predators are simply one of a kind. This month we celebrate National Wildlife Day with those animals that rule the ocean in Top Predators: Orcas and Sharks! Team the free classroom programs at noon and 2 pm with a Docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. For more info, visit their website.
  • Grandparents Free Day
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Grandparents receive free admission when visiting with a grandchild. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • 3rd Annual Summer Picnic
    Marin French Cheese
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Gather your family and grab a picnic blanket! Spend a lazy afternoon for end of the summer fun and tasty foods with us at “The Cheese Factory.” Come stroll around on our cool lawns enjoying live music while discovering favorite local food and drink from vendors and food trucks (3 Twins Ice Cream, Apple-a-Day Ratzlaff Ranch, Bonnie’s Bees Marin French Honey, Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Farm Chocolate and more). Tickets $20 per person; children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets here. Location: 7510 Pt. Reyes Petaluma Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: Rhythm-ALL-ogy with Aaron
    Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Sunday, 11 am

    Come and be a part of Rhythm-ALL-ogy, the interactive drumming and storytelling event led by head Rhythmallogist, Aaron Kierbel. Get ready to move and groove to an interactive story with instruments provided. All ages welcome-no sign up needed. Free. Location: Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Storytime: Lily Williams - If Sharks Disappeared
    Book Passage Sausalito
    Sunday, 11 am

    Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families. Free. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Picnic
    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.
  • Free Family Fun Fair
    South Novato Library
    Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a free fun fair. Actitivities include: arts & crafts, Makerspace, free children's books, live entertainment and storytime with award-winning author-Al Capone Does My Shirts. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, call (415) 506-3165.
  • Free Opera in the Park
    Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
    Sunday, 1:30 pm

    Share in San Francisco Opera’s gift to the City. Join us for arias al fresco from our 2017–18 Season and other operatic favorites. Featuring Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and stars from the fall season. Bring friends and family for a great afternoon of opera. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • JAMband Family Festival
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, 3–5 pm

    At each concert, Charity and the JAMband present a magical mix of music, dance, mindfulness and big family love. Come to connect with your kids, relax in the great outdoors, and sing, dance and breathe in community! For more info, visit their website.