Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 7, 8 & 9

February 7, 2014

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 Event Calendar.

Friday, February 7

  • Kids' Pajama Party
    Diesel, a bookstore Larkspur
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Authors (and sisters) Shirin Bridges and Natasha Yim will be here to read you some bedtime stories. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to the stories and have some milk and cookies. Then get your books signed and head home for bed. For more infor, call (415) 785-8177 or visit their visit their website.
  • Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance
    Belvedere Community Center
    Friday, 7–8:30 pm
    This evening begins with a flower being presented to each young lady and picture taken of the father and daughter(s) as a memento of the occasion. A dessert buffet will be served and daughters can enjoy creating a special valentine craft. Guests will enjoy dancing to the music provided by a DJ. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Cost: $50 per couple, $15 per additional daughter. Location: 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere. For more info call (415) 435-4355 or visit their website.

Saturday, February 8

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Event: Toy Crazy (in Larkspur Landing) welcomes kids ages 2-8 to enjoy a "Do-A-Dot" Valentine Art Project during the farmer's market from 11 am-noon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring the kids for some outdoor fun and exploration. We’ll look for early blooming flowers and see what kinds of insects are visiting them in search of nectar or pollen. WE'll take a break for lunch. David Herlocker will lead. If it's raining, please call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk for a recorded message to see if the walk is cancelled. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd). For more info, visit their website.
  • Babysitter Meet & Greet with UrbanSitter
    Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Join UrbanSitter at Belvedere Community Park for crafts and playtime. You'll have the opportunity to interview a few local babysitters, build your network of go-to sitters and learn more about UrbanSitter! This group of sitters will have availability over Valentine's Day and weekend. Location: 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • World on Stage: Murphy Irish Dancers
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 11 am

    Performing a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, combined with impressive leaps, this amazing group of young dancers will connect you with age-old Irish traditions and joyous celebrations that are very much alive today. Cost: Members $7; General $18 (includes Museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Valentine's Day Storytime: Love Monster
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Join us Saturday, February 8 at 11 am for Valentine's Day Storytime featuring Love Monster. Stories, activities and Valentine's Day treats. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. For more info, call (415) 927-9016 or visit their website.
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day: Cookie Decorating
    Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am
    Bring the little ones in to celebrate the season of love by decorating some cookies. RSVP required by calling (415) 927-1636. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whiskers!, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am
    & 2 pm and Sunday, 1 & 3 pm
    Whiskers!, a musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “real” through humor, song, and this classic story adapted by composer/lyricist, Caroline Altman, as told from the toys’ perspective. For grades K–6. Tickets: General $15, children under 14 $10. Purchase tickets here. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 820-3320 or visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: Mercy Watson to the Rescue
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor Eugenia is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG. Her solution? A call to animal control. This wild, comic adventure is adapted from the hilarious series by Kate DiCamillo. Recommended for age 4 and up. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children, $13 groups (10 or more). Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Family Day: Matisse and the Artist Book
    Legion of Honor, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4:45 pm

    This Matisse Family Day celebration in conjunction with the exhibitions Matisse from SFMOMA and Matisse and the Artist Book features art making activities for all—make your own artist book, an artist demonstration with paper artist Sara Burgess, live chamber music with Friction Quartet, an organ concert, and more. Free after museum admission. Location: 100 34th Avenue at Clement Street, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
  • Tour to the Center of the Earth with the Brian Waite Band
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 1 pm

    Come sing, dance and laugh with the Brian Waite Band and their zany puppets and props. Our heroes have dug into a quest to find the center of the earth where they have a gig (or so they think!) Members $5; general $16 (includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit their website.
  • Raise a Glass Winter Wine Tasting
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2–5 pm
    Featuring gypsy jazz by Eclair de Lune. Don't miss out on this fun-filled event which will feature wines from local wineries. Includes tastings, a commemorative wine glass, and delectable hor d'oeuvres by Marinwood Market. Tickets: $15 per person advance purchase online by February 7, 5 pm or $20 at the door. Free childcare (ages 2–8).Purchase tickets and get more information on their website.
  • Valentine Origami
    Corte Madera Library
    Saturday, 2–3 pm
    Led by amazing student origami artist Grace Lightner from Tamalpais High School. For ages 8 and up. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Call (415) 924-6382 to sign up. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Chamber Orchestra Family Concerts
    Randall Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm
    The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's innovative, admission-free Family Concert series presents its second program of the 2013–2014 season. These 45-minute programs are designed for young listeners as well as adults learning about classical music. There will also be a sing-along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Free admission; seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open to everyone 30 minutes before concert time. Location: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 692-3367 or visit their website.
  • Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser
    Corte Madera Recreation Center
    Saturday, 4–7 pm

    Bring the family for some fun and help raise money for Kids on the Hill Preschool. Carnival-style games, face painting, cupcake walk, live DJ, and dancing. Raffle for a family getaway to Disneyland. There will be a silent auction for Giants tickets, one-night getaways, golf outings, kid's birthday parties and more! Bring the whole family! Food and drinks to purchase. Admission $5; children 2 and under are free. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 924-3033 or visit their website.
  • 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
    San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium
    Saturday, 4–5:30 pm

    Join the San Francisco Public Library for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival with author-host James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan). Free admission; reserve your space here. Location: Main Library, 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 557-4554 or visit their website.
  • Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire
    1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you're going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. Cost: $12 per person. Register here. For more info, call 415-992-4700 or visit their website.

Sunday, February 9

  • Valentine's Day Dash 5k
    Golden Gate Park, Music Concourse Bandshell
    Sunday, 7:30 am

    The third annual San Francisco Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day Dash will take place at the Music Concourse inside Golden Gate Park on Sunday, February 9th, 2014! Individuals and two-person teams alike can compete in this festive Valentine's themed 5K event while kids 10 & under can run in the free kid's dash. Plenty of food, fun and love will await at the finish line festival area.Free Kid's Dash starts at 8:40 am. Location: 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Beginning Birding
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am

    Winter birding in the Marin Headlands offers birds from near and far. Explore the trail around Rodeo Lagoon with docent Jane Haley to discover which birds spend the winter in our mild climate. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring binoculars, field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Limited to 15 people. Rain cancels. For reservations, please call (415) 331-1540. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    In preparation for Valentine's Day, the Marine Mammal Center celebrates love and Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for kids and adults. Tours at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm of the hospital showcase some of the patients in our care and how veterinarians are getting them better. Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 754-4020 or visit their website.
  • Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Animal Stories from Around the World
    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    On second Sundays, the CJM opens early just for preschoolers and their families. In February, family fun includes a visit from Frog and Toad, animal stories and activities in the gallery, creating animal adventure books, and Muriel Johnson’s journey around the world with animals, rhythm, movement, and lots of fun!
    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Valentines Day Tea for Kids
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    Our annual tradition returns again to bring you a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a special celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party. We’ll use our senses to explore these fragrant edibles, talk about their uses and benefits, and see how they grow. Make fresh teas and bite-size herb finger sandwiches. Also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Registration required online or by calling (510) 643-2755. Cost: $18, $15 members. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lunar New Year: The Year of the Horse
    San Francisco Zoo
    Sunday 11 am–3 pm

    To commemorate the Year of the Horse, the San Francisco Zoo presents Lunar New Year entertainment for children of all ages. Marvel at Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Chinese lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks, and more. Make a take-home horse craft near and go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt; complete the scavenger hunt and receive a lucky red envelope with a special surprise inside. Chinese New Year festivities will be held at the Event Tent near the entrance to the Children's Zoo. Free with zoo admission; guests born in the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014) receive free admission that day! For more information, visit their website.
  • Year of the Horse Celebration
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the Year of the Horse with students from the Chinese American International School presenting classical music and dance from China to kick off the Lunar New Year. The program ends, as tradition states, with a playful student-arranged version of the lion dance which is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright beginning to the year. Pre–K stories 11:00 am–11:30 am; Lion dance 12:00–12:45 pm; Lunar New Year stories 1:00–1:45 pm; hands-on activities 11:30 am–4:00 pm. Free with museum admission. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Buddy Club Children's Shows: Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

    Like "Whose Line is it Anyway" for the whole family! Hilarious and Spontaneous family Comedy Improv! You'll blast off into outer-space, do battle with a horrifying space-monster, escape the creatures of the haunted forest, match wits with the wicked three-headed space-wizard, defeat the villain, and save the world! So, gather your courage, grab a sidekick, and get ready to rush to the rescue! It's time for another action-packed episode of Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater! Tickets: $7 members / $8 general (under 2 years old free). For more info, visit their website.
  • Baby Loves Disco Annual Valentine's Day Ball
    Temple Nightclub, San Francisco
    Sunday, noon–2:30 pm

    Baby Loves Disco’s Annual Valentine’s Day Ball is back! The original family dance party is the best time you will have with your little ones. Get out those snazzy outfits, shake those booties, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo, and more. Real music for real parents, freeze dance, Simon says, and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! $15 per person; $55 for a four-pack of tickets. Location: 540 Howard Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.