Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 24, 25 & 26

January 23, 2014
Civil War Days Fort Point
Step back in time at Fort Point's Civil War Living History Day on Saturday from 10 am–5 pm

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, January 24

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • San Francisco Boat Show
    McCovey Cove & Pier 48 (Adjacent to AT&T Park)
    Friday, noon-7 pm, Saturday, 10 am-7 pm & Sunday 10 am-6 pm

    The Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show offers a festive seaside atmosphere and is the “go to” place to see and experience everything that boating has to offer in the Bay Area, with entertainment for all ages including on-water activities such as hands-on skill building workshops, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding test rides and demos. Gourmet food and berverages will also be available to purchase. Admission Adults: $12, Children age 15 & younger—Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
    Enjoy live music Fridays in the Marin Country Mart courtyard! This Friday, Installation, with Ben Goldberg. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 25

  • Muir Woods Earth Day Celebration
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 8:30 am–1 pm

    Enjoy the majestic redwoods while helping to restore and preserve this spectacular national park. Projects include deck flossing, weed removal, mulching, planting, tending the forest floor, and trail maintenance. All participants are invited to lunch at Muir Woods after the event. Advance registration is requested. For more info call (415) 561-3077 or visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $5 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays. For more info, visit their website.
  • Civil War Living History Day
    Fort Point, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join reenactors from the American Civil War Association as they bring this 150-year-old fort to life with period uniforms, military music, talks, and demonstrations. We attended this event last year—read our article here. Free admission. For information, call (415) 556-1693 or visit their website.
  • The Scoop on Poop! Opening Weekend
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come take this fun, scientific look at a fascinating topic we all have in common. The Scoop on Poop! is the zoo's latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop! leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. Location: 1 Zoo Road In the Pachyderm Building, San Francisco. General admission applies. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
  • Open House at Cascade Canyon School
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Cascade Canyon School (CCS) opens its doors to the whole family, with a K–8 open house event. The open house includes a student-led tour, demonstration lessons, a teacher-led question and answer session, and an opportunity to meet the Head of School. Location: 2626 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax. For more info, call (415) 459-3464 or visit their website.
  • Junior Rangers: The Uses of Native Plants
    Roy's Redwood Preserve, San Geronimo
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    The Junior Ranger program was created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. The program is intended for 7–12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Cover some basic outdoor safety then explore the preserve and talk about our native plants and their traditional uses. This is a great hike to learn the basics for surviving a night lost in the woods. For more info, call (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Great Sausalito Playdate
    Sausalito Library
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join us the first Great Sausalito Playdate. We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on "stations" of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Location: 420 Litho Street Edgewater Room, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.
  • Waterbird Festival!
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
    Saturday, 10:30 am–5 pm

    This fun community and familiy friendly event is free and will include naturalist led bird walks and beach explorations, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, and interactive educational activities. Pre-registration required here. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children’s Theatre Association of San Francisco: Cinderella
    Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am & 1 pm

    The Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco presents the musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Suitable for the entire family. Tickets: $12. For more info, call (415) 248-2677 or visit their website.
  • Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music, and fabulous costumes ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco. Tickets: members $7; general $18 (includes museum admission). Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Playhouse Kidstage Presents Disney's Tarzan
    Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley
    Saturday, 1 & 6 pm, Sunday and Monday, noon & 5 pm

    Join Tarzan, Turk, Jane and their friends in this high-flying, musical adventure! Featuring songs by award-winning pop icon Phil Collins such as “Two Worlds, ” and “Son of Man,” including the Grammy and Oscar-winning ballad, “You’ll Be In My Heart.” Adults $20, youth $15. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Year of the Horse: Celebrating Chinese New Year
    Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
    Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm

    Performances celebrating the Lunar New Year include lion dance, martial arts, folk dance, ballet, Beijing opera, singing, instruments, and crosstalk. Location: Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco. For more info call (415) 557-4277 or visit their website
  • 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, 2–4 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of storytelling! We are pleased to announce that Muriel Johnson will introduce the program as well as share interactive stories from Africa. We are seeking community members of all ages to listen to and share stories together. Beginner tellers welcome. Our focus this year is on folktales. All ages are welcome and no registration is required to attend the event. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Music is everywhere in our everyday lives. You hear music at the movies, on the radio, in cartoons, in television commercials, and on the Internet. You can hear live music at parades, parks, sporting events, weddings, birthday parties, and, of course, at San Francisco Symphony concerts. Don’t miss this wonderful concert which explores Music Here, There, Everywhere! Recommended for ages 7 and older. Tickets: $13 to $62; half price for ages 17 and under. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, January 26

  • 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.
  • Sundays at the J!
    Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the family for a day of fun. Playtime in the gym, bounce house, and tumbling for families with children 6 and under, art time, library time in the Lefferts Jewish Community Library, and sports and recreation for families with children 7+. Family-friendly fare is available at the café. Adult supervision is required for kids 9 and under. Drop-in charge per person. Location: 200 N San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Join the Marine Mammal Center's monthly free educational series, Marine Science Sundays, on the second Sunday of each month. This month we talk about the amazing animals of the cold, like walruses, narwhals, seals, and whales! Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, call (650) 255-4985 or visit their website.
  • Hop, Wiggle, and Read: A Family Jamboree
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, noon–3 pm

    This special Family Jamboree celebrates the world of Arnold Lobel and all of Lobel’s animal friends including Frog, Toad, Owl, and more. For this third annual celebration of children’s stories at the CJM, hop into hands-on art-making, wiggle to the music of the Bug Family Band, visit the Green Bookmobile outside the CJM, and enjoy animal stories with librarians and local authors Bob Barner and Angela Dominguez. Free Museum admission with SFPL library card (and one guest);
    or free with museum admission; youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wizard of Oz Sing-along at the Lark
    Lark Theater, Larkspur
    Sunday, 3 pm

    The Lark looks out for young patrons too, with kid friendly events like G and PG movies, sing-along movie events, live music for children and marionette shows, all scheduled at times that work around school schedules, naps, and playdates. Concessions are kid friendly (organic and less sugar) and priced family-friendly too. This event is fun for all ages. Tickets: adults: $10, children 2–12 $7. Advance tickets recommended. Tickets: adults: $10; children 2–12 $7. Advance tickets recommended. Purchase your tickets online here.. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jay Alexander Magic
    Showcase Theater, San Rafafel
    Sunday, 2 pm & 5 pm

    Step right up and see world-renown master illusionist Jay Alexander in an amazing, funny, and unique magic show that will entertain children and adults alike. This is a hilarious comedy magic show that is regularly requested across the nation by celebrities from Robin Williams to the Rolling Stones. Tickets: $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: Mercy Watson to the Rescue
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    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.
  • "Your Mommy Body" Lecture by Alicia Willoughby
    San Rafael Recreation Center
    Sunday, 2–3:30 pm

    This even is hosted by the Marin Alternative Mothers Group. Having a baby effects a woman’s body in many ways. In this workshop you will learn some practical and essential information that all moms should know, which you can utilize immediately to help relieve and/or prevent many of the aches and pains that moms experience. This workshop is appropriate for any mom, with kids of any age, and also pregnant women. Cost: general admission $10, MAMG members $5. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.