Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 20, 21 & 22

January 20, 2017

Put on your rainboots and take avantage of one of the many family waterfall hikes this weekend.

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 20

  • 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. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $7 per person; siblings under 7 months free. 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.
  • Friday Fun Days
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! Location: 931 C St., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents' Night Out: Angry Birds
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Join us for a viewing of Angry Birds, create a catapult to launch your own Angry Birds, and play some games inspired by the movie. Pizza will be provided. For ages 2.5–12 years. Cost: $22 members and $32 guests. Register online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Crab Feed
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Friday, 6:30–9

    Enjoy all you can eat crab, macaroni and green salads, bread, beer, coffee and dessert. $55 per person; $500 for a table of 10.
    Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Katia & Company presents: Willy Wonka
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 6:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    General Admission: $15 at the door. Show runs approx. 1.5 hrs with a 15-minute intermission. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, January 21

  • Waterbird Festival
    Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
    Saturday, 8 am–4 pm

    This fun community and family-friendly event is free and will include naturalist led bird walks, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, interactive educational activities, and expert speaker sessions. There will also be exclusive fee-based field trips available. Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit Opening: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 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. Cost: $7 per person; children under 16 free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays through late March. For more info, visit their website.
  • American Girl Breakfast Party
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am
    Hey, kids—let’s cook breakfast! In this fun American Girl class, we’ll prepare some yummy waffles that are perfect for cooking with your friends the morning after a sleepover. $30 includes a copy of American Girl Parties. Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Montessori de Terra Linda
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Tour the campus, get an overview of our program, and hear passionate presentations from faculty about the Montessori curriculum. Please call to RSVP at (415) 479-7373 or fill out the form here.  Adults only, please. More information
  • Open House: The Mountain School
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Bring the whole family to visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and chat with Mountain School parents. Refreshments will be served! RSVP here.
  • Open House: Cascade Canyon School
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    Meet the teachers and learn more about Cascade Canyon School this January. RSVP to More information
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pippi Longstocking
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Annika and Tommy's new neighbor Pippi Longstocking has crazy red pigtails, a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson, and a tendency to get caught up in one outrageous adventure after another! Whether she's fending off burglars, wrestling a circus strongman, or sailing away on a pirate ship, Pippi wins over even the sternest of hearts in this rollicking musical adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved book. Location: 2020 Addison Street Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 524-2941 or visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Sand Dune Designs
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    Much of San Francisco used to be covered in sand dunes and dune plants. Come create your own dunescape inspired by the beautiful dune habitats that have been restored at the Presidio. Drop in anytime between 11 am–4 pm. Free. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Storytime:Nanette's Baguette Storytime
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book Nanette's Baguette follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But... will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Find out at Storytime. Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sea Lions Anniversary
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the 27th anniversary of the sea lions’ arrival to PIER 39! Celebrate with free Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours, departing daily at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm from the Sea Lion Statue west of the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kid Science with Dr. Bonyfide and the Know Yourself Books
    DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    Dr. Bonyfide the skeleton will be at the store with "bones" of fun and hands-on activities for kids and parents too! Come down and discover what's possible with the award-winning Know Yourself workbook series. Explore the 5 senses through coloring and science experiments. One lucky family will win a 3 month subscription to Know Yourself Adventure Series, and we will also be giving away other prizes and swag! For ages 4–8. Location: Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creek Walk to See Spawning Coho Salmon
    Samuel P Taylor Park, San Geronimo
    Saturday, 12:30 am–2:30 pm
    With the first hard rains in the watershed comes the beginning of spawning season for Coho salmon. SPAWN-trained naturalists lead creek walks to explore the majesty of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Tour will meet at the front Kiosk of Camp Taylor and embark on a journey to multiple creek sites in search of some of these critically endangered salmon. Tours are open to all ages and abilities. Cost: $10 per person donation requested. Register here.
  • Family Nature Walks
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. For more info, visit their website.
  • Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour
    Oracle Arena, Oakland
    Saturday, 2 & 7 pm

    The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2016–2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). Tickets: $21.25–$213.50. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Meet the Composers
    Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Travel back in time with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra to say hello to Mr. Bach and Mr. Mozart, two famous composers from our music history books. Then, head back to 2017 and meet a soon-to-be-famous composer of today—UC Davis professor of composition Laurie San Martin! Actor/clown Slater Penney brings Bach and Mozart to life in this Family Concert, which also features our three young Debut Artists. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays! Gak Factory
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Saturday, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
    Encourage the do-it-yourself mindset and come build, invent, design and create something! Projects are designed for 4-7 year olds, younger children with adult assistance. Supports STEM learning. For more info, visit their website.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register at
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Saturday, 5–6 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 Historic Park. 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.
  • 3rd Annual Animal Film Festival
    Marin Humane Society, Novato
    Saturday, 7–8:30 pm

    Continuing its commitment to support projects and programs that promote animal welfare, reduce suffering, and save lives, the Marin Humane Society is bringing The Animal Film Festival on Tour to Novato
    Taking place at the Marin Humane Society auditorium, the event features award-winning films from the 2016 Animal Film Festival. Cost: $10–$15. Purchase tickets here. Location: 171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • RoCo Dance On Stage
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday 5:30 pm

    RoCo Dance, Marin is celebrating 23 years of training pre-professional dancers and performances. “Decades” is RoCo’s original production themed by the most influential music, art and pop culture over the last 100 years. Contemporary, ballet, hip hop, jazz and breakdancing choreography by Bay Area award winning artists is created for 600 plus youth and teen RoCo students. Tickets: $22. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, January 22

  • 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.
  • Exploratorium Free Community Day
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come visit the Exploratorium on January 22 when they open their doors to the public for free. Entry subject to capacity; admission not guaranteed. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Saint Hilary School
    Sunday, 10 am–noon

    Come experience the innovative and joyful community at Saint Hilary School in Tiburon. More Information
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic
    Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Join us for Marine Science Sunday, which takes place each month on the second and fourth Sunday. This month's program focuses on the amazing animals that live in the Arctic, including walruses, narwhals, hooded seals, bowhead whales, and polar bears.  Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kanbar Kids: Abadá Capoeira Marin
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    Sunday, 11 am

    Experience Capoeira, an energetic Brazilian martial arts form combining dance, acrobatics and music. Show includes a performance, audience participation, Q&A, and more! Enjoy complimentary Peet's coffee and hot chocolate. Tickets: $12 members, $15 general advance; $18 day of. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Live: The Bubble Lady
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm

    The Bubble Lady delights her audiences with bubble space ships, bubble trumpets,baby bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles, volunteers inside of really BIG bubbles…you get the idea. It’s fun, amazing and captivating entertainment—and yes, the volunteer does get clean at the same time! Tickets are $8 general admission, children 3 years or younger are free. You can purchase tickets now at the Mill Valley Community Center.Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Concert Series: The Listener
    Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
    Sunday, 3 pm

    In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra. Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages. Location: 1801 East Cotati Avenue, corner of Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway. Purchase tickets on their website here.