Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 4–6
This Saturday, May 5, 2018, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fifth annual Touch a Truck event!
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, May 4
- Mom & Baby Yoga
Pomegranate, San Anselmo
Friday, 11 am
Enjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama & baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Register here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Ave., San Anselmo. Event details.
- Friday Fun Day!
South Novato Library, Hamilton
Friday, 3–4 pm
Start the weekend off right with a laid-back afternoon at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s games, crafts or more, this drop-in program is a good way to relax at the end of the week! Location: 931 C Street, Hamilton, Novato. Event details.
- Family Film Night: Despicable Me 3 Presidio Community YMCA, San Francisco
Friday, 5:30–9 pm
The Presidio YMCA and The Presidio Trust will be hosting a fun, free movie night with free popcorn, face painting, bubbles, glow sticks and more! Location:1151 Gorgas Avenue, San Francisco. Event details.
- Friday Night Jazz Concerts
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
Meet us at the Mart this Friday night to enjoy some jazzy tunes! Grab a drink, grab a snack, and settle in for a musical adventure hosted by the Piro Patton Trio. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Kids' PJ Party with Michael Slack!
Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur
Friday, 6–6:30 pm
Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author/illustrator Michael Slack will be here to read you a bedtime story from his new picture book Bunny Built. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home to bed. Free. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Event details.
- Free Movie Night: Despicable Me 3
Mathnasium of Mill Valley
Friday, 6–7 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. Event details.
PAAM Annual Showcase
Showcase Theater, San Rafael
Friday, 6 pm, Saturday, 3 & 7 pm and Sunday, 10 am & 1 pm
Featuring PAAM’s Conservatory students performing dance routines in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Acro, Theater Styles, and Ballet, as well as favorite pieces from Musical Theater. The Conservatory program begins at age 3 with continued training through high school. Tickets: $20, Children under 2 not recommended. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
- Space Exploration and May the Fourth Be With You
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
Friday. 6–10 pm
It's $5 first Friday at the Chabot Space & Science Center. In Celebration of National Space Day join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future of space exploration. Family fun hands-on activities will guide you through the evolution of space research and showcase what the future of space travel might become. May the Fourth be with you at Chabot with a special Star Wars themed Sky Tonight Planetarium show and a Star Wars costume contest and dance party! There will be live music, beverages and a costume dance party at our Star Wars Cantina! There will even be a live appearance from the SF Cantina Band! Get your $5 tickets online here. Location: 1000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Event details.
- Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
BACT Berkeley Center, Berkeley
Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Ahoy! Join the race as Judy and Stink follow clues in their quest for doubloons and a trip on a pirate ship. Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt brings Megan McDonald’s delightful story to the stage for the first time. Great for all ages, 5 and up. Come hone your treasure hunting skills before the big egg hunt! Free pizza every Friday night before the performance. Tickets: adults $26 and $20 children. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event details.
- James and the Giant Peach
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, this all-new musical adventure is sure to be this season’s biggest hit! Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his cruel and devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized GIANT—and a doorway into a land where anything is possible. Befriending talking grasshoppers and singing ladybugs, James and friends plan an escape—only to discover that leaving one foe behind can bring about new challenges. Tickets: $20–$45. Event details
- San Marin Music presents Legally Blonde, the Musical
San Marin High School, Novato
Friday & Saturday 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
OMIGOD you guys! You totally don’t want to miss San Marin Music’s Spring Musical Legally Blonde! Join Elle Woods as she leaves her beloved sorority sisters for law school to pursue her man, and find something better. High energy and hilarious! Tickets: $15 adults, $5 for children and students. VIP experience at all shows with cabaret seating, table service at intermission, and other surprises. Event details
- Stapleton Theatre Co. presents Annie
The Playhouse, San Anselmo
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
The musical based on the popular comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, has become a worldwide phenomenon. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts after she escapes from the orphanage run by the evil Miss Hannigan, and finds a home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. This musical favorite is filled with memorable scenes and songs and fun for the whole family. Tickets: adults $22 and student/seniors $16. Purchase tickets here. Location: 27 Kensignton Road, San Anselmo. Event details.
Saturday, May 5
- 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. Event details.
- Museums on Us Free Day
Saturday & Sunday
Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. Event details.
- Super Bicycle Festival
The New Wheel, Larkspur
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–4 pm
Kick off May as Bike-To-Work month and celebrate all things e-bike at the first-ever Super Bicycle Festival, the San Francisco Bay Area's first electric bicycle festival! Enjoy two days of food, craft beer, family cycling, workshops, speakers, and test drives of the latest e-bike models and categories. Free, but advance registration suggested. Location: 14 East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Event details.
- Broom Buster Work DayOld St. Hilary’s Preserve, Tiburon
Saturday, 9 am–noon
Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve has a friend in the Broom Buster team, a loyal group of volunteers who have worked together to remove French broom on the preserve for the past 20 years. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please bring gloves if you have them. Snacks will be provided. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. RSVP: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778. Event details.
- Mom Spring Craft & Gift Market
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9 am–4 pm
The Market features more than 40 artists selling their fine handmade arts and crafts. There is a wide variety of items to choose from including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, fiber arts, food, baked goodies and much more. Admission is free. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Celebrate Cinco de May at the 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! For Cinco de Mayo, there will be tortilla making, a taco bar from El Huarache Loco, a Mexican flower making craft, a piñata, and screenings of the movie Coco. Event details.
- Free Yoga Class
Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
Saturday, 9–10 am
Alignment-based Hatha yoga practice in the company of majestic redwoods, community, and lots of fresh air! Enjoy a fun and unique environment of mindfulness, stretching and strengthening. Wear layers, and bring a mat and water bottle. Free. No pre-registration required. Location: meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheatre 10 minutes before class, Mill Valley. Event details.
Angel Island Adventure Race - Junior & Family Team Race
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
If adventure and surprises get your adrenaline pumping, then it is time to test your skills and see if you can complete our 8K Junior Team Race or 15K Adult Team Race on Angel Island. Featuring 5 – 10 fun and challenging obstacles throughout the course, teams of two will bike and run on trails, fire roads, and Angel Island’s Perimeter Rd. Circumnavigating these roads and trails will test your mind, body, and spirit. Get ready to sweat on this hilly course and experience the island's breathtaking scenery and panoramic vistas! Event details.
Touch A Truck
Oakview Nursery School, San Rafael
Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember. Admission is $5 per person (cash only, please), and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale, too. All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace in San Rafael. Event details.
STEAM & Science Fair and Open House
Cascade Canyon School, Fairfax
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Bring the kiddos to the Steam & Science Fair. This is an event for the whole family. Current Students will share their projects. Prospective families are welcome to tour the classes. Location: 102 Marinda Drive, Fairfax. Event details.
- Tour of Novato Community Fair
Novato City Hall
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
This Saturday, bike riders from the Novato community ride to support local schools. Community Fair and Student Showcase begins at 10 am and runs through 2 pm, with face painting, crafts, bicycle safety rodeo, carnival games and prizes, free books for kids of all ages, and more. Admission to the Community Fair is free. Location, Novato City Hall, Sherman Avenue (at Grant). Event details.
- The Mystery of White Hill
White Hill Grade, Fairfax
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Come on a hike with Ranger Mike Warner to find the crash site of the B-17 Flying Fortress, a bomber aircraft from World War II. We’ll discuss the history, context, and mystery surrounding the site. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and lunch. Rain will cancel. Event details.
- Ocean Exploration Family Campout
Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
Saturday, 10–Sunday, 1 pm
On Saturday, join Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration. At night, gather for a family potluck dinner, a cozy campfire and camping under the stars. Sunday morning, enjoy a continental breakfast in our yurt, then everyone has a chance to help with farm chores before preparing homemade treats harvested from our organic garden. Campout begins at 10:00am on Saturday and ends by 1:00pm on Sunday. Cost: $90 per person; children 35 months and under are free. Please select the quantity of tickets you'd like to purchase before adding to cart. Register here. Event details.
- May Faire
Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael
Saturday, 10:30 am–2:30 pm
A joyful celebration of spring. Music, dancing, flower crowns and food. All are welcome. Location: 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- Marin Headlands Animal Adventure
Point Bonita YMCA, Marin Headlands
Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
The Marin Headlands is home to numerous animal species! We will be on the lookout for evidence of animals, from tracks and skat to fawns and whales. Come enjoy a beautiful spring day in the Marin Headlands. Free. RSVP for more info. Location: 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito. Event details.
Storytime: Llama Llama Loves to Read StorytimeBarnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11:00 am
Bring the little ones for storytime. Llama Llama is becoming a reader and can't wait to show his mother everything he's learned. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring this beloved character. Free. Location: The Town Center Corte Madera. Event details.
- Castles and Kites
Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Bring the whole family to Doran Beach and celebrate the joys of sandcastle building and kite flying. Amateurs and experts are welcome. Bring your own kite or purchase one from local vendors. Long-time sand sculptors will be on hand to work on elaborate creations to build the sandcastle you have always imagined. Meet at the boardwalk. Bring your own kites and sandcastle building tools or use our sand toys, and dress for a day at the beach. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. Event details.
- Local Spirit: Community Heritage & History Day
Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
The day showcases more than 30 service organizations, strolling mariachi and live jazz, hands-on children’s activities, balloons, small bites and beverages, food trucks, Woodland’s Pet’s & Treats pet adoptions and more, along the promenade at Bon Air. Location: 50 Bon Air, Greenbrae. Event details.
- Creative Family Fun: Cinco de Mayo Magnificent Metal Art
Presidio Officer's 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! Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused Mexican Independence Day, is the celebration of Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of La Puebla at Fort Loreto, México. We will be celebrating the holiday with a craft honoring the tradition of Mexican metal tooling by making our own repujado metal art pieces. Repujado is a traditional Mexican art form where metal is raised and decorated to create beautiful designs. Registration not required, but preferred. Event details
- Children's Day Festival in Japantown
Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
There will be entertainment, food and hands-on craft activities for children in recognition of Japan's national holiday to celebrate children. Free. Food available for purchase. Location: 1610 Geary Boulevard, Japan Center, Nihonmachi Mall, San Francisco. Event details.
Make Your Own Mother's Day Card
Marin City Library, Marin City
Saturday, 12–1 pm
Make your own Mother's Day cards! We'll have blank cards, envelopes, rubber stamps, stickers, ribbon, and more! Just bring your creativity! Free. Location: 164 Donahue Street; Marin City (We're at the corner of Donahue and Drake in the Gateway Shopping Center--right behind Target.) Event details.
- Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–3:30 pm
Make a Mother’s Day masterpiece during our marbled paper workshop. Paper marbling is a technique that was invented almost 1,000 years ago! Each participant will get to try out this fun paper dying technique and take home a beautiful handmade card. Sessions begin on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 pm. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Merry May Faire: An afternoon with Shakespeare and Friends
San Anselmo Library
Saturday, 1 pm
Time travel to Elizabethan England for an afternoon with William Shakespeare and friends! Join San Anselmo Public Library as we host the Guild of St. George for our Merrie May Faire. Your time traveling activities will include: Interactive Shakespeare, music, crafts and more. Free. For all ages. Location: 110 Tunstead, Town Hall Lawn and Council Chambers, San Anselmo. Event details.
- Kids Event: Geronimo Stilton
Saturday, 2 pm
We'll be celebrating the end of Children's Book Week with a special visit from everyone's favorite mouse journalist, Geronimo Stilton! Join us at your Copperfield's in Novato for a photo opp and activity session. Enter our raffle for a chance to win a Geronimo Stilton prize bag! Event details.
- Children's Author: Jennifer Chambliss Berman
Book Passage, Sausalito
Saturday, 4–5:30 pm
Meet Jennifer Chambliss Bertman -- author of The Book Scavenger series -- when she talks about her new book Book Scavenger: The Alcatraz Escape. Bring your completed Scavenger Hunt (or fill one out at the event) and you'll receive a special Book Scavenger prize that you can't buy in stores. Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Book Scavenger mysteries. For ages 8–12. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. Event details.
- 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: $30 per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.
Sunday, May 6
- 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. Event details.
- Sundays at the J
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Activities include a bounce house, tumbling mats and fun for the entire family. Adult supervision required for children ages 0-9. Guests of the Osher Marin JCC may purchase day passes for the following prices: $25 adults; $10 children, ages 10-12; $5 children under 9 years old. Location: 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- Children's Program at Green Gulch
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach
Sunday, 9:45–11:45 am
This Sunday's theme is Garden Day! Planting the Three Sisters. After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. Suggested donation: $20 per family. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. Event details.
- Free Day at the Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10:30 am–2 pm
Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. Street parking is free on Sundays. Location: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Free Kindermusik in the Park
Miwok Park, Novato
Sunday, 10:30–11 am
Come strum and drum under the redwoods at Miwok Park in Novato this Sunday for a "musical meetup". 20–30 minutes of songs and movement followed by picnicking, park play, and creek stomping. Bring your family, your friends, your instruments, and your blanket. Free. Location: 2200 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
- Presidio Picnic
San Francisco Presidio
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Presidio Picnic is a great family event that takes place Sundays on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay. Presidio Picnic features a rotating lineup of 25 international mobile food creators, free yoga class, free Presidio Y Bike learn to ride lessons for kids on the first Sunday of the month, a cultural dance program every 4th Sunday, and more. Event details
- Folkish Festival with Brandeis Marin School
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm
Meet us at the Mart for some folkish tunes - and don't forget your dancing shoes! The Brandeis Marin School 30 piece band will be breaking it down for us, rain or shine, so join us for a day of delights and down home music - you don't want to miss this one!! Event details
- Card Making for Mothers and Others
San Rafael Public Library
Sunday, 1–4 pm
Make a card for your Mom or Dad to thank them and to show how much you care. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own to personalize and share. Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. Event details
- Marin Music Chest 2018 Winners Concert
San Domenico School
Sunday, 2:30 pm
Free and open to the public, the annual Marin Music Chest Scholarship Winners Concert features solo musical performances by young Marin County classical musicians honored with 2018 Marin Music Chest Scholarship awards. Location: San Domenico School, Hall of the Arts, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. Event details.
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