Marin Family Weekend Fun for February 23–25
The annual Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade takes place in San Francisco on Saturday. Photo: Shutterstock
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, February 23
Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
Friday & Saturday, all day
Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. Event details.
- Special Exhibit: From Here to There
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
From Here To There, a new traveling exhibit that explores the science of how things move by land, sea, and air. The exhibit is comprised of 12 different hands-on activities that provide children an opportunity to engage with both familiar modes of transportation—such as trucks and airplanes—and with a new world of travel that includes magnetic levitation and hovercrafts as possibilities. Admission to the exhibit is included in general museum admission, and is free for all BADM members. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. Event details.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Old MacDonald Beyond the Farm
BACT Center, Berkeley
Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am
Old MacDonald lives happily on her farm with all her animals. But Duck is sad because his birthday is tomorrow and his pen-pals live far away. Then Old Macdonald has an idea to cheer up her web-footed friend. Join her as she journeys beyond the farm to meet Duck’s pen-pals in faraway places. We’ll visit breezy islands, bustling cities, and lush jungles to collect Duck’s birthday presents, then return to the farm and surprise Duck with a special birthday party. For 6 months to 3 years old. Tickets: $15. Event details.
- 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.
- Ski Week Movie Marathon: The BFG
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 1 pm
Enjoy a free movie on the big screen. Snacks will be provided. Please attend with grown-up. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. Event details
- Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 1 pm & Saturday, 4 pm
Walt Disney’s first animated masterpiece returns to the big screen! Snow White is a princess forced into servitude by her evil stepmother, who she narrowly escapes with the help of seven friendly dwarfs. Will Snow White evade the sinister plot of the jealous queen and find her true love at last? (Run time: 88 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
- LEGO Play Day!
Mill Valley Library, Creekside Room
Friday, 2:30–4:30 pm
Create a Lego World -- Get in touch with your inner engineer and build withcolorful Lego! We bring out our collection of over 10,000 bricks, and kids can build whatever they imagine. Free. Location: 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Friday Night Jazz Concerts
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
Come on down to hear Joshua Smith & Tailor Made Jazz. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Beautiful Oops!
BACT Berkeley Center
Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
“A torn piece of paper is just the beginning” in Beautiful Oops!, Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s original, immersive musical theatre experience in which audience members are invited to help the actors turn accidents into creative successes. Inspired by Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $20 children 2–14, $24 seniors 65+. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event website
- Sing Along: The Little Mermaid
Castro Theater, San Francisco
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2:30 & 7 pm, Sunday 1 pm
This interactive presentation of Disney’s classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! Admission: $16 general, $11 kids 12 and under and seniors 62+. Event website
Saturday, February 24
- 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). For more info, visit their website.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 & 11:15 am
Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bears as they choose what favorite foods to take and scamper off for a wonderful picnic. But where? In the mountains? In outer space? Maybe you can suggest a good spot where they can eat, learn about their surroundings, and play some wonderful games. Who knows what might happen? Maybe ants will go marching! Maybe the honey bees won't share their honey! Together, you and the bears will surmount these obstacles and have a lovely, lively time! For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Tickets $15, free for under 6 months. Event details.
- Spring Birds Family Farm Day
Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Learn about the many birds that live at Slide Ranch, from the majestic great horned owls and delicate hummingbirds to our free-range chickens and ducks. Through guided hikes and activities your family will enjoy this rich coastal ecosystem while learning about and interacting with our feathered friends. This program also includes milking the goats, meeting friendly farm animals, exploring our organic garden and more. Cost: $30; children 2 and under are free. Reservations required. Location: Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). Event details.
- Chinatown Community Street Fair
Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm, Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible "Block of Fortune." Event website
- San Francisco Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
To commemorate the Year of the Dog, the San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to host Lunar New Year celebrations! Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances at 11:00 and 1:30 daily. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Stop by Wolf Canyon to see our wolves to celebrate the Year of the Dog! Guests born in the Year of the Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) will receive free Zoo admission on that day. Event website
- Children's Theatre Association of SF: Alice in Wonderland
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason
Saturday, 10:30 am & 1pm
Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco is so pleased to present this seasons play for Bay Area families of Alice in Wonderland. This one-hour whimsical musical tells a modified version of Alice following a strange Rabbit down a hole and entering a world of amazing creatures and incredible adventures! Saturday shows 10:30 am and 1 pm, February 10 and 24 and March 3. Tickets $15 child, $18 adult. Tickets available on www.ctasf.org or www.facebook.com/ctasf.
- Family Matinee: Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
SF Jazz, Miner Auditorium
Saturday, 11 am
Bring the entire family to experience jazz with Marcus Shelby. With special guests from the Lyric Performing Arts Academy, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra celebrates the stunning musical stories of the Underground Railroad, and honors the memory of one of history’s most important champions of freedom: Harriet Tubman. Tickets: $5–$23. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Patchwork Series Children's Show: Gustafer Yellowgold
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
Since his creation by Morgan Taylor in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon, acclaimed by The New York Times, which described Gustafer as “A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praised “…The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain- both adult and kid…absurdly appealing.” Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
- Free Family Event: If I Were the President with Artist Anna Sergeeva
The Indie Alley, Fairfax
Saturday, 11 am–1:45 pm
We hear endless opinions about politics from adults, but the voices of our youth are often missing. Let’s change that. If you are under 18 and with a grown-up, you are welcome to drop by The Indie Alley (a new coworking and event space) anytime between 11 am and 1 pm to participate in Anna's year-long project 'If I Were the President'. You'll be invited to write or draw what you would change if you were the President of the United States. Location: 69 Bolinas Avenue, Fairfax. Event details.
- Creative Family Fun: Buffalo Soldier Insignia Patches
Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Learn about the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers! Draw inspiration from their insignia and design your own patch. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco. Event details.
- Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
Join us in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss's upcoming birthday (March 2). At this fun celebration you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own hat from Cat in the Hat and more. Featured titles include What Pet Should I Get? and The Cat in the Hat. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled storytime! Location: Corte Madera Town Center. Event details.
- Nike Missile Site Open House
Marin Headlands, Sausalito
Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm
Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. Event details.
- Raise a Glass Winter Wine Tasting
Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 2–5 pm
Come experience some local wines, live music and hors d'oeuveres at the Marinwood Community Center in San Rafael. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Childcare available for kiddos 2–8 years old for $10 per child. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Saturday, 3 pm
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. Arrive at 2 pm for the activity-filled Festival Reception with Chinese instruments, lion dancing, "lucky" red envelopes, entertainment, tea bars, sweet and savory bites, and more. Continue the festivities after the concert by purchasing a ticket to the dramatic and exciting Imperial Dinner. Call the San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council for details at (415) 503-5500. Concert tickets: $34–$79. Event website.
- Travis Nichols: Betty's Burgled Bakery
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Saturday, 4 pm
Join author Travis Nichols for a book talk and a drawing project for kids in attendance! Travis Nichols writes books, draws, paints, and makes comics. He is a local author of a number of award-winning books for young people, including the previous title featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, Fowl Play, a mystery told all in idioms. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Event details.
- Kids Night at the Musuem
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 5–9 pm
Drop your kids (grades 1–6) off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, crafts, and cartooning. Advance reservations required: register online here or call (707) 284-1272. Cost: $25 members, $32 non-members, $20 sibling member discount, $27 for sibling non-member discount. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Chinese New Year Celebration and Banquet
B Street Recreation Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 5 pm
Usher in the Year of the Dog with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association's massive banquet—featuring everything from jai and prawns to suckling pig and red bean soup. Great performances include the Chinese Dance School of San Francisco, a martial arts demonstration, traditional guzheng, and, of course, the association's own amazing Lion Dancers. Bring the whole family to share the excitement and tradition of the Lunar New Year. Tickets: $20 member adults, $40 non-members; $10 member children, $20 non-members; children 3 and under free. Event website
- Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
Downtown San Francisco
Saturday, 6–8 pm
Named one of the top ten Parades in the world, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country and one of the largest Asian cultural celebrations outside Asia. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26. Event website.
- Novato Live: Flamenco Night
City Hall, Novato
Saturday, 6–8 pm
Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, featuring the wonderful "Aguilar Flamenco!". Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. 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.
- Presidio Stargazing Party
Marin Parade Ground, San Francisco Presidio
Saturday, 7–10 pm
The SF Amateur Astronomers bring their giant telescopes and help guests see the night sky’s most interesting astronomical beauties. Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust. Visit www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/san-francisco to gauge the start time. Stargazing events are highly dependent on visibility; check www.sfaa-astronomy.org at 4 pm on the day of the event to confirm the event is occurring. Event details.
Sunday, February 25
- 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.
- Family Connections
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
Free for families with kids from birth to 3 years old. Purim costume party, music, art, cooking, and parent education. Event website.
- Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
In preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Event details.
- Mill Valley Live: Magician Timothy James
Mill Valley Community Center
Sunday, 11 am
This award-winning Illusionist and magician comes to the Mill Valley series of shows with his original comedy magic show! Tim travels the country showcasing his hilarious show and we are thrilled to have him on our Mill Valley stage. 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, call (415) 383-1370 or visit their website.
- Off the Grid Larkspur
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam. For more info, visit their website.
- Purim Palooza
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 11:30–2 pm
Join the Osher Marin JCC for a free family carnival. Enjoy live music, carnival games and prizes, balloon animals and face painting, bounce house and storytime, delicious good, Purim-themed crafts and activities, an aquatics and fitness open house, and more. Event website
- Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Dog
Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, noon–4:30 pm
Join OMCA for the 17th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, farm animals, adoptable dogs, and more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and other Asian cultures. Event website
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