Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 13–15
Fantastical Family Night comes to Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Historic Park on Friday and Saturday.
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, July 13
- Flower Piano
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm
This summer, Flower Piano returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park from July 5 to 16. Now in its fourth year, this music-filled event features a dozen pianos placed in dramatic locations throughout the 55-acre garden for anyone to play. Pianos are available to the public to play between 9 am and 6 pm every day, except during scheduled performances. Free after garden admission. Event details.
- Opening Weekend: California Trail
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Take a amazing gondola ride to long-awaited 56-acre California Trail Expansion at the Oakland Zoo. The expansion more than doubles the Zoo’s current size from 45 acres to 100 acres. Six new native California animal species, each selected for their historical significance to our state and status in the wild, have settled into their expansive new habitats – among the largest in the world. These species are American buffalo, Black bears, Grizzly Bears, Brown bears, Mountain lions, Jaguars, California condors, Gray wolves and Bald eagles. with the Most Recent Animal Arrivals: Rescued Grizzly / Brown Bear Cubs, California Condors, and Ten Buffalo calves. Zoo admission applies. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Event details.
- Free Children's Garden Series: Chelle! & Friends (Kids’ Show)
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, 11 am & 12:15 pm
Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean. Join the party, move your feet, sing along and join a Mardi Gras parade! Free. Event details.
- Film: The Jungle Book (1967)
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 1 pm & Saturday, 4 pm
After being raised by wolves, Mowgli’s fun-filled life in the jungle is about to change. Join Mowgli as he encounters a few new friends, including a carefree bear, a herd of regimented elephants, and a sly python, as he searches for a way to escape the claws of the nefarious tiger, Shere Khan. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
- Fantastical Family Night
Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 pm
Join us for everyone's favorite annual night of magic and fun. This inspirational evening of dream-living will be filled with Broadway, Disney and everything in between. Featuring special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp, pre-show adventures, and more. Bring a picnic before the performance. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Event details.
- Music in the Park
Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
Friday, 6–8 pm
Join us this summer for live music, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. This Friday, Kingsborough. Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for adults. Don't forget the picnic blanket! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Friday, 6:30–8 pm
Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: LaTiDo (latin jazz). Event details
- Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
Friday, 6:30–8 pm
Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: Key Lime Pie. Food available for purchase. Event details
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
With a thrilling score from one of pop-music’s greatest icons, Phil Collins, Tarzan is the ultimate story of a unique family drawn together by fate and bound by love. Audiences will journey to the African jungles in this vibrant production that features a live percussive environment, stunning acrobats, and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family. Tarzan is this summer’s most exciting musical event.Tickets: $20–$40. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Event details
- 23 Elephants Theatre Company presents: Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Redwood High Little Theater
Friday, 7:30 pm and Saturday, 1 pm and 7:30 pm
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, meets a wild cast of characters and confronts the Queen of Hearts! Disney's take on one of literature's most beloved heroines and her madcap adventures in thrilling, fast-paced, and fun! Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: Event details.
- Star Wars—A New Hope with the San Francisco Orchestra
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Friday, 7:30 pm
Experience the magic of Star Wars: A New Hope like never before! Watch these intergalactic epics come to life on the big screen with the San Francisco Symphony performing John Williams’ unforgettable score LIVE. Purchase tickets here. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 864-6000 or visit their website.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
Friday, 8 pm & Saturday, 2 & 8 pm
Bay Area Musicals will close its’ season with the luscious musical---brought you by the winning team behind Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast—The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Tickets: $20–$100. Location: 650 Geary Street, San Francisco. Event details.
Saturday, July 14
- Terwilliger Trail Hike
Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Saturday, 9–11 am
Join a ranger for a hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. We’ll enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail. Along the way we’ll discuss the rich natural and cultural history of the surrounding area. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Park entrance is waived for participants. Event details.
- Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and live music from 11 am–12:30 pm. Event details
- Civil War Days
Casini Ranch Family Campground, Duncans Mills
Satuday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Come and experience Civil War living history in the Sonoma County town of Duncans Mills. Interact with soldiers and civilans and see battles, period demonstrations, and even a speech by President Lincoln. Admission: $12 adults, $6 juniors 6–12, free kids 5 and under. Parking: $5 per car. Event details.
- Bastille Day
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Join us in celebrating the French National Day! We're celebrating the day as Bastille Day and kids will be able to break out of the Bastille "prison," order from the French cafe menu, make fancy chapeau in the Art Studio and join us for baguettes and Brie! Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
Park Ranger Storytime
South Novato Library
Saturday, 10–10:30 am
Join Park Ranger Rosanna for an adventurous Storytelling experience at the South Novato Library. Learn more about the plants and animals you'll discover at your local Mount Tam State Park! Location: 931 C St, Novato. Event details.
- Open for Exploration
Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring your family and friends! The Martin Griffin Preserve is open to the public. Learn about the wonders of nature and hike through redwoods, mixed evergreen forests, coastal scrub, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Coast. Hike 8+ miles of trails, learn from nature guides, view abundant plants and wildlife, visit newt ponds, discover natural wonders in the Curiosity Room, and more. Admission: Suggested donation of $20 per person. Event details
- Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8+. For more info, visit their website.
- Kule Loklo Open House & Workday
Point Reyes Visitors Center
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Visit a replica Coast Miwok village that offers a glimpse of life in pre-European California. Park staff or volunteers will be present from 10 am to about 11:30 am to talk about Coast Miwok history and culture, walk around the village with the public, and may be able to share or demonstrate activities representative of Coast Miwok life. Visitors to the open house are not required to participate in volunteer workday activities. All are welcome. Free. Location: Kule Loklo, Point Reyes Visitor Center. Event details.
- Concert for Kids & Tot Art in the Park
Robin Sweeny Park, Sausaltio
Saturday, 10:30 am
Sausalito Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring back Concert for Kids & Art in the Park. Sponsored by the Sausalito Lions Club, this annual children's entertainment series takes place on Saturday mornings once a month from July through October at Robin Sweeny Park. These summer and fall performances feature music, art, fun and laughs for children of all ages. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy these free concerts. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. Event details
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Pete the Cat
BACT Berkeley Center
Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4 pm, Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
When the cat-catcher finds Pete rockin' out on his guitar after bedtime, he sends Pete to the Biddles' to learn some manners. But Pete won't go silently into house cat arrest — not when he can jam with the family and help Jimmy Biddle paint the crucial picture he needs to pass second grade. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. Tickets: $28 adults, $24 children. Event details.
- SF Anime & Cosplay Festival
Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Get your wigs and costume on, find your Senpai and notice your Kohai while exploring great shops and restaurants in East and West Japantown Malls. Not sure what to do? Stop by Senpai booth to get Cosplay 101 from local cosplayers. Event details
- Family Art Making
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Family Art Making offers a free, drop-in art project led by professional teaching artists. Projects change every 3-4 weeks and connect to our permanent collections or highlight our special exhibiton. Make sure to pick up a Discovery Guide to explore the galleries. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free; museum admission required for gallery activities. Event details
- Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
Come out to the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture for their second Fair of the year with an incredible summer celebration of independent craft and design! Event details
- Creative Family Fun: Shark Shenanigans
Presidio Officers 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! July 14 is Shark Awareness Day! Come and celebrate by making your own shark costume! Make a splash when posing in front of our ocean backdrop. And remember-fish are friends, not food. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. Event details.
- Free Kindermusik for Wee Babies
Music with Melissa, Novato
Saturday, 11:30 am
Come connect with other families in the area who are looking for engaging experiences for their new baby! This is a FREE Kindermusik class for babies 6 months and younger. Please RSVP to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org as class space is limited. Location: 1530 Center Rd #12, Novato. Event details.
- Storybook Character Visit: The Berenstain Bears
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 am & 1 pm
This summer, your child’s favorite storybook characters are coming to the Bay Area Discovery Museum! On Saturdays and Sundays from June–August, costumed characters will be on-site for meet-and-greets, daily story times, photo opportunities and visits with children. Kids will have the chance to see their favorite imaginary characters brought to life, while enjoying an engaging literary experience! Saturday members-only time at 9:30 am. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. Event details.
- Family Fun Days at the Hamilton Pool
Saturday, 12–3 pm
Bring the entire family for family fun days at the Hamilton Pool in Novato. Join us for games, activities for the whole family. This weekend's theme is: Pirates & Princesses. Pool entrance fee applies. Location: 203 El Bonito Road, Novato. Event details.
- SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion!
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Saturday, 1–3 pm
Uke fans... enjoy an afternoon uke-apalooza in the summer sun with a program showcasing the region’s foremost ukulele talent, a community strum-and-sing-along (bring your uke!), and special hula performances. Location: Mission Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco. Event details.
- The Breastfest Beer Festival
Marin Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 1–4 pm
60 breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy. Attendees get endless eats, bottomless cups, and live music. Proceeds will benefit low-income women with breast cancer. Tickets: $50 advance, $65 at the door. Event details
- July Nerf Event
Josef Hoog Park, Novato
Saturday, 1–2:30 pm
Bring the kiddos to the 2nd Annual summer Nerf Event! Grab your blasters and your darts and join us for a fun Nerf Event! Location: 551 Marin Oaks Drive, Novato. Event details.
- Origami with Tas
Corte Madera Library
Saturday, 2–3 pm
Bring the kiddos to get creative. Make cute little origami foxes. Ages 8+. Free. Call 415-924-6382 to sign up. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Movies in Creek Park: Ratatouille
Creek Park, San Anselmo
Saturday, 7 pm
Enjoy free movies outdoors in San Anselmo's Creek Park. This Friday: Ratatouille. There will be a Bastille Day Celebration - Chef coats, stovepipe hats and rats welcome. Seating generally begins around 7 pm, with pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle. Movies begin when dark enough and generally run two hours. Event details
- Summer Nights: Hawaiian
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 7–10 pm
Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday features Henry Kapono and special guest Johnny Valentine. Cost: $22 members $25 general public advance, $32 day-of; kids 17 and under free. Event details
- San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Saturday, 8 pm & Sunday, 2 pm
Performances by 12 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world. Arrive early to see pre-show performances by Chinyakare Ensemble (Zimbabwean Traditional) and Hermanos Herrera (Mexican Folkloric) . Pre-show performances will begin one hour before each show. Tickets: $25–$45. Location: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Event details
Sunday, July 15
- 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.
- Flower Pian JAM
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, 9–11 am
Bring the kiddos for a Flower Piano JAM for all ages. Meet in the Garden of Fragrance just off the Great Meadow. Admission to SF Botanical Garden applies. Event details.
- Sundays on Sherman
Novato City Hall
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Join us as we take over Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green to play in the street! Sundays on Sherman is a chance for community members of all ages to come outside and participate in structured and unstructured play free of traffic restrictions. Guests can participate in organized exercise activities lead by an instructor onsite, or bring their own bike, roller blades, balls, Frisbees and other toys and simply PLAY! Free. Event details
- 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
- Stern Grove Festival
Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
Sunday, 2 pm
Bring the family and enjoy the music of sitar legend Anoushka Shankar; registered nurse and hip-hop artist Han Han opens. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. Event details
- Summer Music Series
Corte Madera Town Center
Sunday, 2–4 pm
Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. Free. Event details
- Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
Belvedere Community Park
Sunday, 4 pm
The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time. This Sunday: LaVay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Event details.
- BBQ on the Lawn: Tommy Castro plus The Illeageles
Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio
Sunday, 4 pm
Bring the family for a concert and BB! on the Lawn. Ticket price is for admission only. BBQ is available for purchase and is not included in the ticket price. Brings your beach blankets and low-backed sand chairs. Full-service BBQ and bar. Admission: $25/$30; food and drink extra. Event details
- Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
Old Corte Madera Square
Sundays, 5–6 pm
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the amazing line-up of fine local bands. This Sunday: Barbara Nesbitt. Event details
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