Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 10–12
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 12. Happy Mother's Day! Find something special to do with Mom with our round-ups here:
Friday, May 10
- Dino Days
Cal Academy San Francisco
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am–5 pm and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Walk among life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar at Dino Days. An immersive festival with its footprint all over the Academy, Dino Days invites you to travel back in time to the Late Cretaceous period and come face-to-face with the largest reptiles that ever stalked the Earth. Museum admission applies. Open daily through May 27. Location: 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Event details.
- 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.
- Family Camp Weekend at Point Bonita
Point Bonita, Marin Headlands
Friday, 4 pm–Sunday, 1 pm
May's Family Camp will have you feeling that island breeze where we will offer activities for families to do together, kid-specific activities while parents get some time to themselves, opportunities for families to form community with each other, and service projects to give back to and preserve our parks. We will provide all meals and accommodations, and families will sleep in our historic dorm rooms. Dream of warmer days and vibrant colors in our relaxing and joyous celebration of family and the outdoors! This is a partnership between the YMCA of San Francisco and the National Park Service. Cost: $400 Y Facility Member, $500 Community. Find out more here.
- Friday Night Jazz Concerts
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 6–9 pm
Meet us at the Mart this Friday night to enjoy some jazzy tunes in the courtyard! Grab some butcher snacks & a drink and settle in for a musical adventure furnished by the Susan Sutton Trio! Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- American Crown Circus
Northgate Mall, San Rafael
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday and Sunday, 3:30, 5:30, and 7:30 pm; Monday, 7 pm
American Crown Circus sets up its big top at Northgate Mall in San Rafael, May 2–6. American Crown Circus is a family run, bilingual circus that features acrobats, high wire acts, and clowns (but no exotic animals). Read about our visit to the circus here. There will be 9 performances in all. Tickets: $10 each for all shows. Child admission coupons are available at schools and local businesses. You can learn more about American Crown Circus and order tickets on their website.
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
Prince Pippin, son of King Charlemagne the Great, is on a quest for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. Unable to gain insight from his father, Pippin decides that experience and adventure is the path to enlightenment. He heads into war as a soldier, explores relationships without love, tries his hand at artistry—he even becomes the king of the land! And yet happiness eludes Pippin. Tickets: $20–$45. Event details
- Stapleton Theatre Co. presents Bye Bye Birdie
The Playhouse, San Anselmo
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
A loving send-up of the early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens and adults, and a hilarious script, Birdie continues to thrill audiences around the world. Tickets: adults $22 and student/seniors $16. Purchase tickets here. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Event details.
- Throckmorton Theatre: Ragtime: The Musical
Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
Based on the acclaimed novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime is a sweeping musical portrait of America at the turn of the 20th century. When optimism and possibility are as prevalent as burgeoning racial and social volatility. Ragtime weaves the lives of three distinct families — a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring African American musician from Harlem — into a uniquely American tapestry. Tickets: $23–$28. Purchase tickets here. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
Saturday, May 11
- Mother's Day at the Farmer's Market
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Meet us at the Farmers' Market for a Mother's Day celebration (10:30 am–2 pm)! We will have tea cake decorating and lemonade making with mom. Also, Posey Planting and sweet memories with mom await in fron of the Poppy Store. 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), listen to music, and more. Event details.
- Free Family Fitness Class
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–9:55 am
Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family! Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Mother's Day Art in the Park
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. We’ll provide supplies, smocks, healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will cancel..No need to RSVP, just show up. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Meet in parking lot. Event details.
- Tales of Raccoon Rescue Book Signing with Author Kama Einhorn
Wildcare, San Rafael
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Kama Einhorn is an Emmy-nominated writer. She has written over 40 children’s books, and was a creative lead at Sesame Street. Raccoon Rescue is based on the true story of four orphaned raccoons admitted into WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital. This fun event at WildCare will feature a book reading and signing by Kama, and a slideshow full of information on the stars of the story—the orphaned raccoons in care at WildCare! The book is geared toward 8–12 year olds, but the event will be enjoyed by kids (and adults!) of all ages! Event details
- Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, Novato
Saturday, 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. Admission: $7 per person, siblings under 7 months free. Location: 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
- 3rd Annual WAG Dog Festival
Marinship Park, Sausalito
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Free to the public. Over 20 vendors and rescues will be on hand. Take part in an Everyday Dog Show with categories like Best Wag, Best Bark, and Best Trick Demonstrations and a human/dog obstacle course. Food and Beverages for sale (adult beverages as well). Event website
- Family Event: Flower Crafting for Mother's Day
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Come join us for a "floriferious" day making delightful crafts and gifts for mom and family. Garden staff and volunteers will lead you at stations making floral crowns, herbal bath salts, pressed floral cards, and more! Enjoy floral tea and cookies as you craft the morning away! Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Cost: $24 adult, $24 child, $20 member adult, $20 member child. Register here. Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. Event details
- Taiwanese American Cultural Festival
Union Square, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
An all-day, free and family-friendly festival featuring Taiwanese culture, food, entertainment, activities and more. Enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese delicacies, rock out to live performances by world-renowned Taiwanese American performers, and learn more about Taiwanese history and Taiwanese Americans in the Bay Area. Plus, check out exhibits that showcase Taiwanese culture, arts and the latest in Taiwanese technology. Free. Event details
- 18th Annual Spring Festival
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Bring your mom and the whole family to Alameda’s celebration of spring during Mother’s Day weekend. There will be lots of arts and craft vendors, food and beverages, live music, and a kids' play area. Location: historic Park Street, between Encinal Ave and Lincoln Ave. in downtown Alameda. Event details.
- Patchwork Series Children's Show: Asheba
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
- Mother's Day Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
Join us for a special Mother's Day Storytime featuring books by bestselling authors . Activities to follow. Location: Town Center Corte Madera. Event details.
- Annual Rose & Photography Show
Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
Saturday, 11 am–3:30 pm
A beautiful, fragrant exhibit of more than 41 categories of expertly grown roses will be on display to the public. The public can enter roses and rose photography from 7–10 am. The show opens at 11 am with speakers, demonstrations and displays. American Rose Society certified judges will award honors to rose entries. Eleven awards are given for photography. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the family-friendly event features a children’s table where volunteers will assist kids of all ages in creating a beautiful bouquet for Mom at no cost. At 3 pm, after judging is complete, cut roses are available for purchase at $1 each, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Center for Domestic Peace. Event details
- May Madness Classic Car Show and Parade
Downtown San Rafael
Saturday, noon–6 pm
Join hundreds of fans to check out 200+ incredible classic and custom cars at May Madness, the longest running car show and parade in Northern California! View the cars and enjoy food and drink, people watching, and rocking out to the tunes of the '50s and '60s. Pile the kids in the wagon and see the Parade at 6 p.m. at this free family-friendly event. Event details
- Second Saturday Cartoonist: Brian Kesinger
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–3 pm
Meet, watch, and talk to Brian Kesinger, an award-winning story artist, illustrator, and author. His 20+ year career at Disney has spanned both hand-drawn and cg-animated films from Tarzan to Frozen 2. Cost: $5–$12 (included in price of admission). Event details
- Young Performers Theatre presents: Madeline at the Circus
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 pm & 4:30 pm and Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm
When Madeline and her friend, Pepito, get lost during a visit to the carnival and end up being carried away by gypsies, their rousing adventures with a traveling circus begin! But poor Miss Clavel won’t rest until she has brought them safely home. Music and dancing make this play fun for all! This play is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12. Purchase tickets here. Location: Young Performers Theatre, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building C, 3rd Floor in San Francisco. Event details
- Dorrance Dance, Family Matinee
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Saturday, 2–3:30 pm
San Francisco Performances' popular Family Matinees bring some of the world's top creators and performers into engaging, entertaining and informative exchanges with younger audiences. Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company's work aims to honor tap dance's uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it-rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 children. Event details
- Art at Sunset: Family Night Hike & Campfire
NatureBridge, Marin Headlands
Saturday, 5:30–8 pm
Join NatureBridge Golden Gate and create sunset-inspired works of art! You and your family will hike to a beautiful vista and make gorgeous, two-dimensional art pieces to remember your evening. NatureBridge will provide the art supplies. After the hike, gather around the campfire for skits, songs and S'mores! Cost: $15. 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.
- Public Star Party
Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
Saturday, 8 pm–midnight
Bring the family to explore the stars in the sky. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood. Event details
Sunday, May 12
- Civic Center Farmers' Market
Marin 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.
- Mother's Day at Fox & Kit Coffee Haus + Playground
Sunday, 8 am–noon
Start this Mother’s Day off right and let the kids burn off some energy at Fox & Kit before brunch! And to say thank you to all you moms for doing such an awesome job at the hardest job on Earth we want to buy you a coffee:) For Mother’s Day every mother gets a free coffee drink of her choice with purchase of admission (limit one drink per family). Location: 1031 C Street, San Rafael. Event details.
- Mother's Day BikeAbout
San Francisco Zoo
Sunday, 8:30 am–10 am
Pedal your way through the Zoo during these 90-minute riding tours! Our knowledgeable staff will be your guide as they share fun animal facts and conservation stories. On this special day, Mother’s Day, we'll focus on what maternal and paternal care look like throughout the animal kingdom. Stick around after the tour for a tasty continental breakfast! Cost: $35 per peddler member, $45 per peddler non-member (includes zoo admission) free for children piggy-backing on an adult’s bike. Location: Sloat Blvd. & The Great Highway, San Francisco. Event details
- Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast
West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais
Sunday, 9 am–1 pm
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, hot coffee, amazing views, and live music. The cost is only $10 for adults and $5 for children; orange juice and cantelope are available for an additional $1. Guests must hike or mountain bike to the inn; parking is available at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs and the East Peak parking lots. For more info, call (415) 388-9955. Event details.
- Outdoor Antique Market—A French Style Street Market
Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
Sunday, 9 am–3 pm
Delight Mom on Mothers’ Day by taking her to The French Market Sunday May12th. She can choose her gift from over sixty unique booths filled with antique treasures and vintage bargains. Enjoy a lunch of crêpes made to order while listening to live French music. The event is free and so is the parking! Location: Marin Center Parking Lot off Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. Event details
- Mother's Day Brunch and Steam Train Rides
Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
Sunday, 9 am–4 pm
Treat Mom to something memorable on her special day with a a steam train ride through the redwoods and delectable Mother’s Day brunch buffet accompanied with live music by Pat Hull. Seatings at 9 and 11 am. $2 off train tickets with your admission to the Mother’s Day brunch. Kids can create a special gift for mom at the crafts table open from 10 am–4 pm. Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Event details.
- Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail
Sunday, 10 am–12:30 pm
Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward on Mother's Day from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. $62 adults, $31 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Register by calling (415) 331-3214. Event details.
- Mother's Day Brunch at Safari West
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Sunday, 10 am & 1:30 pm
Grab the Kids…Grab the Camera…Enjoy a fabulous brunch and a special Mother’s Day tour aboard the African Queen along with some other surprises! What could be more extraordinary than spending Mother’s Day among some of the world’s most elegant creatures? $75 for adults ($42 brunch only), $40 for children ages 4–12 ($18 brunch only). Make reservations online here. Event details.
- Spend Mother's Day at the Zoo
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Watch some of the zoo's resident animal mommies enjoy some special, and much deserved, holiday enrichment during regular scheduled feedings. All Moms receive one (1) FREE train ride in celebration of Mother’s Day! Please collect at the Adventure Landing (Rides Area) ticket booth. Train ride tickets are valid May 12, 2019 only. Limit one Mom per ticket. Limit one Mom per ticket. Location: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Event details
- Mother's Day Picnic at Larson Family Winery
Larson Family Winery, Sonoma
Sunday, 10 am–3 pm
Reserve a picnic table at Larson Family Windery in Sonoma on Mothers Day! Bring your picnic and spend the afternoon at the winery. Moms get a complimentary glass of bubbly. Picnic tables and tasting cost $20 per person for up to 8 people. Event details.
- Spend Mother's Day on Angel Island
Angel Island State Park
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Treat mom and the entire family to an outdoor outing on Angel Island! Pack a picnic and make a day of it. The first 100 moms on board the Tiburon–Angel Island ferry will get a gift certificate for pair of free tickets to one of their 2019 Alcatraz cruises. The first ferry leaves the dock in Downtown Tiburon at 10 am and the last departs Angel Island at 5:20 pm. Learn more on their website.
- Free Admission for Moms at the Exploratorium
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
The Exploratorium offers free admission for all on Mother’s Day from 10 am–5 pm. Note: Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. Group or field trip reservations not accepted; group entry discouraged due to large crowds. Special programs with limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco. Event details
- Free Admission at Schulz Museum for Moms
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
All mothers receive free Museum admission at the Charles M. Schulz Museum on Mother's Day. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. Learn more on their website.
- Audubon Canyon Ranch Mother's Day BBQ
Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Audubon Canyon Ranch offered its Mother's Day BBQ for over 50 years! It takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Mother's Day from 11 am–3 pm. The menu includes rosemary grilled chicken or vegetarian quiche, green salad, beans, local breads, coffee and tea, and desserts. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available. Guided nature hikes are offered to those who would like to explore this amazing area with its spring wildflowers, hiking trails, and egret nesting site. Cost: $30 adults, $10 children under 12. Register online here. Event details.
- Drop-In Art Studio: I Heart Mom Tattoo Ink Lab
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Show your mom you love her by wearing a Mom "tattoo" for Mother's Day, made with special skin-friendly pens. Create a tattoo-inspired artwork using electric pens or India ink. This Drop-in Art Studio is inspired by the current exhibition Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo. Free with regular admission; youth 18 and under admitted 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 30+ 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.
- Family Nature Hike
Sonoma State Historic Park
Sunday, 11:30 am
Get out for a spring hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail. Experience history, nature, and community lead by Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave”. This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West. All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed. Event details.
- Poekie Mama Day
Poekie Nook, Mill Valley
Sunday, 12–5 pm
A sweet Mother’s Day class. Bring your mom AND your Mama Poekies! Make a posie of roses with your mom and sew your Mama Poekie a new dress. Moms (and Mama Poekies) are free!
Age 6 and up depending on experience. Drop in anytime 12-5 pm. Regular drop-in rates apply. Moms are free!Advance reservation preferred, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 247 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. Event details.
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