Marin Weekend Family fun for April 13–15
Take an easy family hike to Cascade Falls in Mill Valley this weekend. The waterfall is amazing!
Here are our picks for a variety of events and other activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Friday, April 13
- 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.
- Film: Dumbo
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 1 pm, Saturday, 4 pm
Enjoy Walt Disney’s favorite film, Dumbo, whose star Walt once called, “the Ninth Wonder of the World.” It’s a charming tale of an elephant who is ridiculed for being different, but who would change the minds of those who teased him about his unique gift. This little elephant with big ears and a larger than life personality will soar right into your hearts. (Run time: 64 mins). 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
Friday, 2:30–4 pm
Get in touch with your inner engineer and build with colorful Lego! We bring out our collection of over 10,000 bricks, and kids can build whatever they imagine. Event details
- Friday Fun Day!
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! For all ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- 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 Dave Rocha. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Lantern Light Festival
Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo
Friday–Sunday, 6–11 pm
Join us for a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine. A tradition that started over 2,000 years ago, the lantern festival is China’s most important celebration, marking the return of spring, with the lighting of Chinese lanterns being symbolic of illuminating the future and the reunion of family. Tickets: adults $23, children $18 and under 3 are free. Purchase tickets here. Location: 900 Fairground Drive, Vallejo. 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.
- Zoovie Night: The LEGO Batman Movie
Friday, 6:30 pm
In honor of National Bat Appreciation Day, put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and Zoovie movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium as Roosevelt, our costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of our Education animals. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare. Tickets: $6–$7. 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
- Inside Out & Back Again
BACT Berkeley Center
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm
Ten-year-old Hà and her family flee from Vietnam to Alabama, where she dreams of her beloved papaya tree and struggles to adjust in a strange new land. A world premiere by Min Kahng, based on Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai’s award-winning story told in poetry. Recommended for ages 8 and up. The show performs in BACT's Second Stage. Please note: there is no assigned seating at this venue. Tickets: adults $26 and $20 children. Event details
Saturday, April 14
- Orienteering Adventure
Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Saturday, 9–11 am
Learn the basics of orienteering with a ranger at Stafford Lake Park. It will be an adventure plotting our course while exploring the features of the park and practicing our navigational skills. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. We’ll provide all related supplies. Park admission waived for participants. Event details.
- Spring Trash to Treasures Flea Market
Margaret Todd Center, Novato
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
This community flea market is held indoors, rain or shine. Admission is free and treats from the snack bar will be available for purchase. Come shop for unique treasures! Location: 1560 Hill Road, Novato. Event details.
- 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. Event details.
- STEM Superhero Series: Everyday Heroes
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
They may not fly through the air or be invisible, but the heroes of daily life definitely have superpowers. During STEM Superheroes: Everyday Heroes, children will join in engaging activities and events designed to make them think about what truly makes a hero, and what they can do each day to be a hero in their own lives! Enjoy live music and meet community partner guests. Activities included with museum admission. Event details
- Family Workshop: Environment
CEC Maker Space & Media Studio, Novato
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Come get hands-on while we explore the Environment. In preparation for Earth Day, we'll have a variety of green projects for you to make and play with. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Event details.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Expect almost 150 varieties of tomatoes this year as we showcase over 30 varieties that we have never before brought up to Sonoma, including our Tomato of the Year, Madame Marmande. We’ll set up in the new outdoor kitchen space that Sunset Magazine custom designed since their arrival at Cornerstone a couple years ago. When you join us you’ll also get to see the progress in all the Sunset display gardens, as well as sample terrific Sonoma wines, grab a great lunch and shop some amazing specialty stores too. Event details
- TinkerfestChabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Bring the family to the second annual, all-day Tinkerfest designed to inspire and reveal the tinkerers and inventors in everyone. Tinkerfest will bring together makers, artists and tinkerers from the Bay Area and across the US to showcase their work while inviting the public to join in the DIY fun. Cost: Tinkerfest is included with regular admission; Adult: $18, Youth (ages 3 -12): $14, Seniors (65+) and Students (13-18 or college ID): $15; Members are Free. Location: 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland. Event details.
- Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park, Bodega Bay
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
The Bodega Bay community hosts its 45th Annual Fisherman's Festival, a weekend packed with events for people of all ages, at Westside Regional Park. Enjoy craft booths, live music, food, entertainment and more. Tickets: $12 adults advance, $14 at the gate; $12 seniors advance and at the gate; free for kids 12 and under. Free parking. Event details
- Kule Loklo Open House and Workday
Point Reyes National Seashore
Saturday, 10 am–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 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. Event details
- Earth Day 2018
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Celebrate our beautiful planet, and the power of your own voice and actions with over 50 hands-on Earth Stations and local environmental organizations! Enjoy live music, performances, activities, and more. Get a free train ride by turning in a cell phone to recycle. Free after zoo admission. 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. For ages 8+. Location: 210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. Event details.
- Creative Family Fun - Feathered Friend
Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
In the Presidio there are more than 200 species of birds. Hundreds of bird enthusiasts flock to the Presidio every year to catch a glimpse of them in their habitat. Come make your own feathered friend to take home on your finger!Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Berkeley Bay Festival
Shorebird Park, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Enjoy hands-on educational activities and learn about organizations helping to protect the Bay and its wildlife. A variety of live music for all ages will play throughout the day and there will be an assortment of food vendors. Take a sailboat ride or paddle a Dragon Boat. Build with recycled materials in Adventure Playground. All ages are welcome. New this year will be a Bay wildlife-themed costume contest with fun prizes for the winners. Free. Event details
- Chinatown Spring Festival
Waverly Place, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Bring your kids for a scavenger hunt through Waverly Place for free activities including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and face painting. Event details
- Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Japantown, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Starting in 1968, the festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and United States using culture as its bridge. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Event details
- UnPeeled: A Children's Carnival for the Entire Family
Urban Adamah, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
Join us for an afternoon of carnival games, arts and crafts, activities, and live shows for the whole family! UnPeeled is a free children’s carnival where you get to bring your family and kids to enjoy great food, fun carnival games, lots of music and dance, and amazing prizes. Children will get tons of fun-filled, age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, face painting, and an opportunity to explore the fire truck. There will be live shows and the performers will sing songs, play music, and put up an interactive puppet show ideal for young kids. Event details
- Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival
2th Street between Folsom & Bryant, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–6 pm
Celebrate labor leader Cesar Chavez's birthday with a parade, live music, dance, arts and crafts, a classic car show, and more. Parade begins at Dolores Park. Free. Event details
- Meet the Animals
Randall Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 pm
On Saturdays a special selection of the Randall Museum’s animal ambassadors venture from their cages, pens, and perches to greet visitors up close. These animals help visitors learn about and appreciate California’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. Kids and their families can meet mice and lizards; check out a Barn Owl; and maybe even touch a tortoise! Admission is free. Event details
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, 5:45 pm
Gather ‘round the warm campfire in the historic Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Join in the fun with a short talk, songs and, of course, a marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge, steady rain cancels. Event details
- Novato Live: Sibling Harmonies
Novato City Hall
Saturday, 6–8 pm
Novato live is a free indoor concert series that takes place inside Novato City Hall every second and fourth Saturday of February, March and April. We hope you can join us for these wonderful live musical performances. This Saturday: sassy sister folk with Sibling Harmonies. 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, April 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.
- Wildflower Walk
Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve, Sonoma
Saturday, 9–11 am
Join Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists on a wildflower walk at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve for one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in all of Sonoma County. Experience a pristine spring grassland with numerous species in full bloom. The 162-acre property in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain is protected by a conservation easement made possible by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Free. Register to save your spot. 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.
- Story Time & Family Walk
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park
Sunday, 10:30 am
Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Story Time is suitable for children aged 4–8. The Library has an excellent collection of children's books on plants, animals, natural history, and nature-related myths and stories. 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.
- Folkish Festival with Ain't Misbehavin'
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm
The Folkish Festival presents performances by talented folk and American roots musicians. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes! For more info, visit their website.
- Unique Derique: Fool La La Over the Rainbow
The Marsh, San Francisco
Sunday, 1 pm
Unique Derique hops over the bridge to The Marsh San Francisco for an encore run of Fool La La: Over the Rainbow — and that’s no April foolin’! The Clown Prince of Fools keeps the fun going in this jolly circus-inspired celebration for all ages. Combining classic physical comedy, playful percussion, and electronic body music in a colorful clownucopia of delights, this hippity-hop, non-stop, over-the-rainbow romp includes “The Five Fool La La’s,” a delightful new video honoring five generations of family fun! After the show, get into the act and join Unique Derique in a free juggling and Hambone workshop for the whole family and discover your own Fool La La FUN! Tickets: $15–$100. Event details.
- Open House: Tiburon Landmark Properties
Tiburon & Belvedere
Sunday, 1–4 pm
The Landmarks will be open for the 2017 season. Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. Event details.