Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 11–13
Take a family hike to the Fairway Waterfall in Novato this weekend.
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, January 11
- Music Time with Megan
Sports Basement, Novato
Friday, 9:30–10 am
Bring the little ones for live music, singing, dancing and playing instruments with popular children's musician Megan Schoenbohm. Cost is $10 per child, and siblings under 7 months are free. This is an ongoing weekly class, so drop in as often as you can! Event details.
- Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm
Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Location: Union Square, San Francisco. Event details
- French Storytime
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 10:30–11 am
Perfect 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. Event details.
- Film: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
Friday, 1 pm, Saturday, 4 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
Bring the family to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of this enchanting film by joining the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, as they seek to protect Princess Aurora from the curse placed upon her by the wicked Maleficent. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details
- Visit with a Beekeeper!
Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
Friday, 1–2:30 pm
We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper on the second Friday of the month from. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
- Cirque du Soleil: Volta
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Friday & Saturday, 4:30 & 8 pm, Sunday, 1:30 & 5 pm
Energetic, urban and contemporary, Volta is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. Tickets: $54 and up. 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 on the patio at Fisher's! Grab some wine & cheese and settle in for a musical adventure furnished by the Lorca Hart Trio! Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
Katia and Company presents: Annie
Showcase Theater, San Rafael
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 4:30 pm
The classic rags-to-riches musical featuring the plucky orphan Annie on her journey to find her parents and a home. Featuring young actors from all over Marin. Auditions take place in October and are open to actors in grades 1-8. Directed by Katia McHaney, Katia & Company offers year-round theater opportunities for actors in grades 1-8, as well as fantastic summer theater and dance camps. For all ages. Tickets: $18 and $16, (Plus Fees). Purchase tickets here. Location: Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details
Saturday, January 12
- Free Family Fitness Class
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–10 am
Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family! Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class is filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No registration required. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Class is held at the Community Center, on the lawn triangle behind the Center. Event details.
- Indoor Power Play
Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato
Saturday & Sunday, 9–10:30 am
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: $15/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in 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 listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). Event details.
- California World Guitar Show
Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Exhibitors and buyers from around the world come to sell and buy guitars, amps, banjos, violins, effects, parts, and sound gear. Attendees may bring items to sell or have appraised at no extra charge. Featured are new, used, old and rare items, as well as exhibits by manufacturers, guitar and amp builders, vintage dealers, retail stores and individuals. Visitors are encouraged to bring all the musical items you can carry to trade or sell. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Admission: $20. Event details
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Wonderland: Alice's Rock and Roll Adventure
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
Grab your flamingo and tumble into Wonderland with Alice to meet all of Lewis Carroll’s irresistible characters in this lively rock and roll re-imagining of his beloved tales. But beware! Everything will get “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice questions who she is and what her destiny will be. Recommended for All Ages. Tickets: $28 adults, $24 children 2–14, $25 seniors 65+. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Candle Making
Sonoma Mission courtyard, Sonoma Valley
Saturday, 11 am, noon, 1 & 2 pm
Learn where wax for candles came from and make a candle to take home! Candles were important in the mission era for light in dark buildings. Sessions last 40 minutes and are held in the Sonoma Mission courtyard. They are geared for ages 8 and up. Free with paid admission to the park. Event details
- Storytime: Love, Z
Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
A Robot Named Z discovers a message signed "Love, Beatrice," and decides to find out what "love" means. They embark on an adventure that leads to Beatrice, and back home again, where love was hiding all along. Get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Omochitsuki! Mochi Pounding
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed mochi group, as it presents the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional attire. As part of the day, paint a Year of the Boar netsuke (charm) and fold paper cranes for luck and prosperity in the new year. Free with museum admission. Location: 200 Larkin Stree, San Francisco. 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 and open to the public. Museum admission required for gallery activities found in the Discovery Guide. Location: Piazzoni Murals Room, de Young Museum, San Francisco. Event details.
- Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
Presidio Library, San Francisco
Saturday, 12:30–1 pm
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts Performance. Free. Location:Presidio General Floor Area, 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Event details
- Love2Dance Winter Performance
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
Saturday, 4 pm
Love2Dance students will perform a variety of dance styles featuring songs from many of the most popular artists such as Michael Jackson, Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, the Eagles, the Beatles, and Journey to name a few. Dance styles include hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics. Bring your family and enjoy this entertaining show. The studio’s competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars will also perform their national award winning routines. Tickets: $25, $20 (Plus Fees). Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
- Moon and Stars: Astronomy Night Hike and Campfire
NatureBridge Golden Gate, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
Saturday, 5:30–8 pm
Amazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have fun and learn about constellations, the features of the moon, and astronomical myths! Cost: $15 per person. Add to waitlist here.
- Napa Night Bloom
1268 McKinstry, Napa
Saturday, 7 pm
Napa Valley’s majestic hot air balloons will be uniquely displayed as part of this year’s Art After Dark experience. Several tethered hot air balloons will light up the sky at Oxbow Commons on both weekends of the festival. Presented by Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. and Feast it Forward. You won’t want to miss this stunning light show! Note: This is a free event and there is free parking throughout Downtown Napa. This is a viewing event only, there will be no balloon rides. Event details.
Sunday, January 13
- 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
Songs & Stories with Megan
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Sunday, 10:30 am
Megan is a children's music teacher, performer, and recording artist, offering classes and events across the north bay and San Francisco. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music therapy. Free. Event details.
Marin’s Salmon and Steelhead
Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur
Sunday, 9 am–noon
Rangers Gabe Ngarangad and Craig Solin will lead a family friendly hike along Lagunitas Creek in San Geronimo. If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll witness one of Marin’s natural treasures. This event is ideal for ages 7 and up, please reserve your spot in advance, as this event is limited to 25. Steelhead and coho salmon returning from the sea. Learn about the fishes’ life cycles, the efforts to restore local populations, and some of the interesting local history. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring polarized glasses if you have them to reduce glare on the water. Location: Meet at the Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area. Event details.
- Marine Science Sundays: Animals of the Arctic
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month for Marine Science Sunday, a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts. These interactive classroom programs are great for all ages! Event details.
- Figmentally: Curious Circus
Mill Valley Library
Sunday, 11 am–noon
This unique blend of vaudevillian antics with theater and circus will have the whole family laughing. Figmentally brings circus, dance, improv comedy, and physical theatre to entice audience participation and wonder. All ages, no sign-up necessary. Location: Mill Valley Public Library - Main Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave. Event details.
- Family ArtBash Sunday: Grow
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10 am–3 pm
The CJM’s family festival days bring together all ages for art making, music, activities, dancing, and more! Come celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Birthday of the Trees, with the joyful sounds of Alison Faith Levy (11–11:30 am), the storytelling of Michael Katz (12:30–1 pm), a forest art studio, a family heritage project, and much more! Free admission for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth (18–22). Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Love2Dance Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance “I've Got the Music in Me”
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
Sunday, 1 & 3 pm
Love2Dance will showcase its youngest dancers (ages 2-6) as well as the nationally ranked competitive dance team, the Love2Dance All-Stars in this fun and entertaining show. Dancing to popular kid’s songs in styles of dance that include ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap, the studio’s Little Feet and Mini dancers will warm your hearts and make you smile. Tickets: $20. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details
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