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Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 12–15

Head to the Point Reyes Lighthouse for whale watching this weekend.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks, see project & locations here. Also, the Marin Civic Center, Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael), Monday, 9 am–12 pm. Register here.

Friday, January 12

  • Wee Yogis Music & Yoga Class
    Harmonia Wellness & Social Club, Sausalito
    Friday, 9:30–10:15 am

    This class is designed to teach babies and toddler the beautiful art of yoga through music and interactive play. Enhance your child's development, imagination, coordination, listening, and focus through song, movement, and intstruments. This playful class is a great chance for you and your little one to play, connect, and grow together. Cost: $20 drop-in. Location: 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito. Event website
  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    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. For more info, call (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • 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: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • 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.
  • Sausalito Storytime with Mari
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Fridays at 11:00 am

    Bring the kiddos for their new weekly Book Passage storytime. Mari Allen will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Free! Location: 100 Bay St, Sausalito. 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.
  • Film: Peter Pan
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Friday & Sunday, 1–2:30 pm & Saturday, 4 pm

    When a pampered pooch living in luxury with her human family crosses paths with a fun-loving stray from the wrong side of the tracks, she finds exciting new adventures and a little romance await her just outside of her comfort zone. Join us for this heart-warming classic just in time for the holidays. (Run time: 76 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Purchase tickets here. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Kids' PJ Party with Peter Stein!
    Diesel, A Book Store Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Peter Stein will be here to read you a bedtime story from Trucks Galore. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home to bed. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Event details.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm,
    Sunday 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
    Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows Charlie’s magical adventure when he wins a tour of Wonka’s chocolate factory. You’ll love the feast of songs from the original movie! Adapted for young audiences by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald, based on Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets: $27 adults, $22 children 2–14, $25 seniors 65+. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. Event details.

Saturday, January 13

  • Sturgeon Derby
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join rangers for this popular annual fishing contest! Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We’ll provide hot chocolate and snacks. . RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free de Young Museum Day & MLK Celebration
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

    NORCALMLK and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a day celebrating the contributions and stories from the African American community with programming in connection with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and the special exhibition Revelations: Art from the African American South. Enjoy free gallery admission, kids arts & crafts, tours and gospel music and African drumming. Free admission includes all galleries except for Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26, 2015 through late March 2016. Event details.
  • Snow Days!
    Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday–Monday, 10 am-4 pm

    The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will create a winter wonderland right in Santa Rosa this weekend!  20 Tons of fresh snow will be delivered to the museum and maintained over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend, creating a space for children to explore, build, create, and play outside. Cost: $15 per person. Purchase tickets early-they do sell out. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
  • California World Guitar Show
    Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall has hosted the California World Guitar Show twice every year since 1999, which features a high-class swap meet of all things musical. 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Paddington Storytime
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Over 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Join us for Storytime featuring this beloved classic, in theaters now. Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Experience Elephant Seals
    Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 11 am–4 pm

    View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Check at one of the Visitor Centers for whether the slide program is being offered. Visitors will need to take the winter shuttle bus from Drakes Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists and teen Museum Ambassadors. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. This week, projects relate to Revelations: Art from the Afrian American South. Free; museum admission required for gallery activity. Event details.
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
    Presidio Library, San Francisco

    Saturday, noon–12:30 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.
  • 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.
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
    Main Library, San Francisco

    Saturday, 3–3:30 pm
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and martial arts performance. This year, we say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog. Join us at the Main Library Children's Center at 3 pm. Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance “Dancing from City to City”
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 4 pm

    Love2Dance students will perform a variety of dance styles featuring songs from our Nation’s cities. Dance styles include hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics. Love2Dance located in Novato is a positive, upbeat dance studio with over 300 students from the Bay Area. 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: $19 and $25. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).

Sunday, January 14

  • 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.
  • Christmas Bird Count for Kids
    Sonoma Barracks, Sonoma Square
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join us in celebrating and estimating the winter birds of the park. Sonoma Birding is again sponsoring CBC4KIds Winter/Christmas Bird Count, and leading this fun and educational event. Orientation and a brief training will be held at the Sonoma Barracks video room and courtyard area along with a surprise birding craft. Kids ages 5-14 with an adult are encouraged to participate in this free event! 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.
  • Kids Sunday Stories with Jess Hong
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Sunday, 11 am

    On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas. Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Dreaming a World in Story and Song
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11:30 am–noon

    In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and his dreams for a better world, join us for a family time that rejoices in stories and songs from a myriad of cultures. Storyteller Muriel Johnson will take you on an amazing journey into other places and possibilities, while you gather within the exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. Free with museum admission; under 18 always admitted free. Event details
  • Parents' Day Out: Germs Are Not for Sharing
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Sunday, 1–4:30 pm

    Come learn how germs spread and create your own germ to take home. Create a cheesy germ that is as fun to eat as it is to make. We will watch "The Magic School Bus: Germs Inside of Ralphie." I bet after this fun afternoon your children will be SUPER hand washers. A snack of fruit and popcorn will be provided. Cost: $26 members, $36 guests. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. Event details
  • Love2Dance Little Feet/Mini/All-Star Performance: Oh the Places You'll Go”
    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.
  • Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Join us for this showcase of young talent as youth orchestras from around the Bay Area convene for an afternoon of music making. Experience the exhilaration of hundreds of young musicians performing at their best. Tickets are half price for ages 17 and under. Tickets start at $12.50. Event details.

Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Free Admission Day at Muir Woods
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Monday, 8 am–5 pm

    Visit Muir Woods' majestic redwoods for free on MLK Day as part of the National Parks Free Entrance Days 2018. Event details.
  • MLK Day of Service 2018
    Various locations
    Monday, 9 am–noon

    Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks at your doorstep and help grow and restore these cherished national parklands. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it makes a difference—the perfect way to pitch in on a momentous day. Bring the whole family and friends! Event details.
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones
    Charles M. Schulz
    Monday, 10 am–12 pm

    Enjoy stories, arts and craft activities, and movement games Mondays at the Museum. Activities are designed for children ages 1 – 5 and their caregivers. Cost: $5 per child; free for those displaced by fires. Up to 2 adults per child are free before 11:00 am. After 11:00 am, regular Museum admission applies. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Nature for Kids: Mt Burdell

    Monday, 10 am–1 pm

    We’ll take a winter walk at this beautiful preserve looking for cold weather critters. If we’re feeling adventurous, we might even head up to Hidden Lake to see if we can find newts and frogs. Remember to bring lunch.We request no pets (except service animals) attend. No registration is required. Event details.

  • 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Festival
    Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Monday, 11 am

    Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an festival, march and parade around Yerba Buena Gardens. Attend a full day of free and exciting events, festivals and programs, as well as a march and parade from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery march. Event details.

Today's Events

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Marin Humane
(All day)
Little Farm
8:30 am
Bay Area Discovery Museum
9:00 am
Mill Valley Community Center
9:00 am
Habitot Children's Museum
9:30 am
Hauke Park
9:30 am