Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 18–21
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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 18
- 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.
- Last Weekend: 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
- Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
San Rafael Public Library
Friday, 10:30–11:15 am
Miss Kitty is joining us for a series of fun family concerts that are just right for kids birth to 8 years old. No registration, no space limitations, all are welcome! Sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library. Free. Location: San Rafael City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1400 5th Avenue, Downtown San Rafael. Event details.
- Mindful Movement with Maggie for Mom & Baby
Sports Basement, Novato
Friday, 10:30–11:20 am
Join Maggie Calegari for the debut of Mindful Movement with Maggie. This workout is a mobility flow framework to strengthen and stretch your body in a holistic way. Perhaps even more importantly, you will build a stronger connection between your mind, body, and breath as you move. My class is designed to benefit all levels of fitness and body types. Cost: $15 drop in. Yoga mat needed. RSVP via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Parents Day Out: Fancy Nancy
Rolling Hills Club, Novato
Sunday, 1–4:30 pm
Ooh La La! Come celebrate one of our favorite beloved children's book characters. Story time, a tea party, and necklace making will make this a very "fancy" affair. A snack of fruit and popcorn will be provided. For ages 2.5–12 years. Cost: $26 per child (Members) and $36 per child (Guests). Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. Event details
- Friday Night Jazz Concert
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 Dore Coller - The Hot Club Of Marin! Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Katia & Company: Mary Poppins
The Playhouse in San Anselmo
Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 1, 4 & 7 pm
A cast of talented Marin kids perform in this production of the timeless tale of the Banks children and their adventures with the magical nanny Mary Poppins. 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. Tickets: $15 per person, available at the door. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Event details
Saturday, January 19
- Free Saturday Morning Zumba
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–10 am
Join the dance party! We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party on the lawn. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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.
- Freighter Tots with Clyde Leland
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 10–11 am
In this song circle, we’ll sing, dance to, and act out folk songs about things kids care about: things like animals, nature, vehicles, their bodies, family, friends and being silly. Little children can start to understand tempo and rhythm using toy instruments; parents and other caretakers can learn songs to sing and games to play with their children. Make music part of their lives! Music builds community. For ages 18 months to 6 years. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
- Snow Days!
Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday–Monday, 10 am–3 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.
- Family Fun Day
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–2 pm
Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again. Location: 200 Larking Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story
Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
When he was a pup, Guy was just like any dog in the shelter dreaming of a forever home, but all that changed when Meghan adopted him. Inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue dog, Guy. Plus, 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.
- Sea Lion Love
PIER 39, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am–3 pm
Celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ arrival to PIER 39! The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the Sea Lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home. Celebrate with free Sea Lion Center Walking Tours given by Aquarium of the Bay naturalists at noon, 2 and 3 pm. Tours depart from the Sea Lion Statue, west of the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. Tour participants also receive a complimentary beverage and special discounts at select PIER 39 businesses. 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 activity. Event details.
- Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
Marina Library, San Francisco
Saturday, 11:30 am–noon
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts Performance. Free. Location: Marina Library exterior, 1890 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. Event details
- Cattle & Branding Demo
Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, 11 am, noon, 1 & 2 pm
Brand a piece of leather with the mission brand and learn about cattle and how their hides and tallow benefitted the missions. Sessions last 30 minutes and are held in the Sonoma Mission courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up. Free with paid admission to the park. Event details
- Family Hikes
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Explore the park in your own backyard while learning about the plants and animals of Spring Lake Park and our community. Join us for these short, family friendly hikes and participate in a citizen science project along the way. This is an easy 1-mile round trip walk. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. Event details.
- San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Music of the Americas
Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 pm
Join us for an entertaining and engaging family concert as the wonderful woodwinds of the Quinteto Latino join a quintet of super SFCO string players to bring you the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin American. Expand your musical horizons as we journey to Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Argentina and beyond. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Claws for a Cause
Marin YMCA, San Rafael
Saturday, 5–9 pm
Have a cracking good time helping build a better future for kids and families in Marin County at the 10th Annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction. Tickets: $60; $80 with beer and wine. Kid Zone tickets $20. Tickets include salad, bread, crab, jambalaya, and dessert. Kid Zone includes pizza, treats, and supervised childcare. Event website
- Campfire Program
Sonoma Mission courtyard, Sonoma Valley
Saturday, 5:15–6:30 pm
Venture out for some warm fun and intriguing information as our regular campfire program resumes! Join us in the historic Barracks Courtyard for a short talk, campfire songs and a toasty marshmallow roast! All ages welcome, free of charge. Steady rain cancels. Event details
- Indoor Power Play
Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato
Saturday, 6–9 pm
Drop the kiddos ( K-6th 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.
- RoCo Dance On Stage
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday 6 pm
For 25 years, RoCo Dance has been presenting its production of RoCo Dance OnStage featuring over 600 dancers from Marin County. This diverse production entertains the entire family with artful and energetic choreography in a variety of genres including contemporary, ballet, hip hop, jazz and breaking. The performance showcases contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop and breakdancing. Tickets: $22 (plus fees). Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
- 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. 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 20
- 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
- Osher Marin JCC Preschool Open House
Sunday, 9:30–11:30 am
Come check out the Marin JCC Preschool at this weekend's open house at their Tiburon location at 215 Blackfield Drive. Families of all backgrounds are welcome. More information
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.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Wonderland: Alice's Rock and Roll Adventure
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10:30 am, 1:30 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
- 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
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 21)
- 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 2019. Muir Woods is currently open during the partial federal government shutdown. Event details
- MLK Day of Service 2019
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–noon
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.
- 2019 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.
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