Marin Weekend Family Fun for July 21, 22 & 23
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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, July 21
- Flower Piano
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–6 pm
Visitors are encouraged to seek out the 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within the Garden's 55 acres and play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch and listen. Free after admission. Location: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Children's Garden Series: PI Clowns
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm
This free event is part of the Children's Garden Series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes. For more info, visit their website.
- Friday Game Day!
South Novato Library
Friday, 3–4 pm
Did you know the Library has games? Join us every Friday for Friday Game Day! We have Jenga, Battleship, Operation, and MORE! It's fun for the whole family! Free. Location: 931 C Street, Hamiliton, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Fun Night
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 4–7 pm
Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Friday Nights at the de Young
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Friday, 5–8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a special menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Movie Night: Sing
Presidio Community YMCA, San Francisco
Friday, 5:30 pm
Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the Presidio! Sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell, in partnership with the Presidio Trust and the Presidio Y. Visit the website for the film selections.? Food trucks, bubbles, face painting 5:30 pm; movie shorts 6:30 pm; feature film: Sing? 7 pm. Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre presents: The Rainbow Fish Musical
Children's Fairyland, Oakland
Friday, 6 pm, Saturday, 10:30 am & 2 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 4 pm
Come with us under the sea for The Rainbow Fish Musical, a world premiere based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. Book, music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro. Playing in Oakland and San Francisco. Tickets: $20 per person. Location: 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.
- Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Friday, 6:30–8 pm
Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: Andre Thierry – Accordion Soul Music (blues). For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
- Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
Friday, 6:30–8 pm
Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: The Refugees. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.
- Campfire Program: Paradise Beach Park
Friday, 7 pm
Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
- Twilight Family Nature Hike
Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma
Friday, 7–8 pm
Come out and explore the trail at dusk. See how nature transforms in the early evening with interpretation focusing on nocturnal animals. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages, free of charge. Location: West Spain Street in Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
- Seussical: The Musical
Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco
Friday, 8 pm & Saturday, 2 & 8 pm
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little girl with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets: $20–$100. Location: 650 Geary Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, July 22
- Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 9 am–2 pm, children's music or storytelling from 9:30–10:30 am, and more live music from 11 am–12:30 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
- Point Reyes Farmers Market
Toby's Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station
Saturday, 9 am–1 pm
Enjoy live music, a KidsZone as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, wool, meat, eggs, music and more! Location: 11250 Ca-1, Point Reyes StationFor more info, visit their website.
- Nature Connection: Little Folkies Music and Nature Exploration
Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring your 0–5-year -lds to the Martin Griffin Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch to join ACR and Little Folkies for a day of Music and Nature Exploration! ACR and Little Folkies are teaming up to inspire young families to sing, play, and connect to the land. Come explore rhythmic dance and movement, musical games, and nature activities with your tots. Irena, of Little Folkies, will perform a 40-minute set of spring themed songs. After the concert, join ACR staff in nature discovery activities including sensory and pond life exploration. $20, $15 members or students, free for children under age 18. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
- Jungle Jams Outdoor Concerts
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday–Sunday, 12–3 pm
Jungle Jams at SF Zoo are free outdoor concerts, held select weekends at The Depot. Bands and musicians play live sets from 12:00-3:00 pm, encouraging audience interaction and dancing. Have lunch at The Depot and stay to enjoy the ambiance, entertainment and fun! Music is themed for the weekend and catered specifically to the crowd. It's a jungle at SF Zoo, especially during Jungle Jams outdoor concerts! Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Blvd. at The Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Think. Make. Try!
San Rafael Library
Join our friends from the Bay Area Discovery Museum for this fun engineering program! Engineers engage directly with the design thinking process, as they work collaboratively and independently, to build and create designs and then make them even better. This program is for children ages 3–9 and their caregivers. Register by calling us at (415) 485-3322 or visit us at the Children’s Reference Desk. Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Rivertown Revival
Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma
Saturday, 11 am– 8 pm
Celebrate “The Greatest Slough on Earth;” live music on several stages, local food vendors, art boats, children's activities, crafts and more. Rivertown Revival will once again host a bustling Kids' Area for our wee ones to create treasures, view and pet animals, dance to music, play with water, and engage in group art. Location: Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
- Creative Family Fun: Soar in for Paper Planes
Presidio Officers’ Club
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Crissy Field is a former U.S. Army airfield where many different types of planes took off and landed. Come design your own paper planes; you can even take them down to Crissy Field and see how they fly. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Disney's Tarzan
Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, noon & 5 pm
With a thrilling score from one of pop-music’s greatest icons, Phil Collins, Tarzan is the ultimate story of a unique family drawn together by fate and bound by love. Audiences will journey to the African jungles in this vibrant production that features a live percussive environment, stunning acrobats, and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family. Tarzan is this summer’s most exciting musical event.Tickets: $25–$40. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
Marinwood's Summer Brewfest
Marinwood Community Center
Saturday, 2–7 pm
Featuring local breweries, live bands and awesome food. This event is sure to be the hit of the summer! Cost: $15 at the door. Childcare available for ages 2-8. $10 per child. Location: 775 Miller Creek Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Community Campout
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 4 pm–Sunday, 9 am
Pack up the wagon and bring your friends and family to the Mill Valley Community Center Field and CAMPOUT! Campout will include fun activities, special entertainer, campfire with s’mores, dinner, breakfast, camping space and more. $25 per person, free for children 3 and under. For more info and to register, visit their website.
- The Luna Center Grand Opening Party
Saturday, 4–8 pm
Come and check it out! The LUNA Center - Fitness & Wellness for Motherhood is opening a brand new full service studio in San Rafael and will be having a big Grand Opening party on July 22nd from 4-8pm. The event is free and kid friendly! There will be music, food and drinks, a raffle with great prizes, and games/activities for the kiddos. Location: 1938 4th Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Mom's Night Out with San Rafael Pacifics
Albert Park, San Rafael
Saturday, 4:05 pm
Marin Roto-Rooter presents a Mom's Night Out with the San Rafael Pacifics. Tickets cost $50 and includes a baseball cap, all activities, and general admission to the ball game. It's not just about fun; it's for a good cause, too: $25 of each ticket will be donated to Sunny Hills Services, a Marin non-profit organization that supports vulnerable youth and their families. Order tickets online. The official after-game hangout for Mom's Night Out is the Flatiron in downtown San Rafael, where you'll get a free glass of wine or pint of beer with your Mom's Night Out baseball cap! Location: Albert Park Lane and Lindaro Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Movies on the Green: Disney's The Little Mermaid and Moana
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
Saturday, 5 pm
Come spend an evening on the Weill Lawn with two of Disney's best-loved princesses! Free. Location: Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, SSU, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. For more info, visit their website.
- Music in the Park
Terra Linda Community Center
Saturday, 5–7:30 pm
Let’s go retro in the park… and play outside until dinnertime. Bring the family for lots of fun activies: Kids Zone, water balloon toss, tug-o-war, three-legged and sack races, food and drinks available to purchase. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs. Location: 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Summer Nights Concert: Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Saturday, 7–10 pm
Bring a picnic, your blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase, and there's a playground available for supervised play and the art room will be open for coloring fun. This Saturday: This 2014 Grammy® Award winning 19-piece Latin Big Band plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Cha Cha Cha along with a fusion of sounds that incorporate more modern genres. Cost: $22 members, $25 public advance; $30 day-of; kids 17 and under are free. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
Sunday, July 23
- 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.
- Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Superheroes
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Our oceans contain some of the World's greatest superheroes. The World's largest animal, marine mammals that have learned to use tools, and dolphins that have learned how to hunt on land are just a few of the amazing creatures we have living off our very own California Coast. Come learn more at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
- Sundays on Sherman
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
This free event will feature activities for all ages: train rides, inflatables, sidewalk art, jump rope challenges, water balloon archery, scooters, sensory bins, adult coloring groups, live music, bubbles, toddler sports, fitness challenges by Novato Police Department and much more... Location: Sherman Avenue in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Presidio Picnic
Presidio, Main Parade Ground in San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Presidio Picnic offers great food, a lively atmosphere, and exciting crowds. Situated on the sprawling Main Post lawn, guests can take in the picturesque views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the historic feel of the Presidio while enjoying food and drinks from any of the market's 34 vendors. Get ready for free yoga at noon, weekly activities at the Presidio Adventures tent, a ride-share zone, biking trails, and urban hikes to beat the traffic. For more info, visit their website.
- Stern Grove Festival
Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
Sunday, 2 pm
Bring the family and enjoy the music of blues-rock legends of Mexican musical group Los Ángeles Azules; Ximena Sariñana and members of Mexican electronica group Kinky open. Programs and activities for children on the Kid Stage from noon to 1 pm before every concert. Free admission. Location: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- Summer Music Series
Corte Madera Town Center
Sunday, 2–4 pm
Enjoy live music every Sunday all summer long. Free. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Concert at the Waterfront
Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
Sunday, noonPack a picnic, bring along friends and family, and head to the waterfront for the San Francisco Symphony’s third annual free concert at Pier 27. This performance features a spectacular program of symphonic favorites, including Bernstein’s irresistibly moving Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Debussy’s enchanting Clair de lune, and selections from Holst’s soaring masterpiece, The Planets. For more info, visit their website.
- Open House: Tiburon Landmark Properties
Tiburon & Belvedere
Sunday, 1–4 pm
The Landmarks will be open for the 2016 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Poolside Jam: Nobody From Nashville
Strawberry Recreation District
Sunday, 2:30–4:30 pm
Enjoy local bands at the pool. Bring the family, a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music and swimming in the pool. Cardholders get in free or $5 per person. For more info, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
- Jungle Jams Outdoor Concerts (see Saturday for details).
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