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Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 9, 10 & 11

Try one of the six spectacular spring wildflower hikes for families in Marin 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 throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, March 9

  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–7:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Just Between Friends bills itself as the North Bay's largest kids and maternity consignment sale, and offers toys, clothing, outdoor gear, mommy supplies, furniture, and more. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards accepted. There's a $2 admission charge on, but you can get in for free by registering for a pass in advance.  Address: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Old MacDonald Beyond the Farm
    BACT Center, Berkeley
    Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am

    Old MacDonald lives happily on her farm with all her animals. But Duck is sad because his birthday is tomorrow and his pen-pals live far away. Then Old Macdonald has an idea to cheer up her web-footed friend. Join her as she journeys beyond the farm to meet Duck’s pen-pals in faraway places. We’ll visit breezy islands, bustling cities, and lush jungles to collect Duck’s birthday presents, then return to the farm and surprise Duck with a special birthday party. For 6 months to 3 years old. Tickets: $15. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Visit with a Beekeeper
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    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 and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Film: Tarzan
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Friday & Sunday, 1 pm & Saturday, 4 pm

    The king of the jungle is swinging back to the big screen with a special showing of Disney’s Tarzan (1999). A human raised by apes in the depths of the jungle, Tarzan knows nothing of the outside world, until a group of explorers from London stumble across his path and his world is turned upside-down. (Run time: 88 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.
  • Makerspace: Youth Open Lab
    South Novato Library, Novato
    Friday, 3–6 pm

    On Fridays, the Makerspace is open for youth in grades 5-12 to work in projects of their own design. Adult mentors are available to help students - spark their interest & curiosity. This program is held at the Makerspace next door to the South Novato Library. Pre-register by emailing info@cecmake.com. Location: 931 C Street, Hamilton, Novato. Event details.
  • Parents Night Out
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–10 pm
    Need an evening without the kids? Marinwood's Parents' Night Out gives you the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your child is safe and having a blast with their favorite camp counselors.This fun night features a variety of games like dodgeball, a toy room, arts and crafts, park time, and a movie at the end of the night. Don't worry about dinner as that's taken care of too! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Lantern Light Festival
    Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo
    Friday–Sunday, 5–11 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.
  • 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 styled by Pamela Rose! Grab a drink, grab a snack, and settle in for a musical adventure. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
  • Parents Night Out
    Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm

    Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register here.
  • Parents Night Out: Boss Baby
    Rolling HIlls Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    A baby as the Boss? This comedy will keep your child in a fit of giggles. We will learn the secret of why a diaper works, play "Pin the Tie on Boss Baby," and decorate our own paper ties. We will watch the movie "Boss Baby." This is a PG movie. Pizza will be provided. Ages 2.5–10; must be potty trained. Cost: $26 member and $36 guest. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Spaghetti Bingo Fridays
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:15 pm

    Bring the family for bingo and dinner. There is only room for 120 happy bingo players, so please make sure you arrive early. Cost: $10 per person includes 9 bingo cards, a great tasting 3-course spaghetti dinner including salad, garlic bread and dessert.  Location: Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley For more info call, (415) 388-6393 or visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Back to the Future
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm

    Bring the family to this free movie, Back to the Future. Popcorn will be available to purchase. This movie is sponsored by the City of Sausalito Recreation Department at (415) 289-4152. Location: Humboldt Ave & Anchor Street, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Yes Theater: Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.
    San Anselmo Playhouse
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 1 pm

    Come see Manor School's production of Madagascar. Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. More info and tickets
  • David Copperfield
    College of Marin Performing Arts Building
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Join us for Alastair Cording's stage adaptation of one of the best-loved Dickens classics! Filled with drama, humor, and colorful characters, this brilliantly staged work flows seamlessly and swiftly through the action as young Copperfield grows up, facing adversity head-on! Bring the whole family! Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Paul Smith. This runs from March 2–18. March 2 production: pay what you will preview. Tickets for other nights: $20, seniors $15 and COM Associates $10. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 835 College Avenue, the James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield. Event details.

Saturday, March 10

  • Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks
    Various parks
    Various times

    Experience California's spectacular redwood state parks for the first time or rekindle your love for them. Register to receive your Free Second Saturday at Redwood State Parks Day-Use Parking Pass now! Pass is valid for day-use parking admission to your selected park only on March 10. Passes are limited in availability. Event details.
  • Novato Mother's Club Rummage Sale
    Novato Gymnastics Center, Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Don’t miss the 2018 Novato Mothers Club Rummage Sale! This huge rummage sale takes place on Saturday, March 10, from 9 am to 3 pm. You can literally get everything you need for your family: cribs, strollers, children’s clothing, maternity wear, toys, books, shoes, nursing items, and more. It's a favorite shopping event for Marin families. The sale will close from 1:30 to 2 pm. After 2 pm everything will be 50% off! Cash only. Location: 950 Seventh Street, off Grant Avenue, in downtown Novato (adjacent to the Novato Gymnastics. Center). Event details.
  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Just Between Friends bills itself as the North Bay's largest kids and maternity consignment sale, and offers toys, clothing, outdoor gear, mommy supplies, furniture, and more. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards accepted. There's a $2 admission charge on, but you can get in for free by registering for a pass in advance.  Address: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Spring Toddler Days
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. Fee: $25 per person; children 23 months and under are free. Please select the quantity of tickets you'd like to purchase before adding to cart. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. Event detail.
  • Terwilliger Trail Family Hike
    Stafford Lake Park,
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am–11 am

    Join a ranger for a hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Trail at Stafford Lake Park. We’ll enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail.  Along the way we’ll discuss the rich natural and cultural history of the surrounding area. 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. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Location: 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. Event details.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–9:55 am

    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family!  Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 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.
  • Lawn to Garden Party
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–1 pm

    Join StopWaste and the Hall for the Lawn to Garden Party as they get started in converting some of the Hall’s lawn space to save water and to improve the uses of the outdoor space on the Hall’s C-level. StopWaste will demonstrate how easy it is to convert your own lawn to a garden and other drought-tolerant, water-wise uses. Contact us if you have any questions about the event. Preregistration required. Event information
  • Junior Chef Classes: Peter Rabbit Easter Baking Party
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Hop on down to our store for a fun class that is all about Easter Baking! We'll bake some sweet treats together that you can create for your friends and family at home! Cost: $30 includes a Peter Rabbit Baking Set. Suitable for ages 8-13. Free. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Event details.
  • Free Screenings: Opera in an Hour Film Festival
    Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–2:30 pm

    See three Opera in an Hour favorites that are perfect for all ages and participate in a dynamic Exploration Workshop for Families! Film Screenings include family-friendly, hour-long versions of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Cinderella. Free, but RSVP needed for each film. Location: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Kule Loklo Open House
    Pt. Reyes Visitor Center
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Visit a replica Coast Miwok village that offers a glimpse of life in pre-European California. Park staff or volunteers will be present from 10 am to about 11:30 am to 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. All are welcome. Free. For more info, contact Carlo Arreglo at 415-464-5146 or by email. Location: 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt. Reyes Station. Event details.
  • San Francisco Summer Resource Fair
    County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    We hope to see you and your family at the 2018 San Francisco Summer Resource Fair! The Summer Resource Fair is free to attend - just show up on March 10 between 11am and 3pm and you and your family will be in for an informative, fun time! Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. Event details.
  • 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival
    Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come view the beauty and mysteries of the ocean, explore coastal cultures, and pause to reflect on the importance of this vital ecosystem. Over the course of four days, catch a full program of film on surfing, sharks, and much more. Purchase film tickets here. On Sunday, there will be a free program of student films from the Bay Area and as well as other countries. The event is free, but registration is still required to attend. Location: 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Noe Valley Chamber Music: Classical Kids
    Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Noe Valley Chamber Music presents Classical Kids, a chamber music program for young children and their families. Classical Kids concerts engage kids through fun, short performances with a carefully curated repertoire performed by skilled, energetic musicians who specialize in bringing music to life for young listeners. The performances may be followed by short demonstrations or opportunities to touch and feel instruments. Tickets: $15; $40 Family Pass good for 4 people. Location: 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Magician's Hat Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Join us for this inspiring Storytime about kids who reach down into a magician's hat and discover something better than they could ever imagine --- books that help them become whatever they want to be. Activities to follow. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Event details.
  • Creative Family Fun: Im-PRESS-ive Herbs
    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco

    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Celebrate Juana Briones, a legendary woman of the Presidio’s past. Juana was a curandero, or healer, who used herbs and other natural ingredients to help the sick. Create your own work of art from plants and herbs!  Drop-in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. Free. Read about our visit to the Officers' Club here. Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Latern Light Festival
    Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo
    Saturday & Sunday, 5–11 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.
  • Novato Live
    City Hall, Novato
    Saturday, 6–8 pm

    Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, soulful acoustic R&B with Ezekiel McCarter and Benjamin Andrews. Located: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. 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: $24/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.

Sunday, March 11

  • 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.
  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    (see Friday for details)
  • Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating the Ocean: The Big, the Small, and the Weird
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Come learn about the amazing diversity of life that lives out in the ocean, from the big to the small and everything in between. Docent-led tours showcase some of the patients the center is caring for and how veterinarians are getting them better. Classroom presentations feature interactive activities and multimedia showcasing the diversity of ocean life, from the biggest animal in the world (the blue whale), to the smallest animals in the ocean (plankton), the top predator (the orca) and even the weirdest animals like the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal! Free. Event details.
  • Drop-In Art Studio: Creative Chain Reactions
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    On first and second Sundays and select holidays, drop on by to create, play, and experiment with a teaching artist. All ages are invited for fun with unexpected techniques and materials. Select workshops with guest artists, unique equipment and tools, and more! Join us for a community chain reaction in the studio, and create your own object to try it at home. Inspired by the exhibitions Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists and The Art of Rube Goldberg. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Special Children's Event: Maxine Schur — Marielle in Paris
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5 pm

    In Marielle in Paris, Marielle the mouse has worked her dressmaking magic for nine days and nine nights to create nine beautiful dresses for Madame Sooree’s nine daughters. Finished at last, Marielle goes to bed, but when she wakes up, the dresses are gone! With no time to lose, Marielle must overcome her fear of heights to take a wild ride with her friend Pierre the pigeon to recover the missing party dresses, which have been scattered across Paris. Location: 100 Bay Street, Sausalito. Event website
  • Family Funday: Sunday Lasagna
    CIA at Copia, Napa
    Sunday, 1:30–2:30 pm

    Make and enjoy your very own lasagna while learning about what makes it so delicious. Get ready for layers upon layers of fun. Good for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Cost: $15; advance registration required. Location: 500 1st Street, Napa. Event details

Today's Events

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Civic Center Parking Lot
8:00 am
Bay Area Discovery Museum
9:00 am
Habitot Children's Museum
9:30 am
Stemple Creek Ranch
Spring Lake Regional Park
11:00 am
Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center