Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 13–15
The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend! Get out, hike, and discover spectacular spring wildflowers.
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Keep in mind that many events, especially those indoors, are being canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. While all these events are scheduled to take place this weekend, things can change at the last minute, so check with the organizer before attending to make sure it's still happening.
Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.
Friday, March 13
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Friday, 9 am–4 pm, Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
All children love playing with their food, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s newest traveling exhibit is a chance for them to do just that – without the mess! In an oversized kitchen sink, babies and toddlers can crawl, climb, and play on plush, soft sculptures of their favorite foods. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. Event details.
- Mill Valley Farmers Market
CVS Parking Lot, Mill Valley
Friday, 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Purchase from produce from local farmers every Friday at this year round Mill Valley Farmers Market in the CVS parking lot. Location: 759 E. Blithedate @Alto Shopping Center (near post office), Mill Valley. Event details.
- Cooperfield's Storytime Larkpur
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Friday, 11 am
Bring the kiddos for storytime and family fun at Copperfield’s Books in Larkspur Landing. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing at the Marin Country Mart. Event details.
Saturday, March 14
- 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 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. Not only is this a creative way to start an active lifestyle at a young age, you get to spend quality time with your family in the healthiest way possible!Pre-registration is not required. Weather may cause class to be cancelled. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
- St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Stroll
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Get your jig on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the greenest place in the Bay Area! Not only do we have 100 acres of green space, dozens of green animals, and a vast portfolio of environmentally conscious programs, we’re also hosting a Shamrock Stroll. Follow along the self-guided tour to find lucky shamrocks featuring fun facts about our animals and get a history lesson on the Irish in our animals! Guests can get their Irish on and come wearing green! Enjoy "green" adult beverages (non-alcoholic also available) at the Shamrock Bar near the Lemur Café. Free after zoo admission. Event details
- Learn to Pier Fish
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited number of poles and bait will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Park entrance fee is waived for participants. Location: Meet at the fishing pier (3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon). Event details
- Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
Will it be Pete the Cat's lucky day or will he learn that luck takes work in this charming book? Find out at Storytime, and stay for delightful activities afterward! Free. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Event details
- Free Guided Farm Tours
Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–noon
You will learn about our farm and CSA, learn what pasture raised means and how farms like Tara Firma Farms are on the front lines to fight climate change, reduce water usage, and build better soil through the latest methods in Carbon Farming. Perfect for families, kids and school groups. No RSVP required. Show up 15 minutes before! Location: 3796 I Street Ext., Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765–1202 or visit their website.
- Hands on History
Sonoma Mission Courtyard
Saturday, 11:30 am–3 pm
Visit the Sonoma Mission to get hands-on with history. This weekend: learn the basic stitches of embroidery and create a piece to take home. Event details
- Family Fun Bike Ride
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, noon–2 pm
Hop on your bike for a scenic ride. Learn how to properly fit helmets, trail-sharing etiquette, how to pass cyclists and pedestrians, and about safety gear. The recommended age is 7 and older, as children should be able to keep up a steady pace while cruising the paved, flat path. Bring a bike, helmet, water, lunch, and small backpack. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Loctation: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Read to a Cat
Corte Madera Library
Saturday, 2–3 pm
Marin Humane presents read to a cat at the Corte Madera Library. Second Saturdays of the month. Call the Children’s Librarian at 415-924-6382 to sign up for a 10 minute session: 2:00-3:00. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, 5:30–6:30 pm
Venture out for warm fun and park information in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Hear a short talk, sing campfire songs and roast a toasty marshmallow! All ages, free of charge, steady rain cancels. . Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. Event details
- Indoor Power Play
Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato
Saturday, 6–9 pm
Drop the kiddos (K–8th 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.
Sunday, March 15
- St. Patrick's Day 5K & Kids Run
Crissy Field, San Francisco
Sunday, 8 am
This 5k features an out and back course close by the San Francisco Bay. Run west along Crissy Field/Golden Gate Promenade. Stay along path into Fort Point National Historic Site. Turnaround at end of parking lot and return same way to finish. Kids Run (1/2 mile) begins at 9:45 AM – Same Start/Finish location as adult race. Event details
- 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.
- Basics of Freshwater Fishing
McInnis Park, San Rafael
Sunday, 9–11 am
Join us at McInnis Park where rangers will teach tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing at the park’s pond. This event requires a short walk up and down a large a hill to reach the park’s pond. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Heavy rain will cancel the event. Event details
- Vilda Family Nature Day
Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
Sunday, 10 am–noon
Join Vilda for a fun and educational spring day outside meeting goats, pigs, and ducks; getting crafty with seasonal treasures; and exploring the beautiful countryside of Petaluma. Family Nature Days are designed for kids ages 3–5 and their siblings. You’ll also get a sneak peek at Vilda's nature-based kindergarten program for 4–6-year-olds. Bring the whole family for this fun and informative day of connection with nature and community. Cost: $20 per family; advance registration required. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.) Location: 3796 I Street Extension, Petaluma. Event details
- Flying Leprechaun Skydive!
Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
Sunday, 10 am–noon
The Luck o’ the Irish meets the Hiller Aviation Museum for a special aerial celebration in honor of St. Patrick himself! Join the morning festivities, including free face painting and a jump house. At 11 am watch a bit of Leprechaun magic and aeronautical skill as the Museum’s own Leprechaun leaps from a helicopter high overhead and descends to San Carlos Airport via parachute. Location: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos. Event details.
- Family Music in the Park
Miwok Park, Novato
Sunday, 10:30–11 am
Songs & movement for babies, kds & families! Active rain or wet ground will cancel this event. Check back here morning of if unsure. Come a few minutes early to make an egg shaker that you can take home! FREE with a small donation requested (to go towards replacing egg shaker supplies.) Location: 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. Event details.
- Songs & Stories with Megan
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Sunday, 10:30 am
A children's music teacher, performer, and recording artist, who offers classes and events across the north bay and San Francisco, Megan graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music therapy. Learn more about Megan at www.musictimewithmegan.com. She plays at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. Event details
- GreenFest Block Party
United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–9 pm
The United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco (UICC), Java Beach and the United Irish Societies team up to throw a special Sunday block party with Irish bands and Irish dancing, There will be music, dance, food, drink, activities for kids and adults alike. Event details.
- St. Patty's Day Party
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sunday, 12:30–2:30 pm
Meet us at the Mart for a St. Patty's Day Party! We will have cookie decorating and live music by Irish band the Shots. Event details
- St. Patrick's Day Dog "Pawade" & Costume Contest
Patrick's Park, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Sunday, 1–4 pm
You're invited to the St. Patrick's Day Dog Pawade at Patrick's Park - the largest annual event at Patrick's Park! Picnic at the park and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these party animals. This event gives 100% of the proceeds to Rocket Dog Rescue, an all volunteer-run organization based in San Francisco that saves dogs. Event details
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