Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 15–17
The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend! Get out, hike, and discover all the spectacular wildflowers blooming after all the rain we've had.
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 15
- Music Time with Megan
Sports Basement, Novato
Friday, 9:30–10 am
Bring the kiddos 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! Location: Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
- Friday Night Jazz Concerts
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 5:30–8:30 pmMeet us at the Mart this Friday night to enjoy some jazzy tunes on the Belcampo Patio! Grab some butcher snacks & a drink and settle in for a musical adventure furnished by Michael La Macchia! Free. Location: Larkspur Landing. Event details.
- Daddy Daughter Sock Hop
Corte Madera Community Center
Friday, 7 pm
Corte Madera Parks and Recreation would like to invite all hip daddy-os and daughters to enjoy some tunes and a classic meal from Marin Joe's. Register soon. Cost: $37. Registration code 511. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 927-5072 or visit their website.
- Yes Theater: The Music Man Jr.
San Anselmo Playhouse
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 1 pm
Come see the Manor Players present The Music Man Jr. Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. More info and tickets
- Throckmorton Youth Performers: Chicago
Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
Set in the 1920s and based on real-life murders and trials, Chicago follows wannabe vaudevillian star, Roxie Hart-and the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. Tensions come to a head as they vie for the spotlight– though instead of onstage, they’re mugging for the flashbulb of the newspaper reporters. Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. With catchy, sexy music and timeless lyrics, Chicago is a funny, intelligent, and utterly engaging musical escapade! Tickets: $15–$35. Purchase tickets here. Location: 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Event details
- Marin Primary & Middle School Present's Disney's High School Musical On Stage
Marin Center, San Rafael
Friday, 7–9 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 1 pm
Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Disney's High School Musical is fun for the whole family! Tickets: $18 adults, $12 alumni and children. Event details
Saturday, March 16
- 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 Saturday Morning Zumba
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–10 am
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. Check in at the Aquatics & Fitness Center front desk when coming for class. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Ceremonial Groundbreaking for BOLD
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
On Saturday, March 16, we’re celebrating our reimagined campus! Join us throughout the day to groove to tunes from DJ Mancub and enjoy themed programming that takes a deeper look at the skills involved in renovation projects. Member hour 9 to 10 am. Free with museum admission. Event details
- Watercolor Tiles
Civic Center Library, San Rafael
Saturday, 10–11 am
Join us for a fun for all ages craft: decorate tiles with sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create a watercolor tile. All materials provided. Children under the age of 8 will require adult supervision. If you have any questions about this free event, please call the Library at 415-473-6058. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427, San Rafael. Event details.
- Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, Novato
Saturday, 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. Admission: $7 per person, siblings under 7 months free. Location: 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
- Basics of Freshwater Fishing
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Join us at Paradise Beach 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 hill to reach the park’s pond. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We’ll provide a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Ranger Kevin O'Donoghue at KO'Donoghue@marincounty.org. No need to RSVP, just show up. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: Meet at the fishing pier (3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon). Event details.
- Ocean Exploration Family Farm Day
Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Discover the wonder of the tidepools as we hike Slide Ranch’s magnificent coastal trail to the beach. Mussels, sea stars, anemones, crabs, fish, algae, marine mammals and marine birds are some of the organisms that are part of this amazing ecosystem to explore. Family Farm Days are exciting four-hour programs featuring a wide variety of activities related to the day's theme. Discover Slide Ranch's feathered, furry and wooly friends with your whole family. Admission: $35 per person, children 35 months and under are complimentary but you must register for a free ticket. Event details
- Open Cockpit Weekend
Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are your chance to get up close to selected aircraft and look inside. We raise the canopies and open the doors to give you an unobstructed view so you can see what a genuine fighter plane, attack plane, transport, helicopter, or other type is like from the inside! This weekend, climb aboard Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw and Bell UH-1 helicopters. Museum admission applies. Event details.
- Last Show! CTA of San Francisco presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!
Fort Mason's Cowell Theater, San Francisco
Saturday, 10:30 am
Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco (CTA) is thrilled to present this year's musical theater production with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! This dazzling tale tells us how Snow White perseveres to overcome hardship by staying true to her self and remembering that every deed that you do reflects on you.After the show, the performers will come out in costume to greet you, give autographs, and be available for photos! Tickets cost $15 for kids and $18 for adults. You can order your tickets online on the CTA website. Location: 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco. Event details.
- How to Catch a Leprechaun Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 11 am
You've been planning night and day, and finally you've created the perfect trap, but leprechauns are quick and sneakier than you may think. Will you ever catch one? Come to storytime and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4. 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! If no guests arrive before tour time, we do not hold the tour.* Location: 3796 I Street Ext., Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765–1202 or visit their website.
- Drop-in: Music, Dance and Play Class in Spanish for Children
Cucu's PlayHouse, San Rafael
Saturday, 11–11:45 am
Mixed ages 1–5 year olds. Fun and active Music, dance and play class. A selection of children songs in Spanish guides the class from start to finish. Games and activities are related to the lyrics, in order to familiarize the children with the words and their meanings. Cost: $25 per class for drop-in (first class is free). Location: 1414 4th Street, Downtown San Rafael. Event details.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
Saturday, 11:30 am
The 168th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco is a well established event with historic ties to the city. Parade: Begins at 11:30 am at 2nd and Market. Event details
- Fairfax Brewfest & St. Patrick's Day Party
Saturday, 1–5 pm
Fairfax’s Annual Rite Of Spring! Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited tastings of California and Northwest brews, lively Irish music, and delicious food including corned beef sandwiches (in honor of St. Patrick), featuring 24 breweries and brewmasters presenting over 70 of their most popular beers and their newest concoctions. Benefits the Fairfax Chamber Of Commerce. Tickets: $15–$60. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Event details
- Leprechauns and Limericks Event
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
Saturday, 2 pm
Join us to get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as we celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Free. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Event details
- Family Hikes at Environmental Discovery Center
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Explore your local watershed! Learn how water flows through our parks and open spaces, and your own backyard. Join us the third Saturday of the month for short hikes to learn about our local plants and animals, while participating in a citizen science project. Three hikes start on the hour, at 1, 2, and 3 pm. Wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. For more information, call (707) 539-2865 Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Loctation: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Be a Veterinarian
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Saturday, 2–3 pm
Practice being a veterinarian using stuffed animals with Dr. Kristin MacDonald! For children 6 and older and their families. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, 5:30–6:30 pm
Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy 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 17
- Lucky 5K & 10K Run
Hamilton YMCA, Novato
Sunday, 8 am
The race course begins and ends at the Hamilton YMCA, 3 Hamilton Landing, in Novato. The 5K runners/walkers will traverse throughout the old Hamilton Coast Guard Housing area. The 10K course runners/walkers will also traverse throughout the old Hamilton Coast Guard housing area and continue along the water front, passing by the single largest wetlands restoration project on the West Coast and venture onto the newly opened portion of the Bay Area Circle Trail. It's a fun and beautiful race course! Location:
- St. Patrick's Day 5K
Crissy Field, San Francisco
Sunday, 8 am
Flat, fast out and back course along Crissy Field to Fort Point and return. Start and finish at Little Marina Green/Yacht Harbor Road.Race day registration/check-in begins at 8 am and the race starts at 9 am. Free half-mile Kids' Race for children ages 12 and under. For children ages 12 and under who wish to run in the 5K race, please register them on race day as there is no entry fee for this age group. 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.
- St. Patrick's Day Brunch & Dinner
Finnegan's Marin, Novato
Sunday, 9 am–10 pm
Novato's family-friendly pub Finnegan's offers a special menu of Irish specialities on St. Patrick's Day, along with music by piper Adrian McCullough. Kids 12 and under eat free all day on Sunday, too! Event details
- St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Stroll
San Francisco Zoo
Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
Get your jig on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the greenest place in the Bay Area! 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 live music and Irish entertainment as well as traditional Irish adult beverages (non-alcoholic also available) at the Shamrock Bar from 10 am to 1 pm near the Lemur Café. Free after zoo admission. 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
- Community Hamantashen Make N' Take
Chabad Jewish Center, Novato
Sunday, 10 am–12:15 pm
Enjoy a fun family holiday event! Come roll, fill, and pinch your very own hamantashen , while learning about the happiest day on the Jewish calendar. Inspiring speaker Sorele Brownstein will share "The Untold Story of Purim". $18 per adult; kids and Hebrew School families free. Location: 7430 Redwood Boulevard, Suite D Novato 94945. 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
- Free Brunch show with The Plage Boys
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Sunday, 11 am
This event is fall all ages. The Plage Boys began some years ago as an informal Friday night gathering of friends to play guitars and sing during warm summers in Mill Valley’s downtown plaza. The concept gathered steam over the years and kept the performers coming back to delight early evening families who stopped to enjoy the music and watch their children dance. Location: 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
- St. Patrick's Day Block Party
45th Avenue, San Francisco
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Join Java Beach, the United Irish Cultural Center, and the United Irish Societies for their annual Saint Patrick's Day Block Party. Celebrate with Irish music, food, face painting, jumpy castles, and more fun! Location: 45th Avenue at Sloat Boulevard. Event details.
- Purim Palooza
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 11:30 am–2 pm
Join the Osher Marin JCC for a free Purim family carnival. Enjoy live surf rock by Meshugga Beach Party and music by the Brandeis Marin bands, carnival games and prizes, balloon animals and face painting, bounce house and storytime, delicious good, Purim-themed crafts and activities, an aquatics and fitness open house, and more. Make sure to come in your best costume! Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael 94903. Event details
- St. Patrick's Day Embroidery
Poekie Nook, Mill Valley
Sunday, noon–5 pm
You can choose to embroider a bag with shamrocks and hearts, and/or you can make your Poekies some Irish outfits. Age 6 and up depending on experience. $98. Advance registration is needed for the class. Email email@example.com Event details
- Open Cockpit Day
Oakland Aviation Museum
Sunday, noon–4 pm
Open Cockpit is when the museum’s visitors can view famous aircraft including A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair and sit in a Harrier, Mig-15, ¾ replica of a Mustang P-51, Cessna 0-2, T-39 Business Jet, Glasair, and Ercoupe. Other activities include flight simulators, VR, and meeting the Canine Companions for Independence. 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 Parade & Costume Contest
Patrick's Park, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Sunday, 1–4 pm
You're invited to the St. Patrick's Day Dog Parade 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.
- Octopretzel Purim Extravaganza
JCCSF Jewish Community Center, San Francisco
Sunday, 1:15–2 pm
Bring the family for an afternoon of singing, dancing and a puppet show. Octopretzel comes to the JCCSF to celebrate Purim! Surprise guests make this a unique and special show. Free. Advanced registraion required here. Location: 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Event details.
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