Take a spring wildflower hike this weekend on Mt. Burdell in Novato.
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.
Spring has arrived...take a family-friendly farm tour or enjoy one of the many wildflower hikes.
Friday, March 17
- Shamrock Day
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Top o' the morning! All day long, kids will be enchanted by the discovery of hidden "gold" throughout the museum, play with magical shimmery gak, explore shamrock art and wear green for an extra dose of the luck of the irish! For more info, visit their website.
- Irish Fiddle and Banjo Tunes w/ John Pedersen
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 12–1 pm
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Irish fiddle and banjo tunes played by John Pedersen, local musician and longtime proprietor of Amazing Grace Music. Everyone is welcome to attend. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more Info, Visit their website.
- Shamrock Cookie Decorating
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 2–6 pm
Bring the kids and join us at Poppy Store for a special St. Patrick's Day treat! Shamrock cookie decorating (and eating!). For more info, visit their website.
- Crazy Awesome Science!
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 2 pm
Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admisson applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Friday, 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Marin Primary & Middle School Presents: Into the Woods Jr.
Showcase Theater, Marin Center
Friday & Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. $18 adults, $12 students. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
- North Bay Rep: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
San Rafael Community Center
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 pm & Sunday, 5 pm
Join director Sharon Boucher and other local youth and adult actors for North Bay Reps production of Beauty and the Beast! The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Tickets: $20 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location: 618 B Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Musical
College of Marin Performing Arts Building
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
Here's the whole Peanuts gang on stage! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and of course, Charlie Brown's best pal, Snoopy the Beagle. The play deals with a day in the life of Charlie Brown - from bright, uncertain morning to hopeful, starlit evening! Bring the whole family! Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Paul Smith. Tickets for other nights: $25, seniors $20 and COM Associates $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 835 College Avenue, the James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, March 18
- Sunrise Hike at King Mountain
King Mountain Open Space Preserve, Kentfield
Saturday, 6:15–8:30 am
Start your Saturday with a sunrise hike. Join Ranger Blain Thompson as we walk through your local forest to watch the sun rise from the beautiful King Mountain Loop Trail (approximately 1.5 miles). This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Rain will cancel. Meet at the gate at the end of Ridgecrest Road in Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
- Family BikeAbout
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday, 8:30–10 am
Families can bring their bicycles to the zoo for this informative 1.5-hour, docent-led cycling tour. It’s great to be in the zoo ahead of the crowds and watch the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: $18 SFZS members, $23 non-members. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 753-7080 or visit their website.
- Novato Mothers Club Kid's Rummage Sale
Downtown Novato Recreation Center
Saturday, 9 am–3 pm
This huge rummage sale takes place on Saturday, March 18, 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! Location: 950 Seventh Street, off Grant Avenue, in downtown Novato (adjacent to the Novato Gymnastics Center). Admission to the rummage sale and parking are free. Cash only. For more info, visit their Facebook page here.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- 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). For more info, visit their website.
- 2017 Annual Arbor Day Eco Fair
Warm Water Cove Park, San Francisco
Saturday, 9 am–noon
During the annual Arbor Day celebration, there will be a focus on educating community members of all ages about urban tree care and environmental sustainability while enjoying fun-filled fair activities and informational booths. They are extremely hopeful that community youth, their families, their teachers and everyone else interested will join the fair. Location: 300 24th Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
- 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 a Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw helicopter. Museum admission applies. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Program: Secrets of Moss and Lichen
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Saturday, 10–11 am
In honor of St. Patrick’s day, join our moss and lichen hunt, learn a little botany, and make a “secret garden” to take home. $15, $10 members. Registration required. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Matinee: Ella Fitzerald's Centennial with Tiffany Austin
SF Jazz, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am
SF Jazz celebrates the centennial of one of the greatest voices in jazz and First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald! Born in 1917, Ella’s powerful tone, impeccable phrasing and uncanny scatting made her one of the most beloved vocalists in American music history. For our Family Matinee in honor of Women’s History Month, Bay Area soulful songstress Tiffany Austin celebrates the legacy of one of the most iconic figures in American music. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children. For more info, visit their website.
- Patchwork Series: Frances England
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Saturday, 11 am
Frances England plays critically acclaimed indie pop for the young and young at heart. Her fifth album, Explorer of the World, will have you singing along and dancing in the aisles. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:30 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
- Creative Family Fun: Magnetic Flower Power
Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend! With spring just around the corner, the Presidio will be blooming with wildflowers. Celebrate the return of our favorite native flowers, like Presidio Clarkia and Lessingia, by making your own native flower magnets! 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. For more info, visit their website.
- STEAM Saturday
San Rafael Public Library
Saturday, 11 am
Come to the San Rafael Library for STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Registration required: register at the children’s reference desk or call at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Young Performers Theater: Hansel and Gretel
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 3:30 pm
With a bare cupboard and no food, out of desperation their stepmother contrives to leave Hansel and Gretel deep in the woods, to fend for themselves. Hansel and Gretel get caught by the Witch Wicked and fear they are doomed to be turned into gingerbread! With the help of their friends, they are able to outwit Witch Wicked and break her spell. Come see this classic tale performed by kids for kids! This adventure is suitable for all ages! Get your tickets today!! Tickets: $13.23. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
- Spring Family Hikes at Environmental Discovery Center
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Are you looking for a fun, family friendly hike in a beautiful Sonoma County park? Join our naturalist staff at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park as we explore some of the county’s different habitats and inhabitants. Three hikes start on the hour, at 1, 2 and 3PM. 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. For more info, visit their website.