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.
Check out our list of Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties—see our list here.
Friday, October 20
- Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
Friday–Sunday, 9 am
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
- The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm
Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
- Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
- Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
550 Stony Point Road
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
- McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
- Godmothers Pumpkin Patch
St. Vincents, Marinwood
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
This long-time favorite pumpkin patch at St. Vincent's near Marinwood offers a variety of pumpkins as well as attractions and activities like bounce houses, a hay pile, face painting, snack shack, and a picnic area. Groups welcome. Read our review of St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch. For more info, visit their website.
- Tam Valley Haunted House
Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
Friday–Sunday, 3:30–7:30 pm (depending on ages)
The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Summon the Reaper". The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30–4:30 pm: Not Scary, for children under 8 with all the lights on and a fun tour of the different areas; 5-6:30 pm: Scary, for children over 9; closed 6:30–7:30 pm to feed the volunteer monsters then back open 7:30–9 pm for a truly horrifying experience. Cost: $6 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
- Teen Food Craft: Pumpkin Candy
Civic Center Library, San Rafael
Friday, 4–5:30 pm
Join us every third Friday of the month for a fun craft. This month we’re making candy! Materials provided. Please arrive on time to hear the instructions. For students in the 6th–12th grades only. No registration necessary. This event will be held in Room 410B, down the hall from the library. For more info, visit their website.
- 6th Annual Ohlone Big Time Festival
Rob Hill Campground, Presidio of San Francisco
Friday, 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, noon
Join us in Ohlone Big Time! Celebrating indigenous culture of the California coast. Experience food, dancing, singing, storytelling, raffles , vending, camping and good old family fun. All are welcome! For more info, visit their website.
- Outdoor Movie Night: Jaws
Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito
Saturday, 6:30–8:30 pm
See Jaws for free in Sausalito's Robin Sweeny Park. Location: Caledonia Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
- Novato Horsemen Haunted House
600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
Friday & Saturday, 7–10 pm
Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.
- San Marin High School Music presents The Addams Family
San Marin High School, Novato
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
Celebrate the Halloween season with the creepiest family around, The Addams Family! San Marin Students bring the Addams family to life but with a twist. Audiences will enjoy a unique and immersive theater experience sure to entertain. This show might be considered PG-13 so please consider this when bringing children. Tickets: $15 general, $5 students and children, $25 VIP. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
- College of Marin Drama Department presents The Little Prince
James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield
Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
Perfect for all ages! Bring the family to see The College of Marin Drama Department's, The Little Prince. Young and old alike will love this heartwarming, classic tale by Antoine de St. Exupéry. Journey alongside the Little Prince through the desert and outer space, while he encounters marvelous celestial beings! Don’t miss this delightful story that encourages audiences of all ages to rediscover their dreams and the wonders that are all around them! Tickets: $20 General; $15 Seniors; $10 COM Students, Employees, Alumni, Retirees, and Youth. Purchase tickets here.
Saturday, October 21
- 2017 Bioneers Conference & Family Fair
Marin Center, San Rafael
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–6 pm
The Bioneers Conference highlights breakthrough ideas for solving our most pressing ecological and social challenges. Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and have fun exploring a wide array of experiential education activities. Free events on-site including the Family Fair (10 am–4 pm). 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 one- and one-half 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: SFZS Members: $18, non-members $23. 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.
- Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
Saturday & Sunday (various times)
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event website.
- Trash to Treasures Fall Flea Market
Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Find unique treasures at the Fall Flea Market. Enjoy hot dogs, snacks, and drinks at the snack bar. Free. Location: 1560 Hill Road, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Halloween Family Workshop
Makerspace Media Studio, Novato
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Drop-in anytime from 10-12pm for a fun hands-on family workshop making spooky creations. $5 per family suggested donation. Makers under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Makers over the age of 14 are welcome too! Location: 931 C Street, at South Novato Library, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
- Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone's first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Activities include: pumpkin patch, lawn games, face painting + games for the kiddos by Popo The Clown, food for purchase, live music and more. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
- Twin Cities Community Preschool Halloween Carnival
Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
Come join us for a family friendly Halloween Carnival. There will be a jumpy house, an ongoing cake walk, food for purchase and many fun carnival games for the kids. Don't forget to dress in your costumes! Free admission and open to the public. Location: 56 Mohawk Ave, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
- Petaluma Mothers Club Fall Carnival
Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Bring the entire family to the annual Fall Carnival! This event is open to all. Admission is FREE, with tickets available for purchase that can be used for a variety of games, amusements and concessions. Location: 800 Riesling Rd, Petaluma. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
- Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the museum as it’s transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, kid-sized hay maze, live entertainment, and more. Tickets available at the door. Admission: $17.95 general, $14.95 members, free for children under 6 months. For more info, visit their website.
- Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their website.
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Bring the family and navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Jump in the bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use the festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops. SF Zoo’s “Zoo Brew Haus” at the Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional polka music. Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.