It's the last weekend for ice skating and 'Tis the Season for Science at the Cal Academy in Golden Gate Park
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.
Friday, January 5
- 'Tis the Season for Science
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am–5 pm, Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Through Sunday, January 7, 2018 you can take in not only classic Cal Academy sights like the giant T-Rex skeleton, aquarium, planetarium, rain forest, and African hall, but special winter-themed programming and attractions as well as part of its annual "'Tis the Season for Science" lineup. Step into the museum's East Garden and hit the ice on their holiday ice rink, which offers 55-minute skating sessions for visitors this winter. Add a 55-minute ice skating session to your Academy visit for just $12 ($10 members). Event details.
- Ice Skating in Union Square
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm
Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
- Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
Friday–Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm
Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Admission: $12, $7 children 7 and under, skate rental $5. Event details.
- French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
San Anselmo Library
Friday, 11–11:30 am
For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. Event details.
- Last Weekend for Ice Skating: Marin on Ice
Northgate Mall, San Rafael
Friday-Sunday, noon–10 pm
This is the last weekend for Marin on Ice, an outdoor skating rink in San Rafael's Northgate Mall. Bring the kiddos out to for a day of ice skating. Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners. For more info, call (707) 738-8496 or visit their website.
- Film: Peter Pan
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 1–2:30 pm
When a pampered pooch living in luxury with her human family crosses paths with a fun-loving stray from the wrong side of the tracks, she finds exciting new adventures and a little romance await her just outside of her comfort zone. Join us for this heart-warming classic just in time for the holidays. (Run time: 76 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Purchase tickets here. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details
Bay Area Children's Theatre: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows Charlie’s magical adventure when he wins a tour of Wonka’s chocolate factory. You’ll love the feast of songs from the original movie! Adapted for young audiences by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald, based on Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets: $27 adults, $22 children 2–14, $25 seniors 65+. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. Event details.
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!
Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Friday, 6:30 pm
Jump to the beat with your friends and hang out with Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang. Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2025 Broadway, Oakland. Event details.
Saturday, January 6
- Free Access to All Parks
Marin County Parks
Saturday, All Day
Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. 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). Enjoy complimentary latkes from the Hanukkah Hut, too. For more info, visit their website.
- Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
Saturday, 9–10 am
The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. Meet at the Old Mill Amphitheater 10 minutes prior to class. Location: Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, call 415-383-1370 or visit their website.
- Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
Point Reyes National Seashore
Weekends, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26, 2015 through late March 2016. For more info, visit their website.
- Learn to Skate: Free Clinic
McInnis Park, San Rafael
Saturday, 10 am
Join us at the McInnis skatepark where rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your board, helmet, and pads. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Event website
- San Domenico Kindergarten–8 Grade Open House
Saturday, 10 amAt San Domenico, they believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. Come and and find out more at the Lower & Middle School Open House this weekend. RSVP online here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road Library, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
Healthy Parks, Healthy People Trail Walk
Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Start at the Stow Lake Boathouse for some light stretching followed by an easy-going walk around one of the parks most popular areas. Meet by the picnic tables next to the dock. Guides will provide a short interpretive program designed specifically for each location. The staff will have first aid equipment and are certified in CPR. Please bring water, wear a hat, and always use plenty of sunscreen. Event website
- Experience Elephant Seals
Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
Weekends, 11 am–4 pm
View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Check at one of the Visitor Centers for whether the slide program is being offered. Visitors will need to take the winter shuttle bus from Drakes Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
- Family Art Making
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists and teen Museum Ambassadors. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. This week, projects relate to The Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand. Free; museum admission required for gallery activity. Event details
- Nike Missile Site Open House
Marin Headlands, Sausalito
Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm
Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. Event details.
- Science Saturday
Environmental Discovery Center, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Bring the family for fun, hands-on activities at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park. This month we will explore petrology, the branch of geology that studies the origin, composition, distribution and structure of rocks. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. This is a free event. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Event details.