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 Event Calendar.
Friday, February 9
- Tilden Park Little Farm
Tilden Park, Berekely
Friday–Sunday, 8:30 am–4 pm
Visit the new piglets and the other animals at the Little Farm. You can visit with all kinds of farm animals, including goats, sheep, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, and rabbits. Make sure you bring lettuce or celery (but nothing else) to feed to the animals. Free. Location: 600 Canon Dr, Berkeley. Event details.
- Wee Yogis Music & Yoga Class
Harmonia Wellness & Social Club, Sausalito
Friday, 9:30–10:15 am
This class is designed to teach babies and toddler the beautiful art of yoga through music and interactive play. Enhance your child's development, imagination, coordination, listening, and focus through song, movement, and intstruments. This playful class is a great chance for you and your little one to play, connect, and grow together. Cost: $20 drop-in. Location: 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito. Event website
- Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
Friday, 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. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
- Mom & Baby Yoga
Pomegranate, San Anselmo
Friday, 11 amEnjoy your baby, reconnect with your body, and meet other new moms in our postnatal mama and baby yoga class. Class is most successful with pre-crawling babies but all are welcome to try out a class and discuss exceptions with the instructor. We want mamas to be able to get out of the house, meet other moms, and enjoy the support and exercise of a yoga class. Cost: $23 for drop-in class. Sign-up online here. Location: 25 Tamalpais Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
- Special Kids Storytime Event: Gianna Marino, If I Had a Horse
Book Passage Corte Madera
Friday, 11:30 am
Special kids storytime with Gianna Marino. She will read from her new book, If I Had a Horse. This book is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Event details.
- Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 1 pm & Saturday, 4 pm
Walt Disney’s first animated masterpiece returns to the big screen! Snow White is a princess forced into servitude by her evil stepmother, who she narrowly escapes with the help of seven friendly dwarfs. Will Snow White evade the sinister plot of the jealous queen and find her true love at last? (Run time: 88 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
- 2018 Russian Festival
Russian Center of San Francisco
Friday, 5–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–7 pm
Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend ! Sample piroshki, borsch pelmeni and more. Our three-day performance spectacular will transport your to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more. Face painting and crafts for the kids! Pick up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls! Tickets: $8–$12. Location: 2640 Sutter Street, San Francisco. More information
- Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am
Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. Event details.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Beautiful Oops!
BACT Berkeley Center
Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
“A torn piece of paper is just the beginning” in Beautiful Oops!, Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s original, immersive musical theatre experience in which audience members are invited to help the actors turn accidents into creative successes. Inspired by Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $20 children 2–14, $24 seniors 65+. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. Event website
Saturday, February 10
- Saint Valentine's Festival
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Bring the family to the Saint Valentine's Festival and The Farmers Market for lots of festive fun. Activities: Kids will be making Cupid Heart Waffles with Valentine toppings, making Valentine cards at DIESEL, taking Valentine photos at our Old Fashioned photo stand and other lovey dovey stuff. Don't miss out, let's celebrate love at the Mart! Shop for some fresh produce too at this weekend's farmers market. Event details.
- Free Family Fitness Class
Mill Valley Community Center
Saturday, 9–9:55 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! Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Valentine's Teddy Bear Tea
Belvedere Tiburon Library
Saturday, Seatings: 9:30 & 11:30 am, 1, 2 & 3 pm
Bookmarks hosts its annual Teddy Bear Tea for young children and their families. Delight your children with this age-old tradition. Piping hot cocoa, savory eats and festive treats greet little guests at their beautifully decorated tables. Children will participate in crafts and listen to festive stories read by the children’s librarian, Alicia Bell. Tickets: $35; $350 for a table of 10. Location: Founder's Room, Belvedere Tiburon Library 1501 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. Purchase your tickets here.
- Art in the Park
Hal Brown Park, Greenbrae
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Bring the whole family out to Hal Brown Park to paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Creekside Marsh along Corte Madera Creek. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. We’ll provide supplies, smocks, healthy snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Rain will cancel. Event details.
- Family Program: A Botanical Valentine's Day Tea
UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
Saturday, Seatings: 10–11:30 am and 1–2:30 pm
Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party. We'll use all of our senses as we explore the nature of these fragrant edibles, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Registration required: $24 adult, $19 adult members; $20 child $15 member child. Event website
- Valentine's Day Baking
Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
Saturday, 10 am
Want to learn how to make yummy Valentine’s Day treats to share with your friends and family? This is the class for you! We’ll whip up some delicious Valentine’s Day desserts and then enjoy our heart-shaped creations! Suitable for ages 5-13. Call the store to reserve your spot: (415) 924-6799. Event details.
- SF Giants Fan Fest 2018
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Bring the entire family to Giants Fan Fest and meet some of the players, autographs, and more. Free admission; parking $10. Takes place rain or shine. Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. Event details.
- Very First Concert!
Main Library, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 & 11:15 am
Experience the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for an interactive and educational performance of classical music favorites! Designed for our youngest listeners, these delightful 20-minute presentations teach musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement. Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
Lake Sonoma, Geyserville
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
That's when we'll do it all again at the fantastic Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, held on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center! Rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, wine, beer, silent auction, live music, archery, fishing, tours, demonstrations -- just about anything you can imagine, and it is FREE!. Event details.
- Tulipmania at Pier 39
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am
Pier 39 has planted 39,000 spectacular and colorful tulips throughout the waterfront park. Come for a free guided tour led by Pier 39’s expert landscapers beginning at 10 am daily from the Entrance Plaza. After each tour enjoy complimentary refreshments. Event details.
- Chinese New Year Flower Fair
Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–8 pm
Oranges, tangerines, flowers, plants, and a variety of auspicious foods are just a few of the many new year items for sale at the Flower Market Fair. Tangerines with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with another remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children. Every traditional Chinese household should have live blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth. Traditional Chinese entertainment such as Chinese Opera and lion dancing will be performed on stage both days. Location: Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway; Washington, Jackson & Pacific between Stockton & Kearny, San Francisco. Event details.
- New Exhibit Opening: From Here to There
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Sauturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
From Here To There, a new traveling exhibit that explores the science of how things move by land, sea, and air. The exhibit is comprised of 12 different hands-on activities that provide children an opportunity to engage with both familiar modes of transportation—such as trucks and airplanes—and with a new world of travel that includes magnetic levitation and hovercrafts as possibilities. Admission to the exhibit is included in general museum admission, and is free for all BADM members. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Event details.
- Children's Theatre Association of SF presents: Alice in Wonderland
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason
Saturday, 10:30 am & 1pm
Children's Theatre Association of San Francisco is so pleased to present this seasons play for Bay Area families of Alice in Wonderland. This one hour whimsical musical tells a modified version of Alice following a strange Rabbit down a hole and entering a world of amazing creatures and incredible adventures! Saturday shows 10:30 am and 1 pm, February 10 and 24 and March 3. Tickets $15 child, $18 adult. Tickets available on www.ctasf.org or www.facebook.com/ctasf.
- Chinese New Year Mini Parade
Chinatown, San Francisco
Saturday, 10:30 am
Experience what the original Chinese New Year Parade was like over a 150 years ago while you sneak a peek at what the larger Lunar New Year parade will bring. The procession begins at historic St. Mary’s Square, follows the original parade route down Grant Avenue. and proceeds to the Flower Market Fair’s main stage on Washington below Grant. The procession will include lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, drummers and dancers. Event details.
- Valentine’s Crafts
Corte Madera Library
Friday, 11 am–noon
Drop by the Corte Madera Library for crafting fun. Create your very own valentine’s cards, envelopes and woven heart baskets. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Learn to Skimboard
Upton Beach, Stinson Beach
Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
Head out to beautiful Upton Beach and learn how to skimboard with ranger staff. We’ll learn the basics of skimboarding through demonstration and practice. A limited number of skimboards will be provided, but if you already have a board, please bring it. Skim’s up! This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring wet suit, sunscreen, and a towel. We’ll provide all related supplies. RSVP's are appreciated but not required: [email protected] Event details.
- Valentine's Day Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera Town Center
Saturday, 11 am
Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine's Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise! Activities to follow. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Keiki Hula: Hawaiian Dance for Kids
420 Litho Street, Downtown Sausalito
Saturday, 12–1 pm
This class is a fun, easy-to-learn exploration of dance from the Pacific Islands. Participants discover the rich culture of beautiful Hawaii as they learn about forklore, song and music, as well as traditional choreography. Suitable for beginners, this series of classes provides guided instruction, builds basic dance skills and offers opportunities for self-expression. Drop-in fee: $16 (resident); $18 (non-resident). Location: 420 Litho Street, Exercise Room, Sausalito. Event details.
- Yes Theater presents, Shrek The Musical Jr.
The Playhouse, San Anselmo
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm and Sunday, 1 pm
The Yes Theater-ross Valley For Schools Foundation presents Shrek The Musical Jr. Cost: $13 online or $15 at the door. Tickets will also be for sale at the Box Office 30 minutes before performance times. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. Event details.
- Young Performers Theatre: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Saturday, 2 & 4 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm
The queen of the land is very vain and asks her mirror everyday "Who is the fairest in the land" when the mirror answers that it is her step daughter, Snow White, she gets very angry. Snow White is left in the woods and finds a family of seven brothers, the Dwarfs. They become good friends and end up saving Snow White from death. This show has music and humor! Suitable for all ages! Tickets: $12. Event details.
- Novato Live: Americana Valentine's
City Hall, Novato
Saturday, 6–8 pm
Bring the family to the free spring concert series at Novato City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 pm. This Saturday, an acoustic celebration of love songs. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Event details.
- Indoor Power Play
Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato
Saturday, 6–9 pm
Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th 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: $24 per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3, Novato. Event details.
- WinterNights: Mardi Gras Dance Party
Marin JCC, San Rafael
Saturday, 8 pm
The Kanbar Performing Arts Center brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of Summer Nights indoors to the Hoytt Theater. Shake off your winter blues with the vivacious and infectious sounds of Andre Thierry, featuring Louisiana Roots music fused with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock! Hard driving accordion and high energy, exciting rhythms bring another chance to dance off your winter blues. Come get out on the dance floor and have some fun! Fun for all ages. Admission: $22 public, $20 members; $25 day-of; $10 ages 17 and under. Purchase tickets here. Event details.
Sunday, February 11
- 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.
- Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
In preparation for Valentine's Day, this month we celebrate love under the sea with Marine Mammal Parents and Pups in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom program with a Docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Event details.
- Randall Museum Grand Reopening
Randall Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10 am–3 pm
Join the Randall Museum for live entertainment and the first chance to see the beautiful new Randall. Ribbon cutting at 10 am, free activities through 2 pm. Open until 3 pm. This is a free community event. Limited parking is available and public transportation is encouraged. Location: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco. Event details.
- Sunday Special: Red Panda Acrobats
Mill Valley Public Library
Sunday, 11 am–noon
Celebrate Lunar New Year with these amazing Chinese acrobats. You'll see stunning acrobatics, balancing, contortion, and more lead by Wayne Huey, who has delighted audiences all over the Bay Area. Free. Location: Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Event details.
- Nature Hike
Sonoma State Historic Park
Join this casual hike through portions of the park and the Montana Trail. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. All ages, free of charge. No reservation needed. Event details.
- Valentine Cookie Decorating
teeny cake, Novato
Sunday, 2–4 pm
We will be celebrating by decorating heart cookies for your Valentine! Cost: $6 per person; advance registration required. Price includes one heart sugar cookie, icing and decorations. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., Suite #101, Novato. For more info, visit their Facebook page.