Celebrate Chinese New Year this Monday, February 19 from 9 a m–4 pm at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (pictured above).
Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this President's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.
Looking for fun family activities during mid-winter break? Check out our list here.
Friday, February 16
- Tilden Park Little Farm
Tilden Park, Berkeley
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.
- It's the Year of the Dog!
Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Friday & Saturday, 10 am
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog with a special Snoopy button, photo ops, and by decorating a dog dish to take home in our Education Room all day. Museum admission applies. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 & 11:15 am
Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bears as they choose what favorite foods to take and scamper off for a wonderful picnic. But where? In the mountains? In outer space? Maybe you can suggest a good spot where they can eat, learn about their surroundings, and play some wonderful games. Who knows what might happen? Maybe ants will go marching! Maybe the honey bees won't share their honey! Together, you and the bears will surmount these obstacles and have a lovely, lively time! For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Tickets $15, free for under 6 months. Event details.
- 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.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: Old MacDonald Beyond the Farm
BACT Center, Berkeley
Friday, 10 am, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am
Old MacDonald lives happily on her farm with all her animals. But Duck is sad because his birthday is tomorrow and his pen-pals live far away. Then Old Macdonald has an idea to cheer up her web-footed friend. Join her as she journeys beyond the farm to meet Duck’s pen-pals in faraway places. We’ll visit breezy islands, bustling cities, and lush jungles to collect Duck’s birthday presents, then return to the farm and surprise Duck with a special birthday party. For 6 months to 3 years old. Tickets: $15. Event details.
- 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. Event details.
- Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday, Sunday & Monday, 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.
- Crazy Awesome Science!
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 2–3 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. Event details.
- Campfire Program
Sonoma State Historic Park
Friday, 5–6 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.
- 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 17
Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
Saturday–Monday, all day
Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids of all ages, including the Big Truck Event—featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines—as well as street parties and kids’ concerts, an all-kid game and craft room, crazy helmet day, and more. Kid-O-Rama continues through Saturday, February 25. 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). 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.
- Lunar New Year Celebration 2018
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Habitot. Create your very own, adorable paper dog puppet, and practice black ink calligraphy in the art studio. Bring fullness and good fortune in the coming year by sampling some round (tangerines/oranges) and “golden” fruit (dried Asian fruit delicacies). Best for ages 0–5, but all ages welcome! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
- Learn How to Pier Fish
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, 10 am–noon
Join rangers and a few of our experienced local anglers to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We will provide bait and a limited amount of fishing poles, thanks to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rain will cancel. Location: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Event details.
- Climb Aboard at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Sit in the cockpits of vintage aircraft and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. The museum features one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. This weekend: DC-6 classic airliner. Ordinary museum admission fee applies. Location: 1 Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. 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.
- 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.
- Chinese Lion Dancers
San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn
Saturday, 11–11:20 am
Welcome the Lunar New Year with the famous Lion Dancers of the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The lion dance is an important part of the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people all over the world, and is thought to cleanse darkness and bring good luck, prosperity, and happiness. Program begins at 11 am sharp. Free. Event website
- Creative Family Fun: Fantastic Fans
Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Happy Lunar New Year! Fans have been used in China for over 3,000 years and are a symbol of good luck. Welcome in the Year of the Dog by making your own fan. Drop-in any time between 11 am–4 pm. Registration not required, but preferred. Event details.
- Sesame Street Pop Up Tour: F is for Friends
Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
This free event features a live Sesame Street performance, meet and greets with Abby and Elmo, a library reading corner, interactive digital station, and an opportunity to take a photo with Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck. Free. 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.
- Family Nature Walks
Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Saturday, 1–4 pm
Get the kids outside and let them explore Spring Lake Regional Park with a naturalist from the park’s Environmental Discovery Center. One-hour hikes start at 1 and 3 pm at the Discovery Center. Families can return to the Center after each hike for nature-themed crafts and to explore the touchable tide pool and other exhibits. The Discovery Center is at the park’s Violetti Road entrance. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Heavy rain cancels. Event details.
- Pajama Jam 2018!
Corte Madera Community Center
Saturday, 3:30–6:30 pm
Come join Corte Madera Larkspur Moms Club for Pajama Jam 2018! Everyone is welcomeWe've got your whole afternoon squared away for you, and you can even wear your pajamas! Activities include: bounce house, Bubble Lady show, kids movie, snacks and more. Cost: $20 per Family (CMLMC Members), $30 per Family (Non-members), $30 per family walk-in. Please bring cash to pay at the door upon arrival. Location: 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Event details.
- Free Family Movie Night: The Sandlot
Downtown Recreation Center, Novato
Saturday, 5:30 pm (activities begin) 6:30 pm (movie begins)
Join Novato Parks and Recreation in preparing for Spring Training by watching the classic movie "The Sandlot"! Gather your friends and family, low-back lawn chairs and comfy blankets to enjoy this free movie. Enjoy a variety of free activities (Pinball, Foosball, Basketball, Pool, Giant Connect 4, Giant Janga, and coloring) before the movie begins! Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase. Location: inside the Downtown Recreation Center, 950 7th Street, Novato. Event details.
- Kid's Night Out! Parent's Night Off!
Saturday, 5:30–10 pm
Parent's Night Off! is designed with both kids and adults in mind! We offer a safe, fun-filled environment where you can drop off your children knowing they will have a blast playing and learning about wildlife. We will feed them, take them on a behind the scenes night tour, meet animals up-close, make a craft, and end the night with a movie! Children ages 4–10 years old; must be potty trained. Cost: One Child: $45, Siblings: $35 each. Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland. For more info, call (510) 632-9525 or visit their website.
- 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: $30/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.
- Tender Tracks Outdoor Nature Awareness Preschool Info Night
RSVP for location
Saturday, 6:30–8 pm
You are invited to join Wendolyn Bird, Tender Tracks Director, for an inspiring evening to learn more about this one-of-a-kind program and how you can reserve your child’s space for the fall 2018 school year. The informational evenings takes place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and March 3, 2018 6:30 to 8:30. Please RSVP for location and time. To RSVP contact Wendolyn at (415) 419-5274 or [email protected].
Sunday, February 18
- 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.
- Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Dog
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, 10:30 am–4 pm
Roll in the Year of the Dog with talented dancers, musicians and storytellers at the Asian Art Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This year’s celebration features Chinese acrobatics and lion dance drumming with local favorite Red Panda Acrobats. After the workshops and performances, enjoy author Oliver Chin’s story about the zodiac calendar and Year of the Dog characteristics—who knows, you may discover something new about yourself! To round out the day’s activities, have your name written in Chinese calligraphy and make art projects from countries across Asia that celebrate the Lunar New Year, activities developed and led by the museum’s Art Speak teen interns. Free after museum admission. Location:200 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event website
- Story time and Family Walk
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sunday, 10:30 am
Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Story Time is suitable for children aged 4-8. Location: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Event details.
- Off the Grid Larkspur
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam. For more info, visit their website.
- Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
Sunday, 5–9 pm
Bring the family to the Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration. Activities include: music, dance, martial arts, dragons and lions and buffet dinner at 6 pm. Cost: $25 adults, $10 children ages 3–13. Location: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa. Event details.
Monday, February 19 (President's Day)
- Chinese New Year Celebration
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Monday, 9 am–4 pm
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your family at BADM! Enjoy lion dance performances, taste delicious Chinese food, observe professional calligraphers, and more. This event is presented in partnership with the Marin Chinese Cultural Association. The event is included with general museum admission and free for members. Event details.
- Nature for Kids: Indian Valley
Monday, 10 am–1 pm
We’ll look for frogs, toads, and salamanders in addition to other winter-active animals. The creek should be full, so we’ll follow it up the canyon and have lunch by a beautiful waterfall. Remember to bring lunch. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 5 (1800 Ignacio Blvd). Event details.
- Family Hike
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
Monday, 10 am–noon
Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods, join our docents for this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2 miles hike with a 400 foot vertical, you will learn more about Sugarloaf Park and its plants, animals, and history. Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitors Center. No RSVP needed, and no charge for the hike. $8 parking fee. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. Event details.
- Museum Mondays for Little Ones
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Monday, 10 am–noon
Enjoy stories, arts and crafts activities, and movement games for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. Cost: $5 per child, up to 2 adults per child are free before 11am. After 11 am, regular museum admission applies. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.