Shop at the North Bay's largest kids and maternity consignment sale this weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
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.
Friday, March 8
- Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
Friday, 9 am–7:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
Just Between Friends bills itself as the North Bay's largest kids and maternity consignment sale, and offers toys, clothing, outdoor gear, mommy supplies, furniture, and more. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards accepted. There's a $2 admission charge on, but you can get in for free by registering for a pass in advance. Address: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Visit with a Beekeeper
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
Friday, 1–2:30 pm
We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
- Film: Cinderella (1922 & 1950)
Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
Friday & Sunday, 3 pm
Join us for a special showing of one of Walt’s favorite fairytales, Cinderella—but as you have (likely) never seen it before: first, enjoy 1922’s Cinderella from Laugh-O-Gram, followed by the classic feature, Cinderella, from 1950, and, in doing so, witness the leaps and bounds Walt made in just 28 years. Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
- Parents Night Out
Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
Friday, 5–10 pmNeed an evening without the kids? Marinwood's Parents' Night Out gives you the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your child is safe and having a blast with their favorite camp counselors.This fun night features a variety of games like dodgeball, a toy room, arts and crafts, park time, and a movie at the end of the night. Don't worry about dinner as that's taken care of too! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- Parents Night Out
Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo
Friday & Saturday, 5:30–9:30 pm
Come spend your Saturday night in the tumbling room with our teachers while your parents have the night off. Tumbling, a movie and snacks will be provided. Bring special diet snacks. For ages 4–12 years. Cost: $20 per night/per child. Please register in advance to ensure there is space for your child! Online registration guarantees a space! Register here. or call (415) 258-4640.
- Parents Night Out: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Rolling Hills Club, Novato
Friday, 6–9:30 pm
Titians Go! Celebrate this kid friendly super hero parody. Join us as we craft character banks, create the characters out of fuse beads, and have a Teen Titian waffle decorating. We will watch "Teen Titians Go! To the Movies." This is a PG movie. A pizza dinner will be served. Ages 2.5–12; must be potty trained. Cost: $26 member and $36 guest. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
- Yes Theater: Disney's Mulan Jr.
San Anselmo Playhouse
Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 1 pm
Come see the Hidden Valley Players present Disney's Mulan Jr. Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. More info and tickets
Saturday, March 9
Huge Garage Sale
Terra Marin School, Mill Valley
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–2 pm
Looking for furniture for your classroom or home, school supplies, clothes, toys, appliances, kitchen items and more? Location: 70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley. Event details.
Indian Tree Preserve, Novato
Saturday, 9 am–12 pm
Join Ranger Luke Bishop for a morning exercise hike. This event is ideal for all ages. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Rain will cancel. RSVP's are appreciated but not required. RSVP: [email protected] Location: Indian Tree Preserve, Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Rd in Novato. 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 if filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No preregistration required. Just show up! Location 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 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.
- Children's Music: Breakfast with Enzo
Sports Basement, Novato
Saturday, 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. Admission: $7 per person, siblings under 7 months free. Location: 100 Vintage Way, Novato. Event details.
- Kule Loklo Open House
Pt. Reyes Visitor Center
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Visit a replica Coast Miwok village that offers a glimpse of life in pre-European California. Park staff or volunteers will be present from 10 am to about 11:30 am to talk about Coast Miwok history and culture, walk around the village with the public, and may be able to share or demonstrate activities representative of Coast Miwok life. All are welcome. Free. For more info, contact Carlo Arreglo at 415-464-5146 or by email. Location: 1 Bear Valley Rd, Pt. Reyes Station. Event details.
- 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival
Cowell Theater, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco
Saturday, 10 am–7 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Come view the beauty and mysteries of the ocean, explore coastal cultures, and pause to reflect on the importance of this vital ecosystem. Over the course of four days, catch a full program of film on surfing, sharks, and much more. On Sunday, there will be a free program of student films from the Bay Area and as well as other countries. The event is free, but registration is still required to attend. Location: 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. Event details.
- Bay Area Children's Theatre: She Persisted, the Musical
Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
This new musical, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, tells the story of a fourth-grade girl whose trip with her class to the museum turns into an adventure in time travel during which she meets inspirational women who are overcoming barriers and making history. For 5 to 12 years old. Tickets: $34 adults, $30 for children (2–14 yrs). Location: 221 4th Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Free: SFJAZZ Girls Day
Joe Henderson Lab, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am
Join celebrated women jazz faculty in this very special session for female jazz instrumentalists and singers ages 13-18. Ensemble techniques, improvisation, and musicianship will be the focus of this program for emerging jazz players. Reserve your spot here. Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Event details.
- Drop-in: Music, dance and play class in Spanish for Children
Cucu's PlayHouse, San Rafael
Saturday, 11–11:45 am
Mixed ages 1–5 year olds. Fun and active Music, dance and play class. A selection of children songs in Spanish guides the class from start to finish. Games and activities are related to the lyrics, in order to familiarize the children with the words and their meanings. Cost: $25/class for drop-in (first class is free). Location: 1414 4th Street, Downtown San Rafael. Event details.
- Family Art Making
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Family Art Making offers a free, drop-in art project led by professional teaching artists. Projects change every 3-4 weeks and connect to our permanent collections or highlight our special exhibiton. Make sure to pick up a Discovery Guide to explore the galleries. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. Free and open to the public. Museum admission required for gallery activities found in the Discovery Guide. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Event details
- The Great San Francisco Corn Dog Festival
SoMA StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
You batter believe it — your favorite time of the year is here! It’s your special dog, all dressed up with a quick dip, a simple twirl, and deep fried to golden-perfection! SoMa StrEat Food Park and FunCheapSF are teaming up to bring you another festival filled with scrumptious bouquets of deliciously-battered, perfectly-fluffy, and oh-so-satisfyingly-crisp corn dogs from the Bay’s best food trucks! Admission: $5, free for kids 10 and under. Event details
- 826 Valencia Mission Bay Center Grand Opening
826 Valencia Mission Bay Center, San Francisco
Saturday, noon–3 pm
You're invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 826 Valencia's brand new Mission Bay Center! Come help celebrate this amazing moment, browse Woodland Creature Outfitters, Ltd. and its enchanted wares, and of course, learn all about 826 Valencia's Mission Bay programs. The party starts at noon with family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt-style exploration of the space, face painting, games, and much more. Free. Event details.
- Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Fairfax Women's Club, Fairfax
Saturday, 2–4 pm
Make a Sunday afternoon date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and Mad Hatter at a decidedly unique tea party complete with delicious tea sandwiches, a selection of organic teas, hot chocolate for kids and yummy desserts for all. Enjoy the Fairfax Theater Company cast of characters as they entertain us at the Fairfax Women's Club. This lovely annual event is a benefit for the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission. Cost: $20 adults, $15 kids. Reserve your seat by contacting: Contact Maria Baird at 415-456-5652 or [email protected] Location: 46 Park Road, Fairfax. Event details.
- Novato Live: Jesse Brewster
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, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Brewster. 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: $30 per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.
Sunday, March 10
- 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.
- Nature for Kids: Wet Weather Wonders
Indian Valley Preserve, Novato
Sunday, 10 am–1 pm
We’ll start the day learning about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the ponds at the upper end of the valley, and then we’ll walk up to the waterfall, which is a perfect place to enjoy lunch. Remember to bring lunch. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6. Event details
- Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating the Ocean: The Big, the Small, and the Weird
Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Come learn about the amazing diversity of life that lives out in the ocean, from the big to the small and everything in between. Docent-led tours showcase some of the patients the center is caring for and how veterinarians are getting them better. Classroom presentations feature interactive activities and multimedia showcasing the diversity of ocean life, from the biggest animal in the world (the blue whale), to the smallest animals in the ocean (plankton), the top predator (the orca) and even the weirdest animals like the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal! Free. Event details
- SFMOMA Free Family Day
SFMOMA, San Francisco
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Enjoy a fabulous day of art and family fun at SFMOMA. Participate in an array of storytelling experiences and creative, hands-on activities, including in-gallery art making, story time with San Francisco Public Library librarians, and a screening of the enchanting film Wonderstruck, presented in collaboration with SFFILM. Drop in to the Public Knowledge Library on Floor 2 to create a map of your San Francisco memories, taking inspiration from the detailed miniature wooden replica of 1938 San Francisco that is the focus of the exhibition Public Knowledge: Take Part. Free for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and younger. Event details
- Songs & Stories with Megan
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Sunday, 10:30 am
Megan is a children's music teacher, performer, and recording artist, offering classes and events across the north bay and San Francisco. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music therapy. Free. Learn more about Megan at www.musictimewithmegan.com. Event details.
- Bumblebee Kids!
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Sunday, 11 am
The Osher Marin JCC presents Bumblebee Kids, a family friendly, interactive, incredibly fun, inspiring, music & science experience. This weekend opens with Doug Dirt & Airy Larry of the award-winning Banana Slugs String Band! Tickets only $10 (general admission seating). Purchase online here. Snacks available for purchase. Location: 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Event details.
- Special Event for Kids: Merriam Saunders - My Whirling Twirling Motor
Book Passage, Corte Madera
Sunday, 4 pm
In My Whirling Twirling Motor, Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him all the time and sometimes he just can't settle. When his mom wants to talk to him, he figures he's in trouble...but she has a surprise for him instead! Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on ADHD, behavior management, and helping children focus on the positives. Merriam Saunders is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist based in Kentfield.Tammie Lyon is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Olive and Snowflake, the Eloise series, and the Katie Woo series. Event details