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, February 12
- Chinese New Year Fun: Tai Chi for All Ages
Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
Friday, 11 am–noon
Experience the health benefits of Tai Chi for all ages with these introductory classes by local instructor Chris Anderl. Fee: $5–10 sliding scale. Location: Dance Palace 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. For more info, visit their website.
- Kids Night at the Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
Friday, 5–9 pm
Drop your kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum all to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, and cartooning. Recommended for kids 10 and under. Cost: $25 members, $32 non-members. $5 discount for siblings. Advance reservations required; register online or call (707) 284-1272. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
- Friday Night Jazz: Dave Getz and Friends
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Friday, 5:30–8:30 pm
Enjoy live jazz in the outdoor setting of Marin Country Mart. Food available from Marin Brewing Company, FarmShop, El Hurache Loco, BelCampo Meat, Three Twins Ice Cream, Rustic Bakery, and others. Dave Getz was the original drummer for Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company; his quartet performs an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, samba, funk, and standard. Free. Location: Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
- 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. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Film Night: Ratatouille
Presidio Community YMCA
Friday, 6–10 pm
Bring your sleeping bags and camp out on the gym floor while you enjoy a fun free movie on a big screen. Free popcorn and It's It ice creams. Food available from Off the Grid at 6 pm, cartoon shorts at 6:30 pm and movie starts at 7 pm. The event is indoors at the Presidio Community Y Gymnasium, 63 Funston Avenue at Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio. Stay warm and cozy with BYO blankets and cushions. For more info, visit their website.
Saturday, February 13
- Third Annual Presidents Weekend Stand Up Paddle
McNear's Beach, San Rafael
Saturday, 8 am–noon
Dress up as your favorite U.S. president and enjoy a family friendly paddle board race for all ages at McNears Beach Park. Day of race registration starts at 8 am, races start at 9:30 am. Award will be given for best costume. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring a paddle board. Park entrance is waived for participants. Meet at the snack bar in McNears Beach Park in San Rafael (201 Cantera Way). For more info, visit their website.
- Saint Valentine's Festival
Marin Country, Larkspur Landing
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with the whole family at the Marin Country Mart and Farmers Market this Saturday. Festivities include sugar cookie decorating, a creative reuse heart art project, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and live music. Also, enjoy shopping for delicious local produce, artisan cheese, pastured eggs and meat, local seafood, local organic flowers, and handcrafted jams, confections, and chocolates. For more info, visit their website.
- Valentine's Fun at Marinwood Farmers Market
Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
Join the MSEL students at Marinwood Community Farmers' Market for Valentine's Day Fun. Kids can make valentine's day cards. The Terra Linda High School Band will be playing live music. Location: 101 Marinwood Ave., San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
- Family Botanical Valentine's Day Tea
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
Families can 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. Cost: $20 adults, $15 adult members, $18 children, $13 member children. Register online, or by calling (510) 664-9841, or by emailing [email protected]