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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

windrush-18My daughter loves food and will try anything. Part of having such an adventurous palate stems from knowing where her food comes. Which is why we do everything we can to support our local farms. By visiting the farms and getting to personally know the farmers we have learned how precious our organic farms are.

A spring trip to Windrush Farm and last autumn to Skyline Chestnuts gave us a reality check on how the farms we love struggle to keep their operations going. Because of the lack of rain this year, Skyline had no chestnuts and Windrush Farms has to give up half their flock.

So this summer, I‘m urging you to do what you can to support local organic farms. It’s easy to do and is a valuable lesson for us all. Start with the farmers at the market, look into Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) boxes, venture out to a Pick Your Own farm, visit a local farm and try growing your own. Here are some simple suggestions to help get you started.

Farmers Markets
Buy food “in season” and make a list of what you plan to purchase. Food “in season” is usually less expensive and tastes better. Let your child pick one thing from that list they love to eat and encourage them to try something new. Set an example by picking something new too. Talk directly to the farmer at the stand with your child, let the farmer show you how to pick the best produce, ask for a taste and ask questions.

Pick out something that might not be on your list such as honey from Marshall’s Farm, olive oil from McEvoy Ranch, raw milk from Strauss, yogurt from Saint Benoît Creamery, butter from McClelland’s Dairy, and, in the case of Windrush Farm, Mimi’s gorgeous yarn!

Enquire about visiting their farm and the best time to go. Last year, I gathered our 4H group to visit the Achadinha Cheese Farm and learned all about making goat cheese. We went when they had baby goats to play with, milked the goats, learned all about making goat cheese and had a very memorable time.

You can also take a guided group tour of the farmers markets and let them introduce you to the farmers. Contact your local farmers market for more information.

Check out the full list of local farmers markets.

achadinha-45CSA
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA gives us direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a share from a regional farmer. Here in Marin, we have a wide variety to choose from which include meat, produce, flowers, and home products. Just to name a few: Betty’s Organics, Eatwell Farm, Frog Hollow Farm, Full Belly Farm, Bloomfield Farm, Marin Sun Farms and you can meet many of these farmers at our local farmers markets too. When you open the box, expect to see something that you are not familiar with and get excited about it! Most CSA boxes include excellent recipes too.

U-Pick
The Bay Area has access to so many amazing farms that encourage visitors to pick your own food. Another amazing opportunity to teach kids about healthy seasonal eating. Check out the website PickYourOwn for a list of farms nearby. Dress for getting messy and bring your own bags you and your child can carry. Show your child how to look for the ripe produce. Even a 2 year old knows the red strawberries are the ones to pick.

Grow Your Own
And finally, have your child pick out one plant to care for over the summer. Nothing beats the hands on learning experience of caring for your own plant. You don’t need a garden, you can grow a plant in a pot. Sproutbot is a great website to learn what and when to start planting in your neighborhood. Some guidance and reminders are necessary but they will squealed with delight to pick and eat from their own plant.

Support our local organic farms and have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, July 1, New Moon

Turbo, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Little Sprouts: Jump and Dance, 11-11:45am, 5 and under, Jaime Lee Currier of Your Song My Song rocks classic kids’ songs, funky originals, and unique covers on her ukulele. With felt board puppetry and imagination adventures she leads the kids in a magical, interactive exploration, Mill Valley Library.

Julian Sterling Magician, 3:30pm, all ages, Mystery and magic from Julian Sterling, a local (young!) magician, Sausalito Library.

Lego Club, 3:30-4:30pm, Bring your imagination and we will supply you with everything you need to create with LEGOs, San Anselmo Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Disney Goes to the Worlds Fair, The Disney Family Museum.

enchantedcircus.tickets_07-Enchanted Circus, 5:30-9pm, fundraiser for Schools Rule, cocktails, dinner, entertainment, Marin County Fair Grounds Pavillion, 491-6680.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 2

cb0194d25fc82bc4c65e740c155d87c5Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, join in the Kid’s Fun Run at 12:30pm, Huey Lewis and the News (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

The Amazing Bubble Man, 1-2pm, Meet author, inventor, and expert bubbler Louis Pearl. He’ll showcase the entertaining science of bubbles, including Square Bubbles, Person-Inside-a-Bubble, Edible Bubbles, and more! San Anselmo Library.

The Amazing Bubble Man, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Drive in Movies, 3pm and/or 3:30pm , ages 4-8, We’ll start the film at 3:30pm, come at 3pm to decorate your own ‘car,’ Sausalito Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Pajama Storytime & Stuffy Sleepover! 6-6:30pm, ages 2-7, Drop your favorite stuffed animal off at the library at our special pajama storytime and pick it up the next day to find out what the critters got up to at night, Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 5:30-7pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Point Reyes Library.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Boat Races, Build a boat and race it in the Forces that Shape the Bay pond in this annual regatta, Lawrence Hall of Science. 

Thursday, July 3

Junior Rangers: Where Did the Animals Go?, 9:30-11am, ages 7-12 year olds, Meet at the gate on San Carlos Way in Novato.

Turbo, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, Orpheus (3pm) & The Wailers (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Intro to Coding, Grades 4-5, 2:30-4pm, You’ll learn about the Scratch environment and some basic programming concepts, Mill Valley Library.

Between the Pages, 3pm, grades 6-8, The Last Dragonslayer, San Rafael Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, 3-4pm, practice reading aloud to a totally non-judgmental pooch! Each child gets one private, 10-minute session with a therapy dog, Fairfax Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, 4pm, Each child gets a 15 minute session, Sausalito Library.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

summer_concertSummer Concert Series, 5-7pm, The Soul Satellites, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Kids Camp with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 12-2:30pm, free, ages 7-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Crosspulse, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Les Gwan Jupons, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, July 4, Independence Day

4th of July Celebrations:

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, La Santa Cecilia (3pm) & March Fourth Marching Band (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Films, 3:15pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Dick Conte Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

San Francisco Symphony, 8pm, Epic music from the movies and American symphonic favorites lead up to an exhilarating fireworks show accompanied by the Orchestra, Shoreline Amphitheater.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by The Tubes, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, July 5

Build a Bug House, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Fun Family Walk, 10am-12pm, easy going, 1-mile walk with your family in this beautiful bayside park, McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

Made in the Shade in Baltimore Canyon, 10am-12:30pm, explore a cool forested area shaded by towering redwood trees, California bay, madrone, big-leaf maple, and tanoak, Baltimore Canyon is the perfect place for a cool summer hike.

Handheld Fruit Pies, 10am, ages 8+, juicy fruit and a yummy crust, learn how to make a delicious personal sized pie, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Summer Ice Cream fun by Perler, 10am-12pm, use fuse beads to create an ice cream, $2, Michaels, San Rafael.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (3pm) & Night Ranger (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs! 2-3pm, practice reading aloud to a totally non-judgmental pooch! Each child gets one private, 10-minute session with a therapy dog, Corte Madera Library.

Animal Smackdown, 2-3pm, ages 7-12, Think you know your animals? Think again. In an animal matchup, who would win? Lion or Tiger? Tiger Shark or Great White? Bring your animal knowledge and pit your wits against these animal match ups, Novato Library.

Art Workshop, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, with Kat David, San Rafael Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Films, 3:15pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Family Boot Camp, 2-4pm, earn basic soldier drills and about Presidio Military life while getting fit, Presidio’s Main Post.

Opera at the AT&T Park, 8pm, free, live simulcast of La Traviata.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Fillmore Jazz Festival, 10am-6pm, Fillmore (between Jackson & Eddy), San Francisco.

Jelly Fish in a Bottle, 10:30-12:30pm, Explore the way jellyfish move in water by creating your own jellyfish that you can take home! Creativity Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, July 6

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Marin County Fair, 11am-11pm, Elvin Bishop (3pm) & Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (7:30pm), Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Build Hummingbird Feeders, 11:30am- 1:30pm, a fun and easy woodworking project and help attract birds to your summer garden, reserve your spot (and your kit) by emailing staffordpark@marincounty.org, Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Bootleg HoneysMarin County Mart, Larkspur.

Family Films, 1pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Classic Series Film, 2pm, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Cinemark Theatre, Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, The Blues Burners, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Fillmore Jazz Festival, 10am-6pm, Fillmore (between Jackson & Eddy), San Francisco.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, San Francisco Symphony Classical Instrument Petting Zoo, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, San Francisco Symphony, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

San Francisco Mime Troupe 2-4pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Textile Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Temescal Street Fair, Telegraph Avenue between 51st and 42nd, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 7

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Stinson Beach Library.

Stories and More: Paper Bag Puppet Party, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, listen to animal stories and make your own animal puppet, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, July 8

Learn to Draw Insects, 10am, learn how to draw transparent wings, foreshortened bodies and draw the insects you see from any angle. Understand the way that insects walk to help you get the leg positions of moving insects and more! No registration required. Bring a pencil and sketchbook, $20 suggested donation, Fairfax Library.

Smurfs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Yoga Sprouts, 11-11:45am, ages 5 and under, Practice yoga with your preschooler in a fun, creative, and cooperative environment, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Fairfax Library.

Earth to Art Tuesday, 6-12 graders, 2-3:30pm, intimate, fun, hands-on art workshop in the Novato Library Atrium.

The Three Little Pigs, 3:30pm, all ages, a puppet show from the Magical Moonshine Theater, Adorable puppets and live music: last year they were an audience (and librarian) favorite, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several we’ll read books, then do simple crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 9

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 11am-12pm, ages 3-8, Corte Madera Library.

Mammals of Marin, 12pm, David Herlocker, Marin County Naturalist, will provide an overview of the many species of mammals that are found in Marin, Civic Center Library.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Coventry & Kaluza: Juggling and Comedy, 1-2pm, Circus, theater, magic, and dance all come together in this talented duo, not to mention the hula hoops! Dance Palace, Point Reyes

Shadow Puppet Workshop ~Shadow Paws, 1-2pm, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash. The audience will be encouraged to participate throughout the program and everyone will receive shadow puppet templates to continue the fun at home! San Anselmo Library.

Classic Series Film, 2pm & 7pm, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Cinemark Theatre, Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, South Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 2-3:30pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Civic Center Library.

Bluegrass Boogie, All ages, 3:30-4:30pm, Bluegrass duo Emily Bonn and Jody Richardson, both early childhood music educators, perform their favorite Americana tunes for children and adults in a lively interactive concert of fiddle, banjo, ukulele, and percussive tap-dancing. Be prepared to sing and dance! Mill Valley Library.

Jelly Jam Time, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, Story-dancing with Risa Lenore, Storytelling, physical theater, and dance combine for a fun, physical and imaginative afternoon, Sausalito Library.

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 3:30pm, ages 3-8, Civic Center Library.

Movies on the Green, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Puppet Art Theater Presents The Three Billy Goats Gruff! 7pm, ages 3-8, Fairfax Library.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Spider Spectacular, Hunt for spider webs, make webs out of duct tape, create wearable spider parts, and view live spiders, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, July 10

Smurfs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Wildlife Associates with Creepy Critters, 11am, ages 5+, this program includes a boa, tortoise, alligator, tarantula and a giant lizard. In a safe environment we dispel myths and explore the importance these animals have in nature’s diverse web of life, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Shadow Puppet Workshop: Spin me a Shadow, Tell me a Tale, 2-3pm, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash and The Shadow Puppet Workshop. Daniel teaches the art of shadow puppetry while telling a Southeastern Asian Folktale. Mill Valley Public Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Creativity Unleashed & Zooming Critter Creations, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Children’s Art Project – Collage Animals!, 3:30-4:30pm, Create cute collage pets with newspaper and construction paper. Don’t forget to decorate their collar and give them a shiny new ID tag! Marin City Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

Young Writer’s Club: Shadow Puppet Workshop, 4:30pm, Ages 5+, Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Adam Theis’s Last Band, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

TEEN 20′s Party, 8-11pm, 6-12 graders, Intrigued by the Roaring 20’s, love the Great Gatsby, just want to hang out with friends? Then this event is for you, learn some dance steps from a Bay West Ballroom dance instructor from 8:15 to 9 and then enjoy a dance party from 9 to 11, Novato Library.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, share in the love of dance from all corners of the globe and honors the dancer in all of us, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Musical Art Quintet, 2-4pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, July 11

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day, 10am to 3pm, calling all children to claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! FREE activities, games and more connecting kids with the outdoors and their outdoor bill of rights. For information call 789-1384, Angel Island.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

10463040_10153036204964126_3506134719988141949_nWe Are Monsters, 1pm, free, all kid performance, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Free Small Slurpie, 11am-7pm, at 7-11 Stores.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Hungry Owl Project, 2:30-4pm, Hear about our nocturnal friends and their natural history. Learn about the positive impact owls have on the environment. Watch a video on the nesting cycle of Barn Owls, and meet a live Ambassador Owl! Mill Valley Library.

Shadow Paws: Shadow Puppet Show with Daniel Barash, 3:30-4:30pm, Join us for “Shadow Paws”, a shadow puppet show inspired by tales from around the world, Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org, or 927-5005, Larkspur Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Chelle! and Friends, musically rich gumbo of New Orleans jazz, R & B and gospel, fused with Caribbean rhythms, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

TEEN Murder Mystery, 5-8pm, The library is closed, but the game is on! Join us for dinner and a murder at the Corte Madera Library. Question witnesses, examine the evidence, discover the culprit! Participants will be given a character assignment and their own role in the mystery. Costumes and dramatic flair encouraged! Corte Madera Library. Crabtree-1

Kids’ Pajama Party with Jon and Tucker Nichols, 6pm, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Bill Belasco and Aguabella, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, The Zydeco Flames, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Stardust Orchestra, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Film Night in the Park, Despicable Me 2, Peacock Gap.

Pi Clowns, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Macy Gray, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Saturday, July 12

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Ron BermanThe Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang, 10am, meet author Ron Berman, a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Spiralized, 10am, ages 5+, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights Day, 10am to 3pm, calling all children to claim their right to explore, learn, play, discover, splash, and celebrate being a kid! FREE activities, games and more connecting kids with the outdoors and their outdoor bill of rights. For information call 789-1384, Angel Island.

Mill Valley Street Scramble, 11am, Urban Adventure Hunt, three event durations will be offered: 7 hours, 3 hours, and 90 minutes. You can do either on foot or on bike, Almonte District Improvement Club, 105 Wisteria Way, Mill Valley.

The Numberlys, 11am, ages 3-7, featuring reading and activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Tim Cain, 11:30am-12:30pm, When it comes to delighting children and their parents with music and dance, children’s musician Tim Cain has no equal! Stinson Beach Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 1-2:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Marin City Library.

So You Want a Pet? 2-2:45pm, Find out all about what it takes to have a pet. What do you need to have a pet? How do you pick the best one for you? Who’s going to clean up after it?Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

TEEN Henna Art Party, 5:30-7pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Novato Library.

MoonlightRevisedMoonlight Concert – Flying with Dragons, 6-9pm, Celebrate the full moon & join us for this complimentary musical event. The silent auction features an electric guitar signed by Carlos Santana! Proceeds from auction go to Blue Star Music Camps in San Anselmo, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Beatles Tribute, 6pm, Tickets are available only on the day of the event at Creek Park, $15 Adults/$5 Kids 12 and under. No credit cards, local checks welcome, San Anselmo.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Muir Woods After Hours, 8-10pm, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Castle in the Sky, 9pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Film Night in the Park, Monsters University, China Camp.

Family Space Day at the Cal Academy of Sciences w AIAA! 11am-2pm, Meet people who work in the aerospace industry, build your own satellite, and participate in space-related demos, California Academy of Science.

Teddy Bear Festival, 11am-3:30pm, Music by The Raytones, bring your teddy bear and receive $2 off admission, San Francisco Zoo.

The Klez-X, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Science Saturday: A Lake Through the Years – the History and Archaeology of Mountain Lake, 2-3pm, join Presidio Trust Archaeologist Kari Jones to learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

The Presidio Rocks, 1-3pm, Learn the 160 million year story that underlies the Presidio on this 2-mile moderately strenuous walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a coat. Meet ranger Will Elder at Langdon Court parking lot, off Lincoln Blvd. just south of intersection with Merchant Road, Reservations required; call 561-4323.

Sunday, July 13

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart. These fearless creatures of the deep have developed amazing superpowers that allow them to thrive in the complex environment of the ocean. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center.

Family Films, Shrek, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Easy Leaves, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Dave Rocha Jazz Trio, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Pool Side Jams, 2:30-4:30pm, Clara Bellino, Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, Fleetwood Mask, The ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mack and their music, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Teddy Bear Festival, 11am-3:30pm, Music by The Raytones, bring your teddy bear and receive $2 off admission, San Francisco Zoo.

Sunday Streets, Richmond neighborhood, San Francisco.

Mountain Lake Family Festival, Nature walks of the lake will depart from the beach every hour. Meet a California floater mussel or western pond turtle. Explore the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail with Park Ranger Jose Roland, who will be dressed in Anza Expedition period piece costume.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Funky Meters, Sugar Pie DeSantos, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Sponge Block Structures, 10am-4pm, Join us on our patio for water activities and create structures with sponge blocks, Creativity Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Textile Design, Enjoy a Textile Petting Zoo in the Art Studio with Geana Sieburger of Britex Fabrics, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 14, Bastille Day

Tuesday, July 15, Full Moon

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Jelly Jam Time, 11-11:45am, ages 5 and younger, performer and educator Risa Lenore in story dancing: using the elements of dance to explore story, drama and imagination. It’s fun and exciting exercise for body and mind, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Club, 3:30-4:30pm, Bring your imagination and we will supply you with everything you need to create with LEGOs, San Anselmo Library.

Coventry and Kaluza, 3:30pm, Hula hoops, music, comedy, and acrobatics: their circus-comedy show has it all, Sausalito Library.

Engineering Workshop with Lego: Animals, 3:30-5pm, ages 5-8, Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Explore the endless creative possibilities, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Movie Night, 6-8:30pm, Novato Library.

California Soundscape, 2:30-4:30pm, Dan Dugan from Nature Sounds Society will be leading this class. Listeners will experience a tour of sixteen California soundscapes in surround sound, ending with recent recordings in Yosemite, Presidio.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 16

Junior Rangers: Birding Adventure, 9:30am-12:30pm, ages 7-12, we will discuss birds commonly found in the area this time of year, unique attributes of different groups of birds, and identification for the beginner, Meet at the Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.

Jelly Jam Time Story Dancing, 1-2pm, Based on the principle that everything moves, and within everything there is movement, educator Risa Lenore skillfully guides children through an exploration of storytelling and dance, San Anselmo Library.

Circus of Smiles, 1-2pm, Join the circus at the library! Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun with the Family Circo show! Songs, dance and crazy antics will keep everyone giggling for hours! For all ages, Novato Library.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 1-2:30pm, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, South Novato Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, children read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Circus of Smiles, 3-4pm, South Novato Library.

Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, 3:30-4:30pm, all ages, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic take traditional zydeco and infuse it with elements of hip-hop, blues, rock, and pop. Andre is an accordion virtuoso and a captivating singer with a smooth soul sound. Audience members will even learn to zydeco dance, Mill Valley Library.

Insect Discovery Lab, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, hands-on insect extravaganza. You don’t have to touch the insects, but you’ll probably want to! Sausalito Library.

Button, Button, Let’s Make Some Buttons!, 4-5:30pm, Do you have a favorite character, quote, or photo? Make it into a button that you can pin to your clothes, backpack, purse, or whatever you want! You can bring in your own image or choose one from our collection of animals, comic book characters, favorite books, and more. Images must be no larger than 1 ½”, Marin City Library.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 5-7pm, Your stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the Library! Drop your stuffed animal off at the reference desk between 5 -7pm on July 9. We’ve planned all sorts of activities for them once you’ve gone home. Ask them about it when you pick them up between 10am and 4pm the following day, Thursday July 17, San Anselmo Library.

TEEN Summer Book Club, 5:30-6:30pm, Point Reyes Library.

Movies on the Green, The Red Balloon, 6pm, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Book Club, Frindle, 7-8pm, 4-5 graders, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN John Hubley Animation, 7pm, innovative American animator who worked for Walt Disney and created Mr. Magoo, but was also an independent filmmaker in collaboration with his wife Faith. This collection of new 35mm prints showcases several of the best animated shorts, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

TEEN After Hours Movie Night, 8:30-10:30pm, Corte Madera Library.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Ice Cream Day, Make and eat your own ice cream with a special ingredient that changes water’s freezing point, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, July 17

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater “Episode 1: Adventure in Space”, 11am, ages 5+, On a distant planet, the gentle king has been ripped from his throne! Agalactic mad man rules in his place! The planet is doomed! The world needs a hero…like you! Audience members make all of the sound effects, become the scenery, create the story, and leap up on stage to play the main characters! Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Fun with Fossils, 2:30-4pm, grades K-5, Travel back in time with a stegosaurus to learn how and why fossils are formed. Discover where the best fossil hunting grounds are and learn what they can tell us about the creatures that once roamed the Earth. Then dig for a Shark’s tooth, make a cast, and take both home! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 3-4:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Civic Center Library.

Young Writer’s Club: Comic Book Workshop with Brian Kolm, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Whether you’ve made a comic book before or not, Brian Kolm is an expert and is here to help. To make a reservation or find out more, contact Erin at 289-4121 or ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us., Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, The Klipptones, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Mammals of Marin, 7pm, David Herlocker, Marin County Naturalist, will provide an overview of the many species of mammals that are found in Marin, Corte Madera Library.

Pizza & Pages Book Club, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Come together to dine and discuss Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk thriller Leviathan, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with ODC/Dance, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community bringing modern dance and movement, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Ensohza & Kyle Abbott, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Rumbaché, 6pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Friday, July 18

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Balloon-powered Raceway, 2:30-4pm, Grades 2-5, It’s the first annual Library Raceway Tournament! In teams, build a balloon-powered car made from everyday materials such as straws, plastic bottles and rubber bands. Test your vehicle, make improvements, and race it in the Tournament! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Miss Kitty, sings and plays the tunes her pint-sized audience requests, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Michael La Macchia Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Aja Vu, Northgate, San Rafael.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Pachamama Band, Novato.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Jimi James, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, The 85′s, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Caterpillar Puppets, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by The Fixx, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, July 19

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Creativity Galaxy, screenings will run throughout the day, new interactive creative art adventure series designed to inspire young artists and demonstrate how much the world relies on art in all forms, giveaways and special hands-on activities, Discovery Museum.

Trails Less Traveled, 9:30am-1pm, explore the less-traveled trails at Muir Woods. From where the popular Main Trail diverges with the Fern Creek Trail, we will take the one less traveled by to Camp Alice Eastwood Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring water, snack, and wear sturdy shoes. This is a family-friendly, three-mile walk.

Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, 10am-3pm, demonstrators will exhibit their skills in basketry, flint knapping, clamshell bead making, and more, Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Great Sausalito Play Date, 10-11:30am, ages 3 and under, We will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play, Sausalito Library.

This walk is for the birds!, 10am-12:30pm, Join us at Rush Creek for a family stroll in search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican, to the Red-tailed Hawk and Allen’s or Ana’s Hummingbirds.

Spectacular Summer Salads, 10am, ages 8+, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Kid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

3 Little Pigs: The Science Behind the Story, 11-11:45am, ages 3-6, Get your construction hats on as we get set to test the science behind the 3 Little Pigs’ houses! In this extended preschool storytime, we will be engineering the strongest house we can build! Novato Library.

Read to a Dog, 11-12pm, Fairfax Library.

22nd Anniversary Party, 12-3pm, live music, food, kids activities and more, Whole Foods, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Charged Particles Jazz Trio, 12-1pm, ages 3+, electrifying and educational jazz performance, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 1-3pm, 6-12 graders, Learn to make a duct tape wallet, cell phone holder or wristlet purse, with custom stickers that you create, and to add more bling finish it off with LED light that you wire yourself. Learn something new and leave with something unique that you made yourself. Marin Maker Mobile helps you bring your cool ideas to life, Corte Madera Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Explore the Art of Henna, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, San Rafael Library.

TEENS Bottle Cap & Dog Tag Creations, 3-4pm, Make bottle cap or dog tag necklaces, earrings, or magnets. Bring your own images (1” circle for a bottle cap or 2”x1” for a dog tag), create your own, or find one in the magazines provided. If you want, bring in a picture of your pet! Fairfax Library.

Engineering Workshop with Lego: Animals, 3:30-5pm, ages 5-8, Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Explore the endless creative possibilities, Marin City Library.

Family Fun Night, 5-7pm, $10 for entire family, Safari theme, Mill Valley Community Center.

Lay It on My Heart, 7pm, meet the author Angela Pneuman, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Film Night in the Park, Pirate Band of Misfits, Peacock Gap.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Sunset Stroll and Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed! Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats, and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight NaturesBridge, Sausalito.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Hapa, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Mountain Lake Senses Walk, 2-3:30pm, Come experience sights, sounds, smells and flavors of Mountain Lake on an easy fun filled walk. Let’s use our five senses to investigate who uses this place as a home. Things to bring on this walk: walking shoes, dress in layers, and your love of nature. Families of all ages and abilities; meet at Mountain Lake playground.

Family Day: Paper Poetry Garden, 1-4pm, all ages, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Pixar in Concert, 7:30pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Merola Opera’s Schwabacher Summer Concert, 2pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Wearable Electronics, 1-2:45pm, Learn how to create a light-up LED wristband! Creativity Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, July 20

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Family Films, Annie, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sunday Special: The Corner Laughers, 11-11:45am, Bring the entire family to hear The Corner Laughers play catchy and clever pop music, full of harmony, hooks and intelligent lyrics, Mill Valley Library.

Fun Family Crafts, 11am-1pm, Bring your creativity to Paradise Beach Park and make fun nature crafts with a ranger. Supplies and healthy snacks will be provided. This event is for all ages. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact  897-0618 or SBurkhart@marincounty.org.

Sommerfest, 12-6pm,  A polka band, folk and popular group dances in traditional dress, a menu of authentic German/Austrian foods, and of course, excellent beers and other drinks, complete a fun-filled day that is sehr gemütlich for all ages, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Calico, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Club Project, 1-2pm, Stepping Stone, you must pre-register, Goodman’s Building Supply, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Black Olive Jazz, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, OCD/Dance, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Pupy Y Los Que Son Son & Vieux Farka Touré, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Pixar in Concert, 2pm, visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Grease Sing-a-long, 7:30pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Alphabet Rockers, 1-2pm, Asian Art Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 21

Fratello Marionettes: Carnival of the Animals, 11am-12pm, music, storytelling, and their unique artistry to share familiar stories in a totally new way, Stinson Beach Library, 868-0252.

Fratello Marionettes: Carnival of the Animals, 2-3pm, Inverness Library.

Stories and More: Math Patterns with Toni, 2:30-3:15pm, Patterns in nature, patterns on clothes, patterns everywhere – it’s all math to Toni! Come listen to stories about patterns then create your own repeating patter from one small square of paper, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, July 22

Nature for Kids: Dragonflies!, 10am-1pm, learn all about these fascinating insects that have been on earth since before the age of dinosaurs, Contact 893-9508, Meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking area.

Walking With Dinosaurs, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Stomp, Chomp and Roar with Dinosaurs, 11-11:45am, 5 and younger, Listen to silly dinosaur stories and make your own dinosaur mask. Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, except where noted, Mill Valley Library.

Lego Solar Cars, 3-4:30pm, Harness the power of the sun! Design and build solar powered vehicles, learn mechanical engineering concepts and explore alternative energy sources. Fairfax Library.

The Bubble Lady, 3:30pm, This show really pops! It’s crazy, zany, and tons of fun, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several special school-aged story times this summer. We’ll read books, then do simple crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 4-6pm, 6-12 graders, Marin City Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 23

Wildcare: Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, Visit with Wildcare’s animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Bolinas Library.

First 5 Marin’s Family Health & Fun Fair, 11:30am-3pm, The Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Coventry and Kaluza, 1-2pm, Witness extraordinary skills and thrills, including extreme acrobatics and high numbers hula-hooping! This clown duo has performed with the New Pickle Circus, among others, and twice won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival, San Anselmo Library.

Drawing from Nature, 2pm, ages 6+, with Ane Carla Rovetta, San Rafael Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3:30pm, Slapstick humor, ridiculous antics and audience participation: join us for a traditional Punch and Judy show, Sausalito Library.

Coventry & Kaluza, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Critter Crafting, 3:30pm, ages 5+, create a collage of a dog or a cat, Civic Center Library.

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 4-6pm, 6-12 graders, Novato Library.

TEEN Making Fresh Spring Rolls, 5:30-7pm, Point Reyes Station Library.

Movies on the Green, 6pm, The Cat in the Hat, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tails!, 7pm, ages 3+, an All-Critter, Sing-and-Dance-Along Party with award-winning children’s recording artist TIM CAIN!, Fairfax Library.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe, 7pm (Music 6:30), Mill Valley Community Center, on the Back Lawn, FREE (donation).

TEEN Teen Book Club, The Raven Boys, 7-8pm, Corte Madera Library.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Insect Discovery Lab, Hold and touch live bugs, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Kid’s Air Faire, 11am-2pm, Hiller Aviation Museum.

Thursday, July 24

Deer Island Stroll, 9-11am, fun mid-morning hike at Deer Island. Discover the local wildlife and the unique views of this wonderful preserve. (Approximately 1-mile roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Walking With Dinosaurs, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Creative Stories and Humor with Diana Shmiana and the Bag of Surprises, 11am, ages 5+, a mysterious bag appears, providing Diana Shmiana — and you the audience — with loads of laughs, hijinks, and wacky fun. Magic! Songs! Clowning! Stories and some Science thrown in!  Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 6+, Valcano Alert, Eruption Today, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Draw Your Own Superhero, 2:30-4pm, grades 2-5, Learn how to draw your own superhero from illustrator Norris Burroughs. Be sure to bring your imagination and your super powers! Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

“Sticky Fingers” Workshop with Sophie Maletsky, 4pm, ages 10+, Please RSVP at 785.8177, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Ring of Fire, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, It’s Family Movie Night! Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Animal Tales Past and Present, 7pm, all ages, Popular storyteller Neshama Franklin explores & dramatizes the essential roles that animals play in fable & myth while sharing her own experiences with paws, claws, scales, fins & fur, Fairfax Library.

TEEN Jewelry Making, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Join artist Chelsee Robinson for a 90-minute class of jewelry-making instruction and construction. All materials are provided, including tools, beads, stones, crystals and gift bags. Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

Dalia Marina, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Kids Day with Dance Mission, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, a multicultural dance hub bringing high-energy fusion dance and cultural stories from the Mission district, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Friday, July 25

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Lego Play Day, 2:30-4pm, age 5+, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, DJ Mancub, spinning his signature mix of some of the top danceable family fun tunes, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Film Night in the Park, Let It Be, Fairfax.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Piro Patton Quartet, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, A Night in Venice, A tribute to Italy’s most romantic city with Italian music + strolling opera singers, Main Street, Tiburon.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Why, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Revolver, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Crosspulse, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Santana original lead singer Gregg Rolie, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Saturday, July 26

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Bring the Family to Oakwood Valley for a Leisurely Loop Trail, 10am-12:30pm, a little known trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, offers shelter and sun. We will look for the rare mission blue butterfly which is on the federal endangered species list. The Mission Blue depends on a very specific host plant called the lupine which is found in Oakwood Valley.

Far West Fest, 10am-7:30pm, Love Field, Point Reyes Station.

Shakes, 10am, ages 5+, from chocolate to fruit, learn how to combine different flavors, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Marin Rod & Gun Club Picnic, 10am-6pm, free, family event with game booths, live music, rides and BBQ.  The annual picnic is a free event open to the public, Waterfront in San Pablo Bay at Point San Quentin, San Rafael.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Civic Center Library.

Biblio Spectacular! Magic, Comedy and Oddities, 1-1:45pm, all ages, Join the amazing Brian Scott, magician extraordinaire, as he takes us on a wild ride through magic and marvels galore! Novato Library.

TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 1-2:30pm, ages 10+, custom-designed necklace, bracelet or earrings using assorted blown glass, seeds, stones and art glass beads. All materials are provided, Marin City Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Biblio Spectacular! Magic, Comedy and Oddities, 3-3:45pm, South Novato Library.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 3:15-5pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Larkspur.

Film Night in the Park, 20 Feet From Stardom, Fairfax.

Mount Burdell Night Hike, 7-9pm, sunset and night hike on Mount Burdell Preserve. Discover nocturnal wildlife and the unique views of this wonderful preserve. (Approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Diego’s Umbrella, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Galaxy Quest, 9pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

kidsfest2014-MiniAD1KidsFest, 11am-2pm, free, Flax Art & Design, 1699 Market Street, San Francisco.

Fort Point Brass Band Concert, 12-1pm & 2-3pm, free summer concert series. This historic reenactment band will play music from the Civil War through the late 1800’s.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Tom Rigney & Flambeau, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Wearable Electronics, 1-2:45pm, Learn how to create a light-up LED wristband! Creativity Museum.

MakeArt Workshop: Sock Muppets with Joan Herlinger, 1:30-3:30pm, all ages, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival 

ReptilewithHeadlineLogoReptile Day, 10am-5pm, Get up-close to cold-blooded animals like turtles, snakes, and lizards during Reptile Day! Meet this special set of creatures who have scales or scutes and find out what makes reptiles so amazing during our fun-filled, family event. Included with the cost of admission, CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755. 

Sunday, July 27

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, takes a look at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart. These fearless creatures of the deep have developed amazing superpowers that allow them to thrive in the complex environment of the ocean. Join us for classroom presentations, Docent-led tours, and more! Marine Mammal Center.

Family Films, Despicable Me, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

A Salmon Summer, The Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach improves wildlife habitat and the creek and wetlands ecosystem. Learn about the history and current status of coho salmon in Redwood Creek on this easy, two-mile walk around the perimeter of a creek and lagoon restoration site. Bring water, lunch, and wear comfortable shoes.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Jimmy Dillon and Generation Next, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Solid Air, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, 7pm, meet authors Alex Tavoularis, Dave Carson, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Dance Mission, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Rufus Wainwright & Quartet San Francisco, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Free San Francisco Symphony Concert, 2pm, Civic Center Plaza.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, July 28

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Fairfax Library.

Stories and More: Busy Bees, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, Buzz into the library for stories about bees and a busy bee craft with Courtney, Mill Valley Library.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, July 29

The Lego Movie, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Mad Hatter Tea Party, 11-11:45am, For kids entering kindergarten and younger, and their caregivers, Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, except where noted, Mill Valley Public Library.

What Do You Do With an Idea? 11am, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Circus of Smiles, 3:30pm, Stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats, and comedians: they’re professional goofballs and they’ll make you laugh, Sausalito Library.

Animal Story Time and Crafts, 3:30pm, age 5-8, join us for several special school-aged story times this summer. We’ll read books, then do simple crafts based on our theme “Paws to Read”! Corte Madera Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, Grades 3-5, 4-5pm, We’ll read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11-year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Wednesday, July 30, New Moon

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Corte Madera Library.

Storyteller Kirk Waller, 1-2pm, experience tales from the African American tradition conveyed with musicality, mime, and emotion, San Anselmo Library.

All About Puppy Training, 1:30-2:30pm, ages 6+, with Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer Mary Jo Morris, San Rafael Library.

Ocean Film Festival, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, Kid-friendly films about the wonderful, mysterious, underwater world of the ocean. These independent films were chosen just for us by Diane Brockob. Bring a blanket to sit on, we’ll bring popcorn to share, Sausalito Library.

Kirk Waller, Storyteller, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Daffy Dave the Clown, 3:30pm, ages 3+, Get down with our favorite crazy clown as Daffy Dave returns with his goofball humor and antics, Civic Center Library.

Movies on the Green, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Fizzy, Foamy Science, Color the Hall’s sidewalks with foaming paint that you mix up yourself, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, July 31

The Lego Movie, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Elephant & Piggie Party, 2:30-4pm, all ages, Let’s party with our favorite pair – Piggie & Gerald! Join us for Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie stories, party games, and crafts! Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

TEEN Henna Workshop, 11am, henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios, will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Corte Madera Library.

Cartooning Workshop, 2-4pm, grade 6-8, learn how to draw characters, develop stories, and make your own comics, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 3-4pm, Fairfax Library.

Self-Portraits with Amy Novesky, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Award-winning author and Sausalito resident will present her book, Me, Frida, about the artist Frida Kahlo, and lead us through making self-portraits, Sausalito Library.

Funny, Furry Friends with Tony Borders, 4-5pm, Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly ventriloquism, puppetry, and comedy with Tony Borders! Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP to library@cityoflarkspur.org or phone 927-5005, Larkspur Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Victoria George, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Create a Video Game with Scratch, 7-8:30pm, grades 6-8, Learn coding by creating a simple game in Scratch! Get familiar with basic computer science concepts and create a game that you can play and share. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Kids Camp with Chelle and Friends, 12-2:30pm, ages 7-13, free, commemorating the music of New Orleans jazz, soul, funk, and rock & roll, Stern Grove, San Francisco.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Friday, August 1

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Super Structures, 2:30-4pm, grades 1-5, Discover the strengths of triangles, cylinders, and arches. Use teamwork to build your own super structures as well as an earthquake-proof building. Take home your creation along with the knowledge of a junior structural engineer. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Mariachi Juvenil Los Cachorros, festive music of Mexico, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Kids’ Pajama Party with LeUyen Pham, 6pm, Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator LeUyen Pham will be here to read you a bedtime story, diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Nick Demopoulous Smomid, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Caravan Serai, Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Zulu Spear, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Don Forbes & Reckless, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Outer Space from Open Space, 8-10pm, Come view outer space from open space as we identify the major constellations and talk about the legends behind them, Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Film Night in the Park, Money Ball, Fairfax.

TEEN Lock-in Friday, 6-12 graders, Come to the Library when we are closed for games, food, prizes and if you want, you can even sleep over! Novato Library.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, The Mickey Mouse Club – early episodes, The Disney Family Museum.

Chelle! & Friends, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Y&T, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Saturday, August 2

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Maritime Day, 8am-6pm, a day of nautical activities including traditional boat-building demonstrations, boat rides and floating home tours plus a flea market and music, Galilee Harbor, 300 Napa St., Sausalito, 332-8554, free.

Build a Mini Crate Pencil Holder, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Santa Venetia Stroll, 10am-12pm, take a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity 1-mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. Meet at the Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School).

Guarding the Gate at Camp Reynolds, 11am-4pm, free, visit the soldiers and family members from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, WWI, and WWII. Demonstrations on baking in the historic Bake House and cannon firings add to a day of stories and history come to life, Angel Island.

Circus of Smiles (Bilingual), 11-12pm, Join the circus at the library! Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun with the Family Circo show! Songs, dance and crazy antics will keep everyone giggling for hours! For all ages, Inverness Library.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Circus of Smiles (Bilingual), 2-3pm, Stinson Library.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Stories and More: Author Amy Novesky, 2:30-3:15pm, all ages, Award-winning author Amy Novesky will read from her newest picture book, Mister and Lady Day, about Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her. Music and an art activity will follow. Mill Valley Library.

Art Workshop, 2:30pm, grade 6-8, with Kat David, San Rafael Library.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 8:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “How We Found the Higgs Boson” at the Mountain Theatre.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Afrosolo, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Nihonmachi Street Fair, enjoy performance, tradition, art, music, food, and more, Japantown, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Beaver Festival, 11am-4pm, corner of Marina Vista and Alhambra Ave., Martinez.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Sunday, August 3

Pre-Natal Fitness Class, free, 8-9am, Fit4Mom Marin and Jack & Jill’s Play Space are partnering to bring you a complimentary 4-week series of prenatal fitness classes with free daycare from Urbansitter. Join other Marin moms-to-be in their journey to stay fit and healthy each step of their pregnancy, Jack & Jill’s Play Place, 125 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael.

Family Films, Mrs. Doubfire, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Miracle Mule, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, T Sisters, Steep Ravine, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Mixed Nuts, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Rowan Brothers Band, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Chelle & Friends, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory & Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Uncommon Time, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Nihonmachi Street Fair, enjoy performance, tradition, art, music, food, and more, Japantown, San Francisco.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Clara County Fair344 Tully Rd., San Jose.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 4

Bookshelf Shout-Outs – a craft with Judi Evans, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 8+, Create personal recommendation bubbles to promote your favorite titles on the library shelves, Corte Madera Library.

Tuesday, August 5

Rio 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Ladybug Picnic, 11-11:45am, At our polka-dotted picnic, we’ll read stories, make crafts, eat treats and more! Little Sprouts! programs require advance sign-up and parent/caregiver participation, Mill Valley Public Library.

Muriel Johnson, Story Teller, 3:30pm, Captivating stories from around the world. Vivid, funny, and enchanting, Sausalito Library.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Wednesday, August 6

Wildlife Associates – Wild Neighbors!, 11am-12pm, meet a live Porcupine, elusive Red Fox, remarkable Harris’ Hawk and White-Tailed Kite, Discover our amazing animal neighbors who live in the hills and valleys of our state, Corte Madera Library.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater, 1-2pm, join Melanie Moe as she leaps through time to the age of the monsters, gods and heroes of ancient Greek mythology! San Anselmo Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, children read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Make a Portrait Kite! with the Green Art Workshop, 3:30pm, ages 4-8, We’ll honor our personal heroes by making special portrait kites at this art workshop, Sausalito Library.

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater, All ages, 3:30-4:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, Babe, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12:30pm & 2pm, Trapeze Arts, Marvel at the high-flying stunts of Les Aerielles Troupe arts, then try out stilts and a tight wire, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, August 7

Junior Rangers: Make Your Own Map, 9:30-11am, ages 7-12, easy nature walk to explore Mount Burdell. We will learn how to use maps to navigate and how to make your own map of Mount Burdell! Meet at the gate on San Carlos Way in Novato.

Art in the Park, 10am-1pm, Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Rio 2, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Littles with Molly, 11am, entering Kindergarten in the fall or younger, Join us for stories, songs, finger plays, and fun. We’ll read books about birds, clouds, flying, and other topics from the wide blue sky, and do a special activity, Sausalito Library.

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Fit for Royalty! Crowns to color, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

Lizard Lady Reptiles, 2:30-4pm, grades K-5, Meet Teressa Killeen and her cold-blooded friends: Rajah the boa constrictor, Sheba the baby Savannah Monitor, and Scooter the skink and her baby, Zeina. Hear their stories and learn about problems facing endangered reptiles in today’s world. No sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Between the Pages, 3pm, Code Talker, grades 6-8, San Rafael Library.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE-A-Book dogs. Kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

Young Writer’s Club, 4pm, Ages 8-10, Sausalito Library.

SHARE-a-Book with a Dog, 4pm, Each child gets a 15 minute session. This program is a fun, low-stress way to practice reading, Sausalito Library.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Danny Click, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Movie Night and Raffle, Grades 6-8, 7-8:30pm, Celebrate your summer of reading at our Middle School Movie Party. We’ll watch Catching Fire (PG-13) and chomp on some freshly popped popcorn before we announce our raffle winners! Mill Valley Library.

Tiffany Austin Quintet, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Friday, August 8

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Wildcare: Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, Visit with Wildcare’s animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Point Reyes Library.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Playground Adventure, 2:30-4pm, grades 2-5, Learn about simple machines such as incline plane, levers, wedges, and pulleys. Build your own playground with everyday materials. Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Blue Whale, a funky jam band from the Marin Headlands, plays a variety of classic covers from Muddy Waters to the Beatles, along with originals, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Joshua Smith and the Birthday Jazz Band, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Creekside Fridays Music Series, 6:30-8pm, Tam Valley All Stars, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Pi Clowns, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Starship Starring Mickey Thomas, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, August 9

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Inverness Fair, 8:30am, simple town fair with a pancake breakfast, a book sale, music, kids’ activities and oysters for sale, Inverness. Questions: fair@invernessassociation.org

End of Summer Party, 1-3pm, We’re throwing a party! Join us for an afternoon of live music, face painting, games, and ice cream in Robin Sweeny Park for the whole family, Sausalito Library.

San Rafael Art & Wine Festival, 1-5pm, entrance is free, cash-only event.

TEEN Teen Clothing Swap, 2-4pm, Got clothes that you like but never wear? Sick of what you have? Then why not swap your clothes for something new? Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Pool Side Jams, 2:30-4:30pm, Void Where Prohibited, Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley.

Family Fun Night, 5-7pm, pool $10 for entire family, Disney theme, Mill Valley Community Center.

Summer Nights, 7pm, live music from Blame Sally, kids zone, family friendly, kids under 17 free, Marin JCC.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-6pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Sunday, August 10

Family Films, How to Train Your Dragon, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sunday Special: Fratello Marionettes, 11-11:45am, all ages, Bring the entire family to see Fratello Marionettes perform The Frog Prince, Mill Valley Library.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, The Old Way, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Jerry Hannan, Matt Eakle, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, The SoulShine Blues Band, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Steep Ravine, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Dance Workshop with Allan Frias, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Darlene Love & Monophonics, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Pistahan, 11am-5pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, print making and graphic design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Gravenstein

Gravenstein Apple Fair, 10am-5pm, Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol.

Monday, August 11

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 6:30-7:15pm, all ages, Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening story time and bedtime snack; then your stuffie gets to spend the night! Pick up your stuffed friend the next day, Mill Valley Library.

Tuesday, August 12, Perseids Meteor Shower

Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Little Sprouts: Bingo Schmingo, 11-11:45am, Bingo Schmingo (aka Kathleen Rushing) brings a morning of music, movement and preschool fun! When you join music and laughter with phonics-based learning, it’s a terrific time for all. No advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Public Library.

Astronomy Night: Perseids Meteor Shower, 8-10pm, Bring the whole family out for a memorable evening under the stars on Mount Burdell. Check out the planets and the heavens above through a telescope, or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the view. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Wednesday, August 13, Full Moon, Perseids Meteor Shower

Circus Arts Workshop, 1:30pm, ages 5+, workshop will take place outside on the lawn in front of the Downtown San Rafael Library.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, 3:30-4:30pm, all ages, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit are a high-energy jump-blues, vintage jazz band with a little boogie woogie thrown in, Mill Valley Library.

Movies on the Green, Bee Movie, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kids Book Club, Flora and Ulyssus, 7-8pm, 4-5 graders, Corte Madera Library.

TEEN After Hours Movie, 8:30-10:30pm, Corte Madera Library.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Research Roundup, Meet the UC Berkeley students and entomologists who are making cutting-edge advancements in the field of insect science, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, August 14

Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato.

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Steep Ravine, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Dog Appreciation Day/Coyote Talk, 5-6:30pm, Bring your pooch out to McInnis Park and feast on a hot dog BBQ with community members and rangers. After the festivities with our canine friends, Chief Park Ranger Rob Ruiz will discuss the habits and identifying characteristics of our wild canines; coyotes and foxes. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

SF Son Jarocho Festival, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, August 15

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

TEEN Maker Camp, 11am-2pm, virtual summer camp for teens and features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days, Lunch will be served, Novato Library.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Enzo, a one man band, playing cool instruments like the 5-string banjo, accordion, harmonica, and musical saw, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jake Botts Quartet , Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Petty Theft, Northgate, San Rafael.

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, Creation, Novato.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Film Night: Despicable Me 2, 8pm, Strawberry Recreational Center, Mill Valley.

The Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Eddie Money, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, August 16

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Run for the Seals & Fun Day, enjoy FREE food and drinks, take educational tours, listen to stories and learn about the important work of the Center, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Family Game Night: Family Sunset Stroll and Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Celebrate your family bond with outdoor team building games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play and hike the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators, art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, August 17

Family Films, Jurassic Park, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Smooth Hound Smith, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Beatles Flashback, Matt Jaffe & the Distractions, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Lovin’ Harmony, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island. AlexRamonNewMagic

Alex Ramon #NewMagic, 3pm, $35 ticket, Showcase Theater San Rafael.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, King & Ace, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, 2014 Grammy winners, Salsa, Bolero, Mambo and Cha Cha – 19 talented musicians in one Park, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Trash Mash-Up and Vogue and Tone, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, Sergio Mendes & LoCura, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am , San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Brazil in the Gardens, 1-2:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 18

Tuesday, August 19

Nature for Kids: Insects at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, We’ll start the day with a look at the insect life that we can find in and around the pond, then we’ll head down the trail to see the different types of insects that live in the marshes, forests and grasslands nearby. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Work Days on the Bay, 9am-12pm, help restore and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Wednesday, August 20

Movies on the Green, Stuart Little, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Thursday, August 21

Create It! Make It! Take It! 2, 3, & 4pm, ages 4+, Create a Master-Plate, $5, Five Little Monkeys, Novato.

SHARE A Book, Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, kids in kindergarten and older can sign up for a 15-minute appointment, San Anselmo Library.

North African Rhythms, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Summer Fun Days, 12-2pm, Engineering Festival, Everyone can build a hydraulic system, a wind turbine, or a bridge at this celebration of engineering, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Friday, August 22

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

End of Summer Bash, 5-7:30pm, Say goodbye to summer with us as we go out with a bang! Grab a drum and groove with Rhythm Child, participate in a bilingual storytime and bring a picnic blanket to reflect on the fun days of summer. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Dan Hicks & His Bayside Jazz Band, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Eugene Huggins and Friends, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Music in the Park, 6-8pm, Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Great White, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Saturday, August 23

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Work Days on the Bay, 9am-12pm, help restore and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Learn How to Pier Fish, 9am-1pm, learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier, Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Viva Mexico Festival, 10am, $25 advance; $30 at the door Children under 10 free, music, food, cultural arts, crafts, exhibitors and displays, Civic Center, San Rafael.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Novato Theater Summer Festival, 3-7pm, Music, Dancing, Food & Fun “on the civic green” in Downtown Novato!

20th Street Block Party, 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison, Florida Street between 19th and 20th Streets, San Francisco.

Peace in the Park Festival, 11am-6pm, a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum. Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, August 24

Family Films, Kung Fu Panda, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Roll at Rush Creek, 8-11am,Want to go on a scenic mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a Sunday morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Preserve. This is a moderate 7-mile ride intended for intermediate mountain bike riders. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Folkish Festival, 12:30-2:30pm, Generation Next with Jimmy Dillon & Friends, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Concert on the Plaza, 1pm, Beso Negro, Downtown Depot Plaza, Mill Valley.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, New West Guitar Group, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, West Grant Boulevard, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Bubba’s Taxi, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Sunday Streets, Mission neighborhood, San Francisco.

Kids Stage at Stern Grove, 12-1pm, Kristin Damrow Dance (Venture Dance), 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Stern Grove Festival, 2pm, free admission, The Zombies & Vetiver, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, August 25

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, August 26

Wednesday, August 27

Movies on the Green, Horton Hears a Who, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur. My Music is Who I Am, 7pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Thursday, August 28

Friday, August 29, New Moon

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Nostalgia Days, 1st to 7th on Grant Avenue West, Novato.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, featuring music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall Lawn.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, Main Street USA, A salute to Disney, with some of your favorite characters in attendance + the music of The Kyle Martin Band performing contemporary and classic rock favorites., Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Susan Sutton Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Family Movie Night, 7:30 – 10pm, enjoy a move popcorn, bring your family, a blanket, chairs, and a picnic dinner or snacks (portable BBQs are allowed). Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Music by Papa Doo Run Run, 6:30pm and 8:30pm on the Beach Bandstand.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Saturday, August 30

monkeys_publicityFive Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Nostalgia Days, 1st to 7th on Grant Avenue West, Novato.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Mount Burdell Night Hike, 7 – 9pm, Discover nocturnal wildlife and the unique views of this preserve. (Approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip.) Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, 8:30pm, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “The Big Bang in Context” at the Mountain Theatre.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

Sunday, August 31

Five Little Monkeys, 10:30am, 12:30pm & 3pm, all ages, Those five little monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama, meet up with a crocodile and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Family Films, Babe, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

The Tempest, 2pm, set on a lonely island that is home to the exiled duke Prospero, his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban, and elemental spirit Ariel who fills the air with eerie sounds and delightful music, Free and family friendly, Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Andoni, Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Music in the Park, 3-6pm, Danny Click, Creek Park, San Anselmo.

Concerts-in-the-Park, 4pm, David Martin’s House Party, Interactive Rock n Roll; lots of dancing, Belvedere Park.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5-6:30pm, Dirty Cello, Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square. prk_img_shrew_index

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Taming of the Shrew, Green Show, a half hour before showtime – a great introduction to the play for all ages! Presidio’s Main Post, San Francisco.

Quetzal, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, young architects workshop, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Gold Rush Days,  turn back the clock to Sacramento’s historic district to 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times, Sacramento.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – June 2014


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SR_Pacifics_Logo(4c)-3-(1)Some of my favorite childhood memories include going to a baseball game with my dad. Every year, as Father’s Day approaches, I reminisce about the great times we had enjoying baseball together. Which is why I am really looking forward to recreating those memories with my daughter by taking her to see the San Rafael Pacifics play at Albert Field in San Rafael. Not only do I love the nostalgia and simplicity of today’s independent ballgames, they also remind me of those bonding times with my dad. Plus they’re an inexpensive and fun outing the whole family will enjoy.

While baseball is the main focal point, there are plenty of other games and activities going on around the ballpark. Some new additions include a speed pitch machine and healthier food options. Throughout the season, there are a lot of fun and exciting promotions, including former MLB player appearances, giveaways for both kids and adults, and awesome events.

1009042_502431026501252_511219406_oAnd, if your summer-born kid really enjoys baseball, the San Rafael Pacifics Ball Club offers a unique birthday experience. Party packages include food, birthday cake, party bags, a visit from Pacifics players and their lovable team mascot, Sir Francis the Drake. Top it off with a personalized PA announcement during the game and your child will have memories to last a lifetime. The most popular spot is right behind home plate where your kids can eat lunch while watching batting practice. Special added features include throwing out the first pitch or being a bat boy/girl for the game.

The San Rafael Pacifics season opens on Tuesday, June 3rd against the Sonoma Stompers and close the season on August 24th against the Pittsburg Mettle. Pacifics Stadium is located at Albert Park in San Rafael (B Street and Albert Lane.) For more information about tickets, The Rookie Club or birthday parties, please contact Jennifer Clark at jennifer @ pacificsbaseball.com or check out their website.

Don’t Forget - Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long! Country Club Bowl in San Rafael is Marin County’s place to bowl. To register your child for 2 free games of bowling daily visit the website each week to print the proper dated coupon – they only issue them weekly.

Sunday, June 1

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Marin Home and Garden Expo, 10am-5pm, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 507-1537, $6 to $10, free for 12 and younger.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Planetary Dance, sunrise ceremony 5:20am, main event 11am, “Remember the Children” is the theme of the 34th annual outdoor dance celebration with Marin choreographer Anna Halprin, including music, poetry and a healthy potluck lunch, Santos Meadow, Muir Woods Road, Muir Beach.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Pickled Beats (Rock/Country/Dance), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Exploration Workshop: All About Show Boat, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm, ages 6+, Experience this classic of American musical theater in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of Show Boat, San Francisco Opera.

Grove on the Road, 11am-3pm, Instrument petting zoo with Magik*Magik Orchestra, art workshop, and more! 24th & Sanchez Streets, San Francisco.

Makey Makey Mash-Up, 11am, ages 6+, Turn everyday objects into interactive games, instruments and art using simple hardware and software concepts with Makey Makey technology, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Film: Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, 4pm.

Movie of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Peter Pan, The Disney Family Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, From Up on Poppy Hill, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Zaide Makes Challah: Puppet Show with Jen Miriam Altma, 11:30am-12:15pm, Laugh uproariously as Zaide (grandfather) attempts to make challah for Shabbat. The only problem is . . . he doesn’t know how to cook very well, and he can’t see well enough to read the recipe, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 2

Clever Jackie Takes the Cake, 11am-12pm, first graders of Stinson School invite you to come enjoy their performance of Clever Jackie Takes The Cake, to help us kick off summer reading, Stinson Beach Library.

Summer Salistace, Treasure Island.

Tuesday, June 3

Henna Art Workshop, 7-8pm, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques, Point Reyes Station Library Meeting Room.

Wednesday, June 4

Family Astronomy Night, 7:30pm, Join local astronomer Ken Frank who will talk about astronomy and the day and night sky. In conjunction with our Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom Read! Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

4 Year Anniversary Party, 5-7pm, tapas, sangria and more, Whole Foods, Blithedale, Mill Valley.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Anne Rainwater, piano solo: Works include Haydn Sonata in E-Flat Major and Bach’s First, Keyboard Partita, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Grove on the Road, 5-7pm, Instrument petting zoo with Magik*Magik Orchestra, art workshop, and more! Joe DiMaggio Playground, Powell and Lombard, San Francisco.

Thursday, June 5

Native Garden Work Days, improve native pollinator habitat and create demonstration gardens the general public can replicate at home, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Friday, June 6

McNears Beach Block Party, 4-7pm, food, live music, swimming, paddleboards, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Free parking and pool use! McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 3:15-5pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Novato.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Bethanie Deeney Murguia, 6pm, Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, Diesel, a Bookstore, Larkspur.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, Pride & Joy (R&B/Soul), Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

Red Panda Acrobats, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 7

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am-1pm, follow the 2.3 mile loop trail around this “island” and look for all of the wildlife and late blooming flowers that thrive here. There should be plenty of butterflies and other interesting insects to see as well as lizards, birds, and gorgeous trees to shade us. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

National Trails Day – Mill Valley, 9am-12pm, clean up the Sausalito/Mill Valley Multiuse Pathway and Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve, volunteers of all ages are encouraged to attend. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Snacks and water will be provided, Meet at the end of Sycamore Ave on the multiuse pathway in Mill Valley.

National Trails Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am-12pm, join us for a hearty pancake breakfast in the Tennessee Valley picnic area followed by a ranger-led hike to the beach. $10/Adult, $5/Children includes pancakes, sausage/vegan sausage, and a hot cup of coffee or orange juice, Tennessee Valley.

Family Hike at Roy’s Redwoods, 10am-12:30pm, Come with the whole family to enjoy the beautiful San Geronimo Valley.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

MPOMC Garage Sale, 8am to 2pm, Top quality children’s clothes, toys, and equipment at garage sale prices! Marin Catholic High School Gymnasium, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield.

Summer Sides That You Can Make, 9:30am, ages 8-12, Getting ready to grill? After this class, you’ll be ready to help mom and dad with creating delicious summer side dishes to go with bbq chicken, hamburgers and steak, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Tam Jam, 6pm, listen to some rockin’ music by 7 talented student bands from our own community. There will be plenty of music, food, and fun for the whole family, Tam Valley Community Center.

Ready Mill Valley Backyard Campout, check in is at 4pm, pitch your tent with other families, neighbors, and friends, enjoy an evening of campfire programming, family fun, and preparedness activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Build a Riding LawnMower, 9am-12pm, Kids can build an organizer to store hair bands, race cars… or make a great gift for DAD! Home Depot.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Animals on Parade, 11-11:30am, Join us for a special family storytime to celebrate our favorite animals! Kick off this Summer Reading in style with this special family event. For all ages, Novato Library.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30am-12pm, $35 per person, Set sail for family adventure on the schooner Seaward. Navigate the bay, hoist sails, and learn a bit about bay ecology during this 2.5 hour experience filled with breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind memories. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Beatles, Barbecue & Beverages, 3-6pm, sing-along and dining benefit the Marin Community Music School, $10 to $15, Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

National Cemetery Walk, 10am-12pm, Hear about Medal of Honor recipients, a Union spy, an Indian scout, Buffalo Soldiers and others buried here. Dress warmly. This 1-mile walk has a steep uphill climb. Rain cancels. Meet docent Galen Dillman at the cemetery entrance gate, corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Sheridan Ave.

Family Fun Fitness, 2-4pm, learn how we can work out our bodies while playing fun games and exploring the Golden Gate National Parks. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. All ages and fitness levels welcome. Meet at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery St.

Soy and Tofu Festival, 11am-5pm,  Japantown Peace Plaza and Post St.

Union Street Festival, 10am-6pm.

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, 11-11:30am & 12:15-12:45pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

The Very Busy Spider Weaving Project, 10:30am-12:30pm, ages 3+, Weave your own spider web with fabric and string. Create a large-scale collaborative web to display at the museum and a small web to take home, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Open Farm Day, 11am, tour will begin at 11am, but you are welcome to come any time and splash in the creek, picnic under the cottonwood trees, and spend the day here at the farm! For questions, please email hallie@fullbellyfarm.com, Full Belly Farm.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 8

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Talking Trees and Whispering Woods, 10:30-11:45am, ages 7-12, go on a nature scavenger hunt, write poetry, and create a take-home art piece, Muir Woods National Monument. 

Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating World Oceans Day: The Big, The Small, and The Weird, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Dipsea Race, 8:30am sharp! Mill Valley.

Strawberry Festival, 11:30am-4pm, free, Enjoy local musicians and food vendors, free carnival games, family races and more. Come play with the little fuzzy friends in the petting zoo, bounce in the jump house, climb the rock wall, hit the target on the dunk tank and enjoy a free swim at the SRD pool! Strawberry Recreation Center.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 3pm, Marin Symphony orchestra performs the soundtrack live, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

World Oceans Day Celebration, 12-5pm, interactive, educational, fun that will be a blast for all ages. Come interact with activists all over the Bay Area as well as engage in fun water games, listen to a live band and jump in the ocean themed bounce house! To change the way people think of our oceans, we need to make  saving the seas fun! Tam High School Football Field.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Michael Bartel (Elvis Impersonator), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Western Weekend, parade starts at 12pm, celebrating the ranching roots of West Marin, with 4-H exhibits and homecoming queens, a real eclectic mix of the area, combining the cowboy with the local food and the local artists, Point Reyes Station.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Sunday Streets, 11am-4pm, Great Highway, San Francisco. 

Union Street Festival, 10am-6pm.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, 11am-5:30pm. 

Balloon Art, 10:30am-12:30pm, ages 3+, create a collaborative caterpillar mural inspired by Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” using balloons as our painting tools, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

JAMband Family Festival, 3-5pm, Beach Chalet, San Francisco.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 3pm, From Up on Poppy Hill, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 9

Storytime & Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 4pm, Stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover at the library. What will they do while they are here? Come in for storytime and to drop off your stuffed animal Monday June 10 at 4pm. Pick up is all day Tuesday June 11th. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Tuesday, June 10

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

Ice Age, The Meltdown, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

How to Draw Butterflies, Dragonflies, and the Insects of Summer, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop, Bugs are fun and they are everywhere! Learn how to draw insects and spiders in quick field studies, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Playground Design Challenge, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 11

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Edgewood Trio  (Beni Shinohara, violin, Vicky Ehrlich, cello and Marlyn Thompson piano) Program includes Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio, and works by Turina and De FallaThrockmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Thursday, June 12

Muir Woods After Hours, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

Ice Age, The Meltdown, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Destani Wolf, 12:30-1:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, June 13, Full Moon

Friday the 13th Not Afraid of the Dark Hike, 7:30-9pm, enjoy Old St Hilary’s at night! Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett to avoid the black cats, ladders, and other superstitions on this day for a pleasant short hike through Old St Hilary’s preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight, Meet at the gate at the end of Lyford Dr in Tiburon.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, contact 272-2756, Fairfax.

Creekside Friday, 6:30-8pm, The Cabin, Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Venezuelan Music Project, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 14, National Get Outdoors Day

MCM_FatherDayBBQ_WEB_2014The Country Mart Farmers’ Market, 11am-2pm, yummy BBQ and blue grass and folk music, fun kid’s activities too! Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Larkspur.

Art in the Park, 10am-12pm, Bring the whole family out to scenic Stafford Lake Park to paint the oak studded grasslands of beautiful North Marin. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be providedStafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby, 9am-1pm,Join rangers for our fishing contest at Paradise Beach Park! Prizes will be awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Failure: A Love Story, 2pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Tiburon Classic Car Show

legoLego Experience, 10ama-2pm, join Playwell to dream it, build it, wreak it, repeat, Poppy Store , Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Father Son BBQ, 6:30-9pm, Dads and sons will have a blast playing kickball and eating barbecue, games and activities, $20 per person, Corte Madera Rec Center.

Summer Reading Program: Paws to Read!! We’re delighted to be offering a wide variety of really fun, interactive summer programs! You’ll even get a free book, just for signing up.

Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, 10am-7pm, handcrafted art, regional vintage wines, award-winning micro brews, Americana and gourmet foods, and first-rate live music, the Festival is the good-time place to be, Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street, Novato.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Fairfax Festival, 11am-6pm, parade starts at 10am.

Brian Scott – Magician! 11am, Come ready to be amazed by the magic of this talented and funny performer, Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Carnival of the Animals, 1-2pm, take an amazing ride through 3 classic fairy tales told through music and marionettes. For all ages. Novato Library.

Carnival of the Animals, 3-4pm, take an amazing ride through 3 classic fairy tales told through music and marionettes. For all ages. South Novato Library.

Film Night, “Up”, 8pm, Contratti Ball Field, Fairfax.

Novato Art, Wine & Music Festival, 10am-6pm, Grant Ave between Redwood Hwy and Seventh Street, Novato.

TEEN Come in Character, 6th to 12 Graders, 1-3pm, Come dressed as your favorite character, fictional or not, living or dead. Games, prizes, healthy and unhealthy snacks. Prizes for teens who are the most believable and stay in character the longest. Space is Limited. Sign up Recommended. Novato Library.

The Art of the Descarga, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays, 2-3pm, Native Fish: Restoring the Three-spined Stickleback to Mountain Lake. Meet at the 14th Avenue Gate located near 1808 Wedemeyer Street.

Film Night in the Park, Ghostbusters, Dolores Park.

Chocolate Bank Robbery Scavenger Hunt, 12pm & 1pm, Tickets: Adults: $20, Kids <18: $10, or Families: $50, 14th Ave East Meadow Picnic Area, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Switch It Up, 11am-12pm, Become a mixmaster of sound and switch it up on a turntable created by you. Learn about electricity using conductive materials, including you as an interactive wire! Create a fully-functional circuit on a piece of paper and design paper switches for making musical melodies. Then, connect your turntable to a MaKey MaKey and blend your beats on a DJ music mixing game, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Fathers Day Workshop, 11am-2pm, Create a crown for dad to wear on his special day! Stop by our Innovation Lab and design a one-of-a-kind gift that’s fit for a king., Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

North Beach Festival, 10am-6pm, Blessing of the Animals: The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, Kids’ Chalk Art Area: Let your kids creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at our kids chalk art area on Vallejo St between Grant Ave & Columbus and more.

Little Open Studio, Storytime and Watercolor, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, ages 7 and under, Let’s explore the many wonders of color and water! Using the wonderful watercolors of Mary Blair as an inspiration, we will use stamps, brushes, and even fingers and toes to paint away the morning!, The Walt Disney Museum.

Northern California Pirate Festival, 10am-6pm, Vallejo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 15

Sunday Special: Throckmorton Theatre Youth Showcase, 11-11:45am, musical numbers performed by Throckmorton Youth Performers and Little Throck from the 2013-14 season including Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cinderella and Annie Kids, plus songs by a cappella group, Throckappella, Mill Valley Library.

Father’s Day Project, 10:30-11:30am, family-inspired project in Art Studio 10 and a special one-hour Father’s Day art activity in the Idea Spot, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am, West Point Inn.

A Barkin’ Birthday, a small fee, docent-led tours will be offered at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm, free entrance, Free classes at 12 and 2 pm will focus on California sea lion adaptations, current patients, and their history at PIER 39.

South Pacific, 2pm, Mountain Play.

Fairfax Festival, 11am-6pm, parade starts at 10am.

Concerts-in-the-ParkFathers’ Day Concert. Bring Dad, Grandad and the whole family for a classic Motown, R&B and Soul afternoon with lots of dancing, Belvedere Park.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Town Band (classical/big band), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Z and The Benders (Jazz Dance Music), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, 10am-6pm, Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street, Novato.

Family Adventure Sails, 10am-12:30pm, sail by famous San Francisco sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, Adults $50/ Youth (ages 6-12) $25 / Children (under 6) free.

Native Contemporary Arts Festival, 12-3pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Celebration of Indiamusic, dance and fun family activities including performances, art activities, henna tattooing and a Bhangra flashmob dance, Asian Museum.

North Beach Festival, 10am-6pm, Blessing of the Animals: The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, Kids’ Chalk Art Area: Let your kids creativity shine in North Beach and buy a square and street chalk at our kids chalk art area on Vallejo St between Grant Ave & Columbus and more.

Open Studio,Illustrating the Story, 1-4pm, Taking inspiration from the Little Golden Books of Mary Blair’s design, learn the skills to layout and balance text to illustration as a children’s book illustrator would. Apply these techniques to key moments of your own short story, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Furniture Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Game Building, 11:30am, ages 6+, inspired by our exhibition To Build & Be Built, this  series of collaborative building games and challenges are led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Northern California Pirate Festival, 10am-6pm, Vallejo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 16

Tuesday, June 17

The Muir Woods Canopy: BioBlitz Findings! 10am-12pm, As part of BioBlitz, a National Geographic event hosted in the park back in March, a team of researchers from Save the Redwoods League were able to climb into the canopy of Muir Woods and observe– the first time this has ever been done! Come to this presentation and hike to learn what they found!

Epic, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

TEEN Teen Movie Night, 6-8:30pm, Come to the Novato Library and enjoy a movie filled with LEGO goodness. Pizza, healthy and unhealthy snacks will be served. Novato Library.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 18

Punch & Judy Show, 1-2pm, Prepare to laugh out loud as the Piccolo Puppet Players return to the Novato Library with their family-oriented puppet show is sure to have you giggling at the hilarious antics of Punch & Judy. For ages 3+ with caregivers.

Punch & Judy Show, 3:30-4:30pm, Prepare to laugh out loud as the Piccolo Puppet Players return to the Marin City Library with their family-oriented puppet show is sure to have you giggling at the hilarious antics of Punch & Judy. For ages 3+ with caregivers.

Share a Book with a Dog, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Summer Movie Series, Dennis the Menace, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Summer Fun Series, 12-2pm, Be a Bug, Make your own butterfly wings, create bug sunprints, and get your face painted like your favorite insect, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, June 19

Magician Brian Scott, 11am, performing tricks and treats and other mystic magic to amaze you, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Epic, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

Failure: A Love Story, 1pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Jenny Lind Concert, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Conjunto Karabali, 6pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Friday, June 20

Circus Fun with Coventry and Kaluza, 3:30pm, the Instigators of Fun, will bring juggling, acrobatics and comedy to Larkspur Library. Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, Caribbean Dance Party with Asheba, 5-7:30pm, Bring your dancing shoes for a Caribbean Dance Party with Asheba as we kick-off summer the right way with our Member Appreciation Night, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Thingamajig Workshop, 4:30pm, ages 4+, make a musical instrument out of recycled materials – you very own Thingamajig, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Wildcare, Feather, Fur and Scales, 2:30-3:30pm, visit our animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Stinson Beach Library.

Creekside Friday, 6:30-8pm, The Cabin, Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley.

Concert Under the Oak, 6-8pm, SF Music Club Event (World/ Reggae), Northgate, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

TEEN Light up Duct Tape Wallets, Purselets or Cell Phone Holders, 2-4pm, 6th-12th graders, Space is limited. Signup required. Call 473-6058, Civic Center Library.

Unique Derique, 11am & 12:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 21, Solstice

Summer Solstice at Muir Beach, 6-8pm, Celebrate the longest day of the year at the continent’s edge, Muir Beach. Join us for storytelling and songs around a bonfire. Dress warmly and bring a mug for hot drinks. Free. Meet at Muir Beach. No reservations required.

Sunset Solstice Hike, 7:30-9pm, unwind as we end the longest day of the year in the beautiful Lucas Valley Preserve. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Big Rock trailhead in San Rafael.

Creekside Restoration with Save The Bay, 9am-12pm, learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh, and be a part of a community-based effort to enrich important habitat areas of Hal Brown Park! Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to attend! Pre-registration is required, Hal Brown Park, Bon Air Road, Greenbrae.

Meandering in China Camp’s Miwok Meadow, 10am-12:30pm, Start with a picturesque drive along San Pablo Bay until you get to the entrance gate of Miwok Meadows. We will be looking for signs of deer, listening for wild turkey calls, and signs of other wildlife in this pleasant walk around the meadow. Learn how the Miwoks hunted and gathered food and how they used plants and trees to their benefit.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

I ♥ Zoku, 9:30am, ages 5-12, If you love slushies, popsicles and ice cream, then you will love Zoku. Join us and learn how to make these tasty treats, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Hands-on Learning, The Physics of Toys, 2pm, ages 7+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

One Heart Music, 1-2pm, Join us for an afternoon of music with George Sellner and his guitar. One guy, one guitar, and lots of heart will make for a fun day of music for little ones! For ages 3+ with caregivers, Novato Library.

One Heart Music, 3-4pm, South Novato Library.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

Mexican Art FestivalSan Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Natural Presidio Walk and Campfire, 4-6pm, explore the natural Presidio on this family friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill parking lot and ends with a fun campfire program. You’ll hear stories from many cultures about the longest day of the year. Meet at the Rob Hill Campground.

Market Days, 11am-3pm, free, open-air mini-festivals that bring together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators on third Saturdays from June to October. They feature curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays, Exploratorium.

Spending Time With Your Kids, 11:30am-12:30pm, Learn about developmentally appropriate interactions with mobile technology and your family. Discover ways in which you can effectively use an iPad to experience playing and learning together with your child, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Presidio Middle School (site map), 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

Marcus Cohen & The Congress, 1pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 22

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Steep Ravine (bluegrass), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Marine Science Sunday: Celebrating World Oceans Day: The Big, The Small, and The Weird, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Octopalooza, 11:30am-3pm, join naturalists from the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about the amazing cephalopod, find out what’s armed and what’s tentacled through hands-on activities and information on cephalopods and sustainable seafood and Interactive Squid Dissections at Noon, 1pm, and 2pm, Bay Model, Sausalito.

TEEN Teen Improv Workshop with Laura Derry, 1-3pm, 6-12th graders, a two hour improvisation workshop! Laugh and be spontaneous while learning some beginning improv activities and fun performance games Corte Madera Library.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Jesse Lee Kincaid (Americana & Irish), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Dog Day on the Bay, Hornblower Cruises Champagne Brunch Cruise to benefit Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program.

Exploration Workshop: All About Show Boat, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm, ages 6+, Experience this classic of American musical theater in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music of Show Boat, San Francisco Opera.

Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin, 2pm, free, Stern Grove.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Presidio Middle School (site map), 450 30th Ave, San Francisco (@ Geary)

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Fabric Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Rainbow Shadows: Celebrating Family with Shadow Puppets, 11:30am-12:15pm, In honor of SF Pride Month, join shadow puppeteer Daniel Barash for a performance and puppet-making workshop that celebrates family inall its diversity, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 23

Tuesday, June 24

Laugh-out-Loud Book Club, 4-5pm, grade 3-5, reading aloud the True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. When 11 year-old Tip’s mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her. Along the way, she meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster, Mill Valley Library.

Wildcare, Feather, Fur and Scales, 10:30-11:30am, visit our animal ambassadors and examine the similarities and differences between mammal, bird, and reptile groups, Inverness Library.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, 11am, ages 7+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

The Croods, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

TEEN Henna Art Workshop, 1-2:30pm, 6-12th graders, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Point Reyes Station Library Meeting Room.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Electricity Design Challenge, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, June 25

Magician Dan Chan, 3:30-4:30pm, Why master one kind of magic when you can conquer them all? Few magicians today equal Dan Chan’s incredible range of performance. From sleight-of-hand tricks to circus stunts, from eye-popping juggling to the rare Chinese art of Bian Lian, Chan does it all, Mill Valley Library.

Magician Dan Chan, 1-2pm, San Anselmo Library.

Meet the Illustrator Alexandra Boiger, 3:30-4:30pm, Learn about the art of book illustration with renowned San Anselmo illustrator Alexandra Boiger. She is the illustrator of the award winning children’s books Poor Doreen: a Fishy Tale, Tallulah’s Toe Shoes, and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series, among many others, San Anselmo Library.

Doug Hofkins the Surfing Magician, 11am-12pm, he’s a fabulous magician, specializing in illusions and slight of hand, making objects float and then disappear, Corte Madera Library.

Doug Hofkins the Surfing Magician, 3:30-4:30pm, Marin City Library.

Kids Book Club – Knucklehead, 7-8pm, 4th and 5th graders, How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner, Corte Madera Library.

Creekside Q – Town Barbecue, 5:30-7:30pm, Music, games, food, fun, friends and family! Dinner provided by Insalata’s Restaurant, Contact the Recreation Department at 258-4640 to purchase tickets, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Center Blvd., San Anselmo.

Summer Movie Series, Charlotte’s Web, 6pm, Join us at for Movies on the Green, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Teen Book Club – The Fault in Our Stars, 7-8pm, grades 9-12, Space is limited – pre-registration is required. Call 924.6444, Corte Madera Library.

Noon Concert Series, 12pm, free, Katarina Lee (18) and Matthew Lee (15). Winners of the Marin Music Chest Competition. Program to include works by Bach, Chopin and LisztThrockmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

TEEN Kick-Off Movie and Pizza Party, 6-9pm, Gather with your friends at the library for a special movie night with pizza and refreshments! Point Reyes Station Meeting Room.

TEEN Henna Art Workshop, 3-4:30pm, 6-12th graders, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Marin City Library.

Comedy on the Plaza, 6:30pm, free to the public. May not be suitable for very young audiences, Mill Valley Square.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Summer Fun Series, 12-2pm, Be a Bug, Make your own butterfly wings, create bug sunprints, and get your face painted like your favorite insect, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Thursday, June 26

Little Pup Puppet Show with Caterpillar Puppets, 4pm, Fun for the whole family!  Reservations are requested. Please rsvp to 927-5005, or email us at library@cityoflarkspur.org Larkspur Library.

Nature for Kids at Indian Valley, 10am-1pm, start the day looking for bugs and lizards, and if we’re lucky we might even find young frogs or toads that are looking for a cool, moist place to hide for the summer. After that we’ll head into the forest which is also a good place to find wildlife. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

Cosmic Creations, 2:30-4pm, grade 3-5, Discover the science behind the objects we see in the night sky in this out-of-this-world program. Enjoy stories about space, learn about the phases of the moon, and watch as we build a comet in the library, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Maker Air Force, 7-8:30pm, grade 6-8, Get hands on and learn how to build powered aerial vehicles – planes, helis, airships and more! Then take to the skies and pilot your aircraft all around the library airspace, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Movie Night, 6-8pm, Come and join us at the South Novato Library for an evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family! For all ages.

The Croods, Century Rowland Plaza, Novato, 10am, 10 shows for $5 or $1 per show.

MAGC Summer Concert Series, 5-7pm, Rowan Brothers, Ross.

Bells Atlas, 12:30pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Kids Day with Dholrhythms Dance Company, 11am-2pm, ages 4-13, learn the rhythms and music of Punjab, India though explosive, colorful workshops, Pre-registration is required, Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

1776 Campfire with Captain Anza, 6:30-8:30pm, The soldados who founded the Presidio camped as they made their way north from present-day Mexico. At this event, experience a re-enactment campsite, use period instruments to map their journey, and play music from the expedition. Guests can also help put up a tent with Captain Anza and enjoy s’mores by the fire, Rob Hill Campground (off Washington Boulevard).

Friday, June 27, New Moon

Friday’s on Main, 6-9pm, Circus Adventure, enjoy puppet shows, live music, jugglers and more, Tiburon.

Jazz Combo Charged Particles, 11 am, ages 5 & up, Join us for a family jazz concert featuring Latin, classical, and funk influences. The group will not only play for us, but will share info on how they play their instruments, and the art of jazz. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Magnetic Magic, 2:30-4pm, Join the Mad Scientist Team and investigate the powers and daily use of magnets. Test for electromagnetic fields and feel like a magician while using the magnets to levitate cool objects! Take home your own floating magnet set, Advance sign-up required, Mill Valley Library.

Family Game Night:Sunset Stroll and Campfires, 6-8:30pm, $12 per person, Celebrate your family bond with outdoor team building games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play & hike the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Family Date Nights, 5-7:30pm, The Raytones combine a mix of pop, funk, and rock & roll with playful lyrics about cool things like hula hoops, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Music in the Park Serieslive music, food, and fun for the whole family at Marinwood Park, San Rafael.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series, 6-9pm, The Zydeco Flames, Novato.

Pasados del Presidio: San Francisco’s “Birthday”, 11am-12pm, In 1775-1776, 240 colonists – soldiers, men, women and children – traveled 1,800 miles from present-day Mexico to found the Presidio of San Francisco, bringing with them a new culture and a new era in California History. Descendants of the original founding families of the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition return to the Presidio every June to recognize the amazing journey. Join them for this special commemoration, Pershing Square (near the Presidio Officers’ Club), Main Post.

Afternoon Fun for Kids, 12-3pm, Explore the stories of Early California and see history come to life. Enjoy music,dance, Ohlone storytelling, hands-on kids’ activities, living history, and Juanito the donkey. This year Ballet Folklórico Mexicano will offer dance workshops, Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Main Post.

Circus Bella, 12pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Saturday, June 28

Little Beats Music Performance, free, 12:00-12:45pm Super Shakers 1-3 years, 1:00-1:45pm Rockin’ Tots 3-5 years, Mill Valley Community Center.

Italian Street Painting Pop-Up Gallery, 10am-9pm, free, downtown San Rafael, along Fifth Avenue and A Street.

Talk to the Animals, 11am, Ventriloquist Tony Borders entertains ages 3 and up with his menagerie of funny, furry friends! Fairfax Library.

Giant Bubble Show! 11am, ages 3+, The fun, the science, the wonder of these delicate swirling creations is all part of this family show from Wild Child Bubbles. See just how big these bubbles can get! Civic Center Library.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Ice Cream in Minutes, 9:30am, ages 5-12, Want to learn how you can make ice cream in minutes? Join us and learn how!, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Giant Bubble Show! 1-2pm, ages 3+, Novato Library.

Giant Bubble Show! 3-4pm, ages 3+, South Novato Library.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12 but all ages welcome, China Camp Village (in front of the museum), For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 415-456-0766.

Failure: A Love Story, 2pm, ages 8+, filled with Roald Dahl-like mirth, mischief and melancholy, enjoy dancing and musical numbers, puppets and and a whole lot more. The play does deal – in a Dahl sort of fashion – very tenderly, but very honestly with death, so parents be ready to answer those questions should they come up after the show, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Henna Art Workshop, 1-2:30pm, Henna artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will explain the traditions of henna art and demonstrate techniques. Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice working with henna and receive a design by Rachel-Anne, Marin City Library.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, free, “Masks of the Cosmos” Humans have always wondered about the Cosmos and their own place in it. Different cultures have believed that they have discovered its true nature, but might these ideas just be anthropological ‘masks’ projected on the universe?  Dr. Wil van Breugel, UC Merced, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

i scream Sandwich, 10:30am & 11:30am, meet the author and demo, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

San Francisco Pride Celebration

Circus Bella, 12pm & 2:15pm, free, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, June 29

Italian Street Painting Pop-Up Gallery, 10am-6pm, free, downtown San Rafael, along Fifth Avenue and A Street.

Summer Sunday Concerts, 5pm, Curtis Bumpy (soul), Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square.

Summer Music Series, 2-4pm, Jesse Lee Kincaid (Americana & Irish), Town Center, Corte Madera.

Family Films, 1pm, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Angel Island Live, 2-4:30pm, Cove Cantina, Angel Island.

Kids Stage with Dholrhythms Dance Company, presents an hour-long activity that take place prior to a Sunday concert at Stern Grove Festival, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco.

Allen Stone, 2pm, free, Stern Grove.

San Francisco Pride Celebration

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the musical,  11am & 2pm, meet Lulu, Sam and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Fabric Design, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, June 30

Stories and More: Marvelous Magic, 2:30-3:15pm, Natasha will share stories about music, musicians, and musical instruments followed by a live performance, Mill Valley Library.

Brian Scott – Magician! 1-2pm, Come ready to be amazed by the magic of this talented and funny performer, Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

Brian Scott – Magician! 3:30-4:30pm, Bolinas Community Center.

TEEN Kick-Off Movie and Pizza Party, 6-9pm, Gather with your friends at the library for a special movie night with pizza and refreshments! Stinson Beach Library.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – May 2014

 


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The Very Hungry Readerpillar

Forty five years ago, the warm sun came up, and POP, out of the mind of Eric Carle came the classic illustrated children’s book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ To mark this milestone and encourage children to develop their imaginations through storytelling, is a list of all the story times in Marin for every day of the week, throughout the summer. It’s a great opportunity to feed young minds with creativity and energy from our amazing storytellers who will turn your child’s world into a beautiful butterfly.

On Monday he ate through one apple, but he was still hungry.

On Tuesday he ate through two pears, but he was still hungry.

On Wednesday he ate through three plums, but he was still hungry.

On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry.

On Friday he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

On Saturday, he ate through one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

On Sunday he ate through one nice leaf, and after that he felt better.

MAY 2014

Thursday, May 1, May Day

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Sleeping Beauty, Film of the Month, The Disney Museum.

Friday, May 2

Playdate_header2Playdate 2014: Jet Set to Rio, 6:30pm, $350, Embark upon a vintage aviation experience and travel back to a 60’s themed arrival lounge where you will be welcomed by a captain and flight attendants to a Brazilian-themed Carnival, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

PJ party with Gianna Marino for ages 4-8, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Kent Island Restoration Team, 10am – 2pm, Learn to identify invasive species, get hands-on training, and be a part of the team working to protect and restore the unique ecosystem on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. Meet at the public dock on Wharf Rd in Bolinas (across from the College of Marin biology lab).

Saturday, May 3

Free Comic Book Day, The library will have a selection of comics for kids and teens that are available for free, as long as they last (two per person), Mill Valley Library.

Free Comic Book Day, 10am-5pm, Visit the library to receive a free comic book. Comics will be available for all ages, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

10003474_676792729051141_923981324_nVivienne Harr, 1pm, meet 10-year-old (and Fairfax resident) who decided child slavery had to be stopped. She started a lemonade stand and has already raised over $200,000. Her delightful picture book tells how she is doing it. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

RVMC Baby & Toddler Expo, 10:30am-1:30pm, discover local activities, learning opportunities, caregivers and resources for their infants and toddlers ages 0-3, clothing drive for new or gently worn newborn clothing for Loved Twice, Drake’s Landing Community Center, 300 Drake’s View Circle, Greenbrae.

Tour of Novato and FunFair, a bicycling and walking fundraising event for the Novato public schools. Here’s your chance to have a great day with your family, get a little exercise, and fundraise to support our schools all at the same time! Downtown Novato.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. 

Rocky Road Fudge for Mom, 9:30am, ages 5+, Give Mom a box of fudge that you’ve made yourself – it’s way better than store-bought chocolates. Join us and learn how, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Water Safety Day, 8-11am, enjoy a Free Pancake Breakfast, bouncy house, games and more, Terra Linda Community Center, San Rafael.

Life on the Edge: Family Sunset Stroll & Campfire, 6–8:30pm, $12 per person, Together we’ll sort through rainbow sands, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Juno, 8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library

Art in the Park at Paradise Beach, 10am-12pm, Bring the whole family out to picturesque Paradise Beach Park to paint the beautiful scenery and wildlife that surrounds us while looking out at the San Francisco Bay. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Yoga in the Park, 10am-1pm, fun-filled event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park, and giving to yourself! We will begin with a two hour service project that will spruce up McNear’s Beach Park. From there we will switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. Lunch served at 12:30pm. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

California Bookstore Day: 10:30 am:  Mimosas to toast DIESEL and other independent bookstores, 1 pm:  Sweet treats, All day:  A Bookstore Scavenger Hunt and Bookstore Bingo; completed entries go into a drawing for “Games and Prizes for ages 16+”, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

It’s Time to Celebrate, 1-4pm, Come and enjoy the music of Juan L. Sanchez as we celebrate El Dia de Los Ninos/El Dia de Los Libros at the Point Reyes Station Library.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, free, “Searching for Planets in Ophiuchus” Searchers for extrasolar planets are using two techniques, radial veloity and a new strategy for finding a new category of planets that do not orbit any stam, the so-called “free-floating” planets. with Dr. Chris McCarthy, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Nike Missile Site Open House, 12:30-3pm, volunteers and Nike Veterans available to interpret each of the areas on the base.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Build a Flower Planter, 9-12pm, Kids can build a window bird feeder to observe wildlife. Kids will learn to build their very own bird feeder while learning tool safety, Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Home Depot.

Hiking for Heartbeats, 2-4pm, Bring your loved ones out for a lovely hike in your national park. We’ll be making our hearts pump with stretches and light exercises before setting out to explore one of the various trails Golden Gate National Recreation Area has to offer. meeting at the Main Post Parade Ground in front of the Presidio Visitor Center on 105 Montgomery St.

Music for Families, 2pm, age 7+, San Francisco Symphony.

Open Studio, Engineering Essentials, 1-4pm, Use LEGO pieces to experiment with creating fun, unique inventions and discover the ways toys can be used to help find solutions for everyday challenges, The Walt Disney Museum.

Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration, 10am-6pm at Dolores Park.

2014_kh_posterWEBChildren’s Day Festival, 11am-4pm, In recognition of Japan’s national holiday to celebrate children, Japantown Peace Plaza. 

Creativity Day, 10am-4pm, free admission to the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Whisper of the Heart, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Sunday, May 4

SS851931Jerusalem Marketplace, 29 A.D., 11:45am-1:30pm, Go back in time and experience middle-eastern food, games and crafts, such as woodworking, making beaded jewelry and working with clay. This is a great free event for the whole family! Costumes provided. Church services are at 10:30am and all are welcome. Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars Day, 1pm, prepare for blast off with Jedi Training, Galactic activities, and snacks from the Library’s Cantina. Perfect for ages 5 and up, but anyone interested in light speed travel and fighting the Dark Side is welcome, Sausalito Library.

Pacific Boychoir, 11am, will perform choral arrangements of classical and popular songs for all ages, Mill Valley Library.

118_origIsrael in Marin, 9:30am, Pick up your map and get a taste of life in Israel! Take a photo with Hump-free…a real camel! Shop the Shuk, Challenge yourself in our Israeli Boot Camp, Discover treasures in an archaeology dig, Make an ancient mosaic and decorate a Kesher tree, music by The Hebrew Projectwho blend Jewish, gospel, jazz & world music, and more, bring a can of food to donate, Marin JCC.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Youth Program, 10:30-11:45am, Meet a tree, play with sounds and colors, learn about micro hiking and earth windows. Join Sherry Keith in exploring nature through song, music, and art. Space is limited so reservations required; please phone (415) 388-2596.

Fairy Princess Day2-2.30pm – Empowered Princess themed story time for ages 4-8,  Crown and Wand Making craft table, with plenty of glitter, 3pm – Kiki Thorpe, author of The Never Girls series, will read from her new book The Woods Beyond, which is the 4th book in the series. The books are for new readers aged 6-10, DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Create a Fairy Garden10am-12pm, ages 3-5, create a magical micro fairy garden that promises to attract woodland sprites! Turn a pint-sized bush into a fairy house and to transform twigs, moss and pebbles into fairy furniture.  $10 per child; materials included. Space limited to 25 children. Register online, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Mother’s Day Make and Take, 11am-12:30pm, Bring your kids out to Stafford Lake Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to construct a wire bird perch, an acorn feeder, and a shadow print card. Supplies and healthy snacks will be provided. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Sunday Streets, Bayview/Dogpatch

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

How Weird Street Faire, the city’s streets will be transformed into a celebration of peace and creativity, as thousands of people journey to the “Mythical Realms”, Howard & 2nd Streets, San Francisco. There will be loud music, earphones are recommended for young children.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 3:30pm, Whisper of the Heart, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mapping the Contemporary Print: Selections from the Anderson Collection, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 6

Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, We’ll begin the day by looking at insects, amphibians, and other animals that live in the small pond near the lake. After that we’ll head up the Terwilliger Nature Trail to see what we can find among the flowers and the trees. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

TEEN Jenny Han & Morgan Matson, 6pm, In Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a young girl’s secret letters to her crushes are mistakenly mailed, turning her whole life upside down. In Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily’s friend vanishes, leaving behind a list of things for Emily to do that will take her out of her comfort zone. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, From Seeds to Sprouts, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 7

Barn Dance, 6pm, the Nicasio School Foundation will be hosting a Cajun Barn Dance to benefit Nicasio School.

Thursday, May 8, Bike to Work Day

Be a Scientist, Science is everywhere. Take a walk, visit a park or garden, and help us paint a picture of California’s food and water resources. Your answers will help us build a more secure future for you and your community. The University of California is conducting three science projects and we need your help collecting data. Pick one of three projects to learn more about how you can participate.

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Princess Mononoke, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 9

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Saturday, May 10

Mother Daughter Tea Party, 3pm, $20/pp, Mothers and daughters will spend quality time at a Mad Hatter dinner party. We’ll play games, dance, make an art project, and more! Corte Madera Community Center.

oliver14-adOliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Let’s Celebrate Migratory Birds with Muir Woods National Monument, 10am-1pm, Stroll around Redwood Creek in search of migratory birds such as Wilson’s Warblers and Violet-green Swallows, then join Muir Woods’ Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration with family activities designed to explore the wonderful world of migratory birds. Meet at overflow parking lot at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley.

International Migratory Bird Day, 8am-2pm, activities and fun for all ages. IMBD is observed every year by hundreds of thousands of people. Throughout the Western Hemisphere, people flock to parks, community centers, refuges, and town squares to learn more about wild birds, take action to conserve birds and their habitats, and simply have fun.

fryJasonLEGO Star Wars with Jason Fry, 10am, Jason Fry presents LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, which gives detailed and annotated photography and insight into characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the galaxy far, far away. Come by the store for tons of LEGO activities and fun! A pallet of legos will be on hand! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Mom & Me Breakfast, 9:30am, ages 5+, bring your mom and together we’ll make waffles along with scrumptious toppings, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Mother’s Day Crafts by SCRAP, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Marin Human Race, Fairgrounds and Lagoon Park, San Rafael.

Bloomathon, 9am, Bring gloves and trowels and plan on 1-2 hours of involvement. A variety of colorful annuals are to be planted, Mill Valley Community Center.

Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do, 11am, story time and card making, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Sixth Annual Conservancy Members Day, 11am-2pm, Join us for history walks of the Presidio, nature talks with park experts, art treks, and more at this special day celebrating Parks Conservancy members and our parks! Pick up a map and collect “treasure stamps” at stations around the historic Presidio Main Post, including: Archaeology Dig, Historic Officer’s Club Sneak Peek, Hummingbird Hotspot, Tunnel Top Sneak Peak, Art Trek. The route ends with a party on the Main Parade lawn, where we’ll have games, music, crafts, and grilled cheese sandwiches from the Melt truck, so you’ll want to bring the whole family and make a day of it!

International Migratory Bird Day, 11am-2pm, enjoy a variety of family- friendly activities, from bird watching to investigative games, questions call 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, El Polin Springs, San Francisco.

History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling, 12-4pm, In celebration of the “founding mother of San Francisco” Juana Briones, join us for arts, crafts, storytelling, music, and Mexican Mother’s Day. Storyteller Olga Loya infuses the spirit of Juana Briones in every story she tells. Our friends from the National Park Service will share fun facts about the Anza Trail and Juana Briones’ mother, Maria Ygnacia Ysidora Tapia Briones. We will have music, games, jewelry making, and more!, Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 4:30pm, Princess Mononoke, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

The Bad Plus, 12pm, Both fun and educational, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music. Enjoyed individually or as a series, these Family Matinees will change the way you hear jazz, Miner Auditorium.

Pollution Palooza, 10am, run an obstacle course addressing different forms of pollution including but not limited to: air, light, visual, and noise pollution, Crissy Field Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-3:30pm, Intro to Manga Drawing Workshop, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-7:30pm, The Cat Returns, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Windrush Farm’s Spring Lamb Day, 10am-4pm, spend a day knitting, spinning and visiting, 2263 Chileno Valley, Rd., Petaluma, (707) 775-3390.

Living History DayPetaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Road, 707-762-4871.

Francisco Street Fair, 11am-3pm, enjoy food, a Samba band, games, prizes, and arts and crafts. Highlights include perennial favorites such as a birthday-party bouncy house, an old- fashioned dunk tank, face painting and, of course, birthday cake – plus rocket building, a 30’ climbing wall, and more. Outside the TBS Early Childhood Center at the edge of the Gourmet Ghetto (2030 Francisco Street between Shattuck and Milvia)—where Alice Waters once taught preschool.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day

Marine Science Sunday: Saving Species: Endangered Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mother’s Day in Bloom, 1–4pm, $12 per person, Spring has sprung with thousands of native plants and flowers hugging the hills. We’ll head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques, and learn about popular pollinators. Then we’ll stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Oliver, 2pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Learn to Kayak Fish at Miller Boat Launch, 10am-12pm, Join rangers and learn how to fish from a kayak on Tomales Bay. Participants will learn the proper gear and technique to effectively kayak fish in the bay! Please bring your own kayak and fishing pole and dress in layers. This event is open to all ages. Miller Boat Launch Hwy 1, Marshall.

Caminando Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, Discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods on this easy 1-mile walk in Spanish.  We will learn how these trees have lived for thousand years, and what we can do so they can be here for a thousand years more. Reservations required 388-2596.

Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 9am0-1pm, $10 adults/$5 kids. West Point Inn, Mill Valley.

Mother’s Day BBQat Audubon Canyon Ranch -  a secluded part of wildlife sanctuary that is rarely open to the public.

Mother’s Day Mt Tam Hike and BBQ at the Asbo’s, 10:30am, join us for a great hike on nearby Mt. Tamalpais and BBQ, RSVP required, hersson@ aol.com, 775-9328.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Stop Motion Animation, 1-4pm, Make three dimensional objects come to life in a short animation. Explore hands-on activities designed around the processes involved in creating an animated film, The Walt Disney Museum.

Exploratoruim, Free for Mother’s Day.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Rocki’ Pattern Party for Mother’s Day, 10-11:30am, Groove to the beat of Alison Faith Levy and the Big Time Tot Rock Band, laugh with Jen Miriam Altman and her hilarious puppet show Zaide’s Mother’s Day Surprise, and create colorful fabric designs in the art studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1-3:30pm, The Cat Returns, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, Ponyo, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Gallery Adventures, 11:30am, Celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, with music, art and stories Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mommy and Me, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Mother’s Day, All Mother’s receive Free Admission, Schultz Museum.

Monday, May 12

rsz_judy_sierraJudy Sierra, 10am, Everyone knows Old MacDonald, but how did he start his farm? With some help from the Little Red Hen, of course! Bestselling author Judy Sierra brings us EIEIO! How Old MacDonald Got His Farm, in which an environmentally sensitive hen helps Old MacDonald turn his boring lawn into an organic community farm. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Tuesday, May 13

How to Draw Trees, 10-11:30am, free, Learn a variety of approaches to drawing coniferous and broadleaf trees, make fast sketches to get the gestalt of a tree in moments with pencil or watercolor, explore methods to capture the branching patterns and texture of foliage in more careful drawings, close-ups of the details of a tree by learning ways of drawing and painting leaves needles, and a great trick to block in the symmetry of a pine cone, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Soil and Worms and Compost, Oh My!, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 14, Full Moon

Muir Woods After Hours, 7-9pm, listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails, easy, two-mile walk on paved trail, Muir Woods. RSVP 388-2596.

Thursday, May 15

Insect Discovery Lab, 4 pm, ages 3-7, meet giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, whip scorpions and some othe the rain forest’s most charismatic denizens. Space is limited to 25 children, RSVP required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Family Financial Planning: Teaching The Value of Money To Children of All Ages, 11:30am-1:30pm, 1203 4th Street, 2nd Floor San Rafael.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Pom Poko, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 16

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

We Are Monsters, 7:30pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

Skulls, new exhibit, California Academy of Science.

Saturday, May 17

Water Safety Day, 12:30-3:30pm, Lifeguard Demonstrations, Coloring Contest for Ages 2-12 years, Fire Department Truck & Friendly Firemen, Music, Water Contests and a Raffle, Free Admittance to the pool starts at 12:30pm, Mill Valley Community Center.

tsi-logo copySalmon Release, 10am-2pm, come join the fun as we release 2000 young salmon into the San Francisco Bay, Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon.

Oliver, 7:30pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

An Evening on Mount Burdell, 7-9pm, Join rangers for an evening of fun around the campfire! There will be a short hike, stories, sing-a-longs, and a talk about the area’s history. We’ll also master the art of making the perfect s’more (ingredients provided). Remember to bring warm clothes and a flashlight. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Indies First Storytime Day, 9:30am, we welcome Andrea Alban, author of The Happiness Tree and the YA novel Anya’s War, for our opening storytelling activity. 10:00 am, Christopher Cerf & Paige Peterson will be stopping by to present the new mini-edition of Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, a gorgeous picture book about a local equine hero. 11:00 am with Ivy & Bean author Annie Barrows, who will participate in the festivities with additional storytelling. 12:00 pm, there will be a Timmy Failure Total Failure Party! We welcome lovers of Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series to take their photo with Total the Polar Bear, make their own Timmy Failure scarf, and participate in a number of fun activities and puzzles. 3:00 pm, we welcome Gennifer Choldenko, author of the bestselling Al Capone Does My Shirts, who will conclude the day with reading stories, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

nate the greatNate the Great Treasure Hunt, 10am-12pm,  Prizes will be Diesel gift certificates. Noon, Children’s Indies First Story Time with Gennifer Choldenko, Christie Matheson and LeUyan Pham reading their favorite picture books for ages 4-8. DIESEL, a Bookstore, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Farmer’s Market, Little Folkies music class at 9:30-10:15 am, Little Folkies Bluegrass Family Concert from 12-12:45 pm. From 1-2 pm, the Willie Nillies, 2-6 A Vocal Harmony Event, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Life Jacket Trade-In, 12-2pm, Bring your child’s life jacket for and inspection by water safety experts. If the life jacket is no longer safe to use, a new one will be given in exchange, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go, 11am, story time, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Making Fresh Salsa, 9:30am, ages 8+, Learn to dice and chop vegetables and fruits for a fresh salsa, then dip in crunchy tortilla chips, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Bon Air Spring Fair, 11am-3pm, free food samplings at Mollie Stones, music and activities for the kids.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 10am-12pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Fairfax.

Endangered Species Day, varies by project, check website for information.

We Are Monsters, 7:30pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Destroy All Monsters, 1968 Godzilla movie, rated G,  8:30pm, fun, authentic, drive-in experience, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Trips for Kids Re-cyclery HUGE Blow-Out Sale, offering huge discounts on selected items at our Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop in San Rafael and at our Warehouse in San Rafael.  

Endangered Species Day, times and projects vary, hands-on with restoration projects to benefit the park’s imperiled species!

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Pom Poko, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration, 11am-6pm, Explore the Asian Museum for free during this annual program held during the Asian Heritage Street Celebration outside the museum. Asian Art Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Carousel Grand Re-Opening, 11am-2pm, Celebrate the grand re-opening of our historic 107-year-old carousel! Free rides and entertainment for all ages, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Castle in the Sky, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Makers FaireA family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement, San Mateo County Event Center.

Himalayan Fair, Live Oak Park in Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 18

peterpanStorybook Ball, 4-7pm, this years theme is Peter Pan! All proceeds fund the children’s and teen programs for the Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley Community Center.

Oliver, 2pm, After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo.

Annual Heritage Day, The day will feature guided walks to learn about Olompali’s birds, plants, and archaeology, as well as talks by experts who will discuss the park’s historical structures and the Burdell Victorian Garden. Olompali State Historic Park.

Maifest, 12-6pm, decorated to honor a town or village’s local history, produce, and crafts, and is the focus of the traditional Maypole Dance. Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

LuLuPipLulu & Pip, book signing event with the author and doll maker, Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Nature Detectives Hike at Deer Island, 10am-12pm, ages 5 to 10, Even though we may not see animals as we walk through the habitats that they live in, by being observant and knowing how to interpret the evidence we find, we can see that there is life all around us! Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

McInnis Skate Jam, 11am – 2pm, all ages and abilities! There will be food, music, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Registration begins at 11am and the competition kicks off at 12pm. Prizes are awarded by age group: 5-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16 and over. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA

We Are Monsters, 3pm, hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

MP-1134-SmallPostcard_4x6_Finalweb_02South Pacific, 2pm, Kids ages 4-13 free on Opening Day, Mountain Play.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Cycling Crissy, Pedaling Presidio, The warm-up is a flat 2 miles around Crissy Field, where Ranger James will storytell and say farewell to DiSuvero sculpture. Then the more energetic can continue on a 3-mile loop around the Presidio, climbing to some new paths and bikelanes. Safe and nature-rich riding. Children over 12 and beginner cyclists are welcome. Helmet required. Meet ranger James Osborne at the Beach Hut/CFC at 1199 East Beach, Presidio.

Bay to Breakers, The wildest footrace in the world! The Embarcadero to the Great Highway, 359-2800.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 1pm, My Neighbor Totoro, 3pm, Castle in the Sky, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Album DesignDream up your own album cover and get inspired by the midcentury albums in Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Game Building, 11:30am, ages 6+, inspired by our exhibition To Build & Be Built, this  series of collaborative building games and challenges are led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10-11:30am, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing additional activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle,  561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Miniature Marvels, deYoung Museum.

Makers FaireA family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement, San Mateo County Event Center.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 19

Tuesday, May 20

National Geographic Kids Club, 10-11am, near the kids play area and food court for our FREE National Geographic Kid’s Club! The theme this month is CASTLES!, Northgate, San Rafael.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Planting in the Garden, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 21

Thursday, May 22

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Grave of the Fireflies, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 23

139Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Marin Greek Festival, Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Seals & SlippersCamp out under the stars in the Marin Headlands, enjoy special after-hour activities and wake up to the sound of barking sea lions. This one-of-a-kind overnight program kicks-off with a delicious dinner, followed by the opportunity to observe our patients as they enjoy their evening meal. With bellies full, we’ll dive into some serious fun, as we explore the animal care and science that happens behind-the-scenes.  Marine Mammal Center.

American Clown Circus, 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Not Afraid of the Dark Hike, 7:30 – 9:30pm, ages 12+, Join Rangers Felicity Hartnett and Mike Warner for an evening hike through the preserve. This hike is best suited for ages 12+ and adults who can hike at a moderate pace. Dress in layers, wear good hiking shoes, and bring water. Flashlights or headlamps required. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Saturday, May 24, Possible Meteor Storm, the Earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet that may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity some are predicting could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

LBG and BBG jumpingLadybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

Tennessee Valley Family Hike, 10am-noon, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call Tennessee Valley home. We may find evidence of Gray Fox, deer, coyote, bobcat, wild turkey, Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. We may even spy some River Otters in the pond. Meet at the Tennessee Valley parking lot.

Forever Spring, 9:30am-12:30pm, age 6+, slow and moderate walk through the redwood forest on the Fern Creek Trail to Camp Alice Eastwood and back. Discover wild and endangered coho salmon, banana slug trails, the Native American uses of plants, ghost redwoods, and more.

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm, 4pm, & 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Toddler Day, 9am-12pm, $30/pp, Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm. Slide Ranch.

Build a Burger, 9:30am, ages 8+, Discover how much fun it is to make stuffed burgers plus a vegetable burger that tastes amazing, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

2014_Taste_MarinIJTaste of Town Center, Noon- 2PM! Delicious samples from our wonderful food purveyors! Come enjoy live music, face painting, and FREE samples! Town Center, Corte Madera.

Marin Greek FestivalNativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Hands-On Learning Event: eeBoo’s Spanish Flashcards, 11am, Come, learn and have fun as we play Spanish Charades with eeBoo’s Spanish Flash Cards!, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5:30pm, Grave of the Fireflies, 7:30pm, Only Yesterday, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

Family Day: Wild Cardboard Masks, 1-4pm, ages 6-12, Museum of Craft and Design.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, May 25

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 10:30am & 12:30pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Marin Theatre Company.

539ca0c6eec5f541beaa9c56261b2209Caledonia Street Festival, 11am- 5pm, “Welcome to the America’s Cup,” highlights include craft and art booths, live music entertainment and street performers, Sausalito.

Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department BBQ, 12-5pm, feast on BBQ chicken, veggie tamales and lots more. Live music…R&B and rock ‘n roll dance music, Dancing, food and fun for the whole family!

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm, 4pm, & 6:30pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Larkspur Flower and Food Festival, 11am-6pm, celebrate the beginning of Summer at the Bay Area’s longest running festival of flowers and food, Magnolia Ave. Larkspur.

Marine Science Sunday: Saving Species: Endangered Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mill Valley History Walk, take a tour of the estate of  the Locust District – Then & Now, Planes, Trains and Indian, The Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

Marin Greek FestivalNativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 1110 Highland Drive, Novato; 883-1998.

Makerbot + SketchUp, 2-4:30pm, Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Then we’ll teach you the many uses of 3D printing. For children ages 13+ and parents, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Rancho Nicasio Summer Barbecues on the Lawn

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5:30pm, Only Yesterday, 1pm, Howl’s Moving Castle, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Miniature FurnitureCreate your own one of a kind miniature furnishings using fine art and recycled materials, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Carnaval Parade, 9:30am, the Parade starts at 24th St. & Bryant St., proceeds to Mission St., then Mission to 17th St., Enjoy the artistic street theater performances of our Grand Parade contingents as they showcase their themes; cast of dancers, musicians and other performers; choreography, costumes, props, and incredible floats!

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, May 26

Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Breakfast, 7-11am, Corte Madera Ave. in front of City Hall.

Kiddo! Carnivalinclude rides, games, food, music and fun for the whole family, Mill Valley Middle School.

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, “Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom,” parade winds through downtown Mill Valley to celebrate Memorial Day.  The Parade starts at 10:30 at Old Mill School and ends at Tam High, Sweetwater Music Hall’s, Concert on the Green at the community center featuring the music of Matt Jaffe and the Distractions, Lebo and Friends, and Melvin Seals and JGB, great food and more!

American Clown Circus, 1:30pm & 4pm, 457 St. Vincent Drive, Novato.

Nature for Kids at Bahia, 10am-1pm, This open oak woodland at the edge of the San Pablo Bay wetlands is a fabulous spring destination. Wildflowers dot the lush grassland, the fresh leaves of the trees are alive with birds, and there are always butterflies patrolling the road that runs along the ridge. We’ll head to a nice clearing at the top where the kids can explore, while we let the birds and butterflies come to us. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.

Rancho Nicasio Summer Barbecues on the Lawn

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

BofPreyDayCULogoBirds of Prey Day, 10am-5pm, What makes a bird a bird of prey? And how do they hunt and survive? This Memorial Day, learn about amazing avians during our feather-filled family event. Get up close to falcons, hawks, owls and other birds of prey and attend special programming. Free with the cost of admission. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755.

Tuesday, May 27

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Edible Garden, Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, May 28, New Moon

Thursday, May 29

Hour of Code, 5-6pm, ages 12+, build a 2 player 2D top-down game with JavaScript in 10 short tasks, Microsoft Store, Corte Madera.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 7:30pm, Spirited Away, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Friday, May 30

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30pm-8pm, Big Cat Tolefree & the Hipnotics, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Family Movie Night, 8-11pm, Come enjoy a spring evening on the lawn at Stafford Lake for Family Movie Night! We will be featuring a family movie, popcorn, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ as well. For movie information please call closer to event date. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Tiburon Turns 50! 6pm, live music from several bands, lots of food and drink purveyors, activities for kids and much more. Come nightfall, Fireworks! A great display will be launched from off-shore and visible from the whole waterfront and Angel Island. After fireworks, it will be “Dancing on Main Street” with more live music. Don’t miss this once in 50-year experience in our beautiful downtown.

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, 6:30-8pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 

TEEN Ken Baker in conversation with Joyce Maynard, 6:30pm, Ken Baker, an E! News correspondent, presents his novel How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly In Love. Emery’s family puts her on a reality TV show in which she has fifty days to lose fifty pounds and win a million dollars. As the ratings climb and her weight drops, Emery uncovers important truths about beauty, love, family, and fame. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Saturday, May 31

International Festival, music and dance performances by students and local performers plus a silent auction, raffles, games, food and activities for children, Coleman Elementary School, 800 Belle Ave., San Rafael.

May Madness, hundreds of hot rods, customs, classics and vintage autos will line the streets of Downtown San Rafael.

Explore Mt Burdell, 10am – 1pm, Come enjoy a mid-morning hike on Mt Burdell! Join Ranger Mike Warner for a moderate 3 mile hike through the preserve. We’ll learn about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. We’ll also discuss some of the area’s rich local history, as well as fascinating facts about its acquisition. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. Meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

International Festival & Silent Auction, food, games, prizes and more, Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael.

Kids Club: Father’s Day Gift, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12 but all ages welcome, China Camp Village (in front of the museum), For more information call the China Camp Ranger Office 456-0766.

North Bay Mobile Drive-In, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, movie is projected on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. By donation, small concession snack bar available at each performance, Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “When World Collide” at the Mountain Theatre.

Marin Home and Garden Expo, 10am-5pm, Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael 507-1537, $6 to $10, free for 12 and younger.

Wildflower Walks, 12-1pm, The Park Stewardship team will lead you along trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed! Meet at Lands End.

Little Open Studio, Storytime, Color, and Light, 10am-12pm, How does light affect color? Artist Mary Blair used color and light to decide the design for it’s a small world, explore color and light using glow in the dark paint and other materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Color, Tone, and Mood, 1-4pm, Learn the techniques for effectively influencing the overall mood of a scene through color use and dark vs. light tones. Follow along through guided demonstrations to help you create your own color palette for various moods and emotions, The Walt Disney Museum.

Film: Disney’s Fantasia Live in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, 8pm.

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, 5pm, Spirited Away, 7:30pm, Porco Rosso, Yerba Buena Arts Center.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Randall Museum.

CHOCOLATE CHALART Festivalbetween Rose and Vine Streets, Berkeley.

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Keep Calm, The Garden Faire is ON!

 

Come out to the Garden Faire!

Come out to the Garden Faire!

The Garden Faire is this Sunday, April 27, 12-4pm at Edna Maguire Elementary School in Mill Valley is ON!

If it rains, it will be in the newly built MPR. But, of course we are hoping for sun so everyone can enjoy the new garden space.

We have an incredible line up of great crafts, games, raffle, prizes, a live DJ, delicious food, plant sale, games and crafts including:

  • Fairy House Building
  • Wreath Making
  • Potion Making
  • Apple Bobbing
  • Scented Chicken Pillows
  • Fishing Game
  • Beautiful Scented Chicken Pillows for you to choose.

    Golden Egg Game

  • Donut Tree
  • The Human Vegetable Machine
  • Wooden Sculptures
  • Feather Hair Extensions
  • Face Painting
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • The Edna Maguire Bake-Off
  • …..and so many more surprises!

Admission is free. Tickets will be on sale at the faire for activities and food. Credit cards are accepted. 100% of the proceeds go to the Mill Valley Children’s Garden. 

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – April 2014


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Cal Day, U.C. Berkeley’s annual open house extravaganza is on Saturday, April 12th, 9am-5pm. Every year, the university opens its lecture halls, research labs, museums, sports fields, libraries, galleries and gardens FREE to the public. Students and faculty showcase the many departments and clubs with a wide range of AWESOME kid-friendly activities.

Helpful Tips:

  • With over 300 unique events scheduled and large crowds, Cal Day can be overwhelming. Advance planning will save your time and sanity and make the day really special. There are so many great options but do not expect to do it all. Think about your child’s interests, attention span and mobility; then check out the Cal Day website to plan your day.
  • Parking is free for the day at the lots on campus. Metered street parking is enforced and there are privately owned lots near campus.
  • U.C. Berkeley is a big campus so take advantage of the free transportation. There are free Cable Car Campus Tours (also available in Mandarin and Spanish), Campus Perimeter Buses and Hill Shuttles (to the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden, Samuel L. Silver Space Sciences Laboratory, and Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area which leaves every 15 minutes from Evans Hall.) They are worth waiting in line for and a fun way to see the area.
  • Avoid the row of booths as you enter the university through Sather Gate. It is very crowded and geared for incoming and current students.
  • It can get quite hot so don’t forget the sunscreen and water.
  • Food trucks will be available on campus and serve delicious food.

Some highlights for this year include:

  • Celebrate Children’s Literature – authors, local story tellers, and book illustrators will be present for hands on activities.
  • Hug a Robot – meet a robot that folds laundry and will give you a hug.
  • Fun with Fossils – help science students find dinosaur fossils at Museum of Paleontology. Get to the Valley Life Science Building early to sign up for a Behind the Scenes tour of the Paleontology Department – it books up fast.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science – Activities will focus on “Xtreme Bugs” and exploring the wonders of the universe.
  • Mask Making and Kids Workshop: The Upturned Table, activities are geared specifically for kids and include clay play and cloth to dye with local artists to help guide creativity at the Berkeley Art Museum.
  • Oskiland on Memorial Glade has jumpies, games, face painting and more. The perfect place for young children to run off a lot of steam and interact with college students.
  • Environ Design – “Kid, Build a Box City!” – help build a city and learn how cities are planned with the Environmental Science Department. Learn what makes a quality city and how citizens (and kids too!) can participate in the improvement of the build environment.
  • Science at Cal Puppet Show & My Favorite Animal, geared for kids from 0-6, enjoy this interactive seminar as graduate students talk to kids about their favorite animal.
  • For your middle schooler check out Preparing for College: The Middle-School Years

Cal Day is on Saturday, April 12th, 9am-5pm, at the University of California at Berkeley and perfect for all ages. Get there early to take advantage to the wonderful kid-friendly opportunities to experience anything from archaeology to zoology. There is really something for everyone on Cal Day.

APRIL 2014

Tuesday, April 1, Cesar Chavez Day, April Fool’s, NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Nature for Kids at Mount Burdell, 10am-1pm, Mount Burdell is one of the best places to visit in spring. The slopping hills should be dotted with wildflowers that attract butterflies and other insects, and we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife as we enjoy the spring birdsong. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! 893-9527 San Andreas Dr, Novato.

TEENS Animation Double Feature, 6-12th graders, Come to the library for an animation double feature! Secret of Kells followed by Coraline, Snacks provided…healthy and otherwise.Pizza will be served at 6, Novato Library.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, everyday except Tuesday, Lady and the Tramp, The Walt Disney Museum.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Spinning Through Space, Get ready to spin and orbit through class, just like our home planet does! This week we’ll learn how our spinning planet and the Sun work together to make day and night here on earth, what years actually are, and why we have seasons! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 2NanoDays

Junior Rangers: Rush Creek – Youth Birding Adventure, 10am-1pm, ages 7-12 year olds, although explorers of all ages are welcome to attend, birding adventure at Rush Creek Preserve commonly found in the area this time of year, unique attributes of different groups of birds, and identification for the beginner, Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Young Writers Workshop, 4-5pm, 8-10 yrs, Do like writing? Do you have ideas for stories and poems? Bring your imagination and we’ll bring ours (plus snacks!). Registration required, contact Erin at ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us or 289-4121.

Special guest Suzanne Gollin of  the Marin Humane Society presenting a Rabbit Care program, 11am, for ages 3+, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, April 3NanoDays

Art in the Park at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, bring the whole family out to scenic Stafford Lake Park to paint the oak studded grasslands of beautiful North Marin. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided, Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Rip the Page! with Karen Benke, 3:45-5:15pm, grades 3-5, word ticket poems and inspiring hand-written quotes. Copies of Karen’s popular book on creative writing adventures, RIP THE PAGE! is included for each participant, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, April 4NanoDays

Lego Club,  5+, 3:30-5pm, Are you a Lego whiz? We’ve got tons of them–come play and build with us, Sausalito Library.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Kathryn Otoshi, 6pm, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Coountry Mart, Larkspur.

Mother Son Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

TEEN Homemade Slime and Magnetic Silly Putty! 1-2pm, Novato Library.

Afternoon Hike, 4:30-6pm, RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov, Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct.

 

Saturday, April 5NanoDays

photoPurple Monkey Hair, a Salon for Kids, 10:30am-12pm, is having some of our favorite princesses join us for the day. Come see Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, and Alice in Wonderland for photo opportunities and meet and greets, Tiburon.

Mill Valley Volunteer Day, 10am, Representatives from various
civic organizations will be at the Plaza to inform residents of volunteer opportunities
in our community, Downtown Mill Valley.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 10am-12pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Mill Valley.

Eggs Are Egg-traordinary, 9:30am, learn basic egg techniques from cracking and separating to scrambling, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Santa Venetia Stroll, 2014, 10am-12pm, stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity one mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages, Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School).

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems, 11am, It’s bath time and Pigeon won’t go willingly! Enjoy stories and pigeon activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

International Table Top Day, 2-5pm, fun afternoon of games, including classics like Uno, checkers, and Monopoly or learn newer ones like Rory’s Story Cubes or Munchkin! Snacks will be provided, Marin City Library.

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling, 12:30pm

Build a Bird Feeder, 9-12pm, Kids can build a window bird feeder to observe wildlife. Kids will learn to build their very own bird feeder while learning tool safety, Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Home Depot.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “Star Formation Through Radio Eyes” at the Mountain Theatre.

Easter Cookie Decorating, 2-4pm, Panera, San Rafael.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

NewboRN Solutions, 9:30am-4pm, topics include: Infant CPR, Newborn Care, Infant sleep, Intro to Breastfeeding, Car seat safety, Childbirth prep, Peekadoodle Kids Club, San Francisco.

Family Boot Camp, 2-4pm, learn basic soldier drills and about Presidio Military life while getting fit, Presidio, San Francisco.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a lantern, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Make an harmonica, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Tartan Day Scottish Faire, 10am-5pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Freemont.

Sunday, April 6NanoDays

Brian Scott Floating PromoSunday Special: Magician Brian Scott, 11am, Who doesn’t love magic? Brian Scott’s blend of sleight of hand, misdirection, and comedy will thrill and amuse audiences of all ages, Mill Valley Library.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Earth Day Marin, 11am-5pm, Fun Family-Friendly Festival, Music, Speakers, Expo, Food, Day of Action, Hand-on Activities, Redwood High School, Larkspur.

Robert Strong, 11am-12pm, Master Magician and World-Renowned Entertainer, Randall Museum Theater, San Francisco.

Family Connections Passover, 9:30am-11:30am, Free Program for Families with children 0-3 and their siblings! Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! All participants are invited to use the Health & Fitness Center following the Family Connections program. Open to all faiths and non-members!

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, 11am-4pm, Main Parade Ground Lawn, The Presidio.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

My Haggadah: Made it Myself Workshop, 2:30-4:30pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “And Then It’s Spring”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Layer it Up!, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, April 7

Tuesday, April 8

Naturalist Skills, 10-11:30am, expand your naturalist bag of tricks and improve your ability to observe, document, and wonder, all participants will receive a paste in page to glue in the back of your journal filled with useful tools that field biologists use in the course of their work, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Over the Moon, Do you know why the moon has spots? Or why it changes shape each day? Or what the moon has to do with the months? To find out, join us as we investigate our closest neighbor in space! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 9

Young Writers Workshop, 4-5pm, 8-10 yrs, Do like writing? Do you have ideas for stories and poems? Bring your imagination and we’ll bring ours (plus snacks!). Registration required, contact Erin atewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us or 289-4121.

Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 11

Moon Watch ’14: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, using binoculars and a spotting scope, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn about its history and various formations. Binoculars provided or bring your favorite pair. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Basics of Freshwater Fishing, 4-6pm, Park Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing, alimited number of fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

sundew4CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp, The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns, transforming the San Francisco landmark into a swampy paradise for meat-eating plants.

Saturday, April 12

Easter:

  • Spring Eggstravaganza, 8:30am-12pm, Bunny Breakfast is 8:30-10am, Egg Hunt is 10am & 10:15am, Mill Valley Community Center.
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast, 9-10am, $8 per person to benefit Community Action Marin Child Development Programs. Children of all ages will enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny, hear music by Tim Cain, balloon animals, and more!  10am-12pm, Face and hand-painting by Oliver Twist, Create your own Easter cup, then we’ll fill it with Easter chocolate at the Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.
  • Easter Bunny Brunch, 9:30-10:00am – Brunch, 10:00am-2:00pm – Carnival & Egg Hunts, Belvedere Community Center.
  • Easter Cookie Decorating, 9:30am, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.
  • Easter Egg Hunt, 1-2pm, RSVP required, 388-6233, Goodman’s Hardware, Mill Valley.

rick-huddle_300.pngArrr! Pirates Have Feelings,Too! with Rick Huddle, 11am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

T’ai Chi in the Park with Sensei Robert Ito, 9-11am, join us for an introduction to the health and fitness achieved by practicing the ancient art of T’ai Chi at McNears Beach Park. 

Explore a Salt Marsh, 10am-12pm, discover the salt marsh at Santa Margarita Island and learn about the creatures that live in this fascinating habitat. Why does an egret have such long legs? How many living things are in one handful of mud? How do plants survive drinking salt water? Meadow Dr in San Rafael.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Country Club Bowl, San Rafael.

marinovatorsMarinovators, 10am-4pm, free Maker Day exhibition of Marin Youth Projects, Marin County Office of Education.

TEEN Jewelry Workshop for Teens, 3-4:30pm, fun, hands-on, jewelry workshop will guide you in creating your own beautiful bracelet, necklace, or earrings for spring! All materials are included and refreshments will be provided, Civic Center Library.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival, Commemorate & Celebrate the Life and Work of Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Family Matinee: Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, 11am, followed by interactive workshops in the Joe Henderson Lab, Robert N. Miner Auditorium.

Simple Circuits, 1pm & 2:30pm, ages 6-12, create kinetic sculptures while learning basic electronics. No experience necessary. Space is limited, registration is required, Creativity Museum.

Earth, Wind and Flowers, 2-4pm, Enjoy the spring flowers and hear how San Francisco’s unusual geology and climate have produced a unique ecosystem at the Presidio on a moderately strenuous 2-mile walk, north Baker Beach parking lot.

History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling, 1pm, fun craft projects and stories related to the Juana Briones y su California exhibition, Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Family Day: Cardboard Ukuleles, 1-4pm, a drop-in workshop for families of all ages
Free with museum admission, no registration necessary. Spend the afternoon in cardboard heaven! Take your family on a self-guided tour of Elevated Corrugated, a group exhibit featuring 12 artists working exclusively with cardboard. Then work together to hand-craft a cardboard ukulele for your family. You’ll never look at cardboard the same, Museum of Craft and Design.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, block printing, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, discover how chemical reactions create energy while making a simple LED flashlight  powered by pennies, Randall Museum.

6a017616ef8b67970c01a5116901eb970c-800wiKids Cowpoke Carnival, 11am-2pm, McKinley School, Petaluma.

Cal Day, 9am-5pm, University of California at Berkeley.

Berkeley Bay Festival, 11am-4pm, music, free sailboat and Dragon boat rides, eating tasty food, and explore the marina, Berkeley Marina!

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday

Marine Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mountain Bike Ride at Rush Creek, 9-11am, want to go on a mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a beautiful morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. This is a moderate 7+ mile ride intended for intermediate mountain bike riders, Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Sunday Streets, Tenderloin

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Jump Up for Freedom! 10-11:30am, Celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, with music, art and stories Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!, deYoung Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, April 14

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Epic, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

Full Moon Hike at Stafford Lake, 8-10pm, see the full moon during the lunar eclipse on a ranger-led night hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Nature Trail. We will enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), and bring water. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be provided! Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Tuesday, April 15, Passover, Tax Day, Full Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Frozen, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Dance of the Planets, Put your dancing shoes on because this week you’ll be orbiting the sun in a special production of Dance of the Planets, a live-action theatrical play starring you! You’ll create your own model of a planet or other object in our solar system, then head outside to bring our solar system to life! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 16

Game and Puzzle Day! 2:30-4pm, Mill Valley Library.

Learn to Skate, 1-3pm, Join us at the McInnis skate park 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 toward beginners and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start, McInnis Skate Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Pipe Cleaner Creations, 2:30-3:30pm, ages 6-9, make some new wild friends with pipe cleaners, then enjoy a game of button, button, who’s got the button, register at 485-3322, San Rafael Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Thursday, April 17

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Sea of Monsters, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

Friday, April 18, Good Friday

Easter:

Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt! 8:15pm, Back by popular demand, the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt returns! Bring your basket and a good flashlight! For youth ages 8 and up only.

Lego Play Day, Age 5+, 2:30-4pm, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library

Saturday, April 19, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Easter:

  • Fairfax’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 9am–noon, Children 8 and below are welcome to come and participate in the Spring egg hunt. There will be facepainting, music and fun, Bolinas Park.
  • Sausalito Egg Hunt & Parade, 10am, parade starts at Johnson and Caledonia Street and marches to Dunphy Park for an Easter Egg Hunt followed by an Easter Bonnet Contest, music with Tim Cain.
  • Marinwood Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast, 10am, Children will enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Las Gallinas Lions Club at 10am. Immediately after the egg hunt, join us at the Marinwood Community Center for a hearty breakfast! The Lions Club Egg Hunt is free to attend.
  • Easter at the Farmers Market, Meet the Easter Bunny while doing a fun Easter egg-dyeing activity at the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market provided by SCRAP, an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 am at Poppy Store, Larkspur.
  • Spring Faire and Candy Hunt, 10:30am-12pm, get your photo taken with the bunny, play carnival games, make a basket, bounce in the jump house and gear up for the candy hunt, $8/child (adults are free) Strawberry Recreation District.
  • San Anselmo Spring Egg Hunt & Camp Fair, 10:30am-1pm, ages 7 and under, Hunt starts at 11:00AM on the dot! Memorial Park, San Anselmo.

Earth Day Celebration, celebrate the natural beauty of our environment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

corner_laughersThe Corner Laughers, 11am, super fun and danceable pop music filled with clever wordplay, catchy melodies and lovely harmonies that celebrate poppies, grasshoppers and the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Marin County Half Marathon, Kids Fun Run is FREE! – just sign up at the race on Saturday morning.

Learn to Saltwater Fish, 9-11am, Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Wildflowers to Waterfalls, 10am – 12pm, Join rangers in Cascade Canyon for a two mile stroll along the creek to the waterfall. Along the way we’ll look for spring wildflowers as we make our way through the various habitats of this beautiful preserve. Be sure to bring a camera for some spectacular pictures. Parking is limited along Cascade Drive so rangers will provide a shuttle from Doc Edgar Park in Fairfax to the Cascade Drive Gate. 

Biscuit the Storytime With Biscuit the Dog! 11am, very special guest, Biscuit the Dog! Bring your camera or camera phone for a memorable photo opportunity. All are welcome to attend, Barnes & Nobel, Corte Madera.

Earth Day in the Heart of San Francisco, The “Greenest City in North America” 10am-6pm, Civic Center Plaza.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

MakeArt: Felt Faces, 1:30-3:30pm, ages 6 – 12, Create a self-portrait or a portrait of your favorite animal using felt, embroidered stitching and collage, Museum of Craft and Design

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a munching monster with mouths, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make a glider, Randall Museum.

Kids Free Day! 10am-5pm, Celebrate the Starry, Starry spring night by making a star clock, solar viewer, constellation scope, and more, Schultz Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Naturally Dyed Spring Eggs, 2-2:45pm or 3-3:45pm, hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 2 – 2:45 pm or 3 – 3:45 pm. Registration required: $15/$12 members, garden@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2755, UC Botanical Garden

Children’s Fairyland, The Tap Dancing Easter Bunnies, Oakland.

Sunday, April 20, Easter, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Easter:

  • Easter Service and Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m.:  The Grand Festival of the Resurrection, with brass and large choir.  Easter egg hunt and refreshments afterwards. Bring a basket for the egg hunt. All children receive a prize. Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.
  • Egg Hunt & Brunch, 9:30am-1pm, join us for an hour service (remember to bring a flower or leaf for our spring decoration) and watch kids participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. Following the hunt, we’ll have a complimentary brunch, Peace Lutheran Church, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Grand Parade, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Union Street Easter Parade! 10am-5pm, variety of children’s and family activities include; large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Ghirardelli Goes Green

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10-11:30am, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing additional activities to help preserve native habitat, RSVP, please e-mail: nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Simple Circuits, 1pm & 2:30pm, ages 6-12, create kinetic sculptures while learning basic electronics. No experience necessary. Space is limited, registration is required, Creativity Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “And Then It’s Spring”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Bunny Weekend, Oakland.

Hunt for the Hare Easter, join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for our eleventh annual Hunt for the Hare, an egg-straordinary Easter celebration and brunch.

Monday, April 21

Taikoza, 7:30pm, an international ensemble of ancestral Taiko drums, soulful bamboo flutes and colorful dance in celebration of the Cherry Blossom, The Creativity Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day, Lyrids Meteor Shower

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Pizza & Pages Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm, Read Trash by Andy Mulligan and get ready to discuss it with your fellow readers and eaters over pizza and dessert, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, April 23, Lyrids Meteor Shower

Eco-Climate Creature Workshop, 2:30-4pm, 2nd grade+, observe Earth Day by creating your own creature from recycled stuff. San Francisco’s Green Art Workshop will pose questions about climate change, habitat, and local ecosystems as participants “design” futuristic creatures that can survive in an imagined new environment, mill Valley Library.

Kids Book Club, 7-8pm, 4-5th graders, discussion of Ingrid Law’s Savvy!  Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, April 24, Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work

Storytime: It’s an Orange Aardvark! read by author/illustrator Michael Hall, Barnes & Nobel, Corte Madera.

laughingChickencrop“Simple Ivan” and “The Bridge and the Dream”,  ages 5 & up, comical tales from Russia and the Middle East presented with lots of physical comedy and audience participation, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Friday, April 25

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

Saturday, April 26

Mount Tamalpais Earth Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, all ages welcome, end a hand to restore critical habitat and help keep this popular destination beautiful for everyone to enjoy, Pantoll Ranger Station on Panoramic Highway.

Create-with-Nature Earth Day, 11am-3pm, construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed, and other beach treasures, South end of Stinson Beach.

My Earth Day Marin, 9am-12pm, a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day.

Make Fresh Pasta, 9:30am, 924-6799, Little hands are great tools for making fresh pasta – from rolling to slicing – join us and learn how to prepare fresh pasta – and surprise mom on Mother’s Day, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Spring Fling, 10am-4pm, Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Slide Ranch.

Touch a Truck, 9:30am-12pm,explore vehicles alongside hometown heroes, Oak View Nursery School, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael.

Grand Re-opening Celebration, 11am-7pm, live DJ, menu specials from our new Blue Stove restaurant, delicious treats and entertainment for the whole family, Nordstrom, Village at Corte Madera.

Pinnipeds at Point Bonita, 1-4pm, join us on a 4 mile round trip hike in search of Harbor Seals at Point Bonita. We’ll conclude our day with a visit to The Marine Mammal Center where pinniped patients are nursed back to health and released into the ocean, NatureBridge.

Mad Hatter_webMad Hatter Tea Party, 12pm & 3pm, for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk’s elegant Victorian setting, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael.

45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 2pm, ages 3 to 6, free Hands-On Learning event will encourage and develop creativity and social skills through sharing and storytelling, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Novato Clean and Green Day! 9am-1pm,  City of Novato Civic Green, next to City Hall.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Celebrate Opening Day on the Bay FREE sailboat rides, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Enjoy music, games, food, and activities for the whole family. Each visitor will be entered to win door prizes and a free sailing class!

Mountain Lake Family Festival, 10am-12:30pm, enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, from birding on the beach to artistic walks, all intended to inspire you to learn about our beautiful Mountain Lake.

Carousel Grand Reopening, 11am-2pm, celebrate the grand reopening of our beloved carousel with FREE rides and entertainment for all ages! Creativity Museum.

Rumpelstiltskin-by-the-best-book-list-ever-300x276Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Bug Day, 10am-2pm, join us for a festival of everything insects! Randall Museum.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Butter and Eggs Parade, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country, Petaluma.

Sunday, April 27

gardenfaireposterGrand Re-Opening of the Mill Valley Children’s Garden, 12-4pm, fairy house and wreath making, potion making, bobbing for apples, feather hair extensions, face painting, and henna tattoos, admission is free, tickets will be on sale at the faire for activities and food. Credit cards accepted; 100% of the proceeds go to the Mill Valley Children’s Garden. For festival information, call 389-7733.

Unique Derique, 11am, Back by popular demand! World-renowned physical comedy and juggling, Mill Valley Community Center.

Marine Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Princess Bride, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

peterpanStorybooks on the Square, story time by Phil Sheridan, Dance performances by the Performing Arts Academy of Marin and the Marin Theater Company, special guest appearances, a treasure hunt for kids, chalk shadow drawings, local business giveaways, and so much more. Neverland-inspired costumes welcome!

Archery Exhibition, 9am – 2pm, join us for a fun-filled day of archery! Learn the basic skills and safety of bowmanship, and practice marksmanship with guidance from skilled archers of the Northwoods Bowmen’s Club. We will also be making traditional Miwok arrowheads for participants to take home with them. This event is for all ages and skill levels. at McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Pixie Park Spring Fair, 9:30am-1:30pm, ages 6 and under, featuring train rides, a petting zoo, Candy Land, Autopia, the much loved mini car ride, and Pixie Olympics, a mini obstacle course for kids, a treasure hunt, food, drinks, balloons face painting and much more. Admission is free. Games, rides and food require purchased tickets. Parking available in the Marin Art and Garden Center parking lot for $10 while spots last.

Free Family Tennis Day, ages 7-12 (10-11am), ages 4-6 (11am-Noon), free junior racket to the first 50 registrants, contact higginstennis@gmail.com, Tam High Tennis Courts, Mill Valley.

Birding by the Bay, 10am, explore the oak woodlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay. Look for a variety of songbirds, hawks, and waterfowl who call this park home. We’ll also look for butterflies patrolling the trails along with wildflowers and other spring wildlife, Wildcare, San Rafael.

Kids Birdathon, Ages 8-16, 1-4pm, $5/child, Point Reyes National Seashore.

Opening Day on the Bay, Decorated Boat Parade, Crissy Field to Pier 39, starting at 12 Noon.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Prop Comic and Juggler Fred Anderson, 11am-12pm, One of the fastest and funniest performers in the country, Randall Museum Theater, San Francisco.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

LBG and BBG jumpingDrop-In Art-Making: Create a Memorial Candle Holder, in honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), all ages are welcome to decorate a memorial candle holder using a variety of colorful fine art materials, Contemporary Jewish Museum.


Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical
, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay

Monday, April 28

Earth Academy_11x17-01Dive In Earth Academy, 3:30-5:30pm, the Whale Bus arrives with their marine mammal lab and discovery center full of fun activities and lessons about ocean conservation, Whole Foods, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

Tuesday, April 29, New Moon

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Creative Writing with Karen Benke, 3:45-5:15pm, grades 6-8, Are you ready to experiment and explore your wild wonderings and wanderings from the safety of a blank page? Take a break from writing for good grades and ignore the punctuation police – it’s time to let the words flow freely, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, April 30

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – March 2014

Camera 360Unplug and Play at Sunday Streets

Even though I live in Marin County, I consider the entire Bay Area my backyard. Which is why events in San Francisco, like Sunday Streets, is tops on my personal “must do” list. Sunday Streets is a FREE community event where foot traffic replaces car traffic. The streets are lined with bike riders, roller skaters/bladers, runners, dog walkers, young and old. It is held once a month from March-October at different spots around our great city.

The 2014 season kick’s off on March 9th at the Embarcadero from 11am-4pm. For Marinites, it is so easy to take the ferry across. Leave the car and bring other wheels such as a bike or roller skates. Enjoy over 3 miles to stroll the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 52, dine at great restaurants, take in amazing views and enjoy great family friendly entertainment traffic-free.

2girlsAlong the Sunday Streets route there are several stations where you can stop and play. For example:

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be there to give free lessons to kids called “Freedom From Training Wheels.

Free bike rentals and free bike repairs will be available from Parkwide.

Kids Sports Challenge at Sunday Streets. (PIER 39 on the Embarcadero) Take your best shot at PIER 39′s Kids Sports Challenge during Sunday Streets! Stop by the PIER 39 Local Advantage booth to pick up your obstacle guide. Shoot some hoops, kick the ball around, then race your way to the finish line for your chance to win the gold! Cyclists can park their bikes at the free bike valet in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza.

Whaleboat Rowing, (Pier 52 on Terry Francois Blvd) Embarcadero Rowing Club promotes whaleboat rowing as a community-building, healthy form of exercise as well as an environmentally-friendly means of access to the Bay that carries on an age-old local tradition, for all ages and levels of ability–beginners are welcome!

Free Kayak lessons from City Kayak, inside the Pier 40 building.

Bust out your best moves with Bboy Connection: (Pier 34)
The Bboy Connection Sunday Streets Jam is back! … (battle, bionic, boogaloo, breakers, class, crew battle, dance, footwork, etc) Interactive dance performance and jam for all ages and abilities.

Plus the Exploratorium will have many hands on science activities, and Pier 39 has a treasure hunt, great music, kids entertainment, games and tons more!

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The waterfront is so beautiful, you miss it all when you are in a car.” says Beth Bryne, the Sunday Streets Program Manager who refers to this event as a “Pop-up park so people can go outside and be active.

Sunday Streets originated in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. There, it is known as “Ciclovía”, a day of free, healthy activities that promote community in public streets. This concept has spread around the world and has been adopted by San Francisco and other cities across the country (openstreetsproject.org). Other Sunday Streets close to home include Berkeley (www.sundaystreetsberkeley.com), Oakland (oaklavia.org) and Santa Cruz (scopenstreets.org). Los Angeles has a huge event called CicLAvia (www.ciclavia.org).

Mark your calendar for San Francisco’s next Sunday Streets event on March 9th along the Embarcadero waterfront from 11am-4pm. Future events will take place at various neighborhoods around San Francisco. For more information about Sunday Streets in San Francisco visit their website at www.sundaystreetssf.com

Hope to see you there.
Ronnie


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Saturday, March 1, New Moon

cascadaThe Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted To Sing with Cascada de Flores, bilingual program tells the story of a donkey who dreamed of singing, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

McInnis Family Fun Mile, 10am-12pm, enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile long, walk/hike/run with the family. 

The LEGO Movie Building Event: Hands-On Learning, 1pm, ages 4+, RSVP with name, phone and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

TEEN If You Build It, 7pm, join Emily Pilloton & Filmmakers in Person, a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education, this documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

AliceCabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland, 1pm & 8pm, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale, Mill Valley Middle School.

Peter Pan, 1pm, performed by the students of Hidden Valley School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Baking 101, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Build a Trojan Horse Bank, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Family Fun Fitness! 2-4pm, work out our bodies while playing fun games and exploring the Presidio.

Film of the Month, Cinderella, 1:30pm & 4pm, Walt Disney Museum, Presidio.

Whiskers_KidsReading_01Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Try Ice Hockey For Free, 6pm, Certified coaches will be on hand to teach your child the basics of hockey with equipment provided, Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about density while making a lava lamp, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, learn about the borrowers and make a miniature doorway into their world, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936, deYoung Museum.

German Family Karneval, 12-5pm, Arts & crafts, carnival games, & petting zoo. Wear your costume and join the parade! Free admission, Berkeley.

Meet the Cat in the Hat, 10:30am-2pm, photo opportunities, hugs, and an interactive reading, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 2, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Academy Awards

SundaySpecial_RandyKaplanFlierSunday Special: Randy Kaplan, 11 am, Los Angeles musician Randy Kaplan blends American roots, country  blues, and comedic storytelling in his songs for children and families. Come tap your feet during this unpredictable live performance. People magazine listed Randy’s new album, “Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie,” in its “8 Cool Kids’ Albums” feature for 2013, Mill Valley Public Library.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Children’s Program, 10:30-11:45am, Meet a tree, play with sounds and colors, learn about micro hiking and earth windows.

Put down the iPhone & Play! Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging at a FREE “Sundays at the J” Workshop, Take a digital detox together and refocus on creating meaningful relationships with your kids, Get a cell phone sleeping bag, Discover fun & interactive activities for unplugging as a family, Take a pic in the National Day of Unplugging photo booth with a sign telling the world what you’ll do when you unplug! Marin JCC.

Brian Scott Floating PromoIllusionist and Comedy Magician Brian Scott, 11:30am, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, San Rafael.

Peter Pan, 1pm, performed by the students of Hidden Valley School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, Featured book, “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Building Games, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, March 3

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

FC9780060780029Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts, 4:30pm, stunning nonfiction picture book which highlights the female patriots of the American evolution, reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Special Storytime: Read Across America with Dr. Seuss!, 11am, Storytime and fun activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hour of Code, 4:40-6:30pm, learn how to program, design, and produce their own video games, and then share them with friends. All students that attend will receive a certificate of completion. Please email vetdavis@microsoft.com to RSVP, Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.

Tuesday, March 4, Mardi Gras

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Nature for Kids at Indian Valley, 10am-1pm, learn about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the marsh at the upper end of the valley, and then we’ll walk up to the waterfall, which is a perfect place to enjoy lunch and let the kids explore the numerous shallow pools. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Mardi Gras Parade, 5pm, starts at Octavia & Hayes (Place Pigalle), With second line feat. Brass Mafia, North Beach Brass Band, Brass Band Mission, Fillmore Wax, plus other guest musicians, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco.

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style, 7-11pm, free blues concert in the Filmore, New Orleans Processional down the Filmore Corridor, stilt walkers, dancing, zydeco and more.

Tyke Explorers, Sticky Magnets, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Explore the powers of magnets to find out what types of objects are magnetic, how far a magnetic field can reach, and what types of objects can block the magnetic field, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 5

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Thursday, March 6

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Book Fair Cafe, 5-8pm, Edna Maguire Elementary School, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Friday, March 7

Family Movie Night: Kids’ Choice, 6:30pm, eat popcorn and relax. Bring a pillow to lounge on. For children of all ages & their caregivers. The movie will be chosen by popular vote: stop by the Library to vote for your favorite by Wednesday, March 5. Or email Erin Wilson, Film Curator and Children’s Librarian at ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us with your vote, Sausalito Library.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 10am-5pm, Have you ever wondered what happens in the Library overnight? Bring a stuffed animal or doll to the movie and we’ll keep it for a sleepover. Come back the next day between 10am & 5pm to pick it up and find out what mischief it got into during the night, Sausalito Library.

Beauty and the Beast, 7pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Saturday, March 8

UgandapicChildren of Uganda, Tour of Light, 7pm, Ugandan children performing the dances and music of their culture. Children of Uganda is a nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable and impoverished Ugandan children by providing them with access to quality education, clean water, medicine and an empowered future.
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. For more information contact 388-4456 or go to www.mtumc.org and click on events, then calendar.

Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm, Join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire with friends and family, sing songs, and roast s’mores by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. 

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, All About Strawberries, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

McInnis Park Family Fun Obstacle Run, 9:30-11:30am, fun obstacles dispersed throughout the one mile course. 

Ocean Exploration Family Farm Days, 10am-2pm, Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tide pools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other discoveries, Slide Ranch.

Marin Camp Fair, 10am-1pm, meet the people behind basically every summer day camp in Marin, Dominican University, San Rafael.

dr.noizeDr.Noize Unplugged, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for
interactive pop/rock and a degree in music from Stanford, inspires young
audiences to be musicians and creators themselves, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Zoo Tycoon, 12-4pm, game demos and free game play, Surface Pro 2 units set up for kids to draw their favorite zoo animals with FreshPaint, a Photo App with Animals border, and lots of giveaways!, Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.

jamesgiantpeach_calMasque Unit Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, 1pm & 3pm, James is a lonely boy, two miserable aunts and six overgrown insect friends. Their adventure inside a gigantic peach takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, where these lovable characters fight off hungry sharks, noisy seagulls and angry cloud men, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Tall Ship Lady Washington, 11am, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the tall ship Lady Washington, share birthday cake, sing sea shanties, and swap stories, Bay Model Visitors Center.

NMCRummageSale2014RNovato Mothers Club Rummage Sale, 9am-3pm, Downtown Novato Recreation Center.

Beauty and the Beast, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Chocolate Bank Robbery Scavenger Hunt, 10am-12pm, Ever wanted to rob a bank… that’s full of chocolate? San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

gbrlogoThe Great Baby Romp, 9:30am-1:30pm, fun-filled family event that gives parents a chance to compare sample classes and narrow down the perfect activity for their baby or toddler’s unique personality, Presidio, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Tall, Small, and Off the Wall, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make a sundial, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, create a twist and wrap action figure with simple materials, Randall Museum.

Making Stuff – Faster, 1-4pm, Prototype the car of the future today by building one out of a wide selection of materials. Test your vehicle’s performance in a series of races, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 9, Daylight Savings Time Begins

Marine Science Sunday: BioBlitz, Spy Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, free admission, Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

MCA_peach_poster_PRINTMarin Charitable Presents Family Day at the Theater James and the Giant Peach, 12-2:30pm (Show starts at 1:00pm), free pre-show activities including face painting, The Pocket Lady and hair flares! Showcase Theater at the Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

Masque Unit Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, 1pm & 3pm, James is a lonely boy, two miserable aunts and six overgrown insect friends. Their adventure inside a gigantic peach takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, where these lovable characters fight off hungry sharks, noisy seagulls and angry cloud men, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Kids Club: Green Thumb, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley

Caminando Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, Discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods on this easy 1-mile walk in Spanish.  We will learn how these trees have lived for thousand years, and what we can do so they can be here for a thousand years more. Reservations required 388-2596.

Beauty and the Beast, 1pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Sunday Streets, 11am-4pm, the Embarcadero will be transformed into a space for you to bike, walk, run, do yoga, dance, play and a full lineup of activities, Embarcadero.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Award-winning Magician Timothy James! 11am, Tim’s hilarious routines and impressive magic skills are earning him rave reviews with family audiences everywhere he performs, Randall Museum. San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Isaac_Zones_and_ShamatiPreschool Super Fun Sundays: Purim Party with Frog and Toad, 10-11:30am, ncludes a visit from Frog and Toad, animal stories in the gallery, mask-making in the studio in honor of the Jewish holiday of Purim, and the soulful jewgrassy sounds of Isaac Zones and Shamati to get you on your feet and dancing, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Celebration of Ethnic Dance, 2pm, Children’s dance ensembles whose communities have celebrated in festivals and music events at the Croatian American Cultural Center join to present their children dancing for the community.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Tuesday, March 11

Drawing Songbirds, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop that includes: basic anatomy for the artist, simplifying what you see, sketching multiple positions of moving birds, visual memory tricks, how to focus on the most important details, ways to add a hint of habitat, and juggling your sketchbook, pencils, and binoculars, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

American Girl Workshop: Truly Talented You!, 4pm, features fun activities, puzzles and crafts inspired by Isabelle, the newest Girl of the Year, RSVP with name, phone number and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Tyke Explorers, Shadow Play, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, This week we’ll play with light and dark to figure out how shadows work. We’ll go on a shadow hunt, find out what types of materials make the best shadows, and use shadows to make art, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 12

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 7:30pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Sid the Science Kid Live! 6:30pm, an “inquisitive youngster” who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles and why things work the way they do, Wells Fargo Arts Center, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, March 13

CreativityTalks_logoe3185aCreativity Talks with Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.,  6pm, The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life, Discovery Museum.

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Friday, March 14

Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry Party, 6pm, Bedtime stories are one thing, but ever heard of bedtime math? We think there’s no reason math shouldn’t be as fun and enjoyable as a good book, Diesel Bookstore, Marin County Mart.

Once Upon a Mattress, 7pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

pi_symbolPi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor the never-ending number 3.14159… (and Einstein’s birthday), free admission, Exploratorium.

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Saturday, March 15, Purim Begins

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show, is a little yellow cone-headed fellow who traveled here from the sun — and the brainchild of musician/artist Morgan Taylor, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 12:30pm & 5pm, all other shows are sold out, This hilarious play follows what happens when the Watsons’ new neighbor calls Animal Control on their pet pig! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Junior Rangers: Roy’s Redwoods – Full Moon Adventure, 6:30-8:30pm, ages 7-12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Join Ranger Jacob Feickert for an easy nature walk to experience this unique preserve after dark. We will discuss nocturnal animals and things that go bump in the night! Meet at the Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Rd in San Geronimo.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Chop & Slice It!, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

St. Patrick’s Dance with the Strawberry Social Dance Group, 7pm Lesson 8-11pm Dance, Strawberry Rec, Mill Valley.

Once Upon a Mattress, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm, San Rafael Community Center.

LeapFrog Family Reading: A Hands-On Learning Event, 1pm, RSVP with name, phone number and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm & 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

SFJAZZ Education Family Matinees, 11am, with Clairdee’s Jazz Express, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music.

St. Patricks Day Parade, 11:30am, celebrating Irish history and culture, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Borders of Art: Framing the Big Picture, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about chemistry while making and Iodine Time Clock, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, make an animal spirit mask, Randall Museum.

colorrunThe Color Run, chuck paint and make people smile for the charity Team Challenge, Grab your tutus, your friends, and your running shoes and we’ll see you at the start line, San Francisco.

Colors from Nature, 10am-12pm, learn how to make beautiful colors from plants in your kitchen and backyard! UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley.

Making Stuff – Safer, 12-2pm, Exercise your design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. Design and build bridges and structures out of paper dowels, then test them for their stability. What sort of design will you think up?, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 16, Full Moon, Palm Sunday

Purim-188Purim Palooza, 11:30am-2:30pm, free, games, activities, music masks, puppets and more!

Muir Woods After Hours, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

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The Magical Music of Disney, 3pm, Family Concert with Ann Krinitsky conducting! Around the World with Disney features live music performed by our Marin Symphony, along with visuals and clips from classic and recent animated films — including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan and many more, Marin Civic Center.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Once Upon a Mattress, 1pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, Featured book, “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, free, Participants may sample three to four select classes from our upcoming line-up, and no registration is necessary! Berkeley Rep.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 18

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Persian New Year Festival, 6-10pm to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring, Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Tyke Explorers, Mixing Pigments, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Today is all about mixing and color! What happens when we mix blue and yellow water? Or red and blue? Can you make the water move without touching it? You will also discover the excitement of mixing your own rainbow of paint colors using just the three primary pigments, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 19

Nature Walk with Ranger Lucy, 10:30am, meet a sticky monkey flower and watch turkey vultures flying overhead as we discover more about the plants and animals of Fort Baker, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Thursday, March 20, March Equinox, First Day of Spring

Farm Day, 9am-12pm, ranchers, growers, producers and educators provide interactive exhibits on agriculture, health, farm animals, gardens and environmental education, Marin Civic Center.

Friday, March 21

House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts with Chris Columbus, 10am, N.Y. Times bestselling series—hailed by J. K. Rowling as “a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure,” Book Passage, Corte Madera.

The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner, 6pm, joined by illustrator LeYuen Pham and author/editor Kevin Lewis. The three of them will discuss children’s books from the respective positions of author, illustrator, and editor, as well as sharing some truly wonderful books, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Movie Night for Kids, grades 3-5, 5:30pm, Suggested donation $10, pizza and popcorn provided, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Hairspray, 7pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 7pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

Owl Extraordinaire! 4:30-6pm, learn all about owls with a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities, Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Rob Hill Campground.

Saturday, March 22

Chris Molla and the Rolleos, singing family perform traditional tunes mixed with original songs that are playful lyrics and quirky instrumentation, the songs and melodies are infectious, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, Learn the whole process, from sheep shearing demonstrations in our pasture to wool spinning in the yurt. Everyone will get a chance to spin wool and take home some soft memories of the day! Slide Ranch.

MV OpeningGrand Opening Party, 10am-6pm, Join us for a fun-filled day of events to celebrate the opening of Sprout in Mill Valley!

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Let’s Stir Fry, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Children’s Toy & Clothing Sale, 10am-4pm, Marinwood Community Center.

Bunny Boot Camp, 11am, ages 3-8, puppet show, Fairfax Library.

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am-1pm, enjoy a day of nature exploration and education. We will be joined by Juan Carlos Solis, Director of Education at WildCare who is a fantastic teacher and naturalist who will share his expertise in both English and Spanish. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Indian Tree Park, 10am, Take a stroll through Novato’s Indian Tree Park and enjoy beautiful trails that ascend through shaded woodlands to reach the ridge beside clusters of massive redwoods and fields of ferns.

Hairspray, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 1pm & 7pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm & 5pm, San Rafael Community Center.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm & 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, construct your own sound-enhancing animal ears, Randall Museum.

Family Festival: Incredible Ocean, informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn how understanding food webs helps local efforts to protect marine life through family-friendly activities; watch a sustainable-seafood demo; catch a water-themed performance; special story-time; photo booth; and more! California Academy of Science.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, personalize your own train, Randall Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Meadowfoam-James-GaitherCalifornia Wildflower Bloom, Each spring hundreds of native irises, poppies, meadowfoam and more put on a colorful show in our native garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Making Stuff – Colder & Wilder, 12-2pm, It’s time to think about a tropical vacation! Make stuff colder by designing, building, and testing your own personal cooling device. While you’re relaxing in the cool air, add a wild twist by designing an eagle claw to move stuff for you. Build this mechanical grasping device and test it by transporting various objects from one place to another, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 23

Marine Science Sunday: BioBlitz, Spy Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, free admission, Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Bubble Lady, Mill Valley Community Center.

Tiburon Uplands Hike, 10am-12pm,a ranger will guide you through the beautiful Tiburon Uplands in the hopes of seeing spring wildflowers such as hounds tongue, milkmaids, Indian warrior and other species. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the bay, and learn about the colorful history of the Tiburon peninsula. Don’t forget to bring binoculars and a camera, meet at Paradise Beach Park.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, 11.30am-1pm, featuring the Princess ensemble “Once upon a Song” Come along and meet Alice, Snow White, Jasmine & Cinderella, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Hairspray, 1pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 1pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Maria Kochetkova in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

Maria Kochetkova in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Hilarious Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his Puppet Partner Cornelius Crowe, 11am, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Family Festival: Incredible Ocean, informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn how understanding food webs helps local efforts to protect marine life through family-friendly activities; watch a sustainable-seafood demo; catch a water-themed performance; special story-time; photo booth; and more! California Academy of Science.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Curi-HomeSplash-ATBEAll Things Being Equal – a celebration of math! 12pm-5pm, play with balance, experiment with infinity,create angular animals, explore amazing math concepts in unconventional ways – balance on see-saws to experiment with proportionality, multiplication and ratios, draw beautiful roulette curves with a Spirograph, watch an extreme juggler create huge origami while riding a unicycle, CuriOdyssey, San Mateo.

Monday, March 24

MCDS Unplugged Concert, 6pm, a group of talented 8th-grade students from Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, as they perform an a cappella concert, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Tuesday, March 25

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, March 26

Diapering for Dads, 6-7pm, $25pp, join us for a beer as we discuss all the basics you need to know to prepare for your new addition, Sprout, Mill Valley.

Origami Workshop, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, celebrate spring with a fun and easy origami workshop, RSVP to 927-5005 or library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Thursday, March 27

One Book One Marin Program, 4pm, Gardening Craft and Story, ages 5+, registration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Fitness Hike at Indian Tree, 5- 7pm, Join Ranger Ian McLorg for an evening exercise hike. This will be a fast-paced adventure on a 4+ mile loop. Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Rd in Novato.

Friday, March 28

BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks, scientists and citizens will team up to celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Public registration to be part of a scientist-led inventory team email to bioblitz@ngs.org.

BioBlitz Festival, 9am-5pm, free hands-on activities, exhibits, music, food, and more at the BioBlitz Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field East Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco!

TEEN Manor of Secrets with author Katherine Longshore, 6pm, set in 19th-century England and follows two young women with vastly different lives. When their paths intertwine, the two girls find themselves enmeshed in secrets that will change their lives, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 7:30pm, Marin Civic Center.

Peter Pan, 6:30pm, Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan tells the story of the “boy who never grew up.” Wells Fargo Arts Center, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, March 29, NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

bugfamily-withkidsThe Bug Family Band, playing tunes that get kids and former kids dancing,
laughing and maybe even thinking, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Coastal Camp Open House, 12-3pm, free, Join us for an opportunity to learn more about our fabulous upcoming 2014 Coastal Camp season. Meet our staff, participate in a family hike, and touch the tidepool creatures in our marine lab, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Easter Egg Decorating, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Stapleton Ballet Spring Concert, 1pm & 5pm, pairing the story ballet, “Peter and the Wolf” with Repertory Works, The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks, scientists and citizens will team up to celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Public registration to be part of a scientist-led inventory team email to bioblitz@ngs.org.

BioBlitz 2014, 10am-12pm, free, Work alongside top scientists to discover, count, and document the living creatures in the Headlands and celebrate biodiversity, exploration, and discovery!, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Biodiversity Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Slide Ranch.

BioBlitz Festival, 9am-4pm, free hands-on activities, exhibits, music, food, and more at the BioBlitz Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field East Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco!

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents 101 Dalmatians, 5pm, Marin Civic Center.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 7:30pm, Marin Civic Center.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Boats! Ways on the Water, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, practice archaeology techniques by casting your own fossil to study, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, design and decorate your own yo-yo, Randall Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Stargazing Sleepover, 6pm, Blast off into hands-on fun and sleep overnight at the Schulz Museum!

Sunday, March 30, New MoonNanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

The Amazing Bubble Man, 2pm, Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. , Mill Valley

My Neighbor Totoro, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Sit-In Concert, 2:30pm, free, Martin Luther King Junior Academy, 630 Drake Ave, Sausalito.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 1pm, Marin Civic Center.

Stapleton Ballet Spring Concert, 1pm & 5pm, pairing the story ballet, “Peter and the Wolf” with Repertory Works, The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Monday, March 31NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie, activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – February 2014

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chinatown2012-21The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, experience the sights and sounds of Chinatown during the community’s most exciting time of the year, the Chinese New Year Parade! Steeped in legends and stories, the parade has been an annual tradition for San Francisco since the days of the Gold Rush. To avoid being overwhelmed, here are my recommendations.

Getting There
Chinatown is extremely crowded and driving can be very frustrating. I park at the public lot for the Hilton which is under the Chinese Culture Center. I also recommend the ferry. Chinatown is an easy 10 minute walk away from the Embarcadero.

Plan A Chinese Lunch
My favorite places are New Asia Restaurant (772 Pacific) or the R&G Lounge (631 Kearny.) We top off our day with a yummy Moon Cake at the Eastern Bakery (720 Grant.)

chinatown2012-42Explore Chinatown
Chinatown shuts the streets off to cars for the Community Street Fair and you never know who you might bump into. Join the fun on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, February 16, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm.

There are a lot of shops to explore. A visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory on Ross Alley just off Grant is a must.  And don’t miss some of the intriguing herb shops. My favorite is The Great China Herb Company at 857 Washington. We also love the Kite Store at 717 Grant. Don’t forget to pick up some snaps and sparklers which the kids love.

Enjoy the Parade!
The parade starts at 5:20pm at Second and Market. We stand on the corner outside the Chinese Culture Center about 5:30pm. The kids are always excited to see the dragons, moon-faced monks, and lion dancer.

chinatown2012-30Annual Spring Fair & Treasure Hunt
The Chinese Culture Center throws a free event called Annual Spring Festival Celebration on the 3rd floor of its building on Kearny Street on February 15, 11:30am – 4pm. Enjoy exhibitions, crafts, demonstrations, performances of lion dancers, martial arts, folk and classic dances and much more.

Register for the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt from 4:30pm at Justin Herman Plaza.

chinatown2012-7Don’t miss one of San Francisco’s most treasured celebration, the Chinese New Year Parade. Enjoy the vibrant history that Chinatown offers and welcome in the Year of the Horse.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS

Saturday, February 1

screen_shot_2013-11-12_at_4.16.33_pmKariktan Dance Company, 11am, enjoy the rich culture and diverse heritage of the Philippines through music, dance and song from its northern, central and southern regions, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Kid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation for children of all ages, there will be two 30 minute teaching sessions, the first from 10:30-11:00 am and the second session will be just after the first, from 11:00-11:30am, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Lion Dancers at the Library, 12-1pm, Corte Madera Library.

Chinese Lion Dancers, 11am-12pm, San Anselmo Library.

Chinese New Year at Olompali, 11am-2pm, learn about Sam Yaw and other Chinese who lived at Olompali over a century ago, an interpretive walk at 1 pm, craft activities, a tangram puzzle contest and traditional foods will be offered all day. 

aya-hanna-hymans-ostroff-paperback-cover-artAya, 10:30am, meet author Hanna Hymans Ostroff as she reads from her book about a curious, busy little panda who delights in searching for beautiful things to see, and delicious foods to eat, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Read to a Dog, 2-3, Corte Madera Library.

Family Bingo Night, 5-8pm, Sir Francis Drake High School’s Student Center, San Anselmo.

Run of the Salmon, 1:30pm, if your student is participating in Trout in the Classroom, this is a great chance to learn about their migration, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Yoga in the Park, 10am–2pm, fun-filled, help spruce up the park then enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

pTRU1-16812012dtThe Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition, 11am, featuring a reading of The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition, a visit from the Elf, stories, activities and more, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Build a Race Car, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Hiking for Heartbeats, 2-4pm, hike along the Presidio’s historic Lover’s Lane. We’ll be making our hearts pump with stretches and light exercises before setting out to find a spring that promised love and hiking the trails that soldiers once used to go see their sweethearts.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

fan_fest200hGiants Fanfest, 10am-3pm, Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, Make Mine Music, Walt Disney Museum.

Special Screening, 11am, Allegro Non Troppo & More, Walt Disney Museum.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a monster bookmark, Randall Museum

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, rockets, Randall Museum.

logoCamp Congress for Girls, 8am-3pm, ages 7-17 years, 2-day program introducing girls to politics, San Francisco.

Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.

Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier, 8pm-Midnight, public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

cta-cinderella-homepage-v02Cinderella, 10:30am & 1pm, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.

Xtreme Bugs, 10am-5pm, UC Berkeley students will lead activities in which you can make your own anatomically correct ladybug sculptures, find an ant trail using only your nose and a special scent and more, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Seeing is Believing, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Star Gazing Sleepover, 6pm-9am, Blast off into hands-on fun and sleep overnight at the Schulz Museum!

Sunday, February 2, Groundhog’s Day, Super Bowl XLVIII

Rapunzel_WebGraphic_833x833Sunday Special: Marin Theatre Company’s Rapunzel, 11am, ages 5+, Don’t miss Marin Theatre Company’s live stage prodcution of everyone’s favorite fairy tale! Mill Valley Library.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Valentine Cardmaking Workshop, 1-3:30pm, Free materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own to use and share, San Rafael Library.

Lunar New Year Celebration, 10:30am-3:30pm, Hear storytellers share Lunar New Year stories, create your own work of art and search for zodiac animals on a treasure hunt through the galleries. Red Panda Acrobats will add to the festivities, Asian Art Museum.

Yoga Flow, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm, movement, meditation, stories, and, of course, art. Each session offers an opportunity to delve into practices that balance energy, align your body, and go inward to just chill, Asian Art Museum.

Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, ages 4-8, Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell de Palma, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.

whiskers_webimageWhiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Collaborative Building Games, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, series of collaborative building games and challenges led by local artists and architects, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 3

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Wednesday, February 5

Between the Pages, 2:45pm, middle school book club talks about “My Sister Livers on the Mantelpiece“, Davidson Middle School Library.

Thursday, February 6

year of the horse pictureStories for the Chinese Lunar New Year, 4pm, ages 4+, Leta Bushyhead from the Asian Art Museum will tell some of her favorite stories, Larkspur Library.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Read to a Dog, 3:30-4:30pm, K+, San Anselmo Library.

Valentine Making, 3:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

TEEN The Art of Comedy, 7-9pm, high school students only, workshop, comedic storyteller and stand-up comic Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will help participants explore the various facets of comedy as well as share her (hilarious) challenges and triumphs in the world of professional comedy, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, February 7

DgDK-pGzUWcu2yPldGCnCdSUPeter Pan, 7pm, performed by Montessori de Terra Linda, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Lego Club, 3:30-5pm, We’ve got a huge collection of Legos. What do you want to make? Come play, build and geek out with us! Sausalito Library.

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, 7-8:30pm, dads present a flower to each young lady and picture taken of the father and daughter(s) as a memento of the occasion. A dessert buffet will be served and daughters can enjoy creating a special valentine craft and enjoy dance, Belvedere Community Center.

DgC-sGvqdBDZ48yteuS9R8fFSleeping Beauty, 8pm, enjoy fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet, Marin Civic Center.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Shirin Bridges and Natasha Yim, 6pm, Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed, Diesel, a bookstore, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

TEEN Cress, 6:30pm, meet the author Marissa Meyer, Cinder and Scarlet are fugitives plotting to overthrow the wicked Queen Levana. Their only hope is Cress, a brilliant hacker who has spent her life trapped on a satellite by the evil queen.

Creativity Forum, 11am-1:30pm, Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, “Today’s kids, tomorrow’s innovators: How success in an innovative workforce demands creative thinking.” Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco

Saturday, February 8

murphy_magentoMurphy Irish Dancers, 11am, this award-winning group of young dancers performs a variety of step dances including jigs and reels, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

The Brian Waite Band, 1pm, and their zany puppets and props. Our heroes have dug into a quest to find the center of the earth where they have a gig (or so they think!), Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 5:30-8pm, learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Kids_On_The_Hill_Hearts_Event_Flyer_2014-3Hearts on the Hill, games, face painting, music, dancing and more! Fundraiser for Kids on the Hill Preschool, Corte Madera.

Valentine Origami, 2-3pm, ages 8+, Led by amazing student origami artist Grace Lightner from Tamalpais High School, Corte Madera Library.

Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder, 2-3pm, ages 5-9, RSVP required, San Rafael Library.

Cookie Decorating, 11am, RSVP required, Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids: Indian Valley, 10am–2pm, look for early blooming flowers and see what kinds of insects (and maybe other animals) are visiting them in search of nectar or pollen, meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

Bald Hill Broom Bust, 9am–1pm, help remove invasive broom, suitable for all ages, Deer Park Preserve, Meet at the intersection of Yolanda Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road.

fullcolorlogoSweete Chocolate Tasting, 12-3pm, sample handmade local truffles from Coco Delice, as well as several flavors of bean-to-bar chocolate bars, Sweete Organic, Mill Valley.

Waterfall Walk: Ignacio Valley, 10am–12pm, beautiful canyon to view a waterfall while learning about creek ecology, watersheds, and water conservation, Meet at the end of Fairway Dr in Novato.

Toy Crazy, 11am-12pm, welcomes kids ages 2-8 to enjoy a “Do-A-Dot” Valentine Art Project, Toy Crazy, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

URBS_EventbriteBabysitter Meet & Greet with UrbanSitter, 10am-12pm, Valentine’s Day crafts and free face painting, interview a few local babysitters, build your network of go-to sitters and learn more about UrbanSitter, NOTE: Due to rain, location has changed to Playland, 610 Coloma St., Sausalito.

Valentine’s Day Storytime: Love Monster, 11am, stories, activities and Valentine’s Day treats, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hands-On Learning Event: Creativity Can!, 1pm, ages 4+, practice sharing, storytelling, and imagination, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner, 4pm, Music, family and tradition: these three things are at the heart of the San Francisco Symphony’s Chinese New Year celebration.

Discover Nature Along the Ecology Trail, 2-3:30pm, moderate one-mile walk that ends at Inspiration Point Overlook, explore the Presidio’s historic forest, learn about a rare natural habitat, and enjoy cultural tales about the plants and animals.

Family Friendly Restoration & Mountain Lake Family Festival,9am–2:30pm, plant native plants, remove unwanted weeds, and maintain trails, there will be speakers, tours, and guided walks and lunch will be provided for those that participate in the morning restoration activities, South Shoreline of Mountain Lake, San Francisco.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Valentine’s Day wreath, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, noisy whirligig, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10:30am, Panache for Paint, deYoung Museum.

Matisse Family Day Celebration, 11am, art making activities, music and more, Legion of Honor.

Monkeywrench the War! 10am-1pm, Intelligent monkeys are on the loose & they’re looking for a fight! A puzzle hunt adventure race in San Francisco, Can your team stop them in time?  Use your brains to solve puzzles and race to locations around the Mission & Castro Districts to find answers.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Fixit Clinic, 12:30-3:30pm, Give your broken electronics, appliances, computers, and toys a second chance at life. We’ll provide speciality tools and guidance to assess, disassemble, and possibly repair them, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

Zookids: Carnivores, Herbivores, & Me, 9:30am-12pm, What do you like for dinner? Did you know some animals eat only meat; some only plants, and some eat everything? Learn how specially adapted carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are for their unique diets, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach, 11am-4pm, Santa Cruz.

Kids’ Woodshop, 10:15am-12pm, ages 8-12 years, use wood, cardboard, found treasures and your creativity to construct a box car, model space ship, or whatever your child’s ingenuity and imagination allow. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo.

Sunday, February 9

SHF2014Sausalito Herring Festival, 11am-3pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theatre, 11:30am-12:30pm, Hilarious and Spontaneous Comedy Improv for the Whole Family, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, San Rafael.

Tao, 7:30pm, contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography full of extraordinary precision, energy and stamina, Marin Civic Center.

quest1Cowgirl tricks with Karen Quest! 11am-12pm, fun-filled Vaudeville-style Western Comedy Act complete with Trick Roping, Whip Cracking, Music and Lots of Surprises, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Julius Caesar, 2-3pm, 55-minute family performance of Julius Caesar presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, PLAYSHOP after the performance (RSVP required for the PLAYSHOP), Golden Gate Club, Presidio.

Open Studio, Creating Character, 1-4pm, drop-in workshop, discover the process of designing an original animated character, learn techniques for showcasing expression and how to turn an idea into a fully dimensional personality, Walt Disney Museum.

Celebrate the Year of the Horse Celebration, 11am-4pm, classical music and dance from China, a playful student-arranged version of the lion dance which is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright beginning to the year, Asian Art Museum.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays, 10-11:30am, Animal Stories from Around the World, a visit from Frog and Toad, animal stories and activities in the gallery, creating animal adventure books, and Muriel Johnson’s journey around the world with animals, rhythm, movement, and lots of fun! Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Valentine’s Day Tea, 10-11:30am, celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party, UC Botanical Gardens, Berkeley.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

michaelCooperMichael Cooper Masked Mavels & Wondertales, 3pm, master storyteller, mask-maker, and theater artist Michael Cooper stops at nothing to captivate family audiences with his homespun one-man show, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Teddy Bear Tea Party, join us for a morning of snacks, tea and lemonade, and to learn about bears in the wild, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 10

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Family Craft Time: Love Bug card, 5-7pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Tuesday, February 11

BobcatIntroduction to Drawing Animals, 10-11:30am, learn the basics of mammal anatomy that are relevant for the field sketcher, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Kids’ Poetry Club, 3:45-4:45pm, ages 7-11, read poetry together and have fun creating your own poems, from acrostics and haiku to more experimental and collaborative formsHistorical Museum, San Anselmo.

Valentine-Making Workshop Using Handmade Paper, 1-3:30pm, Learn the basics of paper making and watch presses pre-cooked plant materials taken from the Conservatory into beautiful, fibrous sheets of paper, Conservatory of Flowers.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Wednesday, February 12

Carnival of Animals, 3:45pm, Three classic storybook fairy tales- the ‘Three Little Pigs’, the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, and the ‘Ugly Duckling’- are performed to the classic score Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saen, Sausalito Library.

Recycled Valentines, all ages, Save the planet and recycle the love! Make beautiful Valentine cards from colorful throw-aways, Mill Valley Library.

imageMy Lovey & Me, 10:30am-4pm, bring your child in with their lovey for a professional photograph by Andrew Weeks, free with signed photo release, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Family Craft Time: Valentine’s Day Frame, 10am-12pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Tissue Paper Heart, 5-7pm, Michaels, San Rafael.

Thursday, February 13

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, Full Moon

photoKids Cookie Decorating! 3-6pm, heart shaped cookies just waiting to be decorated, Poppy Store, Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Books and Cookies: Middle School Book Club, 4-4:45pm, 6-8th graders, FORGE by Laurie Halse Anderson Advanced sign-ups required, Historical Museum, San Anselmo.

Owl Extraordinaire! 4:30-6pm, learn all about owls with a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities, Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Rob Hill Campground.

Calling All Little Red- Haired Girls! (and Boys) free admission for you to the Schultz Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Saturday, February 15, Chinese New Year Parade

MCM_Valentines5x7_2014Saint Valentine’s Festival, 9am-2pm, sugar cookie decorating at the Poppy Store (3-6pm), a creative reuse heart art project, personalized poetry by The Valentine Poet, an old-fashioned photo stand, face painting, pony rides, and French music, Marin Country Mart.

Kids Club: Rainbow Surprise, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley.

Rick’s Broom Patch Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow, 9am – 1pm, help remove invasive French broom on Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide.

Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike at White Hill6–7:30pm, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship, meet at the roadside parking area near the top of White Hill Grade on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

candy sushi-1Create and Eat Candy Sushi, 2:30pm, grades 6-8, make sushi out of rice cereal treats, fruit roll-ups, Swedish fish, and more of your favorite candies in sushi form. After that, we’ll have a candy trivia competition, with fun Japanese food themed prizes! RSVP required, San Rafael Library.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Explorables: Handmade Science, 11am-2pm, This month’s activities: Flash Pickling with a simple technique that lets you perform the pickling process in under a minute, Paper Rockets simple technique that lets you perform the pickling process in under a minute and see how high your rocket can launch with the help of a plastic tube, a water bottle, and an enthusiastic stomp, Exploratorium.

Science Fair Festival, grades 6-8, Randall Museum.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Zookids: Carnivores, Herbivores, & Me, 9:30am-12pm, What do you like for dinner? Did you know some animals eat only meat; some only plants, and some eat everything? Learn how specially adapted carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are for their unique diets, Oakland Zoo.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Sunday, February 16, BAFTA

Headlands Helping Hands: The Great Backyard Bird Count, 5:30-8pm, learn how to identify Marin County frequent flyers while counting birds around Rodeo Lagoon, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Learn To Ride, 11am, free, Scooter or skateboard, it doesn’t matter for this event. What is most important is that we learn to use the park together, as it is intended to be used, McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.

Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, ages 4-8, Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell de Palma, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

Family Fun Days, ages 3-7, 10:30am-2:30pm, explore art and ideas through storytelling, gallery activities, art making, and more, Asian Art Museum.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

GAwalk_logo_purpleBillion-Year Walk, 9am-3pm, Take the whole family back a billion years and walk forward to the present around Lake Merritt (5 km = 3.1 miles). Follow dozens of signs describing the history of our Earth and its life. Personnel from UC Berkeley and NCSE will answer your questions as you travel through time around the lake and back to the Rotary Nature Center. Start anytime before 3PM to finish before dark, Oakland.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Monday, February 17, President’s Day

CPA_200Chinese New Year Celebration, 9am-5pm, Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group, 11am & 1pm, Gung hay fat choy! Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Presidents Day Stand Up Paddle Races, 9am – 12pm, a family-friendly paddle board race for all ages, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: Mount Burdell, 10am – 2pm, look for cold weather critters, meet at the gate on San Andreas Dr in Novato.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Tuesday, February 18

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Touchy Feely Science, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Wednesday, February 19

Wild Canines of Marin, 2014, 6:30 – 8pm, learn about the habits and identifying characteristics of our canine neighbors, the foxes and coyotes, hot chocolate and appetizers will be served, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Bookworm Book Club, 3:30-4:30pm, 5rd-5th grade, San Anselmo Library.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley


Friday, February 21

Lego Play Day, 2:30-4pm, ages 5+, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Sunset Hike, 5:15-7pm, enjoy an evening stroll to Marshall’s Beach under the setting sun Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct. Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

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Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Saturday, February 22

Chinyakare Ensemble, 11am, varied spectrum of Zimbabwean music and dance weaving voices with traditional instruments and dance, they celebrate the beauty and power of southern African culture, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Little Beats Free Music Program, 9-11am, designed to provide age appropriate music, games and activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am – 1pm, join us to help preserve, restore, and experience the native grasslands that make Ring Mountain special, prepared to get dirty, have fun, all while making a positive impact on the environment! 

Stafford Bass Derby, 8am-12pm, A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen. A fishing license is required, children 16 and under do not require a fishing license, Stafford Lake, Novato.

Family Love at Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds, 10am, Take a family stroll around Las Gallinas Ponds and learn about the family life of the waterfowl that overwinter in this area. We’ll talk about nesting habits, mating displays, baby bird foods, and what it takes to raise a bird family every year!  It is not all about birds. We’ll also look for River Otters who are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Meet at Las Gallinas Ponds trailhead.
Henry’s Freedom Box, 1pm, ages 4+, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, keepsake box, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, sun prints, Randall Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

MakeArt Workshop: Needle Felted Donut Pin Cushions, 1:30-3:30pm, needle felting workshop. Learn to make useful pin cushions in the shape of donuts! Snack provided, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Pop-up Paper World, 11am-1pm, ages 6+, learn paper folding and cutting techniques to create their own paper sculpture, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10:30am, Pinch, Mold, and Fold: Explorations in Sculpture, deYoung Museum.

WTMMTM_photo2Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, 2pm & 7pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

ClownSnotBombs presents: A Spaghetti Western, 10:30-11, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kid-O-Rama!, Squaw Valley

Sunday, February 23

Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Comedy Magician Robert Strong, 11am-12pm, dramatic illusions, mentalism, and amazing sleight-of-hand – but maybe his most impressive talent is his ability to make you laugh! Mill Valley Community Center.

Mt. Tam’s Winter Wonderland, 9:30am-1:30pm, 4-mile hike, see natural wonders very large—such as towering Douglas Firs and Coast Redwoods—and very small—such as funny-looking mushrooms and slimy banana slugs, meet at the Bootjack picnic area off Panoramic Highway.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Bob Kann, 11am-12pm, Magic, Juggling and Tongue Twisting, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Open Studio, Screenwriting Workshop, 1-4pm, explore a range of ways of telling stories. This drop-in workshop explores the key elements of creating an original screenplay. Write action statements, dialogue, and then create visuals to bring your story to life, Walt Disney Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Adventure Books, Become an author/illustrator as you create your own animal themed books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

family_access_cjmFamily Access Day, 10am-1pm, a dance workshop by AXIS Dance Company, a Studio of the Senses Art Workshop, and a screening of a claymation film inspired by the characters in Frog and Toad, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 11am & 2pm, When the Watsons move into their new home with their darling porcine wonder, Mercy, their neighbor, Eugenia, is appalled to discover that she is living next door to a PIG, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, 11am & 2pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, February 24

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, February 25

Creative Writing Circle with Karen Benke, 6:45-7:45pm, grades 6-8, Are you ready to experiment and explore your wild wonderings and wanderings from the safety of a blank page? Mill Valley Library.

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Tasty Taste Buds and Smelly Noses, Chabot Space and Science Museum.

Wednesday, February 26

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Thursday, February 27

Caterpillar Puppets, ages 5+, 4pm, the Itty Bitty Variety show the three Bla-Bla-Blas are joined by the Gunniwolf, Lewis the MC, Amadeus the shy artist, Mouse, Henry the baby Orangutan, and many more, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

French Storytime, 10:30-11am, ages 18mo-3 years, San Anselmo Library.

Financial Literacy Series: Raising Financially Fit Kids, 7-8:30pm, financial planner Tanya Steinhofer will talk about how to raise financially literate children and will cover ten basic money skills, Mill Valley Library.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014, 7pm, short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Friday, February 28

AliceCabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland, 8pm, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale, Mill Valley Middle School.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Mountain Moon SmallWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon, 7pm, ages 7+, follow the adventures of Minli who longs to bring good fortune to her weary, hard-working family. After hearing stories about the omniscient Old Man of the Moon from her father, Minli sets out to find the Old Man and ask for his help. Along the way, she rescues a dragon who becomes her best friend and traveling companion. The live music of an erhu—a two-stringed Chinese violin—will evoke the ancient culture of Minli’s world, Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – January 2014

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This January, I encourage you to get outside and be apart of the magic that happens when your child has a chance to connect directly with nature by simply being in nature. Children cannot connect to a video game, cell phone or app in the way they do when a ladybug crawls on them, or witnesses a whale breach the water, or see a line of pelicans fly by. Take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities this month to teach, volunteer, and learn about our beautiful spot in the world:

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There are many other opportunities listed below to connect to nature in a way that will forever impact developing minds at all ages. Park rangers, scientists, naturalists and others passionate in their respective fields are available to answer any questions.

Children are natural nature nurturers and Marin provides many resources to help foster the next generation of environmental leaders. You can do it anytime and it is an AWESOME way to start the new year.

Happy 2014!
Ronnie

JANUARY EVENTS

Wednesday, January 1, New Moon

  • Kings Tide! 10:30am-12:30pm, join wetland scientist and educator Sarah Ferner at an informal pop-up interpretative station on top of Bullet Hill during one of the highest high tides of the year – a King Tide, tide is expected to be highest at 11:42am, China Camp State Park.
  • Exploratorium Open, 10am-5pm
  • Polar Bear Skate, 2-3:30pm, get your shades, bathing suit and best polar bear attire and come to the ice rink to take the plunge! Union Square Ice Skating Rink.

Thursday, January 2

Friday, January 3

  • Game & Puzzle Day, 2:30-4:00pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Kids’ Pajama Party Series, 6pm, Mac Barnett will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur
  • Share a Book with a Dog, 11am, Larkspur Library
  • WBED2014TEEN MaKey MaKey, 6-12th graders, create your own game controllers using MaKey MaKey boards and everyday objects – a piece of paper? a glove? a banana?!?! RSVP 473-2050, Novato Library
  • Concerts at the Presidio, Carmen, 7:30pm, Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, RSVP 447-6274
  • Winter Break Explorer Days, 10am-3pm, an interactive drop-in science program, CuriOdyssey

Saturday, January 4

  • Icebreaker Stand Up Paddle Races, 9am-12pm, a fun family-friendly event of paddle board races on the bay; there will be courses for all ages and the location is spectator friendly, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
  • DSC_0088Junior Rangers: People and Natural Habitats, 10am-12pm, ages 7-12 but all are welcome, learn about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship covering some basic pre-hike preparation and outdoor safety, then walk in the Willis Evans Canyon and learn about creek restoration and the diverse habitats, meet at the gate on Redwood Canyon Dr in San Geronimo
  • Nature for Kids: Deer Island, 10am-1pm, salamanders, slugs, and millipedes are easy to find, but where do they go during the dry months? And where are the lizards and butterflies that we see everywhere in the dry season? We’ll look in different habitats and try to answer these questions about the changes in the animal life we encounter as the seasons change. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato
  • Fungus Fair Mushroom Walks, 10am-4pm, free, mycologists will be on hand to talk about mushrooms, their role in the environment, and more! Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes
  • Come Fly a Kite! 1-3pm, ages 3+, build your own kite to fly, RSVP by January 2; supplies are limited. edevent.reg@parks.ca.gov, Tomales Bay State Park.
  • Desk Calendar9am-12pm, Home Depot
  • Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Family Boot Camp! 2-4pm, Start the year with high energy and get ready for a fun and challenging Family Boot Camp at the historic Presidio’s Main Post
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a snow globe, Randall Museum
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about mushrooms, Randall Museum
  • Chantey Sing at Hyde Street Pier, 8pm-Midnight, public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 5

Monday, January 6

Tuesday, January 7

Wednesday, January 8

  • 1964Croatian Children’s Animation, 6:30pm, In Person: Jasminka Ljubic & Student Filmmakers Vedran Horvat, Eva Jalusic and Iva Ruzic, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.
  • Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, 7pm, Castro Theatre

Thursday, January 9

Friday, January 10

  • Lego Club, 3:30-5pm, We’ve got a huge collection of Legos. What do you want to make? Come play, build and geek out with us! Sausalito Library.
  • Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, 7pm, Castro Theatre

Saturday, January 11

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  • A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Youth Winter Bird Count, 9:30am-12:30pm, Albert J. Boro Community Center, San Rafael.
  • ABADA Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, fuses acrobatics, dance, percussion, and song. African slaves in Portuguese-colonized Brazil developed this rigorous form of self-defense, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Moon Watch ’14: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30-8pm, Join us for amazing moongazing! Using binoculars and a spotting scope, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn about its history and various formations. Binoculars provided or bring your favorite pair. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight.
  • Mill Valley Family Fun Run and Health & Wellness Fair, 9am-1pm, kid friendly activities include Family Fun Run/Walk, jumpee, air brush tattoos, face painting and more, Mill Valley Community Center.
  • McNears Sturgeon Derby, 8:30am-1:30pm, annual winter fishing contest! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginner fishermen, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.
  • Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 10am-3pm, Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, Point Reyes.
  • Back to Bahia on Rush Creek, 9am – 1pm, help wipe out the remaining invasive French broom, this project involves a moderate level of activity and is suitable for all ages. Lunch will be served at noon. Meet at the Bahia Trail near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.
  • Evening on the Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, 3:30-6pm, learn about some of the plants and animals that call the area home, as well as the history of the foothills of Mt Tamalpais. This is a moderately strenuous hike with trail conditions that could be rocky and slippery, approximately 3 miles round-trip. Meet at the gate at the end of Crown Rd in Kent Woodlands.
  • Point Reyes Christmas Bird for Kids, 10am-3pm, Point Reyes National Seashore, Clem Miller Environmental Education Center.
  • Mountain Lake Family Festival, 10am-12:30pm, activities include water investigations to birding on the beach to artistic walks, all intended to inspire you to learn about Mountain Lake.
  • Family Day: Heat Gun Sculpture, 1-3:30pm, make super cool heat gun sculptures made from scrap plastic, Museum of Craft and Design.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a landscape painting with oil pastels, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about music and build a xylophone, Randall Museum.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Mochitsuki! Mochi-Pounding Ceremony, 11am-4pm, Asian Art Museum
  • Oshogatsu Matsuri – New Year Celebration, 11am-3pm, activities include arts and crafts for children, a children’s art contest, traditional mochitsuki (New Year rice pounding), food, cultural performances (including odori, kendo and taiko) and much more!  Bring a plain light colored t-shirt and have it screen printed with the Oshogatsu logo, JCCCNC Nisei Community Hall, Japantown.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Weekend Workshop: Fire Away! Sling Shots and Catapults, 10:15am- 12pm, Elasticity, levers, and trajectory are just some of the physics concepts participants will experience in this design and build program, Members/$35, Non-members/$45, CuriOdyssey.

Sunday, January 12

  • FrogT_press_lowres_2A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Animals of the Arctic, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, The Marine Mammal Center.
  • Woodland Winter, 9:30am-12pm, Discover the wonder of an old-growth redwood forest in winter on this leisurely walk on the Fern Creek and Alice Eastwood trails, Muir Woods.
  • Princess Bride, 2pm, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.
  • Sunday Special: Charged Particles Jazz Ensemble, 11am, join us for a plugged-in family jazz concert featuring Latin, classical, and funk influences. You’re never too young (or too old) to experience the cool, energetic vibe of live jazz in the library, Mill Valley Library.
  • Jack&MaynardAce Miles, 11:30am, Magic, Juggling, Ventriloquism and Escape Artistry with The Comedy Pirate, Captain Jack Spareribs! Hoytt Theatre, JCC, San Rafael.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance: One Hit Wonders, 4pm, upbeat and entertaining show will also include the award winning routines from the studio’s competitive dance teams, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Marin on Ice, last day, Northgate Mall, San Rafael
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Create a Miniature Forest, Celebrate the Jewish New Year for the trees by creating a miniature forest for Frog and Toad and other friends, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • FrogandToad smallPreschool Super Fun Sundays: Tot Tu B’Shevat, 10-11:30am, celebrate the Jewish New Year for the trees, family fun includes a visit from Frog and Toad, Lobel stories in the gallery, tree inspired art-making, and the first ever performance of original songs based on Adrianne and Arnold Lobel’s book The Frogs and Toads All Sang, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Brushstroke and Calligraphy, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Monday, January 13

  • Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
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    Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

 

Tuesday, January 14

  • Drawing Shorebirds, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Drawing Shorebirds, 12:30-2pm, with John Muir Laws, Presidio Natural Resources, Building 1216.
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Design Challenge!, Chabot Space and Science Museum

Wednesday, January 15

  • Picnic Time, 2:45pm, Missing summertime? So are we! Join us for an indoor picnic, bring your picnic blanket and basket—we’ll bring lots of games, lemonade, a snack, and a craft. All ages. Sausalito Library.
  • Princess Bride, 2pm & 7pm, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.
  • Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
  • Rapunzel, 4-5pm, Exciting live theater for school-aged children performed by the Marin Theatre Company, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, January 16, Full Moon

  • 1526942_10152101334867243_1097476868_nSpirit of Uganda, 7pm, music and dance troupe of 22 children, ages 6 to 18, Dominican University’s Angelico Hall.
  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, 7-8pm, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 17

  • ZivaGolden Dragon Acrobats, 8pm, dazzling Chinese acrobats with a cirque twist, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Owl Extraordinare! 4:30-6pm, there will be a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities including  search for owls, create your own owl puppet, owl anatomy and dissect a real owl pellet, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Saturday, January 18

  • A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Creekside Restoration with Save The Bay, 9am-12pm, learn about the history of San Francisco Bay and Creekside Marsh before helping to plant native plants, pull weeds, and spread mulch. Our work will improve wildlife habitat and native plant diversity at this beautiful and ecologically important park site. This project involves a moderate level of activity and is suitable for all ages, Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Greenbrae.
  • Birds and History at Rush Creek, 4-6pm, learn about the birds and animals that live in the area as well as some of the colorful history of the preserve. This is a fairly level walk, approximately 2 miles round-trip. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.
  • snatchbookThe Snatchabook, 11am, storytime and fun activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.
  • Astronomy Talk: Walking in Galilieo’s Footsteps, an evening of guided star searching and planet tracking using binoculars and a spotting scope to explore the sky as Galileo did 400 years ago, warm drinks and cookies will be provided! For more info contact 898-4362 x204, Millerton Point, Tomales Bay State Park.
  • Birds of the Bay, view water, shore, citified, and migratory birds on this easy stroll, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a beautiful canvas wall hanging, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about beans and plant your own, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 19

  • FrogT_press_lowres_5A Year with Frog and Toad, 10:30am & 12:30pm, join two of the most beloved children’s book characters live onstage in this musical adaptation from the series Frog and Toad, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.
  • Love2Dance Winter Performance: Movie Magic, 2pm, debut the little feet and mini dancers (ages 2-6) in their very own showcase to songs from popular children’s movies. Genres of dance include ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.
  • Caminata Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods, this is a Spanish-language event.
  • Family-Friendly Restoration, 10:30-11:30am, help to restore the beauty of the Presidio! We will be planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing other activities to help preserve the natural habitat. Snacks are provided and we will conclude the day with a story circle! For program details, RSVP 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov.
  • Animals of Hyde Street Park, 3:30-4pm, be prepared for squishy, squirty, and slimy creatures, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Storytime & Family Walk, 10:30am, Another Tree in the Yard by Lucia Sera, San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
  • Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival, 3pm, showcasing young talent from around the Bay Area, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Wish Magnets, Inspired by Martin Luther King’s dreams for a better world and the artwork express your visions of utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Zim Zoom Family Opening, 11:30am–1pm, celebrate our new space for creative discovery, story sharing, and family fun—the Zim Zoom Family Room!  You and your family are invited to a day filled with storytimes, building games, music, and art-making, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day (Day of Service)

  • rootsofjazzMartin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 9am-5pm, music by E. W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz, 11am & 1pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Nature for Kids: Rush Creek, 10am-1pm, wander among the fresh green grass and the gorgeous oak trees looking for winter wildlife. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the top of the hill while we watch for hawks overhead, meet at the Bahia trailhead near the end of Bahia Dr in Novato.
  • Exploratorium Open, 10am-5pm
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.
  • Starry, Starry Night, 1-5pm, Enjoy indoor planetarium shows presented by Portable Planetarium Shows, and several star-studded crafts to make and take home, Schultz Museum.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Wish Magnets, Inspired by Martin Luther King’s dreams for a better world and the artwork express your visions of utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, last day

Tuesday, January 21

  • TEEN Pizza & Pages Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm, Read the award winning futuristic novel The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and get ready to discuss it with your fellow readers over pizza and dessert.  389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Rube Goldberg, Jr., Chabot Space and Science Museum

Wednesday, January 22

Thursday, January 23

  • Rapunzel_WebGraphic_833x833Rapunzel, ages 5 & up, 4 pm, Don’t miss this clever, playful update of the Grimm fairy tale that focuses on Rapunzel taking risks and overcoming fear rather than being the subject of a witch’s petty grudges and a prince’s daring deeds, Belvedere Tiburon Library.
  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 24

  • Movie Night for Kids, 5:30-7:30pm, grades 3-5, pizza and popcorn provided, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Saturday, January 25

  • muirwood-36Muir Woods Earth Day, 8:30am-1pm, enjoy the majestic redwoods while helping to restore and preserve this spectacular national park. Projects include deck flossing, weed removal, mulching, planting, tending the forest floor, and trail maintenance throughout the Redwood Creek Watershed. All participants are invited to join us for lunch at Muir Woods after the end of the event. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day!
  • Junior Ranger: The Uses of Native Plants, 10am-12pm, we will cover some basic outdoor safety then explore the preserve, where we will talk about our native plants and their traditional uses. This is a great hike to learn the basics for surviving a night lost in the woods. Participants will also get a glimpse into how our ancestors survived prior to the luxuries of cell phones and modern medicine, Meet at the Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Rd in San Geronimo.
  • waterbirdWaterbird Festival, 10:30am-3:30pm, free, including naturalist led bird walks and beach explorations, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay, and interactive educational activities, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • The LEGO Movie Hands-On Learning Event, 1pm, activities, fun and surprises for all who attend! You must sign up for this event in advance. Please email crm2274@bn.com to sign up, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.
  • Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am-1pm, help preserve, restore, and experience the native grasslands that make Ring Mountain special. This month we will kick-off our planting season by installing native grasses and forbs in our restoration areas. Come prepared to get dirty, have fun, and make a positive impact on the environment! Work is mildly strenuous and requires a short hike to the site, meet at the gate at the end of Taylor Rd in Tiburon.
  • Beads, Baubles and Found Treasures, Canceled
  • cincodemayo11_345_ballet_magentoBallet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, 11am, will perform dances from across Mexico. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico through dance, music, and fabulous costumes ranging from the tropical port of Veracruz to the rancheros of Jalisco, Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Great Sausalito Playdate, 10-11:30am, we will begin the morning with stories, songs, and finger plays, and then set the children loose on ‘stations’ of lushly tactile materials—sticky, soft, crinkly, over, under, squish, jump, play! Sausalito Library.
  • Storytelling Festival, 2-4pm, Town Hall Council Chambers.
  • Music for Families, 2pm, ages 7+, San Francisco Symphony
  • TreeFall_Completed_1Treefall: A Peek at the New Goldsworthy, 10:30am-2pm, a plentiful supply of branches and sticks will be available for those inspired to make their own site-specific environmental sculpture under the nearby palm trees, Main Post at Building 95 (at the cross streets of Sheridan and Anza)
  • Crafts for Kids, 3pm, ages 3-12, your own sailor’s necklace that spells your name in ship Signal Flags! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
  • Flower Market Fair, 10am-8pm,  is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and other new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring, Chinatown.
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    Photo by Aipeng Zheng

    Lunar New Year Celebration, 9am-3pm, Enjoy special performances and hands on activities in celebration of the Year of the Horse and the many magnolias from China in the Garden. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi performances with dazzling sword forms and more. Enjoy family-friendly children’s activities and special Story Times! San Francisco Botanical Garden.

  • Vietnamese New Year Tet Festival, Year of the Horse, 10am-6pm, event filled with live entertainment, great food, games, and much more, United Nations Plaza, Market and Hyde St., downtown San Francisco.
  • Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Rocks, 1-2:30pm, From volcanic eruptions and giant earthquakes, to submarine landslides and 400-foot sea level fluctuations, learn the 160-million-year story that underlies San Francisco during this illustrated presentation.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • pekingAcrobatsAfternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create a dancing dragon, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about simple machines and build your own catapult, Randall Museum.
  • Peking Acrobats, 2pm & 8pm, feats of balance, flexibility, and precision drawn from ancient Chinese folk traditions, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.
  • Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, Chabot Space Science Center.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Sunday, January 26, Grammy Awards

  • DgCOpst6K3h8we30h-hxiVF3Jay Alexander Magic, 2pm & 5pm, Step right up and see world-renown Master Illusionist Jay Alexander in an amazing, funny and unique magic show that will entertain children and adults, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.
  • Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz, 12pm & 3pm, Lark Theatre.
  • Flower Market Fair, 9am-6pm, delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring, Chinatown.
  • The Comedy Magician Robert Strong in a rare public show for families! The Randall Museum, San Francisco.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Clay Creature Studio, Join local author Angela Dominguez as she tells the tale of a bird named Hugo who overcomes his fear of flight in the lovely book Let’s Go Hugo. Celebrate this story and the stories of Arnold Lobel by creating your own clay creatures in our art studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Hop, Wiggle, and Read: A Family Jamboree, 12-3pm,  hop into hands-on art-making, wiggle to the music of The Bug Family Band, visit the Green Bookmobile outside, and enjoy animal stories, Contemporary Jewish Museum.
  • Toys and Inventions, 1-4pm, free with museum admission, The Walt Disney Museum.
  • Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, 2pm & 4pm, ages 6+, New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco.
  • Peking Acrobats, 2pm & 8pm, feats of balance, flexibility, and precision drawn from ancient Chinese folk traditions, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.
  • Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, Chabot Space Science Center.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, 9am-12pm, grades 6-12, collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere offers an alternate setting for students to explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors, UC Berkeley’s Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street in Berkeley.

Monday, January 27

  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

Tuesday, January 28

  • TEEN Creative Writing Circle with Karen Benke, 6:45-7:45pm, Take a break from writing for good grades and ignore the punctuation police – it’s time to let the words flow freely. All that’s required is a notebook, a fast writing pen and a willingness to surprise yourself, Mill Valley Public Library.

Wednesday, January 29

Thursday, January 30, New Moon

  • TEEN Introduction to Playwriting, 7-8pm, grade 6-8, Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, January 31

  • King Tides Walk, 11am-1pm, an easy walk along Gallinas Creek enjoying nature and learning about the watershed with hydrologist and nature lover Rachel Kamman. Meet in the parking lot of One McInnis Parkway (at the intersection of McInnis Parkway and Civic Center Drive). For more information call: 415 578 2580.
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Muir Woods Parking Lot Update

According to the Golden Gate Conservancy, Muir Beach parking lot will open tomorrow morning, Saturday 12/28. Furnishings and other important details remain to be complete, but the parking lot and beach will officially open to the public.  The staging area will remain in place until the project in its entirety is completed, sometime in mid-January, but the lot and beach will open tomorrow.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – December 2013


WINTER WILDLIFE WATCH

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
CHRISTMAS CAROL & OTHER HOLIDAY THEATRE
CHRISTMAS HOUSES | HANUKKAH | HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
HOLIDAY TEA  ICE SKATING | MUSIC | NEW YEARS |
NUTCRACKER PARADES & FESTIVALS
PICTURES WITH SANTA THEATRE FOR FAMILIES | TRAIN RIDES

DECEMBER 2013 (non-holiday)


After months of being closed for restoration/construction, Muir Beach is scheduled to open December 14th according to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. A grand reopening celebration is planned for January.

Wishing you all a very magical December!


Winter Wildlife Watch

Winter is an amazing season to watch wildlife. Rain or shine, the weather should not stop you and your kids from enjoying the abundant wildlife in the Bay Area as they embrace the wet season. Fortunately for us, we live in a prime spot for discovering amazing mammals, insects, birds, reptiles and more who also call the Bay Area home.

  • sealWhales can be seen along the coast as they migrate to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California. There is an especially huge flurry of marine activity happening in Monterey Bay because of the unusually high number of anchovies attracting a variety of whales, dolphins and seals as well as other marine animals such as OrcasLeatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks. It’s an awesome marine safari!
  • Elephant Seals breeding season starts at Año Nuevo State Reserve. Register for the Elephant Seal Guided Walking Tours before the book up.
  • Salmon spawn along the creeks around Marin while herring spawn in the bay. Head to the Richardson Bay Audubon in Tiburon and look for the flocks of gulls and pelicans hovering and then crashing into the bay to feed as millions of herring eggs wash ashore.
  • Marine animals such as the giant green sea anemones, purple sea urchins, red abalone, purple and ochre sea stars and more decorate the tide pools. Look up the NOAA timetables for low tide.
  • Banana Slug will not be hard to stumble across. Marvel at these remarkable mollusks on your hike as they thrive in a moist environment.
  • Newts emerge across paths at Lake Lagunitas and other Marin reservoirs.
  • Ladybugs hibernate by the millions at Redwood Regional Park in the East Bay.
  • Monarch Butterflies are clustered in the tree groves at Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.
  • Tule Elk herds thrive at The Tomales Point Park in Point Reyes.

Or visit a nature facility for an up close look at our local wildlife. Hours vary and some have indoor space in case you want to avoid the rain….if we see any this winter. Be sure to confirm when they are open.

Just a few tips before venturing out. They say “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” If it does rain, do not let the weather stop you, dress appropriately. Avoid disturbing wildlife by keeping a safe distance and using binoculars or camera lens. Make sure to pick a hike suited to your child’s skill and endurance level. Have fun observing the abundant wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make where we live unique in the world. Rain or shine, they are there waiting to meet you.

All events listed are subject to change without notice. Please confirm with event organizer.

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CHRISTMAS CAROL & OTHER HOLIDAY THEATRE

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DECEMBER EVENTS (non-holiday related events) 

Friday, November 29

  • db_castle11Family Fun Weekend, 10am-5pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos for live performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day! Schultz Museum.
  • How to Draw with Your Child, 10am-12pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos to learn how to have fun drawing with your child. This class includes drawing games, instruction, and advice for engaging your budding artist. Advance reservations required by calling (707) 284-1263 or online, Schultz Museum.
  • Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Miniature Ponds, Use colorful clay and other materials to create your own miniature pond full of adventures, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Saturday, November 30

  • Learn to Saltwater Fish at McNears, 8:30–10:30am, rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing, limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first come, Rain will cancel this event. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Dan Sauter at 446-4424 or DSauter@marincounty.org, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.
  • How to choose great books for children, 4-5pm, children’s book expert Clare takes you on a tour of the kids and teen departments, and shares her pick of new books for kids of all ages this holiday season, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and complimentary latkes (4-6pm), topped with crème fraîche and applesauce or smoked salmon, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, create an abstract art stick puzzle, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, learn about bees and take some honey home, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Barber02-mediumExploration Workshops: All About the Barber of Seville, 11am & 12:30pm, ages 6+, $5/pp, experience Rossini’s delightful comedy in an interactive, multi-generational workshop based on the themes, story, characters and music, Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House, enter through North Stage Door at Franklin and Fulton Streets.
  • Barber of Seville for Families, 2pm, a special version of Rossini’s hilarious and beloved operatic tale, San Francisco Opera.
  • Family Fun Weekend, 10am-5pm, Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos for live performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day! Schultz Museum.

Sunday, 12/1


Monday, 12/2

  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.


Tuesday, 12/3

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    Circus Dreams, 6pm, heartwarming feature documentary that follows the adventures of a sweet, funny and extremely bendy group of 12-18 year olds who are living out their dreams within Circus Smirkus, one of the world’s best traveling youth circuses, Bay Model, Sausalito.

  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Mixing in the Kitchen, Practice your measurement and observation skills as you mix ingredients found in the kitchen. What sorts of creative concoctions can you create? Slime? Ooblek? Bouncy balls? Elephant toothpaste? Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Toddler Time, Cows, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


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Thursday, 12/5

  • TEENS Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament, 8:30-10:30pm, high school students, Will the Triwizard Tournament Champion be from Hogwarts, Durmstrang, or Beauxbatons? Only one thing is for sure, this very special after-hours event will be full of challenging tasks and delicious rewards, Mill Valley Library
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/6, Full Moon

  • loMalinda_1TEEN Malinda Lo – Inheritance, 6:30pm, Reese and David are not normal teens–not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades, Book Passage, Corte Madera.
  • Blacksmith Demos, 10am-4pm, Wonderful Wool, 10:30am-12pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

Saturday, 12/7

  • Tic-Tac-Toe Game, 9am-12pm, Home Depot, San Rafael
  • McNears Family Fun Run, 10am-12pm, enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile long, walk/hike/run with the family.
  • baltimoreExploring Baltimore Canyon, 10am, look for wildlife in various habitats including a redwood forest and chaparral. Meet at the Crown Road Trailhead (end of Crown Rd, Kentfield).
  • Share-a-Book, 11am-12pm, South Novato Library
  •  TEEN: Explore the Art of Henna, 2pm, grades 6-8, Artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will share the traditional and beautiful art of Henna. Each participant will receive a special henna design from Rachel-Anne, as well as henna paste to practice with in the library and take home, San Rafael Public Library.
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Music for Families, 2pm, San Francisco Symphony
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point
  • Blacksmith Demos, 10am-4pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • family_gala_01The Frog and Toad Ball, 5:30-8:30pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Holiday Crafts Day, 10am-2pm, Crafts include roll-your-own beeswax candles, handmade candle holders, scented soaps, candy houses, and more!, Randall Museum.
  • Girls on the Run, Golden Gate Park
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

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Sunday, 12/8


Monday, 12/9, Computer Science Education Week

  • Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • TEEN Learn How to DJ, 6-12th, graders, Learn the fundamentals of digital and analog DJ mixing and broadcasting, Marin Oaks High School, Novato
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.


Tuesday, 12/10Computer Science Education Week

  • Sketching Ducks and Shorebirds, 10-11:30am, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon
  • Sketching Ducks and Shorebirds, 12:30-2pm, building 989 Presidio, San Francisco
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, What’s Cookin’?, Today we’ll use our measuring skills to make edibles! We’ll “cook” using temperature changes, pH differences, and a little bit of patience, Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Toddler Treks, 11am-12pm, Deer Trek: Investigate deer tracks and fur, listen to a story about woodland animals, make a reindeer craft, and trek together to see the live caribou visiting the Academy, California Academy of Science
  • Toddler Time, Sheep, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Wednesday, 12/11Computer Science Education Week

  • Little Naturalists: Children of the World, 9:45am, age 3-5, Winter in Russia: How do Russian children celebrate the Winter season? Listen to an old Russian tale, learn a Russian folk dance, and then make a Grandfather Frost craft, California Academy of Science


Thursday, 12/12Computer Science Education Week

  • Dance Around the World, 3:45pm, Sing, laugh, and dance your way around the world with Nikola Clay. Children and their families are invited to experience a variety holidays and cultures through the universal language of music and dance. We’ll learn favorites folk dances of children near and far and celebrate the holiday season together. All ages, Sausalito Library.
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 10:15am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/13Computer Science Education Week,  Geminids Meteor Shower, considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. 

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Saturday, 12/14Computer Science Education WeekGeminids Meteor Shower, Muir Beach Opening Day

  • SHARE-A-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Winter Celebration: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30pm, Celebrate the Winter Solstice and learn about traditional solstice celebrations from around the world. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight., NaturesBridge, Sausalito.
  • Restoration Work Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, free, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adult and child liability release forms are available on our website. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524.
  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Lithgow_583x336Peter and the Wolf, 1pm & 4pm, Delight your children with our annual presentation of Peter and the Wolf. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is joined by John Lithgow, who shares Prokofiev’s charming tale.
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.
  • Free Casting Lessons, 9:30-11:30am, instruction will concentrate on the use of a single handed rod during classes. Those without the single-handed fly casting equipment can use complimentary gear for lessons when arriving at least 15 minutes early, RSVP johnctill@comcast.net or (650) 348-1216.Angler’s Ponds, Golden Gate Park.
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Weekend Workshop: Animal Enrichment, 10:15am-12pm, ages 6-12, Ever wondered why the coyote has a cereal box in her enclosure? It’s not trash; it’s what zoo keepers call “enrichment” and it helps stimulate and engage the senses of CuriOdyssey.
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, bring a cork action figure and fairies to life, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, dip candles in beeswax, Randall Museum.
  • S2_article_edu_snicket_shelbyChildren’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Lemony Snicket, Marcus Shelby & the SFJAZZ High School Stars, 11am, Orff Instruments with Doug Goodkin will follow the 12/14 Matinee at 12:10pm, SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium


Sunday, 12/15Computer Science Education Week

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Monday, 12/16

  • Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9am, Birders or aspiring birders of all levels are welcome, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Tiburon.
  • Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie EVERY Monday of the month. Activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Tuesday, 12/17

  • Nature for Kids: Salmon of Lagunitas Creek, 10am-1pm, take a quiet walk along a creek where we’ll look for and learn about the salmon that swim up from the ocean to mate and lay eggs in the same place where they were born
  • Tyke Workshop, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Is it Magic or Science? Invisible ink, growing gummy bears, dancing raisins, and rubber eggs! Learn the science behind these magic kitchen tricks!, Chabot Space and Science Museum
  • Victorian Optical Illusion, 2-3pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Toddler Time, Goats, 11-11:30am, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Wednesday, 12/18

Thursday, 12/19


Friday, 12/20

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Saturday, 12/21 Winter Solstice

  • Winter Wonderland, 8am-5pm, Muir Woods
  • A Long Winter’s Night Hike, 5-6:30pm, family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with storytelling around the campfire in the Rob Hill Campground. You’ll hear tales from many cultures about the ways people have welcomed back the sun!
  • Kids Love to Cook! Hands-on Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30 am, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation (appropriate for children of all ages), Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.
  • Junior Rangers: Focus on Creeks and Fish, 10am–12pm, ages 7-12 (though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend), walk along San Anselmo Creek and learn why protecting stream headwaters is important to our wildlife and communities. This will be a moderate 2 mile hike, Meet at the gate at the end of Cascade Dr.
  • Decorate Your Own Snoopy, 10am-12pm, Create your own Belle or Flying Ace, princess or pirate. Work with an artist to paint, clothe, and design a unique Snoopy to cuddle and treasure, Schultz Museum.
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a snow globe, Randall Museum.
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, make your own unique moon print to celebrate the winter solstice, Randall Museum.
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland


Sunday, 12/22, New Moon

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Monday, 12/23


Tuesday, 12/24, Christmas Eve (www.noradsanta.org)


Wednesday, 12/25, Christmas


Thursday, 12/26 Kwanzaa & Boxing Day

  • Winter Break Film Fest – Planes, 2:30pm, Mill Valley Library
  • Learn To Ride, 11am, free, Scooter or skateboard, it doesn’t matter for this event. What is most important is that we learn to use the park together, as it is intended to be used, McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.
  • Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont


Friday, 12/27

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Saturday, 12/28

  • Bubble Celebration with The Bubble Lady, 11am – 12pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Nature Walk at King Mountain9–11am, easy to moderate hike exploring the King Mountain Loop Trail. Join us in learning about the area’s unique natural resources and features through some fun, interactive activities. We will also discuss some of the area’s rich local history, as well as fascinating facts about its acquisition, Meet at the gate at the end of Ridgecrest Rd in Kentfield
  • TEEN Miyazaki Mini Movie Fest, 12:30-4:30pm, grades 6-12, Novato Library
  • Saturday Safari, 11am, Animals in Winter: Find out how animals prepare for winter. We’ll read snowy stories and create a whimsical winter scene, California Academy of Science
  • Mochitsuki Workshops, 11am-6:30pm – 1/2 hour shifts, learn to make your very own mochi, Japanese Culture and Community Center, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco
  • Champions of Magic, 7:30pm, featuring world-class magicians presenting their award-winning acts instilling the belief of magic into the hearts of families everywhere, Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley
  • Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
  • Marvelous Monarchs, 11-12, Monarch Walk, 1:30-2:30pm, Animal Feeding, 3-3:30pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
  • Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, free-form painting to music, Randall Museum
  • Drop-In Science, 10:30am, create a crystal snowflake decoration, Randall Museum


Sunday, 12/29


Monday, 12/30


Tuesday, 12/31 New Years Eve

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