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.

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.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

CHRISTMAS CAROL & OTHER HOLIDAY THEATRE

CHRISTMAS HOUSES

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

HOLIDAY TEA

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NEW YEARS

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PARADES & FESTIVALS

THEATRE FOR FAMILIES


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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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Ronnie’s Awesome List – November 2013


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Halloween Candy BuybackPlays for Young Audiences
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Halloween Candy Buyback

Wondering what to do with all that extra Halloween candy? Here are a few suggestions.

fullcolorlogoSweetE Organic, November 1st-2nd, exchange for delicious organic, non GMO, allergy-conscious candy without artificial dyes.  SweetE will start you off with a few pieces of candy and you can augment those treats with a purchase of your family’s favorites! Candy will be donated to the Ritter Center in San Rafael.

yololoungeYolo Yogurt Lounge, 15% discount on froyo in exchange for donating your Halloween candy now through November 8th. Benefiting Blue Star Moms in Novato.

nicols-logo-finalNichols Orthodontics, Inc. will give you $1 for every pound for your unopened Halloween candy brought into their Greenbrae office on November 4th & 5th for Operation Gratitude, sending care packages to U.S. Military Troops.

If you know any other places holding a candy swap for charity please email me at ronniesharpe @ me.com.


See It & Be In It, Plays for Young Audiences

Marin offers many choices in live theatre for younger viewers. From professional and community theatre to all child productions starting as young as 3. Here are some great opportunities to not only introduce your child to the magical world of live theatre but to also participate.

Rapunzel_WebGraphic_833x833Rapunzel on stage now at the Marin Theatre Company (MTC) has completely sold out. You can buy the full-series packages so you do not miss out on the next three performances of A Year with Frog and Toad, Mercy Watson to the Rescue, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical – $45 for children and $60 for adults. Fairytale themed enrichment classes are offered at various elementary schools and MTC also has a Preschool class on Monday’s, 3:30-4:15pm at the Mill Valley Community Center, 388-5208.

The Wizard of Oz performs at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley November 8 at 7:30pm, 9 & 10 at 2pm, November 15 at 7:30pm, 16 & 17 at 2pm. Enjoy one of the most celebrated children’s stories ever told. Call 383-9600 or go online for tickets.

xmascarol13-post-frntFINALA Christmas Carol takes to the stage with The Stapleton Theatre Company on December 19th through 22nd at the Drake Little Theatre in San Anselmo. This is a wonderful family performance from a theater group that gives adults, teens and children the chance to work together both on stage and behind the scenes, to create quality community theater. This is a fun opportunity to work in live theatre with your whole family. Auditions for Oliver will be held in January, minimum age is 7. Tickets can be purchased online.

Snow White & the Many Dwarfs is performed by 5-7 year olds and directed by Marilyn Izdebski Productions. The show is exceptionally well-suited for young children and will take to the stage on November 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30pm, November 6, 17, 23 & 24 at 1pm at the San Anselmo Playhouse. For more information call 453-0199 or buy tickets online.

The Last Unicorn is presented by Don’t Quite Your Day Job Dancers in this family friendly performance at Stage Dor, 10 Liberty Ship Way, #340 in Sausalito. Performances take place November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8pm and November 17 & 24 at 3pm.

BannerSeussSeussical, performed by the young students at the Performing Arts Academy of Marin (PAAM) will be presented at The Playhouse in San Anselmo November 2 at 7:30pm & November 3 at 2pm. The story jumps straight out of the pages of classic Dr. Seuss tales and matched with catchy music to create a very memorable and magical experience with your child.

NemoTheMusicalNemo, also presented by PAAM, will be at the Mill Valley Golf Course on Friday November 8th at 6pm by children ages 6-9 years old. This is a 45 minute performance well suited to a very young audience. For more information call 380-0887 or online.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is performing December 6-7 at 9:30am through Katia & Company. What is not to love about the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Get your Golden Ticket for really fun rendition of this childhood classic. For more information visit them online.

Based on the sell out performances and dynamic training program for young theatre goers, the popularity of live theatre is here to stay. Children as young as 3 will enjoy the many exciting benefits only a live performance can offer. Be sure to get your tickets early and make theatre part of your child’s life today.


Holiday Ice Skating Starts!

Enjoy,
Ronnie

Friday, November 1

Día de los Muertos Altar Making Event, 3:30-5pm, ages 5+, Honor your ancestors or a loved one with a beautiful Day of the Dead altar made from a shoebox, Mill Valley Library.

Saturday, November 2

Build a Mighty Ship, 9am-12pm, free, Home Depot.

Nature for Kids: Rush Creek, 10am–1pm, enjoy a beautiful oak forest on one side and a marsh on the other, join Juan Carlos Solis, Director of Education at WildCare, will share his expertise and translate it all in Spanish. Meet at the Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Purple_Moneky_Hair_FINAL.largerGrand Opening Celebration of Purple Monkey Hair, a Salon for Kids!, 10am-3pm, free, activities include hair braiding, sparkling, temporary color and gems, face painting, glitter tattoos, henna tattoos, crafts, games, and a photo booth. Refreshments, raffles, giveways and prizes, courtyard of the Boardwalk shopping center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration, 10:30am-3:30pm, free and fun for all ages, sugar skull decorating, face painting, memory box and more, Mill Valley Community Center.

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, 11am, play a delightful variety of musical styles. Her imaginative indie pop songs get kids dancing, singing, laughing, and even pondering the mysteries of the universe, asking the eternal question: Are there cupcakes in space? Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Share-a-Book, 11am-12pm, Practice reading skills by reading with a Canine Companion! Reserve a spot at the desk or by calling 506-3165, South Novato Library.

Family Movie Screenings, 1-2:15pm, free, Carmen for Families, one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St (between A and B), San Rafael.

Junior Rangers: Turkey Walk, 3–5pm, Join us for the Junior Ranger program, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. Today’s program is intended for 7-12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Join rangers on the Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Open Space Preserve to learn about the Rio Grande wild turkey. This will be a moderately strenuous, 1 mile hike with great views of central Marin. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks. Meet at the gate at the end of Freitas Parkway in San Rafael.

1380149764Dia de Los Muertos, Art, music, procession, face painting and more, Pickleweed Park, 50 Canal Street, San Rafael.

Sanctuary Night Hike, 6:45pm - 8:15pm, Interested in your local nature night life? Check out our Sanctuary after the sun goes down! Learn how animals have adapted to live in the dark and explore skulls and bones in honor of All Hallows Eve. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 7:30pm, free, “Is Anybody Out There?” What is the possibility of life in the universe and how can do we search for radio and optical signals from other civilizations with Dr. Dan Werthimer, SETI Institute, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

320x100xcopy-BASF-Web-Header-20131.png.pagespeed.ic.vt5zI1f_y_Discovery Days at AT&T Park, 11am-4pm, free, hock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. With more than 150 exhibits, there is something for everyone to unleash their inner scientist.

Family Fun Field Day! 11am-12:15pm, enjoy an hour of park based, family friendly games and activities.  Start your weekend by getting yourself and your family active and healthy in your local national park! Crissy Field Center, San Francisco.

Mission Day of the Dead, 11am-4pm, join park rangers at the Mission Dolores Cemetery to sample yummy cultural treats and create traditional Day of the Dead art. Many Latin American cultures celebrate life and honor their heritage through art and stories, and this is your chance to participate! Fun costumes are welcomed, Mission Dolores, San Francisco.

index_30_1054563719San Francisco Day of the Dead, 7pm, Procession and Festival of Altars.

Día de Muertos Community Concert, 1pm for pre-concert festivities in the Davies Symphony Hall lobbies, including refreshments, children’s activities, and colorful displays, San Francisco Symphony.

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays: Restoring the California Floater Mussel in Mountain Lake, 1-2pm, learn about the importance of restoring native mussels in Mountain Lake with demonstration experiments and the improvements in water quality that can be achieved through the use of mussels, Presidio, San Francisco.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, spinning tops, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

concerts_solo_showLaurie Berkner, 1pm, a live solo concert performance by the awesome children’s music superstar and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make an animal bank, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, November 3, New Moon, Daylight Savings Time Ends

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, ages 8+, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and birds along Rodeo Lagoon. Join volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk along the lagoon.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10am, after a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Christopher Smith, 11am, storytime in song, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

robert-strong-280Comedy Magician Robert Strong, 11:30am, JCC, San Rafael.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Utopian Magnets, Inspired by ­­­the exhibition Work in Progress: Considering Utopia, create magnetic shapes, forms, figures and use them to imagine your own artistic utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

World-renowned Physical Comedian Unique Derique in his award-winning juggling show! 11am, Randall Museum.

fire-raceChildren’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale About How Fire Came to the People”, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Nov 3 flyerPanhandle Park Action Project, 11:30am-1:30pm, for an afternoon of nature activities for kids of all ages! The outdoor event will feature hands-on art, scavenger hunts and face-painting. Meet the dynamic educators of BranchSF and support our local parks this weekend, Panhandle Park Playground (between Fell and Oak, near Ashbury).

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Monday, November 4

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, November 5, Election Day

Becoming a Wildlife Detective, 10am-12pm, ages 4+, Discover the wildlife of Muir Woods and learn how they have adapted to their environment by examining various animal pelts and skulls, uncover various clues animals leave behind–and find out what these clues tell us about the amazing animals that make the redwood forest their home on this easy one-mile hike.

After School Storytime and Crafts, 3:30-4pm, Corte Madera Library.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Release Party! 4pm, Wimpy Kid trivia and bingo, photo opportunities, snacks and giveaways! Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Guy Fawkes, bonfire on the beach, this event is pending, check website for updated information, Muir Beach.

Wednesday, November 6

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Thursday, November 7

Harvest Crafts and Story with Felicia Farrell- Martin, ages 5 & up, registration required, Come make some wonderful crafts featuring a harvest theme, and hear some great seasonal stories with Felicia Farrell-Martin. Limit 30 children- sign up today by calling 415-789-2662 or jdesk@bel-tib-lib.org. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Play Matters! It Really, Really Does, 6pm, free, World-renowned psychologist, Stuart Brown Ph.D. and M.D., is making a rare public appearance. He is the founder of the National Institute for Play and considered the grandfather of play, Dr. Brown will share his life-long research and advocacy work on the important role of play in human development; from shaping and growing young brains to staying vital through more mature life stages, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito.

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Saturday, November 9

McNears Mighty Kids Mud Run, 9am–12pm, this is the adventure race where kids will test their grit and endurance, all while having the time of their lives! Participants from age 5-14 will be challenged with a course through grass, sand, mud, and the woods with fun and trying obstacles in their way. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact a ranger at 446-4424 orMcNearspark@marincounty.org. McNears Beach, San Rafael.

Pizza Party on Horse Hill, 9am-1pm, broom-busting pizza party and raffle, pull broom and sow native grass seed. The work requires considerable strength and stamina but it is possible for volunteers as young as 5 years old to join if teamed with a parent or guardian. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at 473-3778 or GReza@marincounty.org.

Honeybee Family Farm Day, This new program will help you learn more about honeybees and native pollinators. We’ll have an observation hive on display and you’ll learn the basics of backyard beekeeping. Kid-friendly crafts will be extra sweet today! Slide Ranch.

Bird Walk, 9am, led by experienced birder volunteers or staff, meet at the iron gate entrance, for more information contact Wendy Dalia for more information, 388.2524  x111, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Free Entrance Days at the National Parks

Caminata Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods on this easy one-mile walk. This is a Spanish-language event. We will learn how these trees have lived for a thousand years, and what we can do so they can be here for a thousand years more, Muir Woods.

Community Open House, 10:30am–2:30pm, explore the Opera House and enjoy onstage musical demonstrations with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and vocal soloists, sing-along with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, stage combat workshops and wig and makeup demonstrations for adults and families, family activities in the Opera House: scavenger hunt, costume photo booth, prop-making, costume crafts, sing-along with the Adler Fellows—and more! War Memorial Opera House.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

Spin a Tale with Randy Kaplan, 11am, blends American Roots with Country music and the Blues. Renowned for his comedic storytelling, he captures the imagination and attention of everyone in the room. Randy is offbeat, smart and very funny, as well as an absolute ace guitarist, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Animal Photography for Kids, 12-3pm, $30, ages 10-14, Children will learn the basics of digital photography and get tips for photographing animals as they capture “A Day in the Life of the Marin Humane Society.” For questions call 415.506.6288.

Share-a-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, read aloud skills with a dog in a supportive atmosphere. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment by calling 389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.

Eric Maddox of Timothy Murphy School, 2pm, This event is brought to you as part of the bookfair for Timothy Murphy School at St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 5:30-8pm, $12 per person, Join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a miniature cityscape, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, explore and build animal bones, Randall Museum.

Creation and Discovery at El Polin, 11am–1pm, mid- morning of place-based education and exploration! There will be a variety of family-friendly activities, from animal puppet- making to investigative games, all intended to inspire you to learn about El Polin. Snacks will be provided, please RVSP 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov. Rain cancels this event.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Kinetic Bug Jars with Colleen Paz, 12-3pm, ages 6-12, using basic components, participants will create blinking fireflies, fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees in this introduction to simple circuits! The Children’s Creativity Museum.

Making Mandalas, 12-3pm, ages 6-12, learn about the history and significance of mandalas, and create your own original art piece to take home! Space is limited, please RSVP, The Children’s Creativity Museum.

TndrBOX Science Workshop, 2-4pm, introduce your kids to science! This month, participants will learn about static electricity, drop-in, all ages, The Children’s Creativity Museum.

International Body Music Festival’s Hambone Summit, 11am, SFJazz Center, San Francisco.

Sunday, November 10

Trails Less Traveled By, 9:30am-12pm, a three-mile exploration of trails from Fern Creek to Camp Alice Eastwood. The ferns, creeks, and tanoaks will inspire us to learn about “Leave No Trace” ethics and discover how to be better stewards. Families welcome. Must be able to hike moderate slopes and be able to stand for extended periods of time. RSVP required, Muir Woods.

Marin Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, free, celebrate the animals that love to travel!  Marine mammals are famous for their epic migrations along the California coast, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Photo by Eva Kolenko

Photo by Eva Kolenko

Sunday Special: Eddie Madril, Native American Hoop Dancer, All ages, 11-11:45am, Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the skill, artistry, and humor of Native American hoop dancer Eddie Madril, Pascua Yaqui tribe member. He’ll share the rich traditions of America’s indigenous peoples through the beautiful expressions of song, story, and dance. Learn some American Indian sign language, Mill Valley Public Library.

Christopher Smith, 11am, storytime in song, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Free Entrance Days at the National Parks

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Utopian Magnets, Inspired by ­­­the exhibition Work in Progress: Considering Utopia, create magnetic shapes, forms, figures and use them to imagine your own artistic utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Preschool Gallery Hour with Aaron Kierbel and Andy Strain, 10-11:30am, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Monday, November 11, Veterans’ Day

Nature for Kids: Deer Island, 10am-1pm, Spend the holiday taking a walk through oak forests and open meadows with the family. This beautiful little ridge that rises above the surrounding marshland is a great place to enjoy an autumn day. Call 893-9527 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Exploring the Towering Redwoods, 10:30-11:30am, ages 7-11 y.o., a special redwood exploration program using our music, art and science senses to get to know the towering trees. Dress for the weather. Bring a snack or lunch, water, a sketch pad, sharpened pencils, and your listening ears and singing voices. Other tools provided, RSVP required, Muir Woods

Learn To Skate – Free Clinic, 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 towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Make sure to bring your board, helmet and pads. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Adam Craig at 446-4423 orACraig@marincounty.org. McInnes Park, San Rafael.

Free Entrance Days at the National Parks

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.

Exploratorium will be open!

Tuesday, November 12

How to Draw Mushrooms, 10-11:30am, free, Fungi are a delight to sketch and paint. Learn a simple approach to sketching mushrooms and some of the most common errors that can creep into your fungus sketching. We will explore techniques with graphite pencil, watercolor and colored pencils, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

After School Storytime and Crafts, 3:30-4pm, Corte Madera Library.

Creatures of the Night, 4:30-6:30pm, ages 7+, Discover the nocturnal animals of Muir Woods and learn how they’ve adapted to survive and thrive in darkness. Also, play with some fun flashlight “Morse code” and see how light pollution affects these animals, Muir Woods.

Meet Jeff Kinney, Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 7pm, Schultz Museum.

Wednesday, November 13

kinneyJeffJeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, 5pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

A Raid On The Oyster Pirates6 pm, join actor Felix Justice as he reads from Jack London’s tale, and painters William T. Wiley and Chester Arnold, along with noted curator Peter Selz, discuss the art of Diebenkorn and Wiley, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

Story Pirates, 6:30pm, Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals that leave kids and their parents howling in the aisles! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, November 14

Bird Walk, 10:15am, led by experienced birder volunteers or staff, meet at the iron gate entrance, for more information contact Wendy Dalia for more information, 388.2524  x111, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

Learn How to DJ: for 6th-12th grade, 3-5pm, Learn the fundamentals of digital and analog DJ mixing and broadcasting with Project Level and the DJ’s of KMEL. Learn how to set up and use turntables and develop your own radio show, RSVP 473-2050, Marin Oaks High School, Novato.

The Intergalactic Nemesis, 8pm, a “live-action graphic novel” science fiction comic book come to life onstage as a vintage-style radio play, family-friendly show featuring live actors, hand-drawn comic-book artwork projected two stories high, and fun retro Foley sound effects, with a live keyboard score. Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Friday, November 15

INK, 6pm, a lively group of “tweens” who LOVE books (and a few who didn’t know how wonderful books were until they came to a meeting!) One of the perks of membership is being able to read books BEFORE they arrive at the store and recommend books to other kids. If it is an “INK Recommends” book, trust us: it’s a winner!, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Gennifer Choldenko – Al Capone Does My Homework, 6:30pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Miles290SuperheroMake A Wish Day: SF Becomes Gotham City for Miles, 12:45-2pm, Miles is battling leukemia but for one day in the city, along with hundreds of volunteers 5-year-old Miles will be Batman and save Gotham from the evil Penguin, this will be a fun outing for families and Bat-fans and an opportunity to make one little boy’s wish come true, Union Square or San Francisco City Hall.

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Saturday, November 16

Habitat Restoration & Holiday Wreath Making Workshop , 9am-2pm, restore oak woodland and grassland habitat by removing outcompeting Douglas-fir seedlings and use the branches to make holiday decorations. Wreath and decoration supplies will be provided but please bring tools if you have them and small ornaments, ribbon, dried flowers or sparkly bits of recycled materials to repurpose for your own unique decorations. This event is FREE but limited to 30 participants, so please reserve a space. The whole family is welcome! Lake Lagunitas parking area. A free day parking pass will be provided. 

Fall Birding at Bothin Marsh, 9am–12:30pm, Come and view an exciting array of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors in Bothin Marsh along the bike path. We will focus on the different species that have arrived for the fall migration. This event is open to all ages and skill levels. Rain will cancel this event. Questions: Contact Ranger Christin Lopez at 897-0618 or CLopez@marincounty.org. Meet at the Pohono Park and Ride.

Park Stewartship at 20: Tennessee Valley, 10am-12pm, the Roving Ranger “mobile trailhead” on Saturdays in October for snacks, music, and prizes, and get inspired by this volunteer/education program that has transformed public lands—and people’s lives—since 1993.

2013_bootleggerThe Bootlegger Soiree, 6pm, featuring Whiskey Bar, SpeakEasy Lounge, music to rival the Cotton Club with The Party Crashers,  Ab-so-lute-ly swanky Dinner, Attaboy Auctions, Real McCoy Raffles, and much more! Corinthian Yacht Club.

Fall Color Photography at Willis Evans Canyon, 9–11am, Join Ranger/photographer Craig Solin as we explore fall colors at beautiful Willis Evans Canyon in San Geronimo. If weather allows we will take a short hike up the trail focusing on nature’s various colors. We’ll also walk through a small Redwood grove exploring shadows and patterns. Bring layered clothing, a snack, a camera, and good footwear as it could be muddy or slippery. Questions: Contact Ranger Craig Solin at 473-2816, Meet at the gate on Redwood Canyon Dr in San Geronimo.

Harvest Festival, 9am-5pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito.

Restore a Stream Day, 10am-3pm, ages 8+, Get out on the ranch with the family and help restore a local stream. This fun, informative and hands-on event will teach us restoration techniques using plants already growing on the ranch. Our work will help enhance habitat for native plant species and wildlife, including songbirds and pollinators such as butterflies and bees, RSVP required, Brazil Ranch, Tomales.

Storytime at Greenwood School, ages 4-6, Greenwood School at 17 Buena Vista, Downtown Mill Valley RSVP to admissions@greenwoodschool.org

Trekking the Model 1:30-2:30pm, Join a ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulicmodel of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 – 2000, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Fish Feeding Frenzy, 2-3pm, help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Doll Tea Party, 3pm & 4pm, Ages 4+, $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pottery Barn Kids, RSVP required, 927-1636, Village at Corte Madera.

Manor Elementary School Winter Faire, 4pm, 150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax

Rollickin’ Irish Music with Culann’s Hounds, 11am, Combining vocal harmonies with melodies on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Culann’s Hounds produce an eclectic blend of modern and traditional Irish music. Join them for a high energy show with plenty of opportunity for singing, dancing a jig and perhaps some howling with the Hounds. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, build your own castle board, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, participate in the egg drop challenge, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Innovator: Drawp, 12-2pm, Drawp is an iPad app designed to create and share beautiful drawings with the people you love. Come meet the innovators and try it for yourself! drop-in, all ages, The Children’s Creativity Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

kashaya_pomo_013Kashia Russian Exchange Event, 2-4pm, free, but donations to are gratefully accepted, an Afternoon of Stories, Dance, and Food, marking the bicentennial of the founding of Fort Ross by Russian fur traders on Kashia land, The California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco.

40th Anniversary Celebration of  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 10am-5pm, enjoy a recreation of Snoopy’s Thanksgiving meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans from the classic television holiday special, along with hands-on crafts, and other fun family activities! Schultz Museum.

Sunday, November 17, Full Moon

Make Your Own Nature Guide, 10am–12pm, A ranger will teach kids about local plants and trees the creative way! First we will discuss and use various plant samples found in the area to create a plant identification book. Then we will head out on a short nature walk to field test the books. This event is recommended for ages 5-12. Rain will cancel this event. Questions: Contact Ranger Charlie Schonwasser at 473-2816 or CSchonwasser@marincounty.org. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale About How Fire Came to the People”, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Christopher Smith, 11am, storytime in song, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

mcsweeneysAn Afternoon with McSweeney’s McMullens, 1pm, for afternoon filled with awesome books for kids! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Explore Where Art Can Take You With David Wilson, 10am-3pm, ages 4-12, Free, RSVP requested, a day of discovery, hands-on projects, and an artist-led sing-along at the final site of his commission “Arrivals” Start at David Wilson’s trailhead in front of SFMOMA’s building, 151 Third Street San Francisco.

Family-Friendly Restoration, 10am–1pm, restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds and various other activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle! RSVP to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov for program details and location.

Korean Culture Day, 11am-4pm, free admission, art activities, food, music, and dance at this all-day banquet of Korean Culture, Asian Art Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Utopian Magnets, Inspired by ­­­the exhibition Work in Progress: Considering Utopia, create magnetic shapes, forms, figures and use them to imagine your own artistic utopia, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Monday, November 18

Bird Walk, 9am, led by experienced birder volunteers or staff, meet at the iron gate entrance, for more information contact Wendy Dalia for more information, 388.2524  x111, Richardson Audubon Center, 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.

Tuesday, November 19

After School Storytime and Crafts, 3:30-4pm, Corte Madera Library.

Friday, November 22

MB14: Books for Young Adults, 6pm, MB14 stands for “Must be 14” It’s a book club for young adults at Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Owl Extraordinaire! 4:30–6:30pm, Learn why owls are so extraordinary, enjoy a range of fun, educational, and hands-on activities around Rob Hill, such as a dissection of real owl pellets, create your very own owl puppet, story circle and more. RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov.

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Saturday, November 23

DSCN1467LOLLIPOPALOOZA, 9:30am and 11am, Join Marin’s talented and loved kids entertainers, Tim Cain, Miss Kitty, Chris Smith, Cindy Cohen, Peter Penhallow and the Dream Circle Band, who will delight and engage young kids with new tunes and their best songs filled with lots of jumping, singing, clapping and dance-along fun, Westminster Presbyterian Church 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, 461-1066

Give Thanks to Food Family Farm Day, We celebrate food and where it comes from on this special family day! Take a journey through the full cycle of seed to meal, and learn about food traditions from around the world. We’ll fire up the cob oven and bake some bread to enjoy with our homemade butter! Slide Ranch.

Fall Birding at Stafford Lake, 9am–12pm, This Novato reservoir is a great place to see waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and more. Some are just passing through, others will be staying for the winter. Bring binoculars, water, a snack, and wear sturdy shoes. This event is open to all ages and skill levels. No animals (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will cancel this event. Questions: Call Park Ranger Christin Lopez at 897-0618 or CLopez@marincounty.org. Stafford Lake, Novato.

Get the Groove with The Hipwaders, 11am, This talented trio will get you in the mood for a dance party. The Hipwaders play their irresistible blend of witty lyrics, classic harmonies and pop-rock tunes that is a hit with all ages. Their fresh spin on such classic subjects as siblings, math and toys will get everyone in the house joining in. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Kidz CineFest, 11:30am, 11 short films from around the world perfect for all ages, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Turkey Time, 1-2pm, family craft project, RSVP required, 388-6233, Goodman’s Building Supply, Mill Valley.

Kids’ Holiday Crafting With Miriam Alfonso, 2pm, make fabric greeting cards, felt animals and puppets for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Materials will be provided. All are welcome! Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Professor Smart’s FUN WITH PHYSICS Show, 3:30-4:20pm, grades K-5, Fairfax Library.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a fringe scarf, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30am, make whirlybirds and experiment with rotor dynamics, Randall Museum.

Gritty Realism: Sand-on-Glass Animation, Saturdays and Sundays, November 23-December 15, Demo: 10am-12pm, Workshops: 1-3:45pm, watch filmmaker Gerald Conn create a sand-on-glass animation, and then try the technique for yourself! Workshops are 45 minutes long and are open to 2 participants at a time. Spaces are first-come, first served, so please arrive early! (All Ages) The Children’s Creativity Museum.

imagoTheatreDoing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

The Great Dickens Fair opens through December 22.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Imago Theatre Frogz!, 2pm, illusion, puppetry, and acrobatics, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Sunday, November 24

HanFest11_275Festival of Lights, 9:30am-2:30pm, free, enjoy the biggest & best Hanukkah party in Marin! Marin JCC, San Rafael.

The Time of Redwoods and Salmon, 9:30-11am, winter is the most dramatic time of year for Muir Woods. Redwood Creek is full and raging, trees sway and creak in the wind. This is the time of the coho salmon run! Leisurely two-mile walk and hear stories about Redwood Creek and the coho salmon. Reservations required; 388-2596.

Marin Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, free, celebrate the animals that love to travel!  Marine mammals are famous for their epic migrations along the California coast, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Fall Celebration, 10am-2pm,  Join artist Ane Carla Rovetta and create rustic artwork, hear park folklore, and mingle with fellow park enthusiasts, snacks and cider are provided, RSVP at (415) 331-1540, Marin Headlands Visitor Center.

Water Creatures, 10:30am-12pm Meet fish, mermaids, sea lions, and more on imaginary, aquatic adventures experienced through song, stories, movement activities and games for all ages. Don’t miss the chance to meet the Water in a special water creature shadow puppets show, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Imago Theatre Frogz!, 3pm, illusion, puppetry, and acrobatics, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Happy Birthday Charles Schultz, free day, Schultz Museum.

Exploration Workshops: All About the Barber of Seville, 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, Chorissima Hall, San Francisco Girls Chorus Building, 44 Page St, San Francisco.

Barber of Seville for Families, 2pm, a special version of Rossini’s hilarious and beloved operatic tale, San Francisco Opera.

Kinetic Bug Jars with Colleen Paz, 12-3pm, ages 6-12, using basic components, participants will create blinking fireflies, fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees in this introduction to simple circuits! RSVP required, The Children’s Creativity Museum.

Gritty Realism: Sand-on-Glass Animation, Saturdays and Sundays, November 23-December 15, Demo: 10am-12pm, Workshops: 1-3:45pm, watch filmmaker Gerald Conn create a sand-on-glass animation, and then try the technique for yourself! Workshops are 45 minutes long and are open to 2 participants at a time. Spaces are first-come, first served, so please arrive early! (All Ages) The Children’s Creativity Museum.

Family Gallery Tour, 11:30am–12:15pm, Step into a gallery journey and experience the adventures of Frog and Toad, Owl, and many other characters from Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books in the exhibition Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Frog and Toad Studios, Delve into Frog and Toad and the World of Arnold Lobel as you explore the art and stories in Lobel’s beloved books, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Monday, November 25

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, November 26

Thanksgiving at Marin Country Mart, 3-6pm, a crafts workshop for kids to make a Thanksgiving card.

After School Storytime and Crafts, 3:30-4pm, Corte Madera Library.

Thanksgiving Storytime and Crafts, 11am, Pottery Barn Kids, Village at Corte Madera.

Wednesday, November 27, Hanukkah

Nature for Kids: Indian Tree, 10am–1pm, head up the hill and visit several different forest habitats, shaded by bay trees, an oak covered hill, and finally end up in a little grove of redwoods. Along the way we’ll talk about these different habitats and the different kinds of animals that live in each place. Heavy rain may cancel. Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Rd in Novato.

Exploration Workshop: All About Carmen, 11am-12pm or 12:30-1:30pm, ages 10+, $5/pp, dynamic and engaging activities that will transport us to the world of this dramatic tale, learn about the characters by moving like them to music from the opera, reenact a staging rehearsal, taking on all the roles from the props master to Carmen! San Francisco Opera.

How to Have Fun in the Delta, 2-3pm, have you ever thought about all the things there are to do in the Delta? Come find out some fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem with Ranger Bill, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting, 5pm, Union Square, San Francisco.

Light the Menorah, 5pm, Ghirardelli Square

NorCal Chanukah Festival, 4:30 lighting, 5:30 concert, free, Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield.

Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting, 5pm, Union Square, San Francisco.

Friday, November 29

2013_pol_poster_250San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, 12pm, featuring a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area, Fourth Street ~ B Street to Lootens, San Rafael.

Festival of Lights Art Workshop, 3-6pm, featuring Hanukkah crafts for children and complimentary latkes (4-6pm), topped with crème fraîche and applesauce or smoked salmon, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco.

The Velveteen Rabbit, runs through December 15, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Family 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.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30pm, Ghirardelli Square.

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting, 5pm, Union Square, San Francisco.

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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.

San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, 9am, featuring a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area, Fourth Street ~ B Street to Lootens, San Rafael.

Multicultural Sing-along with Jose-Luis Orozco, 11am, renowned bilingual musician, educator and children’s author. Join him for an interactive journey through Latin American culture and music. Sing and dance along to original and traditional songs in Spanish and English and learn the words in Spanish to such classics as “Old MacDonald.” Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Holiday Cookie Decorating, 2-4pm, RSVP required, 444-0734, each child will receive a goliday sugar cookie to decorate as they wish, either to be saved… or savored. Panera Bread, Northgate Mall, 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.

The Velveteen Rabbit, runs through December 15, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting, 5pm, Union Square, San Francisco.

Candlelight Tour, 6:30-8pm, RSVP required, Fort Point.

Exploration 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.

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – October 2013

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Quick Mill Valley Film Festival Tip:

Leave the car at home and use the COMPLIMENTARY MVFF SHUTTLE SERVICE for easy direct access to and from Festival venues. Shuttle service will run Saturdays and Sundays, October 5-6 and October 12-13 from 11am to 11pm. Last year, my daughter and I used this service and we appeared to be the only movie goers who got the memo. Everyone else riding with us were film makers, actors and others who created the films in the festival. It was a great chance to personally talk to “special guests” of the festival.

* Please note: All air shows and Naval Fleets have been cancelled for Fleet Week this year.

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Community Congregational Church, Tiburon

Bay-mazing Fun with Local Mazes and Labyrinths

Both mazes and labyrinths have been in existence for thousands of years and over time have been adopted by different cultures throughout the world, ranging from Egypt, India and Brazil to Europe and the US. So what’s the difference between a maze and a labyrinth, exactly? A maze has a multi path design and a labyrinth has a single path. And here’s the good bit. It’s been proven that children who play with mazes and labyrinths experience a boost in motor development, creative thought and critical thinking skills. Happily, they are blissfully unaware of this and just see it as pure and simple FUN!

As a toddler moving beads on a colorful wire maze, it was clear that my daughter was captivated from an early age. When she was three, on a trip to Grace Cathedral, we came upon a beautiful labyrinth. I followed its intricate pathway a few steps behind her. She was concentrating so hard and felt such a great sense of accomplishment when she finally reached the center. At the age of six, trips to the surreal maze at Forbidden Corner in Yorkshire, England had us hooked.

As she’s become older, she’s advanced to creating complex contraptions on the awesome marble wall at the Exploratorium and enjoys other more challenging maze building toys as well. There are many board games, online downloadables, apps, and books that provide plenty of portable entertainment, perfect for travel. We started creating our own mazes on the spot with LEGO ® and straws and are inspired by observing mazes in nature. The leaf cutter ant home at the California Academy of Science is a good one to check out.

As Halloween approaches, look out for the fabulous hay stacks and corn mazes at some of the amazing pumpkin patches.

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Other local mazes and labyrinths:

There are a wide variety of mazes and labyrinths to appeal to different ages that range from fairly simple to extremely difficult. Have fun seeking out ways to enjoy this really fun activity with your kids wherever and however you choose. It is equally fun for kids and grownups alike.

* Some of the places mentioned are in places of worship and healing. Please make sure to be respectful of others who are using the labyrinths and mazes for meditation, religious, solace or therapeutic purposes.

Tuesday, October 1

JymbabiesJymBABIES, ages birth-24 months, a new drop in play space from birth to 24 months. Enjoy a soft indoor playground for climbing, crawling, sliding, bouncing in our bouncy house, building, dancing, scooting and more! * FREE during the month of October. Join Miss Kitty on open day from 9:30am-11am, Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm Hallowscreen, 4pm The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, every day except Wednesday, Walt Disney Museum.

Wednesday, October 2

*Canceled because of the federal government shutdown* Yoga in the Redwoods, 9:30-11:30am, embrace the peace and serenity of the ancient redwood forest with a ½-mile, leisurely, guided nature walk (by Ranger Michelle Armijo) and yoga (led by Ann Agbayani), Muir Woods.

Youth Afternoon Community Service, 3-5pm, kids are invited to join us in Center restoration projects. For more information, please contact Marisela Alvarez at (415) 388-2524 x150, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Thursday, October 3

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9-11am, join us for a bird walk led by experienced birder. We will view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 4

Toddler Days, 9am-12pm, A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies!  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.  Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day, Slide Ranch.

*Canceled* Creatures of the Night Flashlight Program, 4-7pm, moderate, two-mile night walk, discover what nocturnal animals are and how their adaptations help them survive, Muir Woods.

Fall Family Fun Night by the Lake, 5:30-8:30pm, enjoy a cool fall evening on the lawn featuring a family movie, popcorn, bounce house for the kids, and more! Feel free to picnic and BBQ too, Stafford Lake, Novato.

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

Film Night: Ratatouille, 7:30pm, do not bring chairs, Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

sonoma-county-harvest-fair-logo copySonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, plus kids program 10am – 11am, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Saturday, October 5, New Moon

logo_web4th Annual Bay Area Costume Swap and Green Halloween Celebration, 9am-2pm, Bring a costume, get a costume at the farmers market, Costume Swap, Music, Face Painting, Pony Rides and organic treats, Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market.

Worldwide Day of Play, enjoy bubbles and kite flying, Parade Ground at Fort Baker.

Home Depot to the Fire Rescue, 9am-12pm, ages 5-12, build a fire rescue plane, Home Depot.

USTA Free Kid’s Day at Tiburon Challenger! 9am-11am, Play with the Pro’s, for ages 6-12 years old. Join us for a special opportunity to come out for a fun day on the courts and meet some of the professionals competing in the tournament. Dress comfortably and bring your smile, Register online, Tiburon Peninsula Club – Lower Courts, 1600 Mar West Street Tiburon, Contact Michelle Skipwith, 279-1973.

Nature Spanish 101, 9:30-11am, exercise your Spanish skills and learn new vocabulary for the plants and animals in an ancient coast redwood forest on this easy, one-mile nature walk through Muir Woods.

AppleFaire Post Card4Mountain School Apple Faire, 10am-1pm, ages 3-7, games, puppet shows, and more! 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids: Fun and Farming at Indian Valley, 10am-2pm, talk about seasons, insects, spiders, lizards and more and visit the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, Novato.

Bay Area Pet Fair, 10am-5pm, free family & pet event featuring hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats and small animals; Bay Area K-9s demonstrating crime-busting skills; Splash Dogs—Dock jumping and big air dogs; dozens of vendors will feature the latest in pet supplies; live shows, activities for pets and kids, face painting, giveaways and much more! Marin Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds.

Make a Book Workshops with Annelies Atchley Part I, 11am, ages 7 & up, children will make their own book. Write and record our stories for printing. Space is limited, preregistration is required, 789-BOOK or email jdesk@thelibrary.info, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Share-a-Book, 11am-12pm, Practice reading skills by reading with a Canine Companion! Reserve a spot at the desk or by calling 506-3165, South Novato Library.

wickie_tktWickie and the Treasure of the Gods (WICKIE AUF GROSSER FAHRT), 11:30am, ages 7+, presented in 3D Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Contest, 1pm, ages 7+, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Arias in the Afternoon, 2-4pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito.

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

Soft Circuits, 2-3:30pm, 6th-12th graders,  we will be making LED Pin switches and parallel circuit LED bracelets sewing with conductive thread, LEDs, felt, buttons and beads, South Novato Library.

See the Stars of Marin, 7:30pm, telescopes will be set up behind the tennis courts next to the main parking area, Marin Country Club, Novato.

Fandango, 10-4, welcome autumn’s arrival as they did in 1840′s by experiencing the dance and music of a “Fandango”. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road.

The Civil War Presidio, 1-3pm, hear stories and see landmarks in the Presidio from this crucial period in our nation’s history on an easy, 1.5-mile walk, RSVP 561-4323.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Get Crafty with Your Art: The Arts and Crafts Movement, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake, 1pm, Mountain Lake Reptiles and Amphibian Reintroductions with Vance Vredenburg.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

festival_flier_image_finalArab Cultural Festival, 12-6pm, San Francisco’s Union Square transforms into an Arab bazaar offering food, games and entertainment to the whole family.

TarantulaFest & Barbecue, 10am-6pm, food, games, contests, entertainment, and enlightenment including a leisurely nature walk with a volunteer naturalist and search for tarantulas on the move, Henry Coe State Park.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own marionette, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own xylophone, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Indigenous Peoples Day, 10am-6pm, free, traditional dancing, music, crafts, food and more, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley.

Sunday, October 6

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10am, after a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Bay Area Pet Fair, 10am-5pm, free family & pet event featuring hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats and small animals; Bay Area K-9s demonstrating crime-busting skills; Splash Dogs—Dock jumping and big air dogs; dozens of vendors will feature the latest in pet supplies; live shows, activities for pets and kids, face painting, giveaways and much more! Marin Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds.

Novato Fire Department Open House, 10am -1pm, various fire stations in Novato.

Southern Marin Fire Department (SMFD) Open House, 12-3pm, SMFD has 3 fire stations tours to check out the State-of-the-Art equipment and the fire house, there will be something special at each station, visit all three fire houses and enter to win a Movie Night at the fire house for 10 kids.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

myneighbortotoro_tktMy Neighbor Totoro, 12:30pm, Sisters Mei and Satsuki move to the country with their dad to be closer to their mother, who is recovering from tuberculosis. Mei who spots the first totoro and follows it into the lair of King Totoro. From then on the girls are brought into a world of magic, myth and unconditional love, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Angel Heart, 5pm, a live music storybook with text by bestselling children’s fantasy writer Cornelia Funke and music by award-winning composer Luna Pearl Woolf., Hertz Hall, Berkeley.

Blood, Guts, and Gore, 1-3pm, grades 6-8, Back by popular demand, this delightfully messy workshop will teach you how to mix your own stage blood for interactive stage combat. Poppable blood packs included! Berkeley Rep.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

Filipino American History Month Celebration, 11:30am-4pm, Join artist Christine Balza as she shares insight about the ancient Filipino script Baybayin, last actively used in the 1800s. Learn about the history and fundamentals of translating this script, and learn to write Baybayin by creating cool artwork, Asian Art Museum.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kids and parents can experience life on the farm with some of this year’s new additions. Sweet Lil’s Farmery will be on hand with hatching chicks, barnyard animals, and perhaps best of all, a faux cow that the whole family can milk.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 7

Return of the Jedi, 5:30pm, Bring family and friends of all ages to this anniversary screening of the Force-ful blockbuster that keeps on giving. Special activities include: Costume parade—dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join the Imperial March, Prizes and giveaways, Post-screening Q&A with special guests and more, Century Cinema, Corte Madera.

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, October 8

Drawing Hawks in Flight, 10-11:30am, Learn relevant wing anatomy and the differences between the major groups of hawks. We will explore how to quickly block in flying hawks with a few lines. Get tricks to help you foreshorten the wings of soaring raptors and develop an understanding of how the bird’s shape will change from different angles, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Wednesday, October 9

Lego Engineering, 4pm, grades 2-5pm, project-based program designed to teach principles and methods of engineering, architecture and science, Corte Madera Library.

wind_rises_tkt (1)The Wind Rises, 6pm, In Japanese with English subtitles. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Thursday, October 10

Poppy -- Photo event, 10.7, high resMy Lovely & Me, 10:30am-4pm, bring your child and their lovey to receive a free portrait, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out  and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 11

Aquatics & Fitness Open House, 6-8pm, free, celebrate the re-opening of our newly renovated facility, swim in the pool and spa, workout in our fitness floor, enjoy refreshments and snacks, and have fun with our children’s activities, Mill Valley Community Center.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Robbie Elfman Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 12

Harvest Festival, 10am-4pm, fun, seasonally inspired crafts and activities like scarecrow building, wool spinning, baking and making cheese and butter, meet the animals, music, food and more, Slide Ranch.

Crissy Field Aviation Walk,  10am-12pm, explore Crissy Field and learn about its role in early aviation history on this easy, one-mile walk.

California Native Plant Society Fall Plant Sale & Fair, 10am-3pm, crafting for children and more, For more information call Alison 415-858-2024, Green Point Nursery, 275 Olive Ave, Novato.

Bon Air Car Show, 10am-4pm, Over 100 of the finest vintage cars in the area come to Bon Air Center, Kentfield.

Make a Book Workshops with Annelies Atchley Part II, 11am, ages 7 & up, children will make their own book. We will finish our book covers and decorations and assemble our books. Space is limited, pregistration is required, 789-BOOK or email jdesk@thelibrary.info, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

sharkriddle_tktThe Shark Riddle, 11am, Ages 7+, Following this 30-minute film, actors/directors/writers Rob and Laura Sams present a live interactive show featuring songs, demonstrations and the administering of the “Shark Oath “, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

Junior Godmother’s Fundraiser, 11am-3pm, pick a pumpkin, carnival games and great food, Timothy Murphy School, San Rafael.

Annual Volunteer Recognition Picnic, 11am – 2pm, bring your family to McNears Beach Park for a late summer picnic and fun activities. Enjoy music, entertainment, and a delicious meal prepared by staff. Feel free to bring a favorite dish to share, McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Biketoberfest, 11am-6pm, lots of family fun including Bike Decorating, Bike Carousel, Kids Bike Skills Zone and Face Painting!

Fall Carnival at Venetia Valley School, 11am-4pm, games and kids’ activities including jumpies; live, local entertainment; face painting, henna tattoos and a cake walk and more! 177 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods (WICKIE AUF GROSSER FAHRT), 11:30am, ages 7+, presented in 3D, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

droppedImageOktoberfest, 12-5pm, music, food, fun, games for the kids, a fundraiser for the Corte Madera Beautification Committee, Old Corte Madera Square.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Youth Reel: Paradigm, ages 13+, Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

ispy_tkt5@5: Children’s Story, 12:30pm, ages 7+, collection of short films for young children from both international festivals and old favorites, Subtitles will be read aloud by a professional voice artist, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Share-a-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, read aloud skills with a dog in a supportive atmosphere. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment by calling 415-389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.

TEEN Engineering Challenger, 1-2:30pm, grades 6-12, Accept the Challenge! Work with teammates to complete a designated engineering mission. Participants will need to construct LEGO® trucks, bridges, elevators, cranes, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions in order to achieve the team goals, Marin City Library.

Family Game Night: Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, No board needed and no board here! Celebrate your family team with cooperative games that get everyone in on the action. Silly fun and loads of giggles are guaranteed as we play the night away! NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 7pm, free, “Near Earth Asteroids: Friends or Foes?” The close flyby of the 30m asteroid 2012DA14 on Feb 15 and the Chebalkul Meteor which exploded over Russia the same day, has increased awareness of the smaller objects in our solar system and their potential impact with Earth, Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Family Movie Series - Poster ArtworkFamily Movie Night: The Goonies, 7:30pm, free, Center Court Movie Lounge, The Village at Corte Madera.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Mythbusters, 2pm & 8pm, on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories, Sun Orpheum Theatre.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own matchbox shrine, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own spectroscope, Randall Museum.

LEAP Sand Castle Contest, 10am-4pm, Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Second Saturday Cartoonist: Kevin Vassey, 1-3pm, Meet, watch, and talk to Dreamworks animator and cartoonist Kevin Vassey. In addition to working on How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar, and Shrek, Vassey also draws a weekly webcomic called The Gnome Syndicate, Schultz Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, October 13

Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep, 10am-5pm, free, celebrate Halloween with a creepy collection of the animals that live in the darkness of the ocean!  Come learn about the elephant seal’s ability to dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for two hours at a time, how a sperm whale dives in search of the mysterious giant squid, and the spooky creatures like Vampire Squid and Goblin Sharks that are just out of sight, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

My Neighbor Totoro, 11am, Lark Theater, Larkspur.

Discovery Day Open House, spend the day behind the scenes, meet our scientists and learn about their research in San Francisco Bay and beyond, Romberg Tiburon Center.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

The Shark Riddle, 12:30pm, Ages 7+, Following this 30-minute film, actors/directors/writers Rob and Laura Sams present a live interactive show featuring songs, demonstrations and the administering of the “Shark Oath “, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Preschool Gallery Hour with Octopretzel, 10-11:30am, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Free Day at The Exploratorium

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, October 14, Columbus Day

Pajama Story Time, 6:30-7pm, Molly will get the kids ready for bed with stories new and old. Put on your PJs, grab your best stuffed friend (or blanket), and join us on the second Monday evening of each month for a very special story time, Mill Valley Library.

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.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, The Power of Color, Inspired by the art in Beyond Belief and the ways in which modern artists use color to express themselves, create your own colorful abstract art, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Tuesday, October 15

Pizza & Pages Middle School Book Club, 6:30pm, read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi on your own. Join your fellow readers and eaters for a lively discussion over pizza and dessert. Call 389-4292 x4741, Mill Valley Library.

Science Experiments, 3:30pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, October 16

Squishy Circuits, 9-10:30am, Working with dough, LED lights, a motor and a battery pack, take on different design challenges to learn more about how electricity works, West Marin School, 11550 State Route 1.

Science Experiments, 11am, ages 3 & up, Corte Madera Library.

Share-a-Book, 3pm, kids can read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere- Tiburon Library.

Youth Afternoon Community Service, 3-5pm, kids are invited to join us in Center restoration projects. For more information, please contact Marisela Alvarez at (415) 388-2524 x150, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Kids Book Club, 7pm, grade 4-5, The One and Only Ivan, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, October 17

Free Play in the Game Room, 4:15-5pm, Free Play in the Game Room, kids can hang out  and play pool, foosball and air hockey! Sausalito Library.

Friday, October 18, Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Great Shakeout,  11am-3pm, free, visit the quake simulator and lots of information about disaster preparedness, Marin General.

Muir Woods After Hours, 4-6pm, 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.

Halloween Harvest Festival, 5-7pm, kids 12 and under, Pumpkin Carving & Trick-or-Treat Bag Decorating, Face Painting, Bounce House and more, Marinwood Community Center.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Bob Shleeter Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 19

goblingeneralinfoflyernewsletterGoblin Jamboree Sponsor Breakfast, 8 & 9am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Goblin Jamboree, 10am-4pm, come in costume and explore the haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches’ school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Twin Cities Co-op Halloween Carnival, 10am-2pm, join us for a day of fun at this much loved and non-scary annual Halloween event. The carnival will feature an array of fun children’s activities, including face painting, carnival games, a cake walk, raffle, jumpy house, bake sale, used costume sale and much, much more, 56 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera.

7ROCKTOBERFEST_posterRocktoberfest, 8:30am-6pm, wood racquet tournament, auction, music, jumpy house and more, Boyle Park Tennis Courts, Mill Valley.

Geology of the Marin Headlands, 9am-2pm, Explore 200 million years of geologic history and learn the fascinating story told by the rocks at the Golden Gate, RSVP 561-4323.

Restoration Work Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up, FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

Owl Box Workshop, 10am-12pm, learn about what species of owl in the area can benefit from these boxes, the dangers that are commonly faced by our nocturnal friends and what we can do to help, Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon.

TEEN Robotics Lab, 1-2pm, Explore the many aspects and applications of robotics with Andrew Maley of Marin Maker Mobile. Create your own game controllers using MaKey MaKey boards and everyday objects – a piece of paper? a glove? a banana?!?! Plus, Mr. Maley will be giving demonstrations of robots built by middle-schoolers, Corte Madera Library.

Day of the Dead Crafts, 2pm, San Anselmo.

TEEN Engineering Challenger, 3:30-5pm, grades 6-12, Accept the Challenge! Work with teammates to complete a designated engineering mission. Participants will need to construct LEGO® trucks, bridges, elevators, cranes, bulldozers, conveyor belts, and other motorized and alternatively powered contraptions in order to achieve the team goals, Fairfax Library.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Science Saturdays: Frog in the Fog, Part II, 1pm, evolution and conservation of Central African frogs, Presidio, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Layer It Up!, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make your own clay skull, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about and make your own bat, Randall Museum.

td2013-circle1Trolly Dances, 11am-2:45pm, free with regular MUNI fare, tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. from the Market St. Railway Museum, south of Embarcadero Plaza.

Master Class for Kids: Babymouse! 10:30am-12pm, Join sibling team Jennifer and Matthew Holm, creators of the award-winning graphic novel series Babymouse, as they show you tips on creating a comic, play fun comic drawing games, and spark your imagination to become the next comics creator! Recommended for aspiring cartoonists age 6 and up. RSVP (707) 284-1263 or register online, Schultz Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay

Sunday, October 20

Goblin Jamboree Sponsor Breakfast, 8 & 9am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Goblin Jamboree, 10am-4pm, come in costume and explore the haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches’ school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mathnasium 10-20-13 TriMathlon FlyerNational Trimathlon, 7:30am – 5pm, 2nd-5th graders, participation is FREE. Join the fun at Mathnasium on 247 Shoreline Hwy in Tam Junction in Mill Valley. Participants will receive a wallet, keychain, math puzzles, donation to their school and much more! 1st place gets $100 bill. If your child ranks in the top 3 across all Mathnasiums they get $250-$1,000 donated to their school, trophy & much more.

Hike the Headlands, 10am-2pm, a day of discovery in nature with your family and friends. Participate in hands-on science activities along the trail and enjoy a day outdoors all while helping make our programs accessible to ALL children. Musical entertainment, refreshments, festivities, and prizes!

Scare up a Dark Drawing with Ane Carla Rovetta, 11am-12pm, Fearsome feathers, frightening fur, and eyes that see in the dark – Halloween animals might be more fun than you ever imagined! Hear artist, naturalist, and storyteller Ane Carla Rovetta weave slightly spooky tales as she draws the creatures of the night, Mill Valley Library.

Hawk Talk, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10am-1pm, locate TBD, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds and various other activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle! RSVP requested to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov.

jay_spiral_72Master Magician Jay Alexander, 11am-12pm, The Randall Museum.

Trolly Dances, 11am-2:45pm, free with regular MUNI fare, tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. from the Market St. Railway Museum, south of Embarcadero Plaza.

Healthy Parks, Healthy Pedaling, 1-3pm, over 12+, A five-mile, moderate bicycle ride promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health, Beach Hut, adjacent to the Crissy Field Center.

Tolay Fall Festival, 11am-5pm, featuring hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds and tide pool animals, candle making, wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest, Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma.

tingo-tango-mango-treeChildren’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Multi-Sensory Modern Art Workshop, As part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, create and explore with texture, scent, and sound, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

eastbaymmfEast Bay Mini Maker Fair, 10am-5pm, Park Day School, Oakland.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Art & Pumpkin Festival, Half Moon Bay

Monday, October 21

Sanctuary Bird Walks, 9-11am, join us for a bird walk led by experienced birder. We will view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & 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.

Tuesday, October 22

Trick or Treat Bags, 3:30pm, grades K & up, call 924-6382, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, October 23

Nature for Kids: Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, visit a pond, a permanent creek, and a marsh, and talk about the animals that live in these wet habitats, Novato.

Thursday, October 24

GoldenDragon-160x300Golden Dragon Acrobats, 6:30pm, acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Friday, October 25

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Halloween Music & Magic Show, ages 3+, 4pm & 6:30pm, with music guests Orange Sherbet and magic by Brian Scott, Mill Valley Golf Clubhouse.

Seals, Slippers, and Stars: Overnight Stays at The Marine Mammal Center! 6pm-9am, Camp 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.

DgBnNcwqRnGouTr5*Yl*4A0EGolden Gate Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, 7pm, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jeff Derby Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, October 26

Halloween at Deer Park, 10am, we’ll take a short hike in Deer Park, looking for signs of autumn. Have plants gone to seed? Which trees drop their leaves? Why are spiders so conspicuous this time of year? Bring a snack and then we’ll gather under the “Halloween” tree for a story.

TC_021907_7675Halloween Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, some special tricks and treats today! We might make Halloween costumes from recycled materials, take a spooky tour of the garden, watch some wriggly composting worms and bake delicious treats! Don’t forget to wear your costume! Slide Ranch.

Engineering Helicopters, 10am-12pm, grades 3-6, free, build your own helicopter using common household supplies (we’ll provide everything you need), 473-2090, Novato Library.

Halloween Bash, Trick-or-Treat, Bring two cans of food in exchange for a trick-or-treat bag, and join in the Halloween festivities! Bon Air, Greenbrae.

MCM_HalloweenCarnival2013_0926_arkHalloween Carnival & Costume Parade, 9am-2pm, Kids Costume Parade & Costume Pup Parade, face painting, pony rides, kid’s music by Christopher Smith, and kids’ Halloween crafts by SCRAP, Marching Band, festive Halloween treats, pumpkin carvings and more, Marin Country Mart.

Trips for Kids Re-Cyclery Blow-out Sale, 10am-4pm, offering 25% – 50% discounts on selected items, 125 Larkspur St. Suite 119, San Rafael. For more information call 458-2986.

Marin County Triathlon, 11:30am, McNears Beach.

Storytime at Greenwood School, ages 4 to 6, play, engage in an art or domestic activity and enjoy a freshly baked snack followed by a story, Mill Valley.

994003_10201010054189858_1390622557_n1-323x500Natural Museum of Horror, 5:30-10pm, free, Stinson Beach community Center.

WOW! Halloween Faire, 10:30am-12pm, Come in costume to celebrate All-Hallows-Eve with other wizards, witches, ferries, astronauts and cartoon characters. Play carnival games, bounce in the jump house, enjoy the candy & prize hunt and costume parade! Strawberry, Mill Valley.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

Caribbean Dance with Asheba, 11am, a rhythmic, joyful and interactive version of your favorite kid’s songs spiced with Caribbean and World beats, inspired by his own childhood on the island of Trinidad, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Safe Trick or Treat, 11am-3pm, Grant Ave, Downtown Novato.

Kids and Family Relay, 11:30am, triathlon –  swim, bike, run, McNear’s Beach, San Rafael.

Trick or Treat on Fourth Street, 1-2:30pm, free and safe Trick or Treating experience for kids on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, starting at San Rafael City Plaza.

collinsJohnJohn Collins – The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book, 1pm, Featuring twenty-two unique airplane designs with step-by-step instructional photos, plus tear-out models printed on regulation-weight paper stock, this entertaining and informative guide promises hours of flying fun, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Halloween Party for Teens, 2-4pm, Novato Library.

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, ages 7-12, Free, 456-0766.

Halloween Haunt, 4-8:30pm, haunted house, music, food, jumpies, face painting, magic show and more, Belvedere Community Center.

Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association Halloween Party, 5:30pm-8pm, free, explore a Haunted Cemetery, Witches Kitchen, games and traverse the Spooky Neighborhood, San Rafael Fire Department will be will be there and Trick-or-Treating! This is a fun event for the whole family, block party on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow).

Haunted House, 5:30-11pm, Stinson Beach Community Center.

Realm of Darkness Haunted House, free, fear friendly 6-7pm, High Intensity 7:15-8:45pm, contact whitakerbarnes@yahoo.com for more information, 14 Brooke Circle, Mill Valley.

Graveyard Stroll, 6-7:30pm, experience our one-of-a kind program that uncovers one of Marin’s most interesting, but little known cemeteries. All treats (and tricks!) are free, Lucas Valley Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael.

Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus, 7:30pm, free, gravel lot by Nordstrom’s, Village at Corte Madera.

Special Saturday Program, 11am-4pm, take a self-guided or docent-led tour of the Main Post; bring a picnic to enjoy with your friends and family; play games on the lawn; learn some camping basics provided by staff members; and more! Questions 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Presidio, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Modeled Bodies, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

supernatural-intro-slide-newSupernatural Halloween 2013, Grab your costume and have yourself a ghostly good time as you trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night, among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens, California Academy of Science.

Discovery Days, North Bay, 11am-4pm, free, Highlights there included liquid nitrogen ice cream, an emergency room patient robot, LEGO® engineering, strawberry DNA extraction, airplane and catapult launches, marble machines, and elephant toothpaste, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.

Science Days, 11am-4pm, demonstrations, experiments, hands-on-activities, exhibits, lectures including a Chemistry Magic Show, Life of a Criminalist, Geophysical Prospecting, Fossil Casting, Observing the Sun with a Telescope, Mathematical Puzzles, Statistics Funhouse, Computer Simulation, Psychology Playground, Potpourri of Physics, Health Screenings, Robot  in Action, Sea slugs, Bugs & other Creatures, Cal State East Bay Hayward Campus, Science Buildings, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Insects vs. Robots, 11am-2pm, activities related to both entomology and engineering, then see which you like the best. As a budding entomologist, look deeply into the insect world. Then try being an engineer by engaging in robotics challenges led by the UC Berkeley Pioneers in Engineering, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Creepy Happy Halloween, 10am-5pm, pumpkin lifts, creepy crawly animals, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs, and more, Lawrence Hall of Science. 

Halloween Haunts, 6:15pm, ages 4-12, Travel our enchanted trail, collecting treats and encountering weird and wacky characters along the way. At the end of your journey, enjoy hot cider, delicious goodies, and spook-tacularly fun entertainment. Good, silly old fashioned farm-style fun — nothing too scary. Halloween costumes extremely encouraged!, Hidden Villa.

Sunday, October 27

Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep, 10am-5pm, free admission, creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seal’s can dive to 5000 feet and stay underwater for 2 hours at a time without imploding, find out how a sperm whale searches for its nemesis – the mysterious giant squid, and discover more about spooky looking animals like the Vampire Squid and Goblin Shark, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Papermill Children’s 2013 Halloween Carnival and Chef off, 11am-4pm, Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station. Call 663-9114 for more information.

Fall Open House & Picnic, 12-5pm, free, visit with artists in their studios and attend performances and readings, then head outside to partake in hands-on activities for all ages, peruse finely-crafted wares at local artisan pop-up shops, and see the landscape through new eyes on artist-led hikes, Parade Ground, Sausalito.

Spook the PoolSpook the Pool, 2-4pm, $7pp, face painting, crafts, games, jumpee house, pumpkin picking in the pool and more, Mill Valley Community Center.

Spooky Bat Box Building Workshop, 2-5pm, Bats get a bad rap, but they are actually very important creatures in the web of life. They eat lots of insects like mosquitoes, which ultimately helps us. Learn all about our furry, flying friends and help them by building a box they can call home, McInnis Park, San Rafael.

Golden Gate Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, 2pm, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

“The Darkness” – Haunted House, 3-4:30pm (not scary, ages 8 and under), 5-6:30pm (scary , ages 9 and under), 6:30pm-7:30pmm (closed for monster feeding), 7:30-9pm (horrifying!) $5 pp, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Camp Creepy, 3:30-6pm, ages 2-12, $12, haunted house! We will also have a dodge ball room, arts and crafts, a balloon room, face painting, games, a jump house, and food, Marin YMCA.

stroberJoanna_meersSharonSharon Meers & Joanna Strober – Getting to 50/50, 4pm, you can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally—the man you married, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Halloween Sausalito, 5-5:30pm Child friendly, 6-7pm Full Haunted House, City Hall, 420 Lithos, Sausalito.

Halloween Hoopla, interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery, Yerba Buena, San Francisco.

Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat,  12-4pm, free, mall-wide trick for treating and games, decorations, bouncy house, arts and crafts, face painting & removable tattoos, Japantown Peace Plaza.

Open Labs, multiple locations, check website for a list of unique, fun and educational glimpse into the scientific wonders in the Bay Area!

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Beyond Belief Art Party, Explore color, add to a community installation, and celebrate the wonder and power of modern art.  Come see Beyond Belief one last time and have fun in the studio, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Tingo Tango Mango Tree” by Marcia Vaughan, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Spooktacular Halloween Party, Parade & Trick or Treat in Japantown.

Sunday Streets, Richmond neighborhood; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Creepy Happy Halloween, 10am-5pm, pumpkin lifts, creepy crawly animals, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs, and more, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Monday, October 28

barnettMac_scieszkaJohnMac Barnett & Jon Scieszka – Battle Bunny, 6pm, meet the authors of a dynamic exploration of creative storytelling that’s sure to engage and inspire, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

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, October 29

Halloween Stories, 3:30pm, ages 5-8 years, wear your costume, Corte Madera Library.

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Randel McGee and Goark, 3:45pm, Groark, the loveable, guitar-playing dragon and his trusty friend Randel McGee bring their great stories, songs, and comedy to the Sausalito Library to help us celebrate Halloween.

Goblins’ Parade, 5-7pm, San Anselmo Library.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Gourmet Ghetto, 5-9PM, 1400 block Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Wednesday, October 30

Slightly Spooky Family Storytime, 6:30pm, San Anselmo Library.

Thursday, October 31, Halloween

Halloween Stroller Fitness Class and Playgroup, 9:30am-12pm, dress in costume and enjoy all things Halloween from games, songs, crafts and exercises! 734-8174 or email karin@fit4mom.com, Fit4Mom Marin, Civic Center Lagoon Park, San Rafael.

Timothy_James_Smoke_LargeMagician Timothy James, ages 5 & up, 4pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Trick or Treat! 4-6pm at Village at Corte Madera. and 5-7pm at Northgate in San Rafael, Costumed guests will receive spooktacular treats from Village stores and restaurants.  Watch for list of participating stores coming soon!

Halloween Sausalito, 4:30pm, Firefighter BBQ, parade, trick-or-treats, haunted house, dog costume contest, Sausalito.

Halloween Festivities, 5:45-8pm, Caledonia Street & City Hall, Sausalito

Halloween Parade, 5pm, starts at movie theatre, Fairfax.

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Pumpkin Patches – 2013

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Ronnie’s Awesome List – September 2013

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Special Note:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed September 9–23.
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum is closed September 2-13, 2013.

Treasure Hunts for Families

For a great way to have fun with your kids, get them outside and physically active try Geocaching, Letterboxing, and Questing. These outings are great for all ages that you can do anytime and anywhere. When you complete it you may get a prize or learn something, and, best of all, your kids will not know they are exercising their bodies and brains!

The Groundspeak Geocaching Logo is a registered trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. Used with permission.

The Groundspeak Geocaching Logo is a registered trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. Used with permission.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt with caches hidden all over the world. Once you create a free account on the website geocaching.com or groundspeak.com you can enter your location (city, zip code, latitude and longitude) and you will get a list of all the caches in the area to choose from. Each clue gives coordinates you can enter into a GPS (global positioning satellite) receiver or Google the coordinates and let it lead you to the vicinity of the cache. Once there, you need to unscramble the clues to pin point where the cache is. There are several different types of caches but many are in containers that may be camouflaged to blend into their surroundings. Inside will be a logbook to sign and it might also contain various inexpensive trinkets for trade, or lead you to an historic or natural landmark. Items to bring include a pen, GPS (optional), tchotchkes to trade, and anything you would bring on a hike.

letterboxingLetterboxing combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide boxes in publicly accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box. Individual letterboxes usually contain a notebook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp, either on their personal notebook or on a postcard, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’ book” as proof of having found the box and letting other letterboxers know who has visited. To get started, check on the letterboxes in your area at www.letterboxing.org or www.atlasquest.com. You will need a rubber stamp, pen, small sketchbook, ink pad, a compass, and the clues.

Questing is a game-like adventure played across a community or geographic place. Clues have a starting point that lead to various sealed boxes in a specific order to be found until you reach the final prize. Participants work as a team to gather these hidden clues as they meaningfully connect with both familiar and unfamiliar places engaging in activities that hone their senses and invite deeper looking and thinking.

muirwoodsquestHere are other FREE local, kid friendly treasure hunts to get you started.

  • Muir Woods Quest is perfect for any child learning to count to 20 and ABC’s while discovering the magic of this beautiful redwood forest. My 9 year old loved doing it with her 5 year old friend. Make a left at the first bridge to start. If you forget your copy, ask for the “Redwood Discovery” guide.
  • Green Gulch, Muir Beach to download the activity page for “Where the Green Dragon Grows” created by URBIA Adventure League, Look for their shorter quest-like adventures in Bay Nature Magazine. Quests booklets are also available for purchase on their website.
  • Crissy Field Mystery Trail Challenge, is a history mystery unlocking the military, natural and cultural history of Crissy Field. Pick up a free copy of the “Mystery Trail Challenge” at the Warming Hut.
  • The Presidio in San Francisco offers a wide variety of self-guided programs, quest adventures, geocaches and more.
  • Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39, from the folks at Mastermind Hunts. They have created some great hunts where you solve a series of fun and slightly more challenging clues as you find your way to often overlooked spots. Other hunt are available for purchase on their website.
  • Nature Treasure Hunt is a great way to help your kids connect to nature and you do not have to travel far.

These real life adventures are a great way to inspire future stewards of the world to new places, new activities and/or discover the history of your area all while building fun memories your child will never forget. Get out and create your own adventures; the fun awaits just outside your door.

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, September 1

saf-2012-poster_BRDR_1Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest, 9am-3:30pm, Drakes Beach, all ages welcome at this free event.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 10am, After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 1 & 2.

Tomales Founders Day, 11am, fair in the community park and the quirky parade at noon.

Exploring the Towering Redwoods, 10:30-11:30am, a kids’ redwood exploration program using our music, art, and science senses to get to know the towering trees. Bring a snack or lunch, a sketch pad, sharpened pencils, and your listening ears and singing voices. Other tools provided, RSVP required 388-2596.

Hawk_Catching_Dinner_Wallpaper_536o3Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Battery Townsley Underground Tours, 12-4pm,  a moderately strenuous hike up the Coastal Trail, approximately one-half-mile north of the Rodeo Beach parking lot.

Tiburon Belvedere Labor Day Parade, 1pm, old-fashioned parade starts, Tiburon Blvd & Lagoon Rd., along Tib. Blvd. to Main Street and Ark Row to Beach, Bring the family and enjoy the fun!

StagPostcardWEB.212101238King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Concerts-in-the-Park, Sun Kings, celebrating 50 years of Beatles music, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, free, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Colorful beginnings, in honor of Rosh Hashanah, use printmaking techniques to create note cards for your friends and family that celebrate new beginnings, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mole” by Jane Yolen, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

AttractionsGold Rush Days, 10am-5pm, FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days!  (916) 808-7777.

Monday, September 2, Labor Day

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

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 3 & 4.

SoccerFest LogoSoccerfest, 12-6pm, Fun Zone full of jumpies, climbing walls, dunk tank, local food booth, soccer skills contest, music for all ages, Mill Valley Community Center.

Learn To Skate, 1-3pm, free, rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Make sure to bring your board, helmet and pads. Questions 446-4423 or ACraig@marincounty.org McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Free Shakespeare in the Park's 2013  (photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Golden Gate Park Band Labor Day Celebration Concert, 1pm, bring a picnic lunch and take in an unforgettable experience, Spreckels Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Gold Rush Days, 10am-5pm, FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days!  (916) 808-7777.

Tuesday, September 3

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 5 & 6.

The New Bay Bridge East Span is scheduled to open to traffic. The East Span bike path is also scheduled to open to the public. The celebration has been postponed to a future date.

Wednesday, September 4, Rosh Hashana

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 7 & 8.

Thursday, September 5

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Lake Lagunitas, 10am-1pm, learn how they hunt, how they make their webs, and how to identify many common species. Questions 893-9508 or DHerlocker@marincounty.org, meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking area, Park entrance is $8.

Wiggles-160x300The Wiggles, 6:30pm, The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, is heading out on the road to introduce their new team, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa.

Friday, September 6

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Art Break Day, 9am-5pm, free, take a break and make art, City Plaza, San Rafael.

Kent Island Restoration Team, 10am to 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. Space is limited, so RSVP VBohlen@marincounty.org, 473-3778.

Mill Valley Community Block Party, 4pm-9pm, Great Music, Food, Community and Fun for all ages, Downtown Mill Valley.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Tim Gill Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

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

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, The Lorax, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Shuttle Through Time, 1:30-3pm, Presidio.

Saturday, September 7

Make a Football Ring Toss Game, 9am-Noon, ages 5-12 years, any Home Depot store.

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, ages 8+, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and birds along Rodeo Lagoon. Join volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk along the lagoon.

Fall Fishing Derby, 9am-12pm, prizes 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, Contact 435-9212 or MMaraccini@marincounty.org. Meet at Paradise Beach Park fishing pier, Park entrance is $10.

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

NatlDayofService_Fall13Children’s Garden Work Day, 10am-12pm, lunch included by Whole Foods, limited to 50 participants, Edna Maguire Children’s Garden, Mill Valley.

Yoga in the Park, 10am to 12pm, begin with one hour of community service when volunteers will help clean-up the beach, at 11am volunteers can choose to switch gears for yoga class, Whole Foods Market will provide lunch. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required, 473-2823 or KSchroeder@marincounty.org, NcNears Park entrance is free.

Tim Cain, 10:30am, Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito.

America’s Cup Race Day

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

dipseaHikeLogoDipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer, enjoy a gorgeous hike on the Dipsea Trail, $35 (Adults); $20 (Students 11-18); FREE for Teams* and Kids under 11 yrs old Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, Night Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in the night time sky, before enjoying the observing session (starparty) conducted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in the Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Nike Missile Site, 12:30-3:30pm, restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell.

Share a Book, 11am-12pm, South Novato Library.

Bat Night at Olompali State Historic Park, 6-9pm, meet live bats, view bat houses, create a bat mask, and make bat style s’mores and more, $8 per car, event is free, Novato.

Family Fun Fitness, 10-11:30am, energy-packed morning featuring family games. We’ll learn how we can work out our bodies while having fun exploring, West Bluff Amphitheater, Crissy Field.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, learn about owls and make your own owl sculpture, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own lava lamp, Randall Museum.

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Emily Jordan* as Lady Macbeth in
Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013
production of Macbeth
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Tell Me a Story, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Craft & Game Day, 10am-12pm, fun family friendly games outside on the lawn, snacks will be provided, RVSP to (415) 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Fort Scott, San Francisco.

Science Saturday: The Western Pond Turtle, 1-2pm, Jessie Bushell from the San Francisco Zoo will introduce you to the shy and fascinating western pond turtle, Presidio, San Francisco.

SFMTB-image-v_1-575x744SF MTB Festival, 9am-5pm, free, beginner riding zones, professional bike jump demo, and more, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Apple Festival, Garin is home to an antique apple orchard with varieties of apples you won’t find anywhere else. Try your hand at hand-cranking ice cream or pressing apple cider and then taste the “fruit” of your labor. Music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games make this event fun for the whole family!

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, September 8

Grandparent’s Day, Celebrate Grandparents! Free admission for one grandparent and one child, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, ages 8+, Explore the shore of Rodeo Lagoon with docent Jane Haley and learn what birds are our summer visitors and which ones are here year-round. RSVP 331-1540.

orcaMarine Science Sundays, 10am – 5pm, Top predators: Orcas and Sharks, family-friendly tours, classroom activities and more will be centered around a new theme each month, Marine Mammal Center.

Kids Fair, 11am-3pm, free jumpies, petting zoo and more, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

America’s Cup Race Day

Fairfax Car Show, 1-3pm, Broadway will be closed from Pacheco to Bolinas Road.

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Pleasant Valley Coop Tour, Novato.

Sunday Streets, Western Addition route, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square neighborhoods; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mole” by Jane Yolen, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Young Architects Workshop, in conjunction with Architecture in the City, and in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, design a sukkah using a variety of fine art and recycled materials. Add to our temporary sukkah installation and create your own miniature version to take home. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Emily Jordan* as Lady Macbeth and
Michael Ray Wisely* in the title role of
Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013 production of Macbeth
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Opera in the Park, 1:30pm, FREE and open to the public, Bring a picnic and enjoy this outdoor concert. Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 9

ecofair-logo_webEcoFair Marin, 10am-6pm, Kids Zone, Marin County Fairgrounds.

Pajama Storytime, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 1, America’s Cup.

Tuesday, September 10

How to Draw Hawks and Other Raptors, 10-11:30am, free, learn some of the basics of the anatomy, proportions, patterns and ecology will help you accurately and quickly draw them in the field. We will also explore fast sketching techniques on toned paper. Bring a white Prismacolor pencil and a piece of toned gray or brown paper, see description of toned paper here, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

America’s Cup Race Day

Wednesday, September 11

FC9781937359515Amy “Amy G” Gutierrez – Smarty Marty’s Got Game, 6:30pm, reads from her inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

KIDS DAY at the Heirloom Expo at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Bring your students for an amazing field trip!! Once inside the fairgrounds students can get started at ‘Kids’ Area’ for information and direction to the various activities.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 2, America’s Cup.

Thursday, September 12

America’s Cup Race Day

Friday, September 13

Toddler Days, 9am-12pm, A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies!  Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing thebaa 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.  Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day, Slide Ranch.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jamie Findlay Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Fair and Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm, free, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Film Night: Hook, 8pm, $3 or $10/family, bring blankets (no chairs), Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “Oktoberfest,” with the music of The Karl Lebherz Band., Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Hike, 6:30-8:30pm, naturalist-led event will be illuminated by moonlight and starry night sky, and will follow trails through historic forest and The National Cemetery Overlook. We will have a wide variety of activities along the hike, including games, star gazing and using color in the dark! Tea and/or hot chocolate will be served with snacks, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Inspiration Point, San Francisco.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 3, America’s Cup.

Saturday, September 14, Yom Kippur

mmf_posterGreenbrae Mini Maker Faire, 10am-3pm, Marin’s largest ‘Do-It-Yourself’ festival, showcasing local makers with activities, show-and-tell, and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, education, food, and creativity, Bon Air Center.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

America’s Cup Race Day

SHARE-A-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, K+, advance sign up required, Mill Valley Library.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

The Birds, 8pm, China Camp, San Rafael.

Pier Crabbing, 10 am-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required, 556-1693.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown, beginning with grand parade and opening ceremony at 11am at California and Grant. Featuring lion dancers, martial artists, acrobats dancers in ornate costume from the China Spirit and Flying Angels, the St. Mary’s Bell & Drum Corps and the Moon God and Goddess and more!

Ghirardelli-ChocolateChocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Patchwork Series: Cascada de Flores, 10:30am, $8 advance / $10 door, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

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

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

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Guitarist Bill Frisell & Cartoonist Jim Woodring, 2pm, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, Renaissance Faire supporting local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Sunday, September 15

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Introduction to the Opera with SF Opera, 11am, learn about the elements of opera–theater, music, singing, and the visual arts, we will focus on The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s delightful comedy, Mill Valley Library.

America’s Cup Race Day

fest1German Culture Fests, Kinderfest, 12-6pm, A polka band, traditional group dances in traditional dress, a menu of traditional foods and of course, excellent beers complete a fun-filled day for all ages, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Waterfront Pops Concert, gates open at 3pm, concert starts at 6pm, from movie music to classic masterpieces and family favorites, featuring John Williams classic movie soundtracks played live by the orchestra including Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Star Wars Medley, Harry Potter Symphonic Suite, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and more… climaxing with a fireworks finale! Marin Center Lagoon.

Life on the Edge: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home! Then, we’ll gather ’round the campfire for family-friendly songs and stories! S’mores will be provided. $12/person, pre-registration required, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

comedyday_logoComedy Day 1 Stage, 5 Hours, 30+ Comedians, A Million Laughs! Organizers say “…it’d be rated PG-13. We ask our performers to “keep it clean,” but occasionally an “off-color” word or topic will pop up. So, please use discretion.” Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10am-1pm, planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds and various other activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle! For program details RSVP requested to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Quail Commons, Presidio.

Nature Journaling, 10:30am–12:30pm, quick demos on how to draw flowers, birds, trees and more that are appropriate for any skill level. Simple nature journals will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own notebook to begin your own personal nature journal. A wide variety of art supplies will be provided, RSVP to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Inspiration Point.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco

630x307xLila.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Mw85fYSZryYerba Buena Family Day, 1-3pm, daylong family block party with free admission to leading museums including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Children’s Creativity Museum, plus a huge array of special art activities for kids and free performances on three big stages including Grammy winner Lila Downs, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley.

Hi-Res_MAAS_ShakespeareMuch Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, Renaissance Faire supporting local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Monday, September 16

Count the Monkeys, 10am, meet author Mac Barnett, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Jasper Fforde, Catherine Jinks, & Catherine Murdoch – Middle Grade Mania, 5:30pm, Jasper Fforde presents Song of the Quarkbeast, the long-awaited sequel to The Last Dragonslayer, in which the wizards of Kazam are in deep trouble. Catherine Jinks teaches us How to Catch a Bogle, which might stop them from eating the children of London. Catherine Murdock brings us Heaven is Paved with Oreos, in which the magic of Rome entwines with the wonder of first love. Don’t miss these three fantastic authors! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Tuesday, September 17

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Legends & Myths of the Prairie Wolf, 10am-12pm, learn why the coyote is such a successful survivor and the topic of so many stories at this family-friendly walk, RSVP 388-2596, Muir Woods.

Sunday Streets Turns Five! 6-10pm, Fundraiser, enjoy music, special guests, food and more, Cityview at the Metreon, San Francisco.

America’s Cup Race Day

Wednesday, September 18

Share a Book, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

Thursday, September 19

ShowImage.aspxInternational Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day! 3:45pm, free, all ages, Ahoy me hearties, lads & lassies: come to the dread ship Library for an afternoon of pirate living! Doubloons (treasure), hardtack (snacks), tattoos (temporary) and addled activities (crafts). Dress like a pirate for extra adventure! Sausalito Library.

Muir Woods After Hours, 6-8pm, ages 8+, Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. Reservations required; phone 388-2596.

steveandcornelius1Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and Cornelius Crow, 4pm, ventriloquism, juggling, and lots of audience participation to tickle your funny bone, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Full Moon Walk to Point Bonita Lighthouse, 6:30-8pm, walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places.

America’s Cup Race Day

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Friday, September 20

Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike, 6pm to 8:30pm, 7-12 year old (but explorers of all ages are welcome), full moon adventure one mile hike will visit
some of the preserves unique landmarks. Questions 473-2816 or JFeickert@marincounty.org, Meet at Taylor Drive, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “Firemen’s Ball,” with the music of The Fundamentals, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Katie Thiroux Duo, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, Pacheco Plaza, Novato.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 5-12am, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink, Pier 48, San Francisco.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Saturday, September 21, International Coastal Clean-Up Day

LanternsintheWood4273C4Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10AM – 5PM.

We Are Marin Festival, 12-5pm, feature local art and entertainment, along with some popular headliners, Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park.

Bothin Marsh: California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am to 12pm, cleaning litter and recyclables on the Mill Valley Bike Path at Bothin Marsh. Gloves and bags for debris collection will be provided. We will provide snacks and there will be a post-cleanup barbeque for volunteers at the Bay Model, 473-3778 or GReza@marincounty.org.

Hal Brown Park at Creekside: California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am to 12pm, we will provide snacks and a post-cleanup barbeque for volunteers at the Bay Model Visitors Center from 12pm to 3pm. Questions, 473-2823 or
KSchroeder@marincounty.org

Headlands Helping Hands: Coastal Cleanup, 9am-12pm, Celebrate the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with stewardship at Rodeo Lagoon, free, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Coastal Cleanup Day with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, 9am-12pm, see website for activities happening along the coast.

Coastal Cleanup, 9am-12pm, Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

womSmallWings Over Marin, 10am-4pm, fly-bys of historic and modern airplanes, over 50 vintage cars, displays of emergency equipment from the Marin Sheriff and Fire departments, Marin County Airport (Gnoss Field), Novato.

Coastal Cleanup Family Campout, Saturday 10 am – Sunday 1 pm, join the Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration, family potluck, plus a campfire program under the stars, Slide Ranch.

Special Storytime: Curious George’s Curiosity Day, 11am, reading of the classic Curious George book, fun activities, monkey mask-making and more! Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Hands-On Learning Event: Crocodile Creek Circus Tower Puzzle, 1pm, ages 3-7, Kids will delight in puzzle building while learning about sizes, numbers, animals and children around the world, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

TEENS: Banned Books and Ice Cream Party, 1pm, read with some banned-book themed party games, prizes, and of course ice cream sundaes, RSVP 924-6444, Corte Madera Library.

LEGO Master Building Academy: Build a Robot!, 3pm, ages 8+, RSVP required crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

America’s Cup Race Day

showimage.aspxOktoberfest, 3-9pm, free rides and family fun, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Nature for Kids: An Evening at Rush Creek, 5pm-7pm, look and listen for the creatures of the evening as they begin their activities. With luck we might hear young owls begging for food and coyotes who are just beginning to sing to each other. Bring a picnic dinner and a tablecloth or sheet to sit on (blankets get full of burs at this time of the year), Questions 893-9508, meet at the Binford Road gate.

Exploratorium Market Days, 11am-3pm, Free open-air mini festival, Local Motion – a celebration of the myriad ways people, machines and animals get around.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 11am-12am, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Pier 48, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, crayon resist paintings, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, meet our snakes and create your own snake model, Randall Museum.

Tour de Fat, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Seeing the Light, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

2013_polk_poster_250Polk Street Blues Festival, 10am-6pm.

Napa Valley Aloha Festival, 10am-6pm, free festival that will feature live entertainment and Hawaiian/Polynesian music, dance, authentic foods arts, crafts, clothing and wares from vendors all over the West Coast. Interactive cultural presentations (lei making, etc.) may have a small participation fee, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Sunday, September 22, Autumnal Equinox

sea-otter-repo-1Sea Otter Spectacular, 10am-5pm, free classroom programs at 12 pm and 2 pm with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience and much more, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am–5pm.

Duck Derby Redux, 11am-1pm, Point Reyes.

Sukkot280-2Sukkot Harvest Festival, 11:30am-2:30pm, celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot! This all-ages event will feature a variety of fun and enriching activities. Wander the JCC and experience our center for free from 11am-5pm! Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Fairfax Town Picnic, free, 12-5pm, live music by Revolver, food and beer for sale, free jumpy, old fashion games, Contratti Ball Field, Fairfax.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Polk Street Blues Festival, 10am-6pm.

Sumo Champion Exhibit, 11am-4pm, free, meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches.meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches, Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan Streets

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Lines and Shapes on the Move, Where can a line take you?  Explore the work of Brice Marden and discover lines that move up, down, and all around your artwork. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Celebrate Peace, 3:30pm, The Park Chalet/Beach Chalet has been generously opening its lawn to us for four summers now, so we can serve up the families of San Francisco some handmade music and dance outside.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 11am-6pm, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Pier 48, San Francisco.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

OtterFeedingCuriOdysseyOtter Awareness Day, 12pm-5pm, Sea otter or river otter – how can you tell the difference? In conjunction with National Sea Otter Awareness Week, CuriOdyssey will kick-off the celebration with Otter Awareness Day. Join us to learn about river otters and their relatives in the Mustelidae family – the sea otter, ferret, and badger. Learn what you can do to promote otter conservation, and explore the differences between these amazing mammals, CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo.

Monday, September 23

Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 25

ShowImage-1.aspxFairy Tea Time! 2:45pm, Ages 5 and up, Do you believe in fairies? We do! Join us in the Library’s Fairy Land (the Edgewater Room) for a magical fairy party on Wednesday September 25 at 2:30pm. We’ll eat fairy food and make fairy houses. Wear your best fairy clothes! Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 26

Friday, September 27

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9am-12pm, Set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward. Spend your Saturday morning navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology, $30/pp, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Sunset SUP Downwinder, 6pm to 7pm,  This is a great entry level Stand Up Paddleboard downwinder and a leisurely social for the experienced paddler. The 5 mile route starts in a protected waterway, stays close to the shore of China Camp State Park and lands us on the sandy beach of McNears Beach Park. Bring your own equipment, USCG approved life vests are required. Questions 446-4423 or ACraig@marincounty.org. Meet at the canoe dock at McInnis Park, entrance is free.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “International Olympic Swimmers,” with the music with Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, September 28, National Public Lands DayFree Entrance Days in the National Parks

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30 a.m.-noon, set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology. $30/person, pre-registration required, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am-1pm, preserve and restore the native grasslands that make this preserve so special, work is mildly strenuous and takes place on uneven terrain, but is family friendly. Questions, 473-2128 or SAbecrombie@marincounty.org.

Birds and Bees Family Campout, Saturday 10 am – Sunday 1 pm, Learn about the winged creatures at Slide Ranch and how they contribute to the farm and coastal ecosystem. Pollinators help us grow much of the food we eat! Learn about birds that are domesticated (chickens, turkeys and ducks) and wild (hummingbirds, blue herons, cormorants). Bring your own camping equipment and a dish to share for Saturday night’s potluck dinner.  A unique, supported way to camp with your family! $75 per person, age 2 and under free, Slide Ranch.

blackie.scarfBlackie’s Hay Day, 10am-4pm, an old-fashioned country fair. Tiburon.

Storytime at Greenwood School, ages 4 to 6, play, engage in an art or domestic activity and enjoy a freshly baked snack followed by a story, Mill Valley.

Wildlife Treasures of China Camp, 10am, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call China Camp home during the fall. Possibilities are deer, Coyote, Wild Turkey and White-tailed Kite.

Hands-on Cooking Class for Kids, 10:30-11:30 for a cooking demonstration and tasting and hands-on participation with children of all ages with DirectionFive, learn new cooking skills and try new flavors using fresh, local produce. The recipe being demonstrated is the “Best Kale Salad Ever”, which all participants will get to prepare and taste, Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Larkspur.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival, 11am-5pm, Admission is FREE! Game booths, GIANT slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, Wheel of Fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, yummy BBQ and delicious Pupusas, San Rafael High School.

logo 2010Woofstock 2013: An Adoptathon Celebration, 1:30-5pm, Outdoor concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Plus a Kids Zone and bring you dog! Marin Humane Society, Novato.

The Little Carquinez Strait Boat Race, 2:30-3:30pm, ages 5-8, make boats out of tin foil and sail it from Suinsun Bay t the mouth of the Napa River, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, ages 7-12, Free, 456-0766.

Annie Barrows, 4pm, Ivy & Bean Take the Case, the tenth book in the series. After watching a detective movie on TV, Bean decides to become a private investigator, and the girls start looking for mysteries to solve, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Family Movie Night, 7:30pm, Center Court Movie Lounge:  Pixar’s “Up!” Viallage at Corte Madera.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm,  join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way. Reservations required, 561-4323.

DSC_4605_loFog Festival, 12-5pm, Exploratorium.

Pier Crabbing, 10 am-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required, 556-1693.

Fort Baker Revealed, 1-3pm, Learn about nature and history at Fort Baker on a moderate two-mile walk around this beautiful and historic park site. Reservations required; call 331-1540.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm, Beginning in the Mission District, join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way.

Music for Families, 2pm, ages 7+, learn how composers use harmony, different instruments, and sometimes even a good story to make you feel happy, sad, excited, scared, amazed…or maybe everything all at once! Davies Symphony Hall.

Salsa Festival, music, FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more! Redwood City.

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

Drop-In Science, 10:30, conduct experiments with a Cartesian Diver, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mixing and Matching: Thinking in Pairs, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

bayareaColor Vibe 5K Run, 9am, Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll get color blasted with Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Green as you run, (or walk) through the Color Vibe zones, and you’ll feel like you’re floating in a cloud of double rainbow happiness while you’re doing it! Benefiting the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank at So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing 5k run!, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo.

Pacifica Fog Fest, 10am-6pm, featuring the ‘Pacifica Loves Music’ Parade, a Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, a Fog Jog, music from 24 bands on three stages, unique arts and crafts displayed by Bay area artisans, plenty of festival food and fun for kids.

Sunday, September 29

San Anselmo’s Annual Country Fair Day & Parade, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at the Downtown Fire Station (7-10:30AM), a Country Fair from 10am to 2pm (San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Tunstead Avenues), the Parade (begins at 11am and runs on “The Avenue” from Ross Ave. to Bridge Street). The event culminates with a Music and Food Festival in Creek Park (Noon to 4pm).

Build a Scarecrow, 9am-10:30am, Materials will be provided but families are encouraged to bring clothing and decorations to dress their creations. Limit one scarecrow per family, San Anselmo Library.

Mill Valley Block Party, 1-5:30pm, fundraiser for Kiddo! Enjoy music, dancing, kids activities, food and more! Downtown Mill Valley, 388-2550.

Lego Play Day Open House, 1:30-3pm, Mill Valley Library.

Grand Opening Party, 1-5pm, sweet treats and children’s book giveaway to the 1st 200 kids, Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart.

Free Day at The Exploratorium

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Lines and Shapes on the Move, Where can a line take you?  Explore the work of Brice Marden and discover lines that move up, down, and all around your artwork. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Japan Center Malls Anime Festival,  12-4pm, free, costume contest, singing and dancing , martial arts and more, Japantown Peace Plaza.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

fffaFall Free For All, 10:30am – 6 pm, Fill your day with your choice of free music, dance and theater on six stages and out-of-doors, no tickets required, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Pacifica Fog Fest, 10am-6pm.

Monday, September 30

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, Enjoy stories, movement games, and arts & crafts activities designed for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. $5 per child; up to 2 adults per child are free before 11am.After 11am, regular Museum admission applies. Schultz Museum.

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