April Events for Marin Tweens and Teens


As the days grow longer, we can spend more time outdoors and exploring our neighborhood. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge is a place that we think of as only for tourists, but upon a recent visit to Pier 39,   I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well-run aquarium and fun place to visit! Read more… Hockey and Basketball seasons end, and baseball (Giant’s  Schedule, A’s  Schedule) and soccer seasons begin.  Theater performances abound in April including middle school, high school and Broadway performances. To help us celebrate spring is The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan Town. This year the significance of the annual parade will not only be a celebration of Japanese culture, but a mourning for the people of Japan whose lives were lost in the tsunami. The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)  has established a relief fund to help victims.  And of course, we can’t forget EARTH DAY! The official day is April 22, but there are plenty of activities the entire weekend.

Staying around for Spring break? Here are some activity ideas:

Museum Exhibits That Even Tweens and Teens Would Like:

Pulp Fashion at the Legion of Honor (through June 5th), Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., SF. Belgium artist Isabelle de Borchgrave recreates exquisite life-size historical costumes out of paper!  Admission to Pulp Fashion is $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $11 youth 6–17 and college students with ID, and free for children under 6 and members.

Movies to see: Soul Surfer. Based on a true story, a teen surfer girl loses her arm in a shark attack, but goes on to compete. Unlike the shark attacks in the “Jaws” movies, this attack was less dramatic and gory, which allows the viewer to focus on the reaction of the girl and her friends, rather than the shark attack itself. This movie will inspire kids and adults of all ages.

We have a new tab just for Tweens and Teens that feature BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS and lots of VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. To view click here.

Do you know of an event or activity that tweens & teens would like? Please email your ideas to: Marjorie at marinhood4kids@gmail.com.

APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR TWEENS AND TEENS

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Fri 4/1 Baseball – A’s vs. Seattle Mariners: Opening Night! Every Friday home game, get 4 plaza level tickets, 4 coliseum hot dogs, 4 medium drinks, 4 bags of peanuts for $50!

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, 8:00 PM.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 8pm. Theater -

“Guys And Dolls” April 1st, 8pm. Showcase Theater Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. Mill Valley Middle School students perform.

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm Berkeley Playhou se , Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 8pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 7pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

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Sat 4/2

Art - Art & Film, 540 Alabama St, SF. On the first and third Saturday of each month (September through May 7), students tour downtown galleries and museums to take in the very latest in contemporary art before they are treated to a picnic lunch. After lunch we go see a new release film. Unless noted otherwise, we meet on the balcony outside Metreon overlooking Yerba Buena Park between 10:30 and 11am. Come join us.

Art Workshop – Beeswax Collage Making, Liquid Marin, 709 5th Ave., San Rafael (Age 14 & Up). Come and learn the fundamentals of beeswax collage. You’ll collage an 8″ x 10″ canvas using beeswax as an adhesive. Call Chiara at (415)456-3050 or email chiara@liquidmarin.com. Fee.

Bake Sale – Tiburon/Belvedere Bake Sale to benefit survivors of the quake/tsunami, St. Stephen’s Espiscopol Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belevedere. Noon-4:00 PM. Need confectioners, bakers and HUNGRY CUSTOMERS. Email to So.MarinBakeSale@gmail.com.

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM.

Event - Civil War Days on Angel IslandLiving history demonstrations included; hourly cannon firings, infantry drills, baked goods fresh from the brick oven at the historic Bake House and tours of Quarters 10 – the one time residence of an Officer and his family. The event is free, runs Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 10:00pm to 3:00pm. For full  information call: (415) 435-3522 or email.

Event – Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2011 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Country Club Bowl, 88 Vivian Lane, San Rafael, CA. 10AM – 2PM. Free pizza, soda and t-shirts. Costumes and encouraged. See site for registration.

Event – Family Practice Day at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, (Age 4-14, but infants, children and teens of all ages are welcome to attend). 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre. 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Fee. Click here to register and to learn more. Family Days include a morning program for the whole family in which teachings are offered in forms such as plays, songs, and family activities; and an afternoon program which includes parent meditation and discussion and age appropriate activities for children.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,”Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Theater – “Guys And Dolls” April 1st, 8pm. Showcase Theater Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. Mill Valley Middle School students perform.

Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 8pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

Theater – Narnia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 7pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

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Sun 4/3

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, 3:00 PM.

Event – Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2011 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Country Club Bowl, 88 Vivian Lane, San Rafael, CA. 9AM-1PM. Free pizza, soda and t-shirts. Costumes and encouraged. See site for registration.

Event - Civil War Days on Angel Island - Living history demonstrations included; hourly cannon firings, infantry drills, baked goods fresh from the brick oven at the historic Bake House and tours of Quarters 10 – the one time residence of an Officer and his family. The event is free, runs Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 10:00pm to 3:00pm. For full  information call: (415) 435-3522 or email.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Film – Youth Film Festival, Lark Theater. See original films by kids age 10-14. Theater – “Oklahoma” by San Marin High School Students, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato, Emily Gates Student Center, 2pm. Tickets for “Oklahoma!” may be purchased in advance for $8 in the San Marin High School office or BrownPaperTickets.com.  Purchase tickets early – this is a fun show for the whole family and sure to be a sell-out.  If tickets are still available at the door, the price will be $10.

Theater - “The Changer,” Alternative Theater Ensemble, 888 4th St. (at Lootens) San Rafael. 3pm.

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 2pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

Theater - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am; 3:30 pm. Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

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Mon 4/4

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Tues 4/5

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Weds 4/6

Concert - YoYo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Zellerbach Hal at UC Berkeley, 7:00 PM.

Class – In Fashion (4/6-6/1), Mill Valley Parks & Rec, 3:45 – 5:00 PM, Fee $161. Does your 11-16 year old always talk about designing clothes? Then this class is for your him or her.In Fashion (aka Fashion Runway) builds an essential fascinating knowledge base for anyone interested in fashion. Discuss the designers’ signature styles, techniques and key elements with industry terminology and proper fashion vocabulary. Learn to illustrate fashion figures and render fabrics to express your personality of the iconic design concepts. Download registration form here.

Class – Social Skills for Students on and off the dance floor (6th and 7th graders), Manners in Motion Marin teaches kids etiquette skills. 6:30-8:30 PM, Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek, San Rafael. 415-479-0775.

Film – World Premier of “Body Talk: By Teens, For Teens,” San Domenico School Hall of Arts, 1500 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo. 6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Screening, 7:30 PM Q&A. The BodyTalk DVD, filmed primarily on the San Domenico campus with San Domenico girls, features students and medical professionals who strongly believe in The Body Positive’s mission to increase people’s body esteem and self-love, freeing them to lead more purposeful, vibrant lives. Free.

Theater – Tam High Broadway Review, Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, 7PM.

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Thurs 4/7

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

Parent Event – Speaker. Transitions – from pre-K to High School. The evening will feature a panel discussion about the transitions from pre-K to High School (covering both general and special ed) and the unique challenges/issues presented by each stage. It will feature experts including teachers, principals, counselors, and administrators. Register Here. Following the panel presentation, parents will be able to break out into small groups at each grade level for more in-depth discussion with the speakers. This education event for parents is presented by It Takes A Village in collaboration with the Mill Valley PTA Council.

Fri 4/8

Baseball – Opening Day SF Giants, AT&T Park. Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hal at UC Berkeley, 8:00 PM.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,”Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

Theater - Jesus Christ Superstar, Experience this rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice by performers of Stage Academy Marin, The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Rd.,  San Anselmo, 7:30 PM.

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 7pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

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Sat 4/9

Event - Barkers by the Bay Contest, Gabrielson Park, Bridgeway and Anchor Street, Sausalito, 4pm. Free to watch. It’s a carnival of canines as dogs vie for the cutest canine and other categories at the second annual Barkers by the Bay.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Event – Family Skateboard Science Weekend, Exploratorium, Skylight Area, included in price of general admission. Watch professional skateboarders demonstrate science in motion at the Exploratorium’s impromptu skatepark.

Event - Stanford Football Cardinal & White Punt, Pass & Kick Contest, Keezar Stadium, 670 Kezar Dr., SF, 11am-2pm. (ages 6-13),

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Festival >Cherry Blossom Festival, SF. Japan Town. Opening Ceremonies. Food bazaar, Japanese American Performers, martial arts demonstrations.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 7pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

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Sun 4/10

Cooking – Williams-Sonoma Technique Class: From Scratch-Fresh Pasta, Williams-Sonoma store in the Corte Madera Village, 10am and 1pm. Call for reservations. Free. (415)924-6799.

Event – Golden Gate Park Band Series –

Event – Cherry Blossom Festival SF, Japan Town, SF. Meet the Cherry Blossom Queen and her court. Martial arts, taiko and food.

Event – Macy’s Flower Show “Towers of Flowers,” Union Square, SF. Cooking demonstrations, live music, beautiful floral displays, etc. Check the schedule for times.

Event – Family Skateboard Science Weekend, Exploratorium, Skylight Area, included in price of general admission. Watch professional skateboarders demonstrate science in motion at the Exploratorium’s impromptu skatepark.

Street Fair – Sunday Streets. Great Highway and Golden Gate Park. An event, sponsored by the City of San Francisco, that creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off a portion of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a Sunday.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Theater – “Stage Door” by students at the Marin School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Center at the Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur St., Novato. 2pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but these performances frequently sell out, so it is suggested that tickets be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. Admission is $8 for students and seniors, $20 reserved, or $15 general seating.

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Mon 4/11
Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins,
Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

4/11 thru 4/15 Training – Jr. Lifeguard Training (Ages 11-15) Get involved in this week long camp that teaches the first step in becoming a lifeguard. YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos, San Rafael. Participants must be able to swim 100 yards (four lengths of the pool) of any stroke. Fee

4/11 – 4/15 Training – Lifeguard Training (Ages 16 & up) Marin YMCA, 1500 La Gamos, San Rafael. Prerequisites for this course include: completing a 500 yard swim, a 15 foot underwater swim, and treading water for two minutes. Participants will become certified in CPR/AED and First Aid which are required to be a lifeguard. Participants are required to purchase and bring YMCA on the Guard II, which can be ordered by calling 800-747-0089. Fee

Tues 4/12

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

Weds 4/13

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. back to calendar

Thurs 4/14

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

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Fri 4/15

Baseball – A’s vs. Detroit Tigers: Fleece Blanket Night. Every Friday home game, get 4 plaza level tickets, 4 coliseum hot dogs, 4 medium drinks, 4 bags of peanuts for $50!

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hal at UC Berkeley, 8:00 PM.

Film Festival – Tiburon Film Festival. Check schedule. (April 7-15)

Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Sat 4/16

Art - Art & Film, 540 Alabama St, SF. On the first and third Saturday of each month (September – May 7), Students tour downtown galleries and museums to take in the very latest in contemporary art before they are treated to a picnic lunch. After lunch we go see a new release film. Unless noted otherwise, we meet on the balcony outside Metreon overlooking Yerba Buena Park between 10:30 and 11am. Come join us.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Event – Cal Day, UC Berkeley Campus, 9am – 4pm. Tour the U.C. Berkeley Campus during its open house. Tons of activities for all ages, from small children to prospective students. Check out the schedule.

Festival - Cherry Blossom Festival SF, Japan Town, SF. Live performers, Japanese food, martial arts demonstrations. 

Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Volunteers – California State Parks Foundation’s 14th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E. Plant native specifies, restore trails, clean graffiti. To find a location near you, visit calparks.org.

Volunteers -The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Southern Marin needs volunteers to be “victims” in a Search & Rescue practice session. The victims will made up to be bloody with broken arms, etc. Then they hide and the CERTs try to find them, triage them and practice what they would do to help. It’s actually a lot of fun and it’s worth 3 or 4 hours of community service! For more info. or to sign up, please contact Maggie at mgg_lang@yahoo.com.

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Sun 4/17

Amusement Park – Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Classes – Spring Teen Series High School Meditation Class (Ages 14-18), Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake, Woodacre. 8 Sundays, plus one Saturday evening. Learn meditation, relax deeply, speak your truth and develop your mind – all while hanging out with other great people your age. Fee. Registration.

Cooking – Williams-Sonoma Technique Class: Eggs: Sweet & Savory, Williams-Sonoma store in the Corte Madera Village, 10am and 1pm. Call for reservations. Free. (415)924-6799

Earth Day – Earth Stroll, Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach Dr., the Presidio (near the Marina Blvd. entrance).10 am-2 pm. Free. Meet live animals from Wildcare, spin wool from sheep, make old-fashioned tortillas, do yoga, play geology and ecology games. Chipper the eco-conscious urban squirrel will introduce his new book about strolling Crissy Field.

Earth Day – Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, Stinson Beach (South End).  http:11 am-3 pm (drop in). After cleaning up the beach, use rocks, shells, driftwood and other natural stuff you’ve found to make sculptures.

Earth Day – Party for the Planet, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, 11am – 5pm. Meet the red-eared slider, the California newt, the blue-tongued skink and other creatures you’ve probably never encountered. Special talks about sustainable seafood and rising sea levels, storytelling and hands-on science projects, too. Take public transport to the Aquarium and get 50% off on Aquarium admission. Earth Day Celebration – California Academy of Sciences. Special programs and hands-on activities.

10th Annual People’s Earth Day & Grand Opening of Ecology Education Center April 18, at 10 am-3 pm The opening of a cutting-edge environmental education center at Heron’s Head Park coincides with the 10th Annual People’s Earth Day hosted by Literacy for Environmental Justice, which works to improve ecological and health conditions in the Bayview Hunters Point community. Interactive tours of the EcoCenter, which runs on renewable energy, rainwater and on-site treated wastewater; address by EPA administrator Jared Blumenfeld; live jazz; food; bird tours; and a community talent show. At Cargo Way and Jennings St., San Francisco.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Parade and Festival – Cherry Blossom Festival SF, Japan Town, SF. The parade begins at the Civic Center at 1:00 p.m., proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.

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Mon 4/18 Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

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Tues 4/19

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Concert – Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour, Civic Auditorium SF, 8:00 PM.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

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Weds 4/20

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Concert Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour, Civic Auditorium SF, 8:00 PM.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. back to calendar

Movie – The Grateful Dead Movie Event, at Regency, San Rafael, CA, 7:30 PM. 1977 movie plus never scene interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.

Thurs 4/21

Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Class – Spring Tween Series Middle School Meditation Class (Ages 10-14) Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, Community Meditation Hall, 5 Thursdays.  Learn meditation, relax deeply, speak your truth and develop your mind – all while hanging out with other great people your age.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

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4/21 – 5/19 Spring Tween Series/Spirit Meditation Class (Age 10-14) Community Meditation Hall, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake, Woodacre. preregistration required.

Fri 4/22

Cine/Club for teenagers, “Charlie Chaplin’s THE GOLD RUSH (1925, USA). Randall Museum. Charlie Chaplin’s famous tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold. He finds it… and a heap of trouble. Here is the master of silent comedy at his most ambitious. It features some of his most famous routines—the dancing bread rolls alone make it worth your time. Come enjoy.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these award-winning films.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

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Sat 4/23

Art Saturday for teens, Art & Film, Meet on the balcony outside the Metreon overlooking Yerba Buena Park (on Mission between 3rd & 4th) at 10:30 AM. At 11:00, we’ll go see galleries, followed by a picnic lunch and see a film in the afternoon.

Cooking – Williams-Sonoma Cooking Class: Blintz Filled Pancakes, Williams-Sonoma store in the Corte Madera Village, 12pm. Call for reservations. Free. (415)924-6799

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers. It’s mayhem under glass, as the Conservatory of Flowers transforms its Special Exhibits Gallery into an eerie Victorian garden full of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these award-winning films

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Sun 4/24

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Concert – Lil’ Wayne I’m Still Music Tour, Oracle Arena Oakland, 6:00 PM.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Event - SF’s 20th Annual Spring Celebration and Easter Parade, Union Street-Gought to Fillmore, SF. 10am – 5pm, prade begins at 2pm.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of  these acclaimed films.

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Mon 4/25

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these acclaimed films

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Tues 4/26

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom,Vallejo.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these award-winning films

Parent Event – “Race to Nowhere” Film, Terra Linda High School, San Rafael. 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael. 7:00 PM. A concerned mother uses her camera to reveal the high-pressure culture that has our children stressed-out and depressed. The New York Times calls this “a must see movie.”


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Weds 4/27

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Class – Social Skills for Students on and off the dance floor (6th and 7th graders), Manners in Motion Marin teaches kids etiquette skills. 7:15 – 9PM, Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek, San Rafael. 415-479-0775. Call for registration or to confirm class times.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these acclaimed films.

Thurs 4/28 Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these acclaimed films.

Fri 4/29

Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Baseball – A’s vs. Texas Rangers: Every Friday night home game, get 4 plaza level tickets, 4 coliseum hot dogs, 4 medium drinks, 4 bags of peanuts for $50!

Dance/Theater – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Zellerbach Hal at UC Berkeley, 8:00 PM.

Concert – Kenny Chesney, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, 7:00 PM.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these acclaimed films.

Film Screening – Roy Anderson’s SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2000, Sweden). Presented by Art & Films for teenagers (Cine/Club), Dolby Labs, 200 Potrero Ave. Cine/Club is held on Friday nights. These events are free to students, their guests, mentors, parents and friends of Art & Film. No need to RSVP. Refreshments are served at 6:30 and the film begins at 7pm unless otherwise noted.

Sat 4/30 Amusement Park- Spring Break at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory of Flowers.

Event – Opening Day on the Bay at the Treasure Island Sailing Center with FREE sailboat rides, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Enjoy music, games, food, and activities for the whole family. BBQ lunch will be available for $3 per person and $10 for a family of 4.

Event – Tour of Novato FunFair and Bicycle Ride, San Marin High School, Novato. Get on your bike and support the Novato Unified School District. There will be three rides out from the San Marin High campus for riders of all ages and abilities including families that just want to get a little exercise while supporting the schools. Early-bird riders can start as early as 6 a.m.  There will also be a carnival with games, activities, and goodies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Marin High.

Exhibition – Wicked Plants, Botanical Rogues and Assassins, Conservatory ofFlowers.

Film Festival – SF International Film Festival. Runs through May 6th at various venues throughout SF. Of course not all teens will appreciate the art and beauty of foreign films, but if you’ve got a future film maker in the house, you may want to expose them to one of these award-winning films.

UPCOMING EVENTS TO LOOK INTO NOW: Mountain Play 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/11, 6/12 & 6/19. There are also volunteer opportunities here.

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Day Trips

Pier 39

Pier 39 is not just for tourists! Having grown up in Marin, the only time I visited Pier 39 in San Francisco was when I had out-of-town visitors. Today we went there with friends from school for a birthday party and had a great time without the expensive hotel! I was impressed how modern and clean the aquarium is and all the exhibits are well maintained. So, whether you have guests in town or not, it’s a great place to visit. Here’s how to do it: Book a reservation for the Pier 39 Aquarium of the Bay AND make sure you add on the Behind the Scenes Tour for an additional fee. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Pier as you may need to walk from your parking spot. You can park at the indoor garage across the street, or find other parking around the pier. We got lucky and parked in a lot across from Pier 39 that charged a flat fee of $15. Be aware that some lots charge for 20 minute increments. This can add up, especially if you plan to spend the day at the pier. There are plenty of restaurants at Pier 39, but if “cool” is what you’re after, take them to The Hard Rock Cafe. The “Behind the Scenes” tour is held at 1pm and 3pm. I would recommend booking the 1pm tour so you can take the tour BEFORE going through the aquarium. The reason for this is that during the tour you’ll be above the aquarium and will appreciate all that goes into keeping the aquarium running. During the tour you’ll see the many sharks swimming in the tanks (from above) as well as the famous 40 year old sturgeon named “Lenny.” You’ll also see the acclamation tanks for the sea life as well as baby bat rays, sharks and jelly fish before they’re released in the aquariums. In addition to the Behind the Scenes tour, highlights of the aquarium include:

  • The glass aquarium tunnel through which you can view the many fish, bat rays and sea stars swimming all around you.
  • The fish tanks that allow kids to crawl inside a “bubble” and look like they’re part of the ocean scenery.
  • The third floor where you can actually touch a shark, bay ray, sea anenimy or sea urchin.

Inevitably the kids will be hungry after your visit to the aquarium. Stop in at the Dreyers Waffle Cone Shop or one of the many eateries at the pier. Depending on the day of the week, and time of day you’re at the pier, you may be able to see street performers featured at Pier 39.

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Cont. from Article above

Indoor Karting – Bumper Cars on Steroids. The kids had a day off last month for a “teacher work day” so I decided to take them up north to do some indoor karting at Driven Raceway in Rohnert Park. It was a great day to go since not all schools had the day off and it wasn’t crowded. I bought the “adult” package for my 13 year old son and his friend which got them a head sock (to go under the helmet) and 16 laps around the course. The course isn’t long at all, but for first timers it seemed to be enough. The facility also has an indoor black light mini golf course (9 holes only) which I did with my 7 year old daughter. She was tall enough to drive a car, but was a little intimidated by the speed. After the racing and golf, I let the kids spend some time in the arcade. There are only ten games, but they loved winning tickets and redeeming them for junky trinkets. It was  a great way to spend a rainy day off! Tip: In & Out Burger is just around the corner.

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