Ronnie’s Awesome List – April 2012

I am so thankful I live in the Bay Area. The natural beauty, especially at this time of the year, overwhelms me. Even in a world-class city like San Francisco, the plant and animal worlds flourish. Now is a chance to observe other incredible species of parents hard at work. One of my favorites is the Great Blue Heron’s that nest in the middle of Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Docents with spotting scopes are out to teach the public and view these majestic birds building the nests and feeding chicks round-the-clock. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to these amazing birds…….and let your kids convince you to take the paddle boats around the lake while you are there.

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I also must mention the many milestones the Bay Area is celebrating this year. This year marks the:

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men in women who had the foresight to halt urban development of this land. They have given us the gift of beautiful natural surroundings, open space we cherish, saved countless numbers of flora and fauna species, left us miles of unspoiled terrain for public enjoyment and reliable water supply from local sources. To these bold and dedicated citizens, who started a grassroots movement to make a difference that effects us all, I thank you every day for your tireless work to preserve these lands for us all to enjoy!

Thank You!
Ronnie


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April 1, April Fool’s, Palm Sunday

Classic Family Film @ The Lark, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 3pm, Lark Theatre, Larkspur..

Storytime, 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. Green Gulch.

Preparing for Passover, Kol Shofar, Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! 215 Blackfield Dr., Tiburon.

Spring Family Bird Count, 10am-2pm, After a short “binocular bootcamp and birding basics,” kids and families will join experienced birders on an easy two-hour walk counting observed bird life. Return to El Polin Spring to tally the numbers during lunch and to enjoy presentations by kids. Binoculars provided. RSVP to acahlan@presidiotrust.gov or 561-2730.

The World’s Funniest Bubble Show is an enchanting brew of breathtaking bubbles and bubbly music which will appeal to everyone, no matter what their age. The Marsh, Berkeley.

Easter Pail Make-It Take-It, 1pm – 3pm Personalize a festive basket for Easter. Make-It Take-It with purchase of pail While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and up. Michael’s, San Rafael.

Easter Cookie Decorating, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Each child will receive a complimentary Easter cookie to decorate for the holiday. Seats will fill up quickly so RSVP for one of the three time slots (2pm, 3pm & 4pm), call 472-3212. Panera Bread, Northgate Mall.

Zappo the Magician, 11 am – Noon, Award-Winning Bay Area favorite Zappo the Magician brings his disappearing dots and reappearing rabbits to The Buddy Club! Zappo is one of the most popular Bay Area magicians and has won numerous awards around the country! The Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Historic Season Begins, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont.

BubbleMania! 11:00 am & 2:00 pm, Who can resist bubbles? Perfect for the entire family, loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the unleashed, often unbelievable properties of beautiful spherical liquids. JCCSF.

Preschool Gallery Hour, 10–11:30 AM (doors open at 9:45 AM), hands-on art-making fun, and musical guest Elana Jagoda. Adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry. families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Gallery Tour: Trees, 12:30-1:15 PM, Experience the world of trees during an interactive gallery tour of Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on experiential activities woven throughout, the important role of trees will spring to life! families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Recycled Cork Place Setting, 1-3pm, use recycled bottle corks to create reusable table setting cards for your festive celebrations. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

April 3

Rip the Page with Karen Benke, Celebrate National Poetry Month with local poet and author Karen Benke. She’ll guide young poets through fun writing exercises that will fuel creativity and encourage experimentation. 3:30 – 5:00 pm, grade 3 and up, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Geology Rocks! (10am, 12pm or 3pm) Rocks have humble beginnings in the belly of bellowing fiery mountains. Understand why geology “rocks” through an explosive adventure of volcanoes, rocks and their connection. Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Spring Break Explorer Days, April 3 – 6, 10am – 3pm, Explore the science of the world around you in an interactive drop-in program. Design and build a paper airplane, explore light and rainbows, and build a tower out of straws and pipe cleaners.  CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, NOON – 8pm, donations will support SingersMarin.

April 6, Good Friday

An Evening with the Easter Bunny, Story time with Phil Sheridan (4:30-5pm), pictures with the Easter Bunny and cupcake decorating, Whole Foods, Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Flashlight Egg Hunt, San Anselmo Library.

Plant Ecology on King Mountain, 5:30 – 8pm, Come out for an early evening stroll under the light of a full moon. A ranger will lead this nature walk to discover the diverse vegetation that blankets this Larkspur preserve, from redwood forest to oak woodland and chaparral. Moonrise is at 8pm, moderate to strenuous walk. Bring water and a flash light; wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. For more information, call 473-2816.

April 7, Passover

Golden Gate Jubilee, 1-4pm, music bridges cultures as Carnaval presents a tribute using dance as a way to bridge the bay, Concourse at Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Egg Hunt and Summer Camp Fair, San Anselmo.

Spring Easter Egg Hunt, 10am-12pm, parade will begin at the corner of Johnson and Caledonia Street. We will then march to Dunphy Park for an Easter Egg hunt followed by an Easter Bonnet Contest. So put on your bright smiles and your craziest, creative and beautiful Easter bonnets, and we’ll see you rain or shine. Sausalito.

Easter Bunny Brunch, Belvedere Community Center, 10 am-noon for $15 per person (3 and under free). To purchase tickets, call the recreation office at 435-4355.

Fairfax Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m., Bolinas Park. There will be activities running until noon, such as music, face painting, bubbles, etc. 456-56542.

Egg Hunt and Juggling Show, 10:00 am, Grab your basket and come for the fun at our annual Egg Hunt and Juggling Show! We ask you to come on down a little early to ensure that you’ll have time to find parking. Children will be sent to age-specific areas to hunt for eggs. You’ll have photo opportunities with our big bunny, and after the hunt, we’ll all meet in the Hall Middle School Gym for a free juggling show! Piper Park, 240 Doherty Dr, Larkspur.

Breakfast with Bunny, The Cheesecake Factory, 9:00-10:00am. Guests are asked to donate $5 per person to benefit Special Olympics Marin. Due to limited seating, all guests are asked to RSVP by calling The Village Concierge at (415) 924-8921.

Breakfast with Bunny & Egg Hunt, 10am, Marinwood Park & Community Center.

Spring Faire and Candy Hunt, Come hop into spring with SRD’s annual Spring Faire. 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. Fee: $8per child (adults are free) Strawberry Rec Center.

Spring Celebration, City Hall, Sherman Avenue, Novato. There will be a Easter Egg Hunt and all kinds of fun for the family beginning at 11 AM!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs, 1-2:30 p.m., This 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. $20, $15 members. Price includes one adult and one child and 6 eggs per child, $10 each additional child or adult per family. Contact 510-643-2755 UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.

Easter Celebration @ The Farmers Market9:00am – 2:00am Welcome Spring in all its glory by meeting the Easter bunny while doing a fun naturally dyed egg activity. Adults and children will dye eggs in such exotic colors as Turmeric Yellow, Cabbage Blue, and Beet pink. Take home your organic treat to snack on or save it for your own Easter Hunt. Scott the storyteller commands the stage from 9:30-10:30 am, with Cajun music from 11:00-2:00, complete with dance instruction to help you learn the two-step and waltz for this lively Louisiana music. Marin County Mart, Larkspur.

Mini Egg Free Make-It Take-It, 1pm – 3pm Celebrate the hoppiest of holidays with this fun, customizable egg. While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and Up, Michael’s, San Rafael.

Build a Bonnet, 2pm, Macy’s, San Francisco, Level 5, Bring the little ones along to arts & crafts, where they can create their very own bonnets perfect for an Easter parade!

Joanie Leeds, 11 a.m., You’ll be “Happy as a Clam” listening to Joanie Leeds belt out songs from her new CD, “What a Zoo!” Joanie’s rich soprano voice, backed by electric guitar, will get kids and adults up and dancing to original and traditional songs about hummingbirds, lions and even mosquitoes. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Build a Window 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.

Afternoon Art, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood. Paint a pot then get your hands full of dirt as you then planting a seedling in it. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, It’s not a solid. It’s not a liquid. It’s a polymer! Understand how cool polymers can be by creating a chemical reaction and taking home your own colorful goo! 10:30, Randall Museum.

Kids Get in FREE all day, Celebrate spring with FREE admission for kids all day and enjoy hands-on crafts and activities. Schultz Museum.

Sanctuary Night Hike, 7:30pm-9:30pm , Interested in the night life in Richardson Bay? Check out our sanctuary after the sun goes down! We’ll take a Naturalist lead hike through our Sanctuary and if the clouds allow, explore the winter constellations. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $7. Advanced registration required: 388-2524.

Learn to Ride a Skateboard, 9 – 11am, We’re hosting a skateboarding clinic. Rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners and demo how to attack features in a way that builds confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the novice and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Bring a board, helmet, and pads. For more information, contact Adam Craig at acraig@marincounty.org. Rain will cancel. McInnis Park, San Rafael.

Restore Little King Meadow, 9am – 1pm, This site is on relatively flat terrain and is suitable for volunteers 6 years of age and older. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Lunch will be served at noon. 473-3778, King Mountain Preserve.

Children’s Fairyland, Come see The Tap Dancing Easter Bunnies dance their way into your holiday weekend celebrations, 11:30am. Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Mother Goose will entertain both adults and children with her music and bunny tales. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Featured Book: “Koa’s Seed,” a Hawaiian version of an age-old tale. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

April 8, Easter, Buddha’s Birthday, National Library Week (4/8-4/14)

Sunday Special! Joanie Leeds – Rock out with New York singer/songwriter, Joanie Leeds in the library’s Main Reading Room. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, all ages, no sign-up required, Main Reading Room), Mill Valley Library.

Spring Celebration & Easter Parade, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Parade begins at 2:00 PM, Enjoy a variety of children’s and family activities are the focus of the event and 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. Union Street ~ Gough to Fillmore, San Francisco.

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling, Hop on over to the Zoo during Big Bunny’s Spring Fling and enjoy a fun-filled, spring event. You’ll see puppet shows, hear stories and songs from the Bunny Princess and even get face-to-face with some fuzzy bunnies too. San Francisco Zoo.

Sing with Pierina Dell’Avo, 3:30pm, Small and tall are invited to come and sing delightful and original songs by local music and movement educator Pierina Dell’Avo. Feeling shy about singing? You can join in with the fun movements! Ideal for children 3-7 years old. San Rafael Public Library.

Wildflowers and Waterfalls, 10am – 12pm, Ranger/photographer Craig Solin leads this short spring hike through Cascade Canyon Preserve in the hopes of capturing one of Marin’s most gorgeous waterfalls. We’ll explore all the possibilities along the way, from insects to wildflowers and more. And because we there, we’ll stop briefly to take in the San Anselmo Creek and learn why it’s important steelhead and salmon habitat. Bring water, a camera, and a tripod if you can, csolin@marincounty.org or 473-2816. Cascade Canyon Preserve.

Drop-In Art-Making: Recycled Cork Place Setting, 1-3pm, Inspired by both the traditional Passover meal and the Museum exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, use recycled bottle corks to create reusable table setting cards for your festive celebrations. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

April 9

Spring Break Film Festival, showing family friendly films, 2:30 pm, Free popcorn and pillows, The Muppets (2011). Mill Valley Library.

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am – 1pm, The forests, grasslands and marshes of this Novato preserve are home to a great variety of reptiles, insects, birds and other animals. Bring your favorite junior naturalists and prepare to be amazed at what their sharp eyes can find. David, 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org.

Disc Golf for Beginners, 1 – 3pm, Local pros will show youngsters (and their parents) how to play this fun and exciting sport at the beautiful and nationally recognized disc golf course at Stafford Lake Park in Novato. Mike Maraccini at mmaraccini@marincounty.org. Parking fee will be waived for participants, 3549 Novato Boulevard, Novato.

April 10

Spring Break Film Festival, showing family friendly films, 2:30 pm, Free popcorn and pillows, The Adventures of Tintin. Mill Valley Library.

Learn about Nature at Roy’s Redwoods, 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 through 12. Charlie Schonwasser at cschonwasser@marincounty.org or 473-2816. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve

Apr 11

Share a Book: Read to a Dog, Improve literacy skills while reading — to dogs! SHARE A Book dogs come in all shapes and sizes, are kid- and dog-friendly, excel in basic obedience and have passed a vet health check. Canine companions really can help struggling children improve reading skills. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Spring Break Game Day!, Bring your family and friends to play board games, cards or puzzles. We’ll have lots of your favorites, and maybe some games you’ve never played. Mill Valley Library.

Nature for Kids at Bahia, 10am – 1pm, This open oak woodland at the edge of the San Pablo Bay wetlands is a fabulous spring destination. Wildflowers dot the lush grassland, the fresh leaves of the trees are alive with birds, and there are always butterflies patrolling the road that runs along the ridge. We’ll head to a nice clearing at the top where the kids can explore, while we let the birds and butterflies come to us. David at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Rush Creek Preserve.

April 12

Spring Break Film Festival, showing family friendly films, 2:30 pm, Free popcorn and pillows, We Bought a Zoo. Mill Valley Library.

Learn about Nature at Roy’s Redwoods, 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 through 12. Charlie Schonwasser at cschonwasser@marincounty.org or 473-2816. Roy’s Redwoods Preserve.

April 13

Spring Break Film Festival, showing family friendly films, 2:30 pm, Free popcorn and pillows, Puss in Boots. Mill Valley Library.

Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake, 10am – 2pm, We’ll begin the day by looking at insects, amphibians, and other animals that live in the small pond near the lake. After that we’ll head up the Terwilliger Nature Trail to see what we can find among the flowers and the trees. David Herlocker will lead. 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Stafford Lake Park
3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.

Freshwater Fishing, 4 – 6pm, Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing at McInnis Park Pond in San Rafael. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided first come, first- served to novice anglers, courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Game’s “Fishing in the City” program. There is a short hike to the fishing pond. Fishing license required for participants 16 and over. Josh Gilmore at jgilmore@marincounty.org. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

April 14

Musical Bridges to 1937, 2-4pm, Concerts featuring the top 40 hits of the period from 1930 to 1937, Corte Madera Recreation Center, Free and open to the public.

Pinnipeds at Point Bonita, 1-4 p.m. $12 per person, It’s pinniped pupping season in the headlands! Grab the family and your binoculars and join us on a four-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. This is a four-mile round trip hike on uneven trails. Not recommended for children under 6 years. Pre-registration required. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 2pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Afternoon Art, Create and embellish a tube-shaped box with a strap. Discover a cool technique for attaching a lid that slides on and off. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Amiguitos de La Peña, Bonnie Lockhart, 10:30am, Bonnie Lockhart.

The Reeds, 11:00AM, The reeds have contributed to stylistic development perhaps more than any other instrument in jazz. The great saxophonists — playing alto, tenor or baritone — have brought about revolutionary ways of playing that inspired future generations, and the role of the clarinet continues to be redefined. From Sidney Bechet to Charlie Parker and beyond. Herbst Theatre.

Meet Peggy Fleming, 1–3pm, Meet and talk to Olympic gold-medal winner and three-time World Champion figure skater Peggy Fleming. Fleming will talk about her past and present work, answer questions, and sign autographs for visitors. Schultz Museum.

A Wild Flight of the Imagination Family Afternoon, 2-4pm, enjoy the story of the Golden Gate Bridge to life, in honor of its 75th anniversary! Museum of Craft and Folk Art, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street.

Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm, 10am-5pm, Bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish Country dancing, authentic Scottish food, folk singers, craft and jewelry vendors, clan booths, Scottish fiddlers, harpists, historical re-enactment groups, birds of prey demonstrations, and lots more entertainment.

Wildflower Festival, Sunol Regional Wilderness, , 11 am – 4 pm. Celebrate spring and join us for hikes, crafts, live music, slideshows and nature exhibits. Learn to identify wildflowers and where to see different varieties. Hikes range from kid-friendly, to ethnobotany topics, to a longer flower hike to Little Yosemite waterfall. There are no food concessions in the park, so please bring your lunch and enjoy a fresh air picnic. The event is free to the public. Parking is $5.

Drop-In Science, Hear stories of the night sky and learn about the stars in our inflatable planetarium! 10:30, Randall Museum.

Earth Day at Chabot Space & Science Center, 11am-5pm, Discover clever new ways to reuse old materials to create crafts, household objects and even clothing. Bring your gum wrappers, toilet paper rolls and wine corks for extra credit.

Weekend Workshop: Tool Time, 10:30am – 12pm, Do you have old appliances lying around the house?  Bring them to the Tool Time workshop and learn how to use common tools such as a hand saw, screw driver, and drill to deconstruct, repurpose, and reconstruct a creation of your own using the internal components of your old appliance.  Dig up that old VCR and discover with your child the inner workings of this “ancient” technology. This workshop is recommended for children ages 6-11 years old and is for both the parent/caregiver and child. Pre-registration is required. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755

Berkeley Bay Festival, 11am–4pm, Free, Shorebird Park, 160 University Ave. A wonderful environmental education festival at the Berkeley Marina! Spend a day by the Bay listening to music, taking free sailboat and Dragon boat rides, eating tasty food, and exploring the Berkeley Marina. Visit booths sponsored by fun and educational organizations from throughout the Bay Area to learn about exciting things you and your family can do locally. Pick up a Passport to the Bay and get it stamped as you move from activity to activity in each booth. The day starts with a shoreline clean-up and continues with education, entertainment, and fun for all ages.

The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge, in honor of its 75th anniversary! Bring the family and come to the California Historical Society for a special curator-led tour of the exhibition, where you’ll learn about the Golden Gate before the Bridge, how a bridge is built, and what materials are used. You’ll be invited to handle iron worker tools and even Bridge artifacts. MOCFA educators will help your family work on a Golden Gate inspired craft project together, using all the nifty tipes you just learned about building bridges. RSVP to rsvp@calhist.org, or 415.537.1848 ext. 229.

Children’s Fairyland, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

April 14 & 15, 21 & 22 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival a dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Grand Parade is Sunday, April 22. Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco.

April 15

Earth Day Wildflower Walk, 11:30-1:00pm and 2pm – 3:30pm FREE. Bring your family for an exploration of spring in its most spectacular! We will be looking for what is blooming, but we will also discuss other plants, birds, insects and whatever else may catch our eyes. We’ll play nature games, make art, and enjoy a beautiful spring day together in the Marin Headlands.

Dana Smith, Acrobat and Juggler and his performing dog Lacy have thrilled audiences all over the world for over 28 years! While Lacey has retired, Dana continues a hilarious combination of juggling, balancing, and impressive tricks that have children and their parents howling with laughter! Don’t miss this special act! Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Sunday Streets, Great Highway/Golden Gate park- new route through the park; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 2pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Drop-In Art-Making: Words to Remember: Tissue Paper Paintings, 1-3pm, In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), create tissue-paper paintings inspired by the poems written by children living at Terezin Concentration Camp during the war. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Art Studio: DYI Bird Houses, 2-4pm, For this Family Art Studio, in conjunction with the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, create a birdhouse for your own backyard! Working with a guest artist and local SF birder, build an artful house for our fair-feathered friends.Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

April 16

Golden Gate NatureFest, We are proud to present the first ever Golden Gate Naturefest, taking place during the Bay Area’s most species rich and transformative time of year with some of the Bay Area’s leading naturalists.

April 17, Income Taxes Due

Straus Family Farm Tour, 2p – 4p, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Highway One, Marshall, Marin Organic.

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul, Get on board with super hip train conductor Genevieve Goings and DC, her beat-boxing, break-dancing engineer. Together you’ll travel through fantastical lands while singing soulful, contemporary, kid friendly hip-hop songs about ABCs, 1-2-3s, being polite and more. Join us for Free Fun with Art one hour before every family performance! Meet the performers face-to-face! Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa.

The Circle of Water (10am, 12pm or 3pm) Our home planet is a habitable paradise floating through the emptiness of space, where liquid water is abundant on its surface, covering approximately 70% of Earth. Let us take a ride along the water cycle and explore the importance of the amazing molecule.

April 18

Earth Day with the Lizard Lady – Celebrate Earth Day by meeting the Lizard Lady’s amazing animals face to face. You’ll learn lots about snakes and lizards and find out why we should take good care of our planet and all its creatures. 2:30 – 3:30 pm, age 5 and up, Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

April 20

Movie Night for Kids grades 3-5, 5:30-7:30pm, Registration Required, Suggested Donation $10- Spy Kids, Pizza and popcorn provided. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Meet Me at the Moon with Gianna Marino, 10am, When Mama Elephant must leave Little One, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama’s special songs? When will she return? Mama is very reassuring —Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids at Mount Burdell, 10am – 1pm, We’ll focus on reptiles and insects as we explore forests, meadows, and a few small marshes on a perfect spring day. You’ll be amazed at the number of different creatures we can find here. David at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org.

April 20-29 Bay Area Dance Week

April 21, John Muir’s Birthday, National Park Week entrance to all National Parks is free (4/21-4/29) 

Earth Day, 9am-1pm, Celebrate Earth Day by bringing your family and friends for a morning of naturalist led explorations, bird watching, restoration and clean-up. We will be providing information about bay and bird conservation as well as the research at Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Help make a difference and connect with our beautiful bay and uplands. Even the wildflowers should be out in full force to brighten the day! Activities are appropriate for all ages, including young children. All restoration participants are asked to sign a waiver, for youth under 18 a waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a re-useable water bottle, wear appropriate clothing and close-toe shoes. FREE EVENT. RSVP: 388-2524.

Family Earth Day Celebration! Bring the entire family and celebrate our world! Family Storytime — 11 am, Eco crafts for all ages — 11:30 am to 4 pm, Planet Bingo — 2 pm. Novato Library 1720 Novato Blvd. 897-1143.

Earth Day Clean-up at McInnis Park, 9am – 12pm, Join us to celebrate Earth Day weekend and help give back to a beautiful, sensitive wildlife habitat area. We will remove litter and invasive plants from along Las Gallinas Creek. The work will occur on the gentle slopes along the bank of the creek. This event is suitable for all ages. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel: call (415) 473-2823 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Earth Day Marin, 9am – 12pm, We’re partnering with the City of San Rafael, the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP), Marin Municipal Water District, and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll pick-up litter and restore native habitat at various service sites including McInnis Park, Bothin Marsh Preserve, Pickleweed Park, and Upton Beach. Visit  to for event updates and clean up locations.

Earth Day Marin Festival, enjoy music from Tim Cain, puppet show from Let’s Go Green, meet Dr. Scott, the Paleontologist from Dinosaur Train, games, food, crafts and more. Marin Civic Center.

Earth Day: Celebrity Chefs Battle for Eco-Nonprofits, 1pm, Francesco Torre (FISH) vs. Massimo Covello (Per Te) Marin Civic Center.

Earth Day Clean-up at Village Green,10am – 12pm, We will honor Earth Day in West Marin by removing litter from the town of Stinson and from the beach. Village Green is a wonderful community park in the center of town. We’ll start there and then make our way to the water. Volunteers can work around the park or head straight to Stinson and Upton beaches. Litter grabbers, disposable gloves, buckets and garbage bags will be supplied for volunteers of all ages to join the fun and make a difference. Bring water. Rain may cancel: call (415) 473-2823 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

Earth Day At The Marin Country Mart Farmers Market, 9:00-2:00. Family Dance Jam (two shows from 9:30-10:15 and 11:00-11:45.) A line up of eco art projects will span the day, including boat building and wild flower seeds balls, plus a showing of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax will be prominently displayed on the big screen. Adults will relish in taking part in the cookbook swap (bring one, take one), and a class titled, Introduction to Backyard Chickens from 11:00-12:00. The Vanilla Extract, a 60’s cover band, will play memorable tunes of peace and love from 12:00-2:00.

Jr. Ranger Program: The Birds, the Bees, and the Bubbles, 1pm – 2pm, Calling all children! In honor of Earth Day, join Ranger Tammi in an activity to learn about pollination and all the critters involved in the process. Best suited for ages 4-12. Bay Model, Sausalito.

John Muir Birthday Earth Day, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Celebrate Earth Day at the home of our most famous environmentalist – John Muir. Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment. John Muir Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez.

Open MAKE: Trash, a monthly program highlighting the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers. Visitors are invited to participate in tinkering and making activities inside the Tinkering Studio, where Makers from around the Bay Area will share their work. Exploratorium.

Bug Day, a celebration of all things buggy. Randall Museum.

Amy Liz, 11 a.m., Amy Liz’ pure pop vocals and clever lyrics tell colorful stories through song. Featuring kid-tested tunes from her new CD, “Kids Hits.” everyone will want to dance and sing along with classic and original songs like “I am a Pizza.” Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Drop-In Science, Build your own simple machine, a catapult! Discover the difference between kinetic and potential energy in this hands-on activity. 10:30, Randall Museum.

Cal Day, It’s a day like no other. Spend it in Cal classrooms and labs, museums and performance halls, libraries, and arenas. Admission is free. UC Berkeley.

Daisy’s Perfect Word, 4pm, Sandra Feder talks about Daisy’s Perfect Word. Curly-haired Daisy loves words and compiles lists of her favorites in a notebook. When Daisy’s beloved teacher must move to another town, Daisy decides to give her the ultimate gift: the perfect word. But with so many good words to choose from, finding just the right one isn’t easy. Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Owls in Nicasio: a Family- Friendly Talk & Night Hike, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Meet live owls including Barn and Spotted owls and learn about their roles in our ecosystem from Hungry Owl Project staff. We will hear from MALT staff and local organic ranchers about protected owl habitat, the role of owls on ranches and take a nighttime walk to observe owls in action. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Striped Bass Derby, 9 – 11am, It’s time for the annual fishing contest at McNears Beach Park! Prizes awarded for biggest fish and most fish caught. A limited amount of fishing poles, bait, and tackle boxes will be provided first come, first- served to novice anglers, courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Game’s “Fishing in the City” program. Fishing license required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. For more information, contact Josh Gilmore at jgilmore@marincounty.org. Rain will cancel. Parking fee is $10/vehicle. 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

Goat Festival, 10am-1pm, A Celebration of All Things Goat! Meet the “kids” visiting the city from Redwood Hill Farm, watch cooking demos featuring food made from goat milk, and sample local goodies from Redwood Hill, Cypress Grove, Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream and Happy Goat Caramel. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.

Explorables: Science You Can Play With, 11 am – 2 pm, Activities focus on experimenting with everyday materials, discovery and toy-making – in other words, playing with science with activities on the themes of recycling, reclaiming and re-thinking used materials. Exploratorium.

Children’s Fair, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Bring your families and join us in celebrating The Week of the Young Child with over 20 activity booths for children. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for FREE family fun and live entertainment. Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

Body Art Make-It Take-It, 1pm – 3pm Have some fabulous fun with body paint. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last, Michael’s, San Rafael.

Ghirardelli Goes Green, free event while you enjoy food & live music. Meet the “bag monster” and learn how to be green.

Barkers by the Bay, 3-6pm, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. For more information call 415.331.7262 Ext. 10.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Join a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden. Featured Book: “Koa’s Seed,” a Hawaiian version of an age-old tale. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival, Commemorate & Celebrate the Life and Work of Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez, Dolores Park – 19th St. / Guerrero St. 11 am – Parade, 24th Street Fair 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Between Treat St. and Bryant St.

April 21-22 Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival

Children’s Fair at Northgate, 11am – 2pm. There will be over 25 activity and arts & crafts booths, live entertainment including Tim Cain, Children Irish Dancers, Children Violinists, Puppet Storytelling and more. And it’s all FREE!

Children’s Fairyland, The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music presents a Zimbabwe Marimba Ensemble led by master drummer Ronnie Daliyo. Performing original music straight from Zimbabwe, the ensemble consists of seven marimbas playing lively, inspiring, and meaningful tunes which are heard regularly in Zimbabwe. 12pm, Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

April 22, Earth Day

Earth Day in the Heart of San Francisco, The “Greenest City in North America” 10am-6pm, Civic Center Plaza.

Earth Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., drop-in FREE, Learn more about the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and discover new ways you and your family can be environmental stewards. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Earth Day on Angel Island

Earth Day Tote Make-It Take-It, 1pm – 3pm Decorate a trendy tote for Earth Day. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michael’s, San Rafael.

Earth Day Celebration, 12pm – 5pm, Observe animals, learn to count bees in your backyard, test incredible scientific theories and more! Participate in citizen science projects; test scientific theories in the “Mistake Lab”; observe non-releasable animals and record ethograms.  Kids can even create an artful journal to record their scientific observations. All Earth Day activities are FREE with admission. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo, (650) 342-7755

Ross Valley Schools YES Fest, 11:00a to 4:00p at White Hill Middle School, Fairfax, CA. The YES Fest, a celebration of arts programs is a FREE all-day event featuring musical performances, drama, dance, poetry and artwork by student and community artists, thespians, musicians, and dancers for audiences of all ages. See galleries of paintings, multi-media, and ceramics in addition to live shows.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 11am & 2pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Family Gallery Tour: Trees, 12:30-1:15 PM, Experience the world of trees during an interactive gallery tour of Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on experiential activities woven throughout, the important role of trees will spring to life! families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Drop-In Art-Making: Garden Ornaments, 1-3 PM, Inspired by Earth Day and the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, have fun crafting your own garden ornaments using recycled and upcycled materials. families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Dana Smith performs a show for all ages, with circus arts, comedy, improv and audience participation. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

April 24

Tree of Life (10am, 12pm or 3pm) Chabot Space & Science Center is nestled safely among the beautiful redwoods. We will take a mini-hike with our mini-scientists and discover the life history of some of the majestic trees in the forest.

Children’s Poetry Workshop with local poet Karen Benke, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Celebrate National Poetry Month with local poet and author Karen Benke, who will guide young poets through fun writing exercises. Her book Rip the Page! will be available for purchase. Advance sign-up required. Please call the library or email April at ahayley@townofsananselmo.org to register. For grades 3 and up. San Anselmo Library.

Nature Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv, Co-founder, Children & Nature Network, 8:00pm, In his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. In The Nature Principle, Mr. Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Mr. Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. Mr. Louv makes a convincing case that we are entering the most creative period in history, that in fact the twenty-first century will be the era of human restoration in the natural world. This encouraging and influential work offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live. In Conversation with Dawn Scott – Family Program Coordinator at Spirit Rock.

April 24, 26, 30 and May 1 Kodomo no Hi Kimono Dressing, space is limited. This is a rare opportunity to dress your child in traditional Japanese Kimono in celebration of Kodomo no Hi. Hair and make-up is not included with the kimono dressing. Don’t forget to bring your camera! (415) 567-5505 to sign-up.

April 25 Nature for Kids at Cascade Canyon, 10am – 1pm, An April day at Cascade Canyon—the possibilities are infinite—particularly since we will be experiencing it with a group that stands 3 feet tall and have perfect eyesight. This will be one of those days when we will discover some marvelous and magical miracle of nature everywhere we look. David Herlocker will lead. David at 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org.

April 26, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Activated Story Theater Presents: The Hat Seller and the Monkeys, The Fourth Question, 4pm For ages 5 & up in the Founder’s Room. Join us for an afternoon of comical tales from China and Africa presented with lots of physical comedy and audience participation. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

April 27

Birding for Beginners, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $30, Learn the basics of bird identification with one of PRBO Conservation Science’s educators who leads monthly bird walks for the organization. This outing will cover the “how to” of bird identification including where to begin as well as some finer details including characteristics, field marks, and sound. Learn to think “outside of the bird” by discussing habitat and bird behaviors. The class will begin with a brief indoor orientation and continue to a nearby trail. Easy walking. Meet at Firehouse, 4th & B Street, Point Reyes Station. Bring: Binoculars, hiking boots, warm clothing, water

April 27-29 Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival

April 28

Deer Island Adventure, Walk with the family and meet some of the wild residents of Deer Island in Novato. We’ll look for butterflies, flowers, raptors and reptiles, including the elusive Alligator Lizard who is known to inhabit this park.

Butter & Egg Parade, 10am to 5pm, Petaluma.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 2pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Spring Fling at Slide Ranch, 10am – 4pm Celebrate springtime on the farm with live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts. Spark your creative side through sustainable nature crafts and face painting, reconnect with the land on a guided coastal hike, or simply relax on a picnic blanket while eating delicious offerings from local farms.

Golden Gate to Slide Ranch Coastal Hike, Want to hike your way to Spring Fling? Lace up your boots and fill your water bottle for a self-guided hike from the Golden Gate Bridge to Slide Ranch as part of a series of events celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. Hikers should start out by 8 at the latest in order to make it by noon for live music, local organic cuisine and family activities of the annual Spring Fling event. This is a good hike for the fit person, including lovely trails that will be filled with wild flowers of spring. Not recommended for children under 12 years old. Shuttle service will be available to take hikers back to the Bridge at the end of the day. Admission fee for the Spring Fling event will include the cost of the shuttle.

Celebrate 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.

Family Hike at Bolinas Lagoon, 11am – 1pm, Join rangers for a nature walk along Pine Gulch Creek to learn about birding and why this area was designated as a Wetland of International Importance. This will be an easy walk on flat terrain. Bring water; wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend. For more information, call (415) 473-2816. Rain will cancel. Bolinas Lagoon Preserve.

Birds and Dunes of Abbott’s Lagoon for Families, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, $35, This is a family-friendly outing, with special focus on kids. With its rich variety of habitats, Abbott’s Lagoon is a favorite birding and nature destination at Point Reyes. West Marin School Gym, Point Reyes Station. Bring Binoculars, hiking boots, warm clothing, water, and a bag lunch. We will eat near the water.

Bird Banding at Palomarin Field Station 7:30 am – 12:00 pm, FREE, Get up close and personal with the many resident and migratory songbirds that are captured in mist nests at the PRBO’s Palomarin Field Station (aka Bird Banding Lab) in Bolinas. As they do every day in the spring, PRBO interns and staff will be banding birds, measuring and weighing them, explaining the process to visitors, and answering questions. Learn how bird banding is done and how data obtained contributes to conservation. Palomarin Field Station (aka Bird Banding Lab), Bolinas. Bring Binoculars; hiking boots; warm clothing; water.

Tracking and Awareness, 7:30 am – 11:00 am, $30, Slow down into the world of the Tracker. Join internationally certified (Level III) tracker and Marin Tracking Club leader Richard Vacha in an exploration of tracks and signs left by local birds, mammals and insects, bringing to life the often invisible world of animal activities and their relationships with each other and with the environment. We will learn and practice ancient awareness techniques and learn the skills to enter the world of the tracker. The group will focus as much as possible on bird tracks and how a tracker can use bird calls and bird movement as an awareness tool. Easy trail walking. West Marin School Gym, Point Reyes Station, at 7:30 am. Bring: Binoculars, hiking boots, warm clothing, water.

Storyland Festival and Preschool Read-a-thon, 9:30 am – 1pm, enjoy Pancake Breakfast and the Preschool Open house. $10 adult and $6 child, Music withTim Cain is at 11am. San Geronimo Preschool.

Afternoon Art, Mandala is Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion” and has long been recognized for its deep spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness. Create your own mandala using a variety of satisfying materials. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, See how fast crystals can grow while making your own creative hanging crystal sculpture! 10:30, Randall Museum.

April 28-29

Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party, 4/28 @ 12pm, 4/29 @ 3pm, Make a date for tea with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and Mad Hatter 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. This event sells out; please make your reservations early! Includes goodie bag for child. Bring your camera for great photos! Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael.

Bodega Bay Fish Fest, This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Russia coming to Bodega Bay to build Ft. Ross. Don’t miss the Wooden Boat Challenge where a team of 4 have to build a wooden boat between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to race by 1:30pm.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, 9am to 4pm, Whimsical, fascinating, amusing, educational, curious, and unique are a few words that describe the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay’s massive annual celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. Half Moon Bay Airport

Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

April 29

Spring Garden Faire, Featuring great activities such as wood sculpting, fairy-house building and, of course, our famous bake-off, this event is always a hit with families. Edna Maguire Elementary School, 80 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley.

Wizard of Oz in the Square, 9am-Noon, watch street painter, Genna Panzarella, create the yellow brick road, meet Toto, Dorothy, Glinda and more, paint rainbows, enjoy bubbles! Mill Valley Downtown Square.

Children’s Program on Buddha’s Birthday, On Buddha’s Birthday the Children’s Program is busy taking care of preparations for the day. We begin by decorating the pagoda and preparing bowls of flower petals for the procession. Then we gather under the canopy for a snack and to listen to a reading of the story of the birth of the Buddha. Those children who wish may join in the pageant with a small, straightforward, and fun part. Bring your parents, bring your friends, bring a picnic and join us for a very special day of welcoming spring and the baby Buddha. There will be birthday cake, too! Green Gulch.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, 11am & 2pm, This time the wolf gets to tell his side of the tale—but do you believe him? Bring your reporter’s notebook and have fun solving this wacky whodunit. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Kids Birdathon Ages 8-16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, $5 per child, Experienced birders will lead small teams of approximately six kids each (with parents along to observe, assist, and help transport birding teams). Groups will scour several unique habitats within the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore with a goal of having the kids spot 20 species per hour for a total of 60 bird species in three hours! A 90-minute hike will be followed by a compilation celebration at the West Marin School Gym, Point Reyes Station, at 9:00 am Teams will depart by 9:30 sharp. Bring: Brown bag lunch, water, binoculars, spotting scope (optional), hiking boots, warm clothing, snack, western field guide (optional).

Perla Batalla, 11 a.m. Grammy nominated jazz singer, Perla Batalla is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor and a voice full of emotion. Honoring her roots, she is dedicated to exposing young audiences to the beauty of Latin music and the Spanish language. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Tidepooling at Duxbury Reef – Life on the Edge, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, $30, Come enjoy a low-tide exploration of one of the largest shale reefs in North America. We’ll discuss the unique geology of the area and the marine influences that make it such a rich site.  Dress in layers. Bring binoculars, a hand lens if you have one, lunch.

Nesting Egrets at Griffin Preserve, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, $30, Enjoy visiting one of the largest, most dramatic heron and egret nesting sites on the West Coast at this 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary. A brief lecture on the history of the nesting site at the Martin Griffin Preserve and Audubon Canyon Ranch’s long-term heronry monitoring project will be followed by a half-mile walk. The walk will be uphill and mildly strenuous but well worth it for the views of nesting herons and egrets. Audubon Canyon Ranch, Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach. Bring Binoculars, scopes, hiking boots, warm clothing, water.

Terrestrial Mammals of Point Reyes, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, $35, Point Reyes National Seashore is home to such dynamic mammals as Tule elk, coyote, bobcat, seals, sea lions and whales. Almost 40 species of land mammals inhabit the area including a diverse group of rodents, weasels, hares, ringtail, and mountain lion. Join biologist John Harris to discover the natural history and unique world of many of these elusive animals. This field trip will include the use of live traps that will allow a closer study and appreciation of several mice, voles, and other nocturnal rodents. Environmental Ed Center, Coast trail, Point Reyes National Seashore, Bring Binoculars, hiking shoes, warm clothing, water, lunch

Festival de la Familia, one of Sacramento’s biggest events with a wide range of family friendly activities. This annual multi-ethnic Festival celebrates more than 20 Latino cultures.

Edgar Meyer, double bass, 11am, witness how music-making can become a dance. A great performer who also writes his own compositions, Edgar shares his love of music, from Bach to bluegrass. Marines’ Memorial Theatre.

Israel in Marin, 9:30am-2:30pm, Get a taste of Israel here in Marin at a free fair for all ages. Play games, do arts & crafts, and meet Hump-free the camel! Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.

Drop-In Art-Making: Garden Ornaments, 1-3 PM, Inspired by Earth Day and the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, have fun crafting your own garden ornaments using recycled and upcycled materials. families@thecjm.org or 655.7852, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Practice Day, 10:30am – 3:00pm, Family Days are a wonderful opportunity to spend the day connecting with your children, yourself and a community of supportive peers. Come play, share, learn and open your heart! Spirit Rock.

Opening Day on the Bay, Decorated Boat Parade, Crissy Field to Pier 39, starting at 12 Noon.

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Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am–12noon, Join us for Museum Monday on the last Monday of the month! Enjoy stories, movement games, arts and craft activities, and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum.

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