Ronnie’s Awesome List – February

Happy February and welcome to the first posting to our new blog of fantastic family events!

For such a short month, February is packed with so much activity. Keep your eyes out for last minute events for:

  • Black History Month
  • 2/2 Groundhogs Day
  • 2/3 Chinese New Year
  • 2/6 Super Bowl (Congrats to Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers.)
  • 2/7 100th Day of School
  • 2/11-2/20 Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival
  • 2/13 BAFTA
  • 2/13 The Grammy Awards
  • 2/14 Valentine’s Day
  • 2/21 President’s Day
  • 2/27 The Oscar’s

And when you have a moment to catch your breath, there are many reasons get out and to enjoy time with your family every day (see below). If I missed an event please let me know that too.

I am also collaborating on this blog with my friend Marjorie. We want to know what you think.

So back to you all, Mother Nature is doing her part to put on a spectacular show for us.

  • Dolphins and Seals can be seen along the shore feasting on the schooling fish.
  • The Salmon continue to spawn along the creeks around Marin.
  • December through April is a great time for whale-watching. February-March is the time to view the Elephant Seals birthing at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. Be sure to register for the Elephant Seal Guided Walking Tours that are available during Breeding Season (early December through March).
  • Love is in the air for the Monarch Butterflies; who are clustered by the 1000’s in the tree groves at Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific Grove and Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz.

Other ideas are the self guided tours. Here are some recommendations:

Our museums LOVE children! Just to highlight a few……

  • Don’t miss the exhibit Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey, Jewish Museum through 3/13.
  • SFMOMA – Mobile Game for Families Country Dog Gentlemen Gallery Game available daily in the Haas Atrium. Explore, learn, and play in SFMOMA’s galleries! Ask for the handheld, multimedia device that prompts families to look, move, listen, and find fun ways to get talking about art at the museum. At the end of each round, the game introduces players to a new canine companion from Roy De Forest’s painting, Country Dog Gentlemen.
  • Asian Art Museum has a family treasure hunt at www.asianart.org/goldenclouds/bgcselfguidedtours.htm and many crafts, downloadable activities and events for children at www.asianart.org/family.htm.

Please remember that you need to check to make sure the events listed below have not been cancelled or changed. Rain, shine – what ever the weather…..get out and have fun with your kids! We look forward to seeing you back here soon.

Enjoy!

Ronnie & Marjorie

FEBRUARY 2011

TUESDAY 2/1

~ CAMP, Registration begins at Richardson Bay Audubon.

~ CAMP, GreenPlay’s Sustainable Camp registrations,.

~ FILM 101 Dalmatians, The Walt Disney Family Museum , 1pm and 4pm, (daily except Tuesdays and February 12-14, and 20)

WEDNESDAY 2/2 NEW MOON

~ AUTHOR EVENT Oliver Chin presents “The Year of the Rabbit: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.” 10am. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

~ TOUR Presidio Shuttle Tour, Noon to 1pm The Presidio Trust’s monthly free guided shuttle tour. Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party. RSVP Required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

THURSDAY 2/3

~ EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM California Spotlight, 2/3-2/6, 12pm at Climate Change, extra program in the Piazza at 2pm California Academy of Science.

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

FRIDAY 2/4

~ CRAFT Valentine’s Day Candy Photo Holder, Create sweet memories with easy to make treats. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael

~ DANCE Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance, 7pm-8:30p, Belvedere Community Center.

~ SLEEPOVER California Academy of Science, 6pm, Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. 6 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is 25 years or older.

~ THEATRE The Paper Princess and the Pinata, Showcase Theatre, 9:30 a.m. (ASL interpretation at 11 only) Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800. Recommended for PreK-Grade 3.

~ WORKSHOP Zeum Lil Z’s Workshops, 3-5 year, http://zeum.org/education/workshops.html

SATURDAY 2/5

~ ASTRONOMY Free Telescope Viewings at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, 7:30pm -10:30pm,.

~ CONCERT Uncle Eye & Ms. Melody, $5 adults, $4 children – 10:30am, singing storytellers return from New York to La Pena in Berkeley for an interactive, sing-a-long concert (including the PBS hit Ruby, the Rescue Cow), that will be a perfect live alternative to Saturday morning cartoons.

~ CONCERT Kodo – One Earth Tour, 8pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael ìsamurai percussionistsî of Kodo,  traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, dance, mime, and play a variety of instruments, but it is their awesome drums that mesmerize the audience, including the massive oídaiko, a 900-pound decorated instrument carved from the trunk of a single tree and played by two men. An international phenomenon, the company has given over 3,000 performances on all five continents.

~ CRAFT Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids Legion of Honor – 11am Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave Family Day 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (drop-in). Events include an artist demonstration by Isabelle de Borchgrave, performances by an opera singer, and art-making for children ages 6-12!

~ CRAFT Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids DeYoung– 10:30am Doing and Viewing Art (ages 7-12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4-6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Ready, Set, Print!

~ CRAFT Decorate a Creatology Vinyl Figure Doll Make-it Take-it, (with purchase of doll) Decorate Creatology Vinyl Figure for Valentine’s Day. Give as gifts, or make them your own. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12

~ CRAFT Wilton Valentine Pop Demo, 1-3pm, Create fun candy melt pops for loved ones this Valentine’s Day.  Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael

~ CRAFT Hanging Bird, Discover the magic of paper as you fold, cut and glue it to create a stunning hanging bird. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Candlelight Tour at Fort Point, 6:30-8 pm, See Fort Point by the light of candles and stars on this evening tour. Reservations required; phone (415) 556-1693.

~ FAIR Summer Camp Fair in SF, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. French American International School, 150 Oak Street, SF, Free

~ FARM MORNING FARM TOUR, 11a-12:30p, All ages.

~ HOLIDAY The Year of the Rabbit Celebration, Asian Art Museum in SF, Year of the Rabbit Celebration Year of the Rabbit Reading with Oliver Chin 1:00–1:45 pm, Hands-on Activities 2:00–4:00 pm, Animal Zodiac Stories 3:00–3:45 pm

~ PERFORMANCE Sanhiti, 11am ñ 12pm, World On Stage Ethnic Performance Series. Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14 (includes admission to the Museum). India is a land of myths and legends, which are told through richly staged performances. Blending traditional and folk traditions, Sanhiti explores the rich diversity of South Indian dance. Beautiful costumes and projected images of the Indian countryside add to the visual experience. Discovery Museum

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic African tales with an original flair and spin of his own. 11am & 2pm & 4pm, Puppet Show: The Gingerbread Boy. Our bad little gingerbread boy just wants to run away from everyone who wants to help him. This is the story of how he learns to behave, and appreciate the meaning of family. Based on the style of German Jumping Jack toys. Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann. 12:00pm & 3:00pm The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm, Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

~ READ Share the gift of reading — read to a dog! – CM Library The Marin Humane Society presents Read to a Dog at the Corte Madera Library on the first Saturday of the month. (415) 924-6382 to sign up for a 10 minute session, between 2 and 3 pm.

~ SHOP Appel & Frank, JCC, 3200 California St, SF,

~ SPORTS 18th Annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest, AT&T Park, S.F. player autograph booths, clubhouse and dugout tours, interactive baseball games and exhibits, plus Giants Players Q&A stages. Expanded Kids Zone, interactive games and activities throughout the ballpark. Free admission. 11am-3pm. Rain or shine. 415-972-2000

~ THEATRE The Paper Princess and the Pinata, Showcase Theatre, 2pm & 4pm, Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800 for Saturday tickets. Recommended for PreK-Grade 3.

~ THEATER King Midas, 1:00 PM, King Midas was a King who had more gold than any other King or rich man in the world.  However, he was always wanting more gold and could never stop thinking of his obsession I don’t want to think about the country’s problems, I don’t have time.  I have to find ways to get more goldmore, more, more.  YPT’s new production features beautiful puppets and a live actor.

~ THEATER Little House On The Prairie, Berkeley: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2 pm

~ THEATER Enchanted Sleeping Beauty at Legion of Honor, 10:30 AM, $12, Palace of the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue at Clement Street, San Francisco, Shows start at 10:30am and 1pm.

SUNDAY 2/6

~ CRAFT Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Listen to music from current exhibition, Black Sabbath, and use the images it inspires to mosaic directly onto…recycled 45’s! Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT One-of-a-Kind Valentines, Children’s Art Center, Bld C, Ft. Mason, SF, (415) 771-0292. Please RSVP in advance: (415) 771-0292.

~ CRAFT Family Sundays @ SFMOMA, Tune In, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Can you hear it? From boiler-room rumbles to the popping of a painting or a sculpture’s soaring song, tune in to the museum’s kinetic symphony.

~ CRAFT Family Nature Crafts, ages 4-8 are invited, California Academy of Sciences.

~ CRAFT Valentine’s Day Puppets Make one-of-a-kind puppets for Valentine’s Day fun. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome Michaels, San Rafael, 10-12

~ CRAFT Decorate a Valentine’s Box Make-it Take-it, (with purchase of white craft box) Share some love with this cute craft idea. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park.

~ HOLIDAY Lunar New Year Celebration, Lion Dance 12:00–12:45 pm, Lunar New Year Stories 1:00–1:45 pm, Hands-on Activities 1:00–4:00 pm Asian Art Museum in SF.

~ MUSIC Breakfast with Enzo, Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 10 am and 11 am, The Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 280 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 652-2474.

~ NATURE Valentine’s Day High Tea for Kids Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party. Weíll use our senses to explore these fragrant edibles, talk about their uses and benefits, and see how they grow. Make fresh teas and herb finger sandwiches. Also make valentines from pressed botanicals to take home. Reservations Required. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 510-643-2755.

~ NATURE Beginning Birding, Winter brings many waterfowl to the Marin Headlands. Take an easy birdwatching walk along Rodeo Lagoon with volunteer Jane Haley. Bring your binoculars and field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. For reservations call (415) 331-1540.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic African tales with an original flair and spin of his own. 11am & 2pm & 4pm, Puppet Show: The Gingerbread Boy. Our bad little gingerbread boy just wants to run away from everyone who wants to help him. This is the story of how he learns to behave, and appreciate the meaning of family. Based on the style of German ìJumping Jackî toys. Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann. 12:00pm & 3:00pm The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm, Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

~ PROGRAM Children’s Program at Green Gulch, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. 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. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30p Explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts, Ages 6-10. California Academy of Sciences.

~ SCIENCE & ART Nature Drawing for Kids, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Does your child have an interest in the arts? Introduce your child to outdoor sketching in this workshop by Travis Turner and increase their observations skills. We will learn how to draw what we see by incorporating common shapes, and learn about color value.  We will then head out onto the trail and practice the various techniques.  Paper and pencils will be provided.  This program takes place outside so dress warmly.  Rain cancels.  Kids age 7-12 only! Call (510) 792-0222 ext. 363 for reservations. 2 Marshlands Road, Fremont, paul_mueller@fws.gov (510) 792-0222 ext. 363

~ THEATER King Midas, 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, King Midas was a King who had more gold than any other King or rich man in the world.  However, he was always wanting more gold and could never stop thinking of his obsession. YPT’s new production features beautiful puppets and a live actor.

~ THEATER Little House On The Prairie, Berkeley: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2 pm

~ THEATER Pasta! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical, 2:00 pm Take a wild ride with veteran kids’ rockers Jacob Stein and Jason Rabinowitz. This high-energy show comes with live drawing, puppets (from The Muppet Show creators) and rocking dance numbers. Ages 2 to 7 JM Family Members: $13 Adult/$9 Child General: $16 Adult/$11 Children, Jewish Museum.

~ TOUR Family Gallery Tours, 3-3:45p, Experience Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey as a family, with an interactive gallery tour designed for families with children ages six to nine. Jewish Museum.

~ TOUR Afternoon Farm Tour, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, All ages. Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden.

~ VOLUNTEER Ocean Beach Cleanup, 10 am-Noon,

~ WORKSHOP Lighthouses of SF Bay, 11 am-Noon, Join docent Warren Riley for an illustrated talk inside the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. For reservations, phone (415) 331-1540,

~ YOGA Yoga Flow 2:00–3:00 pm, Education Studios, Ages 5 and up Get centered with Yoga Flow. Learn basic poses (asanas) for balance, flexibility and strength as you move your body into positions inspired by sculptures in the museum collection. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Asian Art Museum.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

MONDAY 2/7

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum, 10am-12noon

~ VOLUNTEER Fort Baker Stewardship, 10 am-Noon.

TUESDAY 2/8

~ FUNDRAISER Discovery Forum, featuring Jonah Lehrer, author of the upcoming book Imagine: The Science of Creativity. Fundraiser for The Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ READ Story Time by the Fire Phil Sheridan reads stories at Henry’s Toy Shop in downtown Mill Valley. 11AM. Phone: 415-380-8691.

~ SCIENCE Sun, Earth, Moon: What’s the Connection? (10am – 10:50am) Waxing, waning, crescent, quarter-weíll explore the phases of the moon. Then take a trip with us as we make the connection between the moon and earth’s orbit around the sun. Chabot Space Museum.

WEDNESDAY 2/9

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Register at

~ CRAFT Valentine’s Story Time & Card Making Workshop, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Mill Valley Library

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Deer Park, 10-2p, enjoy this is a lovely, lush area in the winter. We’ll wind our way up the hill peeking under logs and rocks as we search for nature’s hidden treasures. If we’re lucky we may find slender salamanders, beetles, or millipedes. Meet at the parking area at the end of Porteus Ave.

THURSDAY 2/10

~CRAFT Valentine Crafts for ages 5 & up, 4pm, 415-789-2662, Belevedere-Tiburon Library.

~ MUSIC Rhythms of Nature, 7 pm Join us for an entertaining evening concert with a duet from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The piano and violin performance will showcases selections inspired by nature. The Historic Log Cabin in The Presidio.

~ DANCE Bharatanatyam Dance Performance, 7-8:30p Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest and most popular of Indian classical dance forms. Originally performed in temples, rooted in Indian religion and mythology, dancers use stylized eye and hand movements to awaken awareness with the music and spirituality. Civic Center Library, San Rafael

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

FRIDAY 2/11

~ DANCE Russian National Ballet Theatre Sleeping Beauty, 8 pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.

~ FESTIVAL Feb 11-13 Russian Festival

~ GAMES Kid’s Scrabble Drop-In, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Mill Valley Library, Children’s Room, Mill Valley

~ READ Share-A-Book with Fido, Novato Library 2-3p Registration is required by calling 415-897-1143.

~ WORKSHOP Zeum Lil Z’s Workshops, 3-5 year,

SATURDAY 2/12

~ ASTRONOMY Free Telescope Viewings at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, 7:30pm -10:30pm, Come for spectacular night sky viewing and experience a Bay Area secret! The magnificent Chabot telescopes are open for free night viewings each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, excluding major holidays.

~ CRAFT Decorate a Valentine’s Day Frame and Heart Pom Pom Demo, with purchase of wooden frame, Michael’s, San Rafael, 10-12p

~ CRAFT St. Valentine’s Event, Paxton Gate’s Curiosity for Kids 2-4p, 766 Valencia St, SF Make anatomical hear puzzles, moblies and healthy snacks.

~ CRAFTS Valentine’s Day Card, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Make a sparkly, one-of-a-kind pop up Valentine’s Day Card to give to the one you love. Randall Museum.

~ CRAFTS Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids DeYoung – 10:30am, Wintry Wonders

~ CRAFTS Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids Legion of Honor – 11am  Talking Hands (by Rodin)

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Learning Center Art Studio In honor of the film of the month, you can make your own 101 Dalmatians picture frame. Using recycled materials, decorate a picture frame that will have you seeing spots! The Walt Disney Museum.

~ CREATE Create with Nature Series for Families, 10:00am – 2:00pm, The Presidio Fort Scott District at the corner of Storey Avenue and Ralston San Francisco RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov.

~ DANCE Jubilee American Dance Theatre, 11-12p, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ EVENT San Francisco History Expo, 11am-4pm, The City Mint on 5th & Mission, http://www.sfhistory.org/index.php?pageid=20

~ FESTIVAL Kid-O-Rama! @ Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. Fun weeklong kids’ extravaganza includes: Scavenger Hunt, Family Ski Racing, Snowtubing, Dance Party, Valentine’s Day Events, Big Trucks, Street Parties, Night Tubing, Costume Skating Party, Kids’ Concert and Pizza Party… and more! 800-403-0206

~ FUNDRAISER Kids on the Hill Preschool in Corte Madera will be having their “Hearts on the Hill” Fundraiser on Saturday, February 12th from 4-7 pm at the Corte Madera Recreation Center.

~ FUNDRAISER Marin Valentine’s Ball, 6pm, Marin Civic Center.

~ HOLIDAY Valentines Day for The Whole Family, Marin Country Mart, 9-2p Create an edible valentine You can even create an eco-friendly personalized Valentine’s Day card and put your sweet surprise inside. 9-2p

~ MUSIC African American and Caribbean Sea Chanteys at SF Maritime National Historic Park, 1-1:45p Hyde Street Pier, SFCelebrate African American history month at Hyde Street Pier. Discover African American and Caribbean work songs of sailors, oarsmen, longshoremen and Fishermen. Sing along with the choruses to these compelling chanteys.

~ MUSIC Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony Bring your family to hear the San Francisco Symphony in kid-sized classical concerts designed for familiesógreat music, fascinating musical discoveries, and priceless memories. Music for Families concerts are engaging and fun, a great way to pass the Symphony magic from one generation to the next.

~ NATURE Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach, 11:00a.m to 4:00p.m. Annual Educational Event Celebrates Santa Cruz’s Rich Natural Heritage.

~ NATURE Mudflat Exploration, 12-2p, Richardson Audubon, When the tide goes out the fun comes in. Join us at Audubon to explore and learn about our mudflats. Watch the birds hunt for crabs, worms, and other critters, or pick up a rock and join them. Be sure to wear shoes that can survive a day in our ìpeanut butterî mud. Children 10 and under require adult supervision, Cost is $7/participant, please call 415-388-2524.

~ NATURE Guided Nature Walks, Explore Bouverie Preserve, Audubon Canyon Ranch.

~ NATURE Family Love at the Ponds, 10a Take a Take a family stroll around Las Gallinas Ponds and learn about the family life of the waterfowl that overwinter in this area. Weíll talk about nesting habits, mating displays, baby bird foods, and what it takes to raise a bird family every year!  It is not all about birds. Weíll also look for River Otters who are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Meet at Las Gallinas Ponds trailhead: Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit Lucas Valley Road/Smith Ranch Road. Drive east about 0.7 mile on Smith Ranch Road, then at the McInnis Park entrance, turn left to remain on Smith Ranch Road. Drive on Smith Ranch Road about 0.8 mile, to the signed trailhead at the end of the road.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Buki the Clown. 11am & 2pm & 4pm, Puppet Show: The Gingerbread Boy. Our bad little gingerbread boy just wants to run away from everyone who wants to help him. This is the story of how he learns to behave, and appreciate the meaning of family. Based on the style of German Jumping Jack toys. Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann. 12:00pm & 3:00pm The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm, Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

~ SCIENCE C.S.I. Open Lab: Wind Energy (1pm – 5pm) Get blown away in this wind turbine engineering challenge. Create your own propeller and test it in our wind tunnel. See how much electricity you can generate. Shock your system while you create an electron storm. Badges can be earned. Chabot Space Museum.

~ THEATER Enchanted Sleeping Beauty, Legion of Honor, 10:30a & 1p.

~ THEATER Little House On The Prairie, Berkeley: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2 pm.

~ THEATER Snow White, 4:00pm, The Playhouse San Anselmo 27 Kensington Road San Anselmo, (415) 456-8555

~ THEATER King Midas, 1:00 PM, King Midas was a King who had more gold than any other King or rich man in the world. However, he was always wanting more gold and could never stop thinking of his obsession. YPT’s new production features beautiful puppets and a live actor.

~ VOLUNTEER For the Love of Lincoln at Bothin Marsh (Mill Valley) 9:00 AM to This beautiful marsh is home to several endangered species, including the California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse. Volunteers will help us reach our goal to plant 25,000 native species by March. Restoring native wetlands creates habitat for every species from frogs to humans to enjoy. Let’s celebrate equal opportunity and marshland for all! In partnership with In partnership with the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Natalie Lavan bayevents@savesfbay.org 510-452-9261 X109

~ VOLUNTEER Muir Beach Clean-Up, 10 am-Noon,Keep our beaches beautiful! This program is an easy team-building project that takes only a few hours and contributes to your community. Become a park steward while enjoying a day at the beach and help improve wildlife habitat both locally and globally.

~ VOLUNTEER Habitat Restoration: Planting Natives at Phoenix Lake 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Help plant thousands of native grasses at Phoenix Lake. Native grasses can live as long as oak trees! Your contribution will have a lasting impact on the health of the watershed. We will meet at the top of Phoenix Lake dam. Note that parking is limited at Natalie Coffin Greene Park so please carpool, hike or bike. Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam, Ross Valley, Suzanne Whelan volunteerprogram@marinwater.org 415-945-1128

SUNDAY 2/13

~ CRAFT Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Listen to music from current exhibition, Black Sabbath, and use the images it inspires to mosaic directly onto…recycled 45’s! Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT Family Nature Crafts, ages 4-8 are invited, California Academy of Sciences.

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park.

~ EVENT San Francisco History Expo, 11am-4pm, The City Mint on 5th & Mission, http://www.sfhistory.org/index.php?pageid=20

~ HOLIDAY Peekadoodle PKC Valentine’s Day Party, 9:30am-12:00pm, Kids will make special, handmade keepsakes for parents, grandparents, or friends and concoct a sweet treat to take home. As always, this event will sell out, so reserve your space today! Mimosas & a continental breakfast for adults, pizza & juice for kids. 415.440.7335

~ MOVIE Peter Pan, Silent Flim with live music from the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, The Rafael, San Rafael.

~ MUSIC Breakfast with Enzo, Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 10 am and 11 am, The Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 280 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 652-2474.

~ NATURE Winter Wonderland, 10 am-Noon, Muir Woods National Monument. Join Ranger Lou Sian to learn about winter’s natural wonders in Muir Woods National Monument. Look for spawning salmon, mushroom displays, and more! Dress for cold, wet weather and wear boots as trails may be muddy. (415) 388-2596.

~ PERFORMANCE Acrobat and Juggler Dana Smith – The Randall Museum Theatre 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon, (510) 236-SHOW

~ PERFORMANCE Magician, Storyteller and Juggler Bob Kann, The Hoytt Theater at The Osher Marin JCC, The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 1 pm – 2 pm, (510) 236-SHOW

~ PERFORMANCE Cowgirl Tricks with hilarious Karen Quest, The Berkeley JCC Theater at The JCC of the East Bay 1414 Walnut Street (between Vine and Rose) North Berkeley, (510) 236-SHOW

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30p Explore the natureal world through stories, experiments, games and crafts, Ages 6-10. California Academy of Sciences.

~ TOUR Family Gallery Tours, 3-3:45p, Experience Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey as a family, with an interactive gallery tour designed for families with children ages six to nine. Jewish Museum.

~ TOUR Preschool Gallery Hour: A bird? A plane? It’s Curious George, Tour the Curious George exhibition, create a sky-high clay-mobile, and move to the groove with special musical guests. Curious George himself also makes a special appearance. Jewish Museum.

~ WORKSHOP Celebrate Valentine’s Day, 11:00am – 4:00pm | Theater and Learning Center Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Walt Disney Family Museum. We will be screening romantic shorts throughout the day and you’ll have the opportunity to snap a series of photo-strip pictures with your sweetheart, just like Walt and Lilly did!

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

~ ZOO Celebrate Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests born in the Year of the Hare Receive Free Admission Looking for family-fun activities that everyone will enjoy for the Chinese New Year? Come celebrate the Year of the Hare at the Zoo, a day filled with interactive, culturally-themed family entertainment for all ages.

MONDAY 2/14

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum, 10am-12noon

~ WALK Life on the Edge at Point Bonita Lighthouse, 9:30-11:30am Gather your family for a one-of-a-kind experience touring the historic Point Bonita Lighthouse. The 1/2 mile hike to the lighthouse is filled with stunning views and fun adventures through a tunnel and along a footbridge. Keep your eye out for seals sunbathing on the rocks below. Learn what it takes to be a lighthouse keeper and the importance that the lighthouse still provides for navigating ships. Meet at the trail head to the lighthouse at 9:30 am.

~ WORKSHOP Worm Composting with Joan Irwin, Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave, Mill Valley, 10-11a, Learn about different ways to compost, why composting is so valuable to a gardener, its environmental benefits, worm composting, and how to use compost. Also, compost tea and the many benefits that compost tea has for your soil and plants will be described. (415) 499-4204

~ WORKSHOP Celebrate Valentine’s Day, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Theater and Learning Center Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Walt Disney Family Museum. We will be screening romantic shorts throughout the day and you’ll have the opportunity to snap a series of photo-strip pictures with your sweetheart, just like Walt and Lilly did!

~ VOLUNTEER Have a Heart, Help a Park, 10-2p, This Valentine’s Day join our Have a Heart, Help a Park event at one of the following facilities: McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, Pt. Reyes Playground, or Stafford Lake Park. Did you know even as little as 14 minutes of your time can help keep parks clean and weed free? The projects involve easy to moderate activity on flat ground or gentle slopes. Volunteers shall receive a free tote bag, a Marin County Parks day use pass, and other goodies. Parking fees waived.

TUESDAY 2/15

~ SCIENCE Chabot Space Museum, Tour the Solar System (10am – 10:50am) Does your tyke wonder whatís out there beyond the clouds? Take a trip around the solar system with us and explore the wonders of the planets. We’ll work on the basics of size, shape, and color with the help of the planets in our solar system.

WEDNESDAY 2/16

~ ASTRONOMY Free Telescope Viewings at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, 7:30pm -10:30pm, Come for spectacular night sky viewing and experience a Bay Area secret! The magnificent Chabot telescopes are open for free night viewings each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, excluding major holidays.

~ AUTHOR Jon Agee, Children’s Author, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Mill Valley Public Library 375 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley.

~ CPR Peekadoodle infant & Child CPR and Choke Safety, 7pm-9pm RSVP@thepkc.com, or call 415.440.7335 to reserve your spot.

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331, office@ohanloncenter.org

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, 3:30pm ñ 5:00pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Register at
THURSDAY 2/17

~ FUNDRAISER Movie Sing-along Fundraiser “An American in Paris”, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St, San Rafael,

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Rebecca Nile the Bubble Lady, for ages 5 & up, 4pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 415-789-BOOK

~ THEATER Darwin the Dinosaur, Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10:30 am Darwin is a dinosaur – a wild and primitive creature. Exploring his world, he encounters many different types of living creatures, learning the value of both good and bad, friends and enemies. CORBiAN’s unique neon light puppetry will delight students of all ages, from dino-loving youngsters to older children and adults wondering “how do they do that?!” (a discussion with the creators follows the performance). Recommended for all ages.

FRIDAY 2/18 FULL MOON

~ MOVIE Movie Night for Kids, grades 3-5 The Spy Next Door Registration Required, 5:30-7:30pm Suggested Donation $10 Call or email the Childrenís Room to sign up early for this monthly favorite for older kids.  Pizza and popcorn provided.

~ READ Read to a Dog – MHS SHARE A Book Program, Mill Valley

~ WALK CRISSY FIELD AND LEARN ITS HISTORY, 11 am-12:30 pm Come out for an easy two-mile walk on the revitalized Crissy Field Shoreline Promenade. Learn about the people who have lived here and how they cared for the environment, and about the recent restoration of the tidal salt marsh and East Beach. Meet docent Jeannette Bonifas in front of the Beach Hut cafe next to Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach. Reservations required; call (415) 561-4323.

~ PERFORMANCE Stars on Ice, HP Pavillion, San Jose.

~ WORKSHOP Zeum Lil Z’s Workshops, 3-5 year,

SATURDAY 2/19

~ ASTRONOMY Free Telescope Viewings at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, 7:30pm -10:30pm, Come for spectacular night sky viewing and experience a Bay Area secret! The magnificent Chabot telescopes are open for free night viewings each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, excluding major holidays.

~ CRAFTS Drop in Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Design and create a fabric shoulder bag with pockets and patches. Randall Museum.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Learning Center Art Studio In honor of the film of the month, you can make your own 101 Dalmatians picture frame. Using recycled materials, decorate a picture frame that will have you seeing spots! Disney Museum.

~ FUNDRAISER Friends of the Library Book Sale, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley.

~ HOLIDAY Chinese New Year Parade

~ HOLIDAY Chinese Culture Center Spring Festival

~ LEARN Invaders in your Yard, 11am – 12pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, After our restoration workday we will learn about invasive plants that show up in our own yards such as English Ivy, Periwinkle, Fennel, and Cotoneaster, and steps you can take to stop the invasion. Workshop is $10/participant ; $5 if you have participated in the Restoration Workday. RSVP: 388-2524.

~ MUSIC Kid’s Show with Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers, 3:00p at Randall Museum, San Francisco, Come dance, sing, and tap your toes with local childrenís musician Gayle Schmitt and her bluegrass pickin’ Ramblers as they present a fun-filled performance of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music for kids. With fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass theyíll set your feet a-stompin’ for a barn dance in the City!

~ MUSIC Octopretzel, Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley 10:30a

~ NATURE TIME TRAVEL AMONG THE REDWOODS, 9 am-Noon Can lessons learned from the past help us prepare for our future? Can natural and human-made features in Muir Woods National Monument help us discover what our future may hold? Join docent Evelyn Rose for an easy, two-mile, interactive hike in Redwood Canyon to travel through time and mingle with nature and history. Identify features and landmarks that associate with local and world events and how they help enlighten us about what might come. Hike begins and ends at Muir Woods Visitor Center. Group limited to 15. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30p Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald. 11am & 2pm & 4pm, Puppet Show: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 12:00pm & 3:00pm The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm, Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

~ SCAVENGER HUNT The 2011 Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt will take place at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. 4:30-9p

~ SCIENCE Challenger Missions, Guided by an experienced flight director, command your own destiny while developing skills in decision making, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. Reserve your space today! A short presentation highlighting the contributions of African American astronauts will be featured before each mission. Launch Times: 1pm & 3pm For Ages 8 & Up Guests: $10 + General Admission Chabot Space Museum, Register (510) 336-7373.

~ SCIENCE DINOSAURS ALIVE is a global adventure of science and discovery — featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. From the exotic, trackless expanses and sand dunes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film will follow American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Through the magic of scientifically accurate computer-generated animation, these newly discovered creatures, and some familiar favorites, will come alive in a big way! 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM, Chabot Space Science Museum.

~ VOLUNTEER Restoration Workday, 9am – 12pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Bring your family and friends for a morning of restoration and clean-up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. We may be removing trash, invasive plants, or helping with restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. FREE program. RSVP: 388-2524.

~ WORKSHOP Worm Bin Workshop, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Learn how to make a worm bin for your home or classroom! Worm bins keep food waste out of landfills and produce wonderful soil for your garden. Appropriate for families or individuals. 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon.

SUNDAY 2/20

~ ART Family Sundays @ SFMOMA, Tune In, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Can you hear it? From boiler-room rumbles to the popping of a painting or a sculpture’s soaring song, tune in to the museum’s kinetic symphony.

~ CRAFT Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm,Create your own totes decorated with animal prints, inspired by Curious George’s infamous painting adventure. The Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT Family Nature Crafts, ages 4-8 are invited, California Academy of Sciences.

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park, 12:00pm-12:30pm

~ MUSIC Breakfast with Enzo, Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 10 am and 11 am, The Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 280 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 652-2474.

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30p Explore the natureal world through stories, experiments, games and crafts, Ages 6-10. California Academy of Sciences

~ VOLUNTEER Sunday in the Park at Bothin Marsh (Mill Valley)9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Need a break from the winter blues? Come spend a Sunday in the park planting native seedlings with Save The Bay. While working at one of our most scenic tidal wetland restoration sites on the Bay, you are helping to create habitat for the many species of birds flying south for the winter along the Pacific Flyway! Natalie Lavan bayevents@savesfbay.org 510-452-9261 X109.

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

MONDAY 2/21

~ CRAFTS School’s Out Drop In Art Making: Colorful Kites, Celebrate Presidents Day by adorning ready-to-fly kites with colorful shapes, and flying them high on a windy day! The Jewish Museum.

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Schultz Museum, 10am-12noon

~ HOLIDAY Chinese New Year Festival, 9-4p Bay Area Discovery Museum, Gung hay fat choy! Welcome the Year of the Rabbit by joining us for the Museum’s annual celebration of Chinese New Year. Learn more about your Chinese zodiac sign or try your hand at calligraphy. Decorate a lucky red envelope in the Art Studio. Make your own traditional sweet pastry and we’ll cook it for you. Purchase a ticket to see a vibrant performance by the Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group and don’t miss the outdoor demonstrations by the spectacular lion dancers of the Dragon Horse Lion Dance Team and the Marin Chinese Cultural Association.

~ HOLIDAY Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group, 11am& 1pm, World On Stage Ethnic Performance Series. Members $7; General Child $12; General Adult $14 (includes admission to the Museum). Gung hay fat choy! Come celebrate Chinese New Year with this talented ensemble of youth and adult dancers. CPAA’s elegant performance of folk and classical dance showcases the rich and diverse cultures of China. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

TUESDAY 2/22

~ SCIENCE Chabot Space Museum: Astronauts (10am – 10:50am) Whatís it like to walk on the surface of the moon? How long does it take to rocket to places beyond? Our tykes have a way to go before they can walk in the space shoes of Sallie Ride and Charles Bolden, but they can get an early start in our class.

WEDNESDAY 2/23

~ CRAFT Art of World Cultures for Children Ages 6 to 12, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, 415-388-4331, office@ohanloncenter.org

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, 3:30pm ñ 5:00pm, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Register at

~ READ The Marin Humane Society with Share A Book- Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ SCIENCE Expedition Spotlight, Dr. Brian Fisher, 12:30p Learn about Fisherís research highlighting insects as a useful tool to discover and preserve the full range of plants and animals on the uniquely biodiverse island of Madagascar. Reservations: Free with Museum admission. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, goonline or call 800-794-7576. California Academy of Sciences.

THURSDAY 2/24

~ MUSIC Bangin’ Twangin’ & Shakin’ with Miss Kitty!, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Discovery Museum.

FRIDAY 2/25

~ NATURE Cataract Trail, We’ll employ a car shuttle to allow us to enjoy this spectacular trail one-way from bottom to top (yes, it really is best to hike UP this gorge in order to properly appreciate the multiple water- falls). Meet at Rock Spring and drive a few cars down to the trailhead at Alpine Dam so we can take the whole day to slowly enjoy one of Marin’s most picturesque places. Getting there From Panoramic Hwy, turn up Pantoll Rd, the trailhead is at the intersection of Pantoll Rd and West Ridgecrest Blvd.

~ WORKSHOP Zeum Lil Z’s Workshops, 3-5 year,

SATURDAY 2/26

~ ASTRONOMY Free Telescope Viewings at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, 7:30pm -10:30pm, Come for spectacular night sky viewing and experience a Bay Area secret! The magnificent Chabot telescopes are open for free night viewings each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, excluding major holidays.

~ CAMP Coastal Camp Open House, 1-4pm The camp season is just around the corner! Join us at the Headlands Institute campus for an opportunity to meet our camp staff, participate in a family hike, meet the tidepool creatures in our Marine Lab, and find out more about our fabulous day camp programs. *Registration is appreciated, but not required.

~ CELBRATE Happy Birthday Elmo! 2pm, Borders, San Rafael, Celebrate Elmo’s 3rd birthday with music, stories, crafts and more! Please note that this is not a costume character event.

~ CRAFT Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids DeYoung – 10:30am, Doing and Viewing Art (ages 7-12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4-6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult- Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico

~ CRAFT Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids Legion of Honor – 11am  Sketching for Fun

~ CRAFTS Jellyfish 1 p.m. and 4 p.m the Randall Museum.

~ DANCE Hui Tama Nui, 11-12p, Discovery Museum.

~ FARM Into the WILD: Outdoor Lore for Kids & Families 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m Click to enlarge. Ages 8 and up, plus parent or guardian. How did kids learn about nature 1,000 years ago, when understanding the natural world was essential to staying alive? How can YOU, as an adult, develop the same keen awareness of nature that an Ohlone Indian child of ten would already have mastered? Classes use both ancient methods of developing sensory awareness, and modern methods of factual investigation to build skills which lead to a deep and lifelong sense of connection to nature. Perfect for kids who loved their field trip to Hidden Villa and are eager to explore the next step.

~ MUSIC Abby & The Pipsqueaks, 10:30am. Join us for sing-along dance-along fun with 4-time award winners Abby & The Pipsqueaks. This show has music, comedy, puppetry, and more!

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30p Short Attention Span Circus. 11am & 2pm & 4pm, Puppet Show: The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 12:00pm & 3:00pm The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families. 1pm-1:20pm, Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland’s feathered, furry or wooly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

~ READ Peter Rabbit Appearance,10:00am – 12:00pm, Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera, Celebrate springtime with some classic stores and a live appearance from Peter Rabbit. Don’t forget to bring your camera. (415) 927-3558

SUNDAY 2/27

~ CRAFT Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm,Create your own totes decorated with animal prints, inspired by Curious George’s infamous painting adventure. The Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFT Family Nature Crafts, ages 4-8 are invited, California Academy of Sciences

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park.

~ FREE MUSEUM DAY the Schulz Museum all day!

~ MAGIC Comedy Illusionist Brian Scott and his amazing sleight-of-hand, Randall Museum, 11-12. For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW

~ MUSIC Breakfast with Enzo, Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 10 am and 11 am, The Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 280 Buena Vista Avenue in Mill Valley. For more info, call (415) 652-2474.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Deer Island Open Space, 10-2p We’ll take our time walking around this small preserve enjoying a late winter day. We’ll talk about the different animals that live here and keep our eyes open for a wide array of amphibians including newts and other salamanders. Getting there from Hwy 101 in Novato, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit east on Atherton Ave, turn right at Olive Ave, and turn left at Deer Island Ln. Trailhead is on the right.

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30p Explore the natureal world through stories, experiments, games and crafts, Ages 6-10. California Academy of Sciences.

~ THEATER Tall Tales – Family Theater Event, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, The Mill Valley Public Library

~ TOUR Twilight Tour – International Polar Bear Day, SF Zoo 415-753-8135 or wildnights@sfzoo.org

~ VOLUNTEER Mill Valley/Sausalito Path Clean-Up, 9-12p, Meet at the parking lot underneath Hwy 101 in Mill Valley, next to the offices at 100 Shoreline Hwy. Call (415) 499-3778 after 7am on 2/27. Message will be updated if event is canceled.

~ WRITE Writing Mamas Sunday Salon Book Passage

~ YOGA Yoga for Kids 12:00–12:45 pm, Sports Basement.

MONDAY 2/28 Look to the southeast before sunrise to see the waning Crescent Moon near brilliant Venus.

~ FUN Museum Mondays for Little Ones. Enjoy stories, movement games & arts and crafts activities designed for children ages 1ñ5 and their caregivers. Schulz Museum, 10am-12noon

Storytime:

Dial-a-Story The Marin County Free Library offers pre-recorded children’s stories via telephone. Listen to a New Story Each Week (415) 499-6051

Belvedere-Tiburon
Baby Bounce for ages 2 and under on Mondays January 31 through April 25 at 10:30 am and 11 amRegistration Required
Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3 on Tuesdays February 1 through April 26 at 11 am Registration Required
Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 on Tuesdays February 1through April 26 at 4pm
Lemonade Hour Read Along for ages 7 and up on Wednesdays February 2 through April 27 at 4pm Registration Required

Bolinas
Wednesday, February 2, 16,  2011, 11am

Corte Madera
Wednesdays at 10:00 am for 2 year-olds (September through May)Wednesdays at 11:00 am for 3-6 year-oldsTuesdays at 3:30 pm for 5-8 year-olds (in October, November, February, March, April)

Fairfax
Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays, 11:00 to 11:30 am. Ages 3 and upPreschool Storytime, Saturdays, 11:00 to 11:30 am. Ages 3 and up

** Fairfax Library closed for carpet installation Feb 7-21, re-opens 2/22

Marin Civic Center
Storytime with Miss Kitty You can bring your children to storytime every Wednesday.
Toddler Storytime: For ages 2-3 from 10:30 – 10:50 am
Preschool Storytime: For ages 3 and up from 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Marin City
Preschool Storytimes at the Marin City Library Join us for our preschool storytimes every Wednesday at 10:30am and 3:30pm Please note that the morning storytime occurs during the school year only, from September through May.

Mill Valley
Family Story Time for all ages every Saturday from 11:00-11:30 am in the Children’s Room The inimitable Phil Sheridan knocks your socks off with his vibrant performances of vintage and contemporary childrenís classics.
Preschool Story Time for children 3-5 years old every Wednesday from 10:30-11:00 am in the Children’s Room. This is not your mother’s story time. Experience for yourself the excitement of a room full of kids leaning forward to listen to master storyteller, Phil Sheridan. His outrageous delivery of old time favorites and new stories alike will keep you coming back for more.
Preschool Story Time for children 3-5 years old every Wednesday from 11:30 am-12:00 pm in the Children’s Room. By popular demand! What could be better than another wonderful Wednesday story time? Our talented childrenís staff reads stories hot off the press and tried and true, all guaranteed to captivate your favorite preschooler.
Toddler Story Time for children 2-3 years old every Thursday from 10:15-10:45 am in the Children’s Room.
Lapsit Story Time for children under 2 years old every Thursday from 11:15-11:35 am in the Children’s Room. What can you possibly do to capture the imagination and attention of wee ones for twenty to thirty minutes? Come to a Thursday morning story time and find out. Naima, the inspiration behind our summer under-five programs, mesmerizes her audience with a combination of songs, finger and hand rhymes, and very short stories. She keeps the energy high and mood upbeat while exuding a charisma and warmth that kids can’t resist. This is really a unique opportunity to expose your child to the mystique of libraries, the wonder of the spoken word, and the magic of books. Start early and you might very well have them hooked for life. These two Thursday story times are similar in format. The difference is that we use shorter books and maintain a faster pace for the younger set.

Novato
Baby & Me –  Ages 6 to 18 months. Thursdays 10:00 a.m.Lapsit Storytime – Ages 18 to 36 months. Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.Preschool Storytime – Ages 3 to 6 years. Wednesdays & Saturdays 11:00 a.m.Pajama Storytime – Ages 4 to 8 years. Second Monday of the month 7:00 p.m.

South Novato
Wacky Wednesdays with Ms Carla every other Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., join us for Wacky Wednesdays Each week we’ll do something different. You might enjoy a “Make and Take” craft or play games, enjoy fingerplays, listen to stories or sing songs. For families with children ages 4 and up

Sausalito
TODDLER TIME! with Naima Dean Stories & Songs for Ages 0-3 Wednesdays, 11:45 am MLK Gym, 610 Coloma St., Sausalito CANCELLED for Wednesday February 9/Returns February 16
Stories with Phil Sheridan Please join us in City Council Chambers from 3:30-4pm every Thursday for fun and adventure.

Henry’s Toyshop Story Time by the Fire Phil Sheridan reads stories at Henry’s Toy Shop in downtown Mill Valley. 11AM. Phone: 415-380-8691 http://www.philsheridan.com/

Book Passage Storytime with Christopher Smith Sunday, 11:00am Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera.

Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera Please join us for Storytime in our Children’s Department every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 am.

giggle Story time 11:00 am giggle at the Village Mall (right by Muzzy Marsh!) Corte Madera

The Asian Art Museum Storytellers bring the galleries to life with the myths and folktales of Asia. Every Sunday 1:00 pm   End Time: 1:45 pm

Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids every Thursday 11-12 meet local authors for 1 hour. Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids or call 415 252 9990

California Academy of Sciences Every Tuesday 9:15a, and Thursday and Saturday 11a Age 2-5.

MUSEUMS

ALWAYS FREE:

SUNDAY:

Asian Art – 1st Sunday of the month.

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THURSDAY:

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2 Responses to Ronnie’s Awesome List – February

  1. Christie Michaels says:

    Thank you for yet another Awesome List! Where would we be without you? I pick up something new every time I read it. I’m hoping to explore a couple of the kid-friendly walking tours this month!

  2. Cathy says:

    Thanks Ronnie! Super awesomeness all in one easy – to – check spot 🙂

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