Ronnie’s Awesome List – March 2011

March is another month brimming with reasons to celebrate. Keep your eyes out for fun events on:

  • Women’s History Month
  • 3/2 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
  • 3/8 Mardi Gras
  • 3/9 Ash Wednesday
  • 3/13 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
  • 3/17 St. Patricks Day
  • 3/20 First Day of Spring, Purim and Nowruz (Persian New Year)

Once again, Mother Nature never disappoints. Whale watching in California is excellent. Head to Point Reyes for  Journey of the Whales” at 1:30pm. Learn about gray whales as they migrate past Point Reyes, about their habits and adaptations, and you may just catch a whale sighting from the Observation Deck. And while you are there be sure to check out “Experience Elephant Sealsevery Saturday and Sunday at Chimney Rock Elephant Seal Overlook in Point Reyes National Seashore. Docents will be stationed from 11am to 4pm (thank you NPS for the photo).

With all this rain we are having, spring buds have already arrived. Towards the end of the month it will be a spectacular feast for the eyes. For wildflower enthusiasts, a trip to Point Reyes in the spring and summer is a must. My favorite is Limantour Beach. Last year, it was covered with gorgeous purple wild irises and bright orange poppies. Have a scavenger hunt with your children and discover the many varieties of wildflowers. Either bring a field guide or look it up on the California Academy website.

For those with a sense of adventure, there is an abandoned daffodil farm near the hostel at Limantour Beach. To get there, park off road beyond the hostile and look for culvert. It is not easy to get to because the daffodil’s are completely hidden from regular trails. You will need to traverse though brush and across a creek to access it. But, if you venture out you will be treated to thousands of yellow and white daffodils which only bloom for a only a few weeks in late February/early March. The park services used to let you harvest the daffodils but not any more, so take a picture to bring home but do not pick the flowers.

Venture to the tide pools at Muir Beach, your children will be delighted by the vibrant life teaming under the water. Look at the Tide Pool Chart for the low tide and go!

For all you 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS Giant fans out there, did you know the Coca-Cola Fan Lot is open year-round? Run the bases, play the game, enjoy special slides, a mini-version of AT&T Park, giant baseball glove, Fantasy Photo booth, Make Your Own Lou Seal Workshop and a mezzanine level offering great views of the game, as well as downtown San Francisco. Open September through May: Saturday & Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and June, July, August: Daily – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Marin CharitableAlso, this month I am spotlighting 2 fabulous fundraisers. The first one is for Marin Charitable Family Day at the Movies: Willy Wonka. Be sure to mark on your calendar for Saturday, March 5th, 10:30 AM, at the Lark Theater to see the full length original movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The second fundraiser is for the foundation that keeps the arts alive in the Mill Valley School District, Kiddo! They will have their Spring Gala & Auction on March 12th at 5:30 pm – Midnight at Mill Valley Recreation Center.

Remember to check to make sure the events mentioned have not been cancelled or changed. Get out, make memories and have fun!

Enjoy,
Ronnie

P.S. Thank you for all the terrific comments and suggestions. Keep them coming – we want to hear more from you. And please continue to let every know about us.

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MARCH 2011

TUESDAY 3/1

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ EAT National Pancake Day, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., receive one complimentary short stack! In return for the free flapjacks, consider a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. IHOP.

~ FILM Mary Poppins, 1:00pm and 4:00pm, Mary Poppins is a magical nanny who brings joy, order, and happiness to the Banks family. It’s a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious film that will make you want to sing and dance all the way home. The Walt Disney Museum.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

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

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WEDNESDAY 3/2 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, National Read Across America Day

~ CRAFT Wacky Wednesdays with Ms Carla, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Make and Take” craft or play games, enjoy fingerplays, listen to stories or sing songs. No registration required. Just drop in and join the fun! For families with children ages 4 and up. South Novato Branch at 6 Hamilton Landing.

~ CRAFT The Knack Free Family Event – Make-It Take-It Bookmark Join the Dr. Seuss® Birthday Celebration. Come make your own festive bookmark creations. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. 10-Noon, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~ 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, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ PERFORMANCE Disney on Ice, Oracle Arena, 7:30pm, 1-800-745-3000, $75-$16

~ PLAY JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ STORYTIME Storytelling Series, the Marin Waldorf School Early Education 3:30pm – 4:00pm, 415-479-8190 EXT 100, 755 Idylberry Rd. Marinwood, San Rafael.

~ TOUR Presidio Shuttle Tour, Noon to 1 pm, great way to see the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden nooks, with an emphasis on projects that are shaping the Presidio today. Visit the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more. Space is limited. Reservations limited to four people per party. RSVP Required. Call (415) 561-5418 or email presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

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THURSDAY 3/3

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ CAMP Strawberry Recreation District’s Camp Night, Over 70 different camps from the Bay Area and beyond will attend, offering parents and campers an evening to explore, research and choose the perfect camp for this 2011 summer. Meet special guest Marty Piombo from the TV show Survivor Nicaragua. Free event, door prizes, jump house, food vendors more. 5:30pm – 8:00pm, 415 383-6494, mwilgenbush@strawberryrec.org.

~ CRAFT Free Make-It Take-It Paper Baby Bootie, Greet baby shower guests with this creative idea. While supplies last. Adult craft only. 6-8pm, Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12.

~ LECTURE Mastery & Competence, The Role of Learning in the Emotional Development of the Pre-Adolescent Child, Mill Valley Community Center, Mountain View Room, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Late elementary and middle school years can be a particularly stressful and challenging time for both children and their parents. With the on-set of puberty, the physical, emotional and social landscape of the school child becomes considerably more complex. Dr. O’Byrne offers a unique framework for understanding how learning and academic growth contribute to a child’s ability to successfully navigate these difficult years. His presentation explores how learning, mastery, and the ability to feel competent are fundamental building blocks of psychological well being and the foundations of a healthy Self. Registration required, space is limited.

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

~ PERFORMANCE Disney on Ice, Oracle Arena, 7:30pm, 1-800-745-3000, $75-$16

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

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FRIDAY 3/4 NEW MOON

~ EVENT Family Fun Friday, 6pm – 8pm Come have fun with the whole family in the Fairfax Pavilion! Toys and games for the kids – old school playgroud games for the grown ups. Feel free to bring your own “picnic” dinner. $5 per adult – kids FREE 5:30-7:30ish.

~ EVENT Friday Nights at the de Young: Carnaval! 6:00pm –8:30 pm The dancers and bateria of Fogo Na Roupa (Portuguese for “clothes on fire”) bring the infectious energy and insistent beats that set the crowd aflame every time they take to the streets or to the stage. Hands-on art making for the entire family in celebration of Carnaval. Contact Gregory Stock, (415) 750-7694, gstock@famsf.org

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Disney on Ice, Oracle Arena, 10:30am & 7:30pm, 1-800-745-3000, $75-$16.

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 7:30pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~ TOUR Shuttle Through Time, 10:45-11:30 am, Take the PresidiGo shuttle and travel through time as you hear stories spanning the centuries. Meet Ranger Jose Roldan at the Presidio Transit Center, corner of Graham Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

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

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SATURDAY 3/5

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under.

~ ANIMALS Live Snake Demonstration, 1:30 pm. See a live snake handled by one of the Academy’s expert staff and learn about its amazing attributes and role in its natural ecosystem.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (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. Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Projects, Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm, (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. Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Illuminations.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Construct your own animal sculpture from our abundant wood scrap supply. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~CREATE The Home Depot Race Car, 9am-Noon, In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. Designed for children ages 5-12. Any Home Depot store.

~EVENT 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. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am. 415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Meadowcroft Wines Mardi Gras Party, welcome Mardi Gras in authentic Louisiana style. Cornerstone Sonoma (23570 Arnold Drive/Hwy 121) with the only authentic Jazz/Funeral/Mardi Gras/Strolling/Marching band west of New Orleans. All the food is being flown in from Louisiana and includes Crawfish Etouffee served over rice arriving from Baton Rouge, Cajun Sausage from Eunice, Jack Miller’s Barbeque Sauce from Ville Platte, and a little lagniappe (a little something extra). $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. Reservations are recommended. The ticket price covers wine, food, music and fun. 707-934-4090. 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

~ FARM Family Farm Day, milk goats, feed and collect eggs from their chickens, explore and taste from the organic garden, and learn about native plants and ecology along miles of wild land trails. Slide Ranch.

~ FESTIVAL Mendocino Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ MOVIE/FUNDRAISER Marin Charitable Family Day at the Movies: Willy Wonka, 10:30 AM, $65/Family; $20/adult & $15/child The Lark Theater, Larkspur. This year, Marin Charitable Family Day at the Movies features the full length original movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Doors open at 10:30am, with free entertainment, face painting and complimentary popcorn. Food and drinks available for purchase. The movie starts promptly at 11:15am. This family friendly, fun-filled event will benefit the Marin Charitable grants program that supports Marin school-aged children. Tickets available online.

~ MOVIE How to Train Your Dragon, 3PM, The Lark.

~ MOVIE The Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, The Castro Theatre, 1:00 pm; Interactive presentation of the film has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! Special Admission: $15 general / $10 kids (12 and under) & seniors (62 and up)

~ MUSIC Patchwork Series featuring Charity & the JAMband, Rudy Trubitt, Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, 10:30 am, $8.00 advance / $9.00 at door Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley.

~ MUSIC Asheba, 11a-Noon, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes admission to the Museum) Asheba, returns with a rollicking, rhythmic, joyful and interactive version of your favorite kid’s songs. His show is spiced with Caribbean and World beats, inspired by his own childhood on the island of Trinidad. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PARK Howarth Park Boathouse opens, 11am-5pm, Santa Rosa.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Storyteller John Weaver, 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!, Oakland

~ PERFORMANCE Stephen Petronio Company Family Matinee, 2pm Stephen Petronio makes bold moves, using the whole canvas of the stage with creative sets, costumes, music and dancers. Full of his trademark “raw New York energy,” Stephen’s productions are a feast for the eyes. Novellus Theater at YBCA $10 Children/$15 Adults

~ PERFORMANCE Nowruz Celebration Public Program, 2pm-4pm, Fremont Main Library, Fukaya room, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont. Celebrate Nowruz with traditional music, dance (Shahrzad Dance Academy) and poetry reading. Nowruz is the celebration of the New Year (spring equinox) in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Contact: Fremont Main Library Information Desk (510) 745-1401

~ PERFORMANCE Disney on Ice, Oracle Arena, 11am, 3pm & 7pm, 1-800-745-3000, $75-$16

~ READ Read to a Dog – Marin Humane Society SHARE A Book Program, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Corte Madera Public Library.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ STORYTIME Peter Rabbit Appearance, Celebrate spring with a live appearance of Peter Rabbit at Pottery Barn Kids. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pottery Barn Kids at The Village Corte Madera, 415-927-3558

~ THEATRE Masque Unit Jr. Theater of Marin’s Pinocchio, 1 pm and 3 pm Showcase Theater, San Rafael. Enjoy a colorful and lively story of a puppet that becomes a real boy. He has a series of adventures, some nice like meeting the Blue Fairy or knowing his kind father Geppetto, and some dangerous, like being swallowed by a whale or forgetting the importance of always telling the truth. Spirited songs, creative dances, and silly jokes enliven the spellbinding action. $8

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition. Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, Noon & 5pm. Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~ VOLUNTEER Stream Team Point Reyes National Seashore, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Assist park staff in improving fish habitat for federally listed coho salmon and steelhead trout through streamside restoration. Age 6 and above are encouraged to attend, however, children under 14 will need adult supervision. 76 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, Jesse Wiesenfeld , jesse_wiesenfeld@partner.nps.gov, 415-464-5206

~ WORKSHOP Everything you want to know about the safety of childhood vaccines but were afraid to ask, 1:00pm to 3:00pm The Connection Center, Marin Wellness Center, Room 109 & 110, 3240 Kerner Boulevard, (at corner of Bellam Blvd) San Rafael Bring your questions! Children welcome (please indicate if you will be bringing children when you RSVP—some child care provisions will be available). Register in advance, Sharayn Forkel 415.473.3078 or SForkel@co.marin.ca.us.

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SUNDAY 3/6

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Trunk + Fin + Feather = Elaphishird?! In the spirit of Margret and H. A. Rey’s “Billy’s Picture,” create your own imaginative animals, combining animal elements to fantastic effect! 1-3 PM, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFTS Family Nature Crafts, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Piazza. First hour is for members. Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. California Academy of Science.

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park Dancing, 11am – 2pm, John F Kennedy Drive between 8th and 10th Ave, Golden Gate Park. Join the longest-running swing dance “venue” in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is open to dancers of all ages and levels.

~ FESTIVAL Mendocino Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ GALLERY Family Gallery Tours, 3-3:45 PM, 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. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ MOVIE The Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, The Castro Theatre, 1:00 pm; Interactive presentation of the film has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! Special Admission: $15 general / $10 kids (12 and under) & seniors (62 and up)

~ MUSEUM Ancient Egyptian Jewelry, Jewelry, while stylish, was more than just fashion to the ancient Egyptians. Learn about the different types of jewelry worn by the ancient Egyptians, how certain stones and styles served specific functions, and take an up close look at some of our rarely displayed pieces. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose, 408.947.3665 or em

ail info@egyptianmuseum.org.

~ MUSIC Gamelan Music with Gamelan Gender Wayang, 12:00 noon–2:00 pm, North Court Asian Art Museum. Likened to the string quartet in its compact complexity, Gender Wayang is one of the smallest forms of gamelan music (bronze and bamboo ensembles). Gender Wayang, appropriate for both intimate gatherings and larger functions, accompanies shadow puppet theater (wayang kulit), which plays a central role in Balinese life.

~ 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.

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

~MUSIC Orange Sherbet, This female recording duo entertains families with jazz and funk songs about dinosaurs, dump trucks and more using wacky instruments. 3-4:30pm. $6 adults, $4 kids. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. 510-525-5054. ashkenaz.com.

~ NATURE Birding in the Headlands, 9:30-11:30 am, Welcome the spring migrants back to the Marin Headlands! Take an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon with volunteer Jane Haley to discover what birds visit us and come here to nest. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. Reservations required; please call (415) 331-1540.

~ NATURE Muir Beach Spring Walk, Learn about the history of the Muir Beach area and its connection with the natural world on this two-mile guided hike.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids at Indian Valley Open Space, 10am – 2pm. Meet at the parking area at the west end of Indian Valley College. Follow Ignacio Blvd west all the way to the last parking lot, by the police station. We’ll start the day learning about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the small ponds, and then we’ll walk up to the waterfall looking for cool critters along the way. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend.

~ NATURE Birding for Kids at San Francisco Botanical Gardens Meet at the front gate of the garden for a guided bird walk for students 6 to 12 years of age. Each First Saturday walk begins with a mini-class-show and tell on calls and songs, beaks, bones and wings etc. This monthly program is oriented toward young students and their families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages: 6-12, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Storyteller John Weaver, 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!, Oakland

~ PERFORMANCE Disney on Ice, Oracle Arena, 11am, 3pm & 7pm, 1-800-745-3000, $75-$16

~ PROGRAM Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 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, 2:30 pm, California Academy of Science Education Classroom. Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. For ages 6 – 10.

~ SCIENCE Little Learners Lab, 2:00 pm Introducing a special new program designed for some of our youngest learners in the Early Explorers Cove. Come be a scientist-in-training and join us for fun hands-on-experiments! Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Science.

~ THEATRE Masque Unit Jr. Theater of Marin’s Pinocchio, 1 pm and 3 pm, Showcase Theater, San Rafael. Enjoy a colorful and lively story of a puppet that becomes a real boy. He has a series of adventures, some nice like meeting the Blue Fairy or knowing his kind father Geppetto, and some dangerous, like being swallowed by a whale or forgetting the importance of always telling the truth. Spirited songs, creative dances, and silly jokes enliven the spellbinding action. $8.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition. Young Performers Theatre, Fort

Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

~ THEATRE Ringling Bros. Boswick the Clown and his circus of comedy! The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon Tickets: $8 Per Person (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW.

~ THEATRE Shakespeare on Tour: The Tempest, 2 pm, Log Cabin, 1299 Storey Avenue FREE The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents a touring production of The Tempest specially designed for kids and families. Following the performance enjoy PLAYSHOP, a free one-hour hands-on experience for kids and parents that will deepen your appreciation of The Tempest including games, activities and text work designed to create a greater understanding and appreciation of theater. Space for PLAYSHOP is limited, please RSVP to playshop@presidiotrust.gov. For more, visit San Francisco Shakespeare Festival website or call (415) 865-4434.

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

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MONDAY 3/7

~ SEW Flying Fingers Family Knitting Club, 7-8pm, Like to knit or interested in learning? Want to make a really cool project for yourself or to give as a gift? Join the club! For adults and families with children 8 years and older! All experience levels welcome! Space is limited. Please register by calling 415-897-1143. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd.

TUESDAY 3/8 Mardi Gras

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ BOOKS Ada’s Book Give-away Day, 9:30 am – 10:30 am Every child receives a FREE book from Ada! Habitot,  2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time, Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ SCIENCE Buggie Bodies (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) What makes a bug a bug? Learn about the parts of a bugs’ body. Compare it to other creatures and crawlies. Chabot Space & Science Center.

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WEDNESDAY 3/9 Ash Wednesday

~ 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.

~ MOVIE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

~ MOVIE The Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long, The Castro Theatre, 1:00 pm; Interactive presentation of the film has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! Special Admission: $15 general / $10 kids (12 and under) & seniors (62 and up)

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

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ PLAY JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ STORYTIME Picture Books & More – Good Enough to Eat, Grades 1 & 2 – Advance sign-up required, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mill Valley Public Library, 4-part after-school series offers fun-filled activities based on cool books. Space is limited – registration begins on February 28, Mill Valley residents only.

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THURSDAY 3/10

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ EVENT Doggie Day, Celebrate the veterinary care wing in Habitot’s new “Medical Center” exhibit where puppies and kitties need care and attention. The East Bay SPCA will visit at 10am with some live furry friends to pet. Listen to fun stories about doggies in the Reading Tent throughout the day and make special dog print pictures in the Art Studio. Habitot,  2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley.

~ MOVIE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

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

~ PERFORMANCE Juggler Larry Kluger for ages 5 & up, 4pm Full of fun, high energy, top technical juggling skills and physical comedy. Some skills that are the hallmark of Larry’s shows are unusual types of juggling. His manipulations with top hat, one-ball (contact juggling), cigar box juggling, and “devil sticks” are some of the highlights. The fantastic grand finale is juggling on a six-foot tall unicycle. For more info call the Childrens’ Room, Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 415-789-BOOK.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ STORYTIME Amy Novesky, 1st grade and older, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library Award-winning author Amy Novesky, will read from Me, Frida, a gorgeous picture book biography that looks at the life of artist Frida Kahlo. A self-portrait workshop will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase.

~ STORYTELLING The Secret Lives of Bay Area Plants, 7 pm Experience a delightful evening of storytelling. San Francisco naturalist John Muir Laws will deliver an illustrated lecture about the lives of local native plants. Discover adaptations and mysteries that will deepen your appreciation of the flowering plants around you. Book signing follows. The historic Log Cabin. in The Presidio.

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FRIDAY 3/11

~ AUTHOR Jennifer Fosberry – My Name is Not Alexander, Meet Alexander, an imaginative little boy who explores the innovative men who influenced and shaped our world. Travel through history with Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Chief Joseph, Jackie Robinson, Fred Astaire, and, of course, Daddy! Book Passage, Corte Madera, 10am. 

~ MOVIE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ SLEEPOVER The Family Live-Aboard Experience, USS Hornet, designed for family groups of all ages. The program is available to any family. All participants must be at least five (5) years of age. The cost of the Family Overnight Program is $100 per person regardless of age. Reservations: (510) 521-8448 x280.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ SLEEPOVER Camp out for a night at the Academy, and you’ll see the museum in a whole new light. For kids ages 6 and up and their adult chaperones. $119 per person. 6:00 pm – 8:00 am, California Academy of Sciences

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

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SATURDAY 3/12

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under. California Academy of Science.

~ ANIMALS Live Snake Demonstration, 1:30 pm. See a live snake handled by one of the Academy’s expert staff and learn about its amazing attributes and role in its natural ecosystem. California Academy of Science.

~ ART Craft Bar with Etsy Labs Make It @ MOCFA, 11-1pm; Experiment and explore printmaking Sister Corita-style! An assortment of rubber stamps, ink, papers, and more help you print, collage, and create original works of art to take home, frame, or give away. Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the de Young, 10:30am, (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. Hills, Trees, Sky, and More: Discovering California Landscapes.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion Of Honor, 2pm, (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. Famous Stories from Olden Times, Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org

~ CRAFT Blinky Bugs, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 766 Valencia Street, Conference Room, FREE, “What’s a Blinkybug?” you might ask.  Well here’s your answer:  Blinkybugs are simple little electro-mechanical insects that respond to movement, wind, and vibrations by blinking their LED (light-emitting diode) eyes. Despite their simplicity, they have a strangely lifelike quality. Author and creator Ken Murphy will be at Curiosities for Kids on March 12th from 2-4pm helping kids make their own Blinkybugs.  Join us for this amazing free event! Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Use rubber fish to dive into the art of gyotaku, Japanese for fish printing. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ CRAFT The Knack Free Family Event – Make-It Take-It Yarn Doll Learn to create and decorate a simple yarn doll. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12pm.

~CREATE Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Jump into your own sidewalk chalk drawing. Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey, Chim chim cher-ee, come be as creative as you can be! (We will move this activity indoors in case of inclement weather.) Walt Disney Museum.

~ FARM Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day, milk goats, feed and collect eggs from their chickens, explore and taste from the organic garden, and learn about native plants and ecology along miles of wild land trails. Slide Ranch.

~ FESTIVAL Little River Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ FUNDRAISER Kiddo! Spring Gala & Auction, 5:30 pm – Midnight, Mill Valley Recreation Center.

~ FUNDRAISER Run for the Seals is The Marine Mammal Center’s annual fun run/walk and fundraiser.

~ FUNDRAISER Art Inspiring Hope Gala, All proceeds will help send more than 700 children to camp this summer. The Okizu Foundation. San Francisco Design Center Concourse.

~ HISTORY Women’s History Month at SF Maritime National Historic Park Living History with a costumed living history reenactment of a suffragette march and ladies salon. Hyde Street at Jefferson San Francisco Hyde Street Pier.

~ HOLIDAY San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Dress up in your best green outfit and head to the San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival featuring colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, marching bands, arts and crafts, children’s actvities and much more. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Parade is at 11:30 AM.

~ MOVIE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

~ MOVIE Kit Kittredge, 2:30PM, The Lark

~ MUSEUM Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics, Learn the history of cosmetics in ancient Egypt. Discover how and why certain minerals were used, and how other nearby cultures influenced cosmetics in the region. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose, 408.947.3665 or email info@egyptianmuseum.org.

~ MUSIC Tim Cain, 11a-Noon, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes admission to the Museum) Guitar in hand, Tim Cain performs a sing-along concert where children, as well as parents, can participate in a positive group experience with singing and movement. His warmth, good humor, and spontaneity make his shows engaging and accessible to all. Tim knows that happy childhoods last a lifetime, and his efforts contribute to that goal by giving young audiences a dose of joy that they’ll cherish and remember. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSIC Mill Valley Philharmonic and the Dominican University Winifred Baker Chorale, 4-6pm. To ensure your seat, get free tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, Acacia Avenue, San Rafael.

~ NATURE Winter/Spring Bird Walk, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 8:30am – 10:30am, Join us for a bird walk led by Kerry Wilcox, our Sanctuary Manager and experienced birder. We will view and learn about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds that visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary during the winter and spring. Beginner and advanced birders, and families welcome. Cost: $7/participant. RSVP: 388-2524.

~ NATURE Family Hike at Indian Tree, 10am – 12pm, From Hwy 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit west on San Marin Dr (San Marin Dr becomes Sutro Ave after Novato Blvd junction), and turn right at Vineyard Rd. Trailhead is located at the point where the pavement turns into a dirt road. Open Space rangers will host an exciting family hike. We’ll play games and tell stories while learning about the local ecosystem as we march up into the redwoods of this Novato preserve. Dogs must be on leash. Rain will cancel.

~ PERFORMANCE  Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises, 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!, Oakland

~ SCIENCE C.S.I. Lab: Green Architects (11am – 5pm) Open Labs & Workshops, Stop by our open lab as we design and build green dwellings. Working in groups you are the architect and your challenge is to make your design as green as possible. Will you and your partners be able to create the most ecologically sustainable home? Chabot Space & Science Center

~ STORYTIME Peter Rabbit Appearance, Celebrate spring with a live appearance of Peter Rabbit at Pottery Barn Kids. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pottery Barn Kids at The Village Corte Madera, 415-927-3558

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition. Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

~ THEATRE Escape Artistry, Magic and Juggling with The Greg Frisbee Show, The Berkeley JCC Theater at The JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street (between Vine and Rose) North Berkeley, 1 pm – 2 pm, Tickets: $8 Per Person (under 2 yrs free) $7 JCC members For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW

~THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm, 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 1pm & 5pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~VOLUNTEER Renew the Zoo Volunteer Workday, 8:00 AM-11:00 AM, Help beautify the Zoo by working in our gardens! Work gloves, tools and refreshments provided. Participants receive a coupon for a free steam train ride and other special benefits. Pre-registration required.

~ VOLUNTEER Bothin Marsh Habitat Restoration, 9am – 12pm, park near Mill Valley Middle School. We’ll meet on the bike path. Remove invasive plants and tend to the natives to ensure the habitat remains vital, especially for the endangered species that live here. This project is on relatively flat ground and is suitable for all ages. Rain may cancel – call (415) 499-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to listen to a recorded message.

~ WORKSHOP Thingamakids! Workshops, 11:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6 & up are welcome! Create unique and engaging instruments out of recycled materials and random treasures found in places like the beach, forests, and even your own recycling bins. Learn how to make your own one of a kind wind and percussion instruments. These 2-hour Thingamakids! workshops are for families & kids ages 6 and up, no previous experience necessary.

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SUNDAY 3/13 Daylight Saving Time Begins!

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under.

~ ART Drop-In Art-Making: Trunk + Fin + Feather = Elaphishird?! In the spirit of Margret and H. A. Rey’s “Billy’s Picture,” create your own imaginative animals, combining animal elements to fantastic effect! 1-3 PM Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ ART Preschool Gallery Hour: Monkeys and Faces and Masks, Tour the Curious George exhibition, listen to best-loved stories at the PJ Library Story Nook, create an imaginative mask, and move to the groove of Octopretzel! Curious George himself also makes a special appearance. 9:00 AM – 11:00 Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ AUTHOR Meet the Author, Marianne Berkes, 2:30 – 3:30 pm in the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Science. Join us for a special Science Story Adventures with award-winning author Marianne Berkes as she reads from her books, shares songs and other activities. Her books, Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef and Going around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun will be available for purchase and signing.

~ CRAFTS Family Nature Crafts, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Piazza. First hour is for members. Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. California Academy of Science.

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park Dancing, 11am – 2pm, John F Kennedy Drive between 8th and 10th Ave, Golden Gate Park. Join the longest-running swing dance “venue” in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is open to dancers of all ages and levels.

~ EVENT West Marin Community Day, West Marin neighbors are invited to visit the Martin Griffin Preserve for a chance for us to say hi and a sneak peak before the preserve opens for the season. We’ll have: children’s activities (owl pellet dissection! animal tracking!), free ice cream courtesy of Straus Creamery, a guest lecture on the invasive green crabs of Bolinas Lagoon, guided hikes, and more. You bring: a picnic! No need to rsvp. 11-3pm, Audubon Canyon Ranch.

~ FESTIVAL Little River Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ FUNDRAISER SOUP – The Bowl That Keeps Feeding is a community event created to help feed local children and families in need of a warm meal. It also allows children to become involved in their community through food and art. Children make the food, create the art, and share them both with our guests. You contribute a small donation ($15), choose a hand-thrown bowl, and we fill it with savory soup. You leave with a full belly, a piece of art and a warm heart knowing that your donation helped to feed a child. 11am & 12:30pm, 1385 N. Hamilton Pkwy, Novato.

~ GALLERY Family Gallery Tours, 3-3:45 PM, 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.

~ MOVIE San Francisco Ocean Film Festival

~ MOVIE Kit Kittredge, 3PM, The Lark

~ 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.

~ MUSIC The Blues – In the Beginning, 11AM From work songs, field hollers and spirituals came “call and response” — a key musical and lyrical ingredient in blues music. In this matinee, families engage in call-and-response and learn about New Orleans, a city steeped in the history of the blues. Herbst Theatre.

~ MUSEUM The Tech Museum, Free Day, Explore how technology and science affect the way we live, work, play and learn at this event. 10:00 am – 05:00 pm Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St, San Jose, 408-294-TECH.

~ MUSEUM Egyptian Oils & Perfumes, Perfumes were often used in temple rituals as well as everyday life. Discover how oils and perfumes were used in ancient Egypt and experience the scents of various types of perfumes. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose, 408.947.3665 or email info@egyptianmuseum.org.

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

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, juggling, fire eatingand a multitude of surprises, 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!, Oakland

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30 pm, California Academy of Science Education Classroom. Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. For ages 6 – 10.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition. Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building C – San Francisco.

~THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am & 3:30pm (Matinee Cast Meet & Greet following show) Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

~ THEATRE Hilarious Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his Puppet Partner Cornelius Crowe! The Hoytt Theater at The Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael 1 pm – 2 pm, $8 General Public – $30 Series Ticket (All 5 Shows), $7 MJCC Members – $26 Series Ticket (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW.

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 3pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~ THEATRE The Greg Frisbee Show, his seemingly bottomless trunk of props will be sure to have you laughing out loud! Berkeley JJC, 1414 Walnut (between Vine & Rose). 1 pm – 2 pm, $8 General Public – $30 Series Ticket (All 5 Shows), $7 MJCC Members – $26 Series Ticket (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW.

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

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MONDAY 3/14

~ EVENT St. Patrick’s Day, 10:30-Noon, Fly over the Atlantic Ocean to Ireland for the morning. A children’s entertainer will perform at 11am. Then dance the Irish gig while listening to Celtic music, play on the climbing structures, bounce in the jump house and participate in a themed art and craft project. Adult supervision is required. Fee: $8 per child (no charge for adults) Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley.

~ FUNDRAISER La Peña Cultural Center, $35 (minimum donation) RSVP required – 6:30pm Check-In & Dinner; 7-8pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 – 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland. Seating Is Limited. RSVP Required by March 7th, 2011 (Paid in Full) to Nadine at (510) 849-2568, ext 12 or Nadine@lapena.org.

TUESDAY 3/15

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time: Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael. Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. The Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE Objects in Motion by The Gizmo Guys, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. Now catch their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor in a live show infused with science concepts like gravity, center of balance and pattern identification. Sidesplitting laughter and learning, all at the same time. Recommended for Grades K-5.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ SCIENCE The Great Transformation (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Bugs in nature make some incredible changes. Learn about how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly; explore what happens to flies; and investigate the curious metamorphosis of meal worm. Chabot Space & Science Center.

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WEDNESDAY 3/16

~ ART Art & Gardening with Le Petit Jardin, 10:30am-12:00pm, Juice and goodies to be served for the kids! Free. Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur

 

~ CRAFT Wacky Wednesdays with Ms Carla, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Make and Take” craft or play games, enjoy fingerplays, listen to stories or sing songs. No registration required. Just drop in and join the fun! For families with children ages 4 and up. South Novato Branch at 6 Hamilton Landing.

~ 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.

~ EVENT St. Patrick’s Day Tea, 10-11am, FREE Come join Strawberry Recreation for a morning of Celtic dancing, a special performance from the Healy Irish Dancers. Sip on a lovely cup of tea and snack on little cookies and cakes. This performance will be held after the Wednesday morning aerobics class, so mark your calendar and join us for a morning Irish-American tradition. Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

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

~ NATURE GreenPlay Afternoon Adventures, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, GreenPlay will offer its Afternoon Adventure programs to provide nature awareness classes for elementary school children.

~ PLAY JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ STORYTIME Picture Books & More – Good Enough to Eat, Grades 1 & 2 – Advance sign-up required, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mill Valley Public Library, 4-part after-school series offers fun-filled activities based on cool books. Space is limited – registration begins on February 28, Mill Valley residents only.

~ STORYTIME Share A Book – Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, The SHARE a Book program allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. The library programs bring a new and fun way to enjoy books. SHARE a Book volunteers also work with individual children to enable them to become more confident readers. Studies show that canine companions can help struggling children improve reading skills. Kids who can read- come read to a therapy dog! Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

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THURSDAY 3/17 St. Patricks Day

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ DANCE Irish Dance Performance, , 6:30 – 7:30pm, The Brosnan School of Irish Dance, based in Marin County, will perform a variety of traditional dance ensembles originating in Ireland, as well as a few modern dance pieces. The entire family is invited to attend this fascinating performance of high energy, festive music and beautiful costumes. For more information, call the Novato Library 415-897-1143

~ HOLIDAY Shamrock Day, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Hunt for hidden “gold” throughout the museum from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. In the Art Studio, create and decorate shamrock glasses and make festive designs using potatoes as stamps. All visitors will enjoy interactive storytelling in the Multicultural Reading Tent at 11:45 am and green punch and cookies at 12:15 pm. Habitot,  2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley.

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

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ VOLUNTEER Bunny Snuggling, Come give a rescued rabbit a special day of extra love, attention and yummy treats. Help these bunnies get the love and attention they deserve.  If you can bring as many  fresh greens like parsley, cilantro, mint, kale and dandelion greens as you can!  There are around 100 deserving rescued rabbits that all need to be fed! They will be your best friends and the animals will thank you! Volunteers must be at least 7 and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574, Address Will Be Emailed To Volunteers Before Project- Mill Valley, 5:30 pm to 07:30 pm. Registration and signed waver required.

FRIDAY 3/18

~ HIKE Full Moon Hike through the redwoods. As you explore the forest, your guide will discuss planetary orbits, seasonal changes in the sky, and the importance of the “Hunters’ Moon.” You will also learn how to predict which planets will be visible in the night sky. After the hike, stay and view the night sky through Chabot’s telescopes. (Weather Permitting)Meet at the Center at 6 pm. The hike departs from Chabot’s front entrance lobby. This is 4 – 5 mile hike with some hills, at a moderate pace. The hike returns to the Center at 9 pm. $7.00 (does not include admission into the Center), Chabot Space & Science Museum.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. The Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm (Half-Price/Pay What You Can Night) Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 7:30pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

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

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SATURDAY 3/19 FULL MOON

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under. California Academy of Science.

~ ANIMALS Live Snake Demonstration, 1:30 pm. See a live snake handled by one of the Academy’s expert staff and learn about its amazing attributes and role in its natural ecosystem. California Academy of Science.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (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. Twisting Towers. Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, Buried Treasures from Long Ago, 2pm, 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. Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org

~ ART Family Day Women’s History Month, Uganda Bead Making, inspired by those made by modern Ugandan women’s collectives, families will make colorful beaded necklaces out of strips of recycled paper. 12-4pm, The Museum of the African Diaspora, Free with MoAD Admission.

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 8pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ CAMPFIRE Family Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm register Enjoy the great outdoors after the sun sets with a fun-filled family friendly hike and campfire. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with your favorite friends and family, sing songs, and get silly with your siblings as you roast S’mores by moonlight. $10/person, pre-registration required.

~ CRAFT The Knack Family Event – Clay Pot & Saucer Make-It Take-It Lwith purchase of clay pot and saucer. Turn a clay pot into a giant decorative cupcake. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-12.

~ CRAFT Saturdays are Special, Make a mini quilt to hang on your wall or drape over a chair. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ DRAWING Manga Class, Everyone from 9 to 13 years old welcome, no drawing experience needed. Please call (415) 924-6382 if you have any questions. This workshop with Chiyoko Wong will take place in the Children’s Room, and will focus on the head, facial features, hair, and anatomy. All the materials needed will be provided. Corte Madera Library.

~ EVENT Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, San Francisco Botanical Gardens, 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. Storytime begins at 10:30am and the Family Walk follows at 11am; every 1st and 3rd Saturday.415-661-1316.

~ EVENT Family “Quest” Adventure, 10 am to Noon; meet outside the Exhibition Pavilion in The Presidio, RSVP to (415) 561-4449 or draffa@presidiotrust.gov. A “quest” is a treasure hunt that provides a fun way to explore a special place. At this event, staff will orient your family to the colorful Presidio Habitats Quest adventure booklet. Then, enjoy a self-guided exploration to experience the wildlife habitats along the route of the artwork. With team spirit and keen senses your family will solve riddles and make surprising observations. Best suited for kids aged 5 to 12. Booklet will be distributed at the event and is also available at the Exhibition Pavilion.

~ EVENT Lion Dance Team, 11am – 12pm, Corte Madera Library, Welcome the year of the rabbit with the Lion Dance Team. Presented by the Marin County Free Library & the Marin Chinese Cultural Group.

~ EVENT Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, topic will be Macaroni and Cheese. 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ FAIR Summer Resource Fair, Free, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco.

~ FESTIVAL Whole Planet Fundraising Carnival, 12-4pm Donations & Games. Do you like games and prizes? How about snacks and crafts? Whole Foods Market, Blithedale Ave, will be raising money for Whole Panet Foundation, a nonprofit that provides microloans to 3rd world countries.

~ FESTIVAL Fort Bragg Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ HIKE Full Moon Night Hike, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Interested in the night life in Richardson Bay? Check out our sanctuary after the sun goes down! Learn how animals have adapted to live in the dark, take a hike under a full moon, and look at the spring constellations. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Cost $7. Advanced registration required: 388-3534.

~ MOVIE Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie, 2:00 PM, Borders, 588 Francisco Blvd, West, San Rafael, Enjoy a trivia contest, games, Wimpy activities, and more at this special event. Fans of the books can even submit their very own book review for possible publication on Borders.com.

~ MUSEUM Games & Leisure in Ancient Egypt, Life was not all work and no play in ancient Egypt. Learn how the ancient Egyptians spent their free time. Try your hand at various popular games such as Senet, Mancala, and UR. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose, 408.947.3665 or email info@egyptianmuseum.org.

~ MUSIC Kenny Blacklock and Friends, 11am – 12pm, Members $5; General Child $10; General Adult $12 (includes admission to the Museum) Kenny Blacklock and Friends performs bluegrass, old-time string band music and American folk songs popular with children and adults everywhere. This talented and versatile band plays danceable tunes on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, standup bass, guitar and even a little musical saw. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ NATURE Wildflowers & Pollinators, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, 11am – 12pm. Learn about native wildflowers and the local pollinators which depend on them. We’ll discuss native vs non-native plants, pollinators, and what you can do to support a strong native ecosystem in your own backyard. Workshop is $10/participant; $5 if you have participated in the Restoration Workday. RSVP: 388-2524.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp, 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!, Oakland

~ READ Read to a Dog – Marin Humane Society SHARE A Book Program, Kindergarten and up. Advance sign-up advised. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mill Valley Public Library. Does reading to a dog sound fun? It is, and it can help build confidence for struggling readers, too. Kids in Kindergarten and older may sign up for a 15 minute appointment with a Marin Humane Society SHARE A Book dog. SHARE A Book dogs will also be here on Friday, Feb. 18, Saturday, March 19, and Friday, April 15. Call 415-389-4292 x106 to register.

~ SCIENCE Sun Earth Day, Celebrate the Sun, the Earth, and the special connection they share with humanity, today and throughout history. Explore the Sun through the eyes of the ancients in Chabot’s own Tales of the Maya Skies digital full dome show. Chabot Space & Science Center.

~ STORYTIME Peter Rabbit Appearance, Celebrate spring with a live appearance of Peter Rabbit at Pottery Barn Kids. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pottery Barn Kids at The Village Corte Madera, 415-927-3558

~ SYMPHONY Music for Families with the San Francisco Symphony, Bring your family to hear the San Francisco Symphony in kid-sized classical concerts designed for families—great music, fascinating musical discoveries, and priceless memories. Ticketholders will receive a free concert guide to enhance music appreciation at home. 2:00pm, Davies Symphony Hall. $15 to $57 Half price ages 17 and under.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition.

~ THEATRE Family Matinee at Marin Theatre Company presents ‘TALL Tales’, 1:00p to 2:00p, Mill Valley, Marin Theatre Company presents funny a play for young audiences (ages 5-11) about American folklore. As Sammy and Max rehearse their “Tall Tales” project, speeding through a roller coaster of oversized characters, they learn that sometimes things that seem huge aren’t quite as big as we imagine. Tickets $10 (child, $15 (adult), 388-5208.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm (“Unplugged” Talk / Q & A following this performance) & 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 1pm & 5pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~ VOLUNTEER Restoration Work Day at RBAC, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 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. RSVP, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, Wendy Dalia, wdalia@audubon.org, (415)388-2524.

~ VOLUNTEER Stream Team, Point Reyes National Seashore, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Assist park staff in improving fish habitat for federally listed coho salmon and steelhead trout through streamside restoration. Age 6 and above are encouraged to attend, however, children under 14 will need adult supervision. 76 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, Jesse Wiesenfeld, jesse_wiesenfeld@partner.nps.gov, 415-464-5206.

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SUNDAY 3/20 The March Equinox/First Day of Spring, Purim and Nowruz (Persian New Year)

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under. California Academy of Science.

~ ART Keeping It REAL, Galleries and Koret Visitor Education Center, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Family tour at 1:00 p.m. Celebrate artists who pick up the pieces of everyday life — think everything from paper clips to comic strips — and use them to make real art. Museum and program admission are always free for children 12 and under. General admission is required for adult companions. Family programs are designed for families with children ages 4 to 11.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

~ ART Drop-In Art Making: What Courage Looks Like, 1-3pm It’s Purim! Celebrate courage by looking at images of courageous individuals throughout history, and creating artistic symbols that explore what courage means to you. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 2pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets, Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Bay.

~ CELEBRATE Persian New Year, at Zaré at Fly Trap (and one of my favorite restaurants!) for an authentic Persian meal marking the end of winter and the beginning of a new growing season. Music by Farzad.

~ CRAFTS Family Nature Crafts, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Piazza. First hour is for members. Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. California Academy of Science.

~ CREATE Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Jump into your own sidewalk chalk drawing. Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey, Chim chim cher-ee, come be as creative as you can be! (We will move this activity indoors in case of inclement weather.)

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park Dancing, 11am – 2pm, John F Kennedy Drive between 8th and 10th Ave, Golden Gate Park. Join the longest-running swing dance “venue” in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is open to dancers of all ages and levels.

~ DRAMA Sunday Sampler, Following a brief introduction, participants may sample four different classes from a menu of options at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm. Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley.

~ FESTIVAL Fort Bragg Whale Festival, 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

~ EVENT Purim Palooza, a family canival at the Osher JCC in San Rafael.

~ EVENT Norooz – Persian New Year, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Come learn about Norooz and its many traditions like planting “sabzeh” wheatgrass and painting “tokhme-morgh” eggs, the symbol for bringing fresh life to a new year. Check out our Haft sin table which is a traditional table setting that families use to decorate their houses on Norooz. All visitors will enjoy interactive storytelling in the Multicultural Reading Tent throughout the day. Habitot, 1563 Solano Avenue, Berkeley.

~ MUSEUM Artifact Exploration, Join us as we bring some very special artifacts out for you to examine up close. Learn about basic artifact handling and examine pieces made from different types of materials. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose, 408.947.3665 or email info@egyptianmuseum.org.

~ 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.

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

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp, 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!, Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30 pm, California Academy of Science Education Classroom. Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. For ages 6 – 10.

~ SCIENCE Little Learners Lab, 2:00 pm Introducing a special new program designed for some of our youngest learners in the Early Explorers Cove. Come be a scientist-in-training and join us for fun hands-on-experiments! Free with Academy admission; space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. California Academy of Science

~ STORYTIME Once Upon a Twig, Storyteller Ane Carla Rovetta lead you on an adventure of the imagination with stories that take you through the magical forests in Bear Valley on a leisurely, short hike at Point Reyes. $25. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, 415-663-1200, ext. 373.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am & 3:30pm (Matinee Cast Meet & Greet following show) Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

~ THEATRE Magician Phil Ackerly, The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, SF, 11 am – Noon Tickets: $8 Per Person (under 2 yrs old free) For tickets and information call (510) 236-SHOW

~ THEATRE The Enchantment of Beauty & The Beast, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, 3pm Come and enjoy this delightful production. General Admission/Open Seating: $15 (Ages 3 and under free) Doors open 1/2 hour before performance. For tickets or information call 485-3333 or to purchase online.

~ THEATRE Family Matinee at Marin Theatre Company presents ‘TALL Tales’, 1:00p to 2:00p, Mill Valley, Marin Theatre Company presents funny a play for young audiences (ages 5-11) about American folklore. As Sammy and Max rehearse their “Tall Tales” project, speeding through a roller coaster of oversized characters, they learn that sometimes things that seem huge aren’t quite as big as we imagine. Tickets $10 (child, $15 (adult), 388-5208.

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

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MONDAY 3/21

~ LECTURE Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne, Marin Civic Center, Showcase Theatre. 7pm.

~ SEW Flying Fingers Family Knitting Club, 7-8pm, Like to knit or interested in learning? Want to make a really cool project for yourself or to give as a gift? Join the club! For adults and families with children 8 years and older! All experience levels welcome! Space is limited. Please register by calling 415-897-1143. Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd.

TUESDAY 3/22

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 8pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time: Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael, Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ SCIENCE Hide-n-Seek (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) We’ll explore the sneaky world of insects who camouflage themselves. Lessons in predator and prey will take our young tykes on a hunting adventure. Chabot Space & Science Center.

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WEDNESDAY 3/23

~ AUTHOR Lois Lowry – Bless This Mouse, A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears the Great X (exterminator) more than they fear cats. Under the church’s Mouse Mistress Hildegarde’s leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another—sometimes just by the skin of their tails! Book Passage, Corte Madera, 10am. 

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 7:30pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ 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 Nature for Kids at Blackstone Canyon, 10am – 2pm, From Las Gallinas Ave, turn west at Blackstone Dr, and turn left at Valleystone Dr. We’ll see what sorts of insects are visiting the early flowers, and learn about the animals that thrive in and around the rushing creek. We’ll take a slow walk to the wet places high in the canyon to see who’s hiding there. Meet at the end of Valleystone Dr. We request that no animals (except service animals) attend.

~ PERFORMANCE Water Works Puppet Show, 6:30-7pm Creative play abounds as a child and a duck splash through the seasons. Water Works is an original show, using a variety of beautifully crafted rod, shadow and hand puppets, presented by the award winning Sonoma based company Images In Motion. Novato Library Children’s Desk at 415-897-1143.

~ PLAY JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ STORYTIME Picture Books & More – Good Enough to Eat, Grades 1 & 2 – Advance sign-up required, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mill Valley Public Library, 4-part after-school series offers fun-filled activities based on cool books. Space is limited – registration begins on February 28, Mill Valley residents only.

~ WORKSHOP “Heads Up” Concussion Forum, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Awareness of the dangers to student athletes and others who sustain concussions is growing. Educators, school personnel, parents and students are invited to an important forum on concussions at the Marin County Office of Education. Learn what a concussion is, what to do if a child gets hit in the head, current best practices for schools and others treating these injuries, and much more.

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THURSDAY 3/24

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 8pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ EVENT Marin Farm Day, 9am-Noon, Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael, provides hands-on educational experiences outside the classroom with over 30 Northern California ranchers, growers, producers and educators provide interactive exhibits on agriculture, health, farm animals, gardens and environmental education. Admission to this event is free; no tickets or reservations are required.

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

~ MUSIC Concerts at the Presidio, Classical concerts and recitals highlighting young artists are offered to the community through this ongoing series. The performances begin at 7:30 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop on the Main Post. Seats can be reserved by calling (415) 447-6274. $10 suggested donation; $5 for seniors/children.

~ NATURE Explore & Restore: Get Out & Get Dirty in Golden Gate Park, 4 – 6:30 pm Gather at the enchanting Tree Frog Treks’ Frog Hall to meet the animals, slither with a snake, sip hot tea /coffee, & nibble freshly popped popcorn. Then we will venture off to the Oak Woodlands in search of scrub jays, ravens, brown towhees, rolly pollies & slender salamanders. We will then get down in the dirt to help restore a small corner of this wilderness in the city. We will finish up with a flush of fuchsias in the dell & towering redwoods that compel us to stop, look & listen to the nature in the city. Ages 4 & up; pre-K through gray! Meet at Tree Frog Treks’ Frog Hall, 2114 Hayes Street.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

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FRIDAY 3/25

~ BALLET Coppélia, a sentimental comic ballet about a mysterious and faintly diabolical inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, is infatuated with it, and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde, who in Act II shows him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. 8pm San Francisco Ballet.

~ EVENT Mother-Son Evening of Fun, 7-8:30pm, Belvedere Community Center, $50 per couple/$15 per additional son.

~ MOVIE Sing-a-long The Wizard of Oz, Castro Theatre.

~ MUSIC Concerts at the Presidio, Classical concerts and recitals highlighting young artists are offered to the community through this ongoing series. The performances begin at 7:30 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop on the Main Post. Seats can be reserved by calling (415) 447-6274. $10 suggested donation; $5 for seniors/children.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~SLEEPOVER Bedtime With The Beasts, spend the night at the Oakland Zoo! Special overnight program for youth groups (ages 6-18) and their chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an evening hike around the zoo where you’ll get a look at what the zoo is like after all of the guests leave. Arrive at 7:00pm and the program ends the next morning at 10:00am.

~THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

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

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SATURDAY 3/26, At 8.30 PM, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour.

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under.

~ ANIMALS Live Snake Demonstration, 1:30 pm. See a live snake handled by one of the Academy’s expert staff and learn about its amazing attributes and role in its natural ecosystem.

~ ART Making Balinese Masks with Sean Aquino, 12:00 noon–4:00 pm, North Court, Asian Art Mesum. This local artist and performer demonstrates carving and painting topeng—masks created for a form of dance-drama in which one or more dancers perform stories often concerning ancient or mythical kings and heroes. The topeng tradition explores a wide range of human characteristics, from refined to profane.

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (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. Balenciaga and Spain, Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org

~ ART Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm, 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. Frilly and Fancy from France (and Italy). Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org

~ CRAFT Beginners Silk Screening, 2:00-4:00pm Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, FREE, San Francisco based Artist, Designer, and Educator, Stephanie Lavender, will help kids create a unique silk screen.  Students will negotiate the ins and out of printing and take away their very own silk screened shirt! Bring a shirt or two.

~ CRAFT Saturdays Are Special, Pinwheels are a delight to make and play with. Make your own personal pinwheel. Randall Museum, 1pm-4pm.

~ EVENT Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, topic will be Grains & Legumes. 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ EVENT LEGO fun for Everyone!, 2:00 PM, Borders, 588 Francisco Blvd, West, San Rafael, LEGO Racers is the ultimate LEGO experience for kids who love to build and play with cars. Join us for this interactive racing event! Space is limited.

~ FARM Ocean Exploration Family Farm Day, milk goats, feed and collect eggs from their chickens, explore and taste from the organic garden, and learn about native plants and ecology along miles of wild land trails. Slide Ranch.

~ NATURE Use Your Senses at Crissy Field, 2-3:30 pm, Come experience the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of Crissy Field and the marsh! Look for crabs, taste strawberry treats, listen to legends, smell a sea shore habitat, and touch the sands of Crissy Field as we play on the beach under the cypress trees. Things to bring on this walk: sand toys, walking shoes, layered clothing, and your love of nature. Free and great for all ages. Meet Ranger Fatima Colindres in front of the Beach Hut located on East Beach of Crissy Field. Reservations required; please call (415) 561-4323.

~ NATURE Butterfly Extravaganza, Kick off the yearlong celebration of our Species of the Year: the endangered mission blue butterfly (Icaricia icariodes missionensis)! Join us at the Marin Headlands Rifle Range for walks, talks, and hands-on family-friendly activities. And, with luck, you might get a glimpse at the first mission blues of the season! In case of rain, the event will take place at the Marin Headlands Visitors Center. To learn more, call (415) 331-1540.

~ NATURE Naturalist Walks, 11 am to 1 pm, Butterflies of the Presidio with Liam O’Brien, The two-hour walks are typically moderate in difficulty and about 3 miles in length. Meet at the Exhibition Pavilion. RSVP Required to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

~ NATURE Giants, Dragons, and Slugs, WildCare Family Adventures, Meet the tallest species of tree in the world and search for inhabitants of an ancient forest including banana slugs, dragon fly larvae, and woodpeckers. Meet at overflow parking lot at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley. 10am.

~ OPEN HOUSE Coastal Camp Open House, 1-4pm register 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. Hikes depart at 1:45 pm and 2:45 pm. FREE, drop-in program.

~ PERFORMANCE Swetha Dixit, Kalaikoil Dance with Bharatanatyam Dance of South India, for ages 5 & up, 11 am, Bharatanatyam is a classical dance of South India. Experience Indian culture by learning some Indian words, clap new rhythms and to see representations of animals, natural objects, and situations in this storytelling dance technique. Belvedere-Tiburon Library,

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Magic Dan performs an entertaining blend of magic and fun, 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! Oakland.

~ SCAVENGER HUNT Museum Scavenger Hunt, This activity is fun for the whole family! Explore ancient Egypt’s fascinating view of the afterlife through our collection of human and animal mummies, canopic jars, and funerary boats and models. Discover colorful and precious jewelry, pre dynastic pottery, glass and alabaster vessels, bronze tools, and Coptic textiles. Answer a few questions in each gallery and receive a prize at the end of the hunt. Number of participants is limited; tickets are handed out at the admissions desk on the day of the workshop. 408.947.3665 or email info@egyptianmuseum.org. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, San Jose.

~ SCIENCE C.S.I. Workshop: Green Design (1:30pm – 3:30pm). Appropriate for all ages, but note that children under age 10 should be helped by an adult partner Guests: $12 + Admission Members: $12 In this workshop you will learn what ways to make your home more energy efficient, how to use sustainable materials, and helpful tips for easily putting “go green” into your everyday life around the house. Apply this information to your very own miniature abode by designing and fabricating a model house. Chabot Space & Science Center.

~ SHOP SF Parents of Multiples Consignment Sale, 11am-1pm, Shop the best in high quality, gently used children’s (newborn to 8 years old) clothing, toys, books, videos, all kinds of gear from baby carriers to car seats, and maternity items. Everything a mother-to-be, parent, or child could need or want at unbeatable prices sold by 50+ original owners! St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Blvd.), San Francisco.

~ STORYTIME Chipper Story Time, Meet Chipper, a chipmunk who is an ambassador of the great outdoors, as he host an eco-educational story time with crafts and activities for kids ages 2 to 8. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, REI, 840 Brannan St. in San Francisco, 415-934-1938.

~ STORYTIME Peter Rabbit Appearance, Celebrate spring with a live appearance of Peter Rabbit at Pottery Barn Kids. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pottery Barn Kids at The Village Corte Madera, 415-927-3558


~ THEATRE Family Matinee at Marin Theatre Company presents ‘TALL Tales’,
1:00p to 2:00p, Mill Valley, Marin Theatre Company presents funny a play for young audiences (ages 5-11) about American folklore. As Sammy and Max rehearse their “Tall Tales” project, speeding through a roller coaster of oversized characters, they learn that sometimes things that seem huge aren’t quite as big as we imagine. Tickets $10 (child, $15 (adult), 388-5208.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 2pm (Matinee Cast Meet & Greet following show) & 6:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

~ VOLUNTEER End of Planting Season at Bothin Marsh in Mill Valley, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, This is your last chance to get your planting on! Natalie LaVan, bayevents@saveSFbay.org, (510) 452-9261.

~ VOLUNTEER Fling on Ring in the Spring, 9am – 1pm, rom Hwy 101, take the Paradise Dr/Tamalpais Dr exit east on Paradise Dr, turn right at San Clemente Dr (becomes Paradise Dr), and turn right at Taylor Rd. MCOSD gate is at the end of Taylor Rd. Let’s celebrate Ring Mountain Preserve! The Green Gorillas, Marin Montessori, and Marin Country Day School are sponsoring this hands-on, fun-filled, educational outing focused on the plants of Marin. Naturalist David Herlocker and student educators will lead short nature hikes. The terrain is uneven and the work is strenuous. Rain may cancel. Call (415) 499-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to listen to a recorded message. Lunch served at noon.

~ ZOO Feast for the Beasts, 9-3pm, The first 250 guests will receive tickets to enter the elephant exhibit. Receive a free ride coupon when you bring produce to donate and participate in a day of games, face painting and fun. 9am-3pm. $12.50 adults, $8.50 ages 2-14, under 2 FREE. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525.

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SUNDAY 3/27

~ ANIMALS P is for Penguin, 12:30 pm, A chance to meet Pierre, Howard, Ocio and the rest of the African Penguin colony. Learn more about these amazing birds by playing a fun spelling bee game and learning the special mystery word-of-the-day. For children ages 12 and under. California Academy of Science.

~ ART Drop-In Art Making: Exploring Still Life, 1-3pm Inspired by still life paintings in the exhibition Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker, find a child-friendly, still life arrangement in the studio, and capture it with your own painted creation. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ CRAFTS Family Nature Crafts, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Piazza. First hour is for members. Families with children aged 4 to 8 are invited to make nature themed crafts. Space is limited. Check lobby for location. California Academy of Science.

~ CRAFT Felting with Plant-Dyed Wool for Kids, 1-2 p.m. Learn how to make a beautiful felted textile with plant dyed wools from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool, using a wet-felting technique. For ages 6 and up. $20, $15 members; price includes one adult and one child; $10 each additional child or adult per family. 510-643-2755.

~ CRAFT The Knack Family Event – Make-It Take-It Bottle Caps Design your own bottle cap creations. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ DANCE Lindy in the Park Dancing, 11am – 2pm, John F Kennedy Drive between 8th and 10th Ave, Golden Gate Park. Join the longest-running swing dance “venue” in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is open to dancers of all ages and levels.

~ EVENT SMMC Pajama Party! Spaces are filling up so reserve your space now so you don’t miss out on this fantastic event.  This event is for SMMC members and their families. RSVP for seating one (3-4:30 PM) and RSVP for seating two (5-6:30 PM).

~ EVENT The Rare Green Hairstreak Butterfly Sleuthing Adventure: URBIA Adventure, 10-12pm, Sliding Scale Donation of $15 – $45, 16th Avenue at Moraga Street, San Francisco Start your adventure any time between 10am and Noon at the brilliantly colored community-created mosaic-tiled steps at 16th Avenue & Moraga in San Francisco’s Sunset District. There you’ll receive your URBIA Adventure booklet that will lead you along the Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor. Follow clues through a hilltop habitat on Golden Gate Heights. Wear comfortable shoes for climbing steps, bring water, and allow 2 hours to complete. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

~ EXHIBIT Bricks by the Bay 2011 LEGO ® Exhibition, Celebration of the LEGO® hobby and the brick as an artistic medium. Come see the amazing creations that LEGO® fans and artists have brought from all over the country – and beyond. Meet the builders behind the creations and more. 10:00 am – 04:00 pm. Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

~ 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.

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

~ NATURE Forever Spring, Muir Woods National Monument, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bring your family on this moderate walk through the redwood forest where you will learn about wild mushroom gardens, banana slug trails, the Native Americans’ uses of plants, ghost redwoods and more at the Muir Woods National Monument. $5, 15 and under 415-388-2596.

~ PARADE Hellenic Cultural Parade, San Francisco, Parade starts marching at 2:00 PM from Market & 2nd St. All Greek Dancing will take place at the Civic Auditorium and not at the Grand Stand.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland 1:30pm & 2:30pm – Magic Dan performs an entertaining blend of magic and fun, 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!, Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Science Story Adventures, 2:30 pm, California Academy of Science Education Classroom. Come explore the natural world through stories, experiments, games and crafts. For ages 6 – 10.

~ THEATRE Family Matinee at Marin Theatre Company presents ‘TALL Tales’, 1:00p to 2:00p, Mill Valley, Marin Theatre Company presents funny a play for young audiences (ages 5-11) about American folklore. As Sammy and Max rehearse their “Tall Tales” project, speeding through a roller coaster of oversized characters, they learn that sometimes things that seem huge aren’t quite as big as we imagine. Tickets $10 (child, $15 (adult), 388-5208.

~ THEATRE Beauty and the Beast, 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM, Imagine being forced to leave your home and leave your family to go and live with a terrible beast? That’s what Beauty has to do, until she learns that the beast is really sweet and loving. Trapped in his castle, Beauty must learn to break the spell and change her Beast back into the handsome prince he once was. This is a classic love story in the best fairy tale tradition.

~ THEATRE A Year With Frog and Toad, 2pm, follows outgoing Frog and reserved Toad through four seasons as they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, sing up a storm, and learn about the magic of friendship. 510-296-4433 or info@bactheatre.org.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 11am & 3:30pm (Matinee Cast Meet & Greet following show) Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts

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

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MONDAY 3/28

~ 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-12pm

TUESDAY 3/29

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ CRAFT Doodlers Craft Time: Ages 2-5, 3:30pm – 4:15pm, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado RD, San Rafael. Parents and their young artist are encouraged to drop in for art time. Create a one of a kind master piece with your little budding artist. Different crafts and materials will be set up each week to allow you and your child to engage in some creative fun! This is not an instructor led class. Activities will be displayed for you and your child to make and create.

~ MUSIC Music Together, 9:15am – 10:00am, 10:15am-11am & 11:15am – 12:00pm Join instructor Stacy Walden for Music Together®, an internationally recognized approach to early childhood music development. Tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook and two-CD set, along with a parent education guide. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ POETRY Poetry Workshop for Kids, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, You are invited to a special poetry writing series in which we will read poetry together and write some of our own. Please call 258-4656 to register. San Anselmo Public Library.

~ SPORTS Fan Appreciation Tailgate, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the 2011 Oakland A’s team and coaches! In Parking Lot A of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Tailgate admission is FREE. FREE Parking, Parking gates open at 12:00 p.m. After the FREE Fan Appreciation Tailgate event, the Oakland A’s will take on the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m. FREE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Q & A sessions, Autograph sessions, Photos with World Series Trophies and former players Joe Rudi and Tony Phillips, Memorabilia sale Interactive games, A’s Mathletics program sign-up booth, A’s 2011 Kids Club sign-up booth, A chance to host SportsNet Central at the SportsCaster Experience booth presented by Comcast SportsNet California.

~ VOLUNTEER Bunny Snuggling, Come give a rescued rabbit a special day of extra love, attention and yummy treats. Help these bunnies get the love and attention they deserve.  If you can bring as many  fresh greens like parsley, cilantro, mint, kale and dandelion greens as you can!  There are around 100 deserving rescued rabbits that all need to be fed! They will be your best friends and the animals will thank you! Volunteers must be at least 7 and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Kyla Burke-Lazarus, (415) 310-2574, Address Will Be Emailed To Volunteers Before Project- Mill Valley, 5:30 pm to 07:30 pm. Registration and signed waver required.

WEDNESDAY 3/30

~ 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.

~ PLAY JUMP Indoor Play, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, $5.00 for 1 child or $7.00 for the family, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ SING Music Together “Sing Along”, 11am-12:00pm, Free. Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

~ STORYTIME Picture Books & More – Good Enough to Eat, Grades 1 & 2 – Advance sign-up required, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Mill Valley Public Library, 4-part after-school series offers fun-filled activities based on cool books. Space is limited – registration begins on February 28, Mill Valley residents only.

~ WORKSHOP Free Parenting Workshop: The Biggest Job, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Raising children of character in a culture of affluence, high achievement and rapidly evolving technology can be challenging. This kind of environment can also contribute to pushing family members away from each other. What can you do to bring your family together? For more information or to register for this event, please contact Wanda Smith at 207-443-7101.

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THURSDAY 3/31

~ ANIMALS Sharks and Rays, 1:30 pm Sharks and rays are some of the most compelling and misunderstood animals on the planet. Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for these surprising creatures and discover some of the fact behind the fiction. California Academy of Science.

~ CAMP Marin Camp Fair, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Dominican University of California, Conlan Center gymnasium (1475 Grand Ave San Rafael.

~ CRAFTS Feeling Crafty? 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Please call 258-4656 to register. San Anselmo Public Library.

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

~ PLAY Jumping Jacks, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St, 9:30am–11:30am, 6 months to 3 years, (415)485-3333, Jump-up (for children crawling to 22 months) class is from 9:30-10:30a.m. High Jump (for children 23 months to 3 years) is from 10:30-11:30a.m. 6 classes for $54, 12 classes for $96. Drop-in fee is $10. 25% sibling discounts available.

~ THEATRE Narinia, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, 7:30pm Berkeley Playhouse, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts.

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