Ronnie’s Awesome List – October 2011

So much time, and so little to do! Strike that, reverse it.” Willy Wonka

I love that quote! It sums up how I feel month after month. Especially in October since it marks the start of holiday celebrations (…spiraling out of control.) Just another reminder how fast time flies! So, take a little time out and book the sitter for 2 great causes!

Don’t miss the Marin Charitable Riverboat Gala on October 15 for a New Orleans-themed evening aboard the San Francisco Belle! On board, enjoy the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay at sunset while dining on a gourmet, Louisiana-inspired, seated dinner. Marin Charitable is an all volunteer organization with 100% of funds raised going back to the community of Marin in the form of grants to non-profits with programs supporting kids with limited opportunities.

On Saturday, October 29, check out the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Spooky Soiree, celebrate creativity at play with first ever, grown-ups only masquerade party in San Francisco. And don’t miss every kids favorite Goblin Jamboree.

Besides all the great Halloween/Harvest events, I HIGHLY recommend on October 2nd, Music for Kids of All Ages presented by the Marin League of the SF Symphony, 2-4pm, free (but donations welcome), family friendly and relaxed environment where kids of all ages can enjoy classical music, snacks provided. The musicians are fantastic and let the children explore, ask questions and be themselves. Reservations to SFSMarin@gmail.com or 216-3372, Mill Valley Community Center….tell them Ronnie sent you.

And another not to be missed performance every Saturday and Sunday from October 1 – October 23 is the Magic School Bus, Live! by the amazing Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. My daughter and I cannot wait to join Ms. Frizzle for a ride on the MSB!

I am also REALLY excited about the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival scheduled for October 29th-November 6th with 100’s of science & technology activities for the whole family given throughout the Bay Area.

And don’t forget Fleet Week, Mill Valley Film Festival and all the amazing places to take your family, all listed below. Be sure to check back – I am always updating my blog as I find out about other awesome events. Enjoy the month of October!

Cheers,
Ronnie

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Saturday, October 1, Banned Books Week at the Mill Valley Library

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Trash to Treasures, fun, engaging and educational workshops will give children ages 5-11 the opportunity to create unique note cards using plastic trash collected from local beaches, while learning about marine mammals, ocean health and how they can prevent ocean trash, 10am-12pm, The Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

~ ART Randall Museum, This fall, design and paint a gourd – make it gourd-geous! (One per family), 1pm and 4pm.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Art on the Edge: Paintings and Their Frames, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Gilding: The Glory of Gold, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ BOOK FAIR Festa del Libro, A children’s Italian book fair will be held at the Museo Italo Americano. Italian storytime, 11am Italian movie “Toto’ Sapore”, 4pm. Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason Center, Building C, San Francisco.

~ CRAFT Fire Rescue Helicopter, 9am-Noon, any Home Depot store.

~ EVENT Toddler Days, 9 am – noon, Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. Many tastes, colors, and smells live in the garden.  We use our senses to explore the farm.  A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Activities are toddler age appropriate, but all ages welcome. Fee: $20 per person; 1 year & under Free. Slide Ranch.

~ EVENT Fandango, this park is on the closure list, this will be their last Fandango, 12-4pm, welcome autumn’s arrival as they did in 1840’s by experiencing the dance and music of a “Fandango”. The fandango was not only a dance but also the name given to an informal dancing party. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Admission for adults (age 17 and older) is $3.00, children (age 6 to 16) are $2.00 and under 5 enter free.

~ 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, featured book “Sister Night & Sister Day” by Beth Norling. 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.

~ FESTIVAL Arab Cultural Festival, Union Square, San Francisco, 12-6pm.

~ FESTIVAL Filipino American International Book Festival

~ FESTIVAL Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm.

~ HOLIDAY Fiesta de Arte en El Parque, Enjoy live entertainment, sample yummy cultural treats, and create traditional Day of the Dead art in preparation of the upcoming holiday. Art activity choices will include painting traditional cheery Calacas, making paper flowers, face painting, and much, much more. Bring the whole family; all ages welcome. This event will take place at the Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach, Presidio of San Francisco. Drop-ins are welcome; a $5 suggested donation is appreciated. For more information call 415-561-2805, 10am-2pm, Crissy Field Center.

~ MUSIC Concert for Kids, Robin Sweeny Park, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito

~ MUSIC Walt Disney Family Museum Members Only Sing-Along, 7:00pm to 9:30pm, with a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious collection of songs for everyone to enjoy. A souvenir sing-along booklet, a dessert buffet, and a raffle complete this extra special Member Event, $15.00 per person. 

~ MUSIC Cypress String Quartet, Family Matinee, San Francisco’s own ensemble brings a program of beautiful, classic works while showcasing the chemistry and fun of collaborative music-making. Herbst Theatre, 11am.

~ NATURE Nature for Kids: Evening at Deer Island, We’ll take a slow walk up to the ridge top where we can enjoy a picnic dinner while we look and listen for creatures of the night. We’ll talk about owls, bats, coyotes, and many other animals that start their “day” just as the sun sets. 5-7pm.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Five Heads. A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. 12:30pm & 3pm, Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Randall Museum, Come find out the physical properties of different types of sound while making your own sound-making device – a musical instrument!

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

Sunday, October 2

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

Photo by Winni Wintermeyer.~ ART Drawing Inspiration, Do you doodle? Draw on your imagination and make your mark at the museum as we sketch, scribble, and squiggle our way through the wonderful world of drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ BOOK FAIR Festa del Libro, A children’s Italian book fair will be held at the Museo Italo Americano. Italian storytime, 11am Italian movie “Spaghetti Family”, 4pm. Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason Center, Building C, San Francisco.

~ DANCE Tango in the Square, Christy Cote, Jewels in the Square, Union Square, 2-4pm.

~ DANCE Cambodia’s Khmer Arts Ensemble, The Lives of Giants, 3pm, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

~ EVENT Children’s Program, 10-11:30am, Green Gulch Farm.

Unidentified Artist, Houdini in Shackles, n.d., photograph. Courtesy of the Collection of Dr. Bruce J. Averbook, Cleveland.

~ EXHIBIT Houdini: Art and Magic exhibit opens, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ FESTIVAL Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 10am – 7pm.

~ FESTIVAL Filipino American International Book Festival, Asian Art Museum, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Free admission (10:00 am-5:00 pm) Join us as we honor Filipino and Filipino American authors and artists featuring talks, food, artist demonstrations, and music. Acclaimed Filipino painter Ben Cabrera talks about creativity and his efforts to capture the nuances of everyday life in his work. Enjoy wandering rondalla players throughout the day, check out the West Bay youth’s display on healthy lifestyles, take a docent or storyteller led tour of the Filipino objects in the museum, or drop in on a Baybayin (Filipino calligraphy) demonstration by Christine Balza and make an art project to take home.

~ MUSIC Tim Cain, 11am Nicasio Valley Farms Organic Pumpkin Patch.

~ MUSIC Music for Kids of All Ages presented by the Marin League of the SF Symphony, 2-4pm, a free, family friendly and relaxed environment where kids of all ages can enjoy classical music, snacks provided. Reservations to SFSMarin@gmail.com or 415-216-3372, Mill Valley Community Center.

~ MUSIC Ladybug Picnic, a rockin’ band that sings kid and adult favorites, such as Beatles tunes and familiar folk-rock sing-alongs, plus fun original songs. 3-4:40pm, $4/kids, $6/adult, Ashkenaz.

~ MUSIC Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

~ MUSIC Walt Disney Family Museum Sing-Along, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Join us in a fun sing-along that will make you smile. A singalong booklet and a drawing for a prize are included.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Five Heads. A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. 12:30pm & 3pm, Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm Oakland.

~ STORYTIME Sunday Story Time3:00pm – 3:45pm, All Aboard! Listen to adventurous tales on one of Walt’s favorite topics, trains! This special program is designed for families with children between the ages of 5 and 8. Walt Disney Museum.

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

Monday, October 3

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

~ LECTURE Positive and Effective Discipline: A Crash Course, (3 – 5 years) Starting with a basic understanding of developmental norms for 3- to 5-year olds, we will break down the components of discipline— communication, listening, modeling, consequences, and more—to learn about improving limit-setting, encouraging responsibility, and fostering communication. $40. With Susan Byrd, LCSW, 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 4

~ STORYTIME Stories by the Fireside, with Phil Sheridan, Henry’s Toyshop, Mill Valley.

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 18mo – 4 yrs, 10:30 AM, Preregistration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Wednesday, October 5

~ CRAFT Picture Books & More, Grades 1 & 2, Cool stories, outrageous crafts, and super special snacks, Advance sign-up required, The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Thursday, October 6

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

Friday, October 7

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival 

~ MUSIC Tim Cain, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

Saturday, October 8

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ANIMALS Incredible Insects! 11:00 am, Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Come learn about the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods while naturalists teach you about their key role in the web of life. Please call (927-5134) or email (library@cityoflarkspur.org) the library to RSVP. Larkspur Library.

~ ART Randall Museum, Become your own Halloween costume tailor as you make and paint a vest for your costume this year, 1pm and 4pm.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Yummy Fall Stew, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFT Make-a-ScarecrowSan Anselmo Library for this very special autumn program. Bring old clothes and hats to dress up your creation. Heads, bodies, hay, and assorted decorations will be provided.

~ CRAFT The Crazy Pumpkin Event, Design an extreme craft pumpkin. Make-It Take-It with purchase of pumpkin. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Don’t miss your train! Using recycled materials, you will create a decorative train that will be a keepsake of your fun-filled journey to the Museum!

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

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

~ FARM Woolly Egg Ranch Tour, Come visit a working farm with chickens, bountiful garden and sheep. 503 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, RSVP required, $5 per person, 388-6393 or email info@tcsd.us.

~ FESTIVAL Oktoberfest, Redwood Ave & Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera, 12-5pm.

~ FESTIVAL Harvest Festival, Become a share-cropper for a day and help harvest this year’s Indian Corn and popcorn crops! Enjoy fresh squeezed apple cider, hands-on crafts making, hoedown music, and the bounty of another harvest season. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Tilden Park.

~ FILM Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Who is Elmo? Elmo is joyous. Elmo is love. Elmo is Kevin Clash. Long before his furry red friend became an international superstar, Clash discovered his passion in life.  Ages 4+ 11:30 AM – Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.

~ FILM Magic SilverIn Norwegian with English subtitles. These Blue Gnomes control the sky’s transition from night to day! In this charming fantasy adventure based on a popular Norwegian television series, a community of gnomes discovers the secret power of a shimmering silver liquid that bubbles deep within their mountaintop home. Ages 6+, 4:15 PM – 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

~ HOLIDAY Marin Green Halloween Costume Swap, Fun for the Kids, Treats for All, Tips for A Green Halloween®, Get A Costume-Give A Costume, 11am-4pm, Marin Kids Consignment, 814 W. Francisco Blvd. San Rafael, 456-4943.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Tales from the Pearl of the Eastern Sea. A collection of stories from the Philippines tells of how the islands came to be, why mosquitos are like that, and how even the lowliest worm can become a prince if he takes good care of the world around him. 12:30pm & 3pm, Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

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

~ SHOP Green Halloween, Costume swap, Marin Kids Consignment, 814 West Francisco Blvd. , San Rafael.

~ STORYTIME Scott the Storyteller, puppeteer and storyteller, will be at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 11 a.m.

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

~ WORKSHOP Clown Workshop, Learn how to work on being funny and silly, do some clown routines and begin to juggle. Teacher Joan Mankin is a veteran theater performer and director. Recommended for children eight and older (younger kids usually aren’t able to juggle yet). Workshop is limited to 25 children, and only they need tickets. $5, 2:00 PM, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Sunday, October 9

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

Photos by Winni Wintermeyer.~ ART Drawing Inspiration, Do you doodle? Draw on your imagination and make your mark at the museum as we sketch, scribble, and squiggle our way through the wonderful world of drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ CRAFT Paper Bat Event, Go batty this All Hallows’ Eve. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ EVENT Animal Families of the Headlands, It’s true what they say; birds of a feather flock together! Join us for an afternoon outdoors and discover the unique familial characteristics of animals who call the Marin Headlands home. $15/person, pre-registration required. All ages are welcome. Baby carriers are suggested for children 4 and under.

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

~ FESTIVAL Harvest Festival, Become a share-cropper for a day and help harvest this year’s Indian Corn and popcorn crops! Enjoy fresh squeezed apple cider, hands-on crafts making, hoedown music, and the bounty of another harvest season. Ardenwood Historic Farm, Tilden Park.

~ FESTIVAL MALT Day at the Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch.

~ FILM Light of the RiverIn Japanese with English subtitles. In this warmhearted, amusing, beautifully animated adventure about finding your way in a strange world, a family of river rats is driven from its riverbank home by a human construction project. Ages 4+, 2:30 PM, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Photo by Harry Powers

~ FILM Circus Dreams, Stuff a clown-sized hankie up your sleeve for this wonderfully heart-squeezing documentary about a traveling youth circus on the brink of closure. As the performers get a true taste of circus life, with all its highs and lows, we get a rare glimpse behind the big top at the real people who bring a special kind of magic to life. Ages 8+, 12:00 PM – Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

~ HOLIDAY Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade

~ MUSIC Octopretzel, puppets in an interactive, engaging, danceable, singable, and super-fun experience for kids and their parents. 3-4:40pm, $4/kids, $6/adult, Ashkenaz.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Tales from the Pearl of the Eastern Sea. A collection of stories from the Philippines tells of how the islands came to be, why mosquitos are like that, and how even the lowliest worm can become a prince if he takes good care of the world around him. 12:30pm & 3pm, Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

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

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

Monday, October 10

~ AUTHOR Jon Agee! Presents his new picture book My Rhinoceros. Maurice Sendak says: “Yes, Jon Agee’s My Rhinoceros is a genuine masterpiece. Even better, every kid will love it.” For ages 2-6, 10 a.m., Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ CAMP One Day Camp: Spooky Science, 9 am – 4 pm Get a head start on your Halloween spirit this year with the Exploratorium’s Spooky Science, a day camp featuring a cauldron’s worth of spine-tingling activities for children 7-10 years old. Kids can engage in a number of eerie activities like learning how to shrink a head, make a flying ghost, and listen to cutlery scream. Cost is $85 ($70 for non-members). Exploratorium.

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

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Reed Kirkham Rahlmann, Geek Tricks, 2:40 PM Reed Kirkham Rahlmann, Geek Tricks, 4:00, 5:20 PM Greg Frisbee, Juggler 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Greg Frisbee, Juggler

Tuesday, October 11

~ EVENT Fleet Week, 12–7pm.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, Gee, I’m a Tree! (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Some of the most majestic creatures of the Earth often times go unnoticed. Chabot Space and Science Center is located amongst the beautiful redwoods, some of the tallest organisms on Planet Earth. Learn about the different parts of trees and why they are so important to us. This session will include a Mini-Hike through the Redwood Forest. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear – beware the fog! Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ FILM Raiders of the Lost Ark, come celebrate the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark—in all its big-screen glory! 7:00 PM – Century Cinema, Corte Madera.

~ LECTURE How Girls Bully, (10 – 14 years) Unlike boys, who tend to bully acquaintances or strangers, girls frequently bully within a network of “friends.” This dynamic makes it more difficult to identify when girls are bullying and intensifies the harm to the victim. We will address how to understand and recognize relational aggression and bullying between girls, how girls use cyberspace to bully, how to empower your daughter if she is being bullied, and how to prevent your daughter from bullying. $35, Holly Pedersen, MFT, PhD. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

~ POETRY Young Poet’s Club for Kids, 6-12 years, 3:45pm-4:45pm, San Anselmo Library.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Fred Anderson, Juggler, 2:40 PM Big Al Catraz, Magician, 4:00, 5:20 PM Big Al Catraz, Magician, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Big Al Catraz, Magician

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 18mo – 4 yrs, 10:30 AM, Preregistration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Wednesday, October 12, Indigenous Peoples Day, National Fossil Day, Full Moon

~ EVENT Picture Books & More, Grades 1 & 2, Cool stories, outrageous crafts, and super special snacks, Advance sign-up required, The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

~ EVENT FREE Estate Planning Educational Event, 6:00pm, Mill Valley Community Center, Forest Room, 180 Camino Alto.

~ EVENT Muir Woods After Dark, Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. This special walk begins one hour before sunset and will conclude with the dark of night! We’ll listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails. This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trail. Bring your flashlight, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Children under 8 not advised. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival  

~ LECTURE Food, Families, Farming & Health: Protecting Your Health & the Food We Grow, Presenting critical information from a dynamic and informative panel of local pediatricians and leading experts about emerging health concerns related to our food supply. MOMS Advocating Sustainability, a $10 donation per person is suggested, 7-9 pm at Strawberry Recreation Center Gym.

~ NATURE Tarantulas! 4-8pm, This walk coincides with the annual mating season of the California Tarantula, but to see them, we’ll have to travel to the East Bay (there are no tarantulas in Marin County). RSVP, contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@co.marin.ca.us.

~ NATURE Full Moon Hike at Roy’s Redwoods, Before the weather turns frosty, rangers will lead a short loop hike at this remote preserve. We promise the redwoods will be spectacular under light of the full moon and with a little luck, we may even see things that go bump in the night. Wear warm, layered clothes and bring a flashlight and water. Night hikes are popular—RSVP early (415) 507-2816. 5:30-8pm, Nicasio.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Captain Jack Spareribs, Pirate of the Caribbean, 4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Thomas John, Juggling and Clowning

Thursday, October 13

~ AUTHOR Children’s Author/Illustrator M. Sarah Klise, Children’s author and illustrator M. Sarah Klise (Regarding the Fountain, Dying to Meet You, and more) visits to read and draw from her Old Cemetery Road series. The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

~ EVENT Five Little Monkeys Toy Store will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary! Enjoy FREE kid-friendly activities going on throughout the day, raffles, prizes, games, face painting, contests, crafts, and more. 10am-8pm, 852 Grant Avenue, Novato, 898-4411.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Captain Jack Spareribs, Pirate of the Caribbean
6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie Mary, Juggler

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

Friday, October 14

~ ART October Family Class: Get Ready to Get Messy: Discovering Shapes, Children and adults will explore super messy art and science activities while we take care of the clean-up! Does your young child love to squish, squeeze and smash? Give them the opportunity to unleash their inner artist in this messy class series. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 10 children per session. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 10am – 11am and 11:15am – 12:15pm.

~ EVENT Spaghetti Bingo, 6:15pm, $7 (includes dinner and 9 bingo cards), great family event. Tam Community Center, Mill Valley.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FILM Movie Night for Kids grades 3-5, Spiderwick Chronicles , Registration Required, 5:30-7:30pm, Suggested Donation $10, Call or email the Children’s Room to sign up early for this monthly favorite for older kids. Pizza and popcorn provided. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ FILM Mill Valley Film Festival

~ MUSIC Festival of Irish Music & DanceIrish traditional, hybrid and fusion music. Children under 12 are free and welcome in the Fairfax Pavillion show, Fairfax Coffee Roastery, The Slepping Lady Cafe and Sorella’s Cafe.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Reed Kirkham Rahlmann, Geek Tricks, 4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Thomas John, Juggling and Clowning

~ SLEEPOVER Slumber with the Stars, 6pm, Spend a night under the stars or with some really cool exhibits. Slumber with the Stars is an experience your family will remember for a lifetime. Minimum age of participants is 5 years old. Tickets Start at $75 Members/$85 Guests. Special pricing is available for families of four or more. Advance reservations required – (510) 336-7373, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Saturday, October 15

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. What’s on the Table? (Painted Things That Stay Still), 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Fashion from the Past, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Cooking with Grain, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ CRAFTS Nature Sculpture in the Presidio, In a special natural area of the park, flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of collaborative artistic expression. Get creative and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov or 561-4449, FREE! Near the new Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, “Treeline” (off Lover’s Lane Trail by the Presidio Boulevard Gate.)

~ DANCE Dancing the Diaspora with Lisa Saunders and the Ethnic Arts Institute, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Introducing a new interactive program series for children and their families of storytelling, performance and crafts from Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean. Ganga Zumba: Stories of Liberation, a celebration of Afro Brazilian dance that brings to life the African Diaspora in Brazilian culture. Following the performance, participants will create their own indigenous musical instruments.

~ EVENT Children’s Filmfest Circus Party Extravaganza, 2-4pm, Join us on our second weekend of films for a Children’s FilmFest party at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, including balloons, prizes, performers and many other surprises, all served with a finger-food après-lunch by Whole Foods Market (with ice cream of course!). There’ll even some short films–about the circus, naturally! Adults must be accompanied by children. $5.

~ EVENT Harvest Celebration, Celebrate the season of harvest and bounty in the style of an old time country fair!  Create and name a scarecrow, milk a goat, feed and hold a chicken, card and spin wool from our sheep, have your face painted, make autumn crafts, learn about our native coastal plants on a guided wild lands hike, make bread, butter, and cheese, or just relax in our beautiful garden while eating delicious local, organic cuisine. Throughout the day enjoy kid-friendly live bluegrass and acoustic jams and breathtaking coastal views at Slide Ranch, $25/person in advance, $30 at the gate; $80 families of 4 or more in advance, $95 families of 4 or more at the gate; age 2 and under free, 10am-4pm.

~ EVENT FREE Estate Planning Educational Event, 3:00pm, Mill Valley Community Center, Forest Room, 180 Camino Alto.

~ 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, featured book “Sister Night & Sister Day” by Beth Norling. 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 Ball by the Bay at Bothin Marsh, Mill Valley, After a short stint weeding around the marsh, volunteers will enjoy a county-style fair including face painting, a bean-bag toss, wetland bingo, food, treats, and music. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and registration is REQUIRED at savesfbay.org. If there are more than nine people in your group, contact Natalie LaVan at (510) 463-6809 or bayevents@savesfbay.org. Participants will receive a free T-shirt, so be sure to indicate shirt size when registering.

~ FARM A Day of Learning at the Woolly Egg Ranch Tour, “How to” for chickens an urban setting. 503 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, RSVP required, $10 per person/$20 per family, 388-6393 or email info@tcsd.us.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FESTIVAL Fall Carnival at Venetia Valley School, 177 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

~ FILM Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Who is Elmo? Elmo is joyous. Elmo is love. Elmo is Kevin Clash. Long before his furry red friend became an international superstar, Clash discovered his passion in life.  Ages 4+ 12 PM – Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley.

~ FILM Magic SilverIn Norwegian with English subtitles. These Blue Gnomes control the sky’s transition from night to day! In this charming fantasy adventure based on a popular Norwegian television series, a community of gnomes discovers the secret power of a shimmering silver liquid that bubbles deep within their mountaintop home. Ages 6+, 4:15 PM – 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

~ HOLIDAY A Spooktacular Party, 5-7pm, Cookie Decorating, face painting, magician, samples, goody bags, scarecrow judging. Come in costume! Whole Foods Market, 414 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

~ HOLIDAY Randall Museum, What are you going to be for Halloween?  Join us and make a “haunted” hat to go with your costume, 1pm and 4pm.

~ HOLIDAY Goblin Jamboree, stroll through a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. 10am-4pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ HOLIDAY Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, 9am-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Adobe Pumpkin Festival, Petaluma.

~ MUSEUM Children’s Creativity Museum, Free Museum admission and carousel rides, 10am – 4pm, Be the first to experience our Imagination Lab and other exhibit enhancements geared toward our youngest visitors. Meet our “Creativity Critters” (peeking behind the red curtain) who you’ll see throughout the museum. You’ll also be able to make a clay animation, music video, digital art, and more!

We are located at 221 Fourth St. in the heart of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. We will be closed Sept. 12 – Oct. 14 as we prepare for opening weekend.

~ MUSIC Festival of Irish Music & DanceIrish traditional, hybrid and fusion music. Children under 12 are free and welcome in the Fairfax Pavillion show, Fairfax Coffee Roastery, The Slepping Lady Cafe and Sorella’s Cafe. 10:30 AM The Irish Piper Band will March from The Sleeping Lady to The Fairfax Pavilion.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Puss in Boots. What’s a kitten to do when the dogs bully her? Momma cat responds by telling the classic story of how a loyal cat with a taste for good footwear takes her human friend from rags to riches. Words and music by Tony Jonick. 12:30pm & 3pm, Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Miranda the Gypsy tells stories and tales of magic and lore. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Greg Frisbee, Juggler, 4:00, 5:20 PM Big Al Catraz, Magician, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Fred Anderson, Juggler

~ SCIENCE Drop-In Science, Chromatography is science of separating an objects’ colors into their basic elements.  Dissect the colors of local leaves to discover the basics of what makes them beautiful! Randall Museum.

~ SCIENCE Tyke Explorers: Special Edition, We’ve partnered with the Lafayette Library to bring a special edition of our Tyke Explorers Program. Geology Rocks, The floor is lava! Run, don’t walk, to learn about the exciting nature of volcanoes. Where are volcanoes? Where do volcanic eruptions occur? What are different types of volcanic rocks? Your Tykes will transform to vulcanologists for the day and explore the wonders of our active Planet Earth. To register call (510) 336-7373, Chabot Space & Science Center.

~ SCIENCE Explorables: Science You Can Play With, 11 am– 2 pm, 11 am – 2 pm, it’s child’s play at the Exploratorium’s new Explorables station. Activities focus on experimenting with everyday materials, discovery and toy-making. Kids are invited to literally play with science as they discover secret colors in black ink, create membrane-o-phones and make other fun scientific discoveries. All the materials are provided, and participating youngsters get to take home what they make. Exploratorium.

~ STORYTIME Scott the Storyteller, puppeteer and storyteller, will be at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 11 a.m.

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

Sunday, October 16

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

Photo by Winni Wintermeyer.~ ART Drawing Inspiration, Do you doodle? Draw on your imagination and make your mark at the museum as we sketch, scribble, and squiggle our way through the wonderful world of drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ ART Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now, Patchwork your own bojagi wrapping cloth to take home, 12pm-4pm, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco.

~ CRAFT Disney Discoveries, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Don’t miss your train! Using recycled materials, you will create a decorative train that will be a keepsake of your fun-filled journey to the Museum!

~ EVENT Headlands Center for the Arts Fall Open Housenoon-5pm, 1 hour hikes depart from the Headlands Center for the Arts at 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm. Get inspired by art and nature during the Headlands Center for the Arts Fall Open House. Head out on the trail with a Headlands Institute educator, then drop by the open house to meet artists and see new works in progress.

~ EVENT St. Francis Blessing of the Animals, custom in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley, 11:45am, 388-4456 for more information.

~ FESTIVAL Children’s Faire, 10am-4pm, for children ages 3-10 years old.  This day of family fun includes games, puppet shows, story telling, crafts, local vendors, a visit from the Sleeping Giant, and activities such as the Knights Quest, and the Hero’s Maze.  Organic food is available for purchase. Marin Waldorf, 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

Photo by Winni Wintermeyer.~ FESTIVAL Yerba Buena Family Day, welcome all ages with a full day of free admission, hands-on art makinng activities for kids and special family-friendly performances. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at five locations downtown San Francisco including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

~ FILM Light of the RiverIn Japanese with English subtitles. In this warmhearted, amusing, beautifully animated adventure about finding your way in a strange world, a family of river rats is driven from its riverbank home by a human construction project. Ages 4+, 2:15 PM 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Photo by Harry Powers

~ FILM Circus Dreams, Stuff a clown-sized hankie up your sleeve for this wonderfully heart-squeezing documentary about a traveling youth circus on the brink of closure. As the performers get a true taste of circus life, with all its highs and lows, we get a rare glimpse behind the big top at the real people who bring a special kind of magic to life. Ages 8+, 12:00 PM – Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

~ HOLIDAY Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, 9am-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Adobe Pumpkin Festival, Petaluma.

~ HOLIDAY Goblin Jamboree, stroll through a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions and live entertainment. Ride a train or real ponies, visit the spooky-but-not-scary Haunted Pier, make potions in the witches’ and wizard’s school, visit the petting zoo and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. 10am-4pm, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

~ MUSEUM Children’s Creativity Museum, Free Museum admission and carousel rides, 10am – 4pm, Be the first to experience our Imagination Lab and other exhibit enhancements geared toward our youngest visitors. Meet our “Creativity Critters” (peeking behind the red curtain) who you’ll see throughout the museum. You’ll also be able to make a clay animation, music video, digital art, and more!

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Puss in Boots. What’s a kitten to do when the dogs bully her? Momma cat responds by telling the classic story of how a loyal cat with a taste for good footwear takes her human friend from rags to riches. Words and music by Tony Jonick. 12:30pm & 3pm, Jacquelyn Lynaugh as Miranda the Gypsy tells stories and tales of magic and lore. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM The Keith ShowJuggler4:00, 5:20 PM Daniel DaVinciThe Juggling Genius, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

~ SCIENCE East Bay Mini Makers Faire, 10am-5pm, hack, make and remake things into new, personalized stuff. This is truly a Do-It-Together experience. 10am – 5pm.

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

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

Monday, October 17

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

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Big Al CatrazMagician2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Lindsay BennerJuggler
6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

Tuesday, October 18

~ ANIMAL Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, for children 1 to 3 years of age. Learn about the Shark that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Academy of Science.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, Flower Fantastic (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Wake up and smell the roses! There is much more than meets the nose when talking about flowers. Explore the inner workings of some of the most beautiful and coloring additions to the outdoors. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ LECTURE Breaking the Cycle of Bullying: Tools to Help Your Child, (3 – 12 years) Whether a child bullies, is bullied, or is a bystander, he or she is affected by bullying. Examine how parents can empower their children to help break the cycle of bullying. $35, with Holly Pedersen, MFT, PhD. 6:30pm-8:30pm.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Reed Kirkham RahlmannGeek Tricks4:00, 5:20 PM Fred AndersonJuggler
6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Big Al CatrazMagician

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 18mo – 4 yrs, 10:30 AM, Preregistration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Wednesday, October 19

~ AUTHOR Picture Books & More, Grades 1 & 2, Cool stories, outrageous crafts, and super special snacks, Advance sign-up required, The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40, 4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Owen Baker! FlynnInspired Silliness

Thursday, October 20

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ HOLIDAY Ghoulish & Giggly: Halloween Stories and Crafts, 10am, Dragons, fairies, wizards or . . . puppies? Whether you’re ghoulish or giggly, come to the library for a morning of stories and crafts. We’ll read some spooky stories, make mysterious and magical masks, and have a wickedly good snack. Sausalito Library.

~ PERFORMANCE Magician Timothy James, for ages 5 & up, 4pm Marvel at the magical skills of magician Timothy James, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Owen Baker! Flynn, Inspired Silliness
2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM The Keith Show, Juggler, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie Mary, Juggler

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

Friday, October 21

~ ART October Family Class: Get Ready to Get Messy: Discovering Shapes, Children and adults will explore super messy art and science activities while we take care of the clean-up! Does your young child love to squish, squeeze and smash? Give them the opportunity to unleash their inner artist in this messy class series. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 10 children per session. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 10am – 11am and 11:15am – 12:15pm.

~ AUTHOR Jonathan Londonfor Froggy Builds a Treehouse. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this enormously entertaining author/illustrator. Perfect for preschoolers, 10 a.m., Book Passage, Corte Madera.

~ EVENT Opening Night Party, The celebration will include face painting, butterfly tattoos, shadow puppets, music, kid-friendly food, drinks and complimentary grown-up grape juice. Costumes optional but encouraged. Palm Room, San Francisco Film Centre, 39 Mesa Street.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FILM Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage, This delightful, kid-friendly eco-adventure utilizes the immersive 3-D experience to the fullest: You will feel like you are snorkeling in a fabulously colorful, animated undersea world. 5pm, Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center, the Presidio. Free parking available to all ticket holders in the Letterman garage.

~ FILM Tales of the Night, The film weaves together six exotic fables, each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains and even the Land of the Dead. 7:30pm, Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center, the Presidio. Free parking available to all ticket holders in the Letterman garage.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Music and Magic Show, Mill Valley Community Center, 2 shows 4pm & 6:30pm.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Lindsay Benner, Juggler, 4:00, 5:20 PM Daniel DaVinci, The Juggling Genius, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie Mary, Juggler

Saturday, October 22

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Cool Clay, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Sketching for Fun, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ CRAFT Randall Museum, Honor the Mexican holiday Dia de los Meurtes. Use clay and wire to make a little dancing skeleton to put in your Day of the Dead diorama. 1pm and 4pm.

~ CRAFT Halloween T-Shirt Event, Make a fun scary spider T-shirt. Make-It Take-It with purchase of shirt. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-Noon.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FILM Tigers and Tattoos—and More! Maj lives with her uncle Sonny and loves to sit with him when he “draws” on the tough women and hard-boiled men who frequent his tattoo shop. One day, a particularly large and scary customer dozes off and Maj ends up tattooing all over his huge back with her childish designs. Fearing the man’s rage, Sonny and Maj make a hasty escape on Sonny’s motorcycle—the start of an exciting adventure where they discover a magic forest filled with fairies and sprites, a circus mother and her son and a man-eating tiger named Brutalis. 10am, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Party Mix, An entertaining, thought-provoking, and visually stunning selection of animated and live action short films from around the world. 12pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM The Storytelling Show , Laurent is so good at telling bedtime stories that his kids decide to enter him in a reality-show TV contest, where the competing dads are given cues and have to invent a bedtime story on the spot. Who will tell the best story? 2:15pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Girls’ POV, This eye-opening selection of films celebrates the trials and triumphs of girls from different cultures and backgrounds. 4:15pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Echoes of the Rainbow, It’s the spring of 1969 and the world will have to wait another six months before Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon—but our young hero “Big Ears” is running through the streets of Hong Kong with a goldfish bowl on his head, pretending to be an astronaut. 7pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ HOLIDAY Randall Museum Come and “hang” with live bats and learn all about these amazing flying mammals.  Also, create your own spooky, swooping, flying bat for some Halloween fun!

~ HOLIDAY Twin Cities Co-op Halloween Carnival, 10 am – 2 pm, Join us for a day of fun at this much loved and non-scary annual Halloween event. The carnival will feature an array of fun children’s activities, including face painting, carnival games, a cake walk, raffle, jumpy house, bake sale, pumpkin sale and much, much more. Admission is free and game tickets can be purchased at the door, or at a discount in advance online, 56 Mohawk Ave., Corte Madera.

~ MUSIC CHELLE! and Friends, drums, percussion, bass and powerful voices, delivers a musically rich performance of New Orleans jazz, R & B and gospel, fused with Caribbean rhythms. Sing, dance and celebrate the music as well as our cultural diversity. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 2 11am – 12pm

~ MUSIC San Francisco Jazz Festival, Family Matinee, Birth of Cool, 11am, The cool era in jazz was a breath of fresh air for both listeners and performers alike. Hear why the music of Miles Davis and others transformed the jazz landscape, giving composers and improvisers a broader sonic palette as well as a minimalist approach. Herbst Theatre.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Lindsay Benner, Juggler, 2:40 PM Owen Baker! Flynn, Inspired Silliness, 4:00, 5:20 PM Owen Baker! Flynn, Inspired Silliness, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Thomas John, Juggling and Clowning

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Five Heads. A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. 12:30pm & 3pm, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ SCIENCE C.S.I. Open Lab: Compost Creations, 1pm – 2:30pm, Learn how to create & care for your own worm compost bin. Tour the Community Garden worm compost areas. Learn about easy and fun ways to compost at home. Why should worms have all the fun? Now you can make your own edible compost bin. Chabot Space & Science Museum.

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Sunday, October 23

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

Photos by Winni Wintermeyer.~ ART Drawing Inspiration, Do you doodle? Draw on your imagination and make your mark at the museum as we sketch, scribble, and squiggle our way through the wonderful world of drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ AUTHOR Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck, meet Caldecott Medal winner and author of The Houdini Box—at his only San Francisco appearance. Selznick will read and show illustrations from Wonderstruck, his novel for young adults. weaves together two compelling stories, set fifty years apart—Ben’s story, which takes place in 1977, is told in words; Rose’s story, set in 1927, is told in pictures. Presentation will be accompanied by a sign-language interpreter. Book signing to follow. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ BLOCK PARTY Sunday Streets 2011 Season Final in the Mission.

~ DANCE Hula for Families, 12pm, Palace of Fine Arts.

~ EVENT Walk with WildCare, 9am-Noon, Lake Lagunitas (near Fairfax – see link below for directions) Join Whole Foods Market and the naturalists from WildCare for a 1.8 mile fun family hike at Lake Lagunitas. Walk includes: light breakfast, kids crafts, free parking ($8 value!), souvenir bag, post-walk snacks and naturalist stations. Junior Ranger passports for kids to get stamped at each naturalist station. Completed passports can be shown at Whole Foods Market for a special treat. All registered families will receive a free WildCare annual membership ($35 value) Registration is $20 per adult – kids free! 100% of proceeds go to WildCare.

~ FESTIVAL Tolay Fall Festival, Native American Village with demonstrations,“From Earth to You” hands-on children’s area & Kiddie Corral, Night Time Creatures Barn with Creep Crawly Critters room, live animals, and nature hikes. Tons of family fun on a spectacular 1,737-acre ranch outside Petaluma.

~ FESTIVAL Who Wants to Be a King (or Queen)?, 10:30 am–4:30 pm, Become a king or queen (maharaja or maharani) at this fun-filled family event that has activities the whole family will enjoy. Pick up an Eye Spy and search the galleries for symbols from India’s royal courts; dress like a king or queen and have your picture taken by a museum photographer; listen to a family of sitar players play music from rock to raga, and learn to sing some riffs yourself; join a docent storytelling tour; sample ice cream flavored with cardamom and rose—two of the region’s tastiest flavors; and make art projects inspired by elephants, Indian royalty, and gods and demons in anticipation of Sanjay Patel’s exhibition opening in November! Free with museum admission, Asian Art Museum.

~ FILM Kid Flix Mix, Perfect for youngest audiences, this colorful and musical mix of the best animated films from around the world features chatty birds, beatboxing cats and one very hungry pig. 10am, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams, beautifully animated stop-motion film, six-year-old Milo finds himself transformed into an animated character and swept into Dreamland, a secret nocturnal world of enchantment and adventure. 12:15pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer , true-life story set in the magnificent Sri Lankan tropics. Chandani dreams of following in the footsteps of her father and becoming the first female mahout—a guardian of wild elephants. 2:45pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ FILM Laflamme’s Diary , Aurelie Laflamme suspects she is an alien. That would explain why she feels different from everyone else, why she can’t string two words together without making a fool of herself and why boys really get on her nerves. 5:30pm, New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan)

~ MUSEUM Family Gallery Tours, Experience the magic of Houdini as a family during interactive gallery tours specially designed for families with children ages 6 to 9. With hands-on, experiential activities woven throughout, Houdini and his legacy will come to life. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

~ MUSIC Tim Cain, 11am Nicasio Valley Farms Organic Pumpkin Patch

~ PERFORMANCE The Comedy Magician Robert Strong performs a rare family show! 11 am – Noon, $8 (under 2 yrs old free), Randall Museum, San Francisco, (510) 236 – 7469.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, The Five Heads. A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. 12:30pm & 3pm, Jean Paul Valjean will delight audiences with his acrobatics and juggling with the “Short Attention Span Circus”. 1:30pm & 2:30pm, Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Lindsay BennerJuggler2:40 PM Thomas JohnJuggling and Clowning, 4:00, 5:20 PM Owen Baker! FlynnInspired Silliness, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

~ PERFORMANCE Cashore Marionettes, 11am and 3pm, $24, Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley.

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

~ THEATRE Magic School Bus, Live!, Grab your imagination and get on board with Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn why it matters that the polar ice is melting and what they can do to help. Bay Area Children’s Theatre at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, 2pm.

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Monday, October 24

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

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM The Keith ShowJuggler2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Owen Baker! FlynnInspired Silliness, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Thomas JohnJuggling and Clowning

Tuesday, October 25

~ CRAFT Paper Pumpkin Event Grace your home with ghoulish decor. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 10-Noon.

~ EXPLORE Tyke Explorers Program, Bee-utiful Friendship (10am – 10:50am OR 12pm – 12:50pm) Buzz… Buzz… Buzz… What do those buzzes mean? We will find out! Our Tykes will transform to become busy bees and discover their relationship with nature and flowers. Chabot Space & Science Center. Guests: $12 / $10 for each additional child, Members: $9 / $5 for each additional child, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Owen Baker! FlynnInspired Silliness2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Greg FrisbeeJuggler
6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Thomas JohnJuggling and Clowning

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 18mo – 4 yrs, 10:30 AM, Preregistration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Wednesday, October 26, New Moon

~ ANIMAL Toddler Treks, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, for children 1 to 3 years of age. Learn about the Shark that shares our world – all can be found in the Bay Area or the Academy. We will use props and our imagination to “trek” together to the place each animal calls home. Academy of Science.

~ CRAFTS Picture Books & More, Grades 1 & 2, Cool stories, outrageous crafts, and super special snacks, Advance sign-up required, The Creekside Room, The Mill Valley Public Library, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

~ CRAFT Halloween Visor EventCreate a crafty visor for Halloween fun. Make-It Take-It with purchase of visor. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 6-8pm.

~ FLIM Play Again, Play Again is an award winning documentary about how the digitally saturated world affects children born in the “screen age.” As we stand at a turning point in our relationship with earth, we find ourselves immersed in the gray area between the natural and virtual worlds. From a global perspective of wonder and hope, Play Again examines this unique point in history. Q and A with one of Play Again’s filmmakers to follow. 7-9pm, Mill Valley Library.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ HOLIDAY San Anselmo Goblin Parade, 5-7pm, From the corner of Ross and San Anselmo Ave. to Tamalpais Ave.

~ LECTURE Was That Me Yelling? (all ages) Yelling can be caused by stress, depression, anger, and other reasons. Most parents agree that yelling isn’t beneficial, but many report that they just don’t know what to do when their children misbehave. Learn to create a plan about the factors that trigger yelling and develop strategies to avoid it. $35, Rona Renner, RN, expert parent educator, temperament counselor, and host of Childhood Matters radio show, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Big Al CatrazMagician4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Daniel DaVinciThe Juggling Genius

Thursday, October 27

~ CRAFT Halloween Mask EventMake your own masquerade mask. Make-It Take-It with purchase of mask. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 6-8pm.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ HOLIDAY Magic Circus Wizard Show, 4pm, The Magic Wizard Circus Show is coming to town for an afternoon of bewitching magic, impish comedy, mysterious illusions and lots and lots of fun. Benny the Wizard and Bebe the Clown have amazing tricks up their sleeves (and under their hats and behind their ears). Don’t miss it! Sausalito Library.

~ HOLIDAY Haunted House, Novato Youth Center.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Reed Kirkham RahlmannGeek Tricks2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Greg FrisbeeJuggler
6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

~ STORYTIME French Immersion Storytime with Le Petit Jardin, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Council Chambers, San Anselmo.

Friday, October 28

~ ART October Family Class: Get Ready to Get Messy: Discovering Shapes, Children and adults will explore super messy art and science activities while we take care of the clean-up! Does your young child love to squish, squeeze and smash? Give them the opportunity to unleash their inner artist in this messy class series. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 10 children per session. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 10am – 11am and 11:15am – 12:15pm.

~ CRAFT Halloween Clay Pot EventDesign your own adorable clay pot creations. Make-It Take-It with purchase of clay pot Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. 3″ clay pot only $0.50. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 6-8pm.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ HOLIDAY Scaregrove 2011, Bring the family out for Scaregrove at Sigmund Stern Grove, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring hay rides, a haunted house, carnival rides, giant inflatables, live entertainment and food for sale. $8 per person for an all-access pass.

~ HOLIDAY Haunted House, Novato Youth Center.

~ HOLIDAY Pacheco Plaza Halloween Fest, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Novato

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Harvest Festival, 5-8pm, Marinwood.

~ HOLIDAY Friday Nights at the de Young Masquerade Ball, 5pm

~ HOLIDAY Strawberry Halloween Faire, 10:30am-12pm.

~ HOLIDAY It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Join us for all the fall fun and watch the family favorite animated special on our big outdoor movie screen. Activities, crafts and the trick or treat trail are all free. Snoopy’s Home Ice.

~ HOLIDAY Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato, along Grant Avenue, 11 am–2 pm

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Bash at Bon Air Bon Air Center, 12-4pm, Greenbrae

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Owen Baker! FlynnInspired Silliness2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM Captain Jack SpareribsPirate of the Caribbean, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

~ THEATRE Hansel and Gretel, 2pm, Halloween costume parade at 1:30 pm prior to the matinee. Showcase Theater, San Rafael. Adults – $45 / $35, Children 15 and under – $15.

Saturday, October 29

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Amazing Architecture, 10:30am, deYoung Museum.

~ ART Doing and Viewing Art (ages 4-12). 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. Frieze Frame: Storytelling in Art, 2:00pm, Legion of Honor.

~ COOKING Complimentary Technique Classes for Kids, Oh My! It’s Time for Pie, 10am-11am, WILLIAMS-SONOMA at the Village at Corte Madera. Space is limited, RSVP required, 924-6799.

~ EVENT Ocean Aglow: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, Join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand. Gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight. $12/per person, pre-registration required. All ages are welcome. Baby carriers are recommended for children 4 and under.

~ FESTIVAL Bay Area Science Festival

~ HIKE Sanctuary Night Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Experience some of Marin’s wildest nightlife! Visit our sanctuary after the sun goes down and learn how the animals of Richardson Bay have adapted to live in the dark. Examine skulls and bones, hike through the sanctuary with a naturalist, and if the clouds cooperate, check out the fall constellations. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $7. Advanced registration required: call 388-2524. Richardson Bay Audubon & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

~ HOLIDAY Harvest Festival and Halloween Mask Workshop, Make masks for the season using non-native materials found around the Headlands and sample heirloom apples. Reservations required, phone (415) 331-1540.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Carnival, 10am-2pm, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, Tim Cain, puppet show, costume paradigm face painting, free cake and ice cream for all! Rain coat drive, Marin County Mart.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, $30/person; $95 families of 4 or more; age 2 and under free, Slide Ranch.

~ HOLIDAY Haunted House, 5-6pm (not scary), 6:30-7:30pm (semi-scary), 8-9pm (horrifying), $3 Tam Community Center: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley, 388-6393.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Extravaganza Event! Duck Tape Pail or Tote 11am – Noon featuring Make-It Take-It with purchase of pail or tote while supplies last. FREE Face Painting Noon – 1:30pm while supplies last. Halloween Parade 1:30pm – 2pm. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 6-8pm.

~ HOLIDAY Sinister Science Halloween Party and Space MissionsWear costumes, drink spooky punch, enjoy hands-on activities and special guest appearances. Discovery Lab activities for tots with spooky read-alongs. Plus, fly a simulated space flight mission in our Challenger Learning Center. Activities are Free with General Admission. Missions require a separate ticket. Space missions take off at 1pm and 3pm.  $10 + General Admission/Members: $7. Register today (510) 336-7373.

~ HOLIDAY HallowScreen! 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, Celebrate Halloween weekend with our special selection of haunted cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, The Mad Doctor, Pluto’s Judgement Day, and more. You’ll have a “howling” good time. Costumes Welcome! Walt Disney Museum.

~ HOLIDAY Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree, Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with Unlimited rides, Parades, Goody bags for kids, Treat stations for kids, Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids, Arts & Crafts, Pirate school, Balloon twisting, Costumed fairytale characters, Clowns and magicians Children’s Fairyland 10am-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Family Halloween Fest, 10am-2pm, Randall Museum.

~ HOLIDAY Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Spooky Soiree, celebrate creativity at play with first ever, grown-ups only masquerade party in San Francisco.

~ HOLIDAY Haunted House, Novato Youth Center.

~ HOLIDAY Graveyard Stroll, 6-7:30pm, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael, Marin County Parks Field Office, 507-2816

~ HOLIDAY Trick or Treat Down 4th Street, San Rafael, 1-2:30pm.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Dance Party with Raytones, Put on your costume and join the coolest fun-time band for a Halloween dance party. The Raytones combine a mix of pop, funk, and rock & roll with playful lyrics about such things as wearing your favorite pjs and hula hoops. Ray the Rhino will be on hand to show you some cool dance moves. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 11am – 12pm

~ HOLIDAY School Fuel Haunted House, 5-7:30pm, NUSD administration building, Novato.

~ HOLIDAY The Halloween Cabaret Carnival! 10:30am, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley

~ HOLIDAY Supernatural Halloween Party, 6:30-9:30pm, California Academy of Sciences.

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

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Jamboree, Children’s Fairyland 10am-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Party! Wear your best costume to enter our costume contest and be prepared for a ‘scary’ story, as well as snacks and decorating masks that you get to take home! What a better way to get in the spirit of all hallows eve than that?, 3:00 – 6:00pm, Paxton Gate’s Curiosities For Kids.

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, 11am, 2pm & 4pm, Oakland.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20 PM Reed Kirkham RahlmannGeek Tricks2:40, 4:00, 5:20 PM The Keith ShowJuggler, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie MaryJuggler

~ SCIENCE East Bay Discovery Day, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, 11am-4pm.

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

~ WORKSHOP Adobe Brickmaking Workshop for Families, 9 am to Noon, Get ready to get your hands dirty! Learn the history of adobe, examine methods for adobe repair, and make adobe bricks at this hands-on workshop taught by the Presidio Trust’s adobe experts. There will also be a tour of the rehabilitation in progress at the Officers’ Club. Archaeology Lab, 49 Moraga Avenue (adjacent to the Officers’ Club) RSVP requested to rsvp@presidiotrust.gov

Sunday, October 30

~ ANIMALS Hawk Talk and Banding Demos, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory with a docent gives an hour-long talk about hawk monitoring and identification using photos and other props. A newly banded wild hawk is brought up and shown to the crowd and released. No registration necessary, meet on top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands at noon.

Photo by Winni Wintermeyer.~ ART Drawing Inspiration, Do you doodle? Draw on your imagination and make your mark at the museum as we sketch, scribble, and squiggle our way through the wonderful world of drawing, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Crayola® Pumpkin Patch Event Celebrate Crayola® style! FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Michaels, 400 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael 1-3pm.

~ EVENT Discovery Day Open House, the one day of the year when the public can visit and spend the day behind the scenes, meet our scientists and learn about their research in San Francisco Bay and beyond. Romberg Tiburon Center, 11am-4pm.

~ HOLIDAY Community Pumpkin Carving for Kids & Adults, Noon-5pm, FREE pumpkin carving at Studio 333, Sausalito.

~ HOLIDAY Haunted House, Novato Youth Center.

~ HOLIDAY Boo at the Zoo, San Francisco Zoo,10am-4pm.

~ HOLIDAY Boo at the Zoo, Oakland Zoo, 10am-3pm.

~ HOLIDAY HallowScreen! 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, Celebrate Halloween weekend with our special selection of haunted cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, The Mad Doctor, Pluto’s Judgement Day, and more. You’ll have a “howling” good time. Costumes Welcome! Walt Disney Museum.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Spooktacular!, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Calling all Ghosts, Ghouls, and Witches join us if you dare … for a Halloween scare! Come dressed in your best and surprise all the rest at The Walt Disney Family Museum’s frightfully fun event. Crafts, Costumes, Museum’s frightfully fun event. Crafts, Costumes, and games ghoulore will be everything we have in store. Walt Disney Museum.

~ HOLIDAY Trick-or-Treating at Town Center! 12-3pm

~ HOLIDAY Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree, Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with Unlimited rides, Parades, Goody bags for kids, Treat stations for kids, Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids, Arts & Crafts, Pirate school, Balloon twisting, Costumed fairytale characters, Clowns and magicians Children’s Fairyland 10am-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Halloween Haunts and Happenings, 12 – 4 pm, come dressed up in your Halloween costume and join us in a variety of spine-tingling activities. See tarantulas and blood-sucking leeches, watch spooky animated films, make sugar skulls and much more. Exploratorium.

~ HOLIDAY Spooktacular Twilight Tour, San Francisco Zoo, 5–9pm.

~ HOLIDAY Kids Cooking Class – Halloween, 10am. ITK Culinary.

~ HOLIDAY Gourmet Halloween Sweets Tour in the Ferry Building, 11am and 2pm.  A special tour just for kids with 9 different gourmet sweets stops, from pumpkin whoopie pies to organic Halloween cupcakes.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $38 per child, $5 per participating adult.

~ HOLIDAY Yerba Buena Halloween Costume Walk, 12:00-1:30pm, featuring interactive performances and games for kids. Hosted by the Unique Derique, and featuring live music by Venezuelan Music Project and special guest Chiqui Boom, we invite children under ten and their adults to parade in their Halloween finery! Children’s Garden.

~ MUSIC Charity and the JAMband, Costume Parade at Concert Finale, 3:30pm.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Big Al Catraz, Magician
4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Merrie Mary, Juggler

~ PERFORMANCE Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 10:30am, Puss in Boots. What’s a kitten to do when the dogs bully her? Momma cat responds by telling the classic story of how a loyal cat with a taste for good footwear takes her human friend from rags to riches. Words and music by Tony Jonick. 10:30am, The Five Heads. A magical bird that can make milk, an enchanted snake that can morph into human form, and a laughing forest are only some of the wonders in the fairytale world of this African Cinderella story. 11:30am, Oakland.

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

~ THEATRE The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saturdays 1pm, Sundays 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

~ THEATRE Hansel and Gretel, 2pm, Halloween costume parade at 1:30 pm prior to the matinee. Showcase Theater, San Rafael. Adults – $45 / $35, Children 15 and under – $15.

Monday, October 31

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

~ HOLIDAY Boo at the Zoo, San Francisco Zoo,10am-4pm.

~ HOLIDAY Boo at the Zoo, Oakland Zoo, 10am-3pm.

~ HOLIDAY Petaluma Downtown Merchant’s Trick or Treat Trail, 3-5pm.

~ HOLIDAY Sausalito Halloween Festivities, 5:45-8pm, Parade begins at the Fire Station 333 Johnson and Caledonia Street.

~ HOLIDAY Safe Trick or Treat Downtown Novato, 11am-2pm.

~ HOLIDAY Trick-or-Treating and Party, Homestead Valley, Mill Valley.

~ HOLIDAY HallowScreen! 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, Celebrate Halloween weekend with our special selection of haunted cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, The Mad Doctor, Pluto’s Judgement Day, and more. You’ll have a “howling” good time. Costumes Welcome! Walt Disney Museum.

~ PERFORMANCE PEIR 39, 12:00, 1:20, 2:40 PM Reed Kirkham Rahlmann, Geek Tricks, 4:00, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50 PM Daniel DaVinci, The Juggling Genius

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