October Things to do with Tweens & Teens

To see Ronnie’s Awesome List October 2011  (for kids ages 0 & up), click here.

This month I’ve decided to change the format for the “teen” calendar. What I’ve realized is that mosts parents of teens and tweens have such busy schedules with sports, homework and extra curricular activities, that rarely do they have time to plan.  It’s usually it’s a matter of “seizing the day,” when the opportunity arises. Therefore, instead of having a daily calendar for every activity, I’ve listed places to go that teens and tweens might enjoy so that that when you have that rare moment of deciding where to go with your teen or tween, you can refer to the list for ideas.  Your feedback is always appreciated! Thank you.


Check out our “Kids Sports Leagues in Marin” link on this site. This month in local sports…CYO volleyball is ending, tryouts are happening for CYO and school basketball teams, fall baseball and soccer are happening, football season is ending. AAU leagues are year round so check their schedule for tryouts. No wonder Marin teens and tweens are so busy!


My friend who lives in Sonoma County was telling me about a teen center in Santa Rosa called Chop’s where teens can hang out in a safe, fun environment. The unique thing about the place was designed by and for kids! Okay, the adults provide the financial backing, but, the kids had a lot of input in how it should be run.The philosphy is based on the founder Charles “Chop” DeMeo’s vision that teens should be seen as assets to the community, not as problems to be solved. I’ve been searching for something similar in Marin, but haven’t found anything like it. There are teen centers offered by community centers, but they’re really more for after school care, unlike Chop’s which is open late on Friday nights and even on Saturdays! So where do Marin teens hang out?  It seems that when they’re not participating in a sport or other extracurricular activity, they are hanging out at each others’ houses. They go to movies, eat out and some times hang out in town centers. A couple weeks ago in Southern Marin, a large amount of teens congregated in Tiburon for the last “Friday Nights on Main Street,” a weekly summer “community street fair” sponsored by the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and other supporters. I’m not sure if teens hanging out without parents were what they had in mind when they came up with the idea!

I’ll continue my quest to find good hang out spots for your teens and if anyone has any ideas, please share them. I’m sure we’d all love to know!  -Marjorie


We strive for accuracy of information, but please check the individual websites below for updated information in case of any changes or cancellations.

FRIGHT FEST AT SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM, Vallejo. After 6pm, the amusement park will take a spooky twist when the ghosts and goblins come out. Sword swallowers, walking zombies and a scary haunted house are just a few of the attractions. Check the website for more details as they recommend that this is for 13 year olds & up!  For the younger and those who aren’t into the being scared, come to the park earlier in the day and experience Halloween shows and acts without the terror.

~ POTTERY PAINTING at Doodlebug Marin, 641 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. As the weather gets wetter, you can take the kids to this open art studio. Artists select a bisque piece off of the shelf ranging from $12 & up. Plates, animal figurines, vases, boxes and platters are just some of the shapes available for painting. Once the piece is painted, you leave it at the studio for about a week and they’ll fire it for you. It’s a great, creative way to spend an afternoon.

Art Studio is open 7 days a week!
10 am – 7 pm Sun, Mon, Tues, and Wed
10 am – 9 pm Thurs, Fri, and Sat

No reservations required
(except once a month during Pajama Night)


  • Thursday 10/27, House of Air indoor trampoline park presents Vamps on Tramps, 7-9 pm. 926 (Old) Mason Street in the Presidio.
  •   The Tamalpais Community Service District presents their annual Haunted House. 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. The tours will be held on Friday and Saturday night with three levels of fright from which to choose.

Friday, 10/28, 6:30 – 7:30 PM semi-scary, 7:30 – 8:30 pm scary.
Saturday, 10/29, 5:00 – 6:00 PM Not scary at all, 6:30 – 7:30 PM semi-scary, 8:00 – 9:00 PM horrifying.

  • The Tiburon Belvedere 4th Annual Halloween Haunt “Terror in the Toy Store.” Saturday, 10/22, 5:30-8:30 PM. Tame Version 5-6:30 PM, Scary Version 7-8:30 PM.
  • Free Pumpkin Carving at Studio333,  Mon 10/24-Sun, 10/30 Noon-5pm. 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito. 415-331-8272. Sunday 10-noon. They will provide the pumpkins and carving tools. You provide the creativity! The pumpkins will be displayed during Sausalito’s Halloween Parade. Over 100 pumpkins will be on display!~ FILM FESTIVAL The 34th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival, October 6-16th.   While some films may be too adult for tweens and teens, here’s a list of child-friendly films.


    Now that school is well under way, your child may need to take advantage of our free public libraries. Many of the branches offer programs and events specifically designed for teens.

    Belvedere/Tiburon, 1501 Tiburon Blvd. Hours: Sun 12-5pm, Tues/Weds/Thu 10am-9pm, Fri/Sat 10am – 5pm. (415) 789-2665. They have a teen lounge and teen book club.

    Special Event at the Belvedere-Tiburon library: Plan for Life:
    Why Every Young Person Should Have a Life Plan 
    Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm 
    Dr. Mecca currently serves as President of the California Mentor Foundation. He is the cofounder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Lifeplan Institute, which helps adolescents and young adults actively. He will discuss his book on life planning.

    Bolinas 14 Wharf Road. Hours: Mon. 2-6pm, Weds 10am – 1pm & 2-6pm, Thurs 2-6 & 7-9pm, Sat 2-5pm. Closed Sun, Tues, Fri. (415) 868-1171.

    Civic Center 3501 Civic Center Drive #427, San Rafael. Hours Sun CLOSED, Mon 10am-6pm, Tue 10am-9pm, Weds 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm.

    Corte Madera 707 Meadowsweet Dr. Hours: Sun 12-5pm,  Mon/Tues/Weds 10am – 9pm, Fri – Closed,  Sat 10am- 5pm. (415) 924-4844.

    Fairfax 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd,  Hours: Sun CLOSED, Mon/Tues/Weds/Thur  10am-9pm, Fri CLOSED, Sat 10am- 6pm. (415)453-8151.

    Inverness 15 Park Ave. Hours:  Sun CLOSED, Mon 3-6pm & 7-9pm, Tues 10am-1pm & 2-6pm, Weds 10am-1pm & 2-6pm, Thu CLOSED, Fri 3-6pm, Sat 10am-1pm.

    Marin City 164 Donahue S. Hours: Sun 12 – 5pm, Mon 1-9pm, Tues 1-9pm, Weds, 10am – 6pm, Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri Closed, Sat 10am-5pm. Math tutoring available from high school students every Tuesday from 4-6pm. 

    Mill Valley 375 Throckmorton Ave. Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 9pm, Fri. 12-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm. The MV library offers a Creative Writing workshop and film night for teens.

    Novato 1720 Novato Blvd. Hours: Sun 12-5pm, Mon 10am-9pm, Tues/Weds/Thurs 10am- 9pm, Fri CLOSED, Sat 10am- 5pm.

    Southern Novato 6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A. Hours: Sun/Mon CLOSED, Tues 12-8pm, Weds 10am-5pm, Thu 12-8pm, Fri CLOSED, Sat 10am-5pm. (415) 506-3165. This library offers a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) that meets once a month to create interesting teen programs.

    Stinson Beach 3521 Shoreline Hwy. Hours:  Sun CLOSED, Mon 10am – 1pm, Tue 1-5pm & 6-9pm, Weds CLOSED, Thur CLOSED, Fri 10am – 1pm & 2-6pm, Sat 10am – 1pm.
    (415) 868-0252.

    ~ PUMPKIN PATCH – ‘Tis the season for pumpkin patches throughout the Bay Area. If your teen is bored with the thought of going to a pumpkin patch, remind him about the scene in Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire where Harry gets trapped in the hedge maze. Then, take him to the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and let him try to find his way through the A’Mazing Corn Maze, a 4-acre maze made out of 10 foot tall corn stalks! With only one way in, and one way out it’s not as easy as you might think!

    ~ MOVIE THEATER The Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 in San Francisco has recently opened the Bay Theater, located adjacent to its entrance on PIER 39. The 270-seat Bay Theater boasts a 1,000 square foot full production stage, as well as a café and lounge area. This multi-use space can be rented for private and corporate meetings and events, as well as live music performances and entertainment. Check out a film with graphic shark scenes (perfect for tweens and teens), or bring them to see an animated film (perfect for all in the the family).

    LARK THEATER at 549 Magnolia Ave in Larkspur is playingDolphin Tale this month. See the trailer for this movie! It’s one of the few PG 2D movies right now that both parents and teens can feel good about watching!


    The Exploritorium is one of my favorite teen museums as it makes science interactive and interesting! They also have events and displays that are specifically designed with the teen in mind. This month they are part of the NY/SF International Children’s Film festival from Friday, 10/21 – Sunday, 10/23. They’re also offering “Bicycle Science” on Saturday, 10/22. Click here for more information. And don’t forget to borrow a free museum pass from the library!


    The Conservatory Theater Ensemble (CTE) is Tam High’s acclaimed theater group. To see what’s playing this month, click here.

    Cirque du Soleil “Totem” benefit performance to support Huckleberry Youth Programs, 11/4, 8pm, AT&T Parking Lot.  If you’ve ever seen a Cirque du Soleil performance you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s “magical.” On November 4th there will be a benefit performance to support the Huckleberry Youth Programs serving underserved youth in San Rafael and  San Francisco. 100% of ticket sales will go to the Huckleberry Youth Programs.

    To preview “Totem” click here.

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