Things to Do for ‘Tweens and Teens in Marin – February

As always, please check company websites for updated information, changes and cancellations! If you have suggestions on Marin tween and teen activities and outings, please submit a comment to us and we’ll check it out. Enjoy!

Day Trip for February – Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

On Sundays, you can load up the car with  bikes, skateboards, scooters and roller blades and head to  John F. Kennedy Drive. There you’ll find many people with the same idea as you, enjoying a car-free road.  Pass by the Buffalo Paddock to see the bison (look similar to buffalo). Tweens and Teens may find the majority of the Children’s Playground a bit young, but they may be interested in thecement slides used for cardboard sliding! Also, children of all ages will enjoy taking a ride on the historic carousel. Take advantage of the photo opps in front of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers where something colorful is always in bloom. If an indoor outing is what you seek, head over to the California Academy of Sciences where you’ll find, an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, nearly 40,000 live animals, and a rain forest all under one roof! For a cultural experience, visit The Japanese Tea Garden and sip on some tea.  For an interesting array of plants, visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. For an artistic outing, visit the deYoung Museum located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. Even if they’re not interested in appreciating art, they’ll appreciate dining in the de Young Cafe. Other popular eating spots include The Beach Chalet with a view of the ocean, The historical Cliff House Restaurant which is right over the ocean, and one of my personal favorite places for casual dining, The Seal Rock Cafe. Check websites for dining times.

Concerts/Performing Arts

1/28 – 29 Marin Symphony Presents Youthful Brilliance, featuring 18-year old Nathan Chan, a Bay Area native who has conducted symphonies, collaborated with Roberta Flack and was one of the featured artists in the acclaimed Peabody Award winning HBO Television documentary, “Music In Me.”

2/3 -5  Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company presents Cabaret, 199 Museum Way, SF (415)554-9600.2/28 Environmentalist Tour and Artist Talk for Teens, Contemporary Jewish Community Museum, 3-5pm.  Tour the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Then join exhibiting artist David Tomb for an engaging conversation about how he uses his art as a tool for conservation.

Sat 2/11 English Beat at the Throckmorton, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 8:30 PM.Sat 2/21 SNL’s Seth Meyers, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, 8pm.

San Francisco Ballet. Performances include Chroma, an award-winning contemporary work by Wayne McGregor (2/14-2/25); Le Carnaval des Animaux brining a whimsical menagerie of animals to life (2/16 -26).

Saturday, 2/10 Tam High Valentine Dinner, Tam High School, 700 Miller Ave.,  Ruby Scott Gym, Mill Valley, 7-10 PM. A February Explosion of Musical Love! Tam Music invites you to a wonderful evening of great food, and continuous music supplied by Tam students. The food will be catered by Focaccia.  Adults: $25, Teens: $15, Kids and Call for info: 415-388-3292.

Weds, 2/22 Dying to do Letterman, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, 7:30 PM. Hilarious, heart-felt, feature-length documentary about a 35 year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan who found out he only had fives years to live, went after his dream of performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Opening Next Month…Fiddler on the Roof by the Marin Youth Performers at the Throckmorton Theater. Get your tickets today!

Education/Training

Tues 2/7  Teen Life Over Suicide Live Town Hall Meeting and Webcast and Twitter Chat, YMCA Berkeley, Teen Center, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 5- 6pm Tweet Chat/Tag your tweets with #TeenLifeOverSuicide or join  at 6-7:30 PM for the live town hall and webcast.

Sat 2/11 – Babysitting Training and First Aid, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road ,  San Rafael, 9am – 3pm. Reservations required: 415-485-3344, $80-$88.

Sun 2/26 Environmental Art: Tour and Artist Talk for Teens, Jewish Contemporary Museum, 736 Mission St., SF 3-5pm.  Tour the exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Then join exhibiting artist David Tomb for an engaging conversation about how he uses his art as a tool for conservation. Tomb is a highly skilled artist and a dedicated environmentalist who founded his own non-profit, Jeepney Projects Worldwide (JPW). Learn about how Tomb went from birding in the Oakland hills with his high school buddies to traveling in Ecuador with those same friends, his paint brush, and a vision for social change. teens@thecjm.org or 415.655.7851.

Exhibits/Events/Fairs/Festivals

Sat 2/11 – Chinese New Year’s Parade, Chinatown, SF, 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM. Chinese New Year is a two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860’s during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America as well as the largest general market event in Northern California. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.

Sun 2/26 – Chicken Hot Wing Eating Contest!  Cable Car City Pub & Cafe is hosting its first annual Chicken Hot Wing Eating Contest! Contestants will recruit sponsors and compete for the title of most hot wings eaten in one hour. Along with this prestigious title, the winner will also receive prizes and a trophy from Jagermeister. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. To register, stop by the pub or send an email to info@cablecarpub.com.

The DeYoung Museum, 55 Hagiwara Drive, SF.  Now through July 1 – New Dimensions Prints and Multiples from the Anderson Collection.  The multiples format provided an opportunity for artists to break free from the expectations of previous art movements, such as Abstract Expressionism, which promoted the idea of the physical “trace” of the artist.

2/24 – 3/2 Each February, the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, SF,  plays host to a remarkable gathering of the City’s young scientific talent. Last school year brought the 29th annual San Francisco Middle School Science FairMembers of the public are able to view the projects during regular Museum hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday) after the judging is complete and before project check-out: between Friday, February 24 and Friday, March 2.

Library

Thurs 2/2  – “First Thursday,”  Mill Valley Public Library, 7pm. This author talk is for high school students only. The critically acclaimed author of Beautiful and Clean will talk about her long, eventful road to becoming a writer, answer questions and maybe, just maybe drop a few hints about her next book.

Weds 2/8 – Teen Advisory Group, Novato, 1720 Novato Blvd, 3:30- 4:30 PM.  Are you a middle school or high school teen? Do you want to help the Novato Library create interesting teen programs? Come to our monthly Teen Advisory Group, have fun, and earn community service hours! 415-897-1132.

Sat 2/11 – Manga Drawing Class (ages 9-13), Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Ave, Corte Madera, 2pm. (415) 924-4844.

Sports

Sun 2/5  Superbowl XLVI, NY Giants vs. New England Patriots, 3:30 PM, NBC.  Your kids may not know Madonna, but you will when you see her at the half time show!

Professional Sports:

College Sports:
Don’t forget the women’s sports leagues, too!

MOVIE THEATERS


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