Ronnie’s Awesome List – September 2013

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Special Note:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum is closed September 9–23.
  • The Children’s Creativity Museum is closed September 2-13, 2013.

Treasure Hunts for Families

For a great way to have fun with your kids, get them outside and physically active try Geocaching, Letterboxing, and Questing. These outings are great for all ages that you can do anytime and anywhere. When you complete it you may get a prize or learn something, and, best of all, your kids will not know they are exercising their bodies and brains!

The Groundspeak Geocaching Logo is a registered trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. Used with permission.

The Groundspeak Geocaching Logo is a registered trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. Used with permission.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt with caches hidden all over the world. Once you create a free account on the website geocaching.com or groundspeak.com you can enter your location (city, zip code, latitude and longitude) and you will get a list of all the caches in the area to choose from. Each clue gives coordinates you can enter into a GPS (global positioning satellite) receiver or Google the coordinates and let it lead you to the vicinity of the cache. Once there, you need to unscramble the clues to pin point where the cache is. There are several different types of caches but many are in containers that may be camouflaged to blend into their surroundings. Inside will be a logbook to sign and it might also contain various inexpensive trinkets for trade, or lead you to an historic or natural landmark. Items to bring include a pen, GPS (optional), tchotchkes to trade, and anything you would bring on a hike.

letterboxingLetterboxing combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide boxes in publicly accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box. Individual letterboxes usually contain a notebook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp, either on their personal notebook or on a postcard, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’ book” as proof of having found the box and letting other letterboxers know who has visited. To get started, check on the letterboxes in your area at www.letterboxing.org or www.atlasquest.com. You will need a rubber stamp, pen, small sketchbook, ink pad, a compass, and the clues.

Questing is a game-like adventure played across a community or geographic place. Clues have a starting point that lead to various sealed boxes in a specific order to be found until you reach the final prize. Participants work as a team to gather these hidden clues as they meaningfully connect with both familiar and unfamiliar places engaging in activities that hone their senses and invite deeper looking and thinking.

muirwoodsquestHere are other FREE local, kid friendly treasure hunts to get you started.

  • Muir Woods Quest is perfect for any child learning to count to 20 and ABC’s while discovering the magic of this beautiful redwood forest. My 9 year old loved doing it with her 5 year old friend. Make a left at the first bridge to start. If you forget your copy, ask for the “Redwood Discovery” guide.
  • Green Gulch, Muir Beach to download the activity page for “Where the Green Dragon Grows” created by URBIA Adventure League, Look for their shorter quest-like adventures in Bay Nature Magazine. Quests booklets are also available for purchase on their website.
  • Crissy Field Mystery Trail Challenge, is a history mystery unlocking the military, natural and cultural history of Crissy Field. Pick up a free copy of the “Mystery Trail Challenge” at the Warming Hut.
  • The Presidio in San Francisco offers a wide variety of self-guided programs, quest adventures, geocaches and more.
  • Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39, from the folks at Mastermind Hunts. They have created some great hunts where you solve a series of fun and slightly more challenging clues as you find your way to often overlooked spots. Other hunt are available for purchase on their website.
  • Nature Treasure Hunt is a great way to help your kids connect to nature and you do not have to travel far.

These real life adventures are a great way to inspire future stewards of the world to new places, new activities and/or discover the history of your area all while building fun memories your child will never forget. Get out and create your own adventures; the fun awaits just outside your door.

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, September 1

saf-2012-poster_BRDR_1Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest, 9am-3:30pm, Drakes Beach, all ages welcome at this free event.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 10am, After a short talk, the children leave the zendo to participate in their own special programs. Activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 1 & 2.

Tomales Founders Day, 11am, fair in the community park and the quirky parade at noon.

Exploring the Towering Redwoods, 10:30-11:30am, a kids’ redwood exploration program using our music, art, and science senses to get to know the towering trees. Bring a snack or lunch, a sketch pad, sharpened pencils, and your listening ears and singing voices. Other tools provided, RSVP required 388-2596.

Hawk_Catching_Dinner_Wallpaper_536o3Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Battery Townsley Underground Tours, 12-4pm,  a moderately strenuous hike up the Coastal Trail, approximately one-half-mile north of the Rodeo Beach parking lot.

Tiburon Belvedere Labor Day Parade, 1pm, old-fashioned parade starts, Tiburon Blvd & Lagoon Rd., along Tib. Blvd. to Main Street and Ark Row to Beach, Bring the family and enjoy the fun!

StagPostcardWEB.212101238King Stag, 2pm, Carlo Gozzi’s fairytale masterpiece featuring comic servants, princes and princesses, magicians and magical animals, brought to the stage with masks, puppets and the performance tradition of thecommedia dell’arte, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Concerts-in-the-Park, Sun Kings, celebrating 50 years of Beatles music, 4pm, Belvedere Park.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, free, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Colorful beginnings, in honor of Rosh Hashanah, use printmaking techniques to create note cards for your friends and family that celebrate new beginnings, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mole” by Jane Yolen, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

AttractionsGold Rush Days, 10am-5pm, FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days!  (916) 808-7777.

Monday, September 2, Labor Day

Sausalito Art Festival, Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, and Marinship Park.

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 3 & 4.

SoccerFest LogoSoccerfest, 12-6pm, Fun Zone full of jumpies, climbing walls, dunk tank, local food booth, soccer skills contest, music for all ages, Mill Valley Community Center.

Learn To Skate, 1-3pm, free, rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared towards the newbie skateboarder and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Make sure to bring your board, helmet and pads. Questions 446-4423 or ACraig@marincounty.org McInnis Skatepark, San Rafael.

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Free Shakespeare in the Park's 2013  (photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Golden Gate Park Band Labor Day Celebration Concert, 1pm, bring a picnic lunch and take in an unforgettable experience, Spreckels Temple of Music, Golden Gate Park.

Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Gold Rush Days, 10am-5pm, FREE, fun and exciting event for the whole family! Come on down and be transported back to the days of Gold and Glory alongside colorful characters from the 1850s. From musicians to melodramas, soldiers to saloons, you’ll experience it all at Gold Rush Days!  (916) 808-7777.

Tuesday, September 3

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 5 & 6.

The New Bay Bridge East Span is scheduled to open to traffic. The East Span bike path is also scheduled to open to the public. The celebration has been postponed to a future date.

Wednesday, September 4, Rosh Hashana

Youth America’s Cup Race Day, America’s Cup, Race 7 & 8.

Thursday, September 5

Nature for Kids: Spiders at Lake Lagunitas, 10am-1pm, learn how they hunt, how they make their webs, and how to identify many common species. Questions 893-9508 or DHerlocker@marincounty.org, meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking area, Park entrance is $8.

Wiggles-160x300The Wiggles, 6:30pm, The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, is heading out on the road to introduce their new team, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa.

Friday, September 6

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Art Break Day, 9am-5pm, free, take a break and make art, City Plaza, San Rafael.

Kent Island Restoration Team, 10am to 2pm, learn to identify invasive species, get hands-on training, and be a part of the team working to protect and restore the unique ecosystem on Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. Space is limited, so RSVP VBohlen@marincounty.org, 473-3778.

Mill Valley Community Block Party, 4pm-9pm, Great Music, Food, Community and Fun for all ages, Downtown Mill Valley.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Tim Gill Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Picnics on the Plaza, 5-8pm, music and family fun. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event, Town Hall, San Anselmo.

Film Night in the Park, 8pm, The Lorax, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Shuttle Through Time, 1:30-3pm, Presidio.

Saturday, September 7

Make a Football Ring Toss Game, 9am-Noon, ages 5-12 years, any Home Depot store.

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, ages 8+, enjoy the beautiful fall weather and birds along Rodeo Lagoon. Join volunteer Jane Haley for an easy walk along the lagoon.

Fall Fishing Derby, 9am-12pm, prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish! A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, Contact 435-9212 or MMaraccini@marincounty.org. Meet at Paradise Beach Park fishing pier, Park entrance is $10.

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

NatlDayofService_Fall13Children’s Garden Work Day, 10am-12pm, lunch included by Whole Foods, limited to 50 participants, Edna Maguire Children’s Garden, Mill Valley.

Yoga in the Park, 10am to 12pm, begin with one hour of community service when volunteers will help clean-up the beach, at 11am volunteers can choose to switch gears for yoga class, Whole Foods Market will provide lunch. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required, 473-2823 or KSchroeder@marincounty.org, NcNears Park entrance is free.

Tim Cain, 10:30am, Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito.

America’s Cup Race Day

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

dipseaHikeLogoDipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer, enjoy a gorgeous hike on the Dipsea Trail, $35 (Adults); $20 (Students 11-18); FREE for Teams* and Kids under 11 yrs old Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Mt. Tam Star Party, 8:30pm, Night Sky Tour highlighting the prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in the night time sky, before enjoying the observing session (starparty) conducted by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers in the Rock Springs parking lot, Mountain Theater, Mill Valley.

Nike Missile Site, 12:30-3:30pm, restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell.

Share a Book, 11am-12pm, South Novato Library.

Bat Night at Olompali State Historic Park, 6-9pm, meet live bats, view bat houses, create a bat mask, and make bat style s’mores and more, $8 per car, event is free, Novato.

Family Fun Fitness, 10-11:30am, energy-packed morning featuring family games. We’ll learn how we can work out our bodies while having fun exploring, West Bluff Amphitheater, Crissy Field.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, learn about owls and make your own owl sculpture, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make your own lava lamp, Randall Museum.

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Emily Jordan* as Lady Macbeth in
Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013
production of Macbeth
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Tell Me a Story, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Craft & Game Day, 10am-12pm, fun family friendly games outside on the lawn, snacks will be provided, RVSP to (415) 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Fort Scott, San Francisco.

Science Saturday: The Western Pond Turtle, 1-2pm, Jessie Bushell from the San Francisco Zoo will introduce you to the shy and fascinating western pond turtle, Presidio, San Francisco.

SFMTB-image-v_1-575x744SF MTB Festival, 9am-5pm, free, beginner riding zones, professional bike jump demo, and more, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

Apple Festival, Garin is home to an antique apple orchard with varieties of apples you won’t find anywhere else. Try your hand at hand-cranking ice cream or pressing apple cider and then taste the “fruit” of your labor. Music, dancing, crafts, and old-fashioned games make this event fun for the whole family!

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, September 8

Grandparent’s Day, Celebrate Grandparents! Free admission for one grandparent and one child, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, ages 8+, Explore the shore of Rodeo Lagoon with docent Jane Haley and learn what birds are our summer visitors and which ones are here year-round. RSVP 331-1540.

orcaMarine Science Sundays, 10am – 5pm, Top predators: Orcas and Sharks, family-friendly tours, classroom activities and more will be centered around a new theme each month, Marine Mammal Center.

Kids Fair, 11am-3pm, free jumpies, petting zoo and more, Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley.

America’s Cup Race Day

Fairfax Car Show, 1-3pm, Broadway will be closed from Pacheco to Bolinas Road.

King Stag, 2pm, Old Mill Park, Behind Mill Valley Library. Free and family friendly.

Pleasant Valley Coop Tour, Novato.

Sunday Streets, Western Addition route, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square neighborhoods; a safe, fun, car-free place for people to get out and get active in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, a docent-led Family Walk following Children’s Storytime in the Library, featured book “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mole” by Jane Yolen, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Young Architects Workshop, in conjunction with Architecture in the City, and in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, design a sukkah using a variety of fine art and recycled materials. Add to our temporary sukkah installation and create your own miniature version to take home. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

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Emily Jordan* as Lady Macbeth and
Michael Ray Wisely* in the title role of
Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 2013 production of Macbeth
(photo: John Western)

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Opera in the Park, 1:30pm, FREE and open to the public, Bring a picnic and enjoy this outdoor concert. Food and beverages will also be available for sale at the event. Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, September 9

ecofair-logo_webEcoFair Marin, 10am-6pm, Kids Zone, Marin County Fairgrounds.

Pajama Storytime, 6:30pm, Mill Valley Library.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 1, America’s Cup.

Tuesday, September 10

How to Draw Hawks and Other Raptors, 10-11:30am, free, learn some of the basics of the anatomy, proportions, patterns and ecology will help you accurately and quickly draw them in the field. We will also explore fast sketching techniques on toned paper. Bring a white Prismacolor pencil and a piece of toned gray or brown paper, see description of toned paper here, Richardson Audubon Center, Tiburon.

America’s Cup Race Day

Wednesday, September 11

FC9781937359515Amy “Amy G” Gutierrez – Smarty Marty’s Got Game, 6:30pm, reads from her inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

KIDS DAY at the Heirloom Expo at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Bring your students for an amazing field trip!! Once inside the fairgrounds students can get started at ‘Kids’ Area’ for information and direction to the various activities.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 2, America’s Cup.

Thursday, September 12

America’s Cup Race Day

Friday, September 13

Toddler Days, 9am-12pm, A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies!  Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing thebaa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm.  Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very friendly day, Slide Ranch.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Jamie Findlay Trio, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Fair and Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm, free, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Film Night: Hook, 8pm, $3 or $10/family, bring blankets (no chairs), Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “Oktoberfest,” with the music of The Karl Lebherz Band., Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Hike, 6:30-8:30pm, naturalist-led event will be illuminated by moonlight and starry night sky, and will follow trails through historic forest and The National Cemetery Overlook. We will have a wide variety of activities along the hike, including games, star gazing and using color in the dark! Tea and/or hot chocolate will be served with snacks, RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Inspiration Point, San Francisco.

Super Yacht Regatta, 11am, Race 3, America’s Cup.

Saturday, September 14, Yom Kippur

mmf_posterGreenbrae Mini Maker Faire, 10am-3pm, Marin’s largest ‘Do-It-Yourself’ festival, showcasing local makers with activities, show-and-tell, and exhibits on arts, crafts, science, robotics, music, technology, sustainability, education, food, and creativity, Bon Air Center.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

America’s Cup Race Day

SHARE-A-Book Dogs, 1-2pm, K+, advance sign up required, Mill Valley Library.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

The Birds, 8pm, China Camp, San Rafael.

Pier Crabbing, 10 am-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required, 556-1693.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown, beginning with grand parade and opening ceremony at 11am at California and Grant. Featuring lion dancers, martial artists, acrobats dancers in ornate costume from the China Spirit and Flying Angels, the St. Mary’s Bell & Drum Corps and the Moon God and Goddess and more!

Ghirardelli-ChocolateChocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco.

Patchwork Series: Cascada de Flores, 10:30am, $8 advance / $10 door, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, creating polymers, Randall Museum.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

Guitarist Bill Frisell & Cartoonist Jim Woodring, 2pm, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Much Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, Renaissance Faire supporting local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Sunday, September 15

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

Introduction to the Opera with SF Opera, 11am, learn about the elements of opera–theater, music, singing, and the visual arts, we will focus on The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s delightful comedy, Mill Valley Library.

America’s Cup Race Day

fest1German Culture Fests, Kinderfest, 12-6pm, A polka band, traditional group dances in traditional dress, a menu of traditional foods and of course, excellent beers complete a fun-filled day for all ages, Nature Friends Tourist Club, Mill Valley.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Waterfront Pops Concert, gates open at 3pm, concert starts at 6pm, from movie music to classic masterpieces and family favorites, featuring John Williams classic movie soundtracks played live by the orchestra including Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Star Wars Medley, Harry Potter Symphonic Suite, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and more… climaxing with a fireworks finale! Marin Center Lagoon.

Life on the Edge: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, learn how rocks are formed, and dive into the world of marine animals that call the shoreline home! Then, we’ll gather ’round the campfire for family-friendly songs and stories! S’mores will be provided. $12/person, pre-registration required, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

comedyday_logoComedy Day 1 Stage, 5 Hours, 30+ Comedians, A Million Laughs! Organizers say “…it’d be rated PG-13. We ask our performers to “keep it clean,” but occasionally an “off-color” word or topic will pop up. So, please use discretion.” Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10am-1pm, planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds and various other activities to help preserve native habitat. Snacks are provided and we will be finishing off the day with a story circle! For program details RSVP requested to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Quail Commons, Presidio.

Nature Journaling, 10:30am–12:30pm, quick demos on how to draw flowers, birds, trees and more that are appropriate for any skill level. Simple nature journals will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own notebook to begin your own personal nature journal. A wide variety of art supplies will be provided, RSVP to 561-2730 or nature@presidiotrust.gov, Inspiration Point.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Autumn Moon Festival, San Francisco’s Chinatown.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Chocolate Festival, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco

630x307xLila.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Mw85fYSZryYerba Buena Family Day, 1-3pm, daylong family block party with free admission to leading museums including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Children’s Creativity Museum, plus a huge array of special art activities for kids and free performances on three big stages including Grammy winner Lila Downs, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2pm, Macbeth, bring, a blanket and a picnic in a beautiful park setting! A half-hour before show, there is a family friendly orientation called ‘Witchipedia’ offering an introduction to MacBeth. There is no age suggested but please note there are scenes involving murder mainly offstage, blood stains are used for effect and some macabre costumes. Use your best judgement with your child, San Francisco’s Presidio – Main Post Parade Ground Lawn, (between Graham St & Keyes Ave.)

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, sampling the wide variety of programming offered at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Berkeley.

Hi-Res_MAAS_ShakespeareMuch Ado About Sebastopol, 10am-5pm, Renaissance Faire supporting local public schools and programs, Ives Park.

Monday, September 16

Count the Monkeys, 10am, meet author Mac Barnett, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Jasper Fforde, Catherine Jinks, & Catherine Murdoch – Middle Grade Mania, 5:30pm, Jasper Fforde presents Song of the Quarkbeast, the long-awaited sequel to The Last Dragonslayer, in which the wizards of Kazam are in deep trouble. Catherine Jinks teaches us How to Catch a Bogle, which might stop them from eating the children of London. Catherine Murdock brings us Heaven is Paved with Oreos, in which the magic of Rome entwines with the wonder of first love. Don’t miss these three fantastic authors! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Tuesday, September 17

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Legends & Myths of the Prairie Wolf, 10am-12pm, learn why the coyote is such a successful survivor and the topic of so many stories at this family-friendly walk, RSVP 388-2596, Muir Woods.

Sunday Streets Turns Five! 6-10pm, Fundraiser, enjoy music, special guests, food and more, Cityview at the Metreon, San Francisco.

America’s Cup Race Day

Wednesday, September 18

Share a Book, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival, five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

Thursday, September 19

ShowImage.aspxInternational Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day! 3:45pm, free, all ages, Ahoy me hearties, lads & lassies: come to the dread ship Library for an afternoon of pirate living! Doubloons (treasure), hardtack (snacks), tattoos (temporary) and addled activities (crafts). Dress like a pirate for extra adventure! Sausalito Library.

Muir Woods After Hours, 6-8pm, ages 8+, Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. Reservations required; phone 388-2596.

steveandcornelius1Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and Cornelius Crow, 4pm, ventriloquism, juggling, and lots of audience participation to tickle your funny bone, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Full Moon Walk to Point Bonita Lighthouse, 6:30-8pm, walk along a half-mile trail which is steep in places.

America’s Cup Race Day

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Friday, September 20

Junior Rangers: Full Moon Hike, 6pm to 8:30pm, 7-12 year old (but explorers of all ages are welcome), full moon adventure one mile hike will visit
some of the preserves unique landmarks. Questions 473-2816 or JFeickert@marincounty.org, Meet at Taylor Drive, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “Firemen’s Ball,” with the music of The Fundamentals, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Katie Thiroux Duo, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Summer Music Series, Pacheco Plaza, Novato.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 5-12am, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink, Pier 48, San Francisco.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Saturday, September 21, International Coastal Clean-Up Day

LanternsintheWood4273C4Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10AM – 5PM.

We Are Marin Festival, 12-5pm, feature local art and entertainment, along with some popular headliners, Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park.

Bothin Marsh: California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am to 12pm, cleaning litter and recyclables on the Mill Valley Bike Path at Bothin Marsh. Gloves and bags for debris collection will be provided. We will provide snacks and there will be a post-cleanup barbeque for volunteers at the Bay Model, 473-3778 or GReza@marincounty.org.

Hal Brown Park at Creekside: California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am to 12pm, we will provide snacks and a post-cleanup barbeque for volunteers at the Bay Model Visitors Center from 12pm to 3pm. Questions, 473-2823 or
KSchroeder@marincounty.org

Headlands Helping Hands: Coastal Cleanup, 9am-12pm, Celebrate the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with stewardship at Rodeo Lagoon, free, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Coastal Cleanup Day with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, 9am-12pm, see website for activities happening along the coast.

Coastal Cleanup, 9am-12pm, Strawberry Recreation, Mill Valley.

Pixie Park Open House, 10-11:30am, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross.

womSmallWings Over Marin, 10am-4pm, fly-bys of historic and modern airplanes, over 50 vintage cars, displays of emergency equipment from the Marin Sheriff and Fire departments, Marin County Airport (Gnoss Field), Novato.

Coastal Cleanup Family Campout, Saturday 10 am – Sunday 1 pm, join the Slide Ranch teachers for a day of farm activities, crafts and nature exploration, family potluck, plus a campfire program under the stars, Slide Ranch.

Special Storytime: Curious George’s Curiosity Day, 11am, reading of the classic Curious George book, fun activities, monkey mask-making and more! Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Hands-On Learning Event: Crocodile Creek Circus Tower Puzzle, 1pm, ages 3-7, Kids will delight in puzzle building while learning about sizes, numbers, animals and children around the world, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

TEENS: Banned Books and Ice Cream Party, 1pm, read with some banned-book themed party games, prizes, and of course ice cream sundaes, RSVP 924-6444, Corte Madera Library.

LEGO Master Building Academy: Build a Robot!, 3pm, ages 8+, RSVP required crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

America’s Cup Race Day

showimage.aspxOktoberfest, 3-9pm, free rides and family fun, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley.

Nature for Kids: An Evening at Rush Creek, 5pm-7pm, look and listen for the creatures of the evening as they begin their activities. With luck we might hear young owls begging for food and coyotes who are just beginning to sing to each other. Bring a picnic dinner and a tablecloth or sheet to sit on (blankets get full of burs at this time of the year), Questions 893-9508, meet at the Binford Road gate.

Exploratorium Market Days, 11am-3pm, Free open-air mini festival, Local Motion – a celebration of the myriad ways people, machines and animals get around.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 11am-12am, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Pier 48, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, crayon resist paintings, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, meet our snakes and create your own snake model, Randall Museum.

Tour de Fat, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Seeing the Light, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

2013_polk_poster_250Polk Street Blues Festival, 10am-6pm.

Napa Valley Aloha Festival, 10am-6pm, free festival that will feature live entertainment and Hawaiian/Polynesian music, dance, authentic foods arts, crafts, clothing and wares from vendors all over the West Coast. Interactive cultural presentations (lei making, etc.) may have a small participation fee, Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

Sunday, September 22, Autumnal Equinox

sea-otter-repo-1Sea Otter Spectacular, 10am-5pm, free classroom programs at 12 pm and 2 pm with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience and much more, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, 10am–5pm.

Duck Derby Redux, 11am-1pm, Point Reyes.

Sukkot280-2Sukkot Harvest Festival, 11:30am-2:30pm, celebrate the ancient harvest festival of Sukkot! This all-ages event will feature a variety of fun and enriching activities. Wander the JCC and experience our center for free from 11am-5pm! Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Fairfax Town Picnic, free, 12-5pm, live music by Revolver, food and beer for sale, free jumpy, old fashion games, Contratti Ball Field, Fairfax.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Polk Street Blues Festival, 10am-6pm.

Sumo Champion Exhibit, 11am-4pm, free, meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches.meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and watch live matches, Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan Streets

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Lines and Shapes on the Move, Where can a line take you?  Explore the work of Brice Marden and discover lines that move up, down, and all around your artwork. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Celebrate Peace, 3:30pm, The Park Chalet/Beach Chalet has been generously opening its lawn to us for four summers now, so we can serve up the families of San Francisco some handmade music and dance outside.

Oktoberfest by the Bay, 11am-6pm, nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink. Pier 48, San Francisco.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Festival

OtterFeedingCuriOdysseyOtter Awareness Day, 12pm-5pm, Sea otter or river otter – how can you tell the difference? In conjunction with National Sea Otter Awareness Week, CuriOdyssey will kick-off the celebration with Otter Awareness Day. Join us to learn about river otters and their relatives in the Mustelidae family – the sea otter, ferret, and badger. Learn what you can do to promote otter conservation, and explore the differences between these amazing mammals, CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo.

Monday, September 23

Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 25

ShowImage-1.aspxFairy Tea Time! 2:45pm, Ages 5 and up, Do you believe in fairies? We do! Join us in the Library’s Fairy Land (the Edgewater Room) for a magical fairy party on Wednesday September 25 at 2:30pm. We’ll eat fairy food and make fairy houses. Wear your best fairy clothes! Sausalito Library.

Thursday, September 26

Friday, September 27

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9am-12pm, Set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward. Spend your Saturday morning navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology, $30/pp, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Sunset SUP Downwinder, 6pm to 7pm,  This is a great entry level Stand Up Paddleboard downwinder and a leisurely social for the experienced paddler. The 5 mile route starts in a protected waterway, stays close to the shore of China Camp State Park and lands us on the sandy beach of McNears Beach Park. Bring your own equipment, USCG approved life vests are required. Questions 446-4423 or ACraig@marincounty.org. Meet at the canoe dock at McInnis Park, entrance is free.

Friday Nights on Main, 6-9pm, The Ultimate Community Street Party Outdoor dining, live music, dancing, shopping,  “International Olympic Swimmers,” with the music with Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise, Main Street, Tiburon.

Friday Night Jazz, 6-9pm, Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Saturday, September 28, National Public Lands DayFree Entrance Days in the National Parks

Family Explorers Bay Sail, 9:30 a.m.-noon, set sail for family adventure on the Schooner Seaward navigating the bay, hoisting sails, singing sea chanties, and learning a bit about bay ecology. $30/person, pre-registration required, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project, 10am-1pm, preserve and restore the native grasslands that make this preserve so special, work is mildly strenuous and takes place on uneven terrain, but is family friendly. Questions, 473-2128 or SAbecrombie@marincounty.org.

Birds and Bees Family Campout, Saturday 10 am – Sunday 1 pm, Learn about the winged creatures at Slide Ranch and how they contribute to the farm and coastal ecosystem. Pollinators help us grow much of the food we eat! Learn about birds that are domesticated (chickens, turkeys and ducks) and wild (hummingbirds, blue herons, cormorants). Bring your own camping equipment and a dish to share for Saturday night’s potluck dinner.  A unique, supported way to camp with your family! $75 per person, age 2 and under free, Slide Ranch.

blackie.scarfBlackie’s Hay Day, 10am-4pm, an old-fashioned country fair. Tiburon.

Storytime at Greenwood School, ages 4 to 6, play, engage in an art or domestic activity and enjoy a freshly baked snack followed by a story, Mill Valley.

Wildlife Treasures of China Camp, 10am, Look for clues that will reveal the identity of some of the animals that call China Camp home during the fall. Possibilities are deer, Coyote, Wild Turkey and White-tailed Kite.

Hands-on Cooking Class for Kids, 10:30-11:30 for a cooking demonstration and tasting and hands-on participation with children of all ages with DirectionFive, learn new cooking skills and try new flavors using fresh, local produce. The recipe being demonstrated is the “Best Kale Salad Ever”, which all participants will get to prepare and taste, Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, Larkspur.

Kids Club, 11-12pm, Join us for educational games, activities and music at Northgate, San Rafael.

HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival, 11am-5pm, Admission is FREE! Game booths, GIANT slide, jumpy jumps, petting zoo, face painting, henna, Wheel of Fortune, kiss a pig, dunk tank, high school art display, kid’s stage with school music groups, yummy BBQ and delicious Pupusas, San Rafael High School.

logo 2010Woofstock 2013: An Adoptathon Celebration, 1:30-5pm, Outdoor concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Plus a Kids Zone and bring you dog! Marin Humane Society, Novato.

The Little Carquinez Strait Boat Race, 2:30-3:30pm, ages 5-8, make boats out of tin foil and sail it from Suinsun Bay t the mouth of the Napa River, Bay Model, Sausalito.

Junior Ranger Programs at China Camp State Park, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, ages 7-12, Free, 456-0766.

Annie Barrows, 4pm, Ivy & Bean Take the Case, the tenth book in the series. After watching a detective movie on TV, Bean decides to become a private investigator, and the girls start looking for mysteries to solve, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Family Movie Night, 7:30pm, Center Court Movie Lounge:  Pixar’s “Up!” Viallage at Corte Madera.

Hawk Talk & Banding Demo, 12-2pm, get an up-close view of the fall raptor migration, Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm,  join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way. Reservations required, 561-4323.

DSC_4605_loFog Festival, 12-5pm, Exploratorium.

Pier Crabbing, 10 am-Noon, Come learn about crabbing in the San Francisco Bay. We’ll teach you how to use the nets, discuss bait and regulations, and let you try your luck on the Fort Point pier. Reservations are required, 556-1693.

Fort Baker Revealed, 1-3pm, Learn about nature and history at Fort Baker on a moderate two-mile walk around this beautiful and historic park site. Reservations required; call 331-1540.

Mission: Presidio, 11am-6:30pm, Beginning in the Mission District, join us for a family hike “back in time” along the old mission road. We will learn a little history as we follow the path from Mission Dolores to the Spanish Presidio of 1776, with lots of fun along the way.

Music for Families, 2pm, ages 7+, learn how composers use harmony, different instruments, and sometimes even a good story to make you feel happy, sad, excited, scared, amazed…or maybe everything all at once! Davies Symphony Hall.

Salsa Festival, music, FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more! Redwood City.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, wooden sculptures, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, conduct experiments with a Cartesian Diver, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Mixing and Matching: Thinking in Pairs, Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by teaching artists, deYoung Museum.

bayareaColor Vibe 5K Run, 9am, Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll get color blasted with Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Green as you run, (or walk) through the Color Vibe zones, and you’ll feel like you’re floating in a cloud of double rainbow happiness while you’re doing it! Benefiting the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank at So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing 5k run!, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo.

Pacifica Fog Fest, 10am-6pm, featuring the ‘Pacifica Loves Music’ Parade, a Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, a Fog Jog, music from 24 bands on three stages, unique arts and crafts displayed by Bay area artisans, plenty of festival food and fun for kids.

Sunday, September 29

San Anselmo’s Annual Country Fair Day & Parade, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at the Downtown Fire Station (7-10:30AM), a Country Fair from 10am to 2pm (San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Tunstead Avenues), the Parade (begins at 11am and runs on “The Avenue” from Ross Ave. to Bridge Street). The event culminates with a Music and Food Festival in Creek Park (Noon to 4pm).

Build a Scarecrow, 9am-10:30am, Materials will be provided but families are encouraged to bring clothing and decorations to dress their creations. Limit one scarecrow per family, San Anselmo Library.

Mill Valley Block Party, 1-5:30pm, fundraiser for Kiddo! Enjoy music, dancing, kids activities, food and more! Downtown Mill Valley, 388-2550.

Lego Play Day Open House, 1:30-3pm, Mill Valley Library.

Grand Opening Party, 1-5pm, sweet treats and children’s book giveaway to the 1st 200 kids, Diesel Bookstore, Marin Country Mart.

Free Day at The Exploratorium

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Lines and Shapes on the Move, Where can a line take you?  Explore the work of Brice Marden and discover lines that move up, down, and all around your artwork. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Japan Center Malls Anime Festival,  12-4pm, free, costume contest, singing and dancing , martial arts and more, Japantown Peace Plaza.

Sunday Roller Disco Party, 1-5pm, enjoy the free sights and sounds of the “Skatin’ Place” – a haven for roller skaters to the sounds of disco and other energizing tunes, 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park.

fffaFall Free For All, 10:30am – 6 pm, Fill your day with your choice of free music, dance and theater on six stages and out-of-doors, no tickets required, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Pacifica Fog Fest, 10am-6pm.

Monday, September 30

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.

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