Ronnie’s Awesome List – March 2014

Camera 360Unplug and Play at Sunday Streets

Even though I live in Marin County, I consider the entire Bay Area my backyard. Which is why events in San Francisco, like Sunday Streets, is tops on my personal “must do” list. Sunday Streets is a FREE community event where foot traffic replaces car traffic. The streets are lined with bike riders, roller skaters/bladers, runners, dog walkers, young and old. It is held once a month from March-October at different spots around our great city.

The 2014 season kick’s off on March 9th at the Embarcadero from 11am-4pm. For Marinites, it is so easy to take the ferry across. Leave the car and bring other wheels such as a bike or roller skates. Enjoy over 3 miles to stroll the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf to Pier 52, dine at great restaurants, take in amazing views and enjoy great family friendly entertainment traffic-free.

2girlsAlong the Sunday Streets route there are several stations where you can stop and play. For example:

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will be there to give free lessons to kids called “Freedom From Training Wheels.

Free bike rentals and free bike repairs will be available from Parkwide.

Kids Sports Challenge at Sunday Streets. (PIER 39 on the Embarcadero) Take your best shot at PIER 39′s Kids Sports Challenge during Sunday Streets! Stop by the PIER 39 Local Advantage booth to pick up your obstacle guide. Shoot some hoops, kick the ball around, then race your way to the finish line for your chance to win the gold! Cyclists can park their bikes at the free bike valet in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza.

Whaleboat Rowing, (Pier 52 on Terry Francois Blvd) Embarcadero Rowing Club promotes whaleboat rowing as a community-building, healthy form of exercise as well as an environmentally-friendly means of access to the Bay that carries on an age-old local tradition, for all ages and levels of ability–beginners are welcome!

Free Kayak lessons from City Kayak, inside the Pier 40 building.

Bust out your best moves with Bboy Connection: (Pier 34)
The Bboy Connection Sunday Streets Jam is back! … (battle, bionic, boogaloo, breakers, class, crew battle, dance, footwork, etc) Interactive dance performance and jam for all ages and abilities.

Plus the Exploratorium will have many hands on science activities, and Pier 39 has a treasure hunt, great music, kids entertainment, games and tons more!

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The waterfront is so beautiful, you miss it all when you are in a car.” says Beth Bryne, the Sunday Streets Program Manager who refers to this event as a “Pop-up park so people can go outside and be active.

Sunday Streets originated in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. There, it is known as “Ciclovía”, a day of free, healthy activities that promote community in public streets. This concept has spread around the world and has been adopted by San Francisco and other cities across the country (openstreetsproject.org). Other Sunday Streets close to home include Berkeley (www.sundaystreetsberkeley.com), Oakland (oaklavia.org) and Santa Cruz (scopenstreets.org). Los Angeles has a huge event called CicLAvia (www.ciclavia.org).

Mark your calendar for San Francisco’s next Sunday Streets event on March 9th along the Embarcadero waterfront from 11am-4pm. Future events will take place at various neighborhoods around San Francisco. For more information about Sunday Streets in San Francisco visit their website at www.sundaystreetssf.com

Hope to see you there.
Ronnie


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Saturday, March 1, New Moon

cascadaThe Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted To Sing with Cascada de Flores, bilingual program tells the story of a donkey who dreamed of singing, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

McInnis Family Fun Mile, 10am-12pm, enjoy a beautiful morning and gorgeous views while participating in an easygoing, mile long, walk/hike/run with the family. 

The LEGO Movie Building Event: Hands-On Learning, 1pm, ages 4+, RSVP with name, phone and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

TEEN If You Build It, 7pm, join Emily Pilloton & Filmmakers in Person, a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education, this documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

AliceCabaret 2014: Alice in Wonderland, 1pm & 8pm, this story is embellished with a wild and fun musical score and some creative twists to the classic tale, Mill Valley Middle School.

Peter Pan, 1pm, performed by the students of Hidden Valley School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Baking 101, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Build a Trojan Horse Bank, 9am-12pm, Home Depot.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Presents: Family Fun Fitness! 2-4pm, work out our bodies while playing fun games and exploring the Presidio.

Film of the Month, Cinderella, 1:30pm & 4pm, Walt Disney Museum, Presidio.

Whiskers_KidsReading_01Whiskers! 11am & 2pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Try Ice Hockey For Free, 6pm, Certified coaches will be on hand to teach your child the basics of hockey with equipment provided, Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about density while making a lava lamp, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, learn about the borrowers and make a miniature doorway into their world, Randall Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936, deYoung Museum.

German Family Karneval, 12-5pm, Arts & crafts, carnival games, & petting zoo. Wear your costume and join the parade! Free admission, Berkeley.

Meet the Cat in the Hat, 10:30am-2pm, photo opportunities, hugs, and an interactive reading, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 2, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Academy Awards

SundaySpecial_RandyKaplanFlierSunday Special: Randy Kaplan, 11 am, Los Angeles musician Randy Kaplan blends American roots, country  blues, and comedic storytelling in his songs for children and families. Come tap your feet during this unpredictable live performance. People magazine listed Randy’s new album, “Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie,” in its “8 Cool Kids’ Albums” feature for 2013, Mill Valley Public Library.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 10-11:30am, activities include crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual.

Towering Trees of Muir Woods: A Children’s Program, 10:30-11:45am, Meet a tree, play with sounds and colors, learn about micro hiking and earth windows.

Put down the iPhone & Play! Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging at a FREE “Sundays at the J” Workshop, Take a digital detox together and refocus on creating meaningful relationships with your kids, Get a cell phone sleeping bag, Discover fun & interactive activities for unplugging as a family, Take a pic in the National Day of Unplugging photo booth with a sign telling the world what you’ll do when you unplug! Marin JCC.

Brian Scott Floating PromoIllusionist and Comedy Magician Brian Scott, 11:30am, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, San Rafael.

Peter Pan, 1pm, performed by the students of Hidden Valley School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, Featured book, “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Collaborative Building Games, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Whiskers! 1pm & 3pm, a Musical Adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, celebrates the relationships that develop within a found family of mischievous toys. Follow Rabbit’s universal quest to become “REAL” through humor, Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, March 3

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

FC9780060780029Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts, 4:30pm, stunning nonfiction picture book which highlights the female patriots of the American evolution, reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Special Storytime: Read Across America with Dr. Seuss!, 11am, Storytime and fun activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Hour of Code, 4:40-6:30pm, learn how to program, design, and produce their own video games, and then share them with friends. All students that attend will receive a certificate of completion. Please email vetdavis@microsoft.com to RSVP, Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.

Tuesday, March 4, Mardi Gras

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Nature for Kids at Indian Valley, 10am-1pm, learn about the frogs, toads, salamanders, and insects that live in the marsh at the upper end of the valley, and then we’ll walk up to the waterfall, which is a perfect place to enjoy lunch and let the kids explore the numerous shallow pools. Meet at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, parking lot 6 (1800 Ignacio Blvd).

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Mardi Gras Parade, 5pm, starts at Octavia & Hayes (Place Pigalle), With second line feat. Brass Mafia, North Beach Brass Band, Brass Band Mission, Fillmore Wax, plus other guest musicians, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco.

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style, 7-11pm, free blues concert in the Filmore, New Orleans Processional down the Filmore Corridor, stilt walkers, dancing, zydeco and more.

Tyke Explorers, Sticky Magnets, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Explore the powers of magnets to find out what types of objects are magnetic, how far a magnetic field can reach, and what types of objects can block the magnetic field, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 5

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Thursday, March 6

Edna Maguire Book Fair, 8am-3:30pm, all proceeds go to support the school library. There are books from preschool age up to the latest great adult page-turner. In addition, we have a raffle and silent auction with fabulous prizes, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Book Fair Cafe, 5-8pm, Edna Maguire Elementary School, 80 Lomita Drive in Mill Valley.

Friday, March 7

Family Movie Night: Kids’ Choice, 6:30pm, eat popcorn and relax. Bring a pillow to lounge on. For children of all ages & their caregivers. The movie will be chosen by popular vote: stop by the Library to vote for your favorite by Wednesday, March 5. Or email Erin Wilson, Film Curator and Children’s Librarian at ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us with your vote, Sausalito Library.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, 10am-5pm, Have you ever wondered what happens in the Library overnight? Bring a stuffed animal or doll to the movie and we’ll keep it for a sleepover. Come back the next day between 10am & 5pm to pick it up and find out what mischief it got into during the night, Sausalito Library.

Beauty and the Beast, 7pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 6:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Saturday, March 8

UgandapicChildren of Uganda, Tour of Light, 7pm, Ugandan children performing the dances and music of their culture. Children of Uganda is a nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable and impoverished Ugandan children by providing them with access to quality education, clean water, medicine and an empowered future.
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley. For more information contact 388-4456 or go to www.mtumc.org and click on events, then calendar.

Oceans Aglow: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 6-8:30pm, Join us for a night hike to Rodeo Beach in search of bioluminescent plankton twinkling in the sand. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire with friends and family, sing songs, and roast s’mores by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

kidswholovetocookimageKid’s Love to Cook! Hands On Cooking Demonstration, 10:30-11:30am, Direction Five is back with a cooking demonstration and tasting with hands-on participation appropriate for children of all ages, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur. 

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, All About Strawberries, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

McInnis Park Family Fun Obstacle Run, 9:30-11:30am, fun obstacles dispersed throughout the one mile course. 

Ocean Exploration Family Farm Days, 10am-2pm, Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tide pools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other discoveries, Slide Ranch.

Marin Camp Fair, 10am-1pm, meet the people behind basically every summer day camp in Marin, Dominican University, San Rafael.

dr.noizeDr.Noize Unplugged, a singer and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for
interactive pop/rock and a degree in music from Stanford, inspires young
audiences to be musicians and creators themselves, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Zoo Tycoon, 12-4pm, game demos and free game play, Surface Pro 2 units set up for kids to draw their favorite zoo animals with FreshPaint, a Photo App with Animals border, and lots of giveaways!, Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.

jamesgiantpeach_calMasque Unit Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, 1pm & 3pm, James is a lonely boy, two miserable aunts and six overgrown insect friends. Their adventure inside a gigantic peach takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, where these lovable characters fight off hungry sharks, noisy seagulls and angry cloud men, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Tall Ship Lady Washington, 11am, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the tall ship Lady Washington, share birthday cake, sing sea shanties, and swap stories, Bay Model Visitors Center.

NMCRummageSale2014RNovato Mothers Club Rummage Sale, 9am-3pm, Downtown Novato Recreation Center.

Beauty and the Beast, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Chocolate Bank Robbery Scavenger Hunt, 10am-12pm, Ever wanted to rob a bank… that’s full of chocolate? San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 1pm & 3:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

gbrlogoThe Great Baby Romp, 9:30am-1:30pm, fun-filled family event that gives parents a chance to compare sample classes and narrow down the perfect activity for their baby or toddler’s unique personality, Presidio, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Tall, Small, and Off the Wall, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, make a sundial, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, create a twist and wrap action figure with simple materials, Randall Museum.

Making Stuff – Faster, 1-4pm, Prototype the car of the future today by building one out of a wide selection of materials. Test your vehicle’s performance in a series of races, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 9, Daylight Savings Time Begins

Marine Science Sunday: BioBlitz, Spy Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, free admission, Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

MCA_peach_poster_PRINTMarin Charitable Presents Family Day at the Theater James and the Giant Peach, 12-2:30pm (Show starts at 1:00pm), free pre-show activities including face painting, The Pocket Lady and hair flares! Showcase Theater at the Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

Masque Unit Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, 1pm & 3pm, James is a lonely boy, two miserable aunts and six overgrown insect friends. Their adventure inside a gigantic peach takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, where these lovable characters fight off hungry sharks, noisy seagulls and angry cloud men, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael.

Kids Club: Green Thumb, 1-2pm, RSVP required, Goodman’s Hardware Supply, Mill Valley

Caminando Entre los Gigantes, 1-2:30pm, Discover the secrets of the giant trees that reside in Muir Woods on this easy 1-mile walk in Spanish.  We will learn how these trees have lived for thousand years, and what we can do so they can be here for a thousand years more. Reservations required 388-2596.

Beauty and the Beast, 1pm, performed by the students of Manor School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Sunday Streets, 11am-4pm, the Embarcadero will be transformed into a space for you to bike, walk, run, do yoga, dance, play and a full lineup of activities, Embarcadero.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Award-winning Magician Timothy James! 11am, Tim’s hilarious routines and impressive magic skills are earning him rave reviews with family audiences everywhere he performs, Randall Museum. San Francisco.

Fantastic Mr. Fox! 2:30pm, Roald Dahl’s much-loved story that follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms, Young Performers Theatre, San Francisco.

Isaac_Zones_and_ShamatiPreschool Super Fun Sundays: Purim Party with Frog and Toad, 10-11:30am, ncludes a visit from Frog and Toad, animal stories in the gallery, mask-making in the studio in honor of the Jewish holiday of Purim, and the soulful jewgrassy sounds of Isaac Zones and Shamati to get you on your feet and dancing, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Celebration of Ethnic Dance, 2pm, Children’s dance ensembles whose communities have celebrated in festivals and music events at the Croatian American Cultural Center join to present their children dancing for the community.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Tuesday, March 11

Drawing Songbirds, 10-11:30am, with John Muir Laws, a free hour and a half workshop that includes: basic anatomy for the artist, simplifying what you see, sketching multiple positions of moving birds, visual memory tricks, how to focus on the most important details, ways to add a hint of habitat, and juggling your sketchbook, pencils, and binoculars, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon.

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

American Girl Workshop: Truly Talented You!, 4pm, features fun activities, puzzles and crafts inspired by Isabelle, the newest Girl of the Year, RSVP with name, phone number and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Tyke Explorers, Shadow Play, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, This week we’ll play with light and dark to figure out how shadows work. We’ll go on a shadow hunt, find out what types of materials make the best shadows, and use shadows to make art, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 12

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 7:30pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Sid the Science Kid Live! 6:30pm, an “inquisitive youngster” who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles and why things work the way they do, Wells Fargo Arts Center, Santa Rosa.

Thursday, March 13

CreativityTalks_logoe3185aCreativity Talks with Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.,  6pm, The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life, Discovery Museum.

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Friday, March 14

Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry Party, 6pm, Bedtime stories are one thing, but ever heard of bedtime math? We think there’s no reason math shouldn’t be as fun and enjoyable as a good book, Diesel Bookstore, Marin County Mart.

Once Upon a Mattress, 7pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

pi_symbolPi Day, the mathematical holiday founded at the Exploratorium and celebrated by number lovers around the world. To honor the never-ending number 3.14159… (and Einstein’s birthday), free admission, Exploratorium.

Cinderella, 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Saturday, March 15, Purim Begins

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show, is a little yellow cone-headed fellow who traveled here from the sun — and the brainchild of musician/artist Morgan Taylor, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue, 12:30pm & 5pm, all other shows are sold out, This hilarious play follows what happens when the Watsons’ new neighbor calls Animal Control on their pet pig! Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley.

Junior Rangers: Roy’s Redwoods – Full Moon Adventure, 6:30-8:30pm, ages 7-12 year olds, though explorers of all ages are welcome to attend. Join Ranger Jacob Feickert for an easy nature walk to experience this unique preserve after dark. We will discuss nocturnal animals and things that go bump in the night! Meet at the Roy’s Redwoods Loop trailhead on Nicasio Valley Rd in San Geronimo.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Chop & Slice It!, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

St. Patrick’s Dance with the Strawberry Social Dance Group, 7pm Lesson 8-11pm Dance, Strawberry Rec, Mill Valley.

Once Upon a Mattress, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm, San Rafael Community Center.

LeapFrog Family Reading: A Hands-On Learning Event, 1pm, RSVP with name, phone number and email to crm2274@bn.com, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm & 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

SFJAZZ Education Family Matinees, 11am, with Clairdee’s Jazz Express, Family Matinees provide a window into the exciting world of live jazz. Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music.

St. Patricks Day Parade, 11:30am, celebrating Irish history and culture, San Francisco.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Borders of Art: Framing the Big Picture, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, learn about chemistry while making and Iodine Time Clock, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, make an animal spirit mask, Randall Museum.

colorrunThe Color Run, chuck paint and make people smile for the charity Team Challenge, Grab your tutus, your friends, and your running shoes and we’ll see you at the start line, San Francisco.

Colors from Nature, 10am-12pm, learn how to make beautiful colors from plants in your kitchen and backyard! UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley.

Making Stuff – Safer, 12-2pm, Exercise your design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. Design and build bridges and structures out of paper dowels, then test them for their stability. What sort of design will you think up?, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 16, Full Moon, Palm Sunday

Purim-188Purim Palooza, 11:30am-2:30pm, free, games, activities, music masks, puppets and more!

Muir Woods After Hours, This is an easy, 2-mile walk on paved trails. Bring your flashlight and discover Muir Woods when the sun goes down. Children under 8 years not advised. Reservations required, 388-2596.

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The Magical Music of Disney, 3pm, Family Concert with Ann Krinitsky conducting! Around the World with Disney features live music performed by our Marin Symphony, along with visuals and clips from classic and recent animated films — including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Tarzan and many more, Marin Civic Center.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Once Upon a Mattress, 1pm, performed by the students of Wade Thomas School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, Featured book, “Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Sunday Sampler, 1pm, free, Participants may sample three to four select classes from our upcoming line-up, and no registration is necessary! Berkeley Rep.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday, March 18

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Persian New Year Festival, 6-10pm to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring, Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Tyke Explorers, Mixing Pigments, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Today is all about mixing and color! What happens when we mix blue and yellow water? Or red and blue? Can you make the water move without touching it? You will also discover the excitement of mixing your own rainbow of paint colors using just the three primary pigments, Chabot Space & Science Center.

Wednesday, March 19

Nature Walk with Ranger Lucy, 10:30am, meet a sticky monkey flower and watch turkey vultures flying overhead as we discover more about the plants and animals of Fort Baker, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Thursday, March 20, March Equinox, First Day of Spring

Farm Day, 9am-12pm, ranchers, growers, producers and educators provide interactive exhibits on agriculture, health, farm animals, gardens and environmental education, Marin Civic Center.

Friday, March 21

House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts with Chris Columbus, 10am, N.Y. Times bestselling series—hailed by J. K. Rowling as “a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure,” Book Passage, Corte Madera.

The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner, 6pm, joined by illustrator LeYuen Pham and author/editor Kevin Lewis. The three of them will discuss children’s books from the respective positions of author, illustrator, and editor, as well as sharing some truly wonderful books, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Movie Night for Kids, grades 3-5, 5:30pm, Suggested donation $10, pizza and popcorn provided, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Hairspray, 7pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

SHREK! The Musical, 7:30pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 7pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

Owl Extraordinaire! 4:30-6pm, learn all about owls with a variety of fun, educational, and hands-on activities, Please RVSP to 561-2730 or email nature@presidiotrust.gov, Rob Hill Campground.

Saturday, March 22

Chris Molla and the Rolleos, singing family perform traditional tunes mixed with original songs that are playful lyrics and quirky instrumentation, the songs and melodies are infectious, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, Learn the whole process, from sheep shearing demonstrations in our pasture to wool spinning in the yurt. Everyone will get a chance to spin wool and take home some soft memories of the day! Slide Ranch.

MV OpeningGrand Opening Party, 10am-6pm, Join us for a fun-filled day of events to celebrate the opening of Sprout in Mill Valley!

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Let’s Stir Fry, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Children’s Toy & Clothing Sale, 10am-4pm, Marinwood Community Center.

Bunny Boot Camp, 11am, ages 3-8, puppet show, Fairfax Library.

Nature for Kids at Deer Island, 10am-1pm, enjoy a day of nature exploration and education. We will be joined by Juan Carlos Solis, Director of Education at WildCare who is a fantastic teacher and naturalist who will share his expertise in both English and Spanish. Meet at the gate on Deer Island Ln in Novato.

Indian Tree Park, 10am, Take a stroll through Novato’s Indian Tree Park and enjoy beautiful trails that ascend through shaded woodlands to reach the ridge beside clusters of massive redwoods and fields of ferns.

Hairspray, 1pm & 7pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 1pm & 7pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

SHREK! The Musical, 1pm & 5pm, San Rafael Community Center.

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm & 8pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, construct your own sound-enhancing animal ears, Randall Museum.

Family Festival: Incredible Ocean, informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn how understanding food webs helps local efforts to protect marine life through family-friendly activities; watch a sustainable-seafood demo; catch a water-themed performance; special story-time; photo booth; and more! California Academy of Science.

Pier Crabbing, 10am-12pm, We’ll discuss bait, equipment, and regulations, then try your luck with our nets. Fills quickly so call early. Reservations required; call 556-1693.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, personalize your own train, Randall Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Meadowfoam-James-GaitherCalifornia Wildflower Bloom, Each spring hundreds of native irises, poppies, meadowfoam and more put on a colorful show in our native garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Making Stuff – Colder & Wilder, 12-2pm, It’s time to think about a tropical vacation! Make stuff colder by designing, building, and testing your own personal cooling device. While you’re relaxing in the cool air, add a wild twist by designing an eagle claw to move stuff for you. Build this mechanical grasping device and test it by transporting various objects from one place to another, Lawrence Hall of Science.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, March 23

Marine Science Sunday: BioBlitz, Spy Marine Mammals, 10am-5pm, free admission, Marin Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Bubble Lady, Mill Valley Community Center.

Tiburon Uplands Hike, 10am-12pm,a ranger will guide you through the beautiful Tiburon Uplands in the hopes of seeing spring wildflowers such as hounds tongue, milkmaids, Indian warrior and other species. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the bay, and learn about the colorful history of the Tiburon peninsula. Don’t forget to bring binoculars and a camera, meet at Paradise Beach Park.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, 11.30am-1pm, featuring the Princess ensemble “Once upon a Song” Come along and meet Alice, Snow White, Jasmine & Cinderella, Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Hairspray, 1pm, performed by the students of White Hill Middle School, The Playhouse, San Anselmo.

Marin Primary and Middle School: You Can’t Take It With You, 1pm, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael.

SHREK! The Musical, 3pm, San Rafael Community Center.

Maria Kochetkova in Wheeldon's Cinderella. © Erik Tomasson

Maria Kochetkova in Wheeldon’s Cinderella.
© Erik Tomasson

Cinderella, 2pm, wildly imaginative, funny, and romantic production featuring a powerful score by Prokofiev; spectacular sets, costumes and special effects by an all-star team of Broadway veterans; and breathtaking choreography, San Francisco Ballet.

Hilarious Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his Puppet Partner Cornelius Crowe, 11am, Randall Museum, San Francisco.

Family Festival: Incredible Ocean, informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn how understanding food webs helps local efforts to protect marine life through family-friendly activities; watch a sustainable-seafood demo; catch a water-themed performance; special story-time; photo booth; and more! California Academy of Science.

Drop-In Art Making, 1-3pm, Animal Mask Making, Explore your wild side and disguise yourself as Frog, Toad, and others as we explore the characters of Arnold Lobel, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Curi-HomeSplash-ATBEAll Things Being Equal – a celebration of math! 12pm-5pm, play with balance, experiment with infinity,create angular animals, explore amazing math concepts in unconventional ways – balance on see-saws to experiment with proportionality, multiplication and ratios, draw beautiful roulette curves with a Spirograph, watch an extreme juggler create huge origami while riding a unicycle, CuriOdyssey, San Mateo.

Monday, March 24

MCDS Unplugged Concert, 6pm, a group of talented 8th-grade students from Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, as they perform an a cappella concert, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Tuesday, March 25

After School Storytime & Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Corte Madera Library.

Wednesday, March 26

Diapering for Dads, 6-7pm, $25pp, join us for a beer as we discuss all the basics you need to know to prepare for your new addition, Sprout, Mill Valley.

Origami Workshop, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 6+, celebrate spring with a fun and easy origami workshop, RSVP to 927-5005 or library@cityoflarkspur.org, Larkspur Library.

Thursday, March 27

One Book One Marin Program, 4pm, Gardening Craft and Story, ages 5+, registration required, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Fitness Hike at Indian Tree, 5- 7pm, Join Ranger Ian McLorg for an evening exercise hike. This will be a fast-paced adventure on a 4+ mile loop. Meet at the trailhead on Vineyard Rd in Novato.

Friday, March 28

BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks, scientists and citizens will team up to celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Public registration to be part of a scientist-led inventory team email to bioblitz@ngs.org.

BioBlitz Festival, 9am-5pm, free hands-on activities, exhibits, music, food, and more at the BioBlitz Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field East Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco!

TEEN Manor of Secrets with author Katherine Longshore, 6pm, set in 19th-century England and follows two young women with vastly different lives. When their paths intertwine, the two girls find themselves enmeshed in secrets that will change their lives, Book Passage, Corte Madera.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 7:30pm, Marin Civic Center.

Peter Pan, 6:30pm, Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan tells the story of the “boy who never grew up.” Wells Fargo Arts Center, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, March 29, NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

bugfamily-withkidsThe Bug Family Band, playing tunes that get kids and former kids dancing,
laughing and maybe even thinking, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Coastal Camp Open House, 12-3pm, free, Join us for an opportunity to learn more about our fabulous upcoming 2014 Coastal Camp season. Meet our staff, participate in a family hike, and touch the tidepool creatures in our marine lab, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Junior Chef Classes, 9:30am, Easter Egg Decorating, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Stapleton Ballet Spring Concert, 1pm & 5pm, pairing the story ballet, “Peter and the Wolf” with Repertory Works, The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks, scientists and citizens will team up to celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Public registration to be part of a scientist-led inventory team email to bioblitz@ngs.org.

BioBlitz 2014, 10am-12pm, free, Work alongside top scientists to discover, count, and document the living creatures in the Headlands and celebrate biodiversity, exploration, and discovery!, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Biodiversity Family Farm Day, 10am-2pm, celebrate and catalog the incredible biodiversity all over the Golden Gate National Park lands! Slide Ranch.

BioBlitz Festival, 9am-4pm, free hands-on activities, exhibits, music, food, and more at the BioBlitz Biodiversity Festival at Crissy Field East Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco!

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents 101 Dalmatians, 5pm, Marin Civic Center.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 7:30pm, Marin Civic Center.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Boats! Ways on the Water, deYoung Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, practice archaeology techniques by casting your own fossil to study, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm & 4pm, design and decorate your own yo-yo, Randall Museum.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Stargazing Sleepover, 6pm, Blast off into hands-on fun and sleep overnight at the Schulz Museum!

Sunday, March 30, New MoonNanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

The Amazing Bubble Man, 2pm, Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. , Mill Valley

My Neighbor Totoro, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Sit-In Concert, 2:30pm, free, Martin Luther King Junior Academy, 630 Drake Ave, Sausalito.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents The Wizard of Oz, 1pm, Marin Civic Center.

Stapleton Ballet Spring Concert, 1pm & 5pm, pairing the story ballet, “Peter and the Wolf” with Repertory Works, The Playhouse in San Anselmo.

Open Studio, The Magic of Mosaic, 1-4pm, Create a miniature mosaic in the spirit of Disney Legend Mary Blair. Using tiles and some imagination, design a colorful creation of your own, The Walt Disney Museum.

Monday, March 31NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am-12pm, enjoy stories, movement games, art and craft activities and a movie, activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers, Schultz Museum.

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