Ronnie’s Awesome List – April 2014


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Cal Day, U.C. Berkeley’s annual open house extravaganza is on Saturday, April 12th, 9am-5pm. Every year, the university opens its lecture halls, research labs, museums, sports fields, libraries, galleries and gardens FREE to the public. Students and faculty showcase the many departments and clubs with a wide range of AWESOME kid-friendly activities.

Helpful Tips:

  • With over 300 unique events scheduled and large crowds, Cal Day can be overwhelming. Advance planning will save your time and sanity and make the day really special. There are so many great options but do not expect to do it all. Think about your child’s interests, attention span and mobility; then check out the Cal Day website to plan your day.
  • Parking is free for the day at the lots on campus. Metered street parking is enforced and there are privately owned lots near campus.
  • U.C. Berkeley is a big campus so take advantage of the free transportation. There are free Cable Car Campus Tours (also available in Mandarin and Spanish), Campus Perimeter Buses and Hill Shuttles (to the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden, Samuel L. Silver Space Sciences Laboratory, and Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area which leaves every 15 minutes from Evans Hall.) They are worth waiting in line for and a fun way to see the area.
  • Avoid the row of booths as you enter the university through Sather Gate. It is very crowded and geared for incoming and current students.
  • It can get quite hot so don’t forget the sunscreen and water.
  • Food trucks will be available on campus and serve delicious food.

Some highlights for this year include:

  • Celebrate Children’s Literature – authors, local story tellers, and book illustrators will be present for hands on activities.
  • Hug a Robot – meet a robot that folds laundry and will give you a hug.
  • Fun with Fossils – help science students find dinosaur fossils at Museum of Paleontology. Get to the Valley Life Science Building early to sign up for a Behind the Scenes tour of the Paleontology Department – it books up fast.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science – Activities will focus on “Xtreme Bugs” and exploring the wonders of the universe.
  • Mask Making and Kids Workshop: The Upturned Table, activities are geared specifically for kids and include clay play and cloth to dye with local artists to help guide creativity at the Berkeley Art Museum.
  • Oskiland on Memorial Glade has jumpies, games, face painting and more. The perfect place for young children to run off a lot of steam and interact with college students.
  • Environ Design – “Kid, Build a Box City!” – help build a city and learn how cities are planned with the Environmental Science Department. Learn what makes a quality city and how citizens (and kids too!) can participate in the improvement of the build environment.
  • Science at Cal Puppet Show & My Favorite Animal, geared for kids from 0-6, enjoy this interactive seminar as graduate students talk to kids about their favorite animal.
  • For your middle schooler check out Preparing for College: The Middle-School Years

Cal Day is on Saturday, April 12th, 9am-5pm, at the University of California at Berkeley and perfect for all ages. Get there early to take advantage to the wonderful kid-friendly opportunities to experience anything from archaeology to zoology. There is really something for everyone on Cal Day.

APRIL 2014

Tuesday, April 1, Cesar Chavez Day, April Fool’s, NanoDays (a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future)

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Nature for Kids at Mount Burdell, 10am-1pm, Mount Burdell is one of the best places to visit in spring. The slopping hills should be dotted with wildflowers that attract butterflies and other insects, and we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife as we enjoy the spring birdsong. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! 893-9527 San Andreas Dr, Novato.

TEENS Animation Double Feature, 6-12th graders, Come to the library for an animation double feature! Secret of Kells followed by Coraline, Snacks provided…healthy and otherwise.Pizza will be served at 6, Novato Library.

Film of the Month, 1:30pm & 4pm, everyday except Tuesday, Lady and the Tramp, The Walt Disney Museum.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Spinning Through Space, Get ready to spin and orbit through class, just like our home planet does! This week we’ll learn how our spinning planet and the Sun work together to make day and night here on earth, what years actually are, and why we have seasons! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 2NanoDays

Junior Rangers: Rush Creek – Youth Birding Adventure, 10am-1pm, ages 7-12 year olds, although explorers of all ages are welcome to attend, birding adventure at Rush Creek Preserve commonly found in the area this time of year, unique attributes of different groups of birds, and identification for the beginner, Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Young Writers Workshop, 4-5pm, 8-10 yrs, Do like writing? Do you have ideas for stories and poems? Bring your imagination and we’ll bring ours (plus snacks!). Registration required, contact Erin at ewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us or 289-4121.

Special guest Suzanne Gollin of  the Marin Humane Society presenting a Rabbit Care program, 11am, for ages 3+, Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, April 3NanoDays

Art in the Park at Stafford Lake, 10am-1pm, bring the whole family out to scenic Stafford Lake Park to paint the oak studded grasslands of beautiful North Marin. Art supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks will be provided, Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Rip the Page! with Karen Benke, 3:45-5:15pm, grades 3-5, word ticket poems and inspiring hand-written quotes. Copies of Karen’s popular book on creative writing adventures, RIP THE PAGE! is included for each participant, Mill Valley Library.

Friday, April 4NanoDays

Lego Club,  5+, 3:30-5pm, Are you a Lego whiz? We’ve got tons of them–come play and build with us, Sausalito Library.

Kids’ Pajama Party with Kathryn Otoshi, 6pm, Diesel, a Bookstore, Marin Coountry Mart, Larkspur.

Mother Son Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

TEEN Homemade Slime and Magnetic Silly Putty! 1-2pm, Novato Library.

Afternoon Hike, 4:30-6pm, RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov, Batteries to Bluffs at the Golden Gate Overlook, Langdon Ct.

 

Saturday, April 5NanoDays

photoPurple Monkey Hair, a Salon for Kids, 10:30am-12pm, is having some of our favorite princesses join us for the day. Come see Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, and Alice in Wonderland for photo opportunities and meet and greets, Tiburon.

Mill Valley Volunteer Day, 10am, Representatives from various
civic organizations will be at the Plaza to inform residents of volunteer opportunities
in our community, Downtown Mill Valley.

Family Biking Workshop Series, 10am-12pm, $10/family, learn to safely navigate the streets – with fun activities, including an optional group ride, contact Peggy Clark at or call 456-3469, 8#, Mill Valley.

Eggs Are Egg-traordinary, 9:30am, learn basic egg techniques from cracking and separating to scrambling, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Santa Venetia Stroll, 2014, 10am-12pm, stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity one mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages, Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhails School).

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems, 11am, It’s bath time and Pigeon won’t go willingly! Enjoy stories and pigeon activities, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Read to a Dog, 2-3pm, Corte Madera Library.

International Table Top Day, 2-5pm, fun afternoon of games, including classics like Uno, checkers, and Monopoly or learn newer ones like Rory’s Story Cubes or Munchkin! Snacks will be provided, Marin City Library.

Nike Missile Site Open House & Storytelling, 12:30pm

Build a Bird Feeder, 9-12pm, Kids can build a window bird feeder to observe wildlife. Kids will learn to build their very own bird feeder while learning tool safety, Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Home Depot.

Mount Tamalpias Astronomy Programs, bring a chair and picnic, stargaze and learn about “Star Formation Through Radio Eyes” at the Mountain Theatre.

Easter Cookie Decorating, 2-4pm, Panera, San Rafael.

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship, 8pm, sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

NewboRN Solutions, 9:30am-4pm, topics include: Infant CPR, Newborn Care, Infant sleep, Intro to Breastfeeding, Car seat safety, Childbirth prep, Peekadoodle Kids Club, San Francisco.

Family Boot Camp, 2-4pm, learn basic soldier drills and about Presidio Military life while getting fit, Presidio, San Francisco.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a lantern, Randall Museum.

Drop-In Science, 10:30, Make an harmonica, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Tartan Day Scottish Faire, 10am-5pm, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Freemont.

Sunday, April 6NanoDays

Brian Scott Floating PromoSunday Special: Magician Brian Scott, 11am, Who doesn’t love magic? Brian Scott’s blend of sleight of hand, misdirection, and comedy will thrill and amuse audiences of all ages, Mill Valley Library.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

Earth Day Marin, 11am-5pm, Fun Family-Friendly Festival, Music, Speakers, Expo, Food, Day of Action, Hand-on Activities, Redwood High School, Larkspur.

Robert Strong, 11am-12pm, Master Magician and World-Renowned Entertainer, Randall Museum Theater, San Francisco.

Family Connections Passover, 9:30am-11:30am, Free Program for Families with children 0-3 and their siblings! Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! All participants are invited to use the Health & Fitness Center following the Family Connections program. Open to all faiths and non-members!

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, 11am-4pm, Main Parade Ground Lawn, The Presidio.

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

My Haggadah: Made it Myself Workshop, 2:30-4:30pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “And Then It’s Spring”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Layer it Up!, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, April 7

Tuesday, April 8

Naturalist Skills, 10-11:30am, expand your naturalist bag of tricks and improve your ability to observe, document, and wonder, all participants will receive a paste in page to glue in the back of your journal filled with useful tools that field biologists use in the course of their work, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Over the Moon, Do you know why the moon has spots? Or why it changes shape each day? Or what the moon has to do with the months? To find out, join us as we investigate our closest neighbor in space! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 9

Young Writers Workshop, 4-5pm, 8-10 yrs, Do like writing? Do you have ideas for stories and poems? Bring your imagination and we’ll bring ours (plus snacks!). Registration required, contact Erin atewilson@ci.sausalito.ca.us or 289-4121.

Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 11

Moon Watch ’14: Family Night Hike & Campfire, 6-8:30pm, using binoculars and a spotting scope, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn about its history and various formations. Binoculars provided or bring your favorite pair. Then we’ll gather ’round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s’mores by moonlight, NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Basics of Freshwater Fishing, 4-6pm, Park Rangers will teach the basics of freshwater fishing, alimited number of fishing poles, bait and tackle boxes will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

sundew4CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp, The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns, transforming the San Francisco landmark into a swampy paradise for meat-eating plants.

Saturday, April 12

Easter:

  • Spring Eggstravaganza, 8:30am-12pm, Bunny Breakfast is 8:30-10am, Egg Hunt is 10am & 10:15am, Mill Valley Community Center.
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast, 9-10am, $8 per person to benefit Community Action Marin Child Development Programs. Children of all ages will enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny, hear music by Tim Cain, balloon animals, and more!  10am-12pm, Face and hand-painting by Oliver Twist, Create your own Easter cup, then we’ll fill it with Easter chocolate at the Microsoft Store, Village at Corte Madera.
  • Easter Bunny Brunch, 9:30-10:00am – Brunch, 10:00am-2:00pm – Carnival & Egg Hunts, Belvedere Community Center.
  • Easter Cookie Decorating, 9:30am, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.
  • Easter Egg Hunt, 1-2pm, RSVP required, 388-6233, Goodman’s Hardware, Mill Valley.

rick-huddle_300.pngArrr! Pirates Have Feelings,Too! with Rick Huddle, 11am, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

T’ai Chi in the Park with Sensei Robert Ito, 9-11am, join us for an introduction to the health and fitness achieved by practicing the ancient art of T’ai Chi at McNears Beach Park. 

Explore a Salt Marsh, 10am-12pm, discover the salt marsh at Santa Margarita Island and learn about the creatures that live in this fascinating habitat. Why does an egret have such long legs? How many living things are in one handful of mud? How do plants survive drinking salt water? Meadow Dr in San Rafael.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, Country Club Bowl, San Rafael.

marinovatorsMarinovators, 10am-4pm, free Maker Day exhibition of Marin Youth Projects, Marin County Office of Education.

TEEN Jewelry Workshop for Teens, 3-4:30pm, fun, hands-on, jewelry workshop will guide you in creating your own beautiful bracelet, necklace, or earrings for spring! All materials are included and refreshments will be provided, Civic Center Library.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade & Festival, Commemorate & Celebrate the Life and Work of Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Family Matinee: Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, 11am, followed by interactive workshops in the Joe Henderson Lab, Robert N. Miner Auditorium.

Simple Circuits, 1pm & 2:30pm, ages 6-12, create kinetic sculptures while learning basic electronics. No experience necessary. Space is limited, registration is required, Creativity Museum.

Earth, Wind and Flowers, 2-4pm, Enjoy the spring flowers and hear how San Francisco’s unusual geology and climate have produced a unique ecosystem at the Presidio on a moderately strenuous 2-mile walk, north Baker Beach parking lot.

History for Half Pints: Arts, Crafts, and Storytelling, 1pm, fun craft projects and stories related to the Juana Briones y su California exhibition, Free event at California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Family Day: Cardboard Ukuleles, 1-4pm, a drop-in workshop for families of all ages
Free with museum admission, no registration necessary. Spend the afternoon in cardboard heaven! Take your family on a self-guided tour of Elevated Corrugated, a group exhibit featuring 12 artists working exclusively with cardboard. Then work together to hand-craft a cardboard ukulele for your family. You’ll never look at cardboard the same, Museum of Craft and Design.

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

Drop-In Science, 10:30, discover how chemical reactions create energy while making a simple LED flashlight  powered by pennies, Randall Museum.

6a017616ef8b67970c01a5116901eb970c-800wiKids Cowpoke Carnival, 11am-2pm, McKinley School, Petaluma.

Cal Day, 9am-5pm, University of California at Berkeley.

Berkeley Bay Festival, 11am-4pm, music, free sailboat and Dragon boat rides, eating tasty food, and explore the marina, Berkeley Marina!

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday

Marine Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Mountain Bike Ride at Rush Creek, 9-11am, want to go on a mountain bike ride with a ranger? Come join Ranger Ian McLorg for a beautiful morning ride along the marsh at Rush Creek Open Space Preserve. This is a moderate 7+ mile ride intended for intermediate mountain bike riders, Pinheiro Fire Rd gate on Binford Rd in Novato.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Sunday Streets, Tenderloin

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Printmaking, 1-4pm, use everyday household items design to produce your own handmade stamps to create unique prints that can be used over and over again! Carve shapes to place on blocks and rollers, and then test them out with multiple paint colors on a variety of paper materials, The Walt Disney Museum.

Preschool Super Fun Sundays: Jump Up for Freedom! 10-11:30am, Celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, with music, art and stories Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!, deYoung Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Monday, April 14

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Epic, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

Full Moon Hike at Stafford Lake, 8-10pm, see the full moon during the lunar eclipse on a ranger-led night hike on the beautiful Terwilliger Nature Trail. We will enjoy stunning views of the Stafford Lake watershed from the upper sections of the trail. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes (it could be muddy or slippery), and bring water. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be provided! Stafford Lake, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Tuesday, April 15, Passover, Tax Day, Full Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Frozen, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Little Tykes, 10am, 1pm or 3pm, Dance of the Planets, Put your dancing shoes on because this week you’ll be orbiting the sun in a special production of Dance of the Planets, a live-action theatrical play starring you! You’ll create your own model of a planet or other object in our solar system, then head outside to bring our solar system to life! Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Wednesday, April 16

Game and Puzzle Day! 2:30-4pm, Mill Valley Library.

Learn to Skate, 1-3pm, Join us at the McInnis skate park where rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners, as well as ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. This event is geared toward beginners and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start, McInnis Skate Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael.

Pipe Cleaner Creations, 2:30-3:30pm, ages 6-9, make some new wild friends with pipe cleaners, then enjoy a game of button, button, who’s got the button, register at 485-3322, San Rafael Library.

Share A Book-Read to a Therapy Dog, 3pm, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Thursday, April 17

Spring Break Film Fest, 2:30-4pm, Sea of Monsters, Free popcorn provided! Mill Valley Library.

Friday, April 18, Good Friday

Easter:

Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt! 8:15pm, Back by popular demand, the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt returns! Bring your basket and a good flashlight! For youth ages 8 and up only.

Lego Play Day, Age 5+, 2:30-4pm, Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Mill Valley Library

Saturday, April 19, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Easter:

  • Fairfax’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 9am–noon, Children 8 and below are welcome to come and participate in the Spring egg hunt. There will be facepainting, music and fun, Bolinas Park.
  • Sausalito Egg Hunt & Parade, 10am, parade starts at Johnson and Caledonia Street and marches to Dunphy Park for an Easter Egg Hunt followed by an Easter Bonnet Contest, music with Tim Cain.
  • Marinwood Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast, 10am, Children will enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Las Gallinas Lions Club at 10am. Immediately after the egg hunt, join us at the Marinwood Community Center for a hearty breakfast! The Lions Club Egg Hunt is free to attend.
  • Easter at the Farmers Market, Meet the Easter Bunny while doing a fun Easter egg-dyeing activity at the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market provided by SCRAP, an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 am at Poppy Store, Larkspur.
  • Spring Faire and Candy Hunt, 10:30am-12pm, get your photo taken with the bunny, play carnival games, make a basket, bounce in the jump house and gear up for the candy hunt, $8/child (adults are free) Strawberry Recreation District.
  • San Anselmo Spring Egg Hunt & Camp Fair, 10:30am-1pm, ages 7 and under, Hunt starts at 11:00AM on the dot! Memorial Park, San Anselmo.

Earth Day Celebration, celebrate the natural beauty of our environment, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

corner_laughersThe Corner Laughers, 11am, super fun and danceable pop music filled with clever wordplay, catchy melodies and lovely harmonies that celebrate poppies, grasshoppers and the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Marin County Half Marathon, Kids Fun Run is FREE! – just sign up at the race on Saturday morning.

Learn to Saltwater Fish, 9-11am, Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners, Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon.

Wildflowers to Waterfalls, 10am – 12pm, Join rangers in Cascade Canyon for a two mile stroll along the creek to the waterfall. Along the way we’ll look for spring wildflowers as we make our way through the various habitats of this beautiful preserve. Be sure to bring a camera for some spectacular pictures. Parking is limited along Cascade Drive so rangers will provide a shuttle from Doc Edgar Park in Fairfax to the Cascade Drive Gate. 

Biscuit the Storytime With Biscuit the Dog! 11am, very special guest, Biscuit the Dog! Bring your camera or camera phone for a memorable photo opportunity. All are welcome to attend, Barnes & Nobel, Corte Madera.

Earth Day in the Heart of San Francisco, The “Greenest City in North America” 10am-6pm, Civic Center Plaza.

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

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.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

MakeArt: Felt Faces, 1:30-3:30pm, ages 6 – 12, Create a self-portrait or a portrait of your favorite animal using felt, embroidered stitching and collage, Museum of Craft and Design

Afternoon Art, 1pm and 4pm, make a munching monster with mouths, Randall Museum.

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

Kids Free Day! 10am-5pm, Celebrate the Starry, Starry spring night by making a star clock, solar viewer, constellation scope, and more, Schultz Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Naturally Dyed Spring Eggs, 2-2:45pm or 3-3:45pm, hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Two session times available: 2 – 2:45 pm or 3 – 3:45 pm. Registration required: $15/$12 members, garden@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2755, UC Botanical Garden

Children’s Fairyland, The Tap Dancing Easter Bunnies, Oakland.

Sunday, April 20, Easter, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Easter:

  • Easter Service and Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m.:  The Grand Festival of the Resurrection, with brass and large choir.  Easter egg hunt and refreshments afterwards. Bring a basket for the egg hunt. All children receive a prize. Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley.
  • Egg Hunt & Brunch, 9:30am-1pm, join us for an hour service (remember to bring a flower or leaf for our spring decoration) and watch kids participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. Following the hunt, we’ll have a complimentary brunch, Peace Lutheran Church, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, Grand Parade, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, Japantown.

Union Street Easter Parade! 10am-5pm, variety of children’s and family activities include; large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Ghirardelli Goes Green

Drop-In Art-Making: Illuminated Studios:  Transforming Letters into Art, Inspired by Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: transform English, Hebrew, and other letters into your own illuminated story page using calligraphy tools and colorful inks, Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Family Friendly Restoration, 10-11:30am, help restore the beauty of the Presidio by planting native plants, removing unwanted weeds, and performing additional activities to help preserve native habitat, RSVP, please e-mail: nature@presidiotrust.gov.

Simple Circuits, 1pm & 2:30pm, ages 6-12, create kinetic sculptures while learning basic electronics. No experience necessary. Space is limited, registration is required, Creativity Museum.

Children’s Storytime and Family Walk, 10:30am, featured book, “And Then It’s Spring”, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Doing and Viewing Art, ages 4-12, 10am, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!, deYoung Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Bunny Weekend, Oakland.

Hunt for the Hare Easter, join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for our eleventh annual Hunt for the Hare, an egg-straordinary Easter celebration and brunch.

Monday, April 21

Taikoza, 7:30pm, an international ensemble of ancestral Taiko drums, soulful bamboo flutes and colorful dance in celebration of the Cherry Blossom, The Creativity Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day, Lyrids Meteor Shower

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Pizza & Pages Book Club, 6:30-7:30pm, Read Trash by Andy Mulligan and get ready to discuss it with your fellow readers and eaters over pizza and dessert, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, April 23, Lyrids Meteor Shower

Eco-Climate Creature Workshop, 2:30-4pm, 2nd grade+, observe Earth Day by creating your own creature from recycled stuff. San Francisco’s Green Art Workshop will pose questions about climate change, habitat, and local ecosystems as participants “design” futuristic creatures that can survive in an imagined new environment, mill Valley Library.

Kids Book Club, 7-8pm, 4-5th graders, discussion of Ingrid Law’s Savvy!  Corte Madera Library.

Thursday, April 24, Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work

Storytime: It’s an Orange Aardvark! read by author/illustrator Michael Hall, Barnes & Nobel, Corte Madera.

laughingChickencrop“Simple Ivan” and “The Bridge and the Dream”,  ages 5 & up, comical tales from Russia and the Middle East presented with lots of physical comedy and audience participation, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Friday, April 25

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, 6-9pm, Corte Madera Rec Center.

Saturday, April 26

Mount Tamalpais Earth Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, all ages welcome, end a hand to restore critical habitat and help keep this popular destination beautiful for everyone to enjoy, Pantoll Ranger Station on Panoramic Highway.

Create-with-Nature Earth Day, 11am-3pm, construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed, and other beach treasures, South end of Stinson Beach.

My Earth Day Marin, 9am-12pm, a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day.

Make Fresh Pasta, 9:30am, 924-6799, Little hands are great tools for making fresh pasta – from rolling to slicing – join us and learn how to prepare fresh pasta – and surprise mom on Mother’s Day, Williams-Sonoma, The Village at Corte Madera.

Spring Fling, 10am-4pm, Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Slide Ranch.

Touch a Truck, 9:30am-12pm,explore vehicles alongside hometown heroes, Oak View Nursery School, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael.

Grand Re-opening Celebration, 11am-7pm, live DJ, menu specials from our new Blue Stove restaurant, delicious treats and entertainment for the whole family, Nordstrom, Village at Corte Madera.

Pinnipeds at Point Bonita, 1-4pm, join us on a 4 mile round trip hike in search of Harbor Seals at Point Bonita. We’ll conclude our day with a visit to The Marine Mammal Center where pinniped patients are nursed back to health and released into the ocean, NatureBridge.

Mad Hatter_webMad Hatter Tea Party, 12pm & 3pm, for a decidedly unique and unorthodox tea complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costumes from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain and cause smiles and giggles in Falkirk’s elegant Victorian setting, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael.

45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 2pm, ages 3 to 6, free Hands-On Learning event will encourage and develop creativity and social skills through sharing and storytelling, Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera.

Novato Clean and Green Day! 9am-1pm,  City of Novato Civic Green, next to City Hall.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Celebrate Opening Day on the Bay FREE sailboat rides, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Enjoy music, games, food, and activities for the whole family. Each visitor will be entered to win door prizes and a free sailing class!

Mountain Lake Family Festival, 10am-12:30pm, enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, from birding on the beach to artistic walks, all intended to inspire you to learn about our beautiful Mountain Lake.

Carousel Grand Reopening, 11am-2pm, celebrate the grand reopening of our beloved carousel with FREE rides and entertainment for all ages! Creativity Museum.

Rumpelstiltskin-by-the-best-book-list-ever-300x276Rumpelstiltskin, 1pm & 3:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

Bug Day, 10am-2pm, join us for a festival of everything insects! Randall Museum.

Storytime and Mobiles, 10am-12pm, twist, attach, and wrap, all kinds of colorful materials to mobiles, The Walt Disney Museum.

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Butter and Eggs Parade, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country, Petaluma.

Sunday, April 27

gardenfaireposterGrand Re-Opening of the Mill Valley Children’s Garden, 12-4pm, fairy house and wreath making, potion making, bobbing for apples, feather hair extensions, face painting, and henna tattoos, admission is free, tickets will be on sale at the faire for activities and food. Credit cards accepted; 100% of the proceeds go to the Mill Valley Children’s Garden. For festival information, call 389-7733.

Unique Derique, 11am, Back by popular demand! World-renowned physical comedy and juggling, Mill Valley Community Center.

Marine Science Sunday: Magnificent Migrations, 10am-5pm, a FREE engaging ocean-inspired classroom series from our education experts, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

The Princess Bride, 3pm, Lark Theatre.

peterpanStorybooks on the Square, story time by Phil Sheridan, Dance performances by the Performing Arts Academy of Marin and the Marin Theater Company, special guest appearances, a treasure hunt for kids, chalk shadow drawings, local business giveaways, and so much more. Neverland-inspired costumes welcome!

Archery Exhibition, 9am – 2pm, join us for a fun-filled day of archery! Learn the basic skills and safety of bowmanship, and practice marksmanship with guidance from skilled archers of the Northwoods Bowmen’s Club. We will also be making traditional Miwok arrowheads for participants to take home with them. This event is for all ages and skill levels. at McNears Beach Park, San Rafael.

Pixie Park Spring Fair, 9:30am-1:30pm, ages 6 and under, featuring train rides, a petting zoo, Candy Land, Autopia, the much loved mini car ride, and Pixie Olympics, a mini obstacle course for kids, a treasure hunt, food, drinks, balloons face painting and much more. Admission is free. Games, rides and food require purchased tickets. Parking available in the Marin Art and Garden Center parking lot for $10 while spots last.

Free Family Tennis Day, ages 7-12 (10-11am), ages 4-6 (11am-Noon), free junior racket to the first 50 registrants, contact higginstennis@gmail.com, Tam High Tennis Courts, Mill Valley.

Birding by the Bay, 10am, explore the oak woodlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay. Look for a variety of songbirds, hawks, and waterfowl who call this park home. We’ll also look for butterflies patrolling the trails along with wildflowers and other spring wildlife, Wildcare, San Rafael.

Kids Birdathon, Ages 8-16, 1-4pm, $5/child, Point Reyes National Seashore.

Opening Day on the Bay, Decorated Boat Parade, Crissy Field to Pier 39, starting at 12 Noon.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Fashion Illustration, 1-4pm, use watercolor and colorful, textured materials to draw these outfits out from your imagination! The Walt Disney Museum.

Prop Comic and Juggler Fred Anderson, 11am-12pm, One of the fastest and funniest performers in the country, Randall Museum Theater, San Francisco.

Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30pm, Young Performers Theatre.

LBG and BBG jumpingDrop-In Art-Making: Create a Memorial Candle Holder, in honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), all ages are welcome to decorate a memorial candle holder using a variety of colorful fine art materials, Contemporary Jewish Museum.


Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical
, 11am & 2pm, Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Oakland.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay

Monday, April 28

Earth Academy_11x17-01Dive In Earth Academy, 3:30-5:30pm, the Whale Bus arrives with their marine mammal lab and discovery center full of fun activities and lessons about ocean conservation, Whole Foods, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Schultz Museum

Tuesday, April 29, New Moon

After School Story Time and Crafts, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 5-8, Come for the stories, stay for the crafts, Corte Madera Library.

Creative Writing with Karen Benke, 3:45-5:15pm, grades 6-8, Are you ready to experiment and explore your wild wonderings and wanderings from the safety of a blank page? Take a break from writing for good grades and ignore the punctuation police – it’s time to let the words flow freely, Mill Valley Library.

Wednesday, April 30

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