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Ronnie’s Awesome List – March 2012

Planned closure of our state parks, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's new program called Park Academy, how to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington D.C. and list of March events.

Welcome back to Marinhood, The Ultimate Kids Events Round-Up In Marin And Beyond!

In May 2011, California State Parks  in order to meet budget reductions. State Parks anticipates full park closures related to the proposed budget reductions will occur by July 2012.

Some parks which means that State Parks’ operations at those parks will stop but others are assuming some or all of the operations to keep them open on some level. For instance, . Only nine out of the 70 parks have partnerships in place at this point, but others have negotiations in progress toward deals that will hopefully become workable and final.

Looking at the list, they include many of my favorite places. Be sure to bring your children to visit these beautiful park before they are closed until the state opens them again to the public. Some of great parks on the closure list nearby include:

• Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa
• Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, St. Helena
• Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, St. Helena
• Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco
• China Camp State Park, San Rafael
• Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
• Olompali State Historic Park, Novato
• Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, Petaluma
• Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Santa Rosa

And since we are on the subject of supporting our parks - The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has a new program called Park Academy. Class subjects range from botany to lichens to birds. These fabulous classes are given as a special perk for volunteers, members, and employees. They have many opportunities to volunteer with your family &/or become a member today!

Want to take your kids to the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington D.C. this year? You'll have to enter an online lottery for free tickets. Visit the website March 1 for information on how you can enter the lottery for tickets to the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. The event is open to children ages 12 and younger, and their families.

For the latest, most up-to-date information please visit us at Marinhood, The Ultimate Kids Events Round-Up In Marin And Beyond.

Happy March!
Ronnie

March 1

Camp Night, 5-7:30pm, FREE, Meet over 70 different camp vendors at SRD Camp Night featuring local day camps, sleep away camps, adventure camps and more! 383-6494 Strawberry Rec Center.

Family Matinees with the Marcus Shelby Trio, The Trumpet, 11am, Herbst Theatre, From Buddy Bolden and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong to Dizzy, Miles, Hubbard and Marsalis, the role of the trumpet has often been a catalyst for evolutionary change in jazz. Learn how the many “trumpet kings” explored new texture, evolved solo techniques and experimented with mutes to create new sounds.

Pollyanna, 1:00pm and 4:00pm (all month daily except Tuesdays, and March 9, 10, and 17) The Walt Disney Museum.

March 2, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

Junie B Jones, This high-energy musical chronicles the adventures of June B. Jones, the outspoken, precocious first grader from the popular book series by Barbara Parks. Join us for Free Fun with Art one hour before every family performance! Meet the performers face-to-face! Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa.

The Knack Free Family Event - Make-It Take-It Bookmark Join the Dr. Seuss® Birthday Celebration. Come make your own festive bookmark creations. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome.

Dr. Seuss Celebration, March 2-4, 3:30pm, Join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss's classic stories! All weekend long, we'll host story times and activities in honor of the author's spirit and imagination. Pottery Barn Kids, Village at Corte Madera.

March 3, Mars will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Mars.

Fancy Nancy Party, 11am, For ages 5 & up in the Founders Room Dress up is the theme for this party based on the popular “Fancy Nancy Series” by Jane O’Connor. We’ll have cookies, a craft and fancy giveaways for all. Registration Required. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Water Play and Swim Skill Assessment, prizes, Refreshments, Bring swimsuits! Participants who register for swim lessons that day receive special discounts. Party begins in Kurland Lounge, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA 94903, RSVP 444-8005

Drop-In Science, Oobleck! Is it a solid or a liquid? Discover the properties of this strange substance. 10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Owl Wars, Muir Woods marks the southern front in a battle for survival between two competing owl species. On this strenuous five-mile dusk hike, we will look and listen for the owls that call Muir Woods home, learn more about their history and ecology, and receive the latest research updates on our most famous resident, the spotted owl. Find out how the barred owl emerged as a potent threat in our own backyard. Meet Steffen Bartschat at the entrance to Muir Woods National Monument. No dogs. Dress in layers and bring a flashlight, water, and a snack. An optional $3 materials fee requested. For information and reservations, phone 388-2596.

Charlie Hope, 11am – 12pm, music is catchy, interactive and sing-able. You’ll recognize some songs and learn new ones about squeaking mice and whistling trains. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Ocean Exploration Family Farm Day #1, Enjoy ocean-themed activities and a hike to the tidepools. The low tide will reveal sea stars, anenomes, and many other discoveries. Slide Ranch.

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

Innovation Lab Workshop, Ever wonder how games, toys, and apps are designed? Meet some of the Bay Area’s most innovative entrepreneurs, start-up founders, and technologists, and help design the media tools of the future! Meet Launchpad Toys. The Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Afternoon Art, Transform a shallow box into a decorated service tray and create a place setting, complete with napkin, plate, and silverware. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

San Francisco History Expo 2012, The two-day event will once again feature mini-museums set up by participating organizations. In addition, there will be a special exhibition of 42 photographs called “Elegant Pit Stops,” a display of historic garages in the city. Returning for the second expo is historic artist Alan Zimmerman of Stockton whose large-scale oil-on-wood paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco drew admiring crowds. Old Mint, San Francisco.

Build A Car, 9am-12pm, Kids can build and race this #20 speedster race car. Kids will learn to build their very own race car while learning tool safety. Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic. Home Depot.

Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

March 4

Marin Theatre Company’s Anansi the Spider, Enjoy vibrant live theatre in the library’s Main Reading Room before the library opens. Mill Valley Library.

Family Birding and Nest Box Building, 9am – 12pm, Are you interested in birding and want to get your kids involved? The ponds at the Las Gallinas are a fabulous place to get close looks at a variety of species. Rangers will teach birding basics while identifying common species. Afterwards, participants are invited to McInnis Park to construct swallow nesting boxes for placement in the park or the backyard. This is an easy walk on flat ground. Meet at the last Gallinas water treatment ponds in McInnis Park. Contact Christin Lopez at clopez@marincounty.org.

Coho Salmon at Muir Beach, 9-11am, The Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach improves wildlife habitat and the creek and wetlands ecosystem. Learn about the history and current status of coho salmon in Redwood Creek on this easy, two-mile walk around the restoration site. Bring water and a light snack; wear sturdy shoes with good treads. RSVP by calling (415) 388-2596.

Fiddler on the Roofpresented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

North Indian Dance, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, The Chitresh Das Dance Company performs Kathak dance, one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, which originated from Uttar Pradesh, India. Learn simple dance moves and participate in the 11:00 am performance—great for families with children ages 3-10. Asian Art Museum.

Sunday Story Time, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, Join us in celebrating the coming of Spring with a few cheerful stories and bright, touching tales. This special program is designed for families with young children. The Disney Museum.

Master Magician Jay Alexander performs a rare family show! 11 am - Noon, The Randall Museum Theatre, 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, San Francisco (510) 236-SHOW

Drop-In Art Making: Green Groggers, 1-3pm This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions, while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Use recycled materials to create your own “green” groggers (a type of noise-maker commonly sounded during—but not limited to—Purim holiday celebrations). Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Children’s Program at Green Gulch, 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. The program is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month (except the first Sunday in December). Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side entrance of the zendo.

San Francisco History Expo 2012, The two-day event will once again feature mini-museums set up by participating organizations. In addition, there will be a special exhibition of 42 photographs called “Elegant Pit Stops,” a display of historic garages in the city. Returning for the second expo is historic artist Alan Zimmerman of Stockton whose large-scale oil-on-wood paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco drew admiring crowds. Old Mint, San Francisco.

Purim Carnival, 2-5pm, Admission is an act of tzedakah, please bring canned goods to donate. $1 tickets for carnival games & activities. Carnival booths, games, prizes, face painting, bouncy house, balloons, make crowns and masks, hamentaschen, food, drinks and more!  Instrument Petting Zoo, part of the 27th Jewish Music Festival, will introduce a child to the wonders of the musical kingdom from 2:30-4:30. Purim with Puppets for Preschoolers from 3:30-4:00.  Come dressed up for the costume parade, followed by our Purim Spiel at 4:30 (a comical retelling of the Purim story).  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street.

Children’s Fairyland, Owen Baker Flynn with his “World Premiere”, a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating and a multitude of surprises. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

Children's Celebration of Ethnic Dance, 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.

March 6

Golden Gate Playdate: Trails & Tracks, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Join us for a two hour hands-on program featuring techniques to help engage your children's sense of wonder and guide their natural curiosity during outdoor adventures. Gain a deeper understanding of inquiry-based experiential learning while participating in field activities designed to develop your preschoolers' observation skills. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

March 7

Share a Book: Read to a DogImprove literacy skills while reading — to dogs! SHARE A Book dogs come in all shapes and sizes, are kid- and dog-friendly, excel in basic obedience and have passed a vet health check. Canine companions really can help struggling children improve reading skills. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Creativity Forum 2012: Featuring Tina Seelig, InGenious: Levers for Unlocking Creativity, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco

March 8, Full Moon, Purim starts

The Wizard of Oz, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Whisked off to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy goes searching for a Wizard and makes friends along the way. Introduce children to a timeless masterpiece with Masque Unit’s production of Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy’s musical adaptation. Recommended for Grades K-3. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center.

Muir Woods After Hours, 6:30-8:30pm, Explore the evening magic of Muir Woods, learning about the secret nightlife of an old-growth redwood forest. This special walk begins one hour before sunset and will conclude with the dark of night! We'll listen for owls, look for bats, and use our senses to guide us along the trails. This is an easy, two-mile walk on paved trail. Bring your flashlight, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes. Children under 8 not advised. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations required; phone (415) 388-2596.

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival March 8-11

March 9

Nature for Kids at Baltimore Canyon, 10am – 1pm, The early flowers here should be alive with an assortment of insects, the local lizards will be coming out of their winter hiding places, and if we go down into the canyon we can visit an amazing waterfall and hunt for salamanders in the redwood forest along the creek. Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Baltimore Canyon Preserve.

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

Guided Nature Explorations with Kelly Morton, 10am – 11am, Your child provides the curiosity and excitement for exploring the natural world; we provide the investigating tools and gentle facilitation to further a sense of wonder in the natural environment. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

The Circus Differential, March 9-25, Kinetic Arts Center Presents The Circus Spire Youth Troupe in "The Circus Differential." A Clockwork-World of Gears, Steam Power & Awe-Inspiring Circus, Oakland.

March 10

Drop-In Science, See how colorful and fun volcanoes can be as you make a unique and special erupting volcano!10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe March 10-Apr 1 Saturdays at 1:00 PM, Sundays at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, This production brings all of C.S. Lewis’ classic adventures in the land of Narnia to life! Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy wander through an old wardrobe to meet old Mr. Tumnus, Aslan the Lion and the dreadful White Witch. A triumph of love, faith and courage and a battle between good and evil. Young Performers Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building C, San Francisco.

Turkish and Sephardic Music, Point Reyes Library, Teslim features two well known Bay Area musicians: violinist Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus on oud, Turkish saz, and Greek lauoto. This talented duo performs Turkish and Sephardic music, in addition to original compositions based on these traditions. The Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes, 663-8375.

Patchwork Music Series, featuring the high-energy, fresh and funky Alphabet Rockers and the rootsy, hip sounds of Orange Sherbet. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

The Wizard of Oz, 1 pm and 3 pm, Whisked off to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy goes searching for a Wizard and makes friends along the way. Introduce children to a timeless masterpiece with Masque Unit’s production of Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy’s musical adaptation. Recommended for Grades K-3. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center.

Innovation Lab Workshop, Ever wonder how games, toys, and apps are designed? Meet some of the Bay Area’s most innovative entrepreneurs, start-up founders, and technologists, and help design the media tools of the future! Meet Mind Snacks. The Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco.

Headlands Nightlife: Family Night Hike & Campfire, Join us for a sunset hike and games as we explore the mysterious lifestyles of nocturnal animals. Gather 'round the campfire for quality time with friends and family, sing songs, and get silly as you roast s'mores by moonlight. NatureBridge Golden Gate, 1033 Fort Cronkhite , Sausalito.

Pier Crabbing, 10a-12p, 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; please phone (415) 556-1693.

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

Ukulele Workshop, Join the director of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble Peter Luongo and members of the group for a hands-on workshop experience at locations throughout the Museum. The Disney Museum.

Run for the Seals, fun community event and is one of the Center’s biggest fundraisers held throughout the year. The event boasts two beautiful routes: a hilly 4-mile run and a leisurely 2-mile walk. Both wind through the picturesque Marin Headlands with ocean views.

Manga Drawing Class, 2pm, Ages 9-13, This workshop with Chiyoko Wong will take place in the Children's Room, Corte Madera Library.

Kids Cowpoke Carnival, 11 AM - 2 PM, Pan for gold & spend it at our General Store. Games, crafts, cakewalk, food, music, raffle, silent auction, & more! McKinley School Auditorium (enter at 810 Madison St, Petaluma) Cowpokes (ages 2-8): $5, Handlers: free Proceeds benefit PPNS, a cooperative preschool for children ages 2-5.

Children’s Fairyland, Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

Afternoon Art, Use rubber fish to dive into the art of gyotaku, Japanese for fish printing. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

March 11, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

2012 Royal Ball: Destination China, Fairy Tales do come true as JDRF presents the premier gala for children and their families, complete with dinner, live and silent auctions, and family friendly entertainment. The Royal Ball is a wonderful adventure for the entire family where children and adults partake in an enchanting adventure together. The Royal Ball began in 2008 with the theme of princesses and pirates. As we enter our 4th year, the Royal Ball is traveling to the Far East and we are destined for China. Fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Purim Palooza, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Wear costumes, play carnival games, make groggers, listen to music and eat delicious food and holiday treats!) & Costume Party, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, For families with children ages birth-3 and their siblings - all ages welcome after 11:30am, Learn about the Jewish holidays and traditions through music, art, cooking and parent education. Come nosh and schmooze with new friends! Marin JCC.

The Keith Show World-class Juggling and Acrobatics, 11am - 12 noon, The Hoytt Theater at The Osher Marin JCC, The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

The Wizard of Oz, 1 pm and 3 pm, Showcase Theater, San Rafael Masque Unit Jr. Theater of Marin.

Sunday Streets, Embarcadero (traditional Sunday Streets season kick off along the usual route: Fisherman's Wharf - Embarcadero- across 3rd St bridge to Terry Francois Blvd in China Basin, ending at Terry F., Mariposa and 3rd St in Mission Bay).

Beginning Birding, 9:30-11:30am, Spring is back! Welcome our avian migrants back to the Marin Headlands. Join volunteer Jane Haley on an easy walk along Rodeo Lagoon to discover what birds visit us in passing through and who comes here to nest. Meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center. Bring binoculars, field guides. For ages 8 and up; no pets. Rain cancels. For reservations call (415) 331-1540.

Fiddler on the Roof, presented by Marin Youth Performers, 7:30pm The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness or call 415-383-9600.

Preschool Gallery Hourthe Museum opens early just for preschoolers and their families. Activities in March include gallery explorations of California Dreaming, hands-on art-making fun, and musical guest Octopretzel! Adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry. 10 – 11:30 AM Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Classic Family Film @ The Lark, National Velvet, 3pm, A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes. Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Drop-In Art Making: Twig Art, 1-3pm Families can experience new adventures in art-making every Sunday. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions, while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Use twigs to create works of art inspired by the current exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Season Finale! Award-Winning Zappo the Magician and his Greatest Illusions Show, 1 pm - 2 pm, The Berkeley JCC Theater at The JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street (between Vine and Rose) North Berkeley.

Children’s Fairyland, Jacqueline Lynaugh as Lady Emerald will enchant guests of all ages with her stories and the magical sounds of her harp. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

St. Patrick's Day 5K, 9am, Flat, out/back course along Crissy Field/Golden Gate Promenade. Also, free 1/2 Mile Kids Run for all children ages 12 & under - begins at 9:45am, same location, Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Arbor Day! Join TreeCircus and learn about tree care, conservation, our environment and a healthy planet. This energetic stage show is interactive, educational and captivating for all ages. Learn the ways of arborists as they demonstrate tree climbing techniques and put YOU in the harness for a climb up too! 1 pm, Children's Fairyland, Oakland.

St. Patrick Day BBQ, BBQ, games, booths, homemade baked goodies and lots of family fun. Come enjoy a great afternoon of good food and fun. It’s a West Marin tradition—don’t miss it! Dance Palace, Point Reyes.

March 13

Golden Gate Playdate: Dabbling and Diving Ducks, 9:30-11:30am Join us for a two hour hands-on program featuring techniques to help engage your children's sense of wonder and guide their natural curiosity during outdoor adventures. Gain a deeper understanding of inquiry-based experiential learning while participating in field activities designed to develop your preschoolers' observation skills. NatureBridge, Sausalito.

Celebrate Spring at the Springs, 12-1pm, Join docent Barbara Corff to see which native plants are showing new growth in the restoration areas of revitalized El Polín Spring. Easy one-hour walk. Meet at El Polín Spring parking area at end of MacArthur Avenue (limited parking). Rain cancels.

Tyke Explorers Workshop, The Secret Garden, Season for Sprouts, (10am, 12pm or 3pm) What do tiny sprouts need to grow? Explore the necessities for plants to grow and how different parts of a plant support its needs. Investigate the reasons for the seasons in one year and how that relates to our leafy green friends. Ages 21/2 - 5 years, Chabot Space & Science Center.

March 14, Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, will be within 3 degrees of each other in the evening sky. 

St. Patrick's Day Tea, 9:45-11am, FREE, Come join SRD for a morning of Celtic music from Michael the Great Pretender. Sip on a lovely cup of tea and snack on little cookies and cakes. This performance will be held after the Wednesday morning aerobics class, so mark your calendar and join us for a morning Irish-American tradition. Strawberry Rec Center.

Nature for Kids at Cascade Canyon, 10am – 1pm, We will make our way up the canyon to look at the insects and other animals that flourish in the clean water of upper San Anselmo Creek. After that we will visit the roaring waterfall, and we should still have time to enjoy the butterflies and other bugs in the lush, green meadows. Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Call (415) 893-9527 on the morning of the walk to hear a recorded message if cancelled.

Pi Day, 1 pm – 3:30 pm, The number is Pi (π), 3.1415926535…ad infinitum. It’s the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It’s also the date and time of festivities at the Exploratorium and a special occasion to celebrate some of the Exploratorium’s quirky scientific traditions before the museum moves to Pier 15 in 2013.

March 15

Mothers and Sons: Raising Emotionally-Strong Boys (2 – 10 years)
Mothers can be a strong influence on their sons’ emotional growth. Yet often the mixed messages around raising boys leave moms confused and needing clear direction. This workshop will provide guidance and essential tools to help you navigate your important role in your sons’ development. Mical Falk, PhD. , 7:00 – 9:00 pm. $35. Parents Place, 491-7959.

March 16

India Comes Alive with Music, Dance and Art! March 16 through 18, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, North Court, Teachers from the Milpitas Indian Community Center introduce India's cultural festivals, dance traditions, and art activities. Learn to dance bhangra like a Bollywood star, make a traditional drum, or create your own colorful floor art. This program is offered in partnership with the India Community Center. Asian Art Museum.

Marinwood Camp Night, 5-7pm, FREE bounce house & Hot Dogs, Whether you are still looking for the perfect camp for your child or you still need to register, come to this new event! You will have a chance to register for camps, meet specialty camp instructors, register for swim lessons, pick up camp t-shirts, pick up parent packets, turn in camp forms & more! Our informative staff will be there to answer your questions about the upcoming summer.

March 17, St. Patricks Day

Gustafer Yellowgold, 11am – 12pm, a little yellow cone-headed fellow who traveled here from the sun. This show combines whimsical animation with live music and storytelling to create a wholly imaginative and creative experience. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Young Makers Program, Open MAKE is a collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios. If you’re a fan of Maker Faire, you won’t want to miss these tasty samples of Maker Faire organized by our friends at the Exploratorium. The event is included in the price of the museum’s general admission and open to everyone, Exploratorium.

Nature for Kids at Indian Valley, 10am – 1pm, We’ll start the day learning 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. Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org. Heavy rain may cancel. Indian Valley Preserve.

Drop-In Science, Hovercrafts! Build a device that travels across smooth surfaces on a cushion of air!10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, Make a pirate-themed treasure map, Matie. Collage big tall mountains, avoid the sharks, walk the plank and survive the desert on your way to hidden treasure! 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

St. Patrick's Day Festival "Irish San Francisco Past, Present & Future", Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

WildCare Family Adventures, Ring Mountain Family Walk, Come explore Ring Mountain with the family. We’ll look for birds, insects, spiders, plants and more. We’ll also visit the site of an ancient kitchen used by American Indians as early as 2,400 years ago. We’ll meet at the trailhead on Paradise Drive in Corte Madera near where Paradise Drive meets Westward Drive. 10am.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964, Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor2pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Exploring Abstraction.

Sheep to Shawl Family Farm Day, Our clothing comes from animals and plants! Learn the whole process, from sheep shearing demonstrations in our pasture to wool spinning in the yurt. Special guest presenters too. Slide Ranch.

Children’s Fairyland, Buki the Clown and her way cool, magic show is here to make you laugh and giggle at her crazy antics! 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

A Conversation with Nancy Olson, 3:00pm, In celebration of Women's History Month and our Film of the Month, Pollyanna, we are delighted to welcome the co-star of that film for a conversation about her experience in Hollywood and with Walt Disney. Disney historian and friend of the Museum Jeff Kurtti will host a conversation with this delightful star, and share rare photographs and film clips from her projects for Walt. Disney Museum.

You Are What You Paint Workshop with Felicia Forte, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Join Bay Area Artist Felicia Forte in a fun and inspiring painting workshop. We will use yummy foods as the subject of your study to paint. All materials will be supplied. Space is limited. Disney Museum.

March 18

Bricks by the Bay 2012 LEGO ® Exhibition, Come see the amazing creations that LEGO® fans and artists have brought from all over the country – and beyond. Meet the builders behind the creations and more. 10:00 am – 04:00 pm. Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

America's Favorite Ventriloquist Steve Chaney and his Puppet Partner Cornelius Crowe, The Randall Museum Theatre 199 Museum Way @ Roosevelt Way, San Francisco.

Disney Discoveries, 1:00 - 3:00pm, Ring in the spring with your own cheerfully decorated flower pot! This easy-to-make craft will brighten up any room in the spirit of the Film of the Month for March, Pollyanna. Disney Museum.

Sunday Sampler, Following a brief introduction, participants may sample four different classes from a menu of options at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm and 2:30pm. Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Drop-In Art Making: Twig Art, 1-3pm Families can experience new adventures in art-making every Sunday. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions, while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Use twigs to create works of art inspired by the current exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Wildflower Walk: Watch Spring Come Alive in the Headlands!, 10:30am - 1:30pm. Spring is in bloom! Come join an experienced YMCA naturalist to explore all the beauty that spring has to offer here in the Marin Headlands.

Children’s Fairyland, Buki the Clown and her way cool, magic show is here to make you laugh and giggle at her crazy antics! 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

March 20, First Day of Spring, Nowruz (Persian New Year), Chezar Chaves' Birthday and Park Advocacy Day 

Tyke Explorers Workshop, The Secret Garden, Apples to Apples, (10am, 12pm or 3pm), Apple juice! Applesauce! Apple cider! Apple pie! Snack on a little apple science and take a different and closer look at the delicious apple fruit.

March 21

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, March 21-25, Looking for something that will make the kids happy? Our children's hall is full of great hands-on activities and demonstrations that are fun for the younger ones and entertaining for the whole family. “Sproutopia! A place for Kids” is a place that will engage your budding gardeners. San Mateo Event Center.

March 22, New Moon

Meet Children's Author Mac Barnett, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Ages 5 and older, Join the Bay Area author of Guess Again, Mustache!, and the Brixton Brothers mystery series for a fun-filled afternoon of literary hi-jinks. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Library.

Golden Thread Fairy Tale Players Presents: Nasrudin’s Magnificent Journey to Samarkand, 4pm, For ages 5 & up in the Founder’s Room. Featuring stories, dance and music from Central Asia, Turkey and Iran. Join Nasrudin and his faithful donkey as they travel the ancient Silk Road. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Farm Day, 9-noon, hands-on educational experiences outside the classroom for over 1,000 school children. Over 30 Northern California ranchers, growers, producers and educators provide interactive exhibits on agriculture, health, farm animals, gardens and environmental education. The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Agriculture.”Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael.

Zorro, A flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and a flash of a mask… is this an exciting new friend or formidable foe? Watch as our masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game! Join us for Free Fun with Art one hour before every family performance! Meet the performers face-to-face! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

March 23

Movie Night for Kids grades 3-5, 5:30-7:30pm, Registration Required, Suggested Donation $10, Dolphin Tale, email jdesk@bel-tib-lib.org to sign up early for this monthly favorite for older kids.  Pizza and popcorn provided. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm, Corte Madera.

Rumpelstiltskin, Full of silliness and wisdom, this adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin by Charles Queary with music by Jef Labes entertains adults as well as children. Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

Indian Sitar Maestro Ashwin Batish and Family, March 23 through 25, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, Batish and his family present a demonstration of Indian sitar (plucked stringed instrument) and tabla (drum) music for your enjoyment. Batish's own musical repertoire ranges from classical to fusion. Asian Art Museum.

March 24

Asheba, 11am – 12pm, returns with a rollicking, rhythmic, joyful and interactive version of your favorite kid’s songs. His show is spiced with Caribbean and World beats, inspired by his own childhood on the island of Trinidad. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Bothin Marsh Habitat Restoration, 9am – 12pm, We’re partnering with the Richardson Bay Girl Scout troop that began this environmental maintenance project six years ago. Restoration is nearly complete and the site is thriving; however, we will remove invasive plants and tend to the natives as part of our continuing effort to improve endangered species habitat. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Rain may cancel: call (415) 473-3778 after 7am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Bothin Marsh Preserve, Mill Valley.

Drop-In Science, You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build a rocket! Design and create a real rocket that you can launch after! 10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Afternoon Art, Reinvent a shoe! Transform it into an animal, person, or let a theme inspire you (add flapper fringe or Herme’s wings). Bring a shoe of your own or use one of ours. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

Easter Bunny Photos, Come celebrate Easter early at Northgate. The Easter Bunny is hopping his way over to the Macy’s wing on March 24th and will be there through April 7th. While supplies last, children will also receive a complimentary gift when they visit.

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

National Geographic Little Explorers, 10-11am, bringing the science museum experience to our store with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs and more.  Kids ages 3 and up are invited to explore togther with us as we learn all about maps! Pottery Barn Kids, Village at Corte Madera.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Lovely Landscapes in American Impressionism.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Going for Baroque.

Rumpelstiltskin, Full of silliness and wisdom, this adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin by Charles Queary with music by Jef Labes entertains adults as well as children. Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

Coastal Camp Open House, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sausalito, Join us for an opportunity to learn more about our fabulous upcoming 2012 Coastal Camp season. Meet our staff, participate in a family hike, and touch the tidepool creatures in our marine lab. Free, drop-in event.

Children’s Fairyland, Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

March 25, Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, and the crescent Moon will be near each other creating a dazzling evening spectacle.

Drop-In Art Making: Twig Art, 1-3pm Families can experience new adventures in art-making every Sunday. This hands-on fun inspires visitors to learn more about the exhibitions on display, the building’s architecture, or Jewish holidays and traditions, while experimenting with materials and art techniques. Use twigs to create works of art inspired by the current exhibition Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Rumpelstiltskin, Full of silliness and wisdom, this adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin by Charles Queary with music by Jef Labes entertains adults as well as children. Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

Green Eggs and Ham & Gertrude McFuzz, 3 pm, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, Two delightful classics by the inimitable Dr. Seuss are set to music by composer Rob Kapilow. Enjoy the story of unstoppable Sam-I-Am and the Grouch who didn’t want to try a plate of unusual food. And then there are the girl-birds: Gertrude McFuzz who has just one little feather in her tail, and Miss Lolla- Lee-Lou who has two! Following is the ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo where children are encouraged to try-out an instrument on their own. Ann Krinitsky: Conductor; Maria Jette: Grouch, Narrator and Uncle Dake; Annie Kahane: Sam-I-Am and Gertrude McFuzz; Marin Symphony Family.

Classic Family Film @ The Lark, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 3pm, Toot sweet! A truly scrumptious confection of a movie: Single dad invents a car that can fly and float. When the family test drives the new wheels, they take a detour into fantasy and adventure! Lark Theatre, Larkspur.

Tiburon Peninsula Wildflower Hike, 10am – 12pm, A park ranger leads this excursion through the Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve in the hopes of finding hounds tongue, milkmaids, Indian warrior, and other spring wildflowers. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the bay and learn about the colorful and surprising history of the Tiburon Peninsula. This is a moderately strenuous hike. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Bring binoculars and a camera. Dogs must be on leash. Questions: contact Christin Lopez at clopez@marincounty.org. Rain will cancel. Parking fee waived for participants. Meet at Paradise Beach Park, upper parking lot (3450 Paradise Drive)

McNears Beach Park Spring Spruce-up, 10am – 12pm, Celebrate the coming of spring at the beach! We will prepare for two big events that take place the first week of April, which kickoff the busy season for this popular pa. Our work will help clean and beautify picnic sites, landscaped areas, and pathways. This event promises to be fun and perfect for volunteers of all ages. Parking fee waived for volunteers, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael.

California's Artisan Cheese Festival, Taste, Learn and Take Home the Best, Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma, 12 noon to 4 pm.

Children’s Fairyland, Award winning Storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

March 26

Museum Mondays for Little Ones, 10am–12noon, Enjoy stories, movement games, arts and craft activities, and a movie. Activities are designed for children ages 1–5 and their caregivers. Cost: $5 per child; up to 2 adults per child are free before 11am. Schultz Museum.

March 27

Author Jeanne Walker Harvey reads My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey School age, 3:30, Corte Madera Library.

Tyke Explorers Workshop, The Secret Garden, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, (10am, 12pm or 3pm) Welcome to the wonderful world of worms! Work with worms and discover the important role they play as they wiggle through the soil that supports our living planet Earth. Chabot Space & Science Museum.

Positive and Effective Discipline: A Crash Course (3 – 5 years) Starting with a basic understanding of developmental norms for 3- to 5-year olds, we will break down the components of discipline—communication, listening, modeling, consequences, and more—to learn about improving limit-setting, encouraging responsibility, and fostering communication. Susan Byrd, LCSW, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, 491-7959.

March 28

Afternoon Art, Reshape your point of view! Use cardboard to change the shape of eye glasses and decorate with wire, beads, glitter and other eye opening stuff. 1pm and 4pm, Randall Museum.

March 30

Mother Son Dinner Dance, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm, $25 per person, Corte Madera.

Nature for Kids at Rush Creek, 10am – 1pm, The level fire road that runs along the base of the ridge is surrounded by forests and open meadows where we can look for all sorts of wildlife. We’ll head to a lunch spot at the edge of a marsh where we can get close looks at beautiful ducks and other birds that gather here as they migrate north. The road is sometimes muddy, so please bring appropriate footwear. Contact David at (415) 893-9508 or dherlocker@marincounty.org.

Marin Camp Fair, 4:30pm - 6:45pm (pizza dinner!), Join us as we meet the people behind most of the top summer day camps in Marin County and hear about their great camp programs. In addition, several of the most popular residential (sleep-away) camps will also be on hand to showcase their offerings. The Marin Camp Fair is a community event managed by the Dominican University Athletic Department as a service to Marin County families and camps. Dominican University of California, Conlan Center, 1475 Grand Ave, San Rafael.

Friday Nights at the de Young 6:00pm, Every Friday Night, join us for live performances of music, dance, poetry, and more, plus hands-on art making for all ages. Visit with our new Artists Fellows and Artists-in-Residence in the Kimball Artist Studio.

March 31

Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Bunny Breakfast, 8:30-10am, $4/$6 – Egg Hunt, 10am & 10:15am – FREE! Mill Valley Community Center, Jump House, Train Rides, Music and MORE! After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our annual Egg Hunt.

Fling on Ring in the Spring, 9am – 1pm, Let’s celebrate Ring Mountain Preserve! The Green Gorillas, Marin Montessori, and Marin Country Day School are sponsoring a hands-on, fun-filled, educational outing focused on the plants of Marin County. Naturalist David Herlocker and student educators will lead groups on short nature walks; volunteers will work with staff to remove invasive weeds. The terrain is uneven and the work is strenuous. Lunch will be served at noon.

Doctor Noize, 11am – 12pm, returns with the latest adventures of the mysterious monkey, Phineas McBoof. This highly interactive show encourages audience members to contribute sounds and song to an original multi-track song that is created on the spot. Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Ranch Heritage Family Farm Day, We celebrate Caesar Chavez day with activities that focus on local ranch history and farming traditions, including skills you can use in your own home, backyard, or kitchen. Slide Ranch.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the deYoung, 10:30am, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Playful Paper Pieces, Contact E. Lew Morris, (415) 750-3658, elewmorris@famsf.org.

Doing & Viewing Art and Big Kids/Little Kids at the Legion of Honor, 2pm, (ages 7–12) and Big Kids/Little Kids (ages 4–6). Family tours are followed by related hands-on art projects led by professional artists. Painting with Sunshine: Van Gogh, Monet, and Cézanne.

Drop-In Science, Learn about the properties of air by making parachute toys that fall slowly through the air! 10:30 & 11:30, Randall Museum.

Children’s Fairyland, Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs”, astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show. 1:30pm & 2:30pm. Oakland.

Spring Fling, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, Springtime has begun at Filoli and the Gardens are starting to come alive: buds opening, flowers blooming and fragrance in the air. Please join us for the day — take a stroll on the paths and enjoy a riot of color with hundreds of tulips, beautiful camellias and sweet–smelling magnolias. Every plant will delight the senses. Bring the Entire Family for Fun The Bubblesmith, Fortis Agility Sports Training Group will put their adorable, talented dogs through their paces on the north side of the House, we’ll have alpacas for viewing and a miniature horse for petting. Puppies in training to become Guide Dogs for the Blind and much more.


 

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