Trying to find family-friendly and fun activities for kids in Marin County isn’t exactly the most challenging thing to do – after all, the Bay Area is absolutely loaded with all kinds of culture, art, museums, movies, and more food than anyone could ever know what to do with – but it isn’t always effortless, either.
Sometimes when there is so much to do it makes the decision even more challenging. Hopefully we are going to be able to point you in the right direction.
Here are some of the best kid friendly activities to participate in throughout Marin County!
Check out everything that the Bay Area Discovery Museum has to offer
Regardless of whether or not you live in the Bay Area or are just visiting (or have friends with kids that are making the trip up to visit you), a trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum should be the first thing on your list!
Designed specifically for children between the ages of six months and about 10 years old, it is an indoor and outdoor combination space designed to unlock creativity, to teach and entertain at the same time, and be a whole host of fun for everyone involved of all ages.
Located at 557 McReynolds Road in Sausalito, California, it also offers some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco proper and is a big time favorite of families in Marin County. Admission is only $11 (with children six months and younger getting into free of charge), and is open seven days a week.
Make sure that you pack a lunch or enjoy the recently renovated café and bakery!
The Farmers Market in Marin County
Though the multiple farmers markets in San Francisco get a lot of attention (and rightfully so, they all are pretty special), the big Farmers Market in Marin County is something pretty special, too!
While mom and dad sort through all of the amazing produce, poultry and meets, fresh seafood, amazing bread and baked goods, and all of the other fun little shops throughout the market, kids are going to have the opportunity to bounce around at the Bounce House, check out a puppet show with story time, and even participate in face painting and pony rides.
The biggest farmers market in town is held at the Civic Center on Thursdays and Sundays (8 AM to 1 PM), and you’ll never be that far from special treats if anybody gets hungry.
Take a dip in the community center pools
If you’d love nothing more than to kick back, relax, and unwind – especially during the summer heat – while your kids take a dip in the community polls, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at a handful of different locations all throughout the county.
Though everyone has a neighborhood favorite, ours happens to be the location at the Terra Linda Community Center. It has an amazing lawn, a kiddie pool for the little ones, and never really seems completely packed – even when at maximum capacity.
On top of that, its home to some of the best burgers and ice cream in the area. You’ll be able to find it at 670 Del Ganado Road in San Rafael, California.
How about a trip to the beach?
Even though San Diego and Southern California gets all the credit for their amazing beaches, San Francisco and the Bay Area aren’t exactly slouches when it comes to beaches, either.
Sure, the weather isn’t always quite as perfectly sunny as in LA and the water isn’t quite as toasty and warm as it is in San Diego, but you’d be hard-pressed to beat all of the family and kid friendly fun that you’ll be able to have down at Stinson Beach.
Offering 3.5 acres of beach to play in with some of the best sand and surf around, you’ll even be able to bring the family dog with you to Stinson without any headache or hassle whatsoever. The parking area is pretty large, the picnic area (with grills) is even bigger, and there are always lifeguards on duty when the beach is open so you won’t have anything to worry about.
A seasonal snack bar will make sure that nobody goes hungry if you forgot to pack a lunch, so there’s no reason not to check out everything that the Stinson Beach area has to offer.
We hope this helps on your time in beautiful Marin County with the kids!