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Stockton's arts scene is always family-friendly. The Children's Museum of Stockton also creates programming that captures the imagination of young people who form the foundation of future art appreciation and application. With over 40 wide-ranging exhibits that vary from a Nature Station to a News Station, each experience is focused on hands-on, experiential learning and play. The Children's Museum entertains and educates everyone who attends, including older siblings, parents, and grandparents.
Studies and common sense suggest that everyone can benefit from time among the arts, yet often visiting a gallery or attending a musical performance slips off our calendars as routine tasks dictate our days. The Stockton arts community allows us to embrace the benefit of aesthetic nourishment easily and economically. Whether we spend the day at the Children’s Museum, an afternoon admiring the brilliance of J.C. Leyendecker inside the Haggin Museum, or an evening at the Symphony or laughing at the theater, a visit to Stockton provides exciting opportunities to immerse ourselves and our families in the arts.
Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and the weekend offers three great Marin County boat tour opportunities, with a morning marine parade, an afternoon jaunt in the Pacific or a sunset sail.
It all starts with Opening Day on the Bay, on Sunday, April 26, a San Francisco Bay celebration of boats that you can join aboard the 80-foot Schooner Freda B. The day begins at 10:15 a.m. with a blessing of the fleet, continues as the schooner joins a parade of ships, then sets off on a sail throughout the bay. Your ticket includes a gourmet lunch, and homemade Bloody Marys are served all day at the ship’s cash bar.
Two separate sails are also available in celebration of Earth Day. Don't miss The Earth Day Eco Sail on April 22nd at 8:45am as the Freda B sets a course across the San Francisco Bay, with plenty of Earth Day encounters with Pacific coast mountain scenery and marine wildlife. There’s also a Sunset Sail at 6:15 p.m. on the same day that supplements a spectacular sunset with trips past Angel Island, Alcatraz, Mount Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands and other significant environmental landmarks.
Stand-up paddleboarding is one of California’s hottest outdoor crazes. 101 Surf Sports specializes in stand-up paddleboarding, but also offers gear and lessons for windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing and kayaking.
101 Surf Sports provides stand-up paddle tours and kayak tours all year-round. But in the spring months, it presents a special season of kiteboarding and windsurfing downwind runs.
Kick-off a Spring weekend with the kids at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch, where Ocean Exploration Family Farm Day is a family-friendly tour with Pacific Ocean experiences that will blow youngsters’ minds. Low-tide tours introduce the family firsthand to harmless but fascinating sea stars, anemones and other tidepool critters. Every family also receives a free copy of the book Exploring Low Tide in Northern California.
Family Farm Days are exciting four-hour programs, 10:00am to 2:00pm, featuring goat milking, visiting chickens and ducks, exploring and cooking from our garden, and a variety of activities related to the day's theme.
As spring fever spreads sunshine, wildflowers and chances for outdoor activities, beach and water sports fans should get set to get wet in Marin County’s oceans and bays. Spring breakers will want to break for this Northern California getaway destination, where some of the country’s most iconic mountain coastlines serve as a backdrop for world-class kayaking and water sports.
Marin County features water experiences with some of the most majestic Pacific Ocean and California mountain views, with attractions like Point Reyes National Seashore, China Camp State Park and Corte Madera Creek. Here are a few of the best water events this spring in Marin County, plus places you can paddle every weekend.
A Marin County kayak tour is a phone call (or web click) away at Blue Waters Kayaking, the oldest and only full-service kayaking outfitter in Point Reyes. Anyone from beginner to expert-level kayakers can enjoy guided tours through the famed waterways of Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay.
Blue Waters Kayaking offers half- or full-day kayaking tours as well as guided overnight campouts. It can also provide memorable experiences in the California mountains with custom design tours, retreats and getaway opportunities that can include hiking, birding and even oysters.
SPRING FUN oN MARIN WATERS
"Marin County features water experiences with some of the most majestic Pacific Ocean and California mountain views."
Like the Haggin Museum and other local arts organizations, the Stockton Symphony emphasizes cultural accessibility by scheduling interesting programs and offering a variety of ticket options, including the “Pick 3,” which enables you to purchase any three performances from the eight concerts. A Beethoven lover can catch the performance of the maestro’s complete Symphony No. 7 and still get a little diva on during "Bette, Babs, and Beyond," a musical tribute to Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and other chanteuses.
Founded 69 years ago, the Stockton Civic Theater (SCT) shares in this legacy and colorful calendar of live arts. From musicals to drama, SCT puts up exciting and affordable evenings with favorite shows that include Gypsy and It’s Only a Play. The shows are just one exciting feature this year: SCT has completely renovated its main stage to support the actors physically, expand the staging, and enhance the live theatrical magic. Seeing a live performance with the Symphony at SCT or gallery exhibit in Stockton won’t break the bank, nor will it require hours of commuting in heavy traffic to and from the entertainment.
05 | Stockton Symphony
04 | Stockton Civic Theater
03 | The Children's Museum of Stockton
02 | Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple
01 | Stockton's Cambodian Buddhist Temple
Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau
On Sunday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Schooner Freda B presents a one-of-a-kind, once-a-month, “only in Marin County” event that shows off the most popular sights in the San Francisco Bay against the backdrop of a full moon. The April Full Moon Sail is an amazing nighttime tour with sunset and moonlit views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island.
Don’t settle for the same old washed-up weekend getaway when you can see some of the world’s most famous scenery in Marin County. You’ll harbor great feelings toward Marin County with a memorable getaway to its wonderful waters, so make plans to set sail for the sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.