Lamb Day, Music, and More at Windrush Farm

March 30, 2017

Lamb Day at Windrush Farm

Come celebrate spring by meeting some baby lambs on the farm! Windrush Farm, a working sheep farm in Chileno Valley, offers its final two Lamb Day events of the season on Saturday, April 1 and April 15. There are over 25 lambs available for viewing!

The gates open at 10 am for a meet-and-greet with the sheep, a spinning demonstration, milking the goat, and finding tadpoles in the pond. Make sure you bring a picnic to enjoy at the pond, too! Admission to Lamb Day costs $20 for adults and is free for children under 12. You can pay at the door or register in advance online.

Paige Green Photography is also offering spring family photo shoots on the farm this April. 45-minute sessions include 10 high-resolution digital photos. While they can't guarantee that all the baby animals on the farm will cooperate, they can make sure everyone has a great time and gets some super-cute photos! Learn more and register here.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 31–April 2

March 29, 2017

Fun family spring and Easter events begin this weekend.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Friday, March 31

  • Sticker Fun Friday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 9:30–4:30 pm
    Stickers, stickers, and more stickers, back by popular demand! They’re fun to look at, inspire self-expression, improve motor skills, and best of all, you can stick them just about anywhere. Today in the art studio, tots can choose from a variety of objects to cover with stickers. Bring in a pack of stickers to share and receive a FREE adult admission pass to use on your next visit, limit one pass per group. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Meet + Make Day!
    Studio 4 Art, Novato
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue. Read our article here for more info.
  • Kids Night Out: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    See your favorite turtles in their original 90's film! Create your own Ninja Turtle cookie and play Ninja inspired games. Pizza will be provided.  Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Mother-Son Dinner Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm

    Treat Mom like the "Queen of the Castle" at the annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Tickets: $47. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mark Day School Presents Disney's the Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm

    Mark Day Schools 4th through 8th graders present Disney's Lion King Jr. The African savanna comes alive on stage with Simba and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle—and back again—in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale about the circle of life, and the true meaning of friendship and loyalty. Tickets: $13 general admission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Forrest Gump
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 7:45–10 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay End of The PIER for free outdoor Movie Night, starting at 7:45pm! This month's movie is local favorite Forrest Gump in honor of Bubba Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market’s 20th Anniversary at PIER 39. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.

Saturday, April 1

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Museums on Us Free Day
    Various Museums
    Saturday & Sunday

    Bank of America cardholders can visit the following Bay Area museums for free! Enjoy the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. For more information, visit their website.
  • Spring Eggstravaganza
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 8:30–
    11 am
    Join Mr. E. Bunny for a breakfast your child will never forget! You will dine on a special spring time breakfast, and have a chance to take a photo with Mr. E. Bunny (don’t forget your camera). After breakfast you can follow Mr. E. Bunny out to Friends Field for our free annual egg hunt which starts promptly at 10 am prompt. Three separate hunts at two different times to help the morning flow smoothly. Don’t forget to look for the “golden eggs’ that hold special surprises for their finders. For more info, visit their website.
  • Vintage Car Road Races
    Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 am–5 pm

    Approximately 200 historic and vintage race cars from the '30s, '50s, '60s, and '70s race this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. See legendary names like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, MG, Porsche, Triumph, and Corvette up close and personal. Kids and students are admitted free to this family event; adult tickets $12 advance through 3/31, $25 at the gate; weekend pass $25/$40 at the gate. Many owners allow kids to sit in their cars, so bring your camera! Read more about it here. Location: 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn to Fish
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Saturday, 9–11 pm

    Join rangers at Stafford Lake to learn the basics of fishing. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. Location: 3549 Novato Boulevard. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Craft & Gift Market
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Shop for seasonal spring décor and Easter and Mothers Day gifts from local artisans. Children are invited to craft a Mothers Day gift for $5 at the Novato Parks and Recreation booth while supplies last. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • STEM Superhero Series: The Future of Food
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Children use their STEM skills to discover the best ways for us to grow, obtain, and distribute food in the future. Through various activities, children learn about bioengineered foods, composting, organic gardening, and more. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House Play Date with Yoga
    Peacock Gap Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Learn about the Marin Parents of Multiples Club and meet other parents of multiples! Free It's Yoga, Kids demo at 10 am. Location: 298 Peacock Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. For all levels. Bring a mat and water bottle. Location: Meet at Old Mill Park Amphitheater, 10 minutes prior to start of class. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Lamb Day on the Farm
    Windrush Farm, Chileno Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–1:30 pm

    Come celebrate all our little lambs on the farm. We have over 25 lambs ready for viewing. Please bring a lunch to enjoy at the pond (and feel free to search for tadpoles). Windrush roving and yarns will be available for purchase and each visitor will get to take home a child’s loom from recycled materials. $20 adults, free for kids under 12. For more info or to register, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    McInnis Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    This Healthy Parks, Healthy People event will include volunteer work, a Zumba fitness class, and delicious, healthy food. We will begin with volunteer work to spruce-up McInnis Park and improve habitat along Las Gallinas Creek. Then we will follow the lead of our Zumba teacher as we dance and move to upbeat salsa music. Afterward we will enjoy a delicious, free lunch provided by Mi Familia. Volunteer work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling, and kneeling and hiking on steep and uneven terrain. All ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks, lunch, and extra water will be provided. RSVPs appreciated but not required: (415) 763-2977. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots with Suzanne Fox
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bluegrass Association and the Freight and Salvage will continue to bring bluegrass jams for kids and teens to the Freight! These jams are perfect for young musicians ages 6 to 16 who want to hone their ensemble playing skills, practice their rhythm, and work on their solo breaks. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, dobros, and basses are welcome. Cost: $10 per family. Reserve your spot now.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Location: ?210 Lincoln Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post. For more info, visit their webiste.
  • Juice and Jelly
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30 & 11:30 am

    Dance along to songs about plants, food, and farming by the San Francisco based duo Juice and Jelly. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Publication Party! Illustrator Lorraine Rocha Reads and Signs Zebra on the Go
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur

    Saturday, 11 am
    Diesel bookstore in Larkspur welcomes illustrator Lorraine Rocha to the store to read and sign her new book, Zebra on the Go. This will be her publication party and perfect for children ages 3–6 along with their parents or guardians. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.
  • Creative Family Fun: Origami Animals
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Paper folding, known as origami, is an art form that has been practiced for more than a thousand years. At the Presidio Officers' Club, we will create origami with a Presidio twist. Join us to create animals that live in the Presidio out of paper! Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 1–3:30 pm

    Families are welcome to stop by and join a Discovery Center naturalist for fun, hands-on activities with a different theme each month. Activities start on the hour at 1, 2 or 3 pm. Science Saturdays feature tangible experiments and projects that let children explore the world around us. Free; parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open Houses: Tiburon Landmark Properties
    Tiburon & Belvedere
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    The Landmarks will be open for the 2016 season. Come and tour the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum in Downtown Tiburon, Old St. Hilary and the China Cabin. Kids and parents can learn about the history of the area. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.

Visit a Museum for Free in April

March 28, 2017

Did you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

Bank of America Museums on Us—April 1 & 2

Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include:

San Domenico Kindergarten: Where Learning Is a Celebration!

March 28, 2017

San Domenico Kindergarten

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from San Domenico School.

At SD, students love to grow and learn, not only in our classrooms, but also in our Visual Arts Studio, 3-D Maker’s Lab, Music Conservatory, one- acre Garden of Hope, and on our playing fields. We foster a growth mindset in every student by stretching their minds, tapping into their insatiable curiosities, and modeling a joyful, life-long love of learning. The result? Bright-eyed, eager students ready to devour learning in a Kindergarten environment that feels like a celebration!

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2017

March 28, 2017

Spring has arrived, and that means it's time to head to your nearby farmers' market to buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay. Please note that not all dates and times are finalized, so make sure you check before you go.

Year-round Marin County farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.

Learn About Summer Camps and Get Creative at the Free Meet + Make Day at Studio 4 Art!

March 27, 2017

Studio 4 Art

Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue.

Timeless Maternity and Newborn Photography In Marin County

March 27, 2017

Audrey Spear

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Audrey Spear Photography, who offers newborn and maternity photography in Marin.

As a parent, you know it is so important to document your child’s life at every stage. Your baby grows so quickly, and the newborn stage seems to fly by especially fast. They are so delicate, so tiny, sleepy and all curled up, and you have such a short window to capture that sweet moment before it passes you by.

Audrey Spear Photography has been documenting these precious times for families for nearly 8 years with a timeless look that will last for generations. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture, and also offers baby, child and family photo sessions. Her expertise, experience and patience make her the perfect choice when selecting a photographer.

What's for Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

March 26, 2017

chicken and broccoli stir fryI love it when I find a dish that everyone in the family loves and that's healthy, economical, and easy to make, too. This Chinese-inspired chicken and broccoli stir fry is all of those things. Serve it with some plain rice or Asian noodles and it's a complete dinner that comes together quickly.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Color Your Easter Eggs with Homemade Natural Dyes

March 26, 2017

Easter eggs with natural dyes

Coloring Easter eggs is a fun spring tradition, but do you really know what's in those commercial dye kits that you pick up at the supermarket? Dying your Easter eggs with your own homemade natural dyes is easier than you think, and the results can be really beautiful. You'll find plenty of recipes and formulas out there, some of which work better than others.

Over the years, we've experimented with various mixtures and figured out a few that really work well. You can make these plant- and food-based dyes with many of the things that you have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator, or can pick up at the farmer's market, so why not give it a try?

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