Marin Family Fun for Easter Weekend, April 3, 4 & 5

April 1, 2015

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

Friday, April 3

  • Easter Bunny Photos
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–9 pm
    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 through April 4. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Memorial Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:15 pm sharp
    Back by popular demand, the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt returns on Friday at 8:15 pm sharp! Bring your basket and a good flashlight. For youth ages 8 and up only. Egg hunt lasts for about 5 minutes, so don't be late. Sponsored by San Anselmo Parks and Recreation. For more info, call (415) 258-4640. Visit their website for more info.

Saturday, April 4

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    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 the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Breakfast with Bunny & Egg Hunt
    Corte Madera Recreation
    Saturday, 8–10:30 am
    Bring the little ones out for the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast. The egg hunt will stat at 10:45 am sharp in the patio and field behind the community center. Bring your own basket. $9 per person, under 2 years old is free. Pre-registration required for both at their website here.
  • Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt
    Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy bunny art, a "Bunny Snacks" kids' culinary activity, an Easter zoo and pony rides, children's entertainment by Scott the Storyteller from 9:30–10:30 am, and an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny to follow. The Easter egg hunt begins takes place at 10:30 am in the courtyard on the green. There will also be a mimosa bar for the grownups. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Bunny and Egg Hunt
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am

    The egg hunt begins at 10 am sharp and the breakfast will follow right after. Egg hunt is free; breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Venetia Marsh Stroll
    Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Join Ranger Luke Bishop for a stroll around beautiful Santa Venetia Marsh. This low-intensity, one mile hike is a great introduction to exercise for all ages. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Location: Meet at the Vendola Drive entrance (across from the old McPhail School). For more info, call Ranger Luke Bishop at (415) 473-2816 or visit their website.
  • Annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt
    Downtown Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Sausalito's old-fashioned egg hunt takes place at Dunphy Park, on Bridgeway between Napa and Litho Street. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
    Bolinas Park
    Saturday, 10 am
    Egg hunt starts at 10 am sharp! There will be music by James K, free face painting by Tatyana’s Magic Brush, (courtesy of Bradley Real Estate), and tons of fun! The Easter bunny will be on-site for photos until 11 am. For children ages 8 and under. Don’t forget your basket! Sponsored by the Fairfax Recreation and Community Services Department and the Parks and Recreation Commission. For more info, contact Maria Baird at mbaird@townoffairfax.org or visit their website.
  • 21st Annual Eggster Egghunt and Learning Festival
    Campanile, UC Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

    Eggster is a student organization sponsored by ASUC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Berkeley. Every ASUC organizes and runs the Eggster Egghunt and Learning Festival, the largest free egg hunt in Northern California. Not only is it free for all kids, it is also a learning festival filled with educational booths and activities! For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Faire and Candy Hunt
    Strawberry Recreation District

    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
    Come hop into spring with SRD’s annual Spring Faire. 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 per child; adults free. 118 East Strawberry Drive. For information, call (415) 383-6494 or visit their website.
  • Children's Spring Egg Hunt and Camp Fair
    Memorial Park, San Anselmo

    Saturday, 10:30 am–1 pm
    Get in the spring spirit by participating in the annual San Anselmo Children's Egg Hunt! We'll split the kids into three age groups for this hunt, and we set them off at the sound of the fire truck's siren! Don't miss the annual Summer Camp Fair as well. Camp providers will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be a bounce house and a magic show! For more info, call the San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Department at (415) 258-4640 or visit their website.
  • EggStravaganza
    Novato City Hall, Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring the kiddos and their baskets for an egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny in Downtown Novato. The hunt for thousands of eggs, and a few golden ones, starts at 11 am sharp. Children will be divided into three separate groups: 0–3, 4–6, and 7–8. Prizes include sports gear, dozens of event and activity tickets, cash gift cards, and gift certificates! Location: across from City Hall in Downtown Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bunny Hop & Egg Scramble
    Belvedere Community Center & Park
    Saturday, 11 am–2 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a carnival and Easter egg scramble. Children will be grouped by age: ages 0-2 on the grass at 10:30 am; ages 2 & 3 on the grass at 11:15 am; ages 4 & 5 on the playground at 10:30 am, and ages 6 and up on the playground at 11:15 am. Cost: $5 per child. Bunny Hop package: $10 per child includes wrist band for age appropriate egg hunt and carnival tickets. Eggstravaganza package: $15 per child and includes wristband for age appropriate egg hunt and 20 tickets. Pre-sale packages available by calling (415) 435-4355. For more info, visit their website.
  • Big Bunny's Spring Fling
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Easter is just around the corner, so plan your trip to enjoy it at the Zoo during the annual Big Bunny’s Spring Fling presented by UrbanSitter. Enjoy fun crafts, a fun egg hunt, and bunnies inside the Exploration Zone. Plus, take you photo with the Easter Bunny. Free after Zoo admission. Location: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Classic Coconut Mini Cupcakes for Easter

March 31, 2015

Coconut cupcakesOld fashioned coconut cake is an Easter favorite. We decided to give this classic treat a kid-sized spin and made a fun mini cupcake version.

These light and sweet little cakes with a marshmallow-like frosting are great for parties, playdates, and get-togethers, and of course as dessert on Easter! Sure, you can use fresh toasted coconut on the outside, but we love the old-school white flaked sweetened coconut from the grocery store's baking aisle.

This recipe makes about three dozen mini cupcakes. You can use it to make regular-size cupcakes, too, but of course you'll need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.

Stylish Nursing Covers from Petaluma's Saving Grace

March 31, 2015

saving grace While a nursing cover isn't totally necessary for breastfeeding moms, it's a nice thing to have when the need for modesty strikes. The unfortunate truth, is, however, that most of the nursing covers on the market are on the ugly side. That's what inspired mom and Petaluma resident Caitlin Vodopals to create her Saving Grace line of nursing covers.

Saving Grace covers are handmade using colorful traditional fabrics. They're also reversible (so you get two styles in one), and can double as a changing mat, sunshade, or stroller blanket, too. A plastic band at the top ensures privacy and allows you to see baby, but doesn't let onlookers see in.

Currently, Saving Grace nursing covers are made by a team of sewers in Sayulita, Mexico, using authentic Mexican fabrics. If the bright and colorful Mexican fabrics aren't your thing, check out their premium organic line, which are crafted from organic cotton chambray with more subtle dots and stripes.

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2015

March 31, 2015

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.

Spring Vegetable Pasta is a Dinnertime Hit

March 30, 2015

spring vegetable pastaAfter seeing all the fantastic spring produce at the Marin Civic Center Farmer's Market, I've been determined to create a recipe that showcases some of the season's best vegetables. I made this spring pasta dish this weekend, and my kids loved it. It's built around the organic English peas that I picked up, and is fresh, light, and delicious. I also found the first of the season's white corn, which I usually think of as a summer thing, and I decided that would go well in this dish too (and it did).

Put the kids to work in the kitchen shelling the peas and shucking the corn. It's always fun for them to get involved in cooking a meal. If you don't have the time or inclination to deal with the fresh peas and corn, frozen would work fine, too.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Sellers Wanted at Marin’s Largest Garage Sale for Families

March 30, 2015

Marin's largest garage saleDo you have outgrown children's clothing (ages 0–10) or equipment to sell, but don't want the hassle of doing it at your home? Sell your baby and children's clothes and shoes, infant and toddler gear, toys, furniture, maternity clothes, and more at Marin's largest garage sale for families! The public is invited to sell at this enormous consignment style sale, sponsored by the Marin Parents of Multiples Club (MPOMC).

Items must be for children ages 0–10 and must be in excellent condition. MPOMC has strict quality control in place to ensure the sale remains a success.

The garage sale takes place Saturday, June 6, from 7:45 am to 2 pm, in the gymnasium at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield. Items for children and maternity sell at 50% to 80% below retail, so the sale is a huge success, with more than 600 customers coming through in just a few hours.

Pelo Fitness: Marin’s Hidden Fitness Gem

March 30, 2015

Pelo FitnessMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Pelo Fitness in San Rafael.

Did you know that there’s a fitness revolution happening just past the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in San Rafael? Pelo Fitness opened its doors just three years ago and has been quietly building a reputation as the best studio cycling (spin) class anywhere. Add in body weight strength training and a soon to be launched nutrition program and you have a complete fitness method under one roof.

Founded by San Rafael dad and avid cyclist Alan Roberts, Pelo is a complete program designed to build a lean, strong, healthy body and to help you to feel great.

April Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

March 29, 2015

Parents Place 2-year-oldParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of April.

Webinar: Raising Your Only Child (parents of children of any age)

Parents of only children often worry if their child can be happy and well-adjusted without siblings. During this webinar, we will discuss the many myths about only children and explore the research on how only children develop. We will learn strategies which help to avoid spoiling your child, and which help to foster independence and positive social relationships. We will also explore ways to create a balanced family triad in which each family member feels important and complete. With Karen Friedland-Brown, MA. Tuesday, March 31, noon–1 pm. $10. Register here.

Get Your Tickets Now for This Year's Mountain Play: Peter Pan!

March 29, 2015

Mountain Play Peter Pan Everyone in my family is looking forward to this year's Mountain Play: Peter Pan! Performances of this production of J.M. Barrie's timeless tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up, pirates, the Lost Boys, and the Darling children take place at 2 pm in Mt. Tam's Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on May 24 and 31, and June 7, 13, 14, and 21. The cast includes Melissa WolfKlain at Peter Pan, Jeff Wiesen as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling, Erin Ashe as Wendy Darling, and David Yen as Mr. Smee. Come be a part of this century-old Marin County tradition!

Peter Pan first soared over Broadway in 1954 and features iconic songs like "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a book rich with imagination, warmth, and rollicking adventure. Peter Pan has continued to thrill children young and old through various stage and film adaptations, as well as numerous television broadcasts including a live NBC telecast that aired in December.

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