Marin Toddler Art Classes

August 8, 2017

Fall is around the corner and so is the time to look for creative classs to keep the little ones busy. Here is our list of fun hands-on art classes for toddlers in Marin.

Art Abloom

751 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo 94960
(415) 256-1112
Ages: toddler and up
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Art Abloom

Art Abloom offers classes year round for all ages, toddlers to adults. In a nurturing environment, student artists are encouraged to explore while celebrating their individual uniqueness.

Farm-to-Table Grilled Lamb Skewers and Summer Vegetables

August 8, 2017

Grilled Lamb and Summer Vegetables

This article is sponsored by Marin Whole Foods Markets, where you can buy local, sustainably raised Pozzi lamb at the butcher counter.

Summertime means grilling time! We’re always looking for healthy ingredients to throw on the grill, and this time we gave locally raised lamb a try. I know there are plenty of people out there who profess to dislike lamb, but it’s really worth trying, especially if it’s locally raised and grass-fed, like the Pozzi Ranch lamb offered at the butcher counter at Marin’s Whole Foods Markets.

Dive into the Reef at California Academy of Science's Teen Science Night

August 7, 2017

#TeenScienceNight at the California Academy of Sciences

Calling all Bay Area teens! The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is hosting its fifth annual #TeenScienceNight this Friday, August 11, 2017, from 6:30–9 pm. This event—the world's largest teen-only science event—features fun sciences programs, experiments, and talks, as well as food, music, and dancing. And, best of all, no adults are allowed, only teens ages 13 to 18. Admission is free.

Marin Fitness Classes with Childcare

August 7, 2017

working out at pomegranate in san anselmo Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center, San Anselmo; photo by Fluid Frame

Getting a good workout in can sometimes be difficult with little ones around, so we've put together this list of Marin County drop-in fitness classes that offer childcare at the same time. Some of these fitness centers require memberships, but those that do often offer day passes so you can give it a try; check their websites or give them a call for complete details and class schedules.

  • Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center
    25 Tamalpais Avenue
    San Anselmo 94960
    (415) 785-3173

    Pomegranate in San Anselmo offers a variety of pre and postnatal yoga classes. Onsite childcare is $8 per child per class and is available for select classes. For more info, visit their website.
  • Rolling Hills Club
    351 San Andreas Drive
    Novato 94947
    (415) 897-2185

    Classes include yoga and pilates. While you work out kids 6 weeks to 6 years can have fun in the Kids Club, which offers a variety of great toys, art supplies, books, and a play yard, and is staffed by a CPR-certified team. $8 for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years (free for members). Reservations required.

Take a Family Summer Staycation at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco

August 6, 2017

Palace Hotel San Francisco

When we make our summer vacation plans, sometime we forget that we live in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world—the San Francisco Bay Area! We recently got a chance to play tourist and spend a fun and luxurious summer "staycation" weekend right in our own back yard at the famous Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. This recently renovated historic hotel in the heart of the city has been a favorite place to stay since its founding 1875, hosting presidents, royalty, and of course families!

We had a blast at the Palace. With welcoming and helpful service, fantastic amenities, and plenty of things to do, it makes for a fun and memorable getaway. Here's why the Palace Hotel is perfect for a fun getaway with the kids this summer:

Chef Daddy Makes Pizza al Taglio

August 6, 2017

pizza al taglio

The other day I was craving really good homemade pizza, but I was also feeling kind of lazy and didn't want to deal with making dough, trying to get the pizza onto the pizza stone intact, and the rest of the work that comes with my other homemade pizza recipe. In a moment of inspiration, I thought about pizza al taglio, the thicker pizza that's cooked on a baking sheet and popular as a street food in Rome. What if I tried to make it with Trader Joe's fresh pizza dough?

Blast Off at the Novato Space Festival Today at Pacheco Plaza

August 6, 2017

Novato Space Festival

Celebrate all things outer space at the annual Novato Space Festival at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center. This fun and educational family event is presented by the Space Station Museum and takes place Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at the museum and on Pacheco Plaza's Center Stage. Admission and parking are free! Over 4,000 people attended this event last year.

Meet real astronauts including Al Worden, who participated in the Apollo 15 moon mission; shuttle crew members Jerry Ross, Nicole Stott, Bruce Melnick, and Dan Bursch; and Novato's own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle. This year, families with children 12 an under will get early admission at 9:30 am and can attend a special book reading by astronaut Jerry Ross in the museum's Moon Room.

In addition to meeting legendary astronauts, visitors will also get a chance to check out over 30 different space exhibits, as well as the Space Station Museum's exhibits.

Marin Shakespeare's "The Three Musketeers" is Swashbuckling Family Fun

August 5, 2017

The Three Musketeers at Marin Shakespeare

It's all for one and one for all as Marin Shakespeare Company presents its funny, action-filled, and family-friendly production of The Three Musketeers this summer. We got to experience this swashbucking and fast-moving play on opening night this week, and it was fantastic! The Three Musketeers runs through August 27 at Forest Meadows Amphitheater in San Rafael.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 4, 5 & 6

August 4, 2017

Fun awaits at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa.

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 beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, August 4

  • Day Out With Thomas
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30 am–5:30 pm

    Take a train ride drawn by Thomas himself, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy live music. Tickets: $20 advance, $24 for peak times—Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am–2:30 pm, $24 at the gate. Tickets required for everyone aged 2 and up and include all entertainment and activities as well as a 25-minute train ride. Parking $8 per vehicle. Location: Graham Hill Road, Felton. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Garden Series: Caterpillar Puppets
    Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas. Free. Location: Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens, near the MLK, Jr. waterfall.For more info, visit their website.
  • Sonoma County Fair
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm

    The Sonoma County Fair offers both a classic full-scale carnival with plenty of excitement for thrill-seekers and a separate kiddie carnival area for the little ones, with scaled down thrills and lots of excitement. Carnival rides are an additional charge. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up, $7 for children 7–12, and free for children 6 and under. For more info, visit www.sonomacountyfair.com.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Theatre Company: Seussical Kids
    Mill Valley
    Friday, 5:30 pm, Saturday, noon & 4 pm

    Come support our 2nd–6th Grade Production Campers performing. Tickets $5. Purchase tickets here. Location: 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm
    Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday–Sunday, 5 pm
    Are you ready to be invigorated with a sensational blend of movement and song that celebrates the Fascinating Rhythm that keeps our hearts moving through life? Your toes will be tapping as you join us on this rousing and rhythmic journey of music and dance that will have you swaying to the beat all night long. Bring a picnic before the performance. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $45–$149. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's Music in the Park Series
    Marinwood Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 6–8 pm
    Join us this summer for live music, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. Bring your picnic blanket and your appetite and kick-off the weekend Marinwood style!  Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 479-0775 or visit their website.
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