Create a Cute Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017

Pumpkin turkey centerpiece craftEvery fall, my daughter is obsessed with pumpkins. She loves all the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins and winter squash, so we end up buying more than we can really use (there's only so much butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie you can eat).

A couple years ago we worked together to create this cute pumpkin turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving. We've made it a tradition to make one every year! We created it using a small “sugar pie” pumpkin (available at most grocery stores—we got ours at Trader Joe's for $1.99) and craft supplies that we happened to have on hand.

This is a fun autumn project that’s easy to make for children of all ages (with a parent's help), and it looks fanstastic on the dining table. My kids and I like to write what we're thankful for on the paper tail feathers, too.

Breakfast with Santa in Marin and the Bay Area

November 13, 2017

Santa and KidsPhoto Courtesy Town Center Corte Madera

Even if you're on the Naughty List this year, Santa and his friends will be happy to have breakfast with you and your family this holiday season! Here's our guide to family-friendly "Breakfast with Santa" events in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area for 2017. We make every effort to assure that all listings and hours are as accurate as possible, but make sure to call or check the venue's website before visiting (if you don't have to make reservations, of course).

Lake Tahoe Ski, Snowboard & Snow Play Family Fun

November 11, 2017

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

It's November, which means it's time to get ready for the start of ski and snow play season in Lake Tahoe! Many of Tahoe ski resorts have already announced their anticipated opening dates for the 2017–2018 season, and some are already open. Generally, big resorts with their own snow-making equipment open earlier in the season.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 10–12

November 11, 2017

Get hands-on at this weekend's 7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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, November 10

  • Christmas House at West End Nursery
    San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–4 pm

    Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery. This magical setting includes lights, decorated trees, and more. It's a holiday must-visit in Marin. Free admission; ornaments and decor are for sale. Location: 1938 5th Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco
    Friday–Saturday, 10 am–11:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am–9:30 pm

    Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Admission: $12, $7 children 7 and under, skate rental $5. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 2
    –10 pm, Saturday, noon–10 pm, Sunday, noon–9 pm
    Marin on Ice is open for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Night Fairy
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 2 pm

    When tiny but feisty Flory loses her fairy wings in an attack by a bat, she has to muster all her courage and ingenuity to survive in a garden full of threatening creatures, including a voracious spider. Directed by Hannah Dworkin and Nina Meehan. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets: $26 adults, $24 seniors 65+, $20 children 2–14. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Leapin’ lizards! One of the most popular musicals of all time returns to Berkeley Playhouse in an all new production that’s going to “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!” When Annie is chosen by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to spend the holidays at his mansion, she leaves behind the only community she’s ever known, and her daily life of “hard knocks” and “maybe’s” turns into one of cinemas and Roll’s Royces … and an opportunity to discover the truth about her parents. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $20–$45. For more info, visit their website.
  • Throckmorton Youth Performers: Annie The Musical!
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Don't miss this classic American musical that takes a stand for what matters most:  love and family! The talented Throckmorton Youth Performers bring the iconic characters to life, including the lovable Daddy Warbucks, the wicked Miss Hannigan and the adorable orphan herself. Perfect for the entire family. Location: 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • 23 Elephants Theatre Company: Legally Blonde
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 1 pm

    Harvard's beloved Blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun upbeat story of self discovery. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Elle Woods (and, of course, her dog, Bruiser). Tickets: $15 general, $23 reserved. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, November 11 (Veterans Day)

  • NPS Free Entrance Days
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–sunset
    Visit Muir Woods and its majestic redwoods for free during Veterans Day weekend! For more info, visit their website.

The Spectacular Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery

November 10, 2017

West End Nursery Christmas House

Traditionally, our first holiday outing in Marin is always to the famous Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael. We checked out this season's edition yesterday during its opening weekend and, once again, it's a spectacular as ever. As a matter of fact, I think it might be the best version to date—it just keeps getting better every year.

Celebrate the Holidays in Victorian Style at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

November 9, 2017

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Under colorful swags of Union Jacks and boughs of holly, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party returns for five weekends to the historic Cow Palace in Daly City this November and December. The family-friendly holiday fair takes place on Saturdays and Sundays (as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving) from November 18 through December 17, 2017, and offers visitors a delightfully immersive holiday experience unlike any other.

Run with the Family This Thanksgiving at the Marin Turkey Trot

November 9, 2017

Instead of just eating until you're stuffed this Thanksgiving, do something healthy to kick off the day and help support local charities at the Annual Marin Turkey Trot. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23, 2017), the Turkey Trot features fun races for the entire family, including the Youth 1-mile for ages 5 and up, Turkey Trot 5K, and the Pilgrim 10K. All races start and finish at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus at 1800 Ignacio Boulevard in Novato.

8 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

November 7, 2017

Mark Day School Rainy Day

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Mark Day School in San Rafael, who gives us eight great ideas for keeping the kids busy—and busy learning—on a rainy day.

Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2017

November 7, 2017

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting

All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony. Here's our list of tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and celebrations in Marin County, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. We'll be adding more events as the holidays near, so check back often!

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