The 2017 Marin County Fair Wants Your Entries!

May 1, 2017

Marin County FairAlthough the Marin County Fair doesn't take place until this summer, now is the time to start thinking about your entries for the fair's many competitions. The deadline for entry to all competitions is on or before Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 pm.

Children ages 5–18 can enter any number of Junior Division competitions, including arts and crafts, hobbies, cartoon art, performing arts, photography, and creative writing, not to mention traditional preserved food, horticulture, and floral categories. Do you have a prize-winning cow, goat, or chicken in the backyard? Kids can enter all sorts of livestock in the fair. Don't have a farm animal? Don't worry—kids can also enter their furry friends in the Guinea Pig, Rabbit, or Pocket Pet (mice, rats, hamsters, turtles, and other critters) competitions.

Special theme categories for 2017 include floral headbands, tie dye, selfies, macrame, Play Doh creations, and more. There's bound to be something for everyone in the family to enter. My kids always love entering something in the fair, and it's thrilling to see what kind of ribbon you've won when you finally find your exhibit on display.

This year the Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In", a tribute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and it takes place June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.

Insider's Guide to the 2017 Mountain Play: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

May 1, 2017

2017 Mountain Play Disney's Beauty and the BeastChelsea Holifield (Belle) and Zachary Isen (Lumière). Photo by Ed Smith

One of Marin County's most beloved and unique events is the famous Mountain Play—an outdoor theatre experience high on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais that's been going strong for over a century! This year's 104th Mountain Play production is the Broadway musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Based on the Academy Award-winning Disney animated feature, the stage version of this beloved story includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It all makes for fantastic family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Mt. Tam!

Tasty Chicken Pozole Verde

April 30, 2017

Pozole verde with chicken

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, so why not make a classic Mexican recipe for dinner? Pozole, a hearty soup based on nixtamalized corn, also known as hominy, is considered one of Mexico's national dishes. Usually you'll encounter it in its red form with red chiles and pork, but I think the green version is just a delicious.

Instead of using dried red chiles to flavor the broth, this green pozole feautures tomatillos, jalapeños, and ground toasted pumpkin seeds. This is definitely not a throw-it-together-after-work recipe. It's slow food at its best, and you can use even use your slow cooker if you like. While you can make this with canned hominy and it will still be delicious, definitely try to prepare it using the real deal, which comes dried. You need to cook it slowly for hours, but the texture and flavor are superior.

Get Your Tickets Now for This Year's Mountain Play: Beauty and the Beast!

April 30, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the BeastDaniel Rubio (Beast) and Chelsea Holifield (Belle). Photo by Ed Smith

Everyone in my family is looking forward to this year's 104th Mountain Play: Disney's Beauty and the Beast! Performances of this production of the hit Broadway musical take place at 2 pm in Mt. Tam's Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on May 21 and 28, and June 4, 11, and 18. The cast includes Chelsea Holifield as Belle and Daniel Rubio as Beast. Come be a part of this century-old Marin County tradition!

Based on the Academy Award-winning Disney animated feature, the stage version of this beloved story includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Marin Family Weekend Fun for April 28, 29 & 30

April 28, 2017

Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow DivideTake a family hike at the Terra Linda–Sleepy Hollow Divide this weekend.

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, April 28

  • Celebrate Arbor Day
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 9 am–noon

    Join Marin County Parks at the launch of our new tree planting ceremony and celebrate Arbor Day! All Ages Welcome! Celebrate Arbor Day by joining at the Dedication Tree Ceremony. Start the morning with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities, including a seedling giveaway, leaf printing, the library bookmobile, virtual reality redwoods, and One Tam Roving Ranger. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Special Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Rainforest Adventure
     is a multisensory expedition that introduces children to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Learn more here. Cost: museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynold Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • SF Opera Guild Sing a Story: Cinderella
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce a classic opera story, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session and props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4–10. No registration required. Location: Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts: Josh Smith Trio
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Josh Smith Trio at Friday Night Jazz, featuring guest bass player from Chicago, Anton Hatwich and local jazz celebrity Scott Amendola! This one is a not-to-miss. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Del Mar Middle School presents: Seussical Jr. the Musical
    Tiburon
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Come see the family friendly production Seussical Jr, The Musical at Del Mar School ! There will be two casts, “Green Eggs” and “Ham” performing this delightful show full of fun and fantastical Seussical characters.The shows will be performed at the Del Mar Middle School gym, and all tickets are general admission/open seating.  The Box Office & Concession Booth are located outside the Del Mar Gym and will open nightly at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Location: 105 Avenida Miraflores, Tiburon. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Middle School: Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
    The Lion King Jr. tells the epic story of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. The Lion King Jr. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as, “Hakuna Matata”, and the Acadamy Award winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Come and join us as you see 23 amazing middle school actors bring this encouraging story of love and self-discovery to life. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, Civic Center in San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Upper School: Two Gentlemen of Verona
    San Domenico, San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Our spring production is William Shakespeare's fast-paced comedy of love and friendship, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Packed with great characters—the two Gents themselves, resourceful and witty women, comical and saucy servants, tyrannical fathers, ridiculous fops, outlaws, and Launce's famous dog, Crab. The play takes its characters on a roller-coaster of emotions, transformation, and even sword fights! Tickets: $12 general, $8 students. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Big Hero 6
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 8:15–10 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay end of the PIER for free Outdoor Movie Night. This month's movie is local favorite: Big Hero 6. For more info and to download coupons for PIER 39 restaurants and merchants, visit their website.

Saturday, April 29

  • Fishing in the City
    Scottsdale Pond, Novato
    Saturday, 8 am–noon

    Novato's annual Fishing in the City program is co-sponsored by the City of Novato, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Novato Sunrise Rotary. Bait, tackle and rods are provided for this fun-filled family outing. Anyone 16+ must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space, but drop-ins are welcome if there's space. Clinics last 30 minutes, and run from 8 to 10:30 am. Free. Location: Redwood and Rowland Boulevards, Novato. For more info, call  (415) 899-8279 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Trails Run
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 8:30–11 am

    The Presidio Y is hosting the 3rd annual Presidio Trail 10k/5k/1.5 mile run. With spectacular views of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this unique and challenging trail run winds its way through the Presidio of San Francisco, past Inspiration Point, the Presidio Golf Course, Rob Hill Campground and more. Registration: $13–$45. For more information, visit their website.
  • Pleasant Valley School Rummage Sale
    Novato
    Saturday, 9 am– 3 pm

    Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm. Location: 755 Sutro Avenue, Novato. 
  • 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 listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). For more info, visit their website.
  • Touch a Truck
    Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9:30 am–noon
    Kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes. Admission is $5 per person, and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale (cash only please). All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students. Location: 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Admission Day: Habitot's 19th Birthday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley is celebrating nineteen years with a newly refurbished firehouse and fire truck exhibit due to debut on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30-4:30pm with a Free Admission Day sponsored by Mechanics Bank. The fire truck is equipped with a hose, flashing lights, and an alarm for little ones to pretend to put out a fire in firefighter costumes. Adjacent to the truck is a pretend burning house, with flames and lights in windows, a rescue crawl space, and floor instructions to “stop, drop and roll”. In the art studio visitors can paint a giant Habitot Anniversary cake with sparklers and glitter, or play with fire engine red sparkly playdough. Free. Space is limited-need to register to attend. Register here. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Butter & Egg Days Parade and Festival
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. The 2017 theme, “Petaluma – City of Makers!” recognizes the importance of the innovative spirit that fuels the community to create and craft products and ideas. The Festival opens at 10am and the main historic parade begins at noon. There will be a kids parade at 11:30 am. Location: Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies
    Various farms in Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate Spring and see what's flowering! Tour your way through Sonoma County and visit farms of your choice. Activities include farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Most locations are free. Register here for a complete list of participating farms.
  • Family Performance: How Andy Found His Voice
    San Francisco Opera
    Saturday, 10 am

    A comic, yet poignant, operatic performance for kids of all ages that explores issues of bullying and personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Four singers and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. Tickets: $10 per person. Purchase tickets here. Location:
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave - See more at: https://sfopera.com/discover-opera/education-programs/for-schools/48-programs/how-andy-found-his-voice/#sthash.RMVUDT37.dpuf
    Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Bldg., 401 Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: Cascade Canyon School
    Fairfax
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Cascade Canyon School's full day, developmental Kindergarten program includes an exciting, hands-on approach to specialist and core academic learning, across a wide range of subjects. An added benefit is Cascade Canyon’s unique learning community: students in grades K–8 travel, perform, play, and celebrate learning together throughout the year. For more info, visit their website.
  • Freighter Tots
    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.
  • Treasure Island Flea: Mother's Day Special!
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Join us as we celebrate Spring and an early Mother's Day at the Treasure Island Flea. Shopping, mimosas, food truck brunch, and much, much, more! Cost: $3 entry, kids 12 and under are free. Parking is free too. Pet-friendly. Location: Treasure Island, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Doing and Viewing Art
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am & 12:30–2 pm

    Children ages 4 to 12 are invited on a guided tour of a current exhibition or the permanent collection, followed by a studio workshop led by professional teaching artists. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Free after museum admission and to museum members. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Register 15 minutes before the start of class. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Suncatchers
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
    Spring is in full swing with longer days and warm sun rays! Tissue papered native plants will catch the light and make it dance!Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dutch King's Day San Francisco
    Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Put on your orange and join the Bay Area's Dutch community in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park as they celebrate King's Day. It's a festive celebration for the whole family, featuring food and drink, music, games, a bike ride, and more. Free (donation at the gate appreciated). Location: Martin Luther King Drive and the Great Highway. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Day at the Sonoma Mission
    Sonoma Valley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Bring your family and step back in time to a day at Mission San Francisco Solano. There will be crafts, demonstrations and activites such as: candle making, basket weaving, wool spinning, tortilla and butter making, and leather tooling. The Pomo Youth Dance Group will kick off the day with a presentation at 11:00 am. Adult admission is $3.00. Children aged 17 and under are free on Children's Day. Location: 114 E Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Day of the Child - Día del Niño
    Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Celebrate the children in your life during this special family event with fun-filled, bilingual (Spanish/English) nature activities for all ages! Join Regional Parks staff and other local environmental organizations at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park for a day of crafts, hikes, special exhibits, stories, music, and other activities that will connect you to each other and nature in your neighborhoods. In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we will raffle parks memberships. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park, Discovery Center, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Celebrate Spring with Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies

April 28, 2017

Baby lambs

This spring, Sonoma County farms are abundant with seedlings and barnyard babies. Pack up the family and head out to the farm to celebrate spring and meet baby animals! Tour Sonoma County's back roads and visit the farms of your choise where you can participate in activities including farm tours, demonstrations, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demonstrations, flower arranging, and more. Many participating farms will offer snacks, lunches, and fantastic sites for a spring family picnic. Farm stands will be offer for fresh-from-the-source produce and products for sale.

Touch a Truck at Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael this Saturday

April 27, 2017

Touch a Truck 2016 Oak View Nursery School San RafaelThis Saturday, April 29, 2017, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fourth annual Touch a Truck event! At Touch a Truck, kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes.

Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Join us for our Open House at Cascade Canyon School in Fairfax

April 26, 2017

Cascade Canyon School

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Cascade Canyon School in Fairfax, which offers K–8 progressive education.

Come visit Cascade Canyon School at our open house on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 am to noon. RSVP to admissions@cascadecanyon.org.

Our full day, developmental Kindergarten program includes an exciting, hands-on approach to specialist and core academic learning, across a wide range of subjects: science, art, music, theater, PE, Spanish, reading, writing, handwriting, word study, and math. An added benefit is Cascade Canyon’s unique learning community: students in grades K-8 travel, perform, play, and celebrate learning together throughout the year. The school also places a strong emphasis on children's social-emotional growth, and provides ample opportunities for cross-age mentorship, guided practice in naming and expressing feelings and needs, and a collaborative, school-wide approach to conflict mediation.

Mother's Day Adventures in Marin and Beyond

April 25, 2017

Point Reyes WildflowersA leisurely Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many, and you can find plenty of family-friendly options in Marin here. If your family is the more adventurous type, however, why not check out some of these fun alternatives in Marin and the North Bay. From wineries to museums to hikes to BBQ's, there's plenty of fun to be had by all! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Mother's Day Art in the Park

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–1 pm
McNear's Beach Park, San Rafael
Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, contact Sarah Burkhart at (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.

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