Meet the Midwives of Marin on April 4

April 2, 2016

Midwives of Marin Moms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're interested, the hospital holds a series of one-hour informational meetings throughout the year. Midwives will share their philosophies and approaches, and review the services available when you choose to deliver your baby at Marin General Hospital.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 1, 2 & 3

April 1, 2016
CSRG racing Sonoma Raceway
Get up close and personal with vintage and historic race cars this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

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.

Friday, April 1

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Afterschool LEGO Club
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Use LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks to build whatever your heart desires! Children ages 4–12 are invited to build, play, engineer, and destruct together. Registration not required but space limited to 30 participants on a first come, first served basis. Bricks provided. Free. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Michael Slack
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Illustrator Michael Slack will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.

Saturday, April 2

  • 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.
  • Bird Walk
    Olompali State Historic Park
    Saturday, 8:30 am

    It's an exciting time to bird watch at Olompali! Birders of all skill levels are invited to join Janet Brodie and Rich Cimino of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents on a walk on the old ranch road to the park's reservoir. Expect to see migrating species as well as those that live in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 am. Bring binoculars, lunch, water, and a birding guide if you have one. Free. $8 per car parking fee. 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 $20; weekend pass $20. 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.
  • 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.
  • Marin Teen Girl Conference
    Marin County Office of Education, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    An amazing day packed with speakers, empowering workshops, music and entertainment for Marin County girls in grades 8-12. The Marin Teen Girl Conference connects young women throughout the county in an uplifting, supportive way. You will soar with new friendships and ideas when you attend. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and a Goody Bag! Cost: $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1111 Las Galinas Avenue, Terra Linda. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
    Old Mill Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zumba at 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. Begin with volunteer work to spruce up McInnis Park and improve habitat along Las Gallinas Creek, then follow the lead of a Zumba teacher as we dance and move to upbeat salsa music. Afterward enjoy a delicious, free lunch provided by Mi Pueblo. Snacks and extra water will be provided. RSVP's appreciated but not required: contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 763-2977. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • 3rd Annual Mill Valley Volunteer Day
    Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Volunteer Day is comprised of Mill Valley-based nonprofits that want to create community awareness of their organizations and introduce residents to volunteer opportunities in their organizations. Local groups will provide information about their mission, activities, and upcoming volunteer opportunities. The event provides an opportunity for participants to meet other community advocates and develop relationships with each other. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Grass Pals
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend!
    This weekend: April is Earth Awareness Month! The Presidio’s Main Parade Ground is known for its lush grass. At this event, create a tiny friend with grass for hair. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Rudy Trubitt
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Rudy Trubitt is the host of The Patchwork Series, now in it’s fifth year here at the Freight. In this solo show, Rudy will bring a mix of old and new songs for ears of all ages. Expect to do some dancing, some call-and-response and maybe even join in a conga line around the Freight. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • How Does an Electric Vehicle Work?
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 12:30–2 pm

    The South Novato Library in partnership with the CEC Maker Space will host this great presentation and learning experience. Learn how an electric vehicle works and how to convert a car or build your own electric vehicle. This is a hands-on learning opportunity and demonstration suitable for all ages. Families of all abilities welcome! Free. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Ballet Swan Lake
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1 & 5 pm

    The Stapleton Ballet brings to the Marin Center stage one of the most magical and well-known works from the classical ballet repertoire. Tickets: $35 adult, $22 student & Seniors. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Start Your Engines! A Day at the Vintage Races

March 31, 2016

Vintage auto racing Sonoma Raceway

Imagine a car museum where you can get up-close-and-personal, and where they actually take the vehicles out onto the track to race. Several times a year this museum-on-wheels comes to life at Sonoma Raceway just east of Novato, where drivers and  historic cars of the 1950s through the '70s gather to battle it out on the track.

Vintage racing at Sonoma Raceway is a laid-back automotive experience where you're free to wander the paddock and look at amazing race cars, talk to the drivers (who are usually more than happy to show off their rides), and watch them when they head out on the track to race. Classic makes like MG, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Jaguar, Ford, Triumph, Ferrari, and Porsche are all represented, and you can usually count on there being at least one kind of car that you've never heard of before.

Theater Summer Camps for Kids in Marin

March 29, 2016

Marin Shakespeare Camp If you have a young Shakespearean or budding Broadway musical star at home, why not hone their talents at one of the theater camps being offered this summer in Marin. Here's a list of 2016 camps that have a focus on acting and musical theater in Marin County.

Marin Shakespeare Company Summer Camps
Location: Novato, Ross, San Rafael
Ages: 4–14
Dates: June 13–August 12
Cost: $350–$900 per week

Marin Shakespeare Company offers camps for kids ages 5 through teens at locations throughout Marin. The youngest campers can enjoy learning Shakespeare's Stories at the Belrose Theatre in San Rafael or the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in San Rafael. Older kids ages participate in Young Company (ages 8–12) at Belrose Theatre, Lynwood Elementary School in Novato or Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross or Tennis/Drama (ages 8–14) at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre and Marin Tennis Club in San Rafael. Teens can participate in a summer performance of Measure for Measure. For more info, visit www.marinshakespeare.org.

EFBA French Immersion Summer Camp

March 29, 2016

EFBA Special Offer

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from EFBA French Immersion Summer Camp.

Wishing you could send your children abroad this summer for a rich cultural experience immersed in the French language? EFBA—French Education in the Bay Area—offers children K–6th grade the opportunity to have a true immersive experience in French through our week-long summer camps staffed by French native speakers.

Family Snow Sports Adventure at Tahoe Donner

March 28, 2016

Tahoe Donner Cross Country

While spring seems to be here in full force, there's still plenty of snow this season up in the mountains. In fact, they're expected to get another dusting of snow up in the Lake Tahoe area today. This means that there's still time to pack up the family and head to the Sierra for some fun in the snow. We recently visited the new Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner and had a blast trying out the wide variety of snow sports activities available there. It's an amazing destination for some active family adventures!

The spectacular new Alder Creek Adventure Center opened back in November, and serves as the headquarters for cross country skiing at Tahoe Donner. There you'll find over 100 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails, a lovely lodge building with a lounge, restaurant, locker rooms, shop, rental center, and patio, and the opportunity to try out some other fun snow sports besides cross country skiing. It's a beautiful location and a great place to try out some snow sports activities away from the fast pace of Tahoe's downhill ski resorts.

Spring Vegetable Pasta is a Dinnertime Hit

March 28, 2016

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

Ingredients

  • 1 lb farfalle or other pasta shapes
  • 1 lb English peas in the pod (or 1 cup frozen peas)

April Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

March 27, 2016

Girls LeadershipParents 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 their spring classes offerings during the month of April.

Webinar: Ready, Set, Go! Supporting Your Child's Transition to Kindergarten

Monday, April 4, noon–1 pm
Learn all about what to expect from Kindergarten and what teachers will expect of you and your child. Discussion will include ways you can help your child be ready both academically and emotionally for this exciting transition. Join presenter Stephanie Agnew for this interactive online workshop. $10. Register here.

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child (1–5 years)

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 25, 26 & 27

March 27, 2016

Easter egg huntHere 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.

Friday, March 25

  • Friday Fun Day!
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun with the family at the South Novato Library. Whether it’s story, art, music or science, this drop-in program promises to be packed with fun! For All Ages. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Piper Park, Larkspur
    Friday, 8:15 pm

    Grab your flashlight and basket and come to Piper Park for Larkspur's first Flashlight Egg Hunt! Eggs stuffed with goodies will be spread across a section of the park. When the horn sounds, flashlights will turn on and the search begins! The hunt will begin at precisely 8:30 pm so don’t be late! For kids ages 9+. Location: 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Memorial Park, San Anselmo
    Friday, 8:15 pm
    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, March 26

  • Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt!
    Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Welcome Spring in all its glory by meeting the Easter Bunny while doing fun Easter activities at the Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market. Children will enjoy a creative spring inspired reusable art project with SCRAP. Baby chicks and a small animal petting zoo will be on display at Victoria's Fashion Stable. There’s children's musical entertainment featuring Miss Kitty from 9:30-10:30 am, with an Easter Bunny lead Easter egg hunt to follow. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10:30 am and will be held on the sculpture lawn in the courtyard. Plus there will be a mimosa bar at the Farmers' Market, featuring fresh pressed orange juice and local bubbles. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Egg Hunt
    Piper Park, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10 am

    Grab your basket and come to the Spring Egg Hunt at beautiful Piper Park in Larkspur! Children will be divided into age-specific areas to search for eggs. Keep an eye out for the Golden Eggs which are filled with gift certificates to local busi-nesses! There will also be a small petting zoo, crafts, hot cocoa, and the Bunny to take photos with! Free. Location: 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.
  • 4th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
    San Clemente Park, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10–10:30 am
    Hillside Church of Marin is excited to host a community Easter Egg Hunt the day before Easter. With over 2000 eggs, separate areas for under 3 yrs and big kids and a pictures with the Easter Bunny we have something for everyone! Free. Egg hunt will start at 10 am sharp; it's over in about 3 minutes! Older kids will start at 10 am and under 3s will begin at 10:10 am. Bring your own basket. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
    Bolinas Park
    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Egg hunt starts at 10 am sharp! Come join the Easter bunny in a hunt for eggs at Bolinas Park! There will be music by James K, face painting, bubbles, and more fun! For ages 8 and below. Don’t forget your basket! For more info call (415) 458-2340 or visit their website.
  • Easter Parade & Egg Hunt
    Dunphy Park, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Sausalito's old-fashioned Easter celebration starts with a parade on Caledonia Street at 10 am, followed by an egg hunt at Dunphy Park at 10:15 am. Enjoy music by Tim Cain at 10:30 am and an Easter bonnet contest at 11 am. Dunphy Park is located on Bridgeway between Napa and Litho Streets. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Bunny and Egg Hunt
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am

    Children will enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Las Gallinas Lions Club. Immediately after the egg hunt, a Breakfast with Bunny. Cost for breakfast: $7 adult; $5 child. Breakfast with Bunny Tickets will be sold at the door. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Naturally Dyed Eggs
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10 am
    & 11:15 am
    This hands-on workshop will introduce children to the joy of natural dyes while they make their own patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors. Price includes 4 eggs per participant. Registration required: Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $15; $12 members. Register by calling (510) 643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu. For more info, visit their website.
  • Big Bunny's Spring Fling
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–2:30 pm

    The San Francisco Zoo  is the place to be Easter weekend for a hoppin’ good time! The zoo is partnering with 106 KMEL’s Sana G Morning Show to host three egg hunts on Saturday and Sunday! You can also visit bunnies inside the Exploration Zone and take a picture with the head rabbit—the Easter Bunny. Other activities and entertainment include face painting, crafts for kids, a bounce house and music performances by the band Alphabet Rockers. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration
    Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
    Join Coppola Winery for their annual Easter Egg Hunt through the vineyard! The Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10 am and generally ends by 10:05 am. After the hunt is over, enjoy a wildlife show with exotic animals in the Pavilion. Start times for the wildlife show are 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30. Signups for your desired time are available upon arrival at check-in on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that seating is limited for each show. Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost: $12 per child 12 and under. Location: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. For more info, visit their website.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza
    Adobe Christian Center, Petaluma
    Saturday, 11 am–12:30 pm
    Every year the Adobe Chrisitian Center in Petaluma puts on an Easter Eggstravaganza with a massive egg hunt and tons of other fun activities for the kids. Enjoy games, police and fire vehicles, and giant slide, as well as delicious food available for purchase. Location: 2875 Adobe Road. $5 for the entire family. For more information, call (707) 763-2012 or visit www.adobecc.org.
  • Easter Egg Hunt
    Treasure Island Flea, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–noon
    What's an Easter party without an egg hunt? The Treasure Island Flea hosts an Easter Egg hunt for kids 12 and under at the Kid Zone (near the kids' games). For more info, 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! Kids will split into three age groups for this hunt, and set off at the sound of the fire truck's siren! Parent assistance is allowed in the 0–2 age group, otherwise please let your kids hunt! Egg hunt starts at 11 am sharp. Bring your camera in case you happen to see a lovable bunny hopping around! 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.
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