Family Friendly Recipes for a Labor Day Barbeque

September 6, 2015

Tri-tipIt's Labor Day Weekend, that traditional last gasp of summer. Since it's traditional to have a Labor Day barbaque in the backyard, we've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great sides and summertime treats. So fire up the grill, cook a feast, and enjoy the summer while it lasts!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with plenty of wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is simple to make and really delicious.

Barbeque Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

Slow-cook dry-rubbed ribs on the charcoal grill with plenty of wood smoking chips.

Explore Spectacular Slide Ranch in Muir Beach

September 5, 2015

Slide Ranch

Muir Beach's Slide Ranch is one of Marin's favorite family destinations for educational programs, camps, and more. But did you know you can visit the ranch's spectacular grounds any time you like? Since Slide Ranch is located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it's open to the public every day, with no admission fee.

It's truly an amazing place, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, hiking trails, tidepools, a farm to explore, and one of the most amazing picnic areas we've ever encountered. It's a great place to visit even if there are no programs going on. Pack up the kids and a picnic and make a day of it!

Marin Family-Friendly Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2015
Sausalito Art Festival
The 63rd Annual Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend at Marinship Park.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Labor Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, September 4

  • Miss Kitty Sing-along
    Boyd Park, San Rafael
    Friday, 10:30 am

    Join Miss Kitty for a sing-along at San Rafael's Boyd Park on the first Friday of every month. For kids ages birth to 8. Free! For more info, call (415) 485-3333 or  visit their website.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    The popular Picnics on the Plaza events feature music and family fun in downtown San Anselmo. Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee. Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Mike Wu
    Diesel Bookstore, Larkspur Landing
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Mike Wu will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 5

  • Closing Weekend for Curious George: Let's Get Curious!
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, visitors will explore familiar buildings and locales from Curious George book series and television show. Key concepts in science, technology, engineering and math are woven and layered throughout the exhibit. Visitors can tinker with wheels and pulleys at a construction site, pilot their own space adventure and experiment with momentum playing a round of miniature golf. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Art Festival
    Marinship Park, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm and Monday, 10 am–5 pm
    The country’s best art and most exciting artists, a top-name music line-up, gourmet food, and fine wines and premium beers all bring more than 30,000 art lovers together in an electrifying atmosphere of creativity, fun, discovery, and magic every Labor Day Weekend. A children and families area features hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages, including music by Tim Cain. Tickets to the Sausalito Art Festival are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors 62+, and $5 for juniors ages 6–12, and free for children under 6. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Air Fryer Snacks and Treats
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    It’s fun and easy to prepare yummy snacks in an air fryer, which cooks crispy fried foods using little or no oil. How cool is that? In this class we’ll make everything from chicken wings to French fries. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Splendid Beach Scene
    Presidio Officers’ Club
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–6 pm

    The Presidio is home to many beaches, including Baker Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Baker Beach is a beautiful place to spend a warm day in San Francisco. Come make your own beach scene with sand and paper plates. Even when the weather is chilly, you can enjoy your homemade beach scene. Featuring different crafts every weekend! Location: 50 Moraga Avenue, Pershing Square (across from the Presidio Officers' Club), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Komodo Karnival
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Monday, 11 am–3 pm

    Komodo Karnival will feature good ol' fashioned fun with a nod to Big Daddy Bahasa, the Zoo's charismatic Komodo dragon. After you stop by and see him at Komodo Alley, try your luck at fun games like Crazy Ball, Ring The Bottle, Hoop Shot, Milk Can, Fat Cats, and Fish Are Jumping; you may even win a prize. After some cotton candy and a hot dog and soda, show us your strength on the Komodo Klimbing Wall.Free after zoo admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family Fun and Walk
    San Francisco

    Saturday, 2–4 pm
    All ages are encouraged to come for hiking, beginner exercises and family games, you’ll get to know your various National Parks Sites while getting those hearts and waistlines happy. Wear comfortable exercise clothing you can move in and don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t forget your water bottles. Meet at the Presidio Visitor Center, 105 Montgomery Street at Lincoln Boulevard. For more information and to RSVP, call (415) 561-4323. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm
    Bring a picnic and your family to the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet, featuring a cast of the Bay Area's best actors, including six of SF Shakes' Resident Artists. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

September Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

September 4, 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 September.

Raising Your Highly Sensitive Child (2–8 years)

Wednesday, September 9, 7–9 pm
Does your child seem shy and cautious or anxious in groups? Perhaps he or she child is highly sensitive. Learn to better understand your child's needs and strengths and work through transitions and change with minimal anxiety, tantrums, and more. With Bonnie Romanow, BA, childhood development specialist. $45. Register here.

Ten Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2015

Hamilton PoolLabor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area.

There's Something for the Entire Family at the 63rd Sausalito Art Festival

September 1, 2015

Sausalito Art FestivalA Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 5 to 7, for its 63rd season. The Festival showcases the works of the finest local, national and international artists, with thousands of original works of art by 260 artists, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

Of course there are plenty of other things to see and do at the Sausalito Art Festival, including music by legendary headliners and local favorites on two stages. Performers include Jefferson Starship, Jimmy Cliff, Mitch Wood and His Rocket 88s, Petty Theft, and Wonder Bread 5. Fantastic food, beer, and wine will be available, too.

U-Pick Apples and More Farm Fun at Chileno Valley Ranch

August 31, 2015

Chileno Valley Ranch

Apple season is getting underway, so why not make a day trip to the farm and pick your own? While most of the apple farms in the North Bay are clustered around the western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol (which is famous for its apples), you can actually pick apples right here in Marin County at beautiful Chileno Valley Ranch.

Located in West Marin's Chileno Valley, this ranch offers u-pick apples every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm from August 30 through October. Owners Sally and Mike Gale also raise grass-fed beef, sheep, and chickens on the ranch, and there's a lot to see and do there for apple-picking families.

Barbeque Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

August 31, 2015

BBQ ribsUnless you have a smoker, it can be pretty difficult to make real barbeque at home. But you can come up with something close! While it might not make for prize-winning ‘que, it’s a fun cooking project and the results are really tasty. We’ve tried it with ribs and chicken and both turned out really good! It’s perfect for Labor Day Weekend.

You’ll find a lot of recipes for ribs out there that involve boiling them or roasting them and then finishing them on the grill. This recipe uses the charcoal grill only for minimal mess.

Ingredients & Materials

  • 3–4 lbs pork back ribs or spare ribs
  • Dry rub (use your favorite or our recipe below)

Protocol Academy Fall Programs

August 30, 2015

Protocol Academy Got manners? The Protocol Academy, part of Daily Protocol, offers Marin kids, tweens, and teens the opportunity to learn modern upbeat etiquette, life skills, and communication essentials in a fun environment. Here's what they're offering this fall. Classes take place in Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, and Terra Linda. For more information, visit

Communicating Across the Generations Workshop

Grandparents, Seniors, Parents, Tweens and Teens, Unite!

Would you like the younger generation to talk to you more often, or wish they were more mindful of social graces? Join the Protocol Academy and Technology 4 Life in their Communicating Across the Generations Workshop, a program to bridge the generations in communication, through technology and social etiquette.

In this active based, mixed generation workshop, tweens and teens learn life skills such as: Meet/Greet/Introduction Essentials; the Art of Small Talk; Meaningful Conversation; and Communication Cues. Adults, using smart phones or iPads, actively learn to text, send photos, take videos, use social media, and learn the rules of online communication and privacy. The generations work separately and together learning and demonstrating these important skills in a fun and friendly class setting.

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