Fun and Easy Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year

January 28, 2017

Dragon paper craftThe Chinese Lunar New Year, marking the start of Year of the Rooster, begins today, January 28. To kick off your celebration, create some neat Chinese New Year crafts, like these cute paper dragons and lanterns. They're easy and fun to make and perfect to decorate the house, and make great playdate, school, or scout group activities. They'll also be perfect to have on hand while you watch the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade on February 11 Have your own parade through the living room!

Paper Dragons

Here’s what you’ll need to make your dragons:

  • Gold stickers or paint (red and gold are traditional colors for Chinese New Year)
  • Crepe paper in red, yellow, or orange
  • Dragon head template (download here)
  • Heavy white paper or card stock (letter size)
  • Markers or crayons
  • Wooden chopsticks or other thin but sturdy sticks
  • Tape

Wonton Party for Chinese New Year

January 28, 2017

Fried wontons

Today, January 28, marks the beginning of the celebrations for Chinese New Year: the Year of the Rooster. It's a tradition in our house to make wontons, as dumplings are traditionally associated with the holiday. Wontons are easy to make, tasty, kid-friendly, and you can get everything you need at your local grocery store. Furthermore, they're something children can help make with minimal effort, and they even have a lot of fun folding the things.

So, pick up a pack of pre-made wonton wrappers and other ingredients and get ready to start your Chinese New Year wonton party! Our recipe is for chicken wontons, although you can use pork, shrimp, or other fillings, depending on what you like or happen to have on hand. Wontons can be prepared in a number of different ways, including steaming, boiling, frying, and can even be served in soup (our favorite).

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 27, 28 & 29

January 27, 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, starts on this Saturday, January 28.

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, January 27

  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Chess Night
    Mathnasium of Mill Valley
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Stop by Mathnasium on Friday night for an hour of free supervised play for K–8th graders. All skill levels are welcome. Free pizza! Location: 247 Shoreline Highway, Suite A3. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Escape from Alcatraz
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Carousel Stage at the Bay End of the Pier for outdoor Movie Night! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and Movie Night discounts at participating PIER 39 businesses. At 6 pm, settle in for a free screening of the classic San Francisco film Escape from Alcatraz. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.
  • Disney's Peter Pan Jr.
    Showcase Theatre, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm
    & Saturday, 5 pm
    Come and see the amazing talents of the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s musical theater class under the direction of Gretchen Simon mesmerize you with their live performance of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, it's a modern version of the timeless tale. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 student 8th grade and under. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, January 28

  • Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
    Cow Palace, Daly City
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–5 pm

    Dog lovers of all ages will not want to miss the upcoming annual Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show - the west’s premier “benched” show.Showcasing over 175 breeds, with 1500 entries a day, the GGKC event is an exciting and unique event for dog lovers who will have a rare opportunity at this “benched” show to learn about and get to know hundreds of breeds of dogs, all in one location over two days. Tickets: general admission $15, children (2–12 years) $9 and family plan (2 adults, 2 children) $42. Purchase your tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Saturday Morning Yoga
    Old Mill Park Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    Practice a modification of alignment-based anusara-inspired Hatha yoga with a combination of breathing, standing, and seated postures in front of the beautiful redwood trees. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align, and stretch. Enjoy a fun unique environment of mindfulness and acceptance while strengthening your core, balance and long muscles. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and water bottle. No registration required. Location: Throckmorton and Cascade Drive. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Waldorf School Open House, January 28

January 26, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Marin Waldorf School.

In honor of The Women's March that took place on Jan 21st we changed the date of our Open House to Saturday, Jan 28th.

Marin Waldorf is offering a new, more fluid format this year at the Open House to allow flexibility for visiting parents and their families. Arrive anytime between 10am and 1pm. Come enjoy the natural rhythm of our beautiful 10 acre campus, live music, welcoming community and good food.

The Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show Comes to the Cow Palace This Weekend!

January 26, 2017

Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show at the Cow Palace

Calling dog lovers of all ages: you won't want to miss this weekend's annual Golden Gate Kennel Club (GGKC) dog show at the Cow Palace in Daly City! The GGKC show is the West’s premier “benched” show—a benched show offers attendees a chance to meet and get to know the dogs on special “benches” organized by breed.

UC Berkeley's Academic Talent Development Summer Camps 2017

January 25, 2017

UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) Summer CampsMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from UC Berkeley's Academic Talent Development Program, which offers summer camps for kids ages 5 to 17 in Point Richmond and on the UC Berkeley campus. Learn more at atdp.berkeley.edu.

Over the past 37 years, thousands of students have spent their summers learning through UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP), pursuing areas of interest such as architecture, computer programming, law, calculus, seashore science, and endless other disciplines. Our students, ranging in ages from 5-17, come to ATDP ready to learn and willing to be challenged.

ATDP courses are taught by outstanding public school, private school, and university instructors, who are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. Students with budding interests in specific areas receive a unique opportunity to interact and learn from teachers and peers with similar interests as their own. By the end of the summer session, students think and understand their subject matters more deeply.

The Past Comes Alive This Saturday at Fort Point Civil War Living History Day

January 24, 2017

Fort Point Civil War Living History Day

This Saturday, the 155-year-old walls of Fort Point will again echo with the sounds of fifes and drums and tramp of boots as this San Francisco landmark celebrates Civil War Living History Day. Come watch and interact with dozens of reenactors from the American Civil War Association portraying Union soldiers and civilians from the time of the War Between the States at the only Civil War-era brick fort west of the Mississippi.

The Marin Symphony Presents Orch'apalooza this Sunday, January 29

January 24, 2017

Midori at the Marin Symphony Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Marin Symphony.

As a child prodigy, Midori traveled the world, making her legendary debut at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic. Now a mature artist who has continued to develop her art, Midori inspires audiences around the globe. This season the Marin Symphony and our Youth Orchestra have been selected for her prestigious Orchestra Residency Program Award.

Midori and all three of the Marin Symphony Youth ensembles will perform in the grand finale of her residency in a program called Orch'apalooza! In what is sure to be an energetic final number, all three of our youth ensembles (160 musicians ages 8–18) will join forces to perform the rousing "Toreador March" from Bizet's Carmen. The performance is followed by Cookie'palooza (free cookies for all attendees in the Redwood Foyer).

We all know the importance of music in our children's development.  Take advantage of this family-friendly entry into the world of classical music.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: The Waterfall Trail at Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

January 24, 2017

Indian Valley Waterfall Novato

When the rains comes down like it has recently, it's time to gather up the kids, put on the rain boots, and hike to a waterfall in Marin. One of our favorite local waterfall hikes is the Waterfall Trail at Indian Valley Open Space Preserve in Novato, a short and easy hike that almost anyone can manage. We've even seen sturdy offroad strollers on the trail.

To get there, take the Indian Valley Fire Road from either of College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus or the Indian Valley Road trailhead to where it meets the aptly named Waterfall Trail. On they way you'll be accompanied by a rushing stream that runs along the trail. Cross over a little wooden bridge into the woods and follow the trail—you'll hear the waterfall before you can see it.

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