San Domenico Kindergarten: Where Learning Is a Celebration!

March 28, 2017

San Domenico Kindergarten

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from San Domenico School.

At SD, students love to grow and learn, not only in our classrooms, but also in our Visual Arts Studio, 3-D Maker’s Lab, Music Conservatory, one- acre Garden of Hope, and on our playing fields. We foster a growth mindset in every student by stretching their minds, tapping into their insatiable curiosities, and modeling a joyful, life-long love of learning. The result? Bright-eyed, eager students ready to devour learning in a Kindergarten environment that feels like a celebration!

Marin County Farmers' Markets 2017

March 28, 2017

Spring has arrived, and that means it's time to head to your nearby farmers' market to buy fresh organic produce and other locally grown and produced goodies. Marin has some year-round farmers' markets, but the majority of them start up again in spring after going on hiatus in the fall. Here is a list of of year-round and opening dates for a variety of local farmer's markets throughtout Marin and the North Bay. Please note that not all dates and times are finalized, so make sure you check before you go.

Year-round Marin County farmers' markets:

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael takes place every Thursday and Sunday morning from 8 am–1 pm. They have lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers. The Thursday farmer's market is located next the Civic Center duck pond and the Sunday one is located in the Civic Center parking lot.
  • Corte Madera Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from noon–5 pm. This farmers' market is located at the Corte Madera Town Center off Highway 101.

Learn About Summer Camps and Get Creative at the Free Meet + Make Day at Studio 4 Art!

March 27, 2017

Studio 4 Art

Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue.

Timeless Maternity and Newborn Photography In Marin County

March 27, 2017

Audrey Spear

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Audrey Spear Photography, who offers newborn and maternity photography in Marin.

As a parent, you know it is so important to document your child’s life at every stage. Your baby grows so quickly, and the newborn stage seems to fly by especially fast. They are so delicate, so tiny, sleepy and all curled up, and you have such a short window to capture that sweet moment before it passes you by.

Audrey Spear Photography has been documenting these precious times for families for nearly 8 years with a timeless look that will last for generations. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture, and also offers baby, child and family photo sessions. Her expertise, experience and patience make her the perfect choice when selecting a photographer.

What's for Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

March 26, 2017

chicken and broccoli stir fryI love it when I find a dish that everyone in the family loves and that's healthy, economical, and easy to make, too. This Chinese-inspired chicken and broccoli stir fry is all of those things. Serve it with some plain rice or Asian noodles and it's a complete dinner that comes together quickly.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Color Your Easter Eggs with Homemade Natural Dyes

March 26, 2017

Easter eggs with natural dyes

Coloring Easter eggs is a fun spring tradition, but do you really know what's in those commercial dye kits that you pick up at the supermarket? Dying your Easter eggs with your own homemade natural dyes is easier than you think, and the results can be really beautiful. You'll find plenty of recipes and formulas out there, some of which work better than others.

Over the years, we've experimented with various mixtures and figured out a few that really work well. You can make these plant- and food-based dyes with many of the things that you have on hand in the pantry or refrigerator, or can pick up at the farmer's market, so why not give it a try?

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 24, 25 & 26

March 25, 2017

See the cherry trees in bloom at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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, March 24

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crazy Awesome Science!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County

    Friday, 2 pm
    Bring the kiddos for a scientific demonstration followed by hands-on science. Past topics include: SPF, Elephant Toothpaste, Dry Ice Bubbles, Fizzy Rockets, Sheep Eye Dissection and many more! Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • MC Spring Musical 2017: Little Women the Musical
    Marin Catholic Performing Arts Center
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 1 pm
    Little Women the Musical has amazing music and is full of adventure, romance, hilarity, and hope. For the entire family. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: 675 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Kentfield. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Domenico Middle School Presents Fiddler on the Roof
    San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty. Tickets: $15. Purchase tickets online here. Location: San Domenico School, Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts,1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, March 25

  • 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.
  • Special Exhibit Opening: Rainforest Adventure
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & 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.
  • Easter Market
    Treasure Island, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come out for a special Easter market this weekend. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, shop 400+ local artists, hunt for golden eggs throughout the market, photos with the Fleaster bunny and more... $3 Entry; Kids 12 & Under Free, free parking and pett friendly. For more info, visit their website.

Family Farm Tours in Marin and Sonoma County

March 25, 2017

Tara Firma FarmsLearn where your food comes from at the free farm tour at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma

Spring is nearly here, and it's time to enjoy a day on the farm! We're lucky to live in an area that's surrounded by some of the country's top agricultural producers, and some of them offer farm tours for the whole family. On a tour, you can meet animals, learn where your food comes from, and find out about the efforts that local farmers take to provide us with high quality food. My kids love to visit farms, especially at this time of year when there are plenty of baby animals to see.

Here are some of the farms in Marin and Sonoma County that offer public tours. Some are free, and some require advance reservations. Please keep in mind that these are all real working farms, some of which raise animals for human consumption. All these tours are suitable for families.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, Sonoma County Farm Trails offers its annual Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies event, where farm hosts will offer tours, activiites, demonstrations, animal petting, crafts for kids, and more. Some farms will offer snacks, lunches, and picnic sites. Admission is free. Learn more and register here.

Slide Ranch

2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach 94965
(415) 381-6155
slideranch.org
Overlooking the Pacific in Muir Beach, Slide Ranch is a real working farm located on the lands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Families can visit and explore the grounds, hike the trails, and have a picnic daily from dusk to dawn. The ranch also offers family programs, including their annual Spring Fling (April 29, 2017), Family Farm Days, campouts, and Toddler Days at various times throughout the year.

The 2017 Marin County Fair Wants Your Entries!

March 24, 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.

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