See What UC Berkeley Has to Offer at Cal Day 2017

April 18, 2017

Cal Day

Take your family to UC Berkeley on Saturday, April 22, from 9 am to 5 pm to see all that the university has to offer at their annual Cal Day open house. Explore over 400 lectures, demonstrations, and tours taking place across campus, and learn about everything from architecture to zoology.

Learn about Cal spirit and traditions; listen to live music by the Cal Band and other performers; tour museums like the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Museum of Paleontology; and learn about science, engineering, technology, and more with hands-on fun. Prospective Cal students will also have a chance to learn about admissions, programs and resources at the university, and can even tour residence halls. Kids can pick up a Science@Cal Passport at the Valley Life Sciences building and tale part in fun hands-on science activities around campus.

Earth Day Craft for Kids: Make a Mini Terrarium

April 17, 2017

TerrariumsEarth Day is this Saturday, April 22. This fun and easy craft is a perfect Earth Day activity. My kids had a blast creating their own miniature gardens. It's fun to create your own world in a recycled glass container and decorate it with found materials. This project is great for all ages, with adult supervision, of course.

Bay Area Classes & Drop-in Play for 0–5 Year Olds

April 17, 2017

 Looking for a fun class or indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house to get creative or to burn off some extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and the Bay Area:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am–12:30 pm and Friday–Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child (free under 12 mo.) and $10.00 per adult during weekdays and $12 per child and adult on weekends (free under 12 mo.) For more info, visit their website.

  • Rain or Shine
    1235 10th Street, Berkeley
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–6 pm and Saturday–Sunday, 9:30 am–2 pm

    The new Rain or Shine offers a wide variety of activities for ages 0–6 years. Drop in any time for open play! Come for story, music, or parachute programs. They offers a wide variety of activities for all day open play, all included with admission. Cost: before 2 pm, $16/first child; $8/sibling; $4/adult or after 2 pm $12/first child; $6/sibling; $2/adult. For more info, visit their website.

Nutrition Tips for Parents and Kids

April 17, 2017

Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from our partners at Whole Foods Markets Marin, with locations in Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato.

If you’re confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, we understand — there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. Although dietary fads come and go, here’s a rundown of basic principles of good nutrition and healthy growth.

Don’t forget: We make it easy for you to shop with confidence by doing all of the research for you. Check out our Quality Standards for all the details on what’s not allowed on our shelves.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 14, 15 & 16

April 14, 2017

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

Family-friendly Easter Brunches

Brunch is always a popular Easter Sunday outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. Some even offer egg hunts! Check out our list here.

Friday, April 14

  • Visit with a Beekeeper
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 1–2:30 pm

    We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper and learn more about these amazing insects. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Egg Hunt
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 4–6 pm

    Hunt for hundreds of colorful eggs and enjoy fun crafts at PIER 39’s free Spring Egg Hunt! There will be two waves of egg hunts based on age: 0–5 at 4:30 pm and 6–10 at 5:30 pm. Kids can also enjoy a fun crafting activity led by the Museum of Craft and Design. For more info, visit their website.
  • Campfire Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Bring the family for a talk with a park interpretive specialist, songs, stories and a marshmallow roast. Fun for all ages. Free. Heavy rain cancels. Location: Barracks Courtyard, Sonoma State Historic Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family Bike Parade: Light Up Your Bike!
    Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30–9 pm
    Bring the kids to this family-friendly lighted bike parade around the Main Post. Bring your lighted bikes, trikes, and scooters to the registration tent and receive a free glow necklace and other goodies. Helmets are required for youth. Registration starts at 6:30 pm and parade begins at 7 pm. Location: Main Post, corner of Anza and Owen, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Stargazing Party
    Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm
    Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky's most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. For more info, visit their website.
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt
    Piper Park
    Friday, 8:15 pm

    Grab your flashlight and basket and join us at Piper Park for the 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 8:30 pm so don’t be late! For kids ages 9+. Location: 250 Doherty Dr, Larkspur. For more info, visit their website.

Family-Friendly Easter Sunday Brunches in Marin

April 13, 2017

Easter Day is on Sunday, April 16. Brunch is always a popular Easter outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as brunches fill up pretty quickly. Click on highlighted links for more info.

Sunday, April 16

  • Angel Island Cafe
    Angel Island State Park
    10 am–4 pm

    As part of Angel Island's Hop to It! Spring Festival there will be a special spring brunch menu at the Angel Island Cafe, as well as live music from noon–3 pm.
  • Cavallo Point
    Sausalito
    11:30 & 2 pm

    Cavallo Point's Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Enjoy a wide selection of brunch dishes and live jazz. Adults $110 adults, kids 4–12 $55. Make reservations online or by calling (415) 339-4700.

Celebrate Springtime at Slide Ranch's Spring Fling

April 13, 2017

Slide Ranch Spring Fling

If you haven't been to check out the beautiful and picturesque Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, now is your chance! Come to this non-profit teaching farm overlooking the ocean this Saturday to celebrate food, family, and fun at this year's Spring Fling. It all takes place on April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

This year's Spring Fling features live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, hikes and tours, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, and touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts.

Marin & Bay Area Earth Day Events 2017

April 11, 2017

Earth Day Stinson BeachEarth Day celebration at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Earth Day 2017 takes place on Saturday, April 22. It’s a great time to celebrate and teach our children the importance of preserving our planet’s resources. Families will find plenty of ways to observe the occasion here in Marin County and the Bay Area, and we've created a list of local events that either celebrate Earth Day or help families learn about nature and the planet.

  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin County
    Friday, April 14–Wednesday, April 26
    The My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. Most events are for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day Marin for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
  • Novato Clean & Green Day
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, April 22, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town. Help remove litter from streets, bike path, parks, creek banks and more. Some supplies will be provided. Meet at Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue. Find out more here.

Marinovators Showcases STEAM at College of Marin

April 11, 2017

Marinovators

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at College of Marin Academic Center in Kentfield. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.

This year’s Marinovators features projects from a variety of Marin County elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers, and includes themes like alternative energy, smart cities, environmental science, mobile apps, robotics, drones, virtual reality, immersive learning, coding for good, media and music makers, the Internet of things, VR art, digital health, hack your biology, and digital fashion.

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