Family Fun Under the Redwoods at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

September 5, 2017

 

On September 16 and 17, 2017, artists from around the country will gather beneath the redwoods at historic Old Mill Park for the 61st annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. This popular family-friendly festival features the work of over 140 artists, great live music, and kids' entertainment ranging from puppet shows and magic to sing-alongs and storytelling. It all makes for a magical weekend under the trees!

Circus Vargas Returns to Petaluma with SteamCirque

September 5, 2017

Circus Vargas SteamCirque

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Circus Vargas.

Circus Vargas returns to the North Bay with its latest and greatest show: SteamCirque! This animal-free, traveling circus—the biggest in the USA—pitches its big top at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma from September 14 to 18. Shows take place at various times throughout the day, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

Healthy Weight, Healthy Pregnancy

September 5, 2017

Marin weight loss

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Dr. Gail Altschuler, MD of Marin Weight Loss and Wellness.

Physicians understand the negative health consequences of being overweight, including a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and back pain, to name a few. Another consequence is the effect of weight on fertility, fertility treatment and pregnancy, as well as the ongoing health of mother and child.

Infertility, for example, is significantly higher in women who are overweight, and it increases as their BMI rises.1,2 Attempts to become pregnant through escalating interventions become ever more physically, financially and emotionally costly. These costs become statistically significant, and they are more pronounced at higher BMIs, especially if there is central obesity.2

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

September 4, 2017

Apple picking 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 on Sundays in September (or whenever the apples run out). Reservations for apple picking on Sunday, September 10 are full, but you can register for September 17 and 24 starting today (Labor Day, September 4). 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.

Fantastic Family-Friendly Labor Day Recipes

September 4, 2017

Chicken skewers

Today is Labor Day, and what could be more traditional for this last gasp of summer than a backyard BBQ? We've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great summer sides, desserts, and other treats. So fire up the grill and cook a feast for family and friends today!

Marin Waldorf School Parent/Toddler Classes

September 3, 2017

Marin Waldorf Parent/Toddler

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

Marin Waldorf School
Parent/Baby/Toddler Class

Infant to 3 years old
Nurturing the child and parent on their journey together.

You are invited to participate in a rhythmical Waldorf morning. The children will enjoy free play with toys made of natural materials that are designed to encourage healthy exploratory movement and play. The parents join together at the table for tea, conversation and seasonal crafting. Discussion topics include the importance of rhythm and routine, sleep, healthy movement and development, care of senses, Waldorf education and nourishing ourselves as parents.

25 Inexpensive (or Free) Things to Do for Families in September

September 3, 2017

Tiburon Bike PathTake a ride along the Tiburon bike path this September.

September is here and school is back in, but that doesn't mean there still isn't a lot of family fun to be had! You don't have to break the bank to have a great time with the kiddos, either! Here are 25 great ideas for great affordable activities and outings in Marin and the Bay Area in September, all of which are free or really inexpensive. Keep in mind some of these activities require advance registration, so check before you go.

  1. Take a family bike ride or walk along the Tiburon bike path.
  2. Free family fun day at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, September 3, 10:30 am–2 pm
  3. Swim, jump and slide at the Water Park at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, September 3, 11 am–6 pm

Marin Family Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2017

Sausalito Art FestivalThe Annual Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend at Marinship Park.

Check out our list of 12 terrific family outings for this Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, September 1

 
  • Closing Weekend: "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit"
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    In "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit" children ages 2 to 6 enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Friday, 10 am; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am

    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. Who knows what might happen? Maybe ants will go marching! Maybe the honey bees won't want to share their honey! Together, you and the bears will surmount these obstacles and have a lovely, lively time! For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Children under the age of 6 months do not require a ticket. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: McNear's Beach Pool
    San Rafael
    Friday, 11 am–5 pm & Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Bring the entire family to swim and splash at McNear's Beach pool this weekend. After this weekend, the pool will be closing for the season. Parking is free on Saturday, due to Free Access of All Parks, but there is a charge to swim. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: Spring Lake Water Park
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    This inflatable water park includes multiple play stations for both kids and adults, including slides, bounce islands, a bouncy bridge, a trampoline, climbing cliffs, balance beam, and more. Test your strength by bouncing, sliding, balancing, climbing, and more! Spring Lake's three-acre swimming lagoon is filled with filtered spring water which is chlorinated to exeed water quality standards. Cost: $10 per person for water park and $7 parking fee. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park is located at 393 Violetti Road in Santa Rosa. For more info, read our article here.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Visit a Museum for Free in September

August 31, 2017

The Exploratorium in San Francisco is free on September 23.

Did you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing in our ultimate guide to San Francisco Bay Area museum free days below.

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