Drop-in Activities

Jymbabies Drop-in Playspace Starts October 1 at the Osher Marin JCC

October 1, 2013

Jymbabies at the Osher Marin JCCParents and caregivers: bring the little ones ages birth to 24 months for some play time at San Rafael's Osher Marin JCC. Jymbabies, the JCC's new drop-in play program will host an open house on Tuesday, October 1 from 9:30 to 11 am.

Popular local family entertainer Miss Kitty will be performing, so it's sure to be a lot of fun!

Every Tuesday morning, Jymbabies offers little ones a soft indoor playground for climbing, crawling, sliding, bouncing in a bounce house, building, dancing, scooting and more. The JCC's on-site cafe will offer kid-friendly food and snacks.

As a special introduction, Jymbabies is free for the month of October, so be sure you check it out.

The Osher Marin JCC is located at 200 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For more information, call (415) 444-8000 or visit www.marinjcc.org/jymbabies.

Upcoming Kids' Fall Classes at Ark Row Center for Enrichment in Tiburon

August 20, 2013

Ark RowThis fall Tiburon's Ark Row Center for Enrichment Fun offers a wide range of fun and exciting classes for kids. Ark Row Center provides a warm, cozy, and nurturing environment for little ones, and specializes in providing quality children's programming where every child is considered unique.

For moms and kids, Ark Row Center offers their Move & Groove class on Thursdays from 3 to 3:45 pm. Moms with babies from 6 months to 1 year can make music together, learn dance rhythms, sing songs with puppets, and enjoy time with other moms and babies. They also have another class at 4 pm for ages 1-2 years.

Totally Toddlers offers 18-month to two-year-olds a chance to act like big kids and attend class without a parent. Toddlers can explore, make music, frolic in the parachute, dabble in paint and even cook some simple, kid-friendly recipes. Totally Toddlers takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to noon.

Two-year-olds are clustered together in Twos Together, a specially designed class just for their age. They have an opportunity to make new friends, while enjoying exciting activities and projects. There's always music, movement, art, cooking, and fun! (Diapers are OK, too.)

Indoor Fun at Jack and Jill's Play Place in San Rafael

July 30, 2013

Jack and Jill's Play Place in San RafaelIf you're looking for a fun place for drop-in play or a birthday party, make sure you check out Jack and Jill's, Marin's newest indoor play space. Located in San Rafael, Jack and Jill's offers drop-in play for children agest 8 months to 6 years and their parents or caregivers.

At Jack and Jill's kids can enjoy creative play with activity tables, a dramatic play area, play houses, an arts and crafts area, blocks, a reading room for storytelling, and a "crawler" area with soft crawl-on and pull-up structures and soft toys. Jack and Jill's also offers a space for indoor children's birthday parties and other special events.

Drop-in play is offered from Monday–Friday from 8:30 am–5:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am–noon. Drop-in play costs $10 per child age 1 and up; $8 for each sibling. Children under 1 year are free with a paid sibling or $5 without. Adults are admitted free, of course. There's no time limit, so hang out and play as long as you like!

Hands-on Creative Fun at Berkeley's Adventure Playground

June 24, 2013

Berkeley Adventure PlaygroundDown at the Berkeley Marina you'll find one of the Bay Area's all-time classic kids' attractions: the Adventure Playground. This unique place at the foot of University Avenue is no ordinary playground, however. At first glance, it actually looks more like a junkyard than a playground, but it's actually an amazing outdoor wonderland where kids can let their imaginations and creative energy run wild and build with hammers, saws, nails, paint, and recycled materials.

Don't worry—it's not a Lord of the Flies-style free for all. Plenty of helpful young people from the playground's staff are on hand to help, encourage, and make sure everyone has a great safe time. The Adventure Playground is like a big vacant lot full of wood, tires, old boats, and more. Kids can work on their own projects or cooperate to work on larger ventures like adding on to one of the playground's forts.

It's the kind of environment that many kids these days don't really have a chance to experience, and it's been delighting Bay Area children for almost 35 years. In addition to opportunities to build and create, playground-goers can ride a zip line, slide, and swings, and play on a huge rope climbing structure or on one of the playground's many boats and wooden constructions.

Spring Break Camps for Kids in Marin

March 18, 2013

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break? There are so many unique and fun camps available to choose from. Check out some of the great spring break camps here in Marin.

  • Art Attack! Spring Camp at Bay Area Discovery Museum

    April 8–11, 9 am–3 pm
    The Art Attack camp is for ages 4–7 years and takes place April 8–11 (four days). Explore your artistic potential and express yourself through paint, sculpture, natural objects, recycled materials, messy art and more. Children will explore the artistic through our specialized open-ended child-directed process no matter how messy they may get! Cost: Supporting Members $375; general $400 per series. Location: 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito. For more info, visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • Devil's Gulch Camp
    Nicasio (pick-up/drop-off at San Rafael YMCA)

    April 8–12, 8 am–4:30 pm
    In partnership with Devil's Gulch Educational Services, the Marin YMCA will be leading a spring break camp in Nicasio for grades 2–8. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about farming, animal care, sustainable living and outdoor skills. The actual working farm will provide an experience for campers to garden, go fishing and enjoy other outdoor activities. The campers will meet at the YMCA at 8 am. The bus will leave the Marin YMCA at 8:15 am. and return to the YMCA at 4:30. Pre- and post-camp are not available. Fee: Facility Member $400 and Program Member $430. For more info or to register, visit www.ymcasf.org/marin.

Marin Parents Place Invites You to Participate in Some Great Events for Yourselves and Your Kids

February 6, 2013

Parents Place Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Rebecca Wood Breen, LCSW, Parents Place Coordinator, Marin County.

What ‘s going on this February at Parents Place, Marin County’s premier family resource center for parents and kids? Lots! We have a boatload of timely and dynamic parent/child activity groups and workshops in which you may be interested in enrolling… plus one free webinar:

  • Thursday, February 7: Raising Sons, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 12: Breastfeeding: Understanding Your Baby and Your Body, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Tuesday February 12: Terrific Twos, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Friday, February 15: Infant Sleep Solutions, 10 am–noon
  • Thursday, February 28: Get Your Young Child to Listen, 7–9 pm

Fairfax Open Circle Arts and Sports Winter/Spring Guide 2013

January 9, 2013

FOCAS in FairfaxMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Anne Mannes, FOCAS Program Director in Fairfax. She highlights some of the classes and events happening through FOCAS this winter and spring.

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! We are looking forward to a great 2013 and encouraging all of you to take advantage of the fun and affordable classes happening via FOCAS.

For the winter and spring sessions we have a little of everything for every age, including our new offerings such as Zumbatomic/Zumba Gold, Yoga for Toddlers, drop-in basketball, ceramics for adults and more. Please be sure to check out our website www.fairfaxfocas.com for our full schedule and/or pick up a copy at Town Hall. Below is a sneak preview of the highlights:

  • Fairfax Moms: In the interest of building a fully supported and sustainable network of Fairfax families with little ones 0–6 years old, we have started Fairfax Moms. It is offered in affiliation with FOCAS and the Town of Fairfax. Membership dues are $30 per year or $50 for two years. Membership dues will enable us to offer the speakers and programs that parents/caregivers want. It will also streamline the process of adding new members and welcoming new folks to town, helping them get plugged in right away. To join and/or learn more about the benefits of this group, please go to the website www.fairfaxmoms.net/ BigTent offers simple profiles, subgroups, a classified section and a calendar. The New Parents Group is part of the Fairfax Moms meeting on Tuesdays from 11 am–12:30 pm at the Community Center. We hope to see you soon!

New Children's Art Program in Mill Valley: The Little Art Studio

January 7, 2013

The Little Art Studio in Mill ValleyIf you're a southern Marin parent looking for art classes for your children, then check out the new Little Art Studio in Mill Valley. Owned and operated by Mill Valley based fine artist and art educator, Jhaya Warmington, the Little Art Studio offers a variety of fun and unique art classes and art themed birthday parties for children aged of 1 ½  to 12.

Each class is focused around a specific art medium or technique, and the children are encouraged to explore art materials in an open, safe, and supportive environment. The emphasis is on the creative process rather than the product, but the children always come away with incredible works of art. Small classes offer children a comfortable, creative, age-appropriate atmosphere, while promoting cooperation and connections. The students constantly watch each other, learn from each other, and learn how to work together.

Fall Classes at Ark Row Center for Enrichment in Tiburon

August 26, 2012

Ark Row Center for Enrichment classesThis fall Tiburon's Ark Row Center for Enrichment Fun offers a wide range of fun and exciting classes for both kids and parents. Ark Row Center provides a warm, cozy, and nurturing environment for little ones, and specializes in providing quality children's programming where every child is considered unique. Ark Row Center's Mommy and Me classes, like their Mommy & Me Music and Movement, offer age-appropriate activities and experiences designed to enrich every child's development.

For two-year-olds who are not quite ready for preschool, but are ready for more opportunities for learning and social time, the center offers Twos Together. Twos Together is a "pre-preschool" that includes plenty of arts and crafts, music, stories and songs, learning materials, as well as outdoor time. The children are gently transitioned into being able to stay by themselves, giving moms a little new-found free time! Children do not need to be potty trained for Twos Together.

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