By now everyone's probably aware that Pokémon GO is the biggest thing to come to mobile devices ever. This coming week, August 8 to 12, Mill Valley Recreation is offering a Pokémon GO camp at Mill Valley Community Center. Apparently Mill Valley is home to some of the rarest, most exclusive Pokemon in the world!
Kids ages 10 to 14 can join Mill Valley Recreation's Master Trainer Staff for a week of Pokémon GO activities, instruction on how to play the game safely, friendship, swimming, and most importantly: catching them all! Camps take place from 9:30 am to 4 pm (#39548, $250) or with extended care from 8 am to 6 pm (#39549, $400).
Marin Mommies presents another guest article by Marin Mom and writer Gabrielle Cullen.
From TV to DVDs to iPhones, iPads and other smart tools, parents are constantly monitoring what those little eyes see. Instead of fighting tooth and nail about something the kiddo finds online, get ahead of the game and have a top-notch, super kid-friendly folder of smart apps at the ready when media time is requested.
For ages 2 on up, there is a hefty amount of choices, including interactive storytelling, memory, color or number games and many hand/eye coordination games.
Check out this list of family friendly apps—all have been kid tested and parent approved!
Shake-n-Tell: Free, upgrades available for $1.99—all ages
Will the princess to save the prince next time your little ones are begging for a goodnight story? Cool new app Shake-N-Tell gives users various stories plots and endings, very Choose-Your-Own Adventure, and every night could mean a new tale. There are “flash card” prompts for characters and plot points. The app is free but there are advanced packages including the Princess Pack, the Space Pack and the Ghost Pack. There is even an recording option! Created by a stay-at-home writer dad, this should be the first one in the folder. Check it out.
When the electronic trappings of modern life get to be too much, close up the laptop, put away the iPhone, turn off the TV, unplug the Wii and head into San Francisco and spend the day at Musee Mecanique. What is Musee Mecanique, you ask? It's an eccentric private museum devoted to arcade games and attractions of a bygone era.
If you grew up in the Bay Area, you may remember the Musee Mecanique back when it was housed underneath the Cliff House. (If you're a real San Francisco old timer your recall the collection from your days at the long-defunct Playland at the Beach amusement park.) When the Cliff House underwent remodeling a few years ago, the collection moved to Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf.
While the Pier 45 location doesn't have the same ambience (if that's the correct term to describe the cold, dark, and slightly dingy former site), it more than makes up for it by actually being there at all. And some people even prefer the Musee Mecanique's current bright and airy setting.