This March, join local arts education group Youth in Arts at the Barnes & Noble store in Corte Madera for two free music and storytelling hours for preschoolers and early elementary school students.
Youth in Arts artists will be in the store at 11 am on Saturday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 27, to share music and stories from Youth in Arts productions based on beloved children's books. Enjoy excerpts from local author Elisa Kleven’s Paper Princess series and Hooray, a Piñata! and Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm’s Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth To Life. Sing along to songs in Spanish and English from Youth in Arts’ shows inspired by these wonderful books!
This program is perfect for children ages 3–6 and their families. Barnes & Noble is located at 313 Corte Madera Town Center.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Cindy Winter of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC).
For the past 15 years, Marin parents and civic leaders have worked to create safe pathways and road crossings that encourage walking and cycling to school, short-distance errands, and recreation. We’ve seen astounding progress in the numbers of kids transporting themselves safely, healthily, and happily. But now, there’s a problem.
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) has nearly completed its plans to widen Highway 101 from Corte Madera Creek to a short distance south of Wornum Drive. The project is needed to resolve the difficult merging of traffic lanes, both north and south. However, as part of their plans, the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the freeway from Fifer Avenue to Industrial Way will be torn down and not replaced.
Stock up on waste-free lunch gear from Fabkins, Mimi the Sardine and Lunchbots tonight Wednesday, August 15 at Mimi the Sardine's Corte Madera Store. They'll have items up to 40% off, including organic cotton napkins, stainless steel containers, Mimi Kids items (lunchbugs, backpacks and more!), and the entire Mimi Home Spring/Summer Collection.
Enjoy wine and nibbles while you shop! It all takes place from 3–6 pm at 305 Montecito Ave A, Corte Madera.
We're also giving away a fabulous Mimi the Sardine lunch clutch to one lucky Marin Mommies reader! To enter to win, send an email with "Mimi" in the subject line to email@example.com by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 17. We'll choose a winner at random. See our full giveway rules and terms here.
The school year is winding down, summer vacation is just about here, and my son's already asking when he's going to Camp Galileo! Camp Galileo, an art, science, and outdoors day camp, is one of the most popular camps in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. My son attended Camp Galileo last summer, and he had an amazing summer camp experience. He absolutely loved the camp staff, and they really seemed to care about him too. No wonder he wants to go back so badly.
This year he'll be in the Supernovas, which is the group for children entering 3rd through 5th grade. Other groups are Nebulas (preschool and entering kindergarten) and Stars (entering 1st and 2nd grade). Each week-long camp session has its own creative them designed to spark campers' imaginations. This year he's chosen "Leonardo's Apprentice: Renaissance Art and Inventions," which sounds like a lot of fun. Other themes this summer include "Galileo Olympics: Greek Art and the Science of the Games", "Celebrate the Golden Gate: San Francisco Art and Bridge Engineering", and "Galileo Rocks! The Art and Science of Music".
I've been hearing great things about Nothing Bundt Cakes, the recently opened Corte Madera bakery specializing in—what else?—bundt cakes, so we decided to go check them out ourselves. Of course my kids were thrilled to go somewhere to try new kinds of cake, so I didn't have to do much to get them excited to go.
Bundt cakes, as you probably know, are those cakes baked in a ring-shaped pan. Your mom or grandma probably made them when you were a kid, but, as Nothing Bundt Cakes points out, "These ain't your grandma's bundt cakes." These bundt cakes have developed something of a cult following, and after tasting them, we know why.
Nothing Bundt Cakes carries bundt cakes in a variety of sizes, from the little bundtinis to 10-inch tiered bundt cakes suitable for special occasions. Ten regular flavors are offered, including red velvet, chocolate chocolate chip, lemon, white chocolate raspberry, carrot, and more, as well a special flavor of the month—on our visit it was lemon raspberry.
Summer camp signups are upon us, and one of the most popular camps in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area is Camp Galileo. Camp Galileo is an art, science, and outdoors day camp that offers campers a wide variety of hands-on experiences and activities, all with the aim to develop the skills and confidence they need to become innovators. Camp Galileo boasts impressive curriculum partners, including the de Young Museum, the Tech Museum, and Klutz.
Camp Galileo serves children from pre-K to those entering 5th grade. Campers are divided into three age groups: Nebulas (preschool and entering kindergarten), Stars (entering 1st and 2nd grade), and Supernovas (entering 3rd–5th grade).
Each week-long camp session has its own creative them designed to spark campers' imaginations, and some are even tied into current events like the 2012 summer Olympics and the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. This year's Camp Galileo sessions include:
Galileo Olympics: Greek Art and the Science of the Games
Celebrate the Golden Gate: San Francisco Art and Bridge Engineering
Leonardo’s Apprentice: Renaissance Art and Inventions
Corte Madera's Magical Garden Preschool is a small preschool that offers a Waldorf-inspired curriculum in the warmth of a home setting. We asked Magical Garden's owner and teacher, Lori Callies, to tell us more about her school, its programs, and what makes it special.
Please describe your school's educational philosophy. What's it all about?
Magical Garden’s philosophy takes root in the Waldorf movement and expands into best practices of early childhood education with a university-trained, credentialed teacher. We believe that the foundations of childhood are Imaginations, Friendships and Early Skills. We address age-appropriate skills through the relentless joy that Pretending can bring. Eco-education is embedded in our curriculum. We are proud to be certified as the first Eco-Healthy Preschool & Child Care in Marin by the Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Mimi the Sardine’s line of earth-friendly, practical, and fun kids' eating accessories—perfect to pack in back-to-school lunch boxes—are now available in a new Corte Madera retail store that opens Tuesday, August 9, 2011.
Celebrate their grand opening with a month of 20% discounts on their entire line, including lunchbugs, spillmats, bibs, aprons, and backpacks. Also check out their Mimi Home collection of acrylic-coated linen/cotton-blend tablecloths that offer easy care with a focus on elegance and Scandinavian design.
Mimi the Sardine's cotton fabrics are designed and produced in Sweden, and their products are locally manufactured. Their fabrics are spill-resistant, machine-washable, meet the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, and are made without harmful chemicals.
Like many parents in Marin and the Bay Area, I'm always looking for summer activities for my children that are not only fun but educational as well. This summer, my eight-year-old son attended Camp Galileo day camp at their Marin location at the beautiful Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera. Camp Galileo offers campers hands-on art, science and outdoor activities as well as fun camp traditions like dress-up day, water day, and the rubber chicken cheer. Furthermore, Camp Galileo boasts impressive curriculum partners, including the de Young Museum, the Tech Museum, and Klutz.
My son was a member of Camp Galileo's Supernovas group—comprising children entering third, fourth, and fifth grades. The camp theme during the week he attended was Detective in Paris: Impressionism & the Science of Sleuthing. In this adventure centered around a fictitious 19th-century art theft, campers explored Impressionist art and used science to try to find the culprit behind the heist. Camp Galileo offers a unique approach that teaches children to be innovators. Campers learn to innovate, collaborate, identify their goals and audiences, generate ideas, and be creative.