New Parent Tot Camp at Marinwood

July 23, 2011

Marinwood Summer Camp has added an all-new camp this summer for parents and new campers. On August 1, 3, and 5 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Marinwood will be hosting Parent Tot Camp, especially for three-year-olds and a parent. Fun activities at Parent Tot Camp include playing games, making crafts, singing songs, and swimming in the Marinwood tot pool. It is a perfect way to introduce little ones to camp.

To sign up for Marinwood's Parent Tot Camp, visit or call the Marinwood Community Center at (415) 479-0775. Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road (near Lucas Valley Road) in the Marinwood area of San Rafael.

Preschool Profile: Marin Waldorf School

January 31, 2011

Marin Waldorf School preschool kidsThis week we take a look at the preschool program at Marin Waldorf School, which is home to a wide variety of educational opportunities. Director of admissions Nick Broad answered some questions about Marin Waldorf's preschool and the Waldorf educational approach.

Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in the Marinwood area of San Rafael. They also offer a K–8 school program, as well as early childhood parent/toddler sessions. Contact Marin Waldorf School by calling (415) 479-8190 or visiting

Please describe your school's educational approach. What's it all about?

Our Waldorf schools approach is to lay the foundation for learning with child development and brain development strongly in mind. We prepare each student for a life time of critical–thinking skills and problem solving, emotional and social intelligence and physical activity. We use a play approach using appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s imagination and interest, while establishing a strong sense of routine and predictability that creates a safe and secure learning environment.

Return of the Marinwood Christmas House

December 21, 2010

Note: Sadly, 2010 was the final season for the Marinwood Christmas House. It won't be back this year, so enjoy these photos from last Christmas.

Marinwood Christmas HouseLast year, the most exciting holiday news in Marin was that the famous Marinwood Christmas House was back! At the time it was rumored to be a one-time-only event, undertaken in honor of the late Charles "Dooley" Stitham, who put together this impressive display for decades and who passed away in 2009. We're glad to report that it's here again this year and as awesome as ever!

Anyone who grew up in Marin—especially in San Rafael and Novato—in the past 40 years certainly has fond memories of this amazing decorated house. It was the Christmas House; the one all others aspired to be and the most amazing Christmas house ever. Lighted and decorated and full of colorful animated figures, dolls, toys, and holiday scenes, the Marinwood Christmas House is another of Marin's holiday must-sees. It's open daily through New Year's Day 5–10 pm.


Marinwood Christmas House
285 Adobestone Ct Marinwood
San Rafael, CA 94903
United States
38° 2' 15.5472" N, 122° 32' 18.1788" W

Still Time to Take in Holiday Cheer at Christmas Houses

December 27, 2009

The Bear House in MarinwoodIt's the weekend after Christmas, and the holiday specials are off the TV, the all-Christmas-music radio stations have gone back to playing whatever they normally play, and those gifts that were under the tree are now scattered all over the house. Despite the big run-up of Christmas cheer, it's disappointing when the whole holiday train comes to a seemingly full and complete stop after December 25. While I feel a certain amount of relief that the holiday chaos is pretty much over, I'm also wishing that I had more time to slow down and savor the pleasures of the Christmas season.

Fortunately, I have good news for those of you out there who haven't yet had your fill of holiday cheer—the Christmas houses are still open! If you're still looking for that holiday spirit, head on down to one of our local decorated houses and take in the magic one last time (or two or three, even).

New Parent-Child Program at Marin Waldorf School

December 2, 2009

Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael is offering a new Parent-Child program starting December 3. If you want to learn more about the Waldorf approach to parenting principles, this is a good way to try it out and get acquainted. These are warm and inviting gatherings, filled with a spirit of play, community, and love for the parenting journey.

Each meeting also includes open discussion about parenting and how Waldorf ideas can support parents and provide skills to nurture their relationship with their child.

  • Special Season Session for Young Toddlers
    December 3, 10 and 17
    Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am
    Session fees: $75
  • Pre-crawlers to Crawlers
    Thursdays, January 7–April 1 and April 22–June 10, 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Babies and Pregnancy, for Pregnancy and Infants
    Fridays, January 8–April 2 and April 23–June 11
    11 am to 12:30 pm
    Session fees: winter $275, spring $185
  • Young Toddlers, walking up to 2 years of age.
    Fridays, January 8–April 2 and April 23–June 11, 9 am–10:30 am
    Session fees: winter $275 • spring $185
  • Older Toddlers, 20 months to 3 ½ years.
    Thursdays, January 7–April 1 and April 22–June 10
    9 to 11 am or Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am
    Session fees: winter $300, spring $200

For more info, call Barbra Rosen (415) 479.8190 ext. 147 or go to

Free Sophie and the Enchanted Toy Shop Preview in Marinwood

November 25, 2009

Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop posterOn Wednesday, December 9, Marin Dance Theatre and Marinwood Recreation Department present a sneak preview of the popular holiday ballet Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop. From 1:15 to 2:15 pm, meet some of the characters from this beautiful ballet and watch them perform their dances. This event takes place at the Marinwood Community Center at 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael. The performance is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to

If you want to see the full-length version of Marin Dance Theatre's Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop, it will play at the Marin Civic Center on December 19 at 1 and 5 pm. It's a two-act children's ballet that features over 120 dancers plus professional guest artists. Adults $33, students and seniors $23. For more information, go to or the Marin Center Box Office to purchase tickets.

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