Marin Playgrounds: South Hamilton Park in Novato

December 5, 2017

South Hamilton Park, Novato

South Hamilton Park, also known as Airport Park and Palmisano Community Play Park, is nestled in a quiet corner of Novato's Hamilton Neighborhood. In a nod to the area's former role as an air force base, the playground here features some aviation-themed equipment. Adjacent to sports fields and with an expansive play area, this was one of my kids' favorite hangouts when they were little and we lived close by.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Rush Creek Open Space Preserve

December 4, 2017

Rush Creek Open Space Preserve

Hiking with children is a great way to get them into the outdoors and introduce them to nature, but it can be a bit of a challenge. Small legs seem to tire out faster than larger ones, and when they outgrow both the stroller and the backpack it's best to seek out some shorter hikes with few hills or elevation changes that the whole family can enjoy with a minumum of complaining. One of our favorite easy family hikes can be found at Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, on the northern end of Novato.

The Rombeiro Christmas House in Novato: You Have to See It to Believe It!

December 4, 2017

The Rombeiros' Christmas House Novato

Every December, Marin's power grid is yet again put to the test by the annual unveiling of the Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive in Novato. Sure, every neighborhood has its decorated houses, but the Rombeiro house is a different thing altogether. Edmundo Rombeiro and his family have been putting together this Christmas house to end all Christmas houses for the past 26 years, and every year it gets bigger and more elaborate.

San Marin Music Performs for Fire Relief

November 17, 2017

Join the talented students of San Marin High School's music program for their Fire Relief Benefit Concert and Food Drive on Friday, November 17 at 7 pm. San Marin Music musicians will be sharing the stage at the school's Emily Gates Music Center with the Speed of Light Band, whose members include several San Marin alumni.

Bel Marin Keys Warehouse Sale: A Holiday Shopping Tradition for Over 40 Years!

November 14, 2017

Bel Marin Keys Holiday Warehouse Sale 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Bel Marin Keys Holiday Warehouse Sale, which takes place November 16–18 from 10 am–5 pm.

Twice a year, warehouses in the Bel Marin Keys area of Novato open their doors to the public to offer terrific wholesale deals. This sale has become the best "underground" sales event in Marin County.

Run with the Family This Thanksgiving at the Marin Turkey Trot

November 9, 2017

Instead of just eating until you're stuffed this Thanksgiving, do something healthy to kick off the day and help support local charities at the Annual Marin Turkey Trot. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23, 2017), the Turkey Trot features fun races for the entire family, including the Youth 1-mile for ages 5 and up, Turkey Trot 5K, and the Pilgrim 10K. All races start and finish at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus at 1800 Ignacio Boulevard in Novato.

Horse-Drawn Tours of Novato's Holiday Lights with Indian Valley Carriage

November 3, 2017

Indian Valley CarriageWant to tour Novato's spectacular holiday lights the old fashioned way this winter? Book a trip via horse-drawn carriage or wagon from Gary Sello and Indian Valley Carriage. Novato residents have probably seen Gary and his team cruising the streets at Christmas time, especially near the famous Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive.

The Addams Family Arrives at San Marin High School

October 20, 2017

Celebrate the Halloween season with the creepiest family around, The Addams Family! San Marin High School Music's production of the Broadway musical opens Friday, October 20, at 7:30 pm at San Marin High's Emily Gates Student Center in Novato. Join Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch, and of course Uncle Fester in this hilariously ghoulish musical theater experience based on the creepy characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

Marin Playground Profile: Pioneer Park in Novato

October 3, 2017

Pioneer Park Novato

Pioneer Park has long been a favorite of families in Marin. This big nine-acre park in western Novato has multiple playgrounds, rolling green lawns, picnic areas, and shady trees. It's a great place for a birthday party, too, with plenty of room for bounce houses and active fun.

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