Novato

The Novato Fire District Open House this Sunday

October 3, 2017

Novato Fire District Open HouseWhat child doesn't love fire trucks and firefighters? Get your fire station fix when the Novato Fire District holds its yearly open house at all Novato Fire Stations this Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters and personnel and to learn about fire safety and what they do to support the community.

Make sure you bring your camera for photos with the firefighters. My kids have always had a blast sitting in the fire trucks and going on a tour of the fire stations. The Novato fire stations can be found at the following locations:

  • Station 61: 7025 Redwood Boulevard
  • Station 62: 450 Atherton Avenue
  • Station 63: 65 San Ramon Way
  • Station 64: 319 Enfrente Drive
  • Station 65: 5 Bolling Drive

For more info, go to www.novatofire.org.

Free Family Fun at Novato's Sundays on Sherman

September 23, 2017

Sundays on Sherman Downtown Novato

Sundays on Sherman takes place again this Sunday, September 24, from 11 am to 3 pm on Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green in downtown Novato. This free family event will feature fun activities for all ages, including train rides, inflatables, sidewalk art, jump rope challenges, water balloon archery, scooters, sensory bins, adult coloring groups, live music, bubbles, toddler sports, fitness challenges by Novato Police Department, children’s percussion station provided by Music Together, giveaways provided by Whole Foods, and much more!

Hike, Bike, and Ride at Novato's O'Hair Park

September 16, 2017

O'Hair Park Novato

At the west end of Novato is one of Marin's outdoor gems—O'Hair Park. Sharing space with the Dogbone Meadow dog park and Morning Star Farm equestrian center, the 100-acre O'Hair Park is a great place for a family bike ride, hike or off-road stroller.

Head into the park on the Reuben Kaehler Memorial Trail, which forms an easy loop of approximately two miles. Novato Creek parellels much of the trail, and it's fun to clamber down to the creekside to look for little fish and water bugs while you're on your hike. The trail climbs gently uphill into a bay laurel forest, down into a grassy meadow, and then again into a forest.

Blast Off at the Novato Space Festival Today at Pacheco Plaza

August 6, 2017

Novato Space Festival

Celebrate all things outer space at the annual Novato Space Festival at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center. This fun and educational family event is presented by the Space Station Museum and takes place Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at the museum and on Pacheco Plaza's Center Stage. Admission and parking are free! Over 4,000 people attended this event last year.

Meet real astronauts including Al Worden, who participated in the Apollo 15 moon mission; shuttle crew members Jerry Ross, Nicole Stott, Bruce Melnick, and Dan Bursch; and Novato's own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle. This year, families with children 12 an under will get early admission at 9:30 am and can attend a special book reading by astronaut Jerry Ross in the museum's Moon Room.

In addition to meeting legendary astronauts, visitors will also get a chance to check out over 30 different space exhibits, as well as the Space Station Museum's exhibits.

Bat Night Returns to Olompali State Historic Park in Novato

July 31, 2017

Bat Night

This Saturday, August 5, 2017, Bat Night returns to Olompali State Park in Novato. This fun family event features an evening of bat-related crafts and activities and a chance to meet live bats in person. You'll also get to see bats exiting the park's old barn at night. It's a lot of fun, and you'll learn about the vital role bats play in our ecosystem.

Bat Night starts at 6 pm with bat snacks, bat mask decorating, bat info, a raffle, bat houses, and a chance to meet real live bats. A presentation by NorCal Bats follows at 8:30, and bats will emerge from the barn at dusk. Bring a flashlight and chairs or blankets to sit on while observing bats.

"Hot Amphitheater Nights" Kicks off Tonight!

July 29, 2017

Hot Amphitheater Nights Novato

Novato's Hot Amphitheater Nights free concert series kicks off tonight, Saturday, July 29, from 5 to 7 pm at Hamilton Amphitheater Park! Tonight's performer is San Francisco's Royal Jelly Jive, a retro-modern band that blends jazzy cabaret sounds with funk, rock, and soul.

Bring your family and friends and pack up your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for this fun free event. Kona Ice will be on hand selling shave ice, too. The next concert takes place Saturday, September 9 and features nostalgic music from Mexico and the Caribbean by Cascada de Flores. For more info, visit www.novato.org/concerts.

Walk or Bike on the Bay Trail at Hamilton in Novato

July 10, 2017

The Bay Trail Novato Hamilton

The Bay Trail opened in the summer of 2014 in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood, and it's one of our favorite Marin spots for short hike or bike ride with the kids. With easy access from several points in Hamilton and stunning views, this is a great place for families to head outdoors for an active outing.

Create Art to Wear at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato

June 15, 2017

Art to Wear Rolling Hills Club

This month, the Rolling Hills Club in Novato debuts an all-new summer camp: Art to Wear! For kids ages 5 to 12, Art to Wear lets campers create unique and stylish works of art, including clothing and jewelry. Kids will experiment with different media to make three unique pieces of jewelry and work with fabric dyes and paints to create one-of-a-kind fashions. Art to Wear camp takes place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, June 19, 21, and 23 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Splash, Slide, and Swim at the Hamilton Community Pool in Novato

June 10, 2017

Hamilton Community Pool NovatoWhen the weather turns warm, almost everyone loves going to the pool for a day of splashing and swimming in the sun. One of my family's favorite Marin public pools is the one in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood, which is open from May 12 to September 22, 2017.

My kids love Hamilton Community Pool especially for the shallow kids' pool with its play structure, water slide, and water sprayers. It's a blast for kids of all ages. There's also a larger more traditional pool for more serious swimming and water play.

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