Swim With the Rolling Hills Stingrays This Spring and Summer

February 28, 2016

swimming kidStill thinking about joining a Marin Swim League swim team for the spring and summer? Northern Marin families should check out the Stingrays swim team at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato.

The Rolling Hills Club Stingrays swim team has been dedicated to training young swimmers ages 4 to 18 in achieving all-around swimming success for over 25 years. The coaches promote good sportsmanship and team spirit in a recreational competitive environment with nine other Marin Swim League teams. The Stingrays swim team fosters fun, friendship, and fitness in a family and community focused program. Both my kids have been a part of Stingrays for the past few years, and they've had a blast! While the Rolling Hills Club is a private swim, tennis, and fitness club, you don't need to be a member to join the Stingrays (club members do get a discount on registration fees).

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day at Teeny Cake Bakery in Novato

February 9, 2016

Teeny Cake Valentine's DayLooking for a sweet treat for someone special this Valentine's Day? Teeny Cake, Marin's favorite cupcake bakery, is getting geared up for the big day this Sunday, February 14. All of their delicious teeny cakes will be decorated for heart-filled celebrations, and special Valentine's Day boxes with either a dozen or half-dozen cakes will be available for pre-order and pick-up on Saturday or Sunday.

Delivery is also available for a small fee (with minimum order). Pre-ordering is encouraged, as many popular flavors are expected to sell out!

Teeny Cake will also be hosting a high tea service at 11 am and 2 pm on Sunday, February 14. Reservations are required—spots are filling up quickly, so call soon to reserve your spot. Tea service includes a selection of loose-leaf tea, an organic fresh fruit scone, clotted cream and jam, assorted finger sandwiches and hand-made sweets. The high tea costs $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under, including tax and gratuity.

Family Dining in Marin: Taki Japanese Restaurant

January 12, 2016

Taki Japanese restaurant in NovatoOur go-to place for Japanese food in Marin has always been Taki restaurant in Novato's Pacheco Plaza. We've been dining there for years (even before we had kids), and it's consistently provided good food, friendly service, huge portions, and a pleasant atmosphere. It's a great family dining experience.

Taki has a rustic Japanese country inn atmosphere, with lots of woodwork and Japanese art and decor. While most of the seating is at regular tables, there's a Japanese-style tatami area for larger groups in back, where you sit on the floor, courtesy of cutouts for your legs in the raised platform. There's even an outdoor dining area in front of the restaurant, in case you happen to be there on a nice day.

The a koi pond and fountain near the entrance contribute to the serene atmosphere, and the owner sometimes lets the kids feed the brightly colored fish, who swim over to them in anticipation of a meal. The kids also enjoy watching the sushi chefs at work at the wooden sushi bar, and looking at all the Japanese decor items around the restaurant, including traditional geisha dolls, lucky cats, and darumas.

Lights, Camera, Santa! in Downtown Novato

December 11, 2015

Lights, Camera, Santa!This holiday season, visit the Novato Theater for Lights, Camera, Santa!, featuring photos with St. Nick himself! Santa will be on hand at the theater every Saturday until Christmas (December 12 and 19) from 11 am to 3 pm for holiday photos against the coolest Santa photo backdrop in Marin County.

In addition to photo ops with Santa, there will be holiday music, entertainment by your favorite princesses, and snacks. Photos cost $5 or two for $8. All proceeds support the ongoing restoration of the Novato Theater. For more information, visit the Downtown Novato Business Association website.

Spend Thanksgiving at Bay Club StoneTree

November 21, 2015

Bay Club ThanksgivingMarin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Bay Club StoneTree.

If you haven’t been to Novato's Bay Club StoneTree recently, you’re missing out! Join us for our Thanksgiving Golf Shotgun at 8 am, followed by a Thanksgiving Buffet from noon to 4 pm that’s sure to please all ages. Golf is complimentary for Bay Club members, $50 for non-members. Golfing with a Bay Club member? Ask us about our special holiday offer.

The menu includes everything from breakfast favorites to the traditional savories you’d expect on Turkey Day. Add family activities (weather permitting) and football games playing on the many televisions on our Terrace and you’re sure to have a great time with us. Brunch is $25 for those participating in the Shotgun, $35 for Club West members, $40 for Bay Club members and $45 for guests. For menu specifics, questions, or to RSVP for both or either event, email us at or call our golf desk at (415) 209-6090.

Stafford Lake Bike Park Opens This Saturday in Novato!

August 20, 2015

Stafford Lake Bike Park

Marin families have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the Stafford Lake Bike Park, and now the day is finally here! Marin County's only public bike park opens this Saturday, August 22, at Stafford Lake County Park in Novato. The first phase of the 17-acre Bike Park has features for all skill levels, including a perimiter trail, a dual slalom, a progression jump course, a beginner pump track, and a kids' learn-to-ride area.

This Saturday, everyone will have an opportunity to try out the trails and listen to live music from Ridgeway Space Station, as well as hear from honored guests and mingle with park sponsors. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free to this event, which takes place from 10 am to 2 pm. (The regular $10 park admission will be waived.) Grab your bikes and come out to the park!

Celebrate Christmas in July at Five Little Monkeys in Novato

July 18, 2015

Christmas in July at Five Little MonkeysFor one day, only, Saturday, July 25, 2015, Five Little Monkeys will celebrate Christmas in July! Come to Novato's independent toy store and get 25% off one item (with a special coupon available here), get double rewards points on any purchase, and enter a fantastic raffle benefitting Novato schools.

The raffle is open online already and takes place in stores on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. You can enter to win a fabulous prize basket—check out the lineup here—and support Novato School Fuel in the process.

Studio 4 Art Expands to Mill Valley for Classes, Camps, and More

June 9, 2015

Studio 4 Art Mill ValleyMy family has been getting creative at Novato's Studio 4 Art since it opened downtown back in 2008. Now, Studio 4 Art brings its fantastic art classes, camps, drop-in sessions, and more to southern Marin with the opening of a new location in Mill Valley!

Parents may recognize the new location as the former site of the Little Art Studio. It's located at 254 Shoreline Highway, near Almonte Boulevard, in Mill Valley's Tam Valley neighborhood. Studio 4 Art offers a wide range of hands-on art classes and camps for toddlers and elementary school kids at both locations. Classes offered in Mill Valley include toddler and preschool art exploration, Spanish immersion + art, clay play, after-school sessions, and hand sewing.

Get 25% off Everything This Saturday Only at Five Little Monkeys in Novato

September 18, 2014

Five Little MonkeysAs of this Saturday, September 20, there will be only 100 days until Christmas! To celebrate the occasion, Novato's independent toy store, Five Little Monkeys, is offering 25% off everything in the store on Saturday only from 9 am–6 pm. Get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Five Little Monkeys offers a wide variety of toy for kids of all ages, from babies to teens. Their unique selection of toys and children's books includes figures, dolls, dress-up, magic sets, musical instruments, games, and educational and eco-friendly toys, as well as well known brands like the Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Railway, Playmobil, LEGO, Schleich, Breyer, Rainbow Loom, and more. They also have a wide selection of classic novelties and joke gifts. It's our go-to place for fun and unique birthday gifts and special treats.

The sale is also taking place online. Use code 100DAYS14 to get your discount. The discount is not valid with any other offer, coupon, or discount, and is not good toward gift certificates.

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