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Ready to Make a Move to Marin? Four Signs You’re Ready for the ‘Burbs

January 31, 2016

Suburban Jungle Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from The Suburban Jungle Realty Group.

You’re family’s growing, your space is shrinking and you can’t help but feel like maybe it’s time for a serious suburban upgrade? You’re not alone! Countless families are making the leap to Marin County each year, from the Bay Area and beyond. And who can blame them? The weather is amazing (barring the recent rainy weekends—ugh!), the lifestyle is equally incredible, and it’s close enough to the city to get your fix when you need it. Plus, in Marin County you’re surrounded by countless outdoor activities and the area’s stunning beauty, which you used to pack up the family on the weekends to visit, especially during the City’s foggy summer months.

So how do you know when it’s time to consider the Big Move? Here are some signs we hear over and over from city mamas as well as our friends and neighbors in the area. If you’re considering a move to Marin—or have already made the leap—chances are these will sound very familiar…

#1. You’re getting creative with space—a little too creative

Win Tickets to a Family Friendly Lunar New Year Concert with Kronos Quartet

January 30, 2016

Vân-Ánh Võ - Kronos Quartet Join the celebrated Kronos Quartet on Sunday, February 7, for Around the World with Kronos and Friends, a family-friendly celebration of Lunar New Year, featuring Kronos performing with special guests from musical traditions around the globe. Guest performers include Vietnam-born dàn tranh player Vân-Ánh Võ, UK-born multi-instrumentalist David Coulter, and Malian balafon player Fodé Lassana Diabaté, with a lion dance performed by San Francisco’s own Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, whicj has been part of the Bay Area’s cultural landscape for 50 years as a proponent of Chinese performing arts.

The concert, part of the Kronos Festival 2016, takes place in the Robert N. Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ Center. Before the concert, the VA’V Young Ensemble, directed by Vân-Ánh Võ, will perform in the Fisher Family Lobby. The ensemble features students from San Francisco, San Jose, and Fremont playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, and performing a selection of Vietnamese folk songs, medleys, arrangements of pop music, and more.

ODC/Dance's The Velveteen Rabbit is a Holiday Family Favorite. Win Tickets!

November 24, 2015

ODC/Dance Velveteen RabbitODC/Dance's adaptation of the classic children's story The Velveteen Rabbit has been a holiday tradition in the Bay Area for 29 years. With music, dance, and powerful narrative, ODC/Dance tells this classic tale of a well-worn stuffed rabbit who become real, and the little boy who loves him.

This popular production brims with wit, festive costumes, colorful characters—including the 10-foot-tall Nana, a skin-horse, toy soldiers, a crocodile, dolls, and a pack of "real" rabbits, and, of course, plenty of holiday cheer. The Velveteen Rabbit features ODC's renowned company of dancers, 10 young dancers from the ODC school, a score by Benjamin Britten. This production is suitable for children ages 3 and up. Running time is 90 minutes, including one intermission.

Explore Golden Gate Park's Stow Lake by Boat!

July 21, 2015

Stow Lake

My kids and I always thought it would be fun to rent a boat and explore Stow Lake in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, so that's just what we decided to do last week! We've actually never done this before, but every time we went by there, we promised ourselves we would come back and do this one day. It's a lot of fun, and a must-do activity for families visiting the park.

Fun, Sun, and Sand at San Francisco's Crissy Field

June 19, 2015

Crissy FieldThe San Francisco Presidio's Crissy Field has undergone many changes in its lifetime, from tidal marsh to military airfield to one of the Bay Area's premier recreation areas. Crissy Field is a great place to spend the day with the family, and has a wonderful mix of outdoor attractons, amenities, and local businesses, as well as spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Crissy Field is a fantastic destination for walking, bicycling, kite flying, or playing at the beach. It offers a waterfront promenade and trails that are popular with dog walkers, runners, and cyclists (and parents, judging from the number of strollers we usually see there), as well as a clean stretch of sand along San Francisco Bay.

The water here is perfect for wading and playing in the gently lapping waves. Lawn areas and picnic tables, some with charcoal grills, are available, too, so bring a picnic and your beach blanket and umbrella and spend the day. Torpedo Wharf, a pier on the north end of the field, is a popular spot for fishing and crabbing.

Hands-on Science Fun and Education at the Exploratorium in San Francisco

May 26, 2015

Exploratorium hands-on science museum San Francisco

If you grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably spent some time as a kid at the Exploratorium. This innovative and influential hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception has been educating and entertaining families for over 40 years. The Exploratorium is a perfect place for an outing for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Parents, grandparents, and most other grownups will find it a lot of fun, too. I used to love coming here as a kid, and now my children love to visit, too.

For most of its life, the Exploratorium was located at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina District, but in 2013 it moved into an all-new, much larger facility at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. The new Exploratorium is bigger and better, and features all your old favorite exhibits along with 150 new ones, as well as a Bay Observatory that allows visitors to explore the environment of adjacent San Francisco Bay.

Experience Riveropolis and Predators at Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco

April 2, 2015

Aquarium of the BayThere's plenty of fun to be had for families at Aquarium of the Bay this spring! Aquarium of the Bay focuses on the aquatic animals that live right here in San Francisco Bay, featuring sharks, rays, sturgeons, moray eels, and more. You can even take a walk under the Bay itself in the Under the Bay exhibit and touch animals like leopard sharks, sea stars, and bat rays in Touch the Bay! The aquarium offers special programs for all ages this spring including Riveropolis and Predators of the Bay. We're giving away a family pack of four tickets to the aquarium; read on to find out how to enter to win.

At Riveropolis, play, engage, explore, and discover in this miniature river that doubles as in interactive art exhibit through April 19, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm. Simulating a river that flows from the mountains to the ocean, this multi-level river is perfect for kids of all ages and sizes. Not just for looking at, this dynamic river has it all, including arts and crafts and engaging hands-on opportunities. Make your own raft or boat at the crafts table using reclaimed materials, such as wine corks and popsicle sticks. Then, place your handiwork on the stream and watch it float down the river.

Shabbat Chai Saturday Mornings at Sherith Israel Are a Lively Celebration for the Entire Family

March 8, 2015

Shabbat Chai Congregation Sherith IsraelTake a break from your busy schedule and join together with other families a few Saturday mornings a year at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Known as Shabbat “Chai” (meaning “life” in Hebrew), theses Saturday mornings take the traditional Shabbat service and turn it into a lively celebration filled with activities, elective classes, a family-friendly service, and a potluck lunch.

Sherith Israel started Shabbat Chai two years ago to encourage families to participate in Shabbat morning services together with rich and meaningful Jewish experiences. The three days a year that it’s held are in lieu of Sunday school that week. The next Shabbat Chai takes place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

It's Mom's Night Out and You're Invited!

January 24, 2015

mom's night outEvery mom deserves a fun night out, and you're invited to Mom's Night Out SF 2015, which takes place on Saturday, January 31, from 5 to 9 pm at the Hotel Diva in San Francisco. Mom's Night Out is an event series or moms-to-be, new moms, and moms with a gaggle of kids young or old to have fun and focus on themselves!

Mom's Night Out is a premier event series open to moms of all ages. Each meet-up centers around a theme such as going green, networking, shopping, fitness, and pampering. Mom's Night Out is open to moms of all ages, from moms-to-be to empty nesters. Relax with friends, meet some new ones, and just have some time to enjoy yourselves!

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