San Rafael

Swimming, Play and More at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael

May 24, 2017

McNears Beach Park is one of those special places that I hold close to my heart. I grew up literally around the corner from it, and spent a lot of time there as a child. It's still one of my favorite places to spend the day in Marin, especially now that I have kids of my own. McNear's Beach is a 55-acre county park located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. It's the a perfect place to go on a warm day to wade in the bay, swim in the pool, picnic, fish, take in spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area, and more.

McNears Beach has been popular with Bay Area residents since the 19th century, when the McNear family owned most of the property in what eventually would become San Rafael's Peacock Gap neighborhood. The McNears operated a beach resort at the present location of the park, as well as a nearby quarry and brickyard.

Summer Family Fun at San Rafael's McInnis Park

May 22, 2017

 McInnis Park mini golf san rafael

If you've never ventured out to McInnis Park, in northern San Rafael, you owe it to yourself to check it out this summer. McInnis Park, formally known as John F. McInnis Park, is 450-acre regional park, and a one-stop destination for all kinds of active family fun, from golf and baseball to hiking and skateboarding.

If you haven't been you really should pay it a visit. And if you have, you should resolve to go there more often! Here are some of the things that keep us coming back multiple times every summer (and at other times of the year, too).

The 2017 Marin County Fair Wants Your Entries!

May 1, 2017

Marin County FairAlthough the Marin County Fair doesn't take place until this summer, now is the time to start thinking about your entries for the fair's many competitions. The deadline for entry to all competitions is on or before Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 pm.

Children ages 5–18 can enter any number of Junior Division competitions, including arts and crafts, hobbies, cartoon art, performing arts, photography, and creative writing, not to mention traditional preserved food, horticulture, and floral categories. Do you have a prize-winning cow, goat, or chicken in the backyard? Kids can enter all sorts of livestock in the fair. Don't have a farm animal? Don't worry—kids can also enter their furry friends in the Guinea Pig, Rabbit, or Pocket Pet (mice, rats, hamsters, turtles, and other critters) competitions.

Special theme categories for 2017 include floral headbands, tie dye, selfies, macrame, Play Doh creations, and more. There's bound to be something for everyone in the family to enter. My kids always love entering something in the fair, and it's thrilling to see what kind of ribbon you've won when you finally find your exhibit on display.

This year the Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In", a tribute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and it takes place June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.

Touch a Truck at Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael this Saturday

April 27, 2017

Touch a Truck 2016 Oak View Nursery School San RafaelThis Saturday, April 29, 2017, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fourth annual Touch a Truck event! At Touch a Truck, kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes.

Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Nutrition Tips for Parents and Kids

April 17, 2017

Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from our partners at Whole Foods Markets Marin, with locations in Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato.

If you’re confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, we understand — there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. Although dietary fads come and go, here’s a rundown of basic principles of good nutrition and healthy growth.

Don’t forget: We make it easy for you to shop with confidence by doing all of the research for you. Check out our Quality Standards for all the details on what’s not allowed on our shelves.

The Perfect Camp Awaits at the 2017 Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair

March 7, 2017

summer camp kids

If you're trying to make a decision on the perfect summer camp for your kids, save the date for the upcoming Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair, which takes place Saturday, March 11 from 10 am to 1 pm at Conlan Center Gymnasium at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

As in years past the Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair will offer plenty of fun for everyone, with free pizza, fun prizes for kids, face painting and a bounce house, as well as representatives from dozens of summer camps. This year the fair is expanding to include other summer options like tutoring and activities, too! Older campers in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend as well. This year will also feature a visit from the Disney princesses from Once Upon a Song.

Early Childhood Open House March 10 at Marin Waldorf School

March 4, 2017

Early Childhood at Marin Waldorf

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin Waldorf School.

Marin Waldorf School's early childhood program offers a nurturing environment filled with rhythm and wonder. The nature of our program ensures a strong sense of consistency, order and security - essential to the healthy development of the young child. Everything done in class has a purpose, instilling a sense of joy and care for every task. The atmosphere is homelike and the focus is on play and cultivating imagination. Outdoor playtime is scheduled every day, rain or shine. Come visit our beautiful classrooms and meet our early childhood teachers to learn more. The Early Childhood Open House takes place on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 11 am to noon. RSVP online or call (415) 479-8190 for more info. Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael 94903.

March Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

February 28, 2017

Parents Place Marin

Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of March. Classes take place a Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael 94901.

The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years: Workshop at Marin Waldorf School

February 7, 2017

The Soul of Discipline Learn how to set loving limits that work, use do-able strategies, and have discipline that connects with your child at a workshop with best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed at Marin Waldorf School on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Back by popular demand (he last visited Marin Waldorf School in 2011), Kim John Payne, will speak on "The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years."

He has 27 years' experience working throughout the world as a counselor, consultant, researcher, and educator of both children and adults and has been helping children, adolescents, and families explore social difficulties with siblings and classmates; behavioral issues at home and school; and emotional issues like defiance, aggression, addiction, and self-esteem.

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