San Rafael

December Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

December 5, 2016

Interfaith families 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 December.

Terrific Toddlers and Twos (1–3 years)

Wednesday, December 7, 7–9 pm
Acquire a developmental understanding of how best to support your little ones and preserve your sanity! We will talk about setting limits, guiding behavior, developing social skills, understanding tantrums, and more. With Bonnie Romanow, childhood development specialist. $45. Register here.

Special Thanksgiving Farmers Market Tomorrow at Northgate Mall!

November 22, 2016

Still need ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast? Finish up your shopping at tomorrow's (Wednesday, November 23) special Thanksgiving Farmers Market from 8 am to 1 pm at Northgate Mall, 6000 Northgate Drive (next to Sears) in San Rafael.

There will be no San Rafael Farmers Market on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24. That way we all get a little extra time to prepare our feasts, and the farmers get the day off too!

The Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael (temporarily located to Northgate) offers lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, fresh cut flowers, prepared food, and more. For more information, visit

You’re Invited to the Bioneers Free Family Fair October 22 & 23!

October 17, 2016

Bioneers Family Fair

Bioneers is bringing back their popular Family Fair on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael. This unique learning-and-play program is free for families with kids 12 and under. Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and have fun exploring a wide array of experiential education activities.

Attendance to the Family Fair is free for families, or check out the Bioneers Conference with a Tandem Ticket, allowing the kids to do kid things while two adults trade off experiencing the conference and hanging with kids at Family Fair.

October Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

September 29, 2016

Parents Place 2-year-oldParents 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 October.

New Mom's Tea (pre-crawling babies)

Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 am–noon
Join us for a free New Moms' Tea for an opportunity to discuss the joys and challenges of becoming a parent and to meet other new moms. We will discuss your favorite parental finds (i.e., baby gear, stroller friendly hikes, childcare options) as well as share about local resources supporting young families. Babies welcome. With Rebecca Breen, LCSW. Free, but preregistration required. Register here.

Programs for Young Gymnasts at Gymworld in San Rafael

September 23, 2016


Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from GymWorld Gymnastics in San Rafael.

GymWorld offers fantastic Birthday Parties for little gymnasts and their friends! We also offer great programs for our youngest gymnasts ages 18 months to 4 years during the week. We have Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop in basis three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline!

GymWorld also has great instructors teaching classes for ages 2–4 years. Classes are on Tuesday and Friday mornings and at 2:45pm Mon,Tues,Thurs.

Make Your Own Glass Art at I Made It! in San Rafael

August 15, 2016

I Made It! Glass Creations

It's always fun to get hands-on with a cool new creative project. We had a chance to check out the new I Made It! Glass Creations studio in San Rafael, where we made some really cool and unique crafts from fused glass. It's the first place of its kind in the country, and it's a fun activity for all ages.

I Made It! offers countless different projects ideas that you make from colored glass. Come on in (no appointment or reservation is necessary) and choose a project—including jewelry, decorative items, housewares like coasters and bottle openers, photo frames, key chains, and more.

Free Family Night Out to This Saturday's Summer Nights Concert at the Osher Marin JCC

July 20, 2016

Tea Leaf Green Osher Marin JCC Summer NightsThe Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC invites Marin Mommies readers to a free Family Night Out to Summer Nights, their series of family-friendly multi-cultural concerts at their outdoor venue in the hills of San Rafael! This offer is for the Summer Nights concert this Saturday, July 23, where San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green brings their signature indie rock and California Jamgrass sounds to the JCC. Opening the show is San Francisco's own celebrated bicycling beat boxing cellist, Cello Joe.

To secure your free tickets, email by noon on Friday, July 22, 2016 and include your name and the number of adults in your party. Kids 17 and under are admitted free to all Summer Nights concerts, so no tickets are necessary! Please have your entire party with you when you check in at will call the night of the concert.

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is hosting the KidZone that evening, and will have your kids enthralled in an arts and crafts projects. The Summer Nights venue also offers a safe, fun, and enclosed playground for your kids to enjoy while the concert is taking place. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner from Toast Novato's pop-up restaurant. Cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and dessert also available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 20, Is San Rafael Pacifics Kids Day

July 18, 2016

Kids Day San Rafael Pacifics

Marin's own boys of summer, the San Rafael Pacifics, continue another season of fantastic baseball action at downtown San Rafael's Albert Park. This Wednesday, July 20, is Kids Day: All kids 12 and under are admitted to the game free and all supervisors get in at half price! In addition to enjoying the game, kids can take part in fun activities like an ice cream sundae eating contest, a home run derby, and much more!

Wednesday's game starts at 12:35 pm at Albert Park in downtown San Rafael, and the Pacifics take on their North Bay Rivals, the Sonoma Stompers. Albert Park's intimate setting is the perfect venue for old-fashioned, family-friendly, and affordable local baseball. General admission tickets are just $12, grandstand reserved seats are $25. Find out more about the San Rafael Pacifics and order tickets at

Calling All Kids: Get Your 2016 Marin County Fair Entries in This Week!

May 9, 2016

Marin County FairSummer is almost here, and that means the 2016 Marin County Fair will be here soon, too. One of the things we love about the fair is the wide variety of competitions they have for kids of all ages. If your kids want to enter some of their handiwork into the fair, they'll need to act soon; the deadline for entry to all competitions is this Thursday, May 12 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 2016 include merry-go-rounds, treasure chests, time capsules, Fair Memories collages or assemblages, decorated parasols, selfies, carnival rides, Etch-A Sketch art, 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.

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