San Rafael

Healthy Ingredients a Mom Can Trust

April 4, 2016

Whole Foods Market Marin

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Whole Foods Market.

Aspartame? Vanillin? Ammonium chloride? Shopping for groceries shouldn’t feel like reading a chemistry textbook. And once children enter the picture, the stakes are even higher.

At Whole Foods Market, we stock our shelves with products we buy for our own kids. We carry the widest selection of organic foods of any retailer, but it doesn’t stop there. What goes on your little one’s body is just as important as what goes in it. Looking for diapers? Ours don’t contain synthetic fragrances, inks, or chlorine. We offer lotions, soaps, sunscreen, and baby powder that don’t contain irritating preservatives, artificial colors, or scents.

April Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

March 27, 2016

Girls LeadershipParents 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 their spring classes offerings during the month of April.

Webinar: Ready, Set, Go! Supporting Your Child's Transition to Kindergarten

Monday, April 4, noon–1 pm
Learn all about what to expect from Kindergarten and what teachers will expect of you and your child. Discussion will include ways you can help your child be ready both academically and emotionally for this exciting transition. Join presenter Stephanie Agnew for this interactive online workshop. $10. Register here.

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child (1–5 years)

Jack and the Beanstalk at Marin Center This Saturday

March 1, 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk Masque UnitThe classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk comes to life in Masque Unit Junior Theatre’s annual live theater production for young children at Marin Center this Saturday, March 5, 2016. Masque Unit’s production, titled Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Giant, and the Goose, and the Really Truly-Uly Rotten Day, is a contemporary take on a timeless fairy tale featuring Broadway-style songs, dancing, comedy, magic, and surprises.

Characters include the adventurous Jack, an overworked and underpaid Golden Goose, and a diminutive Giant with a huge Napoleon complex. Each performance is followed by a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Jack and the Beanstalk characters. This performance is an ideal introduction to live theater for children ages 3 and up.

January Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

January 10, 2016

Girls LeadershipParents 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 January, including a Girls Leadership Parent and Daughter series, a free New Moms' Tea, and a free webinar on navigating technology for parents of school-age children.

Positive and Effective Discipline: A Crash Course (3–5 years)

Tuesday, January 12, 7–9 pm
Starting with a basic understanding of developmental norms for 3- to 5-year-olds, we will break down the components of discipline-communication, listening, modeling, consequences, and more-to learn about improving limit-setting, encouraging responsibility, and fostering communication. With Susan Byrd, LCSW. $45. Register here.

Your One-Year Old: What to Expect (6–24 months)

Thursday, January 14, 7–9 pm

Developmental milestones, sleeping and eating behaviors, social and emotional development, and beginning limit-setting. With Bonnie Romanow, BA, childhood development specialist. $45. Register here.

Clubhouse J Free Open House Party!

December 23, 2015

Clubhouse J at the Osher Marin JCCMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the Osher Marin JCC and Clubhouse J.

You and your friends are invited to the Clubhouse J FREE Open House Party on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 3–6 pm. It takes place at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, in San Rafael. RSVP for the Open House Party here.
 
The open house will include fun for all with games, a bounce house, Zumba, snacks, friends, and fun, plus it's free for everyone! Parents are welcome to enjoy a cup of Peet’s coffee from the Plaza J café and take a tour of the JCC.

About Clubhouse J

Come play with us in the Clubhouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3 to 5:30 pm. The Clubhouse is a unique place where kids from all over Marin come to make new friends, strengthen their swim skills, explore their artistic side, Zumba to their favorite songs, try new things, and have a blast. Our experienced staff will help your Club Buddy build new relationships, spark their creativity, and ignite their imagination. Let’s unplug and rediscover the magic of PLAY.

Free After-School Sports Program at Dominican

September 10, 2015

Allen Sports Club at Dominican University of CaliforniaThe Allen Sports Club returns to Dominican University of California this fall! This new after-school sports program for middle and high school students to come play at Dominican University of California in San Rafael is completely free. The vision of Dominican Trustee Emeritus John F. Allen, the program builds community, promotes physical activity, and opens eyes to college opportunity.

Launched in February, the Allen Sports Club already has participants from a dozen different Marin County schools. Three days a week, participants come to Dominican to play soccer, basketball, flag football, kickball, futsal, and dodgeball. Participants get to play with their peers from other schools and receive coaching from Dominican student-athletes trained by the popular Bay Area non-profit Coaching Corps. The interaction between college and prep athletes is one of the unique aspects of the program that participants enjoy every day at Dominican's premier collegiate athletics facilities.

August Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

August 1, 2015

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 August.

Juggling Two: Preparing Yourself and Your Older Child for the New Arrival (birth–10 years)

Wednesday, August 5, 7–9 pm
You've finally gotten used to being a parent, you've established nice routines, and you've even managed to carve out a few hours a week to yourself! But now, a new baby is coming, or already here, and there just isn't as much time to rest and prepare as there might have been with your first child. Learn more about how to have a smooth transition. During this workshop, we will discuss tips and strategies for preparing the family, behaviors to expect in the first few months, and ways to support healthy sibling relationships. With Bonnie Romanow, BA, childhood development specialist. Register here.

June Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

June 4, 2015

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 June.

Infant and Child CPR (for expectant parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children up to onset of puberty)

Thursday, June 4 from 7 to 9 pm
Learn to recognize an infant or child in distress, rescue measures for choking, CPR techniques, and infant sleep safety. Includes hands-on practice with mannequins. One-year certification provided. Pre-crawling babies welcome. With Shanda Manion, CPR instructor certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support. $45. Register here.

Linedrive Baseball and Softball Comes to San Rafael

May 25, 2015

Linedrive Baseball and Softball San RafaelBaseball players of all ages will welcome Linedrive Baseball and Softball, Marin's newest and largest baseball training facility, to San Rafael. This 17,000 square feet facility offers hard ball and softball batting cages; professional pitching, hitting, fielding, and catching lessons; dodgeball tournaments; birthday parties; summer camps, and much more.

Linedrive's four fully automated batting cages allow you to hit real baseballs (and softballs, too). In fact, it's the only facility in the Bay Area that offers this! Cage tokens cost $3.50 ($2.50 for Linedrive members); a pack of 10 tokens costs $30.

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