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10 Summer Family Fun Things to Do in Sonoma County

June 12, 2017

Johnson's Beach Russian River

Sonoma County, Marin's neighbor to the north, has so much to offer for families, especially during the summer. From parks to beaches to unique attractions—not to mention the world renowned Wine Country—there so much to do in Sonoma County that you'll probably have to make several trips.

Pack up the kiddos and head north for a Sonoma adventure! Here are 10 fantastic destinations in Sonoma County that you have to check out this summer.

Stay Cool this Summer at the Water Park at Spring Lake Regional Park

May 27, 2017

Spring Lake Regional Park Water ParkPhoto: Sonoma County Regional Parks

Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Check out the Water Park at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, which opens for another season of fun on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Surround by redwood trees and a grassy picnic area, this is a great place to spend a warm summer day. We visited the park last summer and had a blast, and we're looking forward to having fun there again this season.

North Bay's Largest Children's and Maternity Consignment Sale this Weekend!

March 7, 2017

Just Between Friends fall sale Santa Rosa

Come shop until you drop at this weekend's North Bay Just Between Friends Mega Children's Sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa. Taking place today, Thursday, March 9 through 12, 2017, Just Between Friends is the North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment event.

Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. You'll save 30–90% off retail prices on tons of gently used and even new items. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals.

Have Your Next Party at Laser Tag of Santa Rosa

February 13, 2017

Laser Tag of Santa Rosa

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Laser Tag of Santa Rosa.

Laser Tag of Santa Rosa is the Bay Area’s only stand-alone laser tag fun center North of the Golden Gate Bridge. The sparkling clean family entertainment destination is located at 3011 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95407 (707) 755-3503 and offers a great time for people of all ages.

The state-of-the-art laser equipment is non-militaristic and offers features that have never before been available the region. The sophisticated laser packs each have a super advanced computer, speakers that prompt individual players during the laser play, versatile game formats and incredible tagging accuracy to create a thrilling game experience. It’s like playing in a real-life video game!  The facility provides good, clean entertainment set to a theme of a futuristic cyber-world, similar to the classic film Tron. The private party rooms are the perfect environment for birthdays, corporate events, sports teams, church groups, scouting troops, office parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, date night, student groups, or any groups looking to laugh, bond, and share a lot of smiles!

Ice Skating Fun at Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa

December 21, 2016

Snoopy's Home Ice Redwood Empire Ice ArenaOne of our must-do family tradions during the holidays is to visit Snoopy's Home Ice, as well as the Charles M. Schulz Museum right next door. The arena was a gift to the North Bay community from the late Santa Rosa resident and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, and has been going strong since 1969.

I always consider an outing here a holiday tradition, especially since I grew up watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year, and attended a few holiday ice shows here over the years, too. It was always a treat to see Charles Schulz himself sitting in the audience, enjoying the show and chatting with visitors. 

An Overnight Wildlife Adventure at Safari West

September 28, 2016

Safari West

Wouldn't it be great if you could take your family on an amazing African Safari adventure, but still have the convenience of being in the Bay Area? Safari West, a wildlife preserve and private zoo located near Santa Rosa offers just that!

Tour this 400-acre preserve in Sonoma County's rolling hills and get up-close-and-personal with giraffes, rhinos, zebras, monkeys, cheetahs, and a huge variety of birds and African antelopes. Not only can you tour Safari West, but you can stay overnight in one of their luxury "glamping" tent cabins. We had a chance to stay over at Safari West and take one of their Classic Safari tours, and it was an unforgettable experience.

Spend a Day at the Horse Farm!

July 24, 2016

Horse CampFor real summer fun come to Fairwind Farm in Santa Rosa for an all day extravaganza for kids ages 5 to 17. Activities include picking juicy blackberries and making homemade ice cream; harvesting vegetable and flower seeds to take home and plant; various art projects including decorating horseshoes, making birdhouses and dream boards; horseback riding (four horses are available for everyone to ride in the arena).

Participants can also fish for bass that you can take home and have for dinner or catch and release; hike the more than 87 beautiful acres with views of Petaluma, Penngrove, and Rohnert Park; play music and sing along (you can even bring your choice of instrument if you wish), and pick and plant vegetables and make yummy lunches.

There are only three Friday Horse Camp sessions left this summer: July 29 and August 5 and 12. The cost is $75 per person for kids ages 5 to 17 and includes lunch. For questions and to sign up, contact Lisa Marvier at (415) 730-6917 or marvier@comcast.net. Fairwind Farm is located at 2276 Crane Canyon Road in Santa Rosa 95404.

Lights, Camera, Fair! at the 2016 Sonoma County Fair

July 18, 2016

Sonoma County Fair carnival

In case you missed or just didn't get enough of the Marin County Fair, you'll be happy to know that the 2016 Sonoma County Fair starts Friday, July 22 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and runs through Sunday, August 7. It's worth checking out if you've never been: it's bigger and a lot different than Marin's smaller, more intimate fair, and has more of an agricultural focus, which is natural for a more rural county like Sonoma. The Sonoma County Fair also features the largest themed flower show in the country, which is usually pretty stunning—this year's theme is "Sonoma Cinema".

The fair includes a kids' area with free age-appropriate entertainment and activities with the theme "Let's Put on a Show!" Young fairgoers can take part in a show three times a day, which might feature pirates, clowns, astronauts, or even dinosaurs. There’s plenty of lawn and shade as well as a parents rest station with changing tables and chairs for nursing. The Kids Area is open from 11 am to 8 pm, with activities and entertainment from noon to 6:30 pm.

Comics, Cartoons, and Family Fun at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa

November 17, 2015

Charles M. Schulz Museum Santa Rosa

Fans of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all the other characters from the Peanuts comic strip know that Santa Rosa was home to the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. You've probably spent some time skating at Snoopy's Home Ice at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, which was founded by Schulz in 1969, but the Charles M. Schulz Museum, located right across the street on Hardies Lane, is a must-visit destination for families, too!

I suspect most parents have more fond memories of Peanuts than their children; we all grew up with the ubiquitous Peanuts comic strips, TV specials, books, toys, and more. For myself, a highlight of just about every holiday was watching the appropriate Peanuts special—whether A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, or even It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown on TV. Of course the recently released Peanuts Movie may change all that, so it's a great time to take the kids to check things out! It's not an especially large place, but there's plenty for both kids and parents to see and do, so plan on spending a few hours there.

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