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Unique Toy Stores in Marin

December 11, 2017

Toy CrazyToy Crazy at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur

Here in Marin, we're fortunate to able to choose from many unique and often independent locally owned toy stores. A place where the person behind the counter is usually the owner, a member of the owner’s family, or a longtime manager who knows everything there is to know about toys. There are usually samples out and about—great for play-testing—and there are items guaranteed to bring back a major sense of nostalgia.

The Spectacular Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery

November 16, 2017

West End Nursery Christmas House

Traditionally, our first holiday outing in Marin is always to the famous Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael. We checked out this season's edition yesterday during its opening weekend and, once again, it's a spectacular as ever. As a matter of fact, I think it might be the best version to date—it just keeps getting better every year.

Horse-Drawn Tours of Novato's Holiday Lights with Indian Valley Carriage

November 3, 2017

Indian Valley CarriageWant to tour Novato's spectacular holiday lights the old fashioned way this winter? Book a trip via horse-drawn carriage or wagon from Gary Sello and Indian Valley Carriage. Novato residents have probably seen Gary and his team cruising the streets at Christmas time, especially near the famous Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive.

Active Indoor Birthday Parties for Fall and Winter in Marin

October 23, 2017

PlayLand MLK Gym Sausalito BirthdayPlayLand Sausalito offers fun active birthday parties in the MLK Gym

After the wet weather starts up, planning a fall or winter birthday party can get a little challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of venues throughout Marin that offer great options for active indoor birthday parties. From dancing and gymnastics to bounce-house fun, there's something for everyone. Here are some of Marin's most popular indoor active birthday party venues, plus a few futher afield that are worth the drive.

Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area

October 19, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. Find a variety of family-friendly Halloween events that's right for you! We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • LEGO Haunted House Workshop
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Monday, October 30, 3–5 pm
    This Halloween season, join Play-Well TEKnologies for a LEGO Haunted House workshop! Participants will have time to engineer their own trap then they will see if their LEGO Minifigure to go through. Can you make it out of the haunted house without getting scared! Fee: $20. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Tuesday, October 31, 3–5:30 pm

    Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time  as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.

Fall Family Fairs & Festivals in the Bay Area

August 21, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchFall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and beyond. Find a family-friendly fall festival, fair or Oktoberfest to celebrate the season. We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood
    Friday, October 13, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $12 advance or $16 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.

Eco-friendly Lunchbox Supplies for Back to School

July 27, 2017

PlanetBox

When it comes to back-to-school, green is the way to go! Instead of throwing away plastic and paper products and sending them to the landfill every day, why not invest in some reusable eco-friendly lunch box supplies for your kids this school year?

The examples listed below are stylish and durable and should last for years. Our family owns several of the products that I’ve listed here, and we use them all the time for school lunches, snacks, and picnics. Many of these products can be purchased at local retailers throughout Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reusable Lunch Bags and Boxes

  • PlanetBox
    www.planetbox.com
    San Rafael-based company PlanetBox creates stainless steel lunch kits that fit neatlly into soft cloth carrying cases. They come in three different sizes—Launch, Rover, and Shuttle—in a variety of designs and colors. Sets come with a cool magnet set of your choice with which to decorate your lunchbox. Prices start at $39.95. (Pictured above.)

Haircuts for Kids in Marin

July 27, 2017

Purple Monkey Hair in Tiburon

It's almost back-to-school time, so get your kids looking their best with a great haircut! Getting a good kids' haircut can be a real challenge, though. Finding a great stylist and, above all, getting the kids to sit still and get their hair cut are often more difficult than they should be. Fortunately, here in Marin we have some great kids' salons that making getting those haircuts a much easier for both parents and kids, and even—dare we say it—fun!

Here they are, listed from north to south. If we've missed your favorite kids' hair salon, please let us know! We'd love to hear about it and add it to the list.

Mom's Night Out with the San Rafael Pacifics

July 17, 2017

Mom's Night Out San Rafael Pacifics

Marin Roto-Rooter presents a Mom's Night Out with the San Rafael Pacifics on Saturday, July 22 at 4:05 pm. This fun-filled night out at the ballpark features wine tasting by Chronic Cellars and a post-game kickball game and beers with Pacifics players!

Tickets cost $50 and includes a baseball cap, all activities, and general admission to the ball game. It's not just about fun; it's for a good cause, too: $25 of each ticket will be donated to Sunny Hills Services, a Marin non-profit organization that supports vulnerable youth and their families. Order tickets online.

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