Summer Vacation

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2016

McNears Beach San Rafael

Labor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of the destinations and activities here close up shop after Labor Day, so this is your last chance to visit until next summer!

Inexpensive and Fun Summer Kids' Activities in and around Marin

June 16, 2015

Summer Swimming KidsSummer vacation is finally here, and it's time to start thinking of fun and affordable ways to keep the kids occupied now that they're finally out of school. Fortunately, parents in Marin County will find plenty for kids to do!

Here are a dozen ideas for great affordable summer activities and outings in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. From hiking to swimming to movies to farm tours, everything listed here is either free or inexpensive. You don't have to break the bank to have a great time!

  • Join the Summer Reading Program at the Marin County Public Libraries. Participants are awarded prizes based on the number of days spent reading new books for at least 20 minutes a day. This year's program is titled "Read to the Rhythm”. It started on May 26, but it's never too late to join in. Check with your local library branch for details. The library offers fun family programs throughout the summer, too.
  • Kids' Summer Movie Clubhouse in Marin offers fun weekly movies for kids starting Tuesday, June 16, at the Century Rowland Plaza in Novato. 10 shows for $5 in advance, or $1 per show if purchased at the box office. Shows take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am. For a list of movies, see our article here.

Dream Big, Read! this Summer at the Marin County Free Library

June 6, 2012

Summer reading at the Marin County Free LibraryNow that school is almost out and summer vacation is just around the corner, it's a good time to start looking for fun activities to do with the kids. One of our favorite summer activities is the summer reading program at the Marin County Library. It's a great way to discover new books and revisit some old favorites. Children are awarded prizes based on the number of books they read—books that are read to them count, too, so even younger children who can't read yet can get involved in the fun.

This year the Marin County Free Library sponsors its “Dream Big, Read!” reading program from June 9 through August 11. Prizes include rainbow gel pens, magnetic bookmarks, Round Table Pizza coupons, and a "Dream Big, Read!" T-shirt. To claim their prizes, your kids can take their reading logs to the children's librarian at your local library branch. Check with your local library for details.

Vacation Strategies

May 31, 2011

Marin Mommies guest article by Marin marriage and family therapist Kate Brennan.

Summer is just around the corner. Vacations from school can be pleasant times for the entire family, not just the children. The daily pressures of homework or early morning rushing will cease to exist for a few months during the long days of summer. The daily routines will change during vacations but it is reasonable to expect children to follow routines regarding meals, chores, and recreation. If boredom is expressed, a little bit of encouragement from you can motivate her to find interesting things to do on her own. Below are some ideas for both staying at home and for trips.

Staying at Home

  • Plant a vegetable garden. Make a summer salad from vegetables grown in the garden.
  • The daily watering and cultivating of the garden will help your children with responsibility while teaching them about the wonders of nature.
  • Summertime is a wonderful time for pleasure reading. Explore the library's non-fiction section together to find books about hobbies or a summer project that interests your child.
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