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Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Marin and the Bay Area

December 11, 2017

New Year's Even Bell Ringing Asian Art MuseumWelcome in the New Year by ringing a 16th-century Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum.

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year at one of these family friendly events taking place in Marin and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of these celebrations take place earlier in the day or evening on December 31 so little ones can get a taste of New Year's Eve fun without staying up past their bedtimes. Unless otherwise noted, all these events take place on New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017.

  • Noon Year's Eve
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    , Sausalito
    9 am–2 pm
    Ring in the New Year with your little ones at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve! This kid-friendly affair includes music by DJ Mancub, a celebratory ball drop at noon, dancing, and various art activities like glitter crown and chandelier making. In addition, enjoy access to the museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits like Lookout Cove and Bay Hall. For more info, visit their website.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pfeffernüsse

December 11, 2017

I've always loved these little German spice cookies, and, after years of buying the ones from Trader Joes, I decided to try making them. They're really quite easy to make and even more delicious than the ones from the store.

The addition of black pepper may seem a little weird, but that's where the cookie gets its name (Pfeffer is the German word for pepper). It makes the cookies slightly spicy and helps accentuate the other spice flavors.

Using fresh ground spices makes a big difference—I have a small coffee grinder that's dedicated to grinding spices for recipes like this.


7 Wonderful Winter Family Hikes in Marin

December 10, 2017

Earthquake Trail Pt. Reyes

Since we're enjoying some beautiful winter weather, why not take advantage of it by taking a family hike? There are so many amazing spots in Marin County that are perfect for a hike or nature walk with kids, whether they're in a baby backpack, a stroller, or walking on their own.

Easy Handmade Holiday Bead Ornaments

December 10, 2017

Your kids can exercise their holiday creativity by making these easy and festive bead ornaments for the Christmas tree. They also look great attached to wrapped gifts as a little holiday extra.

These ornaments are simple to make, although the candy cane ornament is easier to put together than the star and probably a better project for younger children. All you'll need to make these are pipe cleaners, plastic beads in various colors and shapes, some ribbon, and scissors.

Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin

December 8, 2017


This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, and runs through December 20. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light this season, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin and beyond this winter.

Marinwood's Mickey Mouse Christmas House

December 7, 2017

One of my children's favorite decorated and lighted Christmas house is the Mize family's Mickey Mouse House (AKA "Mickey's Christmas House") in Marinwood. Visit it, and you'll see why it's so popular! 2017 is the farewell season for the Mickey Mouse House, located at 417 Blackstone Drive (at Las Gallinas Avenue), so make sure you visit at least once this year to take in all the magic before it's gone!

Celebrate the Season with Brandeis Marin

December 6, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Brandeis Marin.

Are you looking for family-friendly winter fun during this holiday season? Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas (or both!) - check out the short list from your friends at Brandeis Marin!

Sunday, December 10: The Festival of Lights

11:30 am-2 pm at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
The JCC puts on a great party at this annual FREE event - and this year promises even more fun with a glow in the dark dance party! Enjoy live music from the Brandeis Marin Chorus and Bands, indulge in latkes, pose in the photo booth, listen to stories, get your face painted, build maker-lab menorahs at the Brandeis Marin table, and shop for books at the Brandeis Marin Book Bazaar!

10 Great New Holiday Picture Books for Kids

December 5, 2017

Holiday Books

Who doesn't love snuggling up on the couch on a cool December night with a great book to read together? Here are our picks for 10 fantastic holiday-themed kids picture books. Thanks to Clare Doornbos at Book Passage in Corte Madera for starting off our list with some of her picks for great new books. Find them all at your local Marin County library or bookstore.

The Rombeiro Christmas House in Novato: You Have to See It to Believe It!

December 4, 2017

The Rombeiros' Christmas House Novato

Every December, Marin's power grid is yet again put to the test by the annual unveiling of the Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive in Novato. Sure, every neighborhood has its decorated houses, but the Rombeiro house is a different thing altogether. Edmundo Rombeiro and his family have been putting together this Christmas house to end all Christmas houses for the past 26 years, and every year it gets bigger and more elaborate.

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