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Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair Starts Today!

June 21, 2017

Sonoma-Marin Fair

Summertime is fair time, and the first fair of the season is usually Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair, which takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from Wednesday June 21 through Sunday, June 25. The Sonoma-Marin Fair is not quite but almost a county fair, and offers a wide range of fun and exciting attractions, competitions, events, and activities for the entire family.

This year's theme is "Great Eggspectations", and you'll find plenty of family fun including carnival rides with a kiddie carnival for younger children, pig races, a safari adventure, "Agventure Land" for agricultural fun, strolling clowns, jugglers, and silly characters, and artst and crafts and a petting zoo at Clo's Kids Corner. You'll also find livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, chef demonstrations, a destruction derby, and more. Of course the fair's famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest, will take place, too!

Free Outdoor Family Movies in Marin and the Bay Area

June 19, 2017

Film Night in the Park Marin County Summer

Summer means its time for free outdoor movies in Marin and the Bay Area, so grab your blankets and pillows, pack the picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy some family flicks al fresco. Here's our guide to free outdoor movies this summer and fall in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.

Most movies begin at dusk or around 8 pm; check the organizer's website for exact time and location. Some feature food trucks and even wine pairings. Popcorn is often offered for free!

In addition, the North Bay Mobile Drive-In screens movies on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building in Novato; join their Meetup page to get notified about upcoming screenings.

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"Let the Funshine In!" at the 2017 Marin County Fair

June 5, 2017

Marin County Fair Stormtroopers

Who's ready for the fair?! The 76th annual Marin County Fair opens on Friday, June 30, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In!"

This year, the Fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love with special competitions like tie dye, macrame, and "flower power" floral art; a special exhibit on the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival; headline concerts featuring '60s bands like Sons of Champlin and the 5th Dimension; hands-on art making; and even psychedelic virtual reality. Of course you'll also find the usual thrilling rides, popular concerts, farm animals, family activities, amazing exhibits, and a spectacular nightly fireworks display.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" Brings Charm and Fun to the 2017 Mountain Play

May 24, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the Beast

This year's Mountain Play—the 104th, to be exact—is Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and we had a chance to see it on its opening day last Sunday. This family-friendly production of the Broadway musical has loads of charm and energetic fun and is a must-see live theater experience this spring!

Adapted from the animated feature of the same name, this classic fairy tale features features memorable songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice and of course plenty of Disney fun. Beauty and the Beast is directed by Jay Manley (who also directed West Side Story on Mt. Tam last season), musical direction is by David Möschler leading a live 18-piece orchestra, and choreography is by Nicole Helfer.

The Downtown Novato Farmers Market Opens Tonight

May 2, 2017

The Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market opens for its 2017 season this evening, Tuesday, May 2. The market takes place from 4 to 8 pm on Grant Avenue between 1st and 4th Streets. Come check out an abundance of fresh produce from local farms, pony rides, bounce houses, live music, fresh prepared foods from local vendors, crafts, and more.

Bring the family for an evening of fun on Grant Avenue. Each year the Novato Farmers Market grows and improves, and boasts an impressive array of some of the Bay Area’s finest food purveyors, producers, farmers, and ranchers.

The 2017 Marin County Fair Wants Your Entries!

May 1, 2017

Marin County FairAlthough the Marin County Fair doesn't take place until this summer, now is the time to start thinking about your entries for the fair's many competitions. The deadline for entry to all competitions is on or before Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 pm.

Children ages 5–18 can enter any number of Junior Division competitions, including arts and crafts, hobbies, cartoon art, performing arts, photography, and creative writing, not to mention traditional preserved food, horticulture, and floral categories. Do you have a prize-winning cow, goat, or chicken in the backyard? Kids can enter all sorts of livestock in the fair. Don't have a farm animal? Don't worry—kids can also enter their furry friends in the Guinea Pig, Rabbit, or Pocket Pet (mice, rats, hamsters, turtles, and other critters) competitions.

Special theme categories for 2017 include floral headbands, tie dye, selfies, macrame, Play Doh creations, and more. There's bound to be something for everyone in the family to enter. My kids always love entering something in the fair, and it's thrilling to see what kind of ribbon you've won when you finally find your exhibit on display.

This year the Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In", a tribute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and it takes place June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.

Get Your Tickets Now for This Year's Mountain Play: Beauty and the Beast!

April 30, 2017

Mountain Play Beauty and the BeastDaniel Rubio (Beast) and Chelsea Holifield (Belle). Photo by Ed Smith

Everyone in my family is looking forward to this year's 104th Mountain Play: Disney's Beauty and the Beast! Performances of this production of the hit Broadway musical take place at 2 pm in Mt. Tam's Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on May 21 and 28, and June 4, 11, and 18. The cast includes Chelsea Holifield as Belle and Daniel Rubio as Beast. Come be a part of this century-old Marin County tradition!

Based on the Academy Award-winning Disney animated feature, the stage version of this beloved story includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

On Your Marks, Get Set, GO! "The Hare and the Tortoise" Comes to Marin Theatre Company

February 14, 2017

Hare & TortoisePhoto: Jeff Berlin/Marin Theatre Company

On your marks, get set, GO! As part of it ongoing Family Series, Marin Theatre Company brings the spirit of sportsmanship, friendship, and living in the moment to its magical production of Brendan Murray’s Hare & Tortoise. The third production in MTC's Family Series, Hare & Tortoise features slow and steady Tortoise versus speedy and impatient Hare, who race to understand that determination and will for success truly matter in life.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Family at Hearts on the Hill, Saturday, February 11

February 8, 2017

Hearts on the Hill Join Corte Madera's Kids on the Hill preschool for their annual Valentines-day-themed Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday, February 11 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Corte Madera Community Center. All families are welcome!

This year's Hearts on the Hill features fun for the entire family, including carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, a live DJ and dancing, food and drinks, a raffle for a family getaway to Disneyland, and a fantastic silent auction.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event and cost $5; children 2 and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Kids on the Hill Preschool. The Corte Madera Community Center is located at the Corte Madera Town Park at 498 Tamalpais Avenue.

For more information about Kids on the Hill Preschool, call (415) 924-3033.

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