Awesome Spots For a Mother's Day Picnic

April 28, 2016

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Pack a picnic and celebrate Mom's day outdoors at one of the many great picnic spots in and around Marin and Sonoma County. Here are some of our favorite places to bring our lunch (or brunch) and dine al fresco. If you want some more ideas for fantastic Mother's Day activities and outings, read our article here.

  • Bear Valley in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to the park's visitor center as well as a large picnic area complete with tables, restrooms, charcoal grills,  and drinking water. Have a leisurely lunch outdoors, and then take a hike—there are a number of different hikes and walks you can do here that are suitable for everyone in the family, including the Earthquake Trail, the Bear Valley Trail, and the trail leading to the Morgan horse ranch. Read more about Bear Valley in our article here.

Marinovators Showcases STEAM this Saturday at College of Marin

April 28, 2016

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators this Saturday, April 30, 2016 at College of Marin Academic Center  in Kentfield from 10 am to 3 pm. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.

Don't Miss the Fifth Annual Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale!

April 27, 2016

Pleasant Valley Rummage SaleIf you go to one rummage sale this year, this is the one you do not want to miss! The fifth annual Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rummage Sale in Novato takes place this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9 am–3 pm. This is the fifth major rummage sale for the school, and the PV's families have dug through closets, kids' rooms, and garages and contributed their treasures to this fundraiser. Rummage sale volunteers have weeded through the donations so only quality items will be available for sale—but at rummage sale prices, of course.

Some of the great items offered will include gently used children's clothing, sporting goods, toys and games, bikes, strollers, baby and toddler equipment and gear, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. You never know what other amazing treasures will be donated.

Doors open at 9 am sharp. Early birds can enjoy treats from the bake sale while they wait for the doors to open. The sale closes from 1 to 1:30 pm in preparation for the half-price sale, which starts at 1:30. The doors close at 3 pm.

Mother's Day Adventures in Marin and Beyond

April 26, 2016

Point Reyes WildflowersA leisurely Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many, and you can find plenty of family friendly options in Marin here. If your family is the more adventurous type, however, why not check out some of these fun alternatives in Marin and the North Bay. From wineries to museums to hikes to BBQ's, there's plenty of fun to be had by all! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Mother’s Day Make and Take

Sunday, May 1, 12–2 pm
Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to Stafford Lake Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to build a beautiful flower press. Dress for outdoor weather. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. We will provide supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Please reserve your spot in advance, as this event is limited to 30 participants. Park entrance is waived for participants. Learn more on their website.

Touch a Truck at Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael this Saturday

April 26, 2016

Touch a Truck 2016 Oak View Nursery School San RafaelThis Saturday, April 30, 2016, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fourth annual Touch a Truck event! At Touch a Truck, kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes.

Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Touch a Truck takes place from 9:30 am to noon (rain or shine). Admission is $5 per person (cash only, please), and kids under 1 are free. Baked goods and beverages will be available for sale, too. All proceeds from this event will fund special programing for Oak View Nursery School students.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

April 25, 2016

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are a dozen of our favorite family friendly spots for a Mother's Day brunch in Marin.

All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as Mother's Day brunches fill up pretty quickly.

Click on highlighted links for more info.

  • Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera features an all-day Mother's Day buffet featuring both brunch and dinner dishes from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Brunch items include eggs benedict, brioche French toast, duck confit hash, and special selections at the hot table. $39.95 for adults and $17.50 for kids 12 and under. Reservations recommended: (415) 924-3366. Brick & Bottle is located at 55 Tamal Vista Boulevard, in the Marketplace shopping center.

Treasures Await at the Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale, April 28-30

April 25, 2016

Bel Marin Keys Spring Sale Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale, which takes place April 28–30.

Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for some shopping deals? Starting Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, many of the businesses in the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse district (just off 101 in South Novato), will be opening for you. This sale has a wide array of items for your delight; including brightly colored kitchen gadgets (Kuhn Rikon), nutrient rich seaweed spa products (SeaBenefit), stunning and unique jewelry pieces (Alexis Jewelry), funky boots and sunscreen products (Mike Childs USA), gorgeous Italian décor (Via Graceffo) and fine wine (Starry Night Winery) to name just a few. There is something for everyone!

Tasty Chicken Pozole Verde

April 24, 2016

Pozole verde with chickenCinco de Mayo is coming up, so why not make a classic Mexican recipe for dinner? Pozole, a hearty soup based on nixtamalized corn, also known as hominy, is considered one of Mexico's national dishes. Usually you'll encounter it in its red form with red chiles and pork, but I think the green version is just a delicious.

Instead of using dried red chiles to flavor the broth, this green pozole feautures tomatillos, jalapeños, and ground toasted pumpkin seeds. This is definitely not a throw-it-together-after-work recipe. It's slow food at its best, and you can use even use your slow cooker if you like. While you can make this with canned hominy and it will still be delicious, definitely try to prepare it using the real deal, which comes dried. You need to cook it slowly for hours, but the texture and flavor are superior.

It's fun for each diner to customize their bowls of pozole: add crisp lettuce and radishes, creamy avocado, crushed tortilla chips, tart lime juice, Mexican oregano, sliced jalapeños, and spicy ground red chile.

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Hiking with Kids in Marin: Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve

April 24, 2016

Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Divide

Marin's geography can be pretty astounding at times. Who would have thought that the San Anselmo neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow was just a stone's throw from the northern San Rafael enclave of Terra Linda? If you try to drive from one of these locations to another, it will take you a good half hour, minimum, but if you take a walk at the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve, you can go from one to the other in just a few minutes!

This 1,172-acre preserve encompasses the ridge that separates these two areas. It's perfect for a family hike, and the views are spectacular. You really get the feeling that you're on top of the world. The path that connects Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow was at one point destined to be a road, but community members fought to preserve the area and now the only vehicles traversing the ridge are the human-powered, two-wheeled kind.

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