Awesome Ice Cream Shops in Marin & Beyond

June 18, 2017

Lala's Creamery Petaluma

Ice cream is one of those foods that's synonymous with summer, although it's pretty wonderful at any time of year! On a hot day, there's not much better than getting a big scoop of your favorite ice cream on a waffle cone. To help you find that summer joy, we've put together this guide to our favorite ice cream scoop shops in Marin County (and we've thrown in a couple of our Sonoma County favorites that are worth the trip, too).

Here they are, arranged from south to north. Many of these shops are family owned and operated, but we've included a few of the popular chains, too.

Weekend Family-friendly Fun for June 16, 17 & 18

June 16, 2017

Father's Day

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families in and around Marin County this Father's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, June 16

  • Children's Garden Series: Red Panda Acrobats
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    Friday, 11–11:30 am & 12:15–12:45 pm

    Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance and dexterity. While founded in Shanghai in 1990, the company has long called San Francisco home. With a year-round international touring schedule, the Red Panda Acrobats relish the opportunity to impress hometown audiences. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Alameda County Fair
    Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–11 pm
    The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton offers an amazing lineup of concerts featuring headliners like Tower of Power, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Great White, Smash Mouth, Leann Rimes, and more. There will also be a carnival midway with rides and games, a 4th-of-July Fireworks Spectacular, farm animals, a rodeo, monster trucks, motocross, a demolition derby, and countless entertainers. Location:  4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Fairfax Library
    Friday, 12:15–12:45 pm

    Come to Fairfax Library for a free concert by multilingual singer/songwriter and storyteller Juan Sanchez! Children of all ages will enjoy this special musical program. Location:
    2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus of Smiles Workshop
    Stinson Beach Library
    Friday, 1–2 pm

    Join the circus workshop with an experienced circus arts instructor from Circus of Smiles. You don't have to run away to join this circus! Come try your hand at juggling and tumbling and try out a comedy routine in a supportive and fun environment. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Fun Night
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County
    Friday, 4–7 pm
    Have a family date night and play late at the Children's Museum! Explore interactive exhibits after hours. Or just have fun playing as the sun sets. Bring your appetite to enjoy pizza slices from Mary's Pizza Shack for $2 slice. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Nights at the de Young
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 5–8:45 pm

    Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open until 8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Broadway Under the Stars
    Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen
    Friday, 5 pm

    Join Transcendence for this thrilling celebration of music and dance from Broadway and beyond. Opening the season with a splash, this concert pays tribute to some of the most powerful songs and shows ever written. Kick off your summer with an evening you and your friends will never forget! Preshow picknicking starts at 5 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Friday, 6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Robert Overbury at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Father-Son Super BBQ
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday,  6:30–9 pm

    Have fun at the Father-Son Super BBQ at the Corte Madera Community Center. This event features games, activities, and a food. Location: 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jazz & Blues by the Bay
    Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). This Friday: The Daniel Castro Band. For more info, call (415) 289-4100 or visit their website.
  • Opening Night: Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
    Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
    Friday, 6:30–8 pm

    Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to the weekly free musical event. This Friday: Marble Party. Food available for purchase. For more info, call (415) 289-4152 or visit their website.

Saturday, June 17

  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to family music (9:30–10:30 am). Special Father's Day LEGO event at Poppy from 10:30 am–2 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit Music Day
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a day of music. Music Day features: Opportunities to meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger (9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), puppet show by Jelly Jam Time (10:30–11am, 11:30 am–12 pm), music performance by Juice and Jelly (1–1:45 am, 2–2:45 pm) and much more. Museum admission applies. Loction: 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Learn How to Pier Fish on Father’s Day Weekend
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    Join rangers and a few experienced local anglers on Father's Day weekend to learn the secrets and tricks of the trade when fishing from a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Don't forget to bring your dad and a fishing pole! For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature Connection: Pond Exploration Day
    Martin Griffin Preserve, Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Come explore the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve and discover the wonders of nature at three ponds using microscopes, nets, buckets, tubs, and field guides. ACR’s Nature Guide volunteers will be available to answer questions about the diverse aquatic life living in the ponds. Perfect for all ages. Free; suggested donation of $20. Location: 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Northern California Pirate Festival
    Vallejo Waterfront
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Navigate your way to the waterfront town of Vallejo for the Northern California Pirate Festival. Enjoy piratical music, swordplay, pirate skills demonstrations, food, and booty! Admission is $12 for adults, free for kids 11 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Juan Sanchez Concert!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, 10:30–11 am

    Join us for music, song and dance with Juan Sánchez! This outdoor bilingual concert (weather dependent) will take place in the meadow behind the Novato Library so please bring your sunscreen! For families of all ages and abilities.
    Location: 1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • The LEGO Experience
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10:30–2 pm

    Join us outside Poppy and Toy Crazy for a hands-on Lego Experience with Dad! The perfect kickoff to your Father's Day weekend is hosted by PlayWell, and involves plenty of creative fun. Meet us at the Mart - and don't forget Dad! For more info, visit their website.
  • Tiburon Classic Car Show
    Shoreline Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Tiburon Classic Car Show is a wonderful community event, held annually in Tiburon near the ferry boat landing, against the beautiful backdrop of the Tiburon Waterfront Park. The show celebrates the beauty of classic automobiles (produced prior to 1971), and men, women and children alike, find great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. Free. For more info visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Terrific Tile Painting
    Presidio Officer's Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend!Come learn about the ceramics that the Spanish used in the Presidio long ago and paint your own majolica-style tile, a centuries-old tradition in Mexico. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Mateo County Fair
    San Mateo Event Center
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–10 pm

    San Mateo County's annual fair includes concerts by Night Ranger, Kansas, and Tower of Power, as well as free fair entertainment like STEM activities from the Super Science Company, Captain Jack Spareribs, Life Sized Mousetrap, the Great American Petting Zoo, Balloonacy, and more. Of course there will be carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits of all types, too. Location:1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo 94403. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Kite Festival
    Presidio Main Parade Ground, San Francisco
    Saturday, noon–5 pm

    Let your imagination soar at this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. The artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying will take your breath away! The free, all-day event features a free “build you own kite” booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks. For more info, visit their website.

The Family Friendly Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival Returns to the Osher Marin JCC

June 15, 2017

Summer Nights at the Marin JCC

This summer, the Osher Marin JCC reprises its most popular event series: the Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival. Bring your picnic, blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Concerts take place on Saturday evenings from July 8 through August 5, 2017 at 7 pm. Dinners from a variety of local pop-up restaurants will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.

Create Art to Wear at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato

June 15, 2017

Art to Wear Rolling Hills Club

This month, the Rolling Hills Club in Novato debuts an all-new summer camp: Art to Wear! For kids ages 5 to 12, Art to Wear lets campers create unique and stylish works of art, including clothing and jewelry. Kids will experiment with different media to make three unique pieces of jewelry and work with fabric dyes and paints to create one-of-a-kind fashions. Art to Wear camp takes place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, June 19, 21, and 23 from 9 am to 4 pm.

State-of-the-Art Dental Care from the Marin Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

June 13, 2017

Marin Center for Restorative and Cosmetic DentistryMarin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Marin Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Looking for comprehensive dental care for the whole family? The Marin Center for Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help!

Conveniently located in Novato, our office provides patient-friendly, state-of-the-art dental care to keep your family smiling for years to come.

  • Family and pediatric dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Invisalign
  • Same-day crowns
  • Non-surgical periodontal treatment
  • Dental implant replacement teeth
  • TMJ care
  • Sedation dentistry

Summer Swim Lessons in Marin

June 13, 2017

Summer swim lessons

Summer is here and one of the season's time honored traditions for children is swimming lessons. Not only are swimming lessons a fun way to get some exercise and cool off on a hot summer day, but knowing how to swim is essential from a safety standpoint.

Below is our list of local Marin County providers of swimming lessons for children. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information.



10 Summer Family Fun Things to Do in Sonoma County

June 12, 2017

Johnson's Beach Russian River

Sonoma County, Marin's neighbor to the north, has so much to offer for families, especially during the summer. From parks to beaches to unique attractions—not to mention the world renowned Wine Country—there so much to do in Sonoma County that you'll probably have to make several trips.

Pack up the kiddos and head north for a Sonoma adventure! Here are 10 fantastic destinations in Sonoma County that you have to check out this summer.

Russian River Fun at Johnson's Beach

June 12, 2017

Johnson's Beach Guerneville

When the temperature rises, it's fun to head to a local beach and cool off. Bay Area residents have been doing this for nearly 100 years Johnson's Beach, a laid-back, family-friendly summertime getaway on the banks of the Russian River in Guerneville. There's nothing quite like lounging in an inner tube on the river on a warm summer day with redwoods towering overhead!

Marin Summer Survival Guide 2017

June 12, 2017

Summer's here, the kids are out of school, and you're be looking for things to do. Don't worry... check out our hot list of things to do this summer in Marin and the Bay Area. Our list includes free outdoor concerts, community pools, swim lessons, beaches, camping, summer hikes, playgrounds, local fairs and festivals, family getaways, and the best places to go biking with the kiddos in Marin.

Check back soon for the scoop on 4th of July fireworks and more. Find out more here.

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