Preserve Childhood Memories with This Little Piggy Prints

April 21, 2008

Shawna O'Connor of This Little Piggy with some printsMaking impressions of your children’s hands and feet in clay is a neat way to create a reminder of when they were small. Marin “mompreneur” Shawna O’Connor has made a business out of creating these special personalized keepsakes out of fine china clay with This Little Piggy. We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her unique business. She’s also agreed to give one lucky Marin Mommies reader a gift certificate for a free double print (two impressions on one piece), a $45 value. To enter the drawing, send an email to with "This Little Piggy" in the subject line. One winner will be selected at random on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

These make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and grandparents, too. Also, all new babies (12 months and under) can get a free handprint ornament. To make an appointment with This Little Piggy call (415) 472-3991 or visit

The Stapleton Ballet Presents Alice in Wonderland and More

April 20, 2008

Alice in Wonderland by the Stapleton Ballet, at the Playhouse in San AnselmoSan Anselmo's Stapleton Ballet presents a family-friendly show featuring two one-act story ballets based on children's favorites: Alice in Wonderland and Peter and the Wolf. Follow the story of Alice as she descends into Wonderland and encounters a variety of madcap characters, including the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, and the Queen of Hearts. After a brief intermission, there will be an encore performance of Peter and the Wolf. Both ballets feature lavish new sets and costumes. Since they're both short and filled with non-stop action, the performances are perfect for families with small children.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to This Year's Mountain Play

April 11, 2008

Dorothy and Toto from the 2008 Mountain Play, The Wizard of OzI’ve always wanted to experience one of the Mountain Plays up on beautiful Mount Tamalpais--with a picnic lunch, of course--but so far have just never made it. The 2008 production will be a family favorite, The Wizard of Oz. My son, who recently saw part of The Wizard of Oz on TV (we skipped the creepy flying monkeys and other scary stuff), noticed the Mountain Play flyer the other day, and decided that he wanted to go. Here is my chance to finally experience one of these unique productions!

Get Rid of Your E-Junk at E-Waste Weekend!

April 9, 2008

Ever wonder what to do with that obsolete inkjet printer, clunky old laptop, outdated cell phone, or other unwanted electronic device? Get rid of them in a safe, environmentally friendly, and legal manner at the Back-to-School E-Waste Weekend, taking place in the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium parking lot on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13 from 8 am to 3 pm. For this event the County of Marin is teaming up with Electronic Recyclers, the largest e-recyclers in California.

This sort of event is especially useful, as apparently it is illegal now to dispose of old electronic devices in your household trash. E-Waste Weekend is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required, just come on down with your e-junk. For more info, go to

"Into the Woods" at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse

April 9, 2008

Into the Woods at 6th Street PlayhouseFind out what happens after "happily ever after" to your favorite fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of the Beanstalk fame), and Little Red Riding Hood, in Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods. This fractured fairy tales, at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa from April 18 to May 18, 2008, features an adult cast of experienced playeers, and is appropriate for children 5 and over. Directed by Gene Abravaya.

Weekend Family-fun for April 4, 5 & 6

April 3, 2008

Friday, April 4

  • The Snell Children’s Fundraiser Day at Playtime Safari will be on Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Playtime Safari is donating 50% of the proceeds from admissions on this day to The Snell Children's Fund. Come play in the bounce house, tents, crafts corner, train table, and Dusty's Puppets will be performing at 10:30am. Playtime Safari is located at 5470 Nave Drive in Novato. For more info, go to to read more about the Snell family, go here.

West Marin Wildflowers at Abbott's Lagoon

March 28, 2008

Abbott's Lagoon trail in Point Reyes National SeashoreThe coming of spring ushers in California's all too brief wildflower season. One of the best places to see wildflowers in the Bay Area is the Point Reyes National Seashore in West Marin. Repeat visitors to this site know that Point Reyes is probably our favorite place for a family outdoor outing, and in March and April you can also see some pretty spectacular wildflower displays, especially since we've had a wet winter.

Family-Friendly Events for March 28, 29 & 20

March 27, 2008

Friday, March 28

Movies at the Model: Foul Play and Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, 7 to 9 pm. Movies are presented by Sausalito Parks & Recreation along with the Bay Model Visitor Center. Bring the family, eat popcorn, and enjoy a relaxing evening. Kids are welcome to wear PJs, bring a blanket, and cozy up to their own, age-appropriate film. Refreshments are sold at the concession stand. Free; sponsored by Peg Copple & Associates. Chaperones are present in the kids’ theatre. The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Info: (415) 332-3871.


Cool Kids' Clothing: Girl Charlee

March 26, 2008

If you’re into beautiful summer vintage dresses and unique clothing for your kids like I am, then check out Girl Charlee. This is one of my favorite sites for cute spring and summer dresses for girls, and the hip clothing for boys. Girl Charlee offers a variety of designer lines, including Eeny Meanie and Girl Charlee’s own, that offer a variety of both real vintage styles and vintage-inspired fabrics. Some of the girls’ styles include a groovy knit halter, a vintage floral strap dress, and vintage patch pocket gaucho pants. A few of the boys’ popular styles include some cool and hip cargos and stylish “Sebastian” shorts. They also carry a variety of very cute fabric wrap headbands using their signature vintage and vintage inspired fabrics.

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