Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 8, 9 & 10

April 8, 2016
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Take a guided nature hike at Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve in Stinson Beach.

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and throughout the Bay Area in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, April 8

  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child & $10 per each additional child siblings under 7 months free For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • 15th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival
    Tiburon Playhouse
    Friday, 4 pm–Sunday

    Don't miss the 14th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films from around the world.Check out a complete schedule of films here. Location: 40 Main Street, Downtown Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother-Son Dinner Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9 pm

    The annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance will be an "out of this world" cosmic celebration. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Tickets: $47. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Guys and Dolls Jr.
    Marin Center Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday, 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 pm
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Schools Musical theater department present Guys and Dolls Jr. This show is performed by the incredible talents of GSLS 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students under the direction of Gretchen Simon. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls follows Salvation Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of Times Square to Havana and back again. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 students 8th grade and under. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, April 9

  • 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30–10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Spring City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Come by and see what awesome items you might find. Admission is free. Over 80 different booths! Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Clothing Swap
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    TCSD presents a Spring Kids Clothing Swap—bring your newborn to age 8 gently worn clothing, seasonal items, Halloween costumes, hats, shoes, and accessories to swap. 2 grocery bags of items gets you free admission (without donations, admission is $10). All admissions can go home with 3 bags of items. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Uncle Gerry Family Concert
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 & 11:30 am

    Come and join in the fun with your little one! This family music concert benefits the SGVCC Summer Bridge Program. Family ticket for up to 4 people $25. Presented by Music Together of Marin. Location: 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spring Zen-a-thon
    Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–2:30 pm

    Zen-a-thon is a fun day for all ages and a chance for parents to practice together with their children. Participate in many enriching activities, including time in the gardens, movement, kid-friendly mindfulness, and more. Zen-a-thon is also a fundraiser so you can look for sponsors (like a walk-a-thon) or you can just come and enjoy the day, donating as your means allow. Registration required. Location: 1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cardinalpalooza: Stanford Spring Sports Festival
    Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Saturday, 10 am
    Join seven Stanford teams for a full day of free Cardinal sports events. Admission is free to every event, so come out to campus, bring your tailgating or picnic gear, and stroll to your choice of event. Four food trucks will be available in PAC-12 Plaza outside Sunken Diamond from 11 am–2 pm offering a variety of food and beverages. There will be opportunities to meet student-athletes from the teams following each event and parking will be free all day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Explore Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Marin Griffin Preserve is now open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to hike over eight miles of fern-lined trails, discover ponds with newts and other aquatic life, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and explore the bookstore, as well as take in views of the birds on Bolinas Lagoon. On weekends, volunteer ranch guide naturalists are on hand to lead hikes and answer questions about the history, stewardship and preservation of the Preserve. Suggested donation: $15 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Woolly Egg Ranch Spring Farm Tour
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10:30 am

    Tour Woolly Egg Ranch, Mill Valley's only working ranch, on their annual Spring Farm Tour and see baby animals, spring flowers, and more. Cost: $5 for kids (little ones free) and $7 for adults. Meet at the Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For reservations and more info visit their website.
  • Jungle Book Bonanza
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm and Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    It’s always a jungle inside the Zoo, but Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 will be a Jungle Book bonanza in anticipation of the release of the Disney feature film.  Costumed characters Mowgli and Baloo will roam the grounds to greet visitors and pose for photos (Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm).  Guests can also take pictures at an official Jungle Book backdrop near the Elinor Friend Playground!  On Sunday, we’ll be giving away passes to the April 12 screening at AMC Metreon, along with posters, bags and lots more movie swag.  Location: Sloat Blvd. @ The Great Hightway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sheep Shearing Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm
    The annual Sheep Shearing Day will be held at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park on Adobe Road, Petaluma. This event demonstrates sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Fun for the whole family! Cost: $3 adults 17 and older, $2 children 6 to 16, free for 5 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Open House
    Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Open Houses are a great way to learn about the history of Pixie Park and what it means to belong to this co-op playground. The new member open house is conducted in a casual environment where you can speak to a board member about the benefits and responsibilities of being a Pixie family, as well as ask questions and meet other prospective families. After learning about the park, interested families can sign-up and receive their key. Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.

Kick Off Your Spring Break at PIER 39 with Hard Rock and the 7D Experience!

April 7, 2016

7D Experience PIER 39Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco at PIER 39.

Kick off your family's spring break at PIER 39 in San Francisco with two great special offers from Hard Rock Cafe and the 7D Experience. The Hard Rock is expanding its great Sunday Fundays kids eat free deal (normally on Sundays only) all weekend for this weekend only. Kids 10 and under dine for free off the Hard Rock's kids' menu all day and night from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Mom and Dad get to rock out, drink, and eat while the kids enjoy a free meal with every adult entree purchased, 1:1.

In addition, kids also get free admission this weekend to the 7D Experience at PIER 39 with each full-price adult admission. The 7D Experience combines the thrill of a rollercoaster with the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game in a 20-seat theater with a massive movie screen. There's also the Lazer Challenge, where you compete to make it through a maze of criss-crossing laser beams.

Come to GymWorld Gymnastics for Summer Fun!

April 7, 2016

GymWorldMarin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Gymworld in San Rafael.

Lourdes Esquivel and Victoria Yelensky founded Gymworld in 1999. They were former National members of the team for their respective countries and wanted to pass on their love for the sport and its benefits to children.

Our brand new, air-conditioned building with state of the art equipment is perfect for kids of all ages. Well trained, safety certified staff will make any child enjoy the sport.

GymWorld summer camps are for kids ages 4 and up. If your child is a recreational beginner, intermediate, or a competing gymnast, GymWorld has the right group at camp for them.

At the end of each two week session there will be a performance where kids will demonstrate a floor routine and be awarded a medal for their efforts!

10 Fun Family Outing Ideas for Spring Break

April 5, 2016

Drum bridge at Japanese Tea GardenWhat are you doing on your time off from school next week? Here are a few of our picks for fun things to do with the family around Marin County, the Bay Area, and Northern California during Spring Break. Enjoy!

Today’s Au Pair: Professional, Specialized and Well-Trained

April 5, 2016

PROaupair Heidi Mispagel, executive vice president at PROaupair and the mom to six children under the age of 10, knows a thing or two about au pairs having worked in the au pair industry for over 20 years. A host mom herself, she shares her insights about today’s au pair in this guest article. Learn more about PROaupair’s professional au pairs and unique program for families with special needs at

As a Bay Area working mother of six children under the age of 10, I’ve experienced every form of childcare that exists. I’ve also spent more than 20 years working in the au pair industry and have a deep understanding of every aspect of the business. During that time, I’ve seen a lot of improvements to the program – yet, most host families know little about these changes.

Raspberry Almond Oatmeal Bars

April 5, 2016

raspberry almond oatmeal barsMy kids love to have a sweet treat when they come home from school, and I always try to make them as healthy as I can. These berry-filled oatmeal bars are really delicious, and I sometimes even use whole-wheat flour in them. Use either strawberry or raspberry preserves—they're both equally delicious. Even apricot would work! The sliced almonds can be replaced with chopped walnuts, too.


  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces (plus more for greasing the pan)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Tacos al Pastor with Homemade Corn Tortillas

April 4, 2016

tacos al pastorThere's something about authentic style tacos that's so delicious, and one of our favorite variations is tacos al pastor, which consist of pork marinated in a red chile sauce with grilled pineapple. In taquerias the pork is usually cooked on one of those vertical spits (like the ones used to cook shawarma or gyros), but we make a simplified version that we cook on the grill and I think it's a great approximation of the real deal. The enzymes in the pineapple help tenderize the pork, and the sweetness plays off the flavor of the red chile and spices.

It's also fun—and surprisingly easy—to make your own corn tortillas, and there's nothing quite like a freshly made tortilla hot out of the pan. It helps to have a cast iron tortilla press, but you can use a rolling pin in a pinch. The kids love to make their own tortillas, although we leave the cooking to a grownup, since they're baked in a hot cast iron pan. Actually, quite a few of the tortillas never make it to the taco part of the meal, since they're so good on their own.

Healthy Ingredients a Mom Can Trust

April 4, 2016

Whole Foods Market Marin

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Whole Foods Market.

Aspartame? Vanillin? Ammonium chloride? Shopping for groceries shouldn’t feel like reading a chemistry textbook. And once children enter the picture, the stakes are even higher.

At Whole Foods Market, we stock our shelves with products we buy for our own kids. We carry the widest selection of organic foods of any retailer, but it doesn’t stop there. What goes on your little one’s body is just as important as what goes in it. Looking for diapers? Ours don’t contain synthetic fragrances, inks, or chlorine. We offer lotions, soaps, sunscreen, and baby powder that don’t contain irritating preservatives, artificial colors, or scents.

Sellers Wanted at Marin’s Largest Garage Sale for Families

April 4, 2016

MPOMC Garage SaleDo you have outgrown children's clothing (ages 0–10) or equipment to sell, but don't want the hassle of doing it at your home? Sell your baby and children's clothes and shoes, infant and toddler gear, toys, furniture, maternity clothes, and more at Marin's largest garage sale for families! The public is invited to sell at this enormous consignment style sale, sponsored by the Marin Parents of Multiples Club (MPOMC).

Items must be for children ages 0–10 and must be in excellent condition. MPOMC has strict quality control in place to ensure the sale remains a success.

The garage sale takes place Saturday, June 4, from 7:45 am to 2 pm, in the gymnasium at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield. Items for children and maternity sell at 50% to 80% below retail, so the sale is a huge success, with more than 600 customers coming through in just a few hours.

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