Fantastic Family Camping in Marin

April 4, 2017

Family Camping in Marin

Kids love to go camping, and to many people there's nothing quite like sleeping in a tent, toasting marshmallows over a campfire, and spending some time in the great outdoors. Fortunately, here in Marin County we have quite a few fantastic campgrounds right in our backyard. Here are five of our favorites that are perfect for family camping.

Many of these campgrounds are booked up for summer weekends months in advance, but you can often find reservations during the week, and cancellations are common, too. Most of the California state parks, like China Camp and Samuel P. Taylor require reservations through the ReserveAmerica website. Some of these camp sites are first-come, first served, so if you're lucky you can score a great spot to pitch your tent and enjoy the outdoors.

10 Fun Family Outings for Spring Break

April 4, 2017

Train Town SonomaVisit the Wine Country with the kids this Spring Break for family fun destinations like Sonoma TrainTown.

What 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!

Train Rides and Railroad Adventures for Kids in the Bay Area and Northern California

April 3, 2017

It's hard to resist the romantic notion of riding the rails in a car pulled by an old-fashioned steam locomotive. It's something that captivates most kids—and many adults, too. Fortunately for railroad-obsessed kids and their parents, we have plenty of opportunities to take a real train ride in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, even if it is on a working scale-model! Many of these train rides are a short distance away, and some are great excuses for a day trip or weekend getaway. All of them are a lot of fun! Whether it's a miniature scale railroad or the full-size real deal, the sights and sounds of a train ride are unforgettable.

Keep in mind that many of these railroads keep to seasonal schedules, and rides are often weather permitting. Some offer train rides on weekends only. Make sure you check their websites or give them a call before you plan your visit.

Explore Windrush Farm for Family Fun

April 3, 2017

Windrush Farm

This weekend we had the chance to take a tour of Windrush Farm outside Petaluma. This working farm, sited on 25 rolling acres of green fields, is home to a both variety of animals, including sheep, goats, alpacas, and chickens, and some fantastic family programs, like music classes, summer camps, and more. It's a beautiful place, especially on a sparkling clear and warm spring day. It's an amazing educational resource that feels like it's a world away but is only a 20-minute drive from Novato.

We met up with Arann Harris, who organizes the educational programs on the farm, which his mother, writer Mimi Luebbermann, founded over 20 years ago. Arann, a musician and former naturalist at Walker Creek Ranch, showed us around the farm and introduced us to the farm's animals, including some adorable lambs and baby goats.

Passover Events and Celebrations for Families in Marin

April 3, 2017

Kesher Passover Kit

This year, Passover begins on the evening of Monday, April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18. For many, Passover is the most important of all Jewish holidays, and it's easy to see why: it's a family holiday that's celebrated with a festive meal that recounts the story of Exodus from slavery in Egypt—a foundational story of the Jewish people. Passover is also a spring holiday that celebrates the rebirth of the earth.

Deborah Burg-Schnirman, the Kesher Marin concierge, put together this fantastic list of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area Passover resources and events for families. Kesher is offering free Passover kits for families, filled with Passover goodies from the Marin Jewish community. These reusable fabric bags will bring extra joy to your family's holiday celebration, and include a LEGO frog kit, seder plate, matzah, grape juice, crafts kits, Kesher's Passover @Home guide ,and more. Sign up to get yours here. Supplies are limited and priority goes to families who haven't received a bag in the past.

Strawberry Shortcake Is a True Taste of Springtime

April 3, 2017

Strawberry ShortcakeOne of the best things about spring is knowing that you can get fresh, sweet, locally grown organic strawberries at the farmer's market or grocery store. To celebrate, we love to make this easy and delicious strawberry shortcake dessert. This simple combination of lightly sweet shortcake, fresh strawberries, and vanilla flavored whipped cream is a hit with just about everyone, and is suitable for every occasion, from a fancy Easter dinner to a kids' tea party.

These shortcakes are kind of like sweet (but not too sweet) buttermilk drop biscuits, and don't take very long to put together. If you're really in a hurry, you can use whipped cream from a can, but it doesn't take too much time or effort to make some fresh whipped cream with your electric mixer, and it tastes so much better, too.

You can make the shortcakes and whipped cream in advance and let diners assemble their own strawberry shortcake creations at the table, if you like. It's fun for both children and adults. Whipped cream keeps fine in the refrigerator for a few hours, and you can make it extra-thick and rich by putting it in a strainer over a bowl and letting some of the water drain out.

Spring Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

April 2, 2017

Studio 4 Art CampStudio 4 Art offers Spring Break camps in both Novato and Mill Valley.

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break? Check out some of the great spring break day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below drop-in camps, too.

  • Andrews Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: Kindergarten and up
    Andrews Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Spring break camps take place from 9 am–5 pm from April 10–14 with extended care from 8–9 am and 5–6 pm. Bring lunch and snack. For more info,call (415) 446-8946 or  visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

    Ages: 4–8
    The BADM is offering Spring Camps that focus on learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Camps hours: 9 am–2 pm; extended care from 2–4 pm. Two sessions: March 27–31 and April 10–14. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit

Easter Egg Hunts in Marin & the Bay Area

April 1, 2017

Easter egg hunt

Celebrate spring and the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt! There are Easter egg hunts scheduled at communities throughout Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here's our list of fun Easter egg hunts and events taking place in Marin and other locations in the Bay Area. We'll update this list as we find out about additional events. If we've left out your favorite Marin or Bay  Easter egg hunt, please let us know and we'll add it to the roster.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Six Spectacular Spring Wildflower Hikes for Families in Marin

April 1, 2017

Ring Mountain Wildflowers

Spring in California is spectacular, with an abundance of wildflowers, seasonal waterfalls, and wildlife. With all the rain we've been getting this season, spring's wildflowers should be even more spectacular than usual! Before the summer heat bakes the green hillsides brown, get the family out on the trail at one of these great Marin hiking spots with wonderful spring wildflower displays.

These hikes are perfect for a family outing at almost any time of year, but of course are especially nice during March and April. All the trails mentioned here are easy enough for everyone in the family to tackle, too.

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