Cool Off at Marin Community Pools 2015

June 2, 2015

Looking for a pool in Marin to keep cool on a warm summer day? Here's our list of swimming pools throughout the county that are open to the public and offer drop-in recreational swim hours for families.

All schedules and drop-in fees are accurate at the time of publishing, but are subject to change and cancellation without notice. It always helps to give them a call to confirm hours and prices before you go. If you know of another local drop-in swim facility that you don't see in our roster here, please let us know and we'll add it to the list.


  • College of Marin Kentfield Campus Pool
    Physical Education Facility
    835 College Avenue, Kentfield
    (415) 485-9578

    June 15–July 26 (closed July 4)
    Monday–Sunday 1–6 pm

    Drop-in Fees
    Adults $6, children and students $5, seniors 55+ $4. Cash and check only. Parking permits are required and can be purchased at a cost of $3 per day.

Visit a Museum for Free in June

June 1, 2015

ExploratoriumDid you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

First Tuesday of the Month—June 2

A Family That Eats Together: Whole Wheat Chicken Chow Mein

June 1, 2015

chicken chow meinMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Do you love chicken chow mein but want a healthy alternative? Making it yourself is not only quick and easy but you control what you are putting into the dish unlikely what you might get at a restaurant. In this recipe, I use whole-wheat pasta as a healthier alternative for noodles. The sauce is simple with easily found ingredients from most any grocery store. Don’t order out, eat in with a dish you will be proud you gave your family!

Serves: 6
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


Find a Bargain at this Saturday's Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale

June 1, 2015

Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale June 8 Marin Catholic Find top quality children’s clothes, toys, and equipment at garage sale prices this Saturday, June 6, at the 11th annual Marin Parents of Multiples Club (MPOMC) Garage Sale! Known at the largest family garage sale in Marin county, the sale features a variety of high-quality used items including maternity apparel, baby and children’s clothes (from infant to about age 10), infant and toddler gear, toys, furniture, strollers, safety equipment, feeding and nursing items, books, videos, outdoor play toys and equipment, and much more!

Because of the sale's strict quality control guidelines (it's often called the "Neiman-Marcus of garage sales"), this is the perfect place to find high-quality clothes and gear at 50%–80% below retail. This incredible sale not only benefits MPOMC members, who have early access to the huge selection of merchandise, but has a substantial community outreach component and is a service to the community at large. After the sale is closed, local families in need and non-profit organizations are invited to "shop" the remaining items at the sale for free.

Easy-to-Make Peach Crumble is the Taste of Summer

May 31, 2015

Summer peach crumbleFew things signify that summer is finally here as much as the easy availability of fresh and juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Now that we're seeing delicious peaches at the farmers' market and in the produce section of the supermarket, why not make a fantastic dessert like peach crumble? This recipe is a summertime staple in our house, especially when my mom brings over a load of peaches fresh off the tree in her front yard.

Fruit crumbles don't look as pretty and require less work than pies, but are just as delicious. Born out of the need for rationing flour and sugar during World War II, crumbles, in their basic form, involve a fruit filling covered with a crumbly flour, sugar, and butter topping. It's something that's easy enough for the kids to help make, too. They love to mix up the crumble topping and spread it on top of the fruit filling.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Organic Ice Cream in Marin!

May 30, 2015

Noci GelatoWith summer almost here, it’s time to think about ice cream! And to make yourself feel a little bit better about eating this rich treat, why not indulge in some locally made organic ice cream? There's nothing quite like freshly made ice cream with local organic ingredients, and we have three favorite spots in Marin where you can satisfy your organic ice cream urge this summer (or at any time of year).

Fairfax Scoop at 63 Broadway in downtown Fairfax offers a rotating selection of innovative organic ice cream flavors like vanilla honey lavender, toasted hazelnut, Mexican chocolate, and controlled burn (cinnamon with crystallized ginger and red chile!), as well old favorites like strawberry and chocolate.

Vegan-friendly sorbet and soy options are always offered, too, and prices are a bargain (it's cash and local checks only, though). Make sure you try their homemade waffle cones (which are the only cones they serve). Fairfax Scoop is open daily from noon–10 pm. (415) 453-3130. Check out their Facebook page here.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for May 29, 30 & 31

May 29, 2015
Mountain Play Peter Pan
The Mountain Play presents Peter Pan this Sunday at 2 pm on Mount Tam.

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 beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 29

  • Sing and Dance with Miss Kitty
    San Rafael Public Library
    Friday, 10:30–11:15 am

    Join Marin County favorite Miss Kitty for a series of fun family concerts just right for children aged birth to 8 years old. Free, no registration required! Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 485-3322 or visit their website.
  • Friday Nights on Main: All that Jazz!
    Shoreline Park and Main Street, Tiburon
    Friday, 6–9 pm

    Bring the family to this free family night in Downtown Tiburon. Enjoy live music, wine & dine al fresco. This Friday, enjoy some razzmatazz and All that Jazz! Tanya Scarlett and her A Team bring stylish, fresh jazz, pop and R&B to Main Street. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, May 30

  • Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
    Sonoma Raceway
    Saturday, 8:30 am–8 pm
    & Sunday, 8:30 am-4 pm
    The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, featuring sports cars and popular marques like Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche and Lotus, as well as a full array of formula cars, Trans-Am, and production sports cars roaring around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Each ticket doubles as a pit pass, granting you an up-close look at these historic racecars and a chance to chat with their owners. Children 12 and under are free! For more info, visit their website.
  • 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). For more info, visit their website.
  • Toddler Day
    Slide Ranch
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm egg from the chickens, and hearing the baa of the sheep. There are many tastes, colors, and smells living in our organic garden, and we use all of our senses to explore the farm. Activities are toddler appropriate, but all ages welcome on this very family-friendly farm day. Fee: $25 per person; kids 1 year under free. Location: 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Home & Garden Expo
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm Sunday,
    10 am–5 pm
    The Marin Home & Garden Expo presents the newest trends and favorite traditions in the home and garden Industry. Bring the kids! Hands on building projects will take place in the kid's zone, and there will be live performances throughout the weekend. Marin community music groups will entertain on the Home Grown Marin Music Stage. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Classes: Eat Your Veggies!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Join us for a veg-tacular class and learn how to make vegetables the star of the plate. They’re delicious—we promise! Discover what’s in season at the farmers’ market and how to select veggies that are ripe and ready to eat. We’ll show you some fun and easy ways to serve them. Then head home and prepare your favorites for your family. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living Ship Day
    USS Hornet Museum, Alameda
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    Experience an aircraft carrier in action! Witness simulated flight operations; participate in mission briefings; meet former crew; sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet! This Saturday's theme is Birth of the Original Navy SEAL: The UDT. Free after museum admission. Location: 707 West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House: City of Novato Preschool Programs
    Novato (see locations below)
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    If you're looking for a high-quality, affordable preschool program for the fall, come check out the City of Novato Preschool Programs at Hamilton and Lu Sutton this Saturday. Classes for ages 2, 3, and 4 years old. Registration opens Monday June 1. Locations: Hamilton Community Center, Preschool Room: 503 So. Palm Dr. & Lu Sutton School, Preschool Room: 1800 Center Rd. For more info, visit their website.
  • Coleman Carnival & International Festival
    Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael
    Saturday from 11 am–4 pm

    Come and experience some old fashioned family fun with entertainment from around the world, giant bounce houses, games, a raffle and more. The International Festival honors the diversity of the world and is Coleman’s largest annual community fundraiser. Food such as snow cones, crepes, Swedish waffles, cotton candy, pulled pork, BBQ, pizza ,and taqueria specialties availablAdmission is free and tickets can be purchased for food and games. Location: 800 Belle Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Concert: Jammie Jam
    Community Church of Mill Valley
    Saturday, 11 am–noon

    “Jammie Jam” is a fundraiser for homeless children organized by Marin Montessori middle school student Clara Spitz. Local children’s musicians Miss Kitty, Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith will be performing an hour-long set of fun and whimsical songs with a special guest performance by Clara. Admission is free, but families are asked to bring donations of new crib-sized blankets, new stuffed animals, and new or gently used books, which will be placed in a gift tote and given to shelters housing homeless children in Marin County. Location: 8 Olive Street across from Old Mill Park. For more info, call (415) 786-1251.
  • Meet Yo Gabba Gabba!
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    On May 30-31, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee will be on site from 11 am to 4 pm to take pictures with you and your little Yo Gabba Gabba! fans! So make it out to the San Francisco Zoo and enjoy the Yo Gabba Gabba! crew! Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Help Homeless Families with Dream Circle Band and Jammie Jam

May 28, 2015

Jammie Jam with Clara Spitz and the Dream Circle Band This Saturday, May 30, from 11 am to noon, Dream Circle presents Jammie Jam, a free benefit concert with favorite local children’s musicians Miss Kitty, Tim Cain, Cindy Cohen, and Christopher Smith as well as a special guest performance by Performing Arts Academy of Marin dancer and middle school student Clara Spitz, who also organized the event. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend, and admission is free!

Jammie Jam, a morning of singing and dancing in our PJ’s, is a benefit for Project Night Night, a San Francisco-based charity that helps volunteers assemble and distribute comforting Night Night Packages for homeless children. This event is organized by Clara Spitz, a seventh grade student at Marin Montessori School, who hopes to make a difference right here in Marin by putting together 60 bags to give to homeless children in our community.

"Peter Pan" Soars at the 2015 Mountain Play!

May 26, 2015

Peter Pan Mountain Play 2015

When we learned last year that the 2015 Mountain Play production was Peter Pan, we were really excited. We attended the opening performance of Peter Pan on Sunday and we were definitely not disappointed! Sir J.M. Barrie's timeless tale of the Darling Children, the boy who wouldn't grow up, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys was presented in its 1954 Broadway musical form, with classic songs like "I Gotta Crow", "I'm Flying", and "I Won't Grow Up", among others. This year's production was directed by Michael Schwartz, with musical direction by Debra Chambliss, and choreography by Nicole Helfer.

The Mountain Play's Peter Pan is fast-paced with plenty of singing, dancing, and audience participation. Before the show, groups of pirates and Lost Boys roamed the audience to pose for photos and get the crowd excited for the performance to come.

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