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 www.proaupair.com.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

Meet the Midwives of Marin on April 4

April 2, 2016

Midwives of Marin Moms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're interested, the hospital holds a series of one-hour informational meetings throughout the year. Midwives will share their philosophies and approaches, and review the services available when you choose to deliver your baby at Marin General Hospital.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for April 1, 2 & 3

April 1, 2016
CSRG racing Sonoma Raceway
Get up close and personal with vintage and historic race cars this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

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 1

  • 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.
  • Afterschool LEGO Club
    South Novato Library
    Friday, 3–4 pm

    Use LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks to build whatever your heart desires! Children ages 4–12 are invited to build, play, engineer, and destruct together. Registration not required but space limited to 30 participants on a first come, first served basis. Bricks provided. Free. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Pajama Party with Michael Slack
    Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm
    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Illustrator Michael Slack will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed. Location: Marin Country Mart, 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. For more info, visit their wesbite.

Saturday, April 2

  • Museums on Us
    Various Locations
    Saturday & Sunday
    Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Bird Walk
    Olompali State Historic Park
    Saturday, 8:30 am

    It's an exciting time to bird watch at Olompali! Birders of all skill levels are invited to join Janet Brodie and Rich Cimino of Yellowbilled Tours to view Olompali's diverse avian residents on a walk on the old ranch road to the park's reservoir. Expect to see migrating species as well as those that live in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 am. Bring binoculars, lunch, water, and a birding guide if you have one. Free. $8 per car parking fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Vintage Car Road Races
    Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 am–5 pm

    Approximately 200 historic and vintage race cars from the '30s, '50s, '60s, and '70s race this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. See legendary names like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, MG, Porsche, Triumph, and Corvette up close and personal. Kids and students are admitted free to this family event; adult tickets $20; weekend pass $20. Many owners allow kids to sit in their cars, so bring your camera. Read more about it here. Location: 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 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 kid's storytelling, 9:30-10:30 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Teen Girl Conference
    Marin County Office of Education, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    An amazing day packed with speakers, empowering workshops, music and entertainment for Marin County girls in grades 8-12. The Marin Teen Girl Conference connects young women throughout the county in an uplifting, supportive way. You will soar with new friendships and ideas when you attend. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and a Goody Bag! Cost: $20. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1111 Las Galinas Avenue, Terra Linda. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Yoga at Old Mill Park
    Old Mill Amphitheater, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    The Mill Valley Recreation Department is offering a free Hatha flow yoga class the first Saturday of the month at Old Mill Amphitheater. Prepare to sweat, breathe, align and stretch in this fun, unique environment. Designed for students of all levels, this class will be held in all weather conditions except severe rain. Bring a mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zumba at McInnis Park
    San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    This Healthy Parks, Healthy People event will include volunteer work, a Zumba fitness class, and delicious, healthy food. Begin with volunteer work to spruce up McInnis Park and improve habitat along Las Gallinas Creek, then follow the lead of a Zumba teacher as we dance and move to upbeat salsa music. Afterward enjoy a delicious, free lunch provided by Mi Pueblo. Snacks and extra water will be provided. RSVP's appreciated but not required: contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 763-2977. Location: 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • 3rd Annual Mill Valley Volunteer Day
    Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Volunteer Day is comprised of Mill Valley-based nonprofits that want to create community awareness of their organizations and introduce residents to volunteer opportunities in their organizations. Local groups will provide information about their mission, activities, and upcoming volunteer opportunities. The event provides an opportunity for participants to meet other community advocates and develop relationships with each other. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creative Family Fun: Grass Pals
    Presidio Officers 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!
    This weekend: April is Earth Awareness Month! The Presidio’s Main Parade Ground is known for its lush grass. At this event, create a tiny friend with grass for hair. Registration not required, but preferred. Location: Moraga Avenue, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: Rudy Trubitt
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    Rudy Trubitt is the host of The Patchwork Series, now in it’s fifth year here at the Freight. In this solo show, Rudy will bring a mix of old and new songs for ears of all ages. Expect to do some dancing, some call-and-response and maybe even join in a conga line around the Freight. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • How Does an Electric Vehicle Work?
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 12:30–2 pm

    The South Novato Library in partnership with the CEC Maker Space will host this great presentation and learning experience. Learn how an electric vehicle works and how to convert a car or build your own electric vehicle. This is a hands-on learning opportunity and demonstration suitable for all ages. Families of all abilities welcome! Free. Location: 931 C Street, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Stapleton Ballet Swan Lake
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1 & 5 pm

    The Stapleton Ballet brings to the Marin Center stage one of the most magical and well-known works from the classical ballet repertoire. Tickets: $35 adult, $22 student & Seniors. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
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