September Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

September 2, 2016

Parents Place 2-year-old Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of September.

Terrific Toddlers Part 1: Who Are They and How to Best Guide Them (1–3 years)

Wednesday, September 7, 7–9 pm
They are wild and wonderful, and understanding the developmental needs and challenges of your toddler will support you to stay sane during this lively and challenging time. We will explore appropriate expectations based on developmental needs. Discussion includes setting limits, guidance strategies, developing social skills, and more. (Part 1 of 2, participation in both is encouraged but not required). With Bonnie Romanow, BA, Childhood Development Specialist. $45; $75 for two parenting partners. Receive a discount when you register for both Part 1 and 2! Register here.

Is That Me Yelling? (all ages)

Wednesday, September 14, 7–9 pm
Want to have more harmony at home and less yelling? Most parents agree that yelling isn't beneficial, but many report that they just don't know what to do when their children misbehave. Learn to create a plan-and more-to address the issues that trigger yelling. One recent participant shared, "Rona's class goes beyond the standard suggestions of deep breaths and removing yourself from the room. She helped me think about the negative thought patterns I get caught in that fuel my yelling." With Rona Renner, RN, expert parent educator, temperament counselor, and author of the book, Is That Me Yelling? $45. Register here.

Family Friendly Recipes for Your Labor Day BBQ

September 1, 2016

BBQ ribs This Monday is Labor Day, that traditional last gasp of summer. To celebrate the end of the season with a backyard BBQ is a Labor Day tradition, so to help you out we've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great sides and warm weather treats. So fire up the grill, cook up a feast, and enjoy the weekend!

Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip

Cooked slowly over charcoal with some wood smoking chips, this traditional Santa Maria-style tri tip is easy to make and really delicious.

Barbeque Ribs on the Charcoal Grill

Slow-cook dry-rubbed ribs on the charcoal grill with plenty of wood smoking chips for that real BBQ flavor.

Marin Free Family Fun List for September 2016

August 30, 2016

Sand Sculpture Contest Drakes Beach Point ReyesGet creative at the 35th annual sand sculpture contest at Drakes Beach. Photo: NPS

School's back in session, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and have fun with the kiddos, especially when that fun is for free! Our September weather is always so beautiful, so events and activities taking place outdoors are a must this month. Here are our picks for a dozen fantastic free family activities, events, and outings in Marin and beyond for the month of September.

Explore the Giants at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

August 30, 2016

 Armstrong Redwoods Guerneville

When people say coast redwoods, Marin's Muir Woods usually comes to mind, but the Bay Area boasts plenty of other great places to go see these towering trees, but without the tourist crowds and parking hassles at Marin's popular redwood hotspot. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located just outside of the Russian River town of Guerneville, has plenty of majestic old-growth redwoods, as well as easy hiking trails, picnic areas, and a small nature center. It's definitely worth taking a mini road trip through Sebastopol up to the river!

Armstrong Redwoods was set aside as a nature preserve in the 1870s by logging baron Colonel James Armstrong. Several miles of trails wind through the park, offering opportunities for a wide range of hikes. The Pioneer and Discovery trails are short trails that are ideal for hikes with kids, and they're both navigable with a sturdy stroller.

Visit a Museum for Free in September

August 30, 2016

Visit a Bay Area Museum for free Did 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 Thursday of the Month—September 1

Bank of America Museums on Us—September 3 & 4

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:

All Aboard! Tickets for The Polar Express Train Ride on Sale Soon

August 29, 2016

The Polar Express

Get ready to believe! Tickets for the California State Railroad Museum's annual holiday Polar Express train rides go on sale to members only on September 27–29, 2016 and to the general public on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (No tickets sales on September 30.) The Railroad Museum's sister organization, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown will also be holding Polar Express train rides again this holiday season. Members of the Californa State Railroad Museum and Railroad 1897 are eligible to participate in member advance ticket sales.

In order to reserve member tickets, your membership must be active or renewed by Monday, September 5, 2016. So if you're not a member, you can still consider becoming one (it's a great deal, actually). Tickets to this event always sell out right away, so being a member means you have a better chance of getting your preferred date and time.

How to Never Be Bored with Your Workouts Again

August 29, 2016

KaiaFIT Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Kirsta Martino, owner of KaiaFIT San Rafael.

Sometimes in the midst of your workout routines, they get a little too routine. Having a schedule makes it  easy to manage all the pieces that make up your week. But within each of your scheduled workouts, your workouts of choice can easily get…comfy. We like to know what to expect. It’s reliable, we don’t have to think about it, and we sometimes even think it’s still doing as much as it did when we first began. But while you may be “comfortable,” your body has likely not been sufficiently challenged in a long time.

The second you and your body get accustomed with certain workouts or exercises,  it’s time to add progressions and learn how to mix it up on a regular basis.  Here are some ways to liven up your workouts:

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2016

McNears Beach San Rafael

Labor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of the destinations and activities here close up shop after Labor Day, so this is your last chance to visit until next summer!

Amazing Family Sleepovers in the Bay Area and Beyond

August 27, 2016

Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight
Photo courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you're looking for a fun and unique overnight experience for the family, try camping out at a museum, aquarium zoo, or wildlife center! Popular family destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California like the California Academy of Sciences, the Marine Mammal Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Francisco Zoo, the USS Hornet Museum, and Safari West all offer exciting programs where families can spend the night. It's be kind of like the movie Night at the Museum, except that the dinosaurs and dioramas won't come alive after hours (we hope)!

Needless to say, all of these events require advance reservations and have limited space, so register for your awesome overnight adventure soon! Many of these venues also offer overnight programs for scouts, schools, and other youth groups. All information is correct at time of posting; check each location’s website for complete information, pricing updates, and a schedule of events.

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