Family Road Trip to Pacific Grove

February 9, 2017

Pacific Grove Asilomar BeachOne of our favorite places for a fun family getaway is the picturesque seaside town of Pacific Grove. Not as famous or flashy as Monterey, Carmel, and its other neighbors in the Monterey Bay Area, Pacific Grove makes up for this in charm, billing itself as "America's Last Hometown" and "Butterfly Town USA".

With a close proximity to the Bay Area, plenty of things to see and do, and an amazing coastal location, Pacific Grove is an ideal place for a family getaway this winter or spring (or any other time of year, for that matter).

Things to Do in Pacific Grove

Located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula between Monterey and Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove (known by locals as "PG") boasts not only natural wonders like Asilomar State Beach, but picturesque Victorian houses and a cute bustling downtown with a wide variety of dining and lodging options as well. The city of Monterey and the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium are literally just minutes away, the aquarium actually sited only a few yards from the Monterey-Pacific Grove border.

Winter Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

February 9, 2017

studio 4 artLooking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming winter break? Check out some of the great winter day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below offer day camp or drop-in camps.

  • Andrew's Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: kindergarten and up
    Andrew's Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Camps take place from 9 am–5 pm 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 a Winter Discovery Camp that focuses 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 (extended care $50/per day). For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • N.Y. Broadway Training Programs
    625 Arthur St., Novato High School
    Ages: 7–15

    Broadway Camp includes classes in ballet, jazz, tap, theatre dance, hip hop, acting, voice, musical theatre, arts & crafts, fun & games, special events and workshops. Mini performance on the last hour on Friday. Pizza party. Daily snack. Register here. For more info, visit www.marissajoyganz.com.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Family at Hearts on the Hill, Saturday, February 11

February 8, 2017

Hearts on the Hill Join Corte Madera's Kids on the Hill preschool for their annual Valentines-day-themed Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday, February 11 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Corte Madera Community Center. All families are welcome!

This year's Hearts on the Hill features fun for the entire family, including carnival-style games, face painting, arts and crafts, a live DJ and dancing, food and drinks, a raffle for a family getaway to Disneyland, and a fantastic silent auction.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event and cost $5; children 2 and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Kids on the Hill Preschool. The Corte Madera Community Center is located at the Corte Madera Town Park at 498 Tamalpais Avenue.

For more information about Kids on the Hill Preschool, call (415) 924-3033.

Make a Beautiful Valentine's Day Tissue Paper Wreath

February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Tissue Paper WreathLooking for a cool kids' craft for Valentine's Day? This tissue paper wreath looks beautiful and is easy to make for all ages, with a parent's or caregiver's help. To make the tissue paper puffs clustered on the wreath, we wrapped tissue squares around our fingers, but you can also just crumple them up, too. It makes for a fun craft for a rainy day or group activity for playgroups, classes, or scouts.

To make this craft you'll need:

Experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and More at Universal Studios Hollywood

February 7, 2017

Universal Studios the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

When you're in the LA area with the kiddos, Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-visit destination. It's even more exciting now the the long awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open! We had a chance to visit on our last trip to the southland, and it tied in to the Hollywood theme of our trip. There's really something for everyone here, and to top it off, you can take a tour of the famous Universal back lot and get a glimpse of movie magic in action.

The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years: Workshop at Marin Waldorf School

February 7, 2017

The Soul of Discipline Learn how to set loving limits that work, use do-able strategies, and have discipline that connects with your child at a workshop with best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed at Marin Waldorf School on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Back by popular demand (he last visited Marin Waldorf School in 2011), Kim John Payne, will speak on "The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years."

He has 27 years' experience working throughout the world as a counselor, consultant, researcher, and educator of both children and adults and has been helping children, adolescents, and families explore social difficulties with siblings and classmates; behavioral issues at home and school; and emotional issues like defiance, aggression, addiction, and self-esteem.

February Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

February 7, 2017

Girls Leadership 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 February.

Tantrums, Meltdowns, Sobbing, Pouting, and Foot-Stomping Rages: Strategies that Can Help
(3–6 years)

Wednesday, February 8, 7–9 pm

If your kid has ever "lost it" over something – or nothing! – this workshop is for you. Come learn strategies you can use the next time something shockingly awful – like when you did something for a child who wanted to “do it myself,” or you offered the “wrong” color shirt-- leads to crying, screaming, or fist-pounding tantrums. During this experiential, fun workshop, you will practice helpful skills with other calm adults before returning to the challenges of raising actual children. $45. With Julie King, Parent Educator. Register here.

Indoor Drop-in Activities for the Little Ones for Marin & Beyond

February 7, 2017

Indoor play

Looking for fun indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house and burn off all that extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and beyond:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    (510) 647-1111

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child (free under 12 mo.) and $10.00 per adult For more info, visit their website.

  • Rain or Shine
    1235 10th Street, Berkeley
    (510) 526-9888

    The new Rain or Shine offers a wide variety of activities for ages 0–6 years. Drop in any time for open play! Come for story, music, or parachute programs. They offers a wide variety of activities for all day open play, all included with admission. Cost: before 2 pm, $16/first child; $8/sibling; $4/adult or after 2 pm $12/first child; $6/sibling; $2/adult. For more info, visit their website.

A New Form of Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness In Marin

February 7, 2017

LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center now open in Larkspur.

Are you looking for a new kind of pregnancy fitness method to keep you strong, empowered, and prepared for labor? LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center, located in beautiful Larkspur, is bringing you just that and more! LUNA is a highly specialized pregnancy and postpartum fitness method and holistic wellness center located on Magnolia Avenue, offering personal training using The Bloom Method's™ exclusive, unique, and innovative pregnancy and postpartum fitness techniques, pre and postnatal group fitness classes, holistic functional nutrition to support women while trying to conceive, throughout their pregnancy, and post-birth, and diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation. LUNA also offers a variety of workshops including HypnoBirthing®, childbirth education classes, breastfeeding education, newborn care classes, Happiest Baby on the Block Workshops, and more.

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