"Bringing it Home" with Ana Homayoun at Mount Tamalpais School

October 13, 2017

Mt. Tamalpais School

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley.

Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley presents Bringing It Home, a Parent Education Speaker Series event with Ana Homayoun, A Conversation about Social Media Wellness: How to Help Children and Adults Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. Ana's talk is open to the public. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 19 from 7–8:30 pm on our campus in Summit Hall.

Halloween Craft Project: Paper Jack-O-Lanterns

October 12, 2017

Pumpkin paper lanterns Kids always love to make fun decorative crafts, especially at Halloween, when they can help make the house or classroom extra spooky. These easy-to-make paper jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween-time take on the traditional paper lantern craft project, and are simple enough that almost anyone in the family can make them. Make a bunch with different face designs and hang them around the house.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Orange and green construction paper (we used 12 x 18" sheets, but letter size will work, too)
  • Black markers, paint, or construction paper

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers

October 10, 2017

Tolay Fall Festival

Halloween with really little kids is kind of a mixed bag. On one hand, they usually love the costumes and the candy. On the other, the spooky parts of the holiday can sometimes be scary and older kids can be intimidating. We've chosen eight fun and not-too-spooky Halloween events from across the Bay Area that are perfect for little ones. You can find even more family fun for this fall in our Halloween event guide, too.

Note that the annual Tolay Fall Festival has been cancelled due to the Sonoma wildfire emergency.

Get Ready for the Goblin Jamboree at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

October 9, 2017

Goblin Jamboree

Come get a jump on Halloween at the 31st annual Goblin Jamboree fundraiser at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Bring your little goblins to this year’s spooky family event on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. This year’s theme is "Witches and Wizards" and they have put together a cauldron of spooky themed programs and activities to entertain your entire family.

Ride a train or real ponies, create your own wand and potions, make your way through a broom obstacle course and some hay mazes, play with glow-in-the-dark trains in the Bay Hall, explore the spooky sticker room, and and enjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. This year's event will feature live musical performances from the JimBo Trout, Juice and Jelly, and Beau Mathews. This event is the perfect Halloween party for kids ages 6 months to 10 years.

A Visit to Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

October 9, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we paid a visit to the popular Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, a certified organic pumpkin patch that has been a Marin County tradition for 20 years! Located in the small west Marin village of Nicasio, the farm is just west of the Nicasio Village Square right on Nicasio Valley Road. Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week through Halloween from 10 am to 6 pm, and it's always worth a visit.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 6, 7 & 8

October 6, 2017

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.

Halloween pumpkin patches in Marin and Sonoma counties are now open—see our list here.

Friday, October 7

  • Fleet Week 2017
    Marina Green, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    Fleet week returns to San Francisco, along with the Blue Angels, who will perform over San Francisco Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm. Fleet Week also includes a parade of ships (Friday, noon–1 pm), ship tours, band concerts, and more. Free admission; airshow bleacher seat tickets at Marina Green $55–$75. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
    Various Locations
    Friday–Sunday, various times

    The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival features a variety of fantastic family films from around the world. Location: various theaters within Marin. For a complete listing of films, visit their website here.
  • Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Friday noon–7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–7 pm

    This free annual music festival of bluegrass, old time, country, and more, founded by the late Warren Hellman, takes place in Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow and Marx and Lindley Meadows. This year's headliners include Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Buddy Miller's Cavalcade of Stars and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
  • Special Children's Event: Author Patricia Polacco
    Book Passage, Corte Madera
    Friday, 6–7:30 pm
    Remembering Vera begins in 1962 when a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island. Patricia Polacco is the creator of many beloved children’s books. Location: 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • College of Marin Drama Department presents: The Little Prince
    James Dunn Theatre, Kentfield
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm
    Perfect for all ages! Bring the family to see The College of Marin Drama Department's, The Little Prince. Young and old alike will love this heartwarming, classic tale by Antoine de St. Exupéry.  Journey alongside the Little Prince through the desert and outer space, while he encounters marvelous celestial beings!  Don’t miss this delightful story that encourages audiences of all ages to rediscover their dreams and the wonders that are all around them! Pay-What-You-Will Preview performance is on Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets: $20 General; $15 Seniors; $10 COM Students, Employees, Alumni, Retirees, and Youth. Purchase tickets here.
  • Movies in the Park: Disney's Moana
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Friday, at dusk

    Bring the entire family to see Disney's Moana. Please bring your blankets, low beach chairs, flashlights and picnics.For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, October 8

  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall Toddler Day
    Slide Ranch, Muir Beach
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    A popular day at the farm for families with toddlers and babies! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg, and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. $25 per person; children 23 months 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 pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids from 10:30 am–2 pm, face kids' crafts from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, and live music from noon–2 pm, as well as fresh produce, prepared foods, and great local restaurants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fall City Wide Yard Sale
    MLK Parking Lot in Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    The Fall City Wide Yard Sale is free to the public, and with over 90 booths to check out this is a great event for all bargain hunters and window shoppers alike! Held at MLK Parking Lot and Basketball Courts. Location: 610 Coloma Street, Sausalito. Free.  For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. Read our review here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yoga in the Park
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael

    Saturday, 10 am–noon
    This fun-filled, dynamic event offers a great way to get active while giving to a wonderful park, and giving to yourself! We’ll begin with service projects that will focus on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance, and habitat restoration. At noon we’ll switch gears and enjoy a 45 minute yoga class on a flat, grassy area beside the bay. The class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. A free, healthy lunch will be provided by Mi Familia at 1pm. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Haunted House Decorating
    Williams Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Bring the kids to make a haunted house. In this class you’ll assemble a spooky gingerbread mansion and decorate it as you please. Then you can take your bewitching creation home and show it off for Halloween. Cost: $30 per child, includes haunted house kit. Suitable for ages 8-13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Fun for the entire family. Enjoy “Harvest Hallow”, San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Enjoy “Zoo Brew Haus” for a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes. Don't miss the sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Saturday, 10 am and Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am
    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. For children 6 months to 3 years. Tickets $15; free for under 6 months. Location: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. For more info, visit their website.

Therapy for Busy Couples with Lisa Nave, MFT

October 5, 2017

Lisa Nave Therapy

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Lisa Nave, MFT.

Is your schedule so busy that therapy doesn’t become a priority until a crisis occurs?

Studies tell us couples often wait six years after conflicts arise until they finally begin therapy. But the longer you avoid therapy and addressing your issues, the more entrenched or damaging they become.

Marin Playground Profile: Pioneer Park in Novato

October 3, 2017

Pioneer Park Novato

Pioneer Park has long been a favorite of families in Marin. This big nine-acre park in western Novato has multiple playgrounds, rolling green lawns, picnic areas, and shady trees. It's a great place for a birthday party, too, with plenty of room for bounce houses and active fun.

The Novato Fire District Open House this Sunday

October 3, 2017

Novato Fire District Open HouseWhat child doesn't love fire trucks and firefighters? Get your fire station fix when the Novato Fire District holds its yearly open house at all Novato Fire Stations this Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters and personnel and to learn about fire safety and what they do to support the community.

Make sure you bring your camera for photos with the firefighters. My kids have always had a blast sitting in the fire trucks and going on a tour of the fire stations. The Novato fire stations can be found at the following locations:

  • Station 61: 7025 Redwood Boulevard
  • Station 62: 450 Atherton Avenue
  • Station 63: 65 San Ramon Way
  • Station 64: 319 Enfrente Drive
  • Station 65: 5 Bolling Drive

For more info, go to www.novatofire.org.

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