Strawberry Shortcake Is a True Taste of Springtime

April 3, 2017

Strawberry ShortcakeOne of the best things about spring is knowing that you can get fresh, sweet, locally grown organic strawberries at the farmer's market or grocery store. To celebrate, we love to make this easy and delicious strawberry shortcake dessert. This simple combination of lightly sweet shortcake, fresh strawberries, and vanilla flavored whipped cream is a hit with just about everyone, and is suitable for every occasion, from a fancy Easter dinner to a kids' tea party.

These shortcakes are kind of like sweet (but not too sweet) buttermilk drop biscuits, and don't take very long to put together. If you're really in a hurry, you can use whipped cream from a can, but it doesn't take too much time or effort to make some fresh whipped cream with your electric mixer, and it tastes so much better, too.

You can make the shortcakes and whipped cream in advance and let diners assemble their own strawberry shortcake creations at the table, if you like. It's fun for both children and adults. Whipped cream keeps fine in the refrigerator for a few hours, and you can make it extra-thick and rich by putting it in a strainer over a bowl and letting some of the water drain out.

Spring Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

April 2, 2017

Studio 4 Art CampStudio 4 Art offers Spring Break camps in both Novato and Mill Valley.

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming spring break? Check out some of the great spring break day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below drop-in camps, too.

  • Andrews Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: Kindergarten and up
    Andrews Camp offers games, crafts, sports and more. Spring break camps take place from 9 am–5 pm from April 10–14 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 Spring Camps that focus 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. Two sessions: March 27–31 and April 10–14. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit

Easter Egg Hunts in Marin & the Bay Area

April 1, 2017

Easter egg hunt

Celebrate spring and the Easter season with a traditional egg hunt! There are Easter egg hunts scheduled at communities throughout Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here's our list of fun Easter egg hunts and events taking place in Marin and other locations in the Bay Area. We'll update this list as we find out about additional events. If we've left out your favorite Marin or Bay  Easter egg hunt, please let us know and we'll add it to the roster.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Six Spectacular Spring Wildflower Hikes for Families in Marin

April 1, 2017

Ring Mountain Wildflowers

Spring in California is spectacular, with an abundance of wildflowers, seasonal waterfalls, and wildlife. With all the rain we've been getting this season, spring's wildflowers should be even more spectacular than usual! Before the summer heat bakes the green hillsides brown, get the family out on the trail at one of these great Marin hiking spots with wonderful spring wildflower displays.

These hikes are perfect for a family outing at almost any time of year, but of course are especially nice during March and April. All the trails mentioned here are easy enough for everyone in the family to tackle, too.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for March 31–April 2

April 1, 2017

Fun family spring and Easter events begin this weekend.

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.

Easter Bunny Photos

While your kids are waiting for the big day, they can visit the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken with him at his whimsical spring house at Northgate in Terra Linda. He'll be at the Macy's wing from March 29–April 15, 2017. Hours are Monday–Thursday, noon–8 pm, Friday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. The Easter Bunny is located in the north mall entrance near Macy's. For more info, visit their website.

Friday, March 31

  • Sticker Fun Friday
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, 9:30–4:30 pm
    Stickers, stickers, and more stickers, back by popular demand! They’re fun to look at, inspire self-expression, improve motor skills, and best of all, you can stick them just about anywhere. Today in the art studio, tots can choose from a variety of objects to cover with stickers. Bring in a pack of stickers to share and receive a FREE adult admission pass to use on your next visit, limit one pass per group. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Meet + Make Day!
    Studio 4 Art, Novato
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    Come check out the summer camp offerings at Marin's Studio 4 Art and have fun getting creative on their free Meet + Make Day! This event takes place on Friday, March 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Studio 4 Art's Novato location at 1133 Grant Avenue. Read our article here for more info.
  • Kids Night Out: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    See your favorite turtles in their original 90's film! Create your own Ninja Turtle cookie and play Ninja inspired games. Pizza will be provided.  Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Mother-Son Dinner Dance
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Friday, 7–9:30 pm

    Treat Mom like the "Queen of the Castle" at the annual Mother-Son Dinner Dance. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun. Tickets: $47. Location: 498 Tamalpais Avenue, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mark Day School Presents Disney's the Lion King Jr.
    Showcase Theater, San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 7 pm

    Mark Day Schools 4th through 8th graders present Disney's Lion King Jr. The African savanna comes alive on stage with Simba and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle—and back again—in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale about the circle of life, and the true meaning of friendship and loyalty. Tickets: $13 general admission. Purchase tickets here. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: Forrest Gump
    PIER 39, San Francisco
    Friday, 7:45–10 pm

    Grab your blankets and head to the Bay End of The PIER for free outdoor Movie Night, starting at 7:45pm! This month's movie is local favorite Forrest Gump in honor of Bubba Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market’s 20th Anniversary at PIER 39. For more info and to download coupons, visit their website.

Saturday, April 1

  • 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.

Easy Mountain Biking Trails for Families in Marin

March 31, 2017

Mountain biking in Marin at China Camp State Park

It goes without saying that mountain biking is an extremely popular activity in Marin, and for good reason—it was invented right here on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais! There's really nothing quite like a ride down the trail, and it's a great activity for the whole family.

Get your kids started on cross-country cycling by trying out some of these easy, bike-friendly Marin trails. All you'll need is a mountain bike or other off-road capable bicycle and a helmet. (Make sure you bring plenty of water and some healthy snacks, too.)

Start Your Engines! A Day at the Vintage Races

March 30, 2017

Vintage auto racing Sonoma Raceway

Imagine a car museum where you can get up-close-and-personal, and where they actually take the vehicles out onto the track to race. Several times a year this museum-on-wheels comes to life at Sonoma Raceway just east of Novato, where drivers and  historic cars of the 1950s through the '70s gather to battle it out on the track. Come experience it first-hand this weekend, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Lamb Day, Music, and More at Windrush Farm

March 30, 2017

Lamb Day at Windrush Farm

Come celebrate spring by meeting some baby lambs on the farm! Windrush Farm, a working sheep farm in Chileno Valley, offers its final two Lamb Day events of the season on Saturday, April 1 and April 15. There are over 25 lambs available for viewing!

The gates open at 10 am for a meet-and-greet with the sheep, a spinning demonstration, milking the goat, and finding tadpoles in the pond. Make sure you bring a picnic to enjoy at the pond, too! Admission to Lamb Day costs $20 for adults and is free for children under 12. Advance registration required: register online.

San Domenico Kindergarten: Where Learning Is a Celebration!

March 28, 2017

San Domenico Kindergarten

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from San Domenico School.

At SD, students love to grow and learn, not only in our classrooms, but also in our Visual Arts Studio, 3-D Maker’s Lab, Music Conservatory, one- acre Garden of Hope, and on our playing fields. We foster a growth mindset in every student by stretching their minds, tapping into their insatiable curiosities, and modeling a joyful, life-long love of learning. The result? Bright-eyed, eager students ready to devour learning in a Kindergarten environment that feels like a celebration!

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