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Get Creative with Nana's Mobile Sewing Parties

November 18, 2014

Nana's Mobile Sewing PartiesIf you have a hands-on kid who likes to make and create, check out Nana's Mobile Sewing Parties for your next birthday party. Nana's aims to bring the long lost art of sewing back into our communities, and teach children to sew, one party at a time. They'll work together with you and incorporate your party 's theme into a cool sewing project that everyone will love. Party guests will sew their creations and then take them home to forever remember the day.

The excitement begins to build as Nana's team arrives and sets up the sewing machines. Nana's brings three new Babylock sewing machines, which are easy for a beginner seamstress to operate, to each party.

Marin on Ice Returns to Northgate this Holiday Season!

November 3, 2014

Marin on IceMarin on Ice, Marin County's only holiday ice skating rink, returns to Northgate in San Rafael for a second season of open-air skating, opening Saturday, November 8, 2014 and running through January 11, 2015. The rink will be open daily, from 2 to 9 pm Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 pm Friday through Sunday, including holidays.

The Marin on Ice rink will be located in the same spot as last year, in Northgate's Oaktree Plaza near Kohl's. This year the rink is bigger than, with 6,300 square feet of real ice.

Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners of all ages. Skates are available in sizes from a child's 9 to an adult 13. Tickets are good all day, and include in-and-out privileges.

Birthday Parties with the Miniature Horses of Lovepatch Farms

August 25, 2014

Lovepatch Farms Miniature Horse Birthday PartyLittle ones can have their birthday parties in the company of some other little ones at Lovepatch Farms, a miniature horse ranch now located in Marin. The gentle and approachable miniature horses at this small ranch in Novato's bucolic Indian Valley neighborhood are the perfect companions for any young horse lover's special day.

Birthday party packages at Lovepatch Farms can be in any number of themes, including “My Pretty Pony”, vintage cowboy or cowgirl, “Year of the Horse”, and more, and decorations for your theme will be provided. During the party, each child will have his or her own miniature horse to feed, groom, and even decorate with provided supplies. Additional fun, games, and surprises will be in store, too.

Kids will also create a special art project to take home, and a photos of each child with their decorated pony, as well as a group photo, will be emailed to each partygoer. Pizza, salads, and drinks are also provided. You just need to bring the birthday cake!

Mini Golf in Marin at McInnis Park

June 17, 2014

mini golf at McInnis Park in San RafaelI'd driven by McInnis Park off Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael many times before I realized that—hidden amongst the driving range, nine-hole golf course, clubhouse, and batting cages—there was a miniature golf course there too (it was the a little windmill and castle on the hill that tipped me off). Since then, it's been a favorite place for us to go with the kids for a fun day out.

McInnis Park's miniature golf course is a colorful, 18-hole, artist-designed course with fanciful features including an elephant with moving feet, a snail, a castle, a lighthouse, a waterfall, and a much more. The tiered, lushly landscaped course winds its way up a hill as you play and the views from the top are spectacular.

The course also offers two bonus holes at the end. Keep your ball after the 18th hole, then go down below to the bonus course that includes a dinosaur, which is always a favorite with my kids.

Riding the Rails at Sonoma TrainTown

May 24, 2014

Sonoma TrainTown RailroadWhen we're in the Wine Country, we always make sure we visit TrainTown, the fun and fantastic miniature railroad located in the town of Sonoma. It's a place that I used to visit back when I was a kid, and it's the kind of destination that takes you and your family back to a simpler, less hectic time.

Sonoma TrainTown offers train-related activities that are fun for everyone, from toddlers to grade school kids (and adults, too), as well as a selection of carnival-style rides. It's also a short drive from pretty much anywhere in Marin, which makes TrainTown a must-visit attraction for North Bay families.

A Sonoma Valley landmark since the early 1950s, TrainTown has that old-fashioned roadside-attraction kind of charm associated with a bygone era. It's right on Broadway as you head into town, so it's impossible to miss. Park your car, buy your tickets at the admission booth, and hop on when the train arrives at the station. Train rides last approximately 20 minutes, and are drawn by a variety of engines, both diesel and steam.

Tips for a Sensational Spa Birthday Party

February 24, 2014

Spa PartyMy daughter recently turned eight, and she decided on a spa theme for her birthday party. I wasn't sure where to begin, but we made a list together of things she wanted for her party, and with a little research and planning, it all came together. When the day of the party arrived we were both thrilled with the results, and her friends were, too! I forgot how much work it was to plan a party like this, but I wouldn't have done it any other way.

I thought I'd share a few or our tips and must-haves for a successful kids' spa-themed birthday party. Much of what we did was inexpensive and easy to put together, and everyone really had a good time.

Marin's Miss Marilyn Makes Birthday Party Magic

October 15, 2013

Miss MarilynMarin children's entertainer Marilyn LoRusso has entertained and captivated thousands of children over the last 15 years with her own upbeat brand of fun! In the persona of Miss Marilyn (formerly Princess Polka Dot) she performs magic, does face painting, balloon art, songs, games, bubbles, and parachute play at children’s birthday parties, preschools, store openings, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, company picnics, or any event where some fun is required. Miss Marilyn's brand of fun is geared towards kids ages 2–8, but older children and even adults enjoy her performances, too.

Miss Marilyn's parties are generally one hour or longer. Her high energy, love of fun, experience and rapport with children creates an ideal party situation. She enjoys making the birthday child and all their friends feel extra special.

Your Child's the Star with Marin Magician Julian Sterling

May 31, 2013

Magician Julian SterlingLooking for a fantastic and fun magician for your child's next birthday party? Local magician and children's performer Julian Sterling offers parties for kids of all ages where birthday boy or girl ends up being the star of the show!

Julian is the youngest professional magician in Marin County, and has tailored his amazing magic show specifically for kids' birthday parties. The birthday child is always the star of the show, receiving several magical gifts during the performance, and even peforming a trick of their own in front of everyone! Julian has performed over 1,000 magic shows for clients in Marin and the Bay Area. His tricks are designed to make kids laugh, and are fun, friendly, safe, and age-appropriate.

Julian's a pro who arrives on time, brings all his own equipment, and cleans up afterwards. All you have to do is buy pizza and cake and invite your party guests! Birthday magic programs start $195, and shows last up to one hour. The birthday child even gets a complimentary magic set!

Make Your Child's Birthday Special with a Vintage Tea Party from Little Lady Tea Parties

April 23, 2013

Little Ladies Tea PartiesIf you're looking for an elegant birthday party for your special girl, check out the offerings from Little Ladies Tea Parties. Their vintage tea parties for girls ages 4 to 7 are held in your home, backyard or local park, and include decor, costumes, food, goodies, and even custom invitations and thank-you cards.

Little Ladies Tea Parties was started by North Bay mom Mary Viau who found the local options for girls' parties lacking. These vintage tea parties offer kids a taste of elegance and formality, with linens and china, hand-made costumes, and other treats. The best thing about them is that all you have to do is create the guest list and mail the invitations—they take care of the rest.

Parties start at $350 for seven guests and the birthday girl. Additional guests (up to 12) are $35 each. Parties include invitations, hostess, furniture and decor, costumes, tea and treats, cupcakes, music and dancing, craft time, framed photos of the birthday girl and her guests, a goody bar, set up and clean up, a brief lesson in tea etiquette, and thank you cards.

Grand Slam Birthday Parties with the San Rafael Pacifics

April 3, 2013

San Rafael PacificsMany in Marin were excited last summer when the new San Rafael Pacifics minor league baseball team started its first season in Albert Park. They're back for 2013, and this year young sports fans can hold their birthday parties with the Pacifics at Kirby Cove in Albert Park!

Kirby Cove is perfect spot for children's birthdays, and can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 50 participants. Party guests will enjoy activities like Wiffle Ball games, ping pong, a basketball hoop, and more! Pacifics players and team mascot Sir Francis the Drake will also drop in and visit parties to say hello and sign autographs, too!

Game tickets, menu packages, and a variety of party add-on options are available. Albert Park is located near downtown San Rafael at Andersen Drive, Lindaro Street, and Albert Park Lane.

The San Rafael Pacifics minor league baseball team's opening game is on June 11. Check their game schedule here.

For more information on Pacifics birthday parties, or to reserve your spot, email kbiss@pacificsbaseball.com or call (415) 485-1563. Visit the Pacifics online at  www.pacificsbaseball.com.

Photo courtesy San Rafael Pacifics

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