Arts and Crafts

12 Family Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving Break

November 19, 2017

Snow sledding in San Rafael
Go snow sledding in downtown San Rafael at the annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland on November 24 and 25.

Thanksgiving week is next week, and since most Marin County schools give kids the entire week off, you'll probably be looking for ways to keep them occupied before and after Turkey Day. Here are our top 12 activities for families for Thanksgiving break:

Create a Cute Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017

Pumpkin turkey centerpiece craftEvery fall, my daughter is obsessed with pumpkins. She loves all the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins and winter squash, so we end up buying more than we can really use (there's only so much butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie you can eat).

A couple years ago we worked together to create this cute pumpkin turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving. We've made it a tradition to make one every year! We created it using a small “sugar pie” pumpkin (available at most grocery stores—we got ours at Trader Joe's for $1.99) and craft supplies that we happened to have on hand.

This is a fun autumn project that’s easy to make for children of all ages (with a parent's help), and it looks fanstastic on the dining table. My kids and I like to write what we're thankful for on the paper tail feathers, too.

Halloween Craft: Recycled Glass Pumpkin Votives

October 15, 2017

Halloween pumpkin votives recycled craft

This easy craft project is so much fun to make, and the finished product looks fantastic, especially when lit with a flickering LED candle. Best of all, you can make them using materials from your recycling bin! These Halloween pumpkin votives are simple to make, and are a perfect craft project for all ages, with parental supervision, of course. My daughter and I created the pair of jack-o-lanterns lanterns shown here.

This project is a little messy, so make sure you have a good work area that's easy to clean up. You can also create variations on this craft: use white tissue to make ghost lanterns, and green to make monsters.

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

Family Fun Under the Redwoods at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

September 5, 2017

 

On September 16 and 17, 2017, artists from around the country will gather beneath the redwoods at historic Old Mill Park for the 61st annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. This popular family-friendly festival features the work of over 140 artists, great live music, and kids' entertainment ranging from puppet shows and magic to sing-alongs and storytelling. It all makes for a magical weekend under the trees!

Learn Pottery, Play with Clay, Get Messy & Have Fun!

August 29, 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mill Valley Potter's Studio.

Mill Valley Potter’s Studio specializes in pottery and ceramic arts education. The Studio offers a variety of award winning classes and workshops for adults and kids. We also provide the opportunity for parents to work alongside their children.

Get Creative at the Annual Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest this Sunday!

August 26, 2017

Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest

Get creative this Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the annual Point Reyes National Seashore Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach! This fun family event is free to participate in or watch. Registration starts at 9 am at the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach.

Judging begins at noon and prizes are awarded starting at 3:30 pm. There are categories for kids, families and adults working individually or in groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each category, along with prizes for using the most recycled plastic in a sculpture.

Create Patriotic Baker's Clay Jewelry for the 4th of July

June 27, 2017

Baker's clay patriotic jewelry for the 4th of JulyYour kids can show off their patriotic pride this 4th of July with one of these baker's clay jewelry pieces that they made themselves (with an adult's supervision, of course). They're easy to make, and the basic baker's clay recipe can be used for all sorts of crafts throughout the year.

Here's what you'll need for the baker's clay:

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix together all these ingredients in a large bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add additional flour a litttle at a time. You want a mixture that's smooth and pliable, like clay. Don't add too much flour or your creation might crack.

For this project, you'll also need:

Italian Street Painting Marin Celebrates the Summer of Love in San Rafael

June 20, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin

Over 100 madonnari, or street painters, come to downtown San Rafael on June 24 and 25 to show off their talents at the 2016 Italian Street Painting Marin's Ciao Bella Roma. This year's theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This event features amazing artwork by the participating madonnari, as well as great live music, children's activities, food and drink, and more.

Highlights of this year's festival include artwork that pays homage to the Summer of Love theme and a chance to meet legendary artist Stanley Mouse from 2 to 4 pm each day. A selection of his iconic rock and roll posters will be on view, and you can even purchase posters for him to sign for a small fee.

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