Events and Outings

Weekend Family Events August 24, 25 & 26

August 23, 2007

Friday, August 24

Fantastic Fridays featuring Breakfast with Enzo! Bring the kids to Crissy Field Center's Fantastic Fridays program featuring local tot idol Enzo for a regular Toddlerpalooza. Enzo plays a variety of instruments and has been wowing the preschool set for years with his fun and interactive music show. There are two shows at 10:00 and 11:00 am. The cost is $10 per child, accompanied by a parent or caregiver (stay as long as you like!) More info:

Enjoy Jazz & Blues by the Bay this Friday at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito from 6:30-8:00 pm. For more info, call (415) 289-4152.

Saturday, August 25

Marin Symphony Family Concert

August 22, 2007
Once again, the Marin Symphony Family Concert will be taking place on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at Marin Center in San Rafael. The theme of this family-friendly concert is “Heroes and Villains”. The Marin Symphony’s Family Concerts are special one-hour programs designed to introduce children to the wonders of symphonic music. Narrated by KDFC radio’s Hoyt Smith, the concert features John Williams’ “Superman March”, Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, “The Queen of the Night Aria” from Mozart’s Magic Flute, and other pieces by Grieg, Holst, Stravinsky, Rossini and Handel.

Summer Series for Kids at Local Children’s Museums

July 30, 2007

Summer’s still here, and if you’re looking for fun and educational things to do with your kids during the month of August, then look no further than your local children’s museum. The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley are two of our favorites.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a Special Summer Series that includes art, science and music workshops on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm for ages 4 and up.

August 1: Seaside Songs
August 8: Science by the Bay
August 15: Masterpieces, Summer Drawing Series
August 22: Prolific Puppetry

Peter Pan at the Marin Center

July 9, 2007

Peter Pan at the Marin CenterThe beloved and timeless tale of Peter Pan comes to life as Sharon Boucher brings 100 of Marin’s most talented children together to perform this magical tale. Watch Peter Pan fly with Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland as he encounters Captain Hook and the pesky pirate crew. The performances will be from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, 2007 at the Showcase Theater at the Marin Center in San Rafael, so bring the entire family. The performance days and times are as follows:

7/26 Thursday: 7:30 pm
7/27 Friday: 7:30 pm
7/28 Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
7/29 Sunday: 1 pm and 5 pm

Prices are $16 in Advance and $19 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to their website or call the Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800.

The Nut Tree: Revisiting a Childhood Favorite

June 5, 2007

The Nut Tree train(They have closed) Over the long Memorial Day weekend, I talked my family into visiting one of my childhood favorites, the new Nut Tree in Vacaville. I still remember this California landmark vividly when I would visit as a child, so I didn’t know what to expect now that it has reopened. We decided to first have lunch in the old Black Oak Restaurant that I’ve always seen on the other side of I-80, which is a family-friendly coffee shop style place (similar to a Dennys, but with nicer décor).

When we first pulled up to the new Nut Tree, I was a little disappointed. It is now one big shopping mall, replete with Old Navy, Borders, Starbucks, and other familiar retail outlets, with the family park area situated in the back. The Family Park is a small but clean and well thought out park with sort of an old-fashioned fell to it. It’s free to get in and roam around, but you have to purchase tickets to go on the rides. Some of the rides are:

A Day Out at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

May 15, 2007
Lookout Cove at the Bay Area Discovery MuseumOne of my kids favorite places to go, hands-down, is the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. If you haven’t been there, they are located in the beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Fort Baker in Sausalito, which overlooks San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, and the views are amazing.

Tomatomania at Cornerstone Festival of Gardens

April 12, 2007
tomatoesThe whole family, or at least the ones that like tomatoes, will enjoy this special event at Cornerstone Festival of Gardens near Sonoma this weekend, April 14-15. Tomatomania will include a huge heirloom tomato seedling sale, with colorful varieties like Green Zebras, Cherokee Purples, Black Krims, and Dixie Golden Giants. Children can learn about all the varieties of tomatoes and how to maintain a wonderful vegetable garden. Some of the free activities for children will include crafts, making vegetable garden markers, and making a scarecrow for the organic vegetable garden.
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