Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the Marin Turkey Trot on November 24.
Running is a fantastic way for the whole family to get outside, get fit together, and enjoy the beauty of the Bay Area. Families have plenty of opportunities to race together in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area this fall, from family fun runs and walks to cross-country half-marathons! There's something for every fitness and experience level.
Clo-Cow Half Marathon
Sunday, September 18
The 6th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K is set for September 18, 2016 in Historic Downtown Petaluma. This beautiful half-marathon course takes you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Find event details and registration here.
Marin Color 5K
Saturday, October 1
Indian Valley College, Novato A 5K walk, run, hop, skip, leap, mosey on a designated route. Along the way, participants go through stations where they are sprayed with colored powder. After the 5K, everyone will gather for a fun festival. Find event details and registration here.
Remember those fun times you had bowling when you were a kid? Guess what—it hasn't changed all that much, although it seems that there are fewer spots where you can bowl these days. Actually, it's even more fun for the little ones now with the advent of bumper bowling and ball ramps. Also, you have to love a sport where you can get an order of chili cheese fries while you're playing. It's a great active rainy day activity, too.
There are still a few fantastic family friendly bowling alleys in Marin and the Bay Area, so go rent some shoes, pick out your ball (that red one looks pretty cool!) and bowl a few games with the kiddos. Most of these bowling alleys also offer birthday parties for kids, as well. You remember how fun those were, right?
Located in San Rafael, Marin's only bowling alley offers 40 lanes, automatic scoring, and plenty of bumper lanes for the little ones. On-site food is provided by Villa York Pizza and Grill, and they even have 24 beers on tap. In case that's enough, they have pool tables and an arcade, too. Several different birthday party packages are available; call (415) 456-4661 to book your lanes. Check their website for hours and pricing.
Keep your kids' swimming going this fall on the Tritons USA Swimming team at the Rolling Hills Club! The season has just started, so now is a great time to join and see what the USA Swimming experience is all about. With a passionate and experienced coaching staff led by new Head Coach Richard Nicholls, it's a great way for kids ages 5 to 18 to take their swimming skills to the next level, learn advanced techniques, and compete.
Coach Richard brings nearly 30 years of international swim coaching experience to the Tritons, who practice at the beautiful Rolling Hills Club in Novato. With a focus on smaller groups and individualized coaching and instruction, the team utilizes new techniques and training methods to help swimmers achieve their goals. It's ideal for swimmers of all ages and levels. Swimmers can compete in USA Swimming meets that take place throughout Northern California, at every level from rookie to Junior Olympics.
When the summer temperatures start to heat up, then it's time to find a place to cool off with the kiddos. Here are our favorite ways to beat the heat with the family on hot day in Marin and the Bay Area.
Take a ferry ride to Angel Island
Hop on the ferry in Tiburon and take a refreshing ferry ride over the Bay to Angel Island State Park. Explore historic sites, splash on the beach in Ayala Cove, have a picnic, or just relax.
Marin's own boys of summer, the San Rafael Pacifics, continue another season of fantastic baseball action at downtown San Rafael's Albert Park. This Wednesday, July 20, is Kids Day: All kids 12 and under are admitted to the game free and all supervisors get in at half price! In addition to enjoying the game, kids can take part in fun activities like an ice cream sundae eating contest, a home run derby, and much more!
Wednesday's game starts at 12:35 pm at Albert Park in downtown San Rafael, and the Pacifics take on their North Bay Rivals, the Sonoma Stompers. Albert Park's intimate setting is the perfect venue for old-fashioned, family-friendly, and affordable local baseball. General admission tickets are just $12, grandstand reserved seats are $25. Find out more about the San Rafael Pacifics and order tickets at www.pacificsbaseball.com.
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4? Lean how to be safe this Saturday, July 16 from 12:30 to 5 pm at the Mill Valley Aquatic/Fitness Center. Water Safety Day is a family event filled with both fun and safety information.
Enjoy free admission to the pool from 12:30 to 5 pm. Activities and demonstrations take place from 2 to 5 pm and include lifeguard demos, airbrush tattoos, coloring, a bounce house, water games, a kids' nail salon, music, a raffle, and lifejacket fittings. In addtion, firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Protection Disctrict will present a water rescue demonstration from 2 to 4 pm. Come prepared with your water safety-related questions!
Mill Valley Community Center is located at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. For more information on Water Safety Day, call (415) 383-1370 or visit www.cityofmillvalley.org.
Looking for a great family day trip this summer? Try heading to the Wine Country town of Glen Ellen for a day of swimming fun at Morton's Warm Springs Resort. Morton's Warm Springs is a family resort famous for its geothermally heated pools filled with natural mineral water. Long thought to have healing benefits, these spring waters have lent their name to numerous communities in the Sonoma area, including Boyes Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, and Fetters Hot Springs.
Rebounderz Rohnert Park is fitness and fun rolled into one, for the whole family! Just 20 minutes up the highway from Novato, we are a facility that specializes in entertainment that provides exercise while having fun! One hour of jumping burns about 1,000 calories. It also increases metabolism, circulates more oxygen to tissues and improves coordination!
In June, we are introducing our newest attraction, the JumpXTREME tower! Our tower platform is raised 14 feet above the ground and allows our guests to take a leap onto our custom designed inflated landing surface. Test your fear of heights in a safe environment! Tummy fluttering at its best. Currently, experience our: 74 interconnected Trampoline Beds, 3-Level Indoor Playground, Air Dodge ball, Foam Pit, Basketball Slam, Arcade, Café, and Parents' Lounge with free wifi!
McNears Beach Park is one of those special places that I hold close to my heart. I grew up literally around the corner from it, and spent a lot of time there as a child. It's still one of my favorite places to spend the day in Marin, especially now that I have kids of my own. McNear's Beach is a 55-acre county park located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. It's the a perfect place to go on a warm day to wade in the bay, swim in the pool, picnic, fish, take in spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area, and more.