If you've never ventured out to McInnis Park, in northern San Rafael, you owe it to yourself to check it out this summer. McInnis Park, formally known as John F. McInnis Park, is 450-acre regional park, and a one-stop destination for all kinds of active family fun, from golf and baseball to hiking and skateboarding.
If you haven't been you really should pay it a visit. And if you have, you should resolve to go there more often! Here are some of the things that keep us coming back multiple times every summer (and at other times of the year, too).
Looking for a pool in Marin to keep cool on a warm spring or summer day? Here's our list of swimming pools throughout the county that are open to the public and offer drop-in recreational swim hours for families. In addition to daily drop-in fees, many of these pools offer season passes as well.
All schedules and drop-in fees are accurate at the time of publishing, but are subject to change and cancellation without notice. It always helps to give them a call to confirm hours and prices before you go. If you know of another local drop-in swim facility that you don't see in our roster here, please let us know and we'll add it to the list.
Schedule: Spring hours: April 16–June 12 Open swim Tuesday and Thursday, 4–6 pm, Wednesday and Friday 3-6 pm,and Saturday and Sunday noon–6 pm Summer hours: June 13–August 14
Open swim Tuesday–Thursday, 1:30–6 pm; Friday, 1:30–7 pm; Saturday and Sunday noon–6 pm
Homestead residents: adults $8, seniors 65+ and children under 16 $7, babies under 2 free, non-swimmers in pool area $3
Non-residents: adults $10, seniors 65+ and children under 16 $9, babies under 2 free, non-swimmers in pool area $5
When the weather turns warm, almost everyone loves going to the pool for a day of splashing and swimming in the sun. One of my family's favorite Marin public pools is the one in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood, which opens for the 2016 swim season this Friday, May 13.
My kids love Hamilton Community Pool especially for the shallow kids' pool with its play structure, water slide, and water sprayers. It's a blast for kids of all ages. There's also a larger more traditional pool for more serious swimming and water play.
Summer's almost here, and one of the season's time honored traditions for children is swimming lessons. Not only are swimming lessons a fun way to get some exercise and cool off on a hot summer day, but they're essential from a safety standpoint.
Below is our list of local Marin County providers of swimming lessons for children. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information. As always, if you have a favorite swim class or teacher that you think should be added to the list, let us know by leaving a comment or contacting us.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Gymworld in San Rafael.
Lourdes Esquivel and Victoria Yelensky founded Gymworld in 1999. They were former National members of the team for their respective countries and wanted to pass on their love for the sport and its benefits to children.
Our brand new, air-conditioned building with state of the art equipment is perfect for kids of all ages. Well trained, safety certified staff will make any child enjoy the sport.
GymWorld summer camps are for kids ages 4 and up. If your child is a recreational beginner, intermediate, or a competing gymnast, GymWorld has the right group at camp for them.
At the end of each two week session there will be a performance where kids will demonstrate a floor routine and be awarded a medal for their efforts!
Looking for a fun camp for your kids this summer? Novato's Rolling Hills Club has been a favorite spot for summer fun for many Marin families for decades, and this season the club offers a full program of exciting and active summer camps for kids ranging in age from 3 to 13. Campers will enjoy plenty of traditional camp activities as well as STEAM based programming. (They'll learn something new every day and not even know it!)
Nestled at the foot of Mt. Burdell, the club's seven-acre campus features two outdoor swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, two racquetball courts, an outdoor sports court, an outdoor playground, grassy fields for outdoor play, and more—making it the ideal place for the perfect summer experience.
Summer camps at Rolling Hills Club for 2016 include:
Sports & Splash Camp for ages 5–10, features fun weekly themes like "Art Meets Science", "Grossology", "Junk Yard Wars", and "Pirate vs. Ninja". Campers will be divided by age into Rookies (5), All Stars (ages 6 and 7), and Pros (ages 8 to 10), and will play basketball, tennis, soccer, and wild and wacky games. Of course swimming, in the form of free swim or group lessons, is offered every day, too. Campers receive a T-shirt, as well as healthy snacks and lunch each day. Weekly sessions run from June 13–August 12, Monday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm. $320 members/$370 guests per week, or $70/$80 per day for drop-in.
Linedrive's Baseball and Softball Camps for ages 7–14 feature professional instruction from some of Marin’s very own Local Legends. Campers will rotate through offensive and defensive stations to fine tune skills, and will work drills to improve game IQ. We will end the week with an all-camp scrimmage! If you’ve got a ball player looking for a fun way to improve their skills, look no further! Held at local fields in Tiburon, Larkspur, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Novato.
Our very popular All Sports Camps are back for another summer of week-long fun for kids ages 7–14. We’ll play baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, ping pong, dodge ball, kickball, whiffle ball, bowling, and much, much more! Each week ends with an All Sports Olympics on Friday! Held at our indoor facility in San Rafael.
Still thinking about joining a Marin Swim League swim team for the spring and summer? Northern Marin families should check out the Stingrays swim team at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato.
The Rolling Hills Club Stingrays swim team has been dedicated to training young swimmers ages 4 to 18 in achieving all-around swimming success for over 25 years. The coaches promote good sportsmanship and team spirit in a recreational competitive environment with nine other Marin Swim League teams. The Stingrays swim team fosters fun, friendship, and fitness in a family and community focused program. Both my kids have been a part of Stingrays for the past few years, and they've had a blast! While the Rolling Hills Club is a private swim, tennis, and fitness club, you don't need to be a member to join the Stingrays (club members do get a discount on registration fees).
Being safe and comfortable around water is extremely important, and it's never too early to introduce little ones to the basics of water skills. Many infants actually take naturally to the water! Infant swim classes in Marin County start as early as six months old, and are usually parent/child sessions where you or a caregiver can enjoy the water with your child. While most of these classes don't teach infants to swim per se, they do introduce parents and children to the water and important safety skills.
Below is our list of infant and toddler swim classes in Marin. Although many of the facilities listed are private clubs, unless otherwise indicated, all locations offer public lessons open to all. Most programs require pre-registration; follow the links or call to sign up or for more information.
Infant Swim Marin
Survival swimming lessons for children ages 6 months - 6 years. Lessons for a 6-12 month old focus on teaching the child to roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe, and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives. Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus on teaching the swim- float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.
Mill Valley Community Center Pool 180 Camino Alto
The Mill Valley Swim School offers classes for ages 6–36 months. They offer private and group lessons. Both classes introduce little ones to the water with parent participation. They offer group private lessons. Check out their swim schedule here.