The Allen Sports Club returns to Dominican University of California this fall! This new after-school sports program for middle and high school students to come play at Dominican University of California in San Rafael is completely free. The vision of Dominican Trustee Emeritus John F. Allen, the program builds community, promotes physical activity, and opens eyes to college opportunity.
Launched in February, the Allen Sports Club already has participants from a dozen different Marin County schools. Three days a week, participants come to Dominican to play soccer, basketball, flag football, kickball, futsal, and dodgeball. Participants get to play with their peers from other schools and receive coaching from Dominican student-athletes trained by the popular Bay Area non-profit Coaching Corps. The interaction between college and prep athletes is one of the unique aspects of the program that participants enjoy every day at Dominican's premier collegiate athletics facilities.
Marin families have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the Stafford Lake Bike Park, and now the day is finally here! Marin County's only public bike park opens this Saturday, August 22, at Stafford Lake County Park in Novato. The first phase of the 17-acre Bike Park has features for all skill levels, including a perimiter trail, a dual slalom, a progression jump course, a beginner pump track, and a kids' learn-to-ride area.
This Saturday, everyone will have an opportunity to try out the trails and listen to live music from Ridgeway Space Station, as well as hear from honored guests and mingle with park sponsors. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free to this event, which takes place from 10 am to 2 pm. (The regular $10 park admission will be waived.) Grab your bikes and come out to the park!
Want to have fun, get some exercise, and support a great cause? Sign up for the Marine Mammal Center's Run for the Seals! This annual 5K run/walk celebrates the Center's 40th anniversary, and supports the Center's programs and rescue work. It's open to participants of all ages, including casual and serious runners, walkers, and families—strollers and on-leash dogs are welcome, too. All proceeds go directly towards the Marin Mammal Center's mission of helping sick, injured, and orphaned marine mammals.
The 2015 Run for the Seals takes place this Saturday, August 15. Check-in starts at 6:30 am, and the races begin at 8:30. Participants can choose from two different route options: a 5K road and dirt trail route hrough the headlands, or a two-mile walk on a scenic route overlooking the ocean. Both routes feature refreshment stations, and the walk/hike route will also include informative education stations along the way.
After, participants are invited to join in on the Family Fun Day, which takes place at the Marine Mammal Center. Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, fun family activities, and tours.
Families looking for active indoor fun should head up north to Rohnert Park and check out the new Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena. We paid a visit last week to give it a try and everyone had a fantastic time! Rebounderz features a truly massive trampoline area, foam pits, a giant climbing structure, a dedicated toddler park, and more! There’s also an arcade, a café, and a parents’ lounge with wifi and big-screen TVs where you can watch your kids as they play.
When we first entered Rebounderz, we were astounded at the sheer size of the place. The main jump area has 74 eight-foot trampolines, separated by nets that allow multiple activities to take place at once, including open jump, dodgeball, and tot jumping for kids 5 and under. The indoor playground in the back room is also enormous, and it’s a lot of fun, too. It’s for kids ages 2 to 12, with a separate tot area for ages 0 to 4.
Baseball players of all ages will welcome Linedrive Baseball and Softball, Marin's newest and largest baseball training facility, to San Rafael. This 17,000 square feet facility offers hard ball and softball batting cages; professional pitching, hitting, fielding, and catching lessons; dodgeball tournaments; birthday parties; summer camps, and much more.
Linedrive's four fully automated batting cages allow you to hit real baseballs (and softballs, too). In fact, it's the only facility in the Bay Area that offers this! Cage tokens cost $3.50 ($2.50 for Linedrive members); a pack of 10 tokens costs $30.
Through June 14, 2015, kids ages 4 to 14 can experience the Rockin' Ropes Adventure on weekends and school holidays in the San Francisco Zoo's Pachyderm Building. Kids can zip, swing, jump, step, and slide around this challenging elevated ropes course. It's a fun addition to your family's visit to the zoo!
We had a chance to check out the Rockin' Ropes Adventure last weekend, and the kids had a blast. The course offers plenty of challenges for all age levels and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to make your way around it, and you get to go through twice. My kids really loved the feeling of being up high above the ground, and enjoyed the challenge of maneuvering around the various obstacles and making their way along the narrow ropes.
Is your daughter interested in becoming more involved with sports but lacks confidence? Does your child want to explore athletic activities that she has not played before? Does your daughter want to take her game to the next level? If so, Prime Youth Sports (PYSC) is the camp for her!
PYSC offers a unique experience for girls to learn, play, and have fun in an all-girls environment. In its second year, PYSC provides girls with a strong foundation of sports fundamentals and skills, knowledge, character and leadership development—and a love for athletics! PYSC emphasizes FUN and comradery in an respectful environment that drives passion for athletic activities. PYSC employs unique games and challenges that enhance skill development in and sport - basketball, soccer, softball - and more!
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Pelo Fitness in San Rafael.
Did you know that there’s a fitness revolution happening just past the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in San Rafael? Pelo Fitness opened its doors just three years ago and has been quietly building a reputation as the best studio cycling (spin) class anywhere. Add in body weight strength training and a soon to be launched nutrition program and you have a complete fitness method under one roof.
Founded by San Rafael dad and avid cyclist Alan Roberts, Pelo is a complete program designed to build a lean, strong, healthy body and to help you to feel great.
By popular demand, the country’s most popular child-development soccer program is coming to the Bay Area!
Try a free class at Demo Day:
Saturday, January 17
Mill Valley Community Center
9:30–10:10 am: 2–3 year olds
10:15–11 am: 3–young 4 year olds
11:05–11:45 am: 12–24 month olds (parent participation)
11:50 am–12:45 pm: Older 4–5 year olds
Warm up your winter with Super Soccer Stars classes for ages 12 months and up! With the lowest child-to-coach ratios in California, Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through an age-specific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!