It's August, and summer vacation will be over before we know it! But we still have a couple weeks to go, and if you're looking for something for the kids to do in the last days of summer, check out the camps for kids 3 to 13 at Novato's Rolling Hills Club.
You can sign up for the whole week, or attend the club's Sports & Splash Camps and Junior Tennis Camp on a daily basis. Extended camp is available daily from 8:30–9 am and 4–6 pm.
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.
In Sports & Splash Camp for ages 5–12 campers play basketball, tennis, soccer, and wild and wacky games, and of course swimming is offered every day, too. August 4–8 is "Have a Ball" week, and August 11–15 is "Spy Week". Daily fee is $70 ($60 members); weekly is $320 ($270 members).
Marin's own boys of summer, the San Rafael Pacifics, have started another fantastic season of professional minor league baseball in San Rafael's Albert Park. This weekend, the team will be promoting breast cancer awareness with some unique activities and giveaways!
At their June 27 game against the Sonoma Stompers, Pacific players will be donning specially designed pink dresses in the style of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League immortalized in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. The Pacifics will be the first men’s professional baseball team in history to wear dresses!
Two dress/uniforms will be autographed by Academy Award winner and A League of Their Own star Tom Hanks, and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. Other uniforms autographed by members of the Pacifics will be auctioned off as well.
I'd driven by McInnis Park off Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael many times before I realized that—hidden amongst the driving range, nine-hole golf course, clubhouse, and batting cages—there was a miniature golf course there too (it was the a little windmill and castle on the hill that tipped me off). Since then, it's been a favorite place for us to go with the kids for a fun day out.
McInnis Park's miniature golf course is a colorful, 18-hole, artist-designed course with fanciful features including an elephant with moving feet, a snail, a castle, a lighthouse, a waterfall, and a much more. The tiered, lushly landscaped course winds its way up a hill as you play and the views from the top are spectacular.
The course also offers two bonus holes at the end. Keep your ball after the 18th hole, then go down below to the bonus course that includes a dinosaur, which is always a favorite with my kids.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin mom Barbara McVeigh
After 30 years, Sailing Education Adventures, one of Marin’s best kept secrets, sails into new territory. Just over a year ago, the nonprofit moved its adult program from Sausalito to San Rafael’s Loch Lomond Marina, just down the Canal from its hallmark Summer Youth Camp at Marin Yacht Club. The organization has positioned itself well to serve the North Bay sailing community. New programs are building to support family, adult and teen sailing year round. Last year the community came together to support youth sailing for kids of the Canal District, a program that will continue because of a generous grant from the State of California.
This year, new program director Meghan Hartnett takes the helm. She just moved back to Marin after living in New York for nine years. Her mother, Jane Piereth, founded the organization and Meghan grew up sailing, as well as leading the summer camp 13 years ago. “It’s like coming home,” she says.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the National Academy of Athletics, which offers over 40 fun sports camps throughout Marin County this summer. Find out more at www.NationalAcademyofAthletics.com.
Everyone has their favorite summer camps, but let me share with you a resource that we are very lucky to have, right here in Marin County.
Aaron Locks—who grew up in Mill Valley, played at Tam High and went on to play college basketball in Oregon—is the founder and CEO of the National Academy of Athletics. Aaron worked directly with John Wooden, Rick Barry, George Karl, Pat Riley, Don Nelson and others as he formulated his expertise through 27 years of developing and coaching sports camps for kids. “Our camps provide a great way for kids ages 6-9 and 10-13, to fall in love with team sports. Through our camps, boys and girls can learn the fundamental skillsets needed to play their favorite sport, and they can do it simply by having fun.” Many Marin County parents have found that these camps not only send their kids home happy and tired, but also better, more confident players of the sport in which they choose to participate.
We all know that there is tons of documented proof that shows how kids’ involvement in sports, especially team sports, contributes to their overall success in life. Here are Aaron Locks’, top 5 reasons why you should get your child involved in sports:
Come to the Rolling Hills Club, Novato's family sports and fitness club, this Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, for their free Fall Family Festival! This free family event celebrates the season and the local community with food, fun, and a sampling of what the club has to offer.
Children's activities and fun include a bounce house and face painting on the club's pool deck and arts and crafts in the Kids Club and Entertainment Center. There will also be a "Just Keep Swimming" kids' scavenger hunt—find all the characters from the Rolling Hills Swim School and win a prize!
Moylan's Brewery and Restaurant will be serving up food, Oktoberfest-style, with bratwurst and beer on the club's pool deck from noon to 2 pm. Kids' beverage options will also be available. Live music will be provided by the Sandy Geller Jazz Trio.
Other activiites include samplers from the club's fitness studio, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, cycling, and CoreAlign, lifeguard tests, a tennis clinic and junior playday, personal training fitness assessments, and more. There will be a special one-day-only membership special, too.
All members of the community are welcome, and it should be a lot of fun!
This summer, San Francisco plays host to one of the worlds largest sporting events: the America's Cup races! While high-tech sailboats battle it out on the Bay, local families can take advantage of the fun scheduled at America's Cup Park at Piers 27 and 29.
Throughout the month of August, families can enjoy free outdoor movie screenings at America's Cup Park. This Wednesday, August 14, they'll be showing Shark Tale, on Wednesday, August 21 Pirates of the Caribbean, and on Tuesday, August 27 Jaws (with a special introduction by production designer Joe Alves). All movie screenings start at 6:30 pm, and there are plenty of bean bag chairs on the Plaza where you can snuggle up to take in the show! Snacks, ice cream, and beverages will be available for sale.
Come to the San Francisco Zoo this Memorial Day Weekend, May 25–27, to see the animals (including the Zoo's adorable baby Sumatran tiger who now has a name—Jillian). Then make sure you stick around for a Hullabuzoo!
What's a Hullabuzoo? It's what you get when you bring a performing circus group, an inflatable obstacle course, and a climbing wall challenge to the zoo! Bring the kids to the zoo's Pachyderm Building to blow off a little steam in the free inflatable playhouse, where they can climb, play, and shoot baskets. Then relax and re-energize with a picnic on the Patas Lawn as you watch a circus group perform.
Kids can also test their skills on the climbing wall ($3). Every time someone rings the bell at the top of the wall, the zoo will donate $1 to animal conservation programs!
This June, Marin's own boys of summer return to downtown San Rafael's Albert Park for another season of professional minor league baseball! The 2013 San Rafael Pacifics season begins on Tuesday, June 11, and runs through August 25.
Albert Park's intimate setting is the perfect venue for old-fashioned, family-friendly, and affordable local baseball. We're so lucky to have this team here, and maybe they'll repeat their championship-winning 2012 season! General admission tickets are just $10, grandstand reserved and box seats are $20, and dugout seats are $25.
Kids 12 and under can join the Rookie Club, which offers a variety of benefits, including free admission to all Sunday home games and pre- and post-game activities like playing catch with the team during warm ups. Rookie Club membership costs $25 and includes a T-shirt, membership card, and discounts on team merchandise and Silbermann's ice cream (San Rafael's Silbermann's Ice Cream is the Rookie Club sponsor).