Birthday Party Locations & Activities

Marin on Ice Returns to Northgate this Holiday Season!

November 7, 2016

Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice, Marin County's only holiday ice skating rink, returns to Northgate in San Rafael for a fourth season of open-air skating, opening Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and running through January 11, 2017. The rink will be open daily, including holidays. Opening times vary, but the rink is generally open from 2 to 9 pm during the week, noon to 10 pm on Saturdays, and noon to 9 pm on Sundays, with extended hours during Thanksgiving week and around the holidays. Check Marin on Ice's calendar for exact hours.

Active Indoor Birthday Parties for Fall and Winter in Marin

October 24, 2016

PlayLand MLK Gym Sausalito BirthdayPlayLand Sausalito offers fun active birthday parties in the MLK Gym

After the wet weather starts up, planning a fall or winter birthday party can get a little challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of venues throughout Marin that offer great options for active indoor birthday parties. From dancing and gymnastics to bounce-house fun, there's something for everyone. Here are some of Marin's most popular indoor active birthday party venues, plus a few futher afield that are worth the drive.

PlayLand Sausalito

This indoor bounce house experience at the MLK Gym in Sausalito features bounce houses, a 40-by-20-foot sports arena, a 15-foot slide, and a toddler bounce zone. PlayLand offers birthday parties for up to 14 kids, complete with balloons and a private cake room. We've attended parties here and it's a blast! Other party options, including outdoor parties, are available, too. Find out more here.

Have a Pumpkin Patch Birthday Party this Fall!

August 20, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Party Nicasio Valley Farms

If your child has an October birthday, then why not have a pumpkin patch party? Marin's own certified organic pumpkin patch at Nicasio Valley Farms offers party packages during the month of October. It's a perfect way to celebrate a special fall birthday! October weather is usually fantastic, too, making an outdoor party even more fun. Make your reservation soon, as they book up quickly.

Birthday parties at Nicasio Valley Farms cost $12 per childhttp://www.marinmommies.com/ and include a private party table, a hayride, hay mazes, a visit with farm animals, and a small goodie bag. Partygoers can also choose a small pumpkin from the Kids' Patch. If you book your party on a Sunday, you can also enjoy live kids' music from Marin's favorite family entertainer, Tim Cain, who performs on Sundays from 11 am to noon. Additional activities, including bounce houses, pony rides, a climbing wall, face painting, and more, are available for an additional fee.

Make Your Own Glass Art at I Made It! in San Rafael

August 15, 2016

I Made It! Glass Creations

It's always fun to get hands-on with a cool new creative project. We had a chance to check out the new I Made It! Glass Creations studio in San Rafael, where we made some really cool and unique crafts from fused glass. It's the first place of its kind in the country, and it's a fun activity for all ages.

I Made It! offers countless different projects ideas that you make from colored glass. Come on in (no appointment or reservation is necessary) and choose a project—including jewelry, decorative items, housewares like coasters and bottle openers, photo frames, key chains, and more.

Rebounderz Rohnert Park: Fitness and Fun, Rolled Into One, for the Whole Family!

June 1, 2016

Rebounderz Rohnert Park

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Rebounderz Rohnert Park.

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!

Kids' Birthday Parties at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

October 27, 2015

Bay Area Discovery Museum Birthday Parties When it comes to the hottest locations for kids' birthday parties in Marin, the Bay Area Discovery Museum always makes the list. Located on San Francisco Bay right next to the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum's parties feature unique activities and access to the museum's exhibits and programs. And of course museum staff set up and clean up, so you only have to worry about having a great time!

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers four different party packages. The Bounce-a-Palooza package is for up to 40 children and includes a two-hour party in the Discovery Theater, a bounce house, facilitated activities, and face painting. The Birthday Bonanza Package includes a 90-minute party in the Loft or the Playhouse (depending on the number of partygoers), activities and face painting, and themed decorations. The Birthday Blast package features a party in the Loft or Playhouse and activities. Each of these three packages includes paper goods and party favors, help with set up and clean up, and all-day admission to the museum for party guests. The Room Rental package includes museum admission, set up and clean up, and a 90-minute party in the Loft or Playhouse only.

Studio 4 Art Expands to Mill Valley for Classes, Camps, and More

June 9, 2015

Studio 4 Art Mill ValleyMy family has been getting creative at Novato's Studio 4 Art since it opened downtown back in 2008. Now, Studio 4 Art brings its fantastic art classes, camps, drop-in sessions, and more to southern Marin with the opening of a new location in Mill Valley!

Parents may recognize the new location as the former site of the Little Art Studio. It's located at 254 Shoreline Highway, near Almonte Boulevard, in Mill Valley's Tam Valley neighborhood. Studio 4 Art offers a wide range of hands-on art classes and camps for toddlers and elementary school kids at both locations. Classes offered in Mill Valley include toddler and preschool art exploration, Spanish immersion + art, clay play, after-school sessions, and hand sewing.

Gymnastics Birthday Parties at GymWorld in San Rafael

January 19, 2015

GymWorld Birthday Parties San RafaelBirthday parties where everyone can burn off some energy through active play and exercise are always a lot of fun, and the Gymagic gymnastics parties offered by GymWorld, a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility in San Rafael, are a great choice for Marin County families.

GymWorld's facilities include a ton of fun activities for birthday partygoers, including a big foam pit that kids can jump and flip into off the two large trampolines that lead into it. Kids can also have fun on GymWorld's climbing wall, trampolines, tire swing, a trapeze, and cargo net.

During the party, GymWorld's fun and energetic instructors will teach kids gymnastics tricks handstands, cartwheels, rolls, and more. Instructors will adjust the party activities based on the ages of the partygoers—they have an array of over 50 different games and obstacle courses to choose from! High-energy Gymagic parties are full of music and energy and offer fun for everyone! Parties at GymWorld are ideal for kids ages 3 to 12.

Book a Family Photo Session with Marin Photographer Shannon Chiminiello

October 13, 2014

Shannon Chiminiello PhotographyMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054.

If you are looking for a quality, experienced photographer to document your family or special event in a unique way, look no further than Shannon Chiminiello Photography!

Recognized for her unique style, Shannon is in-demand for families who are looking for something other than your standard "cookie cutter" photo session. Shannon creates one-of-a-kind photo session experiences that are low-stress for parents and fun for children (even dads have a great time!). With gentle direction, a deep commitment, and just the right blend of activity, natural portraits, and "camera unaware" moments, Shannon will capture your family or special event in a way only she can. If you are looking for a session that is full of variety, designed specifically for your family, images that are real and that will focus on relationships and feeling instead of stiff posing and fake smiles, then contact her today via her website or call 415-497-6054. You will be glad you did!

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