North Bay farms are now abundant with the fall harvest. Sonoma County Farm Trails, the folks who produce the world-famous Gravenstein Apple Fair, invites families to head out to the farms for Weekend Along the Farm Trails on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. The free, self-guided tour provides fun for the whole family.
From 10 am to 4 pm both days, visitors can tour their way through Sonoma County and stop in at the participating farms of their choice. Guests can take part in demonstrations, petting friendly farm animals, hayrides, corn mazes, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Some locations charge modest fees for special tours and activities, but entry to all farms and most activities are free of charge.
Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Guests are encouraged to pack a cooler for toting home farm-fresh treasures.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Kirsta Martino, owner of KaiaFIT San Rafael.
Sometimes in the midst of your workout routines, they get a little too routine. Having a schedule makes it easy to manage all the pieces that make up your week. But within each of your scheduled workouts, your workouts of choice can easily get…comfy. We like to know what to expect. It’s reliable, we don’t have to think about it, and we sometimes even think it’s still doing as much as it did when we first began. But while you may be “comfortable,” your body has likely not been sufficiently challenged in a long time.
The second you and your body get accustomed with certain workouts or exercises, it’s time to add progressions and learn how to mix it up on a regular basis. Here are some ways to liven up your workouts:
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Ark Row Kids in Tiburon, which is holding its special re-opening event on Saturday, August 6 at 3 pm.
Early childhood is a very special time for kids. During the first two years children's brains grow quickly with many changes in structure and function, and by age 3 cognitive and emotional development occurs. Because of that kids must be stimulate during early childhood.
At Ark RowKids, children can develop and raise their creativity and curiosity while they learn, play and explore in a safe environment. Every day is a good day to do some arts and crafts, where we teach kids basic concepts and develop their motor coordination and cognition. Each day we work with a different material to stimulate curiosity, sensory motor skill, and creativity.
Music, dancing and storytelling are also part of our mornings at Ark Row—for us they are a very important part of children's growth. Our mission is to teach and care, and be a place where kids love to stay, play, and learn to grow with confidence and self-esteem.
Learning is a natural process when you integrate nature, arts, movement, friendship and academics. We believe children learn best with structure, warmth and encouragement. Children do not learn when they feel disengaged, anxious and unsafe, or when the classroom environment is overrun with distraction. Our teachers develop genuine relationships with students because children learn about respect by being respected.
Caulbridge School is committed to courageous learning and positive self-concept along with academic strength. We intentionally focus on courageous learning as a student outcome because the ability to step outside of one’s comfort zone relates to success in academics, relationships and life. We believe that in times of increased stress or challenging situations, positive self-concept serves as a source of resiliency and compassion for self and others. By positive self-concept we mean the ability to evaluate oneself in positive and self-affirming ways across situations and contexts, even when falling short of one’s expectations or hopes; the ability to demonstrate pro-social behavior, ethical decision-making, and a striving for genuine and caring relationships.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Half Acre Woods, a new outdoor enrichment class for kids ages 2 to 7 in Marin.
Bugs, birds, seeds, and science make up the wonderful world of Half Acre Woods! We are a new outdoor enrichment class designed to engage kids, from the ages of two through seven, in the skills and practice of science. Exploring the world with our senses we smell bay leaves and mint, listen to the crackling of madrone bark, watch for woodpeckers and fence lizards, and touch anything we can get our hands on! (Except for poison oak that is.) Based on the new Next Generation Science Standards that California adopted in 2013, we strive to provide a strong basis for success with science in the classroom while enjoying all the benefits of outdoor education.
The majority of our day is spent observing natural phenomena, like quail families scurrying along in a line, and discussing our findings as we explore. Our approach focuses on the fundamentals of observation, evidence based argument, and construction of explanations. Our dedication to science practice and skills is steeped in a deep understanding and appreciation for positive social emotional development. As we explore we discover opportunities to practice sharing, volunteering, and considerate communication as well as working to build an understanding of the connections between our feelings, our actions, and the natural world.
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!
Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready for some shopping deals? Starting Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, many of the businesses in the Bel Marin Keys Warehouse district (just off 101 in South Novato), will be opening for you. This sale has a wide array of items for your delight; including brightly colored kitchen gadgets (Kuhn Rikon), nutrient rich seaweed spa products (SeaBenefit), stunning and unique jewelry pieces (Alexis Jewelry), funky boots and sunscreen products (Mike Childs USA), gorgeous Italian décor (Via Graceffo) and fine wine (Starry Night Winery) to name just a few. There is something for everyone!
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin Fashion Academy, which offers summer camp programs for kids in Larkspur and Ross.
Do you love fashion? Love to sew or want to learn? Are you looking for an amazing fashion design experience that goes beyond sewing and is supportive and nurturing? Marin Fashion Academy provides full immersion fashion design, fashion illustration, and fashion styling classes where kids can learn to sew and design, start a fashion business, improve fashion drawing skills, create fashion videos, and learn to do fashion styling. We also offer fashion shows at the end of the 10 and up camps, a fun and exciting way for kids to showcase their designs and leave with a glowing feeling of achievement.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco at PIER 39.
Kick off your family's spring break at PIER 39 in San Francisco with two great special offers from Hard Rock Cafe and the 7D Experience. The Hard Rock is expanding its great Sunday Fundays kids eat free deal (normally on Sundays only) all weekend for this weekend only. Kids 10 and under dine for free off the Hard Rock's kids' menu all day and night from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Mom and Dad get to rock out, drink, and eat while the kids enjoy a free meal with every adult entree purchased, 1:1.
In addition, kids also get free admission this weekend to the 7D Experience at PIER 39 with each full-price adult admission. The 7D Experience combines the thrill of a rollercoaster with the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game in a 20-seat theater with a massive movie screen. There's also the Lazer Challenge, where you compete to make it through a maze of criss-crossing laser beams.