Labor Day

Fantastic Family-Friendly Labor Day Recipes

September 4, 2017

Chicken skewers

Today is Labor Day, and what could be more traditional for this last gasp of summer than a backyard BBQ? We've put together a selection of our most popular family-friendly grilling recipes, along with a few great summer sides, desserts, and other treats. So fire up the grill and cook a feast for family and friends today!

Marin Family Events for Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2017

Sausalito Art FestivalThe Annual Sausalito Art Festival takes place this weekend at Marinship Park.

Check out our list of 12 terrific family outings for this Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, September 1

  • Closing Weekend: "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit"
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    In "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit" children ages 2 to 6 enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Museum admission applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Teddy Bears' Picnic
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland
    Friday, 10 am; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 11:15 am

    Bring your own Bear, if you'd like, and join our Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. We will explore the foods that every bear loves, learn what grows in the forest, and play some wonderful games. Who knows what might happen? Maybe ants will go marching! Maybe the honey bees won't want to share their honey! Together, you and the bears will surmount these obstacles and have a lovely, lively time! For audiences age 6 months to 3 years old. Children under the age of 6 months do not require a ticket. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: McNear's Beach Pool
    San Rafael
    Friday, 11 am–5 pm & Saturday, 11 am–6 pm

    Bring the entire family to swim and splash at McNear's Beach pool this weekend. After this weekend, the pool will be closing for the season. Parking is free on Saturday, due to Free Access of All Parks, but there is a charge to swim. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Closing Weekend: Spring Lake Water Park
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm

    This inflatable water park includes multiple play stations for both kids and adults, including slides, bounce islands, a bouncy bridge, a trampoline, climbing cliffs, balance beam, and more. Test your strength by bouncing, sliding, balancing, climbing, and more! Spring Lake's three-acre swimming lagoon is filled with filtered spring water which is chlorinated to exeed water quality standards. Cost: $10 per person for water park and $7 parking fee. Location: Spring Lake Regional Park is located at 393 Violetti Road in Santa Rosa. For more info, read our article here.
  • Picnics on the Plaza
    Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
    Friday, 5–8 pm

    Come on downtown to San Anselmo for Picnics on the Plaza on six Friday evenings this summer: Grab dinner-to-go at a local restaurant, purchase food at the event, or pack a picnic and dine with old and new friends at the plaza. Enjoy live entertainment and activities; it's great, music, food and family fun! Location: 525 San Anselmo Avenue, Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

There's Something for the Entire Family at the Sausalito Art Festival

August 29, 2017

2016 Sausalito Art Festival

A Marin County tradition for over half a century, the Sausalito Art Festival returns to Marinship Park this Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to 4, for its 65th season. The family friendly festival showcases the works of the finest local, national and international artists, with thousands of original works of art by 260 artists, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.

Healthy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

September 1, 2013

Chicken teriyaki skewersThis guest article is by my friend and fellow Marin mom Nancy Grossi, author of the award-winning blog The Wife of a Dairyman. Nancy started her blog at the beginning of 2010, and offers a look into life on one of Marin's many dairy farms.

One of her loves is cooking, and her recipe for healthy grilled teriyaki chicken skewers is perfect for a Labor Day BBQ. Thanks, Nancy!

Can you believe I've never tried grilling skewers? I was in the mood for something light, fresh and easy. Plus I just bought 20 pounds of chicken and wanted to use some of it.

I used skinless chicken breast and boneless, skinless thighs. Red onion, pineapple, zucchini, summer squash and red bell pepper for the veggies. I cut everything into chunks and skewered them. I marinated the skewers in a Pyrex for a few hours with my favorite marinade Soy Vay Teriyaki. Oh, and before skewering, I soaked the wooden skewers in water for a while so they wouldn't burn (hopefully).

Have a Family Picnic This Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2013

Labor Day PicnicLabor Day Weekend, that final chance to enjoy summer vacation (even though many kids in Marin are back in school already). While a backyard barbeque is a Labor Day tradition, why not plan a picnic with friends and family? It's fun, you don't have to clean up the house either before or after, and there are plenty of awesome picnic spots in Marin and the North Bay. (This weekend's weather is supposed to be nice, too.)

Here are a few tips for planning a picnic:

  • Have every family bring a different dish, but still don't forget to pack plenty of food and drink. It’s always better to have more than less!
  • Make a checklist for all the things you’ll need to bring, like folding chairs, picnic blankets, games, food, drink, etc.
  • Plenty of active games and outdoor toys will keep the kids occupied while the grownups relax.
  • Get to your picnic spot early to find a good place, especially on a holiday weekend. I always look for a spot with a little bit of shade and some sun, too, that won’t be in total shade later on the day.
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