Mill Valley

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Tennessee Valley Trail

October 23, 2016

Tennessee Valley

Tennessee Valley near Mill Valley is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor recreation spots in all of Marin County, and for good reason—it has a combination of easy walks, dramatic views, and a spectacular beach at the end of the trail. Tennessee Valley Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a perfect hike for families, and can be easily managed with an offroad-capable stroller. With few hills, the 3.4-mile round trip hike out to the beach at Tennessee Cove and back is easy for hikers (and mountain bikers, too) of all ages. Fall is the perfect time to tackle this hike, since the weather at the coast is often clear, sunny, and spectacular.

"The Jungle Book" Opens at Marin Theatre Company Next Weekend - Win Tickets!

October 22, 2016

The Jungle Book at MTC

Marin Theatre Company's Family Series continues this fall with their original production of The Jungle Book, opening next Saturday, October 29 for 10 performances only! Adapted by Greg Banks from the beloved stories by Rudyard Kipling and directed by Logan Ellis, this production is special in that MTC will be featuring the protagonist Mowgli as a girl! Here's what MTC Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis says about this artistic choice:

"We, led by director Logan Ellis and our cast and crew, feel it is imperative to give our girls the opportunity to see themselves portrayed onstage in a classic adventure story normally reserved for boys. We doubly believe it is important for young boys to see girls in powerful hero roles this year as our national conversation is rife with bullying, sexism and gender discussion."

Music Classes and Birthday Parties with Little Folkies

September 27, 2016

Little Folkies Looking for a unique music class in Marin for your little one? Little Folkies, a folk music class for children ages 0 to 5 and their grown-ups, offers classes for mixed ages with babies, toddlers preschoolers, parents, grandparents and caregivers all getting together every week and singing together like one big family!

Little Folkies helps nurture the love for music that we all have and inspires young families to sing and play. Discover both new and old songs along with rhythmic dance and movement, silliness, musical games and fun activities that promote musical confidence in both little ones and adults. Classes in Marin are offered at Sprout, located at 12 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. 12-week Little Folkies Family classes take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, Thursdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, and Fridays at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Marin Theatre Company's 2016-2017 Family Series Kicks off with "Father Goose's Tales"

September 13, 2016

Father Goose's Tales Marin Theatre CompanyThis fall, Marin Theatre Company (MTC) kicks off its 2016–2017 Family Series with Father Goose's Tales. In this production, Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must take over her duties, including storytelling! Father Goose's Tales is written and performed by Jim Napolitano, who brings the nursery rhymes, stories, and songs to life through innovative shadow puppetry, and is ideal for children ages 4 to 8.

Father Goose's Tales is only the first offering in MTC's fantastic 2016–2017 Family Series. In October, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book will come to life on stage (best for ages 6 and up), and in November you can experience an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's tale The Snow Queen (ages 9 and up). Finally, in February, the classic fable Hare and Tortoise will recount the greatest race on earth (ages 4 and up). MTC will even offer a sensory friendly performance of Hare and Tortoise for young people in the autism spectrum on March 4.

Family Fun Under the Redwoods at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

September 8, 2016

Blue Fairy at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival

On September 17 and 18, artists from around the country will gather beneath the redwoods at historic Old Mill Park for the 60th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. This popular family-friendly festival features the work of over 140 artists, great live music, and kids' entertainment ranging from puppet shows and magic to sing-alongs and storytelling. It all makes for a magical weekend under the trees!

The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Family entertainment, emceed by the Blue Fairy, includes performances by the Fratello Marionettes; magic with Brian Scott and the Wizard of Ahs; storytelling by Scott the Storyteller; drumming with Mike; and music by Singers Marin, Dave Fromer, Octopretzel and the PAAM singers. Performers on the main music stage include Aaron Redner, Chelle's Juke Joint, Yacht Club of Paris, Faust & Fox, and Deep Blue Jam. Check their website for a complete entertainment schedule.

Win Tickets to the Little Folkies Family Band Concert at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley

August 25, 2016

Little Folkies Family Band at Sweetwater Mill ValleyCome down to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley for an all-ages concert of folk music for grown-ups and kids alike! The Little Folkies Family Band performs at "Date Night with the Tots" at the Sweetwater on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 4 pm. Read on to learn how to win tickets to the show.

The band plays a mix of Little Folkies originals and old traditional folk songs for children. Inspired by the children's music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, Jean Ritchie, Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folk Songs For Children, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia's Not For Kids Only, Doc Watson's Songs for Little Pickers and more. You might even hear a little Bob Dylan or Grateful Dead cover songs as well if you're lucky. The four-piece band features Irena Eide (founder and composter of Little Folkies) on vocals and guitar, Matt Porter on banjo, Julay Brooks on mandolin and harmonies, and Grammy-nominated bassist Paul Knight.

Pokemon GO Camp at Mill Valley Community Center

August 6, 2016

Pokemon GO By now everyone's probably aware that Pokémon GO is the biggest thing to come to mobile devices ever. This coming week, August 8 to 12, Mill Valley Recreation is offering a Pokémon GO camp at Mill Valley Community Center. Apparently Mill Valley is home to some of the rarest, most exclusive Pokemon in the world!

Kids ages 10 to 14 can join Mill Valley Recreation's Master Trainer Staff for a week of Pokémon GO activities, instruction on how to play the game safely, friendship, swimming, and most importantly: catching them all! Camps take place from 9:30 am to 4 pm (#39548, $250) or with extended care from 8 am to 6 pm (#39549, $400).

Only a few spots are still available for these camps, so sign up now! You can register online here or download and print a registration form and fax it in or drop it by. Mill Valley Community Center is located at 180 Camino Alto in Mill Valley.

"The Little Mermaid: The Musical" Opens at the Throckmorton Theatre

August 1, 2016

The Little Mermaid 142 Throckmorton Theatre This Friday, Throckmorton Theatre premieres its summer production of The Little Mermaid: The Musical, an adaptation of Disney's movie of the same name, featuring a talented case of Bay Area theater professionals and of course memorable music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken.

Directed by actor and director Steven Hess (star of last year's production of Shrek: The Musical), The Little Mermaid stars San Francisco's Ashley Willits in the title role, San Francisco International Comedy Competition winner Johnny Steele as Scuttle, Beach Blanket Babylon veteran Phillip Percy Williams as Sebastian, and Barry Martin as King Triton, among others. The cast even features four talented mother-daughter teams from Mill Valley!

Performances of The Little Mermaid take place on Friday, August 5, 12, and 19 at 7 pm, Saturday, August 6, 13, 20 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 7, 14, and 21 at 4 pm. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students; reserved seating tickets are $35. Order tickets online at tickets.throckmortontheatre.org or by calling (415) 383-9600. The box office is also open Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 to 6 pm for in-person sales.

Dining with Kids in Marin: Grilly's Mill Valley

July 23, 2016

Grilly's Mill Valley

When we're in Mill Valley and are in need a quick and healthy lunch, we often stop at Grilly's on Miller Avenue for fresh and tasty Cal-Mex fare. Grilly's has been a fixture in Mill Valley for over 24 years, and specializes in traditional Mexican-style favorites prepared with fresh and healthy ingredients.

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