Mill Valley

New Children's Art Program in Mill Valley: The Little Art Studio

January 7, 2013

The Little Art Studio in Mill ValleyIf you're a southern Marin parent looking for art classes for your children, then check out the new Little Art Studio in Mill Valley. Owned and operated by Mill Valley based fine artist and art educator, Jhaya Warmington, the Little Art Studio offers a variety of fun and unique art classes and art themed birthday parties for children aged of 1 ½  to 12.

Each class is focused around a specific art medium or technique, and the children are encouraged to explore art materials in an open, safe, and supportive environment. The emphasis is on the creative process rather than the product, but the children always come away with incredible works of art. Small classes offer children a comfortable, creative, age-appropriate atmosphere, while promoting cooperation and connections. The students constantly watch each other, learn from each other, and learn how to work together.

It's a Wonderful Life at Marin Theatre Company - Win Tickets!

November 27, 2012

Marin Theatre Company It's a Wonderful LifeTonight is opening night for Marin Theatre Company's family friendly production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Running through December 16, Joe Landry's adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved film stages the story of everyman George Bailey as if it was a live radio play, with the audience playing the part of the live studio audience.

Five talented actors perform the voices of dozens of characters, as well as create foley sound effects to accompany the action. Directed by Jon Tracy, this unique version of the classic heartwarming holiday movie is perfect family fare for the holiday season.

Evening performances take place Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm; matinees take place every Sunday and Saturday December 1 and 15 at 2 pm and Thursday December 6 at 1 pm. Tickets cost $36–$57, with discounts available for seniors and those under 30. Children under age 5 are not admitted. Bring your family or some friends and save up to 45% off regular price tickets to It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show with a Family Four Pack! Good for tickets to any performance. Use the code MMWONDER when you order by phone (415) 388-5208 or online. Must purchase 4 general price tickets to activate coupon, only one coupon per order, subject to availability, not applicable to previously purchased tickets.

Win Tickets to the November 27 Speak to Me Event with Marybeth Bond

November 5, 2012

Marybeth BondSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Passport to Discovery: Adventure, Creativity and Change Through Travel" a discussion with global travel expert, cross-country cyclist, founder of, and National Geographic award-winning author of 11 travel books Marybeth Bond on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 6:30 pm.

Travel offers us an opportunity to discover new worlds, cultures and ways of thinking. It can be our ticket to adventure, a psychological breakthrough or a vehicle for changing the world. As a global traveler and National Geographic author of 11 travel books including Gutsy Women, Gutsy Mamas, the Girlfriend Getaways series, Intelligent Travel, and the award-winning A Woman's World, Marybeth has done it all. She has hiked, biked, dived, danced, snow-shoed, skied, climbed, coptered, trekked, and traipsed her way through seven continents, and 90+ countries, from the depth of the Flores Sea to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She will speak—with passion and from experience—about how travel experiences with family and girlfriends can stimulate growth and self-discovery, boost our spirits and enrich our lives.

We're giving away two free tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to with "Speak to Me November" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, November 9, 2012. We'll choose a random winner on Saturday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Win Free Tickets to the October 23 Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

October 9, 2012

John GraySpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "Mars and Venus Together Forever" a discussion with best-selling relationship author John Gray, Ph.D. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 6:30 pm. One of the most trusted voices in relationships today, Gray is the author of 17 books, including Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, which was named one of the 10 most influential books of the last 25 years.

Fortunately we live in a time when men and women expect more from their lives than ever before. As a result, we demand more from our relationships, too. Dr. Gray famously opened our eyes and helped us understand the innate differences between the communication patterns of men and women in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Now that many of us have moved into a new stage in our romantic relationships, often with the added stresses of dual careers and parenting, Dr. Gray will share his unique insights on how we can better communicate with each other to foster long, healthy, and fulfilling relationships that will continue to flourish far into the future.

We're giving away two free tickets to this event to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! Simply send an email to with "Speak to Me" in the subject line by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, October 12, 2012. We'll choose a random winner on Saturday. Many thanks to Speak to Me for sponsoring this giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and conditions here.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Children's FilmFest at the Mill Valley Film Festival

October 2, 2012

Mill Valley Film FestivalMarin Mommies presents another guest article by Marin Mom and writer Gabrielle Cullen.

Marin County will roll out the red carpet for the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival from October 4–14, 2012, and what better way to get a little glamour than to enjoy the fest as a fam? Introduce the little ones to films they’ll never normally see on the big screen, have a rocking good time at a Bollywood party and watch your budding Pixar illustrator work magic at an animation workshop. Here’s an inside guide to what may be one of the most unique kids events all year.

Don’t be Late: The Children’s FilmFest runs the length of the entire festival, from October 4–14 in and around Marin County. Locations for the kids film festival include the Christopher B. Smith Film Center, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Intel Computer Clubhouse and others. Check out the website for more info.

Family Dining in Marin (with a View): The Mountain Home Inn

September 12, 2012

Mountain Home Inn on Mt. Tamalpais near Mill ValleyOur family loves to explore Mt. Tamalpais. Usually, we pack a picnic for lunch during our hikes, but on our last visit we decided to take the kids to the Mountain Home Inn, one of the few restaurants up on the mountain. It was a gorgeous, clear day, and we knew the views from the restaurant's deck would be amazing.

The Mountain Home Inn has been a fixture on Mt. Tam for a century, and it's a great place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner before or after your Mt. Tam adventure. Of course we opted to sit outside on the deck, taking in the spectacular views of Marin County and relaxing in the shade of the patio umbrellas. Our friendly and attentive server brought us a bottle of water infused with mint as we perused the menu.

The Mountain home inn offers a variety of dishes, from bratwurst on a bun with house-made potato chips (a nod to the inn's beginnings as a Swiss/German roadhouse) and burgers to fresh pastas and a vegetable frittata. There's also a children's menu, which is offered up with crayons for coloring, that includes favorites like chicken fingers and fries, kids' pasta with butter and parmesan, french toast, and more.

Parents Come Together to Save Ring Mountain Day School

August 8, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Karen LeFurgy, Ring Mountain Day School parent and Vice Chair of the school's Board of Trustees.

As a mother who enjoys reading Marin Mommies on a regular basis, I wanted to share with other local moms a positive story about a group of engaged and active parents at Ring Mountain Day School. I’m very proud of our story and particularly eager to share it with other parents who may be searching for a top quality school that embodies what a true school community is all about.

All three of my children are attending or have attended Ring Mountain and I serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees. For those who are unfamiliar with us, we are an independent K–8 school in Mill Valley with an enrollment of just under 100 students. At Ring Mountain, we try to be a little different than other schools by offering small class sizes of 8–15 students so that our faculty can apply an individualized, integrated approach and teach a core curriculum that emphasizes problem solving in real-life situations, promoting comprehensive

Marin's Spectacular Muir Woods is Not Just for Tourists

May 1, 2012

Muir WoodsWhile Muir Woods National Monument is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most visited tourist attractions, it also holds a lot of appeal for locals willing to brave the potential crowds. Popular with Marin residents and visitors alike for over 100 years, this spectacular stand of old growth coast redwoods offers some amazing views and a chance to see the wonders of nature up close. Muir Woods was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, and it's been a great spot for a fun and educational family outing ever since.

For locals, a visit here is still well worth the time, but you do have to keep in mind that it's one of the region's top tourist destinations. Parking at Muir Woods is limited, so get there as early as you can—it opens at 8 am most days so it'll be ready and waiting for you.

Also, try to go during the week if you can and avoid the weekend crowds. Needless to say, the summer months are also busier than other times of the year. While it's still an amazing place regardless of how many people are there, it's even more special when it's quiet and uncrowded. Even though the parking lot was full on our last visit, once we got into the park itself the crowds thinned out and it didn't seem nearly as busy as we had expected.

Win Free Tickets to the May 15 Speak to Me Event in Mill Valley

April 23, 2012

Laura CarstensenSpeak to Me, Marin's premiere series of intelligent, inspiring speaking events for women, presents "A Long Bright Future," a discussion with Laura Carstensen, Ph. D., director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, professor of psychology and public policy, and author of A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 6:30–9:30 pm.

As an individual, a society and a nation, what are we to do about the additional 20 or 30 years we are expected to live? What do we really know today about life expectancy, and what should we be doing differently as a result? One of the world’s leading authorities on longevity and aging will address this uniquely 21st-century question. Dr. Laura Carstensen will help us re-envision a long life informed by the latest scientific and sociological research. Find out how you can make better decisions today about your lifestyle, family, career, finances and social infrastructure, so you can look forward to many healthy, fulfilling and financially stable years ahead.

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