Family Hike at Phoenix Lake

August 15, 2017

Phoenix Lake

Like Tennessee Valley further to the south, Phoenix Lake is one of Marin's most popular spots for outdoor recreation. Located on Marin Municipal Water District watershed lands, Phoenix Lake sits at the base of Mt. Tamalpais near the town of Ross. It's a great place for a family hike or bike ride with small children, as the trails that lead to the lake and ring it have gentle slopes and relatively short distances that are manageable by most.

There are also numerous more challenging trails accessible from Phoenix lake that are sure to please more advanced hikers or mountain bikers. You'll see a lot of people running and walking dogs (on-leash dogs are allowed on trails) as well as hiking and mountain biking.

Ross Valley Players Present Robin Hood at the Barn Theatre

July 13, 2016

Robin Hood Ross Valley PlayersThis weekend, Ross Valley Players presents its production of the family favorite Robin Hood by Ivey Award-winner Greg Banks. This classic tale of good versus evil follows the legend of Robin Hood and his merry band, who rob from the rich and dishonest to give to the poor. This story of resiliency, compassion and heroism is told with an easygoing and humorous twist that both children and adults will love. Robin Hood begins with a preview this Thursday, July 14 and runs through Sunday, August 14. Opening night is Friday, July 15 at 8 pm.

Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of swordfights and wordplay, this modern take on the classic story is a high-powered, action-packed, fun adventure. Robin Hood is directed by Cris Cassell, and features cast members Nicholas Schwager (Robin Hood), Cory Anderson (Little John, Soldier), Pablo Hamlin (Prince John, Will, Friar Tuck), Izaak Heath (Sheriff of Nottingham), and Ariana Mahallati (Maid Marian, Much).

Learn Fashion Design, Illustration, and Styling this Summer

April 18, 2016

Marin Fashion Academy Girls

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.

Create a Marin Family Tradition at Pixie Park's Spring Fair

April 10, 2016

Pixie Park

Spring has sprung at the Marin Art and Garden Center and Pixie Park’s Spring Fair is about to bloom! In fact the Fair has blossomed at MAGC each year for the last 58 years making its occurrence almost a rite of spring. While many generations of Marinites have enjoyed the Spring Fair, you don’t have to be from Marin to soak in its nostalgia. Kids of all ages are welcome to step back in time and explore the Fair’s Candy Land, Autopia, and Tot Town. The fair also offers families rides on an old-time train, storytelling performances, and a petting farm. Admission is free so there is really no reason not to make Pixie Park’s Spring Fair a new family tradition.

Join the Choir School at St. John’s Church in Ross

September 7, 2013

St. John's Choir RossThis fall, the Choir School for children at St. John’s Church in Ross begins its fourth season. Run by music director Dr. Lenore Alford and vocal coach Emily Bender, the Choir School helps children become literate, knowledgable musicians and great singers. For the last three years, the school's combined choirs have sung the national anthem at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants—a great way to end the season in June!

Choir School is open to all children who children who want to sing. Tuition is $320 for St. John's parishioners and $420 for non-parishioners. Scholarships are available and no child will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Choir School is divided into choirs by age:

  • The youngest choristers (grades K–1) sing in the St. Cecilia Choir, where they learn musicianship skills through folk songs and games following the Kodaly method of instruction. They also perform once a month each second Sunday.
  • The St. Hildegard Choir is for grades 2–5. Choristers in this choir learn to read music, fundamentals of music theory, and musicianship skills along with the joy of singing beautiful music. They receive individual voice lessons with vocal coach Emily Bender. Rehearsals take place Wednesdays from 4 to  5:15 pm.

Open House This Weekend at the Pratum Children's Library

January 21, 2011

The Pratum Children's Library at Marin Art and Garden CenterStop by the Pratum Children's Library in Ross this weekend as it holds its introductory open house on January 22 and 23, 2011. Come visit the library, located on the expansive ground of the Marin Art and Garden Center, from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday and browse their shelves, which contain everything from board books for babies to the complete Oxford English Dictionary to the very best books on education, parenting, and childhood.

Todd Pratum, proprieter and book and literacy expert, will give introductory talks at noon and 3 pm on both days. He'll also personally lead tours of this very special collection. Bring the children to come read some books, discover new ideas, and have fun exploring the eleven magical acres of the Marin Art and Garden Center. The library is located adjacent to the rose garden and directly across from the octagon house.

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