Marin is home to many communities that really go above and beyond the call of duty when getting into the holiday spirit, and of all the places in the county I think Marinwood, the neighborhood sandwiched between Novato and San Rafael, has the most decorated holiday houses per capita!
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of December.
Terrific Toddlers and Twos (1–3 years)
Wednesday, December 7, 7–9 pm
Acquire a developmental understanding of how best to support your little ones and preserve your sanity! We will talk about setting limits, guiding behavior, developing social skills, understanding tantrums, and more. With Bonnie Romanow, childhood development specialist. $45. Register here.
Still need ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast? Finish up your shopping at tomorrow's (Wednesday, November 23) special Thanksgiving Farmers Market from 8 am to 1 pm at Northgate Mall, 6000 Northgate Drive (next to Sears) in San Rafael.
There will be no San Rafael Farmers Market on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24. That way we all get a little extra time to prepare our feasts, and the farmers get the day off too!
The Civic Center Farmers' Market in San Rafael (temporarily located to Northgate) offers lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, fresh cut flowers, prepared food, and more. For more information, visit www.agriculturalinstitute.org.
Marin on Ice, Marin County's only holiday ice skating rink, returns to Northgate in San Rafael for a fourth season of open-air skating, opening Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and running through January 11, 2017. The rink will be open daily, including holidays. Opening times vary, but the rink is generally open from 2 to 9 pm during the week, noon to 10 pm on Saturdays, and noon to 9 pm on Sundays, with extended hours during Thanksgiving week and around the holidays. Check Marin on Ice's calendar for exact hours.
Traditionally, our first holiday outing in Marin is always to the famous Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael. We checked out this season's edition yesterday during its opening weekend and, once again, it's a spectacular as ever. As a matter of fact, I think it might be the best version to date—it just keeps getting better every year.
Bioneers is bringing back their popular Family Fair on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael. This unique learning-and-play program is free for families with kids 12 and under. Come learn from some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters and have fun exploring a wide array of experiential education activities.
Attendance to the Family Fair is free for families, or check out the Bioneers Conference with a Tandem Ticket, allowing the kids to do kid things while two adults trade off experiencing the conference and hanging with kids at Family Fair.
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of October.
New Mom's Tea (pre-crawling babies)
Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 am–noon
Join us for a free New Moms' Tea for an opportunity to discuss the joys and challenges of becoming a parent and to meet other new moms. We will discuss your favorite parental finds (i.e., baby gear, stroller friendly hikes, childcare options) as well as share about local resources supporting young families. Babies welcome. With Rebecca Breen, LCSW. Free, but preregistration required. Register here.
GymWorld offers fantastic Birthday Parties for little gymnasts and their friends! We also offer great programs for our youngest gymnasts ages 18 months to 4 years during the week. We have Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop in basis three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline!
GymWorld also has great instructors teaching classes for ages 2–4 years. Classes are on Tuesday and Friday mornings and at 2:45pm Mon,Tues,Thurs.
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of September.
Terrific Toddlers Part 1: Who Are They and How to Best Guide Them (1–3 years)
Wednesday, September 7, 7–9 pm
They are wild and wonderful, and understanding the developmental needs and challenges of your toddler will support you to stay sane during this lively and challenging time. We will explore appropriate expectations based on developmental needs. Discussion includes setting limits, guidance strategies, developing social skills, and more. (Part 1 of 2, participation in both is encouraged but not required). With Bonnie Romanow, BA, Childhood Development Specialist. $45; $75 for two parenting partners. Receive a discount when you register for both Part 1 and 2! Register here.
Is That Me Yelling? (all ages)
Wednesday, September 14, 7–9 pm
Want to have more harmony at home and less yelling? Most parents agree that yelling isn't beneficial, but many report that they just don't know what to do when their children misbehave. Learn to create a plan-and more-to address the issues that trigger yelling. One recent participant shared, "Rona's class goes beyond the standard suggestions of deep breaths and removing yourself from the room. She helped me think about the negative thought patterns I get caught in that fuel my yelling." With Rona Renner, RN, expert parent educator, temperament counselor, and author of the book, Is That Me Yelling? $45. Register here.