Although the Marin County Fair doesn't take place until this summer, now is the time to start thinking about your entries for the fair's many competitions. The deadline for entry to all competitions is on or before Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5 pm.
Children ages 5–18 can enter any number of Junior Division competitions, including arts and crafts, hobbies, cartoon art, performing arts, photography, and creative writing, not to mention traditional preserved food, horticulture, and floral categories. Do you have a prize-winning cow, goat, or chicken in the backyard? Kids can enter all sorts of livestock in the fair. Don't have a farm animal? Don't worry—kids can also enter their furry friends in the Guinea Pig, Rabbit, or Pocket Pet (mice, rats, hamsters, turtles, and other critters) competitions.
Special theme categories for 2017 include floral headbands, tie dye, selfies, macrame, Play Doh creations, and more. There's bound to be something for everyone in the family to enter. My kids always love entering something in the fair, and it's thrilling to see what kind of ribbon you've won when you finally find your exhibit on display.
This year the Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In", a tribute the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and it takes place June 30 to July 4 at the Marin County Fairgrounds near the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.
If you're trying to make a decision on the perfect summer camp for your kids, save the date for the upcoming Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair, which takes place Saturday, March 11 from 10 am to 1 pm at Conlan Center Gymnasium at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
As in years past the Marin Summer Activities & Camp Fair will offer plenty of fun for everyone, with free pizza, fun prizes for kids, face painting and a bounce house, as well as representatives from dozens of summer camps. This year the fair is expanding to include other summer options like tutoring and activities, too! Older campers in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend as well. This year will also feature a visit from the Disney princesses from Once Upon a Song.
Marin Waldorf School's early childhood program offers a nurturing environment filled with rhythm and wonder. The nature of our program ensures a strong sense of consistency, order and security - essential to the healthy development of the young child. Everything done in class has a purpose, instilling a sense of joy and care for every task. The atmosphere is homelike and the focus is on play and cultivating imagination. Outdoor playtime is scheduled every day, rain or shine. Come visit our beautiful classrooms and meet our early childhood teachers to learn more. The Early Childhood Open House takes place on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 11 am to noon. RSVP online or call (415) 479-8190 for more info. Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road, San Rafael 94903.
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 March. Classes take place a Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael 94901.
Learn how to set loving limits that work, use do-able strategies, and have discipline that connects with your child at a workshop with best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed at Marin Waldorf School on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Back by popular demand (he last visited Marin Waldorf School in 2011), Kim John Payne, will speak on "The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years."
He has 27 years' experience working throughout the world as a counselor, consultant, researcher, and educator of both children and adults and has been helping children, adolescents, and families explore social difficulties with siblings and classmates; behavioral issues at home and school; and emotional issues like defiance, aggression, addiction, and self-esteem.
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 February.
Tantrums, Meltdowns, Sobbing, Pouting, and Foot-Stomping Rages: Strategies that Can Help
Wednesday, February 8, 7–9 pm
If your kid has ever "lost it" over something – or nothing! – this workshop is for you. Come learn strategies you can use the next time something shockingly awful – like when you did something for a child who wanted to “do it myself,” or you offered the “wrong” color shirt-- leads to crying, screaming, or fist-pounding tantrums. During this experiential, fun workshop, you will practice helpful skills with other calm adults before returning to the challenges of raising actual children. $45. With Julie King, Parent Educator. Register here.
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.