San Rafael

Swimming, Play and More at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael

June 21, 2017

McNears Beach Park is one of those special places that I hold close to my heart. I grew up literally around the corner from it, and spent a lot of time there as a child. It's still one of my favorite places to spend the day in Marin, especially now that I have kids of my own. McNear's Beach is a 55-acre county park located on the shores of San Pablo Bay. It's the a perfect place to go on a warm day to wade in the bay, swim in the pool, picnic, fish, take in spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area, and more.

McNears Beach has been popular with Bay Area residents since the 19th century, when the McNear family owned most of the property in what eventually would become San Rafael's Peacock Gap neighborhood. The McNears operated a beach resort at the present location of the park, as well as a nearby quarry and brickyard.

Italian Street Painting Marin Celebrates the Summer of Love in San Rafael

June 20, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin

Over 100 madonnari, or street painters, come to downtown San Rafael on June 24 and 25 to show off their talents at the 2016 Italian Street Painting Marin's Ciao Bella Roma. This year's theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This event features amazing artwork by the participating madonnari, as well as great live music, children's activities, food and drink, and more.

Highlights of this year's festival include artwork that pays homage to the Summer of Love theme and a chance to meet legendary artist Stanley Mouse from 2 to 4 pm each day. A selection of his iconic rock and roll posters will be on view, and you can even purchase posters for him to sign for a small fee.

The Family Friendly Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival Returns to the Osher Marin JCC

June 15, 2017

Summer Nights at the Marin JCC

This summer, the Osher Marin JCC reprises its most popular event series: the Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival. Bring your picnic, blanket, low-backed lawn chairs, and dancing shoes—there's fun for the whole family! Concerts take place on Saturday evenings from July 8 through August 5, 2017 at 7 pm. Dinners from a variety of local pop-up restaurants will be available for purchase, along with beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.

"Let the Funshine In!" at the 2017 Marin County Fair

June 5, 2017

Marin County Fair Stormtroopers

Who's ready for the fair?! The 76th annual Marin County Fair opens on Friday, June 30, at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, near the Marin Civic Center. This year's Marin County Fair theme is "Let the Funshine In!"

This year, the Fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of 1967's Summer of Love with special competitions like tie dye, macrame, and "flower power" floral art; a special exhibit on the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival; headline concerts featuring '60s bands like Sons of Champlin and the 5th Dimension; hands-on art making; and even psychedelic virtual reality. Of course you'll also find the usual thrilling rides, popular concerts, farm animals, family activities, amazing exhibits, and a spectacular nightly fireworks display.

Grand Slam Birthday Parties with the San Rafael Pacifics

June 5, 2017

San Rafael Pacifics Birthday Parties

In the last five years, many in Marin have become accustomed to the San Rafael Pacifics calling Albert Park home from June through August. With their sixth season right around the corner, they're back for 2017, and this year young sports fans can hold their birthday parties with the Pacifics at Kirby’s Kid Zone presented by Marin County Credit Union at Albert Park!

Kirby’s Kid Zone is the perfect spot for children's birthdays, and can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 75 guests. Party guests will enjoy activities like wiffle ball games, classic party games, a basketball hop, and more! Pacifics players and team mascot Sir Francis the Drake will drop in and visit parties to say hello and sign autographs, too! Birthday parties are not complete without cake, and party guests will enjoy a slice to celebrate the occasion, courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes. To commemorate the fun experience, party bags are also available to complete the birthday package.

Summer Family Fun at San Rafael's McInnis Park

May 22, 2017

 McInnis Park mini golf san rafael

If you've never ventured out to McInnis Park, in northern San Rafael, you owe it to yourself to check it out this summer. McInnis Park, formally known as John F. McInnis Park, is 450-acre regional park, and a one-stop destination for all kinds of active family fun, from golf and baseball to hiking and skateboarding.

If you haven't been you really should pay it a visit. And if you have, you should resolve to go there more often! Here are some of the things that keep us coming back multiple times every summer (and at other times of the year, too).

The 2017 Marin County Fair Wants Your Entries!

May 1, 2017

Marin County FairAlthough 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.

Touch a Truck at Oak View Nursery School in San Rafael this Saturday

April 27, 2017

Touch a Truck 2016 Oak View Nursery School San RafaelThis Saturday, April 29, 2017, put your imagination in gear and come to Oak View Nursery School for their fourth annual Touch a Truck event! At Touch a Truck, kids (and grownups, too) will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some amazing vehicles and rub elbows with their hometown heroes.

Come and explore and get behind the wheel of your favorite vehicles, including a fire truck, dump truck, police car, school bus, tow truck, ambulance, rescue truck, recycle truck, construction vehicles, and more. There promises to be a parking lot full of cool trucks this year! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Nutrition Tips for Parents and Kids

April 17, 2017

Whole Foods Market

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from our partners at Whole Foods Markets Marin, with locations in Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Novato.

If you’re confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, we understand — there’s plenty of conflicting information out there. Although dietary fads come and go, here’s a rundown of basic principles of good nutrition and healthy growth.

Don’t forget: We make it easy for you to shop with confidence by doing all of the research for you. Check out our Quality Standards for all the details on what’s not allowed on our shelves.

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