Terra Linda

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve

December 28, 2017

Terra Linda - Sleepy Hollow Divide

Marin's geography can be pretty astounding at times. Who would have thought that the San Anselmo neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow was just a stone's throw from the northern San Rafael enclave of Terra Linda? If you try to drive from one of these locations to another, it will take you a good half hour, minimum, but if you take a walk at the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve, you can go from one to the other in just a few minutes!

Panchito's Serves Up Family Friendly Mexican Fare in Terra Linda

July 12, 2014

Panchito's Terra LindaVisiting Terra Linda in northern San Rafael is a bit like stepping back in time, with plenty of mid-century Eichler ranch houses and a small shopping center that's home to some classic Marin restaurants that haven't changed for as long as I can remember. One of these that my family and I keep going back to is Panchito's, a family-run Mexican restaurant that's been serving up classic combo platters and more for over three decades.

I started going here for lunch with co-workers back when I worked in the area, and I've been coming back ever since. Panchito's opened in Terra Linda in 1979. It was taken over by current owners Leo and Jeff in 1999, who've been running it ever since. I've never been there when both of them are not there overseeing the dining rooms and making sure everything runs smoothly. They seem to know many of the customers on a first-name basis, too.

The food at Panchito's is classic Mexican-American fare, with all the usual suspects like enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fajitas, tamales, and chile rellenos. We love their extensive kids' menu (starting at $4.95), which features a variety of offerings to appeal to picky eaters and adventurous kids alike. Kids's meals all come with a small milk, juice, or soda.

Family Dining in Marin: Lo Coco's Authentic Italian Pizzeria

July 17, 2013

Lo Coco's PizzaLo Coco's Authentic Italian Pizzeria has been a favorite of Marin County families for generations, and has been dishing up pizza and other Italian treats in its Terra Linda location for over 40 years. I've been dining here since I was a kid, and now I take my kids here to experience Lo Coco's fantastic pizza.

Tucked into a strip mall off Del Ganado Road next to Scotty's Market, Lo Coco's looks like it hasn't changed since 1971, but in a good way. It's got that classic pizza parlor atmosphere that you remember from back when you were young. Pizzas here are old-school—no wood burning ovens or eggs or arugula or anything trendy like that here, just good pizza.

That's not to say that there aren't some creative pies on the menu, like the Sant'Elia with fresh zucchini and garlic or the Nina's Special with pesto, artichoke hearts, and fresh tomatoes. Of course there's also the Terra Linda Pizza (one of my childhood favorites), topped with ground beef and green onions.

Marin Preschool Profile: University of Play

September 4, 2012

University of PlayLocated in the Terra Linda area of San Rafael, University of Play is a preschool program for children ages 2–kindergarten that encourages each child to develop through play and active expression. We asked University of Play's director, Sylvia Stowell, to tell us a bit more about what makes her school unique.

For more information on University of Play and its programs, visit www.uoplay.com or call (415) 499-0309

Please describe your school’s educational philosophy. What’s it all about?

University of Play (UOP) is an inclusive childcare program where each child's individual development is respected and valued. Children use all their senses to learn; children thrive when they feel loved, safe,and respected by the people who care for them.

The culture of UOP embraces the idea that children learn experientially, by doing rather then being instructed. UOP's enriching environment is stimulating, and encourages each child to develop through active play and free expression. Playing with their peers helps children build skills for seeing things through another point of view. The peer interaction encourages tolerance, respect, helping, sharing, and problem solving.

Terra Linda Community Pool Now Open

April 11, 2011

Terra Linda Community PoolThe Terra Linda Community Pool is now open for the 2011 season! Come enjoy the tot pool—for non-swimmers and their parents or caregivers—and the big pool and diving board. The tot pool is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and the big pool from 1:30 to 6 pm.

Pool admission for San Rafael residents is $5 for adults and $4 for youth; non-residents pay $9 for adults and $7 for youth. Children under 12 months are free. Season passes are available, too.

The Terra Linda Community Pool is located at the Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, in San Rafael. For more information on the pool call (415) 485-3346 or visit www.cityofsanrafael.org. For information on swimming lessons or special programs, call the Terra Lind Community Center office at (415) 485-3344.

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