Tiburon, that "nearly perfect" Marin town on the end of its namesake peninsula, is a fantastic place for families to visit. Tiburon has long been a favorite of locals and tourists, and boasts amazing views of San Francisco, plenty of boutiques, shops, and restaurants, and lots for everyone to see and do. So pack up the kiddos this summer and head out to Tiburon for a day of fun!
You'll probably want to head straight for downtown Tiburon. We love to walk along the path in Shoreline park and watch the sailboats as they glide by on San Francisco Bay. Along the way, you'll find a fun and interesting museum that's perfect for kids, as well as grassy areas that are ideal for a picnic or just relaxing.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Ark Row Kids in Tiburon, which is holding its special re-opening event on Saturday, August 6 at 3 pm.
Early childhood is a very special time for kids. During the first two years children's brains grow quickly with many changes in structure and function, and by age 3 cognitive and emotional development occurs. Because of that kids must be stimulate during early childhood.
At Ark RowKids, children can develop and raise their creativity and curiosity while they learn, play and explore in a safe environment. Every day is a good day to do some arts and crafts, where we teach kids basic concepts and develop their motor coordination and cognition. Each day we work with a different material to stimulate curiosity, sensory motor skill, and creativity.
Music, dancing and storytelling are also part of our mornings at Ark Row—for us they are a very important part of children's growth. Our mission is to teach and care, and be a place where kids love to stay, play, and learn to grow with confidence and self-esteem.
One of San Francisco Bay's most prominent landmarks, Angel Island has played a considerable role in the history of California and is now one of the Bay Area's favorite spots for hikers, tourists, history buffs, and anyone who just wants to get away from the busy life on the mainland. It's a great place for a family day trip, with plenty of opportunities to picnic, hike, ride a bike, learn, and just take in the surrounding natural beauty, plus there's a boat ride involved, too!
We took the Angel Island–Tiburon ferry over to the island this past weekend and had a great time. The ferry ride there is quick and efficient, and it's half the fun of the trip. After the short 12-minute trip, you disembark at Ayala Cove and get ready to explore the island.
Springtime is a perfect time to take a family hike at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve near Tiburon. The preserve's renowned wildflower display will soon be in full swing (it's simply stunning), and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of San Francisco, Mt. Tamalpais, and the entire Bay Area. It's one of our all-time favorite family hikes.
Right now, you'll see California poppies, yellow lupines, buttercups, white and purple Douglas iris, and other colorful flowers coming into bloom. If you haven't been to Ring Mountain, it's definitely worth a visit. It's especially lush this spring after all the rain we've been having lately. Make sure you bring a camera—it's a great place for a family photo.
Bring your family to come celebrate fall this Saturday, September 26, from 10 am to 4 pm at Blackie's Hay Day. This annual fundraiser and community tradition is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country fair and helps raise money for children's and youth programs at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
Blackie's Hay Day takes place, naturally, at Blackie's Pasture, which is located off Tiburon Boulevard near Trestle Glen. Blackie's Pasture is named after Blackie, a swaybacked horse who stood in the pasture for nearly 30 years and became a Tiburon mascot, after stints in the rodeo and the US cavalry.
The family fun on Blackie's Hay Day will include pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, jumpies, a spa tent with face painting, nail and hair salons, and temporary tattoos carnival games, story time, and more. The event will also include live musical entertainment, including by Daffy Dave, Fur Tails and Scales, Redwood High's High Tide ensemble, and others.
This summer, the Town of Tiburon is launching Summertime on Main, a new pilot series of weekday events on Main Street to both encourage residents and visitors to come enjoy the downtown. Starting on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 and taking place on four consecutive Wednesdays through August 12, Main Street will become a pedestrian-only zone from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm with children’s entertainment, live music for kids and adults, sidewalk sales and the opportunity to wine and dine al fresco on the street.
Participating merchants on Tiburon's Main Street and Historic Ark Row will offer special discounts, restaurants will serve meals at outdoor tables and there will be various activities to keep the kids happily engaged while parents enjoy themselves. Up to two hours of validated parking will be available, too.
The inaugural Summertime on Main theme for July 22 is “Main Street Musical", with a performance for kids from the princesses and princes of Marin's Once Upon a Song and music from the Rusty Strings Express for grownups. Upcoming performers include magician Heather Rogers, children's peformer Tim Cain, and live music and hula from Aloha Polynesia.
Getting the little ones' hair cut can often be a trying experience, so a special salon dedicated to kids is always great to find. Southern Marin now has Purple Monkey Hair, a kids' salon located in the Boardwalk Shopping Center in Tiburon.
Opened by Marin mom Megan Marietti Heller, Purple Monkey Hair offers haircuts for kids (and the whole family, for that matter) using high quality natural hair care products. The salon is equipped to keep everyone entertained, with infant toys and even iPads loaded with movies and apps. Watch Frozen while getting your hair styled like one of the characters from the movie! There's even a custom shampoo table designed for relaxation—you can watch movies or photos on the screen above you while you get your hair washed.
Kids' haircuts cost $30 and include a shampoo, cut, blow-dry, style, and even extras like braids, sparkles, or colored gel! Each haircut includes an organic lollipop or other small prize and a photo. Other services, including adults' haircuts, teen cuts, and swimmers' detoxifying treatments are offered as well. Purple Monkey Hair is an official sponsor of the non-profit Locks of Love (which provides hairpieces for children with long-term medical hair loss), and offers a free haircut with a hair donation of at least 10 inches.
For a short, family friendly hike in southern Marin with amazing views, head to Tiburon and the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. It's a great outdoor outing for all ages, and there's plenty to see along the way, including wildflowers, wildlife, and breathtaking views, making it another of Marin County's outdoor gems.
Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve surrounds the namesake church, which is now administered by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society as a historical landmark. This rare Carpenter Gothic church was built in 1888 to serve Tiburon's Catholic railroad workers, and now serves as a venue for concerts, weddings, and special events. (Tiburon, despite its genteel image today, was at one time Marin's roughest, toughest industrial town, home to railyards, codfish canneries, and a US Navy coaling station.)
Since the weather's been so nice in Marin this winter, and since Marin County Parks is waiving parking fees through January 5, 2014, we thought we'd check out Paradise Beach Park. Located along the shores of San Francisco Bay in Tiburon, the 19-acre Paradise Beach Park offers a beach, plenty of lawns and picnic areas, a redwood grove, and an iconic fishing pier for the anglers among us. The views from this bayside gem of a park are amazing, too, with sweeping vistas of Marin and the East Bay. If you haven't been to Paradise Beach Park, it's worth a visit.
I haven't been to Paradise Park for years, so this was a great excuse to revisit it, but with my kids this time. They had a blast exploring the beach, running and playing on the grass, and watching fish jumping and harbor seals swimming by from the fishing pier.