This weekend we had the chance to take a tour of Windrush Farm outside Petaluma. This working farm, sited on 25 rolling acres of green fields, is home to a both variety of animals, including sheep, goats, alpacas, and chickens, and some fantastic family programs, like music classes, summer camps, and more. It's a beautiful place, especially on a sparkling clear and warm spring day. It's an amazing educational resource that feels like it's a world away but is only a 20-minute drive from Novato.
We met up with Arann Harris, who organizes the educational programs on the farm, which his mother, writer Mimi Luebbermann, founded over 20 years ago. Arann, a musician and former naturalist at Walker Creek Ranch, showed us around the farm and introduced us to the farm's animals, including some adorable lambs and baby goats.
Come celebrate spring by meeting some baby lambs on the farm! Windrush Farm, a working sheep farm in Chileno Valley, offers its final two Lamb Day events of the season on Saturday, April 1 and April 15. There are over 25 lambs available for viewing!
The gates open at 10 am for a meet-and-greet with the sheep, a spinning demonstration, milking the goat, and finding tadpoles in the pond. Make sure you bring a picnic to enjoy at the pond, too! Admission to Lamb Day costs $20 for adults and is free for children under 12. Advance registration required: register online.
My kids have always really loved music, and I think that's due in part to taking music classes like these starting when they were really little. We tried a few different classes around Marin and the North Bay, and really like the Kindermusik programs offered here in Novato by Music with Melissa. Regardless of which program you choose, there is a music class for every child from newborn to grade school.
If you’re thinking of getting your child involved in a music class, then now’s the time to sign up. Many classes will resume their sessions in January. Here’s an updated list we’ve put together of a variety of local music programs and classes. If we’ve left out your favorite class then please let us know, or, better yet, leave a comment and tell everyone why you and your kids love it!
Looking for a unique music class in Marin for your little one? Little Folkies, a folk music class for children ages 0 to 5 and their grown-ups, offers classes for mixed ages with babies, toddlers preschoolers, parents, grandparents and caregivers all getting together every week and singing together like one big family!
Little Folkies helps nurture the love for music that we all have and inspires young families to sing and play. Discover both new and old songs along with rhythmic dance and movement, silliness, musical games and fun activities that promote musical confidence in both little ones and adults. Classes in Marin are offered at Sprout, located at 12 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. 12-week Little Folkies Family classes take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, Thursdays at 10:30 and 11:30 am, and Fridays at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Did you know you can now take Little Bears music classes in Mill Valley? Starting March 3, Blue Bear School of Music is offering two Little Bears classes at Sweetwater Music Hall every Thursday for six weeks: Bouncy Bears for tots ages 1 to 3 years old and Mixed Bears, a class designed for families with kids of mixed ages (6 months to 5 years).
Help us kick off these new classes with a free Mixed Bear class on Blue Bear SchoolFebruary 18 from 11 am to noon!!!
Enjoy coffee, tea, and tasty treats on us from the Sweetwater Café, plus some kid-friendly treats for the kiddos from Flourish Foods!
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 is a guest article by Rebecca Wood Breen, LCSW, Parents Place Coordinator, Marin County.
You are expecting a new baby, or your precious bundle of joy has just arrived. Congratulations! You must be over the moon.
But beyond euphoria, you may be experiencing many other feelings—fatigue, fear, confusion, and a sense of being overwhelmed—all mixed in with the excitement of your firstborn (or second, third, or fourth child!).
Not to worry. All of these feelings are common and understandable. There are also many techniques and tips available to help you and your spouse or partner manage the new changes in your and your baby’s life.
At Parents Place in San Rafael, we offer many services and programs to help you adjust to the monumental change that has occurred in your life: your new son or daughter! Here are a number of our offerings that will smooth your way:
A New Mom Discussion Group. Join other new mothers to discuss the joys and challenges of becoming a mom, make new friends, and network. We will discuss both practical and emotional issues of parenting, including breast and/or bottle-feeding; changing relationships with friends, family, and partner; helping your baby sleep through the night; and taking care of yourself. Babies welcome. With Rebecca Breen, LCSW. Four-week series. Free, but preregistration required. Wednesdays, Apr. 22 – May 13.
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: choosing the right preschool, infant and child CPR and strategies that can help parents with tantrums and meltdowns.
Proven Solutions to Puzzling and Challenging Behaviors: Part 1 (for parents of children 1 - 7 years)
Does your child have epic meltdowns? Is he clumsy, clingy, or picky about clothes or shoes? Does she bite, chew clothing, or frequently bump into people or things? Children can be baffling, often leaving parents struggling to manage their behaviors and responding to their needs. Here comes help: Parents Place's Proven Solutions class, which offers scientific explanations for children's puzzling behaviors. A child therapist and occupational therapist team up to offer clear explanations, up-to-date research, strategies, and examples that bring proven methods to life. You will leave with a whole new understanding of why children behave the way they do and tools you can use when your child exhibits challenging behaviors. With Alyse Clayman, LCSW, and Letha Marcheti, BS, OTR/L, C/NDT. Mon., Mar 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. $40. Register here.
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. This winter, they offer a wide variety of programs, from childbirth education to classes for parents and children. Here are a few of the programs they offer in February, including classes for both infant-and-child and adult-and-teen CPR and a kindergarten preparedness webinar.
Infant and Child CPR
Learn to recognize an infant or child in distress, rescue measures for choking, CPR techniques, and infant sleep safety. Includes hands-on practice with mannequins. One-year certification provided. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Please come 10 minutes early! With Shanda Manion, CPR instructor certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support. Thursday, February 5, 6:30–8:30 pm. $45. Register here.
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. This fall, they offer a wide variety of programs, from childbirth education to classes for parents and children. Here are a few of the programs they offer in November, including classes for both infant-and-child and adult-and-teen CPR and an toddler sleep class with Angelique Millette.
JAMaROO Music Time, plus bonus free play! (9 months–4 years)
JAMaROO Music Time is a fun-packed, 40-minute class that combines music, creative movement, and storytelling. Children will sing, play simple instruments, read stories, balance bean bags, and dance with streamers to a variety of music from around the world. Class themes are related to nature and the outside world.Tuesdays, November 4–18, 10–10:40 am. $39 per child; $22.50 for each additional sibling, for three-week series. Parental supervision is required. As a bonus, the playroom will be available for free play from 10:40 am until noon after each session Register here.
Adult and Teen CPR
This class teaches rescuer skills in CPR and relief of choking (foreign-body airway obstruction) for adults and teens. It presents information about the American Heart Association's adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and choking in adults. This class is suitable for all laypersons, especially family members of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death and those who want to learn rescue skills for loved ones. With Shanda Manion, CPR instructor certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support. $50. Thursday, November 6, 6:30–8:30 pm. Register here.