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Make Your Own Pink and Red Playdough for Valentine's Day Fun

January 15, 2018

Play dough

Sculpting with Play-Doh is always a favorite activity for kids, and it can be even more fun to make your own quick and easy Play-Doh style modeling clay (AKA "playdough"), especially on a rainy day. You probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now!

Family Hike at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen

January 15, 2018

Jack London State Historic Park

This weekend, we paid another visit one of our favorite outdoors spots in the Bay Area, Jack London State Historic Park. Located in the small Sonoma Valley town of Glen Ellen, it's about a 45-minute drive north from Marin and a great destination for a family outing. We're especially happy that the park escaped any destruction in the devastating North Bay fires last fall!

2018 Humane Summer Camps at Marin Humane

January 13, 2018

Marin Humane Society Summer CampsPhoto: Marin Humane

Pet-loving kids can get hands-on experience with a variety of animals with Marin Humane's 2018 Humane Summer Camps. These popular camps at the Marin Humane campus in Novato teach children important skills in animal handling, care, and welfare.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for January 12–15

January 12, 2018

Point Reyes LighthouseHead to the Point Reyes Lighthouse for whale watching this weekend.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks, see project & locations here. Also, the Marin Civic Center, Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael), Monday, 9 am–12 pm. Register here.

Friday, January 12

  • Wee Yogis Music & Yoga Class
    Harmonia Wellness & Social Club, Sausalito
    Friday, 9:30–10:15 am

    This class is designed to teach babies and toddler the beautiful art of yoga through music and interactive play. Enhance your child's development, imagination, coordination, listening, and focus through song, movement, and intstruments. This playful class is a great chance for you and your little one to play, connect, and grow together. Cost: $20 drop-in. Location: 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito. Event website
  • Last Weekend: Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. For more info, call (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Enzo
    Sports Basement, San Francisco Presidio
    Friday, 10 & 11 am

    Enzo Garcia plays guitar, banjo, accordion, musical saw, Jew's harp, enzotar, Appalachian dulcimer, slide flute, percussion and more. Recommended for children 7 and under. Drop in any time. Cost: $15 for one child, $10 per each additional child, siblings under 7 months free. For more info, call (415) 652-2474 or visit his website.
  • French Storytime
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 10:30–11 am

    Perfect for children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. Event details.
  • Sausalito Storytime with Mari
    Book Passage, Sausalito
    Fridays at 11:00 am

    Bring the kiddos for their new weekly Book Passage storytime. Mari Allen will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Free! Location: 100 Bay St, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Visit with a Beekeeper!
    Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 1–2:30 pm
    We all know how crucial bees are to our food supply, gardens, and beyond. Shouldn’t we learn more about the importance of these fantastic creatures? Come chat with a real Sonoma County beekeeper on the second Friday of the month from. Museum admission applies. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
  • Film: Peter Pan
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Friday & Sunday, 1–2:30 pm & Saturday, 4 pm

    When a pampered pooch living in luxury with her human family crosses paths with a fun-loving stray from the wrong side of the tracks, she finds exciting new adventures and a little romance await her just outside of her comfort zone. Join us for this heart-warming classic just in time for the holidays. (Run time: 76 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Purchase tickets here. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Kids' PJ Party with Peter Stein!
    Diesel, A Book Store Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Peter Stein will be here to read you a bedtime story from Trucks Galore. Get cozy, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed, then head home to bed. Location: 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. Event details.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm,
    Sunday 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
    Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows Charlie’s magical adventure when he wins a tour of Wonka’s chocolate factory. You’ll love the feast of songs from the original movie! Adapted for young audiences by Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald, based on Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets: $27 adults, $22 children 2–14, $25 seniors 65+. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. Event details.

Saturday, January 13

  • Sturgeon Derby
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Join rangers for this popular annual fishing contest! Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. We’ll provide hot chocolate and snacks. . RSVP's are appreciated but not required. Park entrance is waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Indoor Power Play
    Cal Star Gymnastics, Novato

    Saturday & Sunday, 9–10:30 am
    Drop the kiddos ( K-8 th grade) for some indoor fun. They can run, jump and play in an open gymnastics environment. Bring the kids in on a rainy day or any day to burn some energy. Cost: $15/ per child. Location: 70 Digital Drive, Suite #3 in Novato. Event details.
  • Free Family Fitness Class
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am
    Join Coach Tilda for a fun workout for the whole family!  Geared towards kids of all ages and their families, class is filled with games, activities and exercises that are safe, fun and challenging for both kids and parents. No registration required. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Class is held at the Community Center, on the lawn triangle behind the Center. Event details.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, pasta, confections, olive oil, and brunch and lunch offerings! Kids can take a pony ride and visit the petting zoo (10 am–2 pm), try out some arts and crafts (9 am–2 pm) and listen to music (9:30–10:30 am). Event details.
  • Free de Young Museum Day & MLK Celebration
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm

    NORCALMLK and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a day celebrating the contributions and stories from the African American community with programming in connection with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and the special exhibition Revelations: Art from the African American South. Enjoy free gallery admission, kids arts & crafts, tours and gospel music and African drumming. Free admission includes all galleries except for Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire. Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. Shuttle buses leave Drakes Beach every 15–20 minutes. The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 are free. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Light House on weekends and holidays December 26, 2015 through late March 2016. Event details.
  • Snow Days!
    Sonoma County Children's Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday–Monday, 10 am-4 pm

    The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will create a winter wonderland right in Santa Rosa this weekend!  20 Tons of fresh snow will be delivered to the museum and maintained over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend, creating a space for children to explore, build, create, and play outside. Cost: $15 per person. Purchase tickets early-they do sell out. Location: 1835 West Steele Lane Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their website.
  • California World Guitar Show
    Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall has hosted the California World Guitar Show twice every year since 1999, which features a high-class swap meet of all things musical. Exhibitors and buyers from around the world come to sell and buy guitars, amps, banjos, violins, effects, parts and sound gear. Attendees may bring items to sell or have appraised at no extra charge. Featured are new, used, old and rare items, as well as exhibits by manufacturers, guitar and amp builders, vintage dealers, retail stores and individuals. Visitors are encouraged to bring all the musical items you can carry to trade or sell. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Paddington Storytime
    Barnes and Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    Over 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Join us for Storytime featuring this beloved classic, in theaters now. Location: 313 Corte Mader Town Center, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Experience Elephant Seals
    Elephant Seal Overlook, Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 11 am–4 pm
    View an elephant seal colony through binoculars and scopes. A special 30-minute slide program about elephant seals may be available at the Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, depending on staffing availability. Check at one of the Visitor Centers for whether the slide program is being offered. Visitors will need to take the winter shuttle bus from Drakes Beach. For more info, call (415) 669-1534 or visit their website.
  • Family Art Making
    de Young Museum, San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
    The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity and gallery guide led by professional teaching artists and teen Museum Ambassadors. Artists of all ages are welcome to join. This week, projects relate to Revelations: Art from the Afrian American South. Free; museum admission required for gallery activity. Event details.
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
    Presidio Library, San Francisco

    Saturday, noon–12:30 pm
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts Performance. Free. Location:Presidio General Floor Area, 3150 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House 
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito

    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm
    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. Event details.
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Lion Dancers
    Main Library, San Francisco

    Saturday, 3–3:30 pm
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Public Library with a Chinese Lion Dance and martial arts performance. This year, we say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog. Join us at the Main Library Children's Center at 3 pm. Location: 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco. Event details.

Wee Yogis Classes & Events for Families in Marin & San Francisco

January 11, 2018

Wee Yogis

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Wee Yogis.

Wee Yogis is a leader in introducing kids of all ages to yoga and mindfulness through fun, interactive and effective learning environments and transformational media. They create original music, videos, and host fun interactive live performances nationwide. Wee Yogis even created the first ever kids yoga musical!!! The organization artfully combines a fun, childlike freedom with mindful interactive play to help children develop a mind body connection, release stress, gain confidence and learn to safely express themselves.

Marin Toddler Art Classes

January 9, 2018

Spring is around the corner and so is the time to look for creative classes to keep the little ones busy. Here is our list of fun hands-on art classes for toddlers in Marin.

Art Abloom

751 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo 94960
(415) 256-1112
Ages: toddler and up
Register: 
Art Abloom

Art Abloom offers classes year round for all ages, toddlers to adults. In a nurturing environment, student artists are encouraged to explore while celebrating their individual uniqueness.

Winter & Spring Family Programs in the Marin Headlands from NatureBridge

January 9, 2018

NatureBridge, which organizes Coastal Camp, a summer day camp for kids in kindergarten through ninth grade, also offers organized family programs at the Marin Headlands. Monthly programs include night hikes, campfires, and more. Here's what NatureBridge has to offer for families this fall and winter.

Indoor Drop-in Activities for the Little Ones for Marin & Beyond

January 8, 2018

Indoor play

Looking for fun indoor play spaces for the little ones? There are several places to take the kids to get them out of the house and burn off all that extra energy, especially on a cold or rainy day. Here are a few ideas for fun indoor drop-in activities in Marin County and beyond:

Berkeley

  • Habitot Children's Museum
    2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
    (510) 647-1111
    Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:30–12:30 pm & Friday–Saturday, 9:30–4:30 pm

    Discovery Museum for young children, toddlers and infants. Fun activities, hands on exhibits, arts & crafts, fun classes, music and much more. Cost:
    $10.00 children and adults, Monday–Thursday (free under 12 mo.) and $12 children and adults, Friday–Sunday. For more info, visit their website.

Yoga Classes for Kids in Marin and the Bay Area

January 8, 2018

Kids' Yoga Class Photo: iStock

It's never too early to get fit, and yoga is a fantastic way to get healthy, develop mindfulness and body awareness, build concentration, manage stress, and more. So say "om" and check out one of these local Marin and San Francisco Bay Area kids' yoga classes. We've listed them by location, and included classes in Marin, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.

Corte Madera

Yoga Center of Marin
518A Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 94925
www.yogacenterofmarin.com
(415) 302-8457

Yoga Center of Marin in Corte Madera offers a variety of yoga classes for kids and youth, including Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Yogapowerment for Girls. Classes are taught in eight-week sessions.

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