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Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin

November 20, 2017

Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, and runs through December 20. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light this season, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin this winter.

12 Family Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving Break

November 19, 2017

Snow sledding in San Rafael
Go snow sledding in downtown San Rafael at the annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland on November 24 and 25.

Thanksgiving week is next week, and since most Marin County schools give kids the entire week off, you'll probably be looking for ways to keep them occupied before and after Turkey Day. Here are our top 12 activities for families for Thanksgiving break:

Explore Sonoma County Farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails!

November 18, 2017

Holidays on the Farm Trails

This November and December, take the family out to visit some of Sonoma's fantastic farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails. Now through January 1, Sonoma County farmers and producers as they open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Shop their unique farmstands for your holiday meals, cut your own Christmas tree, make a gift at one of the many DIY workshops, feed animals, and much more. You can skip the Black Friday madness at the mall and head out to a farm!

Marin Weekend Family Fun for November 17–19

November 17, 2017

Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to the Christmas House at San Rafael’s West End Nursery.

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers.

Friday, November 17

  • Christmas House at West End Nursery
    San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–4 pm

    Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery. This magical setting includes lights, decorated trees, and more. It's a holiday must-visit in Marin. Free admission; ornaments and decor are for sale. Location: 1938 5th Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Warehouse Fall Sale
    Bel Marin Keys, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    On Friday and Saturday, many of the warehouses in the Bel Marin Keys will open their doors for direct-to-seller deals waiting for you. This semi-annual sale is one of the hidden shopping gems in Marin County and has been in existence for over 20 years! Shop for a wide variety of goods from food and wine to decor and fine art. For more info, visit their website.

Hands-on Museums for Kids and Families in Marin and the Bay Area

November 16, 2017

Museum visitors are often told not to touch anything, but not at the museums listed here! These 11 local Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area museums offer lots of fun hands-on activities for kids and families. They're perfect for rainy-day outings or any time, really.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Families with kids up to age 8 love Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum for its combination of hands-on fun, exciting programs and performances, rotating special exhibitions (currently it's Curious George: Let's Get Curious), and a great play area overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. It's a fantastic place to play away the day and take in the amazing views. Location: Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, 94965. Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. More info: www.baykidsmuseum.org or (415) 339-3900.

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

November 15, 2017

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.

Fall & Winter Break Camps in Marin and Beyond

November 15, 2017

Studio 4 Art CampStudio 4 Art offers Thanksgiving & Winter Break camps in both Novato and Mill Valley.

Looking for something fun for the kids to do over the upcoming Thanksgiving or Winter Break? Check out some of the great day camps here in Marin and the Bay Area. All the camps listed below offer drop-in camps, too.

  • Andrews Day Camp
    400 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera
    Ages: Kindergarten and up
    Andrews Camp offers a fall and winter break cammps that includes that offers outings to Scandia, Rebounderz, Six Flags, games, crafts, sports and more. Bring lunch and snack. For more info,call (415) 446-8946 or  visit their website.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
    557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito

    Ages: 4–8
    The BADM is offering fall and winter Discovery Camps provide child-directed, inquiry driven learning through project-based, hands-on activities designed to intentionally boost creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. Children come away with the skills and tools to support lifelong discoveries. For more info, call (415) 339-3900 or visit www.baykidsmuseum.org.
  • N.Y. Broadway Training Programs Winter Break Broadway Camp
    Novato High School, 625 Arthur Street, Novato
    Ages: 7–15

    Spend a week off from school singing, dancing, acting, and so much more! Campers will have fun classes in voice, acting and dance as well as rehearsals for a fully costumed "Mini-Broadway Musical Performance" to be performed on the final day of camp. Lots of fun and exciting activities, workshops and events will be scheduled throughout the week. Taught by NYC Broadway Professionals. For more info, visit www.marissajoyganz.com.

Photos Ops with Santa Claus in Marin and Beyond

November 14, 2017

Santa Claus photos MarinPhoto Courtesy Town Center Corte Madera

It goes without saying that every Holiday season Santa Claus is an extremely popular guy. He and his small army of little helpers will be making the rounds for photos and other holiday fun at various shopping centers and other locations in Marin County and beyond. (And of course you'll need to tell him what you want for Christmas, too!)

Create a Cute Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017

Pumpkin turkey centerpiece craftEvery fall, my daughter is obsessed with pumpkins. She loves all the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins and winter squash, so we end up buying more than we can really use (there's only so much butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie you can eat).

A couple years ago we worked together to create this cute pumpkin turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving. We've made it a tradition to make one every year! We created it using a small “sugar pie” pumpkin (available at most grocery stores—we got ours at Trader Joe's for $1.99) and craft supplies that we happened to have on hand.

This is a fun autumn project that’s easy to make for children of all ages (with a parent's help), and it looks fanstastic on the dining table. My kids and I like to write what we're thankful for on the paper tail feathers, too.

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