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Win Tickets to the December 19 San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Family Matinee!

December 2, 2014

SF Ballet NutcrackerHow would you like to go see the San Francisco Ballet's celebrated Nutcracker this holiday season? We're excited to give away two tickets to the special family matinee performance of Nutcracker on Friday, December 19 at 2 pm. This exciting San Francisco holiday tradition is truly spectacular and not to be missed!

Family performances include a special gift for the first 500 children in the door, a special photo op and with costumed Nutcracker characters, and sweet treats during the intermission. You'll definitely want to get there early, since lines at the Opera House can get long.

To enter to win, send an email to contests@marinmommies.com with "Nutcracker 2014" in the subject line by noon PST on Friday, December 5. We'll select a random winner on Saturday, December 6. Our thanks go out to San Francisco Ballet for generously sponsoring this exciting giveaway. Read our giveaway rules and terms here.

Wisdom for Fathers from "Dad's Playbook"

June 1, 2014

Dad's PlaybookSometimes even Dad needs some great parenting advice, and who better to offer that than some of the greatest sports coaches ever? That's the idea behind Bay Area parent educator and author Tom Limbert's book Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time (Chronicle Books, 2012).

Dad's Playbook gathers together more than 100 inspiring quotes from the all-time great sports coaches. This makes a lot of sense, since dads do the same things that great coaches do: motivate, mentor, discipline, lead, inspire, teach, praise, and love. Tom's book contains bits of wisdom from coaches like John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many others, and applies them to all aspects of fatherhood. The book also contains a foreword by 49ers hall of fame quarterback (and dad, of course) Steve Young.

Win Tickets to The Snowman at the San Francisco Symphony

December 10, 2013

The SnowmanThe 1982 animated film The Snowman is one of our favorite holiday classics, and it's even more magical when accompanied by a live orchestra and choir. It's a great way to introduce kids to the symphony, too. This season, The Snowman is part of the San Francisco Symphony's special All is Bright Christmas matinee concert featuring the Pacific Boychoir, directed by Kevin Fox.

The first half of the All is Bright program will feature orchestral holiday favorites and sing-alongs with the Boychoir and soloists. Highlights include A Christmas Festival Overture and Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, Carol of the Bells, Do You Hear What I Hear?, and more.

The second half of the program includes the 26-minute animated film The Snowman accompanied by the orchestra. All concert-goers will receive a complimentary glowing concert favor from the Symphony. Performances take place on Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21 at 2 pm.

The BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat Makes Summer Travel Easier

June 19, 2013

BubbleBum inflatable booster seatCalifornia law mandates that all kids under 8 must use a booster seat when riding in a car. While it's easy to make sure your kids use a booster seat when you're driving them around, it's harder to make sure they're safe when they're carpooling to school, riding in a friend's or grandparent's car.

This being summer travel season, you also need a booster in rental cars and even taxis, and who wants to haul one of those around? Regular booster seats, with their armrests and cup holders, take up a lot of room, too, as anyone who's had to ride in the back seat with two kids' booster seats will attest to.

Enter the BubbleBum! Before BubbleBum gave me a sample to try out, I had no idea that an inflatable booster seat existed, and in fact the BubbleBum is the first one on the market. Upon unpacking, the BubbleBum doesn't look like much, but free it from its restraining zip ties and unroll it and it begins to take form.

To use it, just unscrew the valve, inflate (it doesn't take all that much air), and thread a seat belt through one of the belt positioning clips on the side. That's it!

The BubbleBum is made using the same advanced inflatable technology used in life jackets and air bags, and uses memory foam for structural integrity. It also meets all US safety testing standards, of course.

Win Tickets to the June 15 Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover at the Cal Academy

June 7, 2013

Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of SciencesWe can't think of a better way to spend Father's Day weekend than at the California Academy of Sciences' Penguins + Pajamas sleepover—it's a fantastic family experience that's both fun and educational. The next Penguins+Pajamas sleepover is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky Marin Mommies reader!

Experience your own "night at the museum" as you explore the exhibits after-hours, stargaze at a planetarium show, enjoy a special live animal presentation, explore the fastest fish and swiftest sailboats in the Academy's Built for Speed special exhibit, and dance and sing along to your favorite tunes from the Radio Disney AM 1310 Road Crew. Before bedtime, settle in for story time with cookies and milk to learn about Pierre—the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin.

When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the aquarium's California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.

Win Tickets to the May 10 Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover at the Cal Academy

May 1, 2013

Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of SciencesWe had a blast when we attended the California Academy of Sciences' Penguins + Pajamas sleepover—it's a fantastic family experience that's both fun and educational. The next Penguins+Pajamas sleepover is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky Marin Mommies reader!

Experience your own "night at the museum" as you explore the exhibits after-hours, stargaze at a planetarium show, and enjoy a special live animal presentation. Before bedtime, settle in for story time with cookies and milk to learn about Pierre—the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin.

When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the aquarium's California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.

Win Tickets to the December 30 Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover at the Cal Academy

December 17, 2012

Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of SciencesWe had a blast at the California Academy of Sciences' Penguins + Pajamas sleepover when we attended last summer—it's a fantastic family experience that's both fun and educational. The next Penguins+Pajamas sleepover is scheduled for Sunday, December 30, 2012, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky Marin Mommies reader! This special 'Tis the Season for Science sleepover will include live reindeer, snow flurries, winter-themed programming, and live music and games from Radio Disney!

Experience your own "night at the museum" as you explore the exhibits after-hours, stargaze at a planetarium show, and enjoy a special live animal presentation. Before bedtime, settle in for story time with cookies and milk to learn about Pierre—the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin.

When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the aquarium's California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.

Win Tickets to the October 12 Penguins+Pajamas at the California Academy of Sciences

September 23, 2012

Penguins + Pajamas at the California Academy of SciencesWe a blast at the California Academy of Sciences' Penguins + Pajamas sleepover when we attended last summer—it's a fantastic family experience that's both fun and educational. The next Penguins+Pajamas sleepover is scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2012, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky Marin Mommies reader!

Experience your own "night at the museum" as you explore the exhibits after-hours, stargaze at a planetarium show, and enjoy a special live animal presentation. Before bedtime, settle in for story time with cookies and milk to learn about Pierre—the Academy’s famous wetsuit-wearing penguin.

When the lights go out, unroll your sleeping bag in African Hall, next to the swaying kelp of the aquarium's California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast.

Something for Everyone at the Marin Home and Garden Expo—Win Free Tickets!

May 29, 2012

Marin Home & Garden ExpoThe 2012 Marin Home and Garden Expo comes to the Marin County Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. The Marin Home and Garden Expo, run by the Marin Builders Association, is the successor to the long-running Marin Home Show, with new innovative exhibits and features.

With over 200 exhibitors showing all things home-and-garden, special presentations, expert demonstrations, celebrity lectures, live musical entertainment from Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums and local Marin County musical groups, and more, the Marin Home and Garden Expo has something for everyone.

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