Mother's Day

Family Fun at Marin County Beaches

June 18, 2017

Marin County Beaches

My family loves to go to the beach, and there are plenty of places to do this in and around Marin. While many of the beaches along the Pacific Ocean are unsuitable for swimming, there are also many beaches that are ideal spots for swimming, wading, and splashing in the water, especially on warm summer (and also spring and fall) days. Here are some of our favorites. Click on the links for more info.

Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Brunches in Marin

May 11, 2017

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14. Brunch is always a popular outing in honor of mom, and here are some of our favorite family-friendly spots for a Mother's Day brunch in Marin.

All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as Mother's Day brunches fill up pretty quickly.

  • Belcampo Meat Co
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 9 am

    Treat mom to a special brunch featuring Belcampo specialties: Bacon & Brioche French Toast, Ham Benedict, or the infamous Belcampo Breakfast Burger. Reserve now! Location: 2504 Larkspur Landing. For more info, call (415) 448-5810 or visit their website.
  • The Caprice
    Sunday, 11 am–2 pm
    Enjoy three course prix fixe brunch includes prosecco. $49/ adults; kids under 12 $19. Shrimp cocktail, brioche french toast, filet mignon, blueberry and more. Location: 2000 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. Reservations are required by calling (415) 435-3400. For more info, visit their website.

Make a Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake for Mom

May 8, 2017

This Mother's Day, why not make an old school dessert for Mom—pineapple upside down cake. Pineapple upside down cake is really old school, dating back to the 1920s when canned pineapple from was introduced to the US market by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which would eventually become Dole Foods.

Featuring moist and light cake topped with sweet pineapple and a caramelized brown sugar topping, it's no wonder this dessert has been popular for nearly a century. In our recipe, we use fresh pineapple, but you can substitute canned if you don't want to mess around with cutting up and trimming a fresh one. It's equally good with both.


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Marin Family Weekend Events for May 5, 6 & 7

May 6, 2017

Check out one of the many easy mountain biking trails in Marin

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, May 5

  • 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.
  • SF Opera Sing A Story: The Magic Flute
    San Anselmo Libary, Council Chambers
    Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

    A teaching artist from the San Francisco Opera will introduce The Magic Flute by Mozart, complete with singing and opera insights. Musical storytelling, a choral coaching and singing session, props and costumes make this a truly immersive creative experience! Ages 4-10. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids' Night Out: Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Friday, 6–9:30 pm

    Are you ready for adventure? Rolling Hills Club is excited to offer an evening of scavenger hunts, "poison dart" battles, and mummy relays! The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark will be watched. This is a PG movie and may not be appropriate for all children. Pizza will be provided. Ages: 5–12. Cost: $24 member and $34 guest. Register here. Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. For more info, call (415) 897-2185 or visit their website.
  • Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 6 pm–Saturday, 8 am

    Experience your own night at the museum! Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, blast off into outer space at your own private planetarium show, and then settle in for story time after snacking on milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out your sleeping bag next to the California Coast tank or the Swamp window face-to-face with Claude the albino alligator. In the morning head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. Cost: $109 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Friday Night Jazz Concerts
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    6:00–9:00 pm

    Come on down to hear Bill Belasco and Aguabella at Friday Night Jazz. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Stapleton Theatre Company presents The Music Man
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo

    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    The Stapleton Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years with resident director Bruce Vieira by reprising his first show, Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Tickets: $22 adults, $16 students. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit their website.
  • BOOM! Unique Circus Spectacle
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Friday & Saturday, 8 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
    BOOM! breathes new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, full of spontaneous improvisations with the audience, heart-touching drama, impossible skills and hilarious moments of sheer humanity. Peter Sweet and David Poznanter portray a cast of 6 characters who put on an entire circus, complete with slackrope, Cyr Wheel, juggling and live music. It’s an explosion of exhilarating entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $21–$36. Location: 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 6

  • Free Access to all Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.

Pop-up Shop with Amy Nordstrom, Clover & Filbert

May 2, 2017

Sausalito Pop-up

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Clover Artisans.

Join us May 4–6 in a charming sun-filled Victorian in downtown Sausalito and shop hand-crafted luxuries for you and your home. See the latest designs from three Marin-based brands and meet the women entrepreneurs behind them. We’ll have a gorgeous selection of jewelry, handbags and home decor for you to peruse—perfect for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts.

Awesome Spots For a Mother's Day Picnic

May 1, 2017

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14. Pack a picnic and celebrate Mom's day outdoors at one of the many great picnic spots in and around Marin and Sonoma County. Here are some of our favorite places to bring our lunch (or brunch) and dine al fresco. If you want some more ideas for fantastic Mother's Day activities and outings, read our article here.

Bear Valley, Point Reyes

  • Bear Valley in the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to the park's visitor center as well as a large picnic area complete with tables, restrooms, charcoal grills,  and drinking water. Have a leisurely lunch outdoors, and then take a hike—there are a number of different hikes and walks you can do here that are suitable for everyone in the family, including the Earthquake Trail, the Bear Valley Trail, and the trail leading to the Morgan horse ranch. Read more about Bear Valley in our article here.

Mother's Day Adventures in Marin and Beyond

April 25, 2017

Point Reyes WildflowersA leisurely Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many, and you can find plenty of family-friendly options in Marin here. If your family is the more adventurous type, however, why not check out some of these fun alternatives in Marin and the North Bay. From wineries to museums to hikes to BBQ's, there's plenty of fun to be had by all! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Mother's Day Art in the Park

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–1 pm
McNear's Beach Park, San Rafael
Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, contact Sarah Burkhart at (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.

Moms Get Free Admission to the San Francisco Zoo on Mother's Day!

May 7, 2016

Barbro and Ingrid giraffes San Francisco ZooThe San Francisco Zoo and Gardens celebrates Mother's Day, with free admission for all moms. All moms who come to the zoo with their children this Sunday, May 8, 2016, will receive one free admission.

Come visit some of the zoo's new animal moms, like Barbro the giraffe, pictured here with her daughter Ingrid, Evita the giant anteater, and Sukari the African lion. Ingrid the baby giraffe was born just last month!

Mother's day guests at the zoo will also enjoy Baby Loves Disco, a daytime disco dance party for kids, which takes place on the Elinor Friend Playground from 11 am to 3 pm. This fun interactive activity also includes arts and crafts, face painting, and more.

For more info on the zoo's Mother's Day celebration and other fun family programs, visit

Make Something Delicious for Mom for Mother's Day Breakfast

May 4, 2014

Chocolate Dutch BabyMother's Day is coming up, and one of the traditions for this holiday is to make breakfast or brunch for Mom (serving it to her in bed is optional). Here's a selection of delicious and easy-to-make breakfast recipes that we've published here on Marin Mommies, all of which would be perfect for a Mother's Day breakfast! So go get Dad and the kids ready to cook something up in the kitchen early next Sunday morning…

A breakfast treat that's fun, delicious, and easy to make is the oven-puffed pancake or "Dutch baby". We like to incorporate fresh fruit into this big eggy pancake that you cook in a skillet in the oven. Let the kids beat the eggs and do the mixing, but a grownup should handle taking the hot skillet in and out of the oven. Try this version with fresh blackberries, or, for something really special, make this chocolate variation and top if with fresh sweet strawberries from the farmer's market.

French toast is our favorite way to use up leftover bread. Use any sort of crusty artisan bread in our recipe for French toast with homemade berry sauce. If you want to get really fancy with your French toast, check out this recipe from our friend Chef Scott Howard (formerly of Brick &

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