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Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair

September 17, 2017

SMMC Private School Fair

If you're a Marin County parent looking into private schools for your children, make sure you plan on visiting the fifth annual Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair, which takes place at Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley on Tuesday, October 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Most private, parochial, and charter schools in southern and central Marin will be represented at this event.

This fair is designed for parents looking for private school kindergarten options for their children in Marin as well as parents wanting to switch schools or who are new to the area. The event includes a presentation by educational consultants Betsy Little and Paula Molligan of Little and Molligan, Inc. The parents will then circulate around the school tables and learn about the differences between the programs.

25 Inexpensive (or Free) Things to Do for Families in September

September 3, 2017

Tiburon Bike PathTake a ride along the Tiburon bike path this September.

September is here and school is back in, but that doesn't mean there still isn't a lot of family fun to be had! You don't have to break the bank to have a great time with the kiddos, either! Here are 25 great ideas for great affordable activities and outings in Marin and the Bay Area in September, all of which are free or really inexpensive. Keep in mind some of these activities require advance registration, so check before you go.

  1. Take a family bike ride or walk along the Tiburon bike path.
  2. Free family fun day at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, September 3, 10:30 am–2 pm
  3. Swim, jump and slide at the Water Park at Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, September 3, 11 am–6 pm

12 Terrific Family Outings for Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2017

McNears Beach San Rafael

Labor day weekend is summer vacation's last hurrah (even if most kids are in school already). Make the most of this last long weekend of summer with a fun family outing or activity in Marin or elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of the destinations and activities here close up shop after Labor Day, so this is your last chance to visit until next summer!

Celebrate the End of Summer with a Snow Party at Strawberry Village!

August 22, 2017

End of Summer Snow Party

How about celebrating the end of summer with a snow party? Grab your boots and gloves and come play in the Snow Zone at Strawberry Village in Mill Valley this Saturday, August 26, from 10 am to 1 pm. Strawberry Village's Piazza will be transformed into a winter playground, complete with a 20-by-60-foot Snow Zone filled with two feet of real snow. Not only can the kids play in the snow, but they'll enjoy live music, a photo booth, arts and crafts, a caricature artist, airbrush tattos, balloon twisting, face painting, and more.

Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Marin and the Bay Area

August 19, 2017

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

In case you haven't noticed, there's going to be a total solar eclipse on Monday morning! On August 21 at approximately 9:05 am, the moon will start to pass in front of the sun, with maximum coverage occurring at around 10:15 am. This is the first eclipse visible across the entire continental US since 1979 and the last until 2024.

Unfortunately, in the Bay Area we won't get to see the sun completely blocked—you'll have to go to parts of Oregon, Idaho, Georgia or somewhere else for that, but 78% of it will be hidden from view, so the effects should still be dramatic! Here's our guide to places for solar eclipse viewing in Marin and the Bay Area on Monday, many of which will offer free eclipse-viewing glasses, usually on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dive into the Reef at California Academy of Science's Teen Science Night

August 7, 2017

#TeenScienceNight at the California Academy of Sciences

Calling all Bay Area teens! The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is hosting its fifth annual #TeenScienceNight this Friday, August 11, 2017, from 6:30–9 pm. This event—the world's largest teen-only science event—features fun sciences programs, experiments, and talks, as well as food, music, and dancing. And, best of all, no adults are allowed, only teens ages 13 to 18. Admission is free.

Blast Off at the Novato Space Festival Today at Pacheco Plaza

August 6, 2017

Novato Space Festival

Celebrate all things outer space at the annual Novato Space Festival at the Pacheco Plaza shopping center. This fun and educational family event is presented by the Space Station Museum and takes place Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at the museum and on Pacheco Plaza's Center Stage. Admission and parking are free! Over 4,000 people attended this event last year.

Meet real astronauts including Al Worden, who participated in the Apollo 15 moon mission; shuttle crew members Jerry Ross, Nicole Stott, Bruce Melnick, and Dan Bursch; and Novato's own shuttle astronaut Yvonne Cagle. This year, families with children 12 an under will get early admission at 9:30 am and can attend a special book reading by astronaut Jerry Ross in the museum's Moon Room.

In addition to meeting legendary astronauts, visitors will also get a chance to check out over 30 different space exhibits, as well as the Space Station Museum's exhibits.

25 Inexpensive (or Free) Things to Do for Families in August

August 1, 2017

Bat Night returns to Olompali State Park on Saturday, August 5.

August is here—and with it the last few weeks of summer vacation! You don't have to break the bank to have a great time with the kiddos, either! Here are 25 great ideas for great affordable activities and outings in Marin and the Bay Area in August, all of which are free or really inexpensive. Keep in mind some of these activities require advance registration, so check before you go.

  1. Visit the de Young Museum in San Francisco for free on the first Tuesday of the month, August 1, 9:30 am–5:15 pm
  2. Meet Presidio first responders and see plice and fire displays and demonstrations on National Night Out. August 1, 4:30–7:30 pm.

Eco-friendly Lunchbox Supplies for Back to School

July 27, 2017

PlanetBox

When it comes to back-to-school, green is the way to go! Instead of throwing away plastic and paper products and sending them to the landfill every day, why not invest in some reusable eco-friendly lunch box supplies for your kids this school year?

The examples listed below are stylish and durable and should last for years. Our family owns several of the products that I’ve listed here, and we use them all the time for school lunches, snacks, and picnics. Many of these products can be purchased at local retailers throughout Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reusable Lunch Bags and Boxes

  • PlanetBox
    www.planetbox.com
    San Rafael-based company PlanetBox creates stainless steel lunch kits that fit neatlly into soft cloth carrying cases. They come in three different sizes—Launch, Rover, and Shuttle—in a variety of designs and colors. Sets come with a cool magnet set of your choice with which to decorate your lunchbox. Prices start at $39.95. (Pictured above.)
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