Archive for the ‘Things to do in Marin’ Category
Itâ€™s that time of year again when you need to start planning for your kids’ summer activities. Either of these resources can help you make a decision that’s right for your child.
Check out Marin Magazine’s Summer Camps Guide which has listings for a wide variety of day and overnight camps, or you might want to stop by the Marin Camp Fair being held at Dominican University this Saturday, March 9 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. More than one hundred day and overnight camps for kids from Preschool to High School will be sharing information about their programs. There will also be a bounce house, professional hula hooper, free pizza and door prizes for the first 250 families.
Location: Dominican University of California Campus, Conlan Gymnasium, 1475 Grand Ave, San Rafael.
For one of the the best brunch restaurants in all of Marin head out to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo. What a great way to wake up on the weekend. The food is amazing and the service is top notch. We got up and went to breakfast there last Saturday with the kids and were blown away buy the yummy french toast and the best pancakes we have ever had. The ambiance is rustic and relaxing. We headed out to Point Reyes after that and spent half the day in West Marin. A great way to relax and start the weekend.
With all the rain we’ve had over the last month Marin’s waterfalls are roaring along. One of our favorite spots is Cascade Falls in Fairfax. It’s a 15 minute hike to get to the falls and the walk is beautiful. You walk along the river the whole way and it’s a good way to get the kids out of the house during the holidays. Parking can be tough at the end of Cascade Drive where the trail starts, so keep this in mind but there is usually some parking down the road a bit if it gets full at the end. One of the main reasons we live in Marin is our close connection and access to natural beauty, and there’s nothing like waterfalls in the winter.
El Huarache Loco Restaurant in Larkspur is one of my favorite places for lunch or brunch in Marin. They opened earlier in the year at the Marin Country Mart and have been a hit ever since. They make their tortillas right on site and everything is really yummy and healthy. Try their salads and incredible tacos, and they have the best salsa bar around…the spicy selections make me happy. The Country Mart is the coolest place to hang out on Saturdays. They have a farmers market and tons of cool shops. We like grabbing a big table outside and just letting the kids explore around the fish and turtle pond, or hang out on the giant tree play structures. I hear in the summer they even have movie nights there. See you next Saturday!
Cornerstone Sonoma is one of the coolest places around to visit with the kids, have a picnic, and do some shopping all at the same location. The grounds have a bunch of outdoor art installations and are very inspirational. It’s like walking through a wonderland from each exhibit to the next. There’s a barn with tables to sit at and a great place to share a bottle of wine and just let the kids run wild. They do private functions there as well–a great place for a wedding reception or a kids birthday party. There’s a cool wine bar, a cafe, and numerous shops to browse in. And don’t forget to get a photo of yourself sitting in the big blue chair.
Wow, how cool is Oxbow Public Market in Napa! My dream would be to open up something like this in Marin…we have nothing like it. It’s an indoor marketplace with all kinds of super cool restaurants, butchers, cupcake makers, coffee houses, gifts, oysters, and cheeses from around the Bay Area. The atmosphere is awesome and the concept and food are amazing. Stop by here on the way up to wine tasting on the Silverado Trail in Napa. Very inspirational and another reason why we love living North of SF.
Oxbow Public Market. 610 & 644 First Street, Napa, California 94559
Looking for something fun to do and like the sound of getting out on the water? Head out to Schoonmaker Point in Sausalito (near the Bay Model) and rent a kayak or paddleboard from Sea Trek. Not experienced? Thatâ€™s okay, you’re provided with a life vest and can stay in the protective cove. A little more daring? Head out of the cove and explore the Bay around Sausalito. You might run into sea otters or seals and beautifully colored jelly fish. You can also check out the boats along the docks and view the eclectic houseboats that line the waterfront.
On a warm day you can go in a bathing suit or shorts and t-shirt, while on colder days, as they are open all year round, throw on a windbreaker and sweats and hit the water. Donâ€™t forget the sunscreen!
The paddleboards are pretty sturdy and you don’t have to fall in the water much, unless of course itâ€™s hot and you just want to cool down. Balancing on the boards is a great core workout, and at an hourly rate you canâ€™t go wrong. The ones that catch on quickly of course are the little kids, and you’ll see them zipping around the cove, sometimes with several of their friends sitting on the board with them. The kayaks can be rented hourly too and they are either singles or doubles, with an option of putting a fairly small child on your lap if they are not big paddlers. Also a great upper body workout!
You will be surprised at how many people go out there to enjoy the view. Whether you are renting or opt to just sit on the beach and read a book or play in the sand, this is a Sausalito must-do.
I thought I’d share a wonderful blog that I frequent often when I’m looking for something to do with the kiddos. Marin Mommies has loads of ideas, mostly focusing on Marin, but with some branching out to other parts of the Bay Area too. They list weekend events, local beaches, hikes, family friendly recipes, birthday party venues, and day trips in the area. If you have kids and live in Marin, or visit often, you should definitely check it out.
We’re always looking for parks in Marin that have a lot to offer kids and families, and what we really like about Miwok Park in Novato are all the cool things for kids to do.Â The grassy field is perfect for throwing the ball around or playing soccer, and there are plenty of shady spots to get out of the sun. There’s a large play structure area and lots of picnic tables in the trees with BBQs, and the creek provides a great place for the kids to play. Then the really unique thing about the park is the Museum of the American Indian, which educates kids about the local Native American tribeâ€¦super cool. Parking can be limited for big groups but there are also spots in the surrounding neighborhood.
What a great way to spend a sunny September day! Limantour Beach, only 35 minutes from Fairfax, is perfect for going on a long walk or building a sand castle. Our kids love playing in the sand dunes and had a lot of fun creating a fort there. There are great hiking trails on your way in and a lot of bird watching in the lagoon just to the north, and sometimes we even see harbor seals resting on the beach. It can get a little windy, but it’s easy to find a wind break in the sand dunes to set up camp for the day. We love going into Point Reyes on the drive home for a late lunch, or just stopping for a treat at the local Point Reyes bakery. We are really lucky to live where we live, and West Marin is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Google Map of Limantour Beach