Category: Activities

Fun Family Activities in Marin County, California

Trying to find family-friendly and fun activities for kids in Marin County isn’t exactly the most challenging thing to do – after all, the Bay Area is absolutely loaded with all kinds of culture, art, museums, movies, and more food than anyone could ever know what to do with – but it isn’t always effortless, either.

Sometimes when there is so much to do it makes the decision even more challenging. Hopefully we are going to be able to point you in the right direction.

Here are some of the best kid friendly activities to participate in throughout Marin County!

Check out everything that the Bay Area Discovery Museum has to offer

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Regardless of whether or not you live in the Bay Area or are just visiting (or have friends with kids that are making the trip up to visit you), a trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum should be the first thing on your list!

Designed specifically for children between the ages of six months and about 10 years old, it is an indoor and outdoor combination space designed to unlock creativity, to teach and entertain at the same time, and be a whole host of fun for everyone involved of all ages.

Located at 557 McReynolds Road in Sausalito, California, it also offers some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco proper and is a big time favorite of families in Marin County. Admission is only $11 (with children six months and younger getting into free of charge), and is open seven days a week.

Make sure that you pack a lunch or enjoy the recently renovated café and bakery!

The Farmers Market in Marin County

Though the multiple farmers markets in San Francisco get a lot of attention (and rightfully so, they all are pretty special), the big Farmers Market in Marin County is something pretty special, too!

While mom and dad sort through all of the amazing produce, poultry and meets, fresh seafood, amazing bread and baked goods, and all of the other fun little shops throughout the market, kids are going to have the opportunity to bounce around at the Bounce House, check out a puppet show with story time, and even participate in face painting and pony rides.

The biggest farmers market in town is held at the Civic Center on Thursdays and Sundays (8 AM to 1 PM), and you’ll never be that far from special treats if anybody gets hungry.

Take a dip in the community center pools

If you’d love nothing more than to kick back, relax, and unwind – especially during the summer heat – while your kids take a dip in the community polls, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at a handful of different locations all throughout the county.

Though everyone has a neighborhood favorite, ours happens to be the location at the Terra Linda Community Center. It has an amazing lawn, a kiddie pool for the little ones, and never really seems completely packed – even when at maximum capacity.

On top of that, its home to some of the best burgers and ice cream in the area. You’ll be able to find it at 670 Del Ganado Road in San Rafael, California.

How about a trip to the beach?

Even though San Diego and Southern California gets all the credit for their amazing beaches, San Francisco and the Bay Area aren’t exactly slouches when it comes to beaches, either.

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Sure, the weather isn’t always quite as perfectly sunny as in LA and the water isn’t quite as toasty and warm as it is in San Diego, but you’d be hard-pressed to beat all of the family and kid friendly fun that you’ll be able to have down at Stinson Beach.

Offering 3.5 acres of beach to play in with some of the best sand and surf around, you’ll even be able to bring the family dog with you to Stinson without any headache or hassle whatsoever. The parking area is pretty large, the picnic area (with grills) is even bigger, and there are always lifeguards on duty when the beach is open so you won’t have anything to worry about.

A seasonal snack bar will make sure that nobody goes hungry if you forgot to pack a lunch, so there’s no reason not to check out everything that the Stinson Beach area has to offer.

We hope this helps on your time in beautiful Marin County with the kids!

Hunting for the Best Toy Stores in Marin County?

Even though it is pretty tough to beat the deals, discounts, and convenience of shopping for toys online (especially if you have Amazon Prime, for example), nothing really beats a trip with your little ones to a local independent voice store to pick up a special treat if they’ve been good, if they have brought home a great report card, or if you’re just looking to spoil them a little bit.

Thankfully, the Bay Area is home to some of the very best independent toy stores in the country – as well as some of the largest. You aren’t going to have any trouble whatsoever getting your hands on special toys for a special occasion or a couple of pieces to help round out the toy box, either.

If you’d like to make sure that you have all your bases covered when it comes time to picking up some toys in Marin County, you’ll want to make sure that you check out these hotspots!

Talbot’s Toyland

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As far as toy stores in the area go, you’re going to have an almost impossible time topping the experience – and the selection – that you’ll have at Talbots.

Located in San Mateo, this is one of the biggest and most popular toy stores in the area but still one of the friendliest and most accessible. You aren’t going to have any trouble whatsoever finding the most popular toys available out there today right now (including one of the largest selections of Legos you’ve ever seen), but you aren’t going to have any trouble finding rarer or more “one off” and funky toys in this toy store, either.

A unique hybrid that combines the amazing selection of chain toy stores with the almost mom and pop feel of small-town stores, this is the kind of toy store that you’re going to step into and then never want to leave!

Best of all, the staff is incredibly friendly, amazingly accommodating, and more helpful than you ever could possibly realize. This is the kind of toy store in the Bay Area that you’re going to find yourself coming back to time and time again!

Five Little Monkeys

A somewhat smaller store in Novato, this is the kind of toy store that you’re going to want to visit when you’re looking for a special gift to surprise that little someone in your life or if you want to send out special gifts that won’t be found anywhere else.

The toys they offer here are a little bit more expensive, but are the kind of heirloom toys that children are going to cherish forever and then hopefully hand down to children of their own. The variety of toys available is exceptional, the free gift wrapping service is a lifesaver, and the staff is helpful especially when it comes to recommendations about what’s hot today.

The Toy Safari

If you are a collectible nut – or want to make sure that your kid has the latest and greatest as far as action figures, dolls, and collectible toys are concerned – you’re going to want to make it a point to regularly check out everything that Toy Safari has to offer.

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It almost seems like this toy store was created for children AND their parents at the exact same time. They have one of the most expansive collections of retro and old-school toys (both original collectible editions as well as modern reproductions that you won’t feel bad about opening up and playing with), and their Star Wars collection is probably second to none outside of the Disney shops.

Located in Alameda, it is incredibly accessible (at 1410 Park St.), and their hours are especially friendly especially for parents that are going to be working most of the day. This is the kind of toy store that you’re definitely going to lose a couple of hours in the first time that you visit – and probably every time after that – especially if you’re a bit of a toy collector yourself.

Best of all, the staff will help you track down any special collectibles that you aren’t able to find in the shop or online – and they’ll call you just as soon as they come in.

We hope this helps you find the right toys for that special child this Christmas Year!

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