If you going to live here, you might as well take advantage of all the great things to do. Here is a short list of some of my favorites.
Bay Area Discovery Museum: www.baykidsmuseum.org
I have been a member here for years. It is located almost under the Golden Gate Bridge. The scenery is amazing. Membership pays for itself in two and a half times, so it is definitely worth it if you live nearby. There is a huge outdoor area with a gravel pit, native shelters and real boats and “shipwrecks” to explore.
There are also art and building rooms for a variety of ages. In addition there is always a new exhibit that rotates every couple of months.
They have redone the café with a really cute catering company that shapes the sandwiches like flowers or butterflies. The pizza is actually pretty good too. There is a fishing pier nearby where people are catching crab. Always fun to walk over and see who is having a good day.
Wildcare: www.wildcarebayarea.org This little sanctuary is located in Central San Rafael across from Albert’s field. It is a free nature education center that takes care of injured or orphaned animals. Most of the birds are outside in cages and there are taxidermied animals and books inside.
Slide Ranch: www.slideranch.org A great little farm near Stinson Beach. The kids can milk goats, harvest vegetables and card wool. There are some day and overnight options. My son had a three day field trip here in third grade.
The Planet: www.planetsausalito.org This is a drop in day camp in Sausalito for kids age six and above. The kids can build with Legos or bead, but my kids really liked the woodworking area. They can do a small or big project with as much or little guidance as they need. There is nothing as fun as a hammer and nail.
Bowling at County Club Bowl: www.bowlmarin.com Bumper bowling, how fun is that. No more gutter balls! My kids have had birthday parties here for years. Located in central San Rafael, the bowling alley is a little bit of a throw back with an arcade area and a couple of pool tables. Pizza and beer and don’t forget about the groovy shoes.
Miniature Golf and Batting Cages at McInnis Park Golf Center: www.mcinnisparkgolfcenter.com
If you are going to take the kids to mini golf, this is the only spot in Marin. The batting cages are fast, even the slow pitch softball. I’d recommend bringing your own bat. They have some for rent there, but they didn’t seem to hit as well. (Or was that just me.)
Fishing in the Marin Municipal Water District. www.marinwater.org My boys love to fish. I think they have probably been to all the lakes and reservoirs in Marin and thrown a line in the water. Be sure to follow the local regulations.