It may feel hard to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of natural disaster but you are in Marin and we welcome you to our community. We hope you find this repository, put together by Rachel Templeton & Ronnie's Awesome List, of local kid-specific resources for families helpful. Please check back frequently as our list grows and contact us anytime.
MUSEUMS OFFERING FREE ADMISSION TO FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE WILDFIRES
There are a variety of activities from which to choose from art, theatre, gymnastics, dance, sports, and more.
- Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation, (415) 435-4355
- Corte Madera Parks & Recreation, (415)927-5072
- Fairfax FOCAS, (415) 458-2340
- Homestead Valley Community Association, (415) 388-0137
- Larkspur Recreation Department, (415) 927-6746
- Marinwood Community Services District, (415) 479-0775
- Mill Valley Community Center, (415) 383-1370
- Novato Parks, Recreation & Community Services, (415) 899-8200
- Pickleweed Park Commmunity Center & Library, (415) 485-3333
- Ross Recreation Department, (415) 453-6020
- San Anselmo Recreation Department, (415) 258-4600
- San Rafael Recreation, (415) 485-3333
- Sausalito Parks & Recreation, (415) 289-4100
- Stinson Beach Community Center, (415) 868-1444
- Strawberry Recreation District, (415) 383-6494
- Tamalpias Community Center, (415) 388-6393
- Terra Linda Community Center, (415) 485-3333
SCHOOLS & CAMPS
New Village School, Sausalito (private k-8), free attendance to after school program, 3:30-5:30pm. Includes snack and indoor playtime in our (very sweet) kindergarten room. They have a school van to pick up/drop off from a specific location. Call 415.309.1689 or email email@example.com.
LIBRARIES & STORYTIME HOURS
Marin libraries are providing computer access to all fire evacuees even if they don't have a library card.
- Monday's, Baby Bounce, ages 0 to 24 months. Two sessions are available 10:30 or 11:00am
- Tuesday's, Stories, songs, and puppet play in French with Emilia Hagerman. Suitable for ages 0 to 5.
- Tuesday's, Toddler Storytime for kids ages 2 to 3
- Tuesday's, Stories, songs, puppets, and fingerplays for preschoolers ages 3 to 5!
- Wednesdays, Music & Movement, 10:30 – 10:50am, Build early literacy skills through singing and playing! This is a whole-family, all abilities, program featuring songs, movement and tons of fun! All ages welcome.
- Tuesdays, Baby Bounce, 10 – 10:30am, A half-hour of interactive songs, rhymes, and movement for very young children. For ages 0-2.
- Tuesdays, Music and Movement, 10:30 – 11am, Build early literacy skills through singing and playing! This is a whole-family, all abilities program featuring songs, movement and tons of fun! All ages welcome.
- Thursdays, Mother Goose on the Loose! 11 – 11:40am, Forty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs and movement for babies and toddlers.
- Tuesdays, 11:15am – 12pm, Camilla Ford reads stories to young children. This storytime is held at Papermill Creek preschool
- Wednesdays, Babies & Books – Infants and toddlers, 9:30 am, A lap-sit storytime for babies and toddlers up to 24 months. We'll share nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs and books just right for these little ones.
- Thursdays and Fridays, Toddler Storytime - Children ages 2 - 4 years old, 9:30 am, Young children and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun and interactive program of books, songs and fingerplays.
- Wednesdays, Preschool Storytime, 10 – 10:30am, Songs and stories for children ages 0-5.
Wednesdays, Early Childhood Storytime, 11 – 11:30am, Come listen to stories! For children 0-5.
- Wednesdays, Preschool Story Time for children 3 to 5 years old, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
- Wednesdays, Preschool Story Time for children 3 to 5 years old, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
- Thursdays, Toddler Story Time for children 2 to 3 years old, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.,
- Thursdays, Lapsit Story Time for children under 2 years old, 11:15 to 11:40 a.m.
- Saturdays, Family Story Time for all ages, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
- Second Wednesday of the Month, Pajama Story Time for all ages, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., Put on your PJs and grab a stuffed friend for stories with the marvelous Molly!
- Thursdays, Baby Storytime, 10 – 10:30am, Rhyming program for babies of all abilities ages 6+ months and caregiver(s).
- Tuesdays, 9:45 – 10:30am, Camilla Ford reads stories to young children. This storytime is held at Papermill Creek preschool
- Baby and Toddler Storytime, Mondays, 10:30am and 11:00am
- Family Storytime Thursdays, 10:30-11:00am
- French Storytime Fridays, 11:00am
- Wednesday Mornings @ 10:30-11am
- Thursday Mornings @10:30-11am
- Wednesdays at 6pm An active bilingual storytime for the whole family.
- Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. An active storytime program for children from 1 to 3 years old.
- Wednesdays, Toddler Story Time, 9:40am & 10:40am, children 2 and younger and their caregivers.
- Saturdays A laid-back morning of story, art or games for families of all abilities! For children ages 2-8 with caregiver(s).
- Thursdays, Baby Storytime, 12 – 12:30pm, Active, rhyming program targeted at babies of all abilities ages 6+ months and caregiver(s).
- Second Sunday Stories at Book Passage by-the-Bay, age 2-6, 11am, Sausalito.
- Picture Book Club, age 4-8, 4pm, once a month, Corte Madera.
- Mondays, Story Time with Clare, age 0-5, 9.30am, Corte Madera.
- Fridays, Sausalito Story Time with Carson, age 0-5, 11 AM, Sausalito.
- Saturdays, 11am, Corte Madera
- Fridays, 10:30am, San Rafael
- Mondays, 4pm, Novato
- Thursdays, 10:30am, Larkspur
LOCAL INDOOR SPOTS
* I Made It! Glass Creations, San Rafael, 50% Give Back next Wednesday, October 18th
* PoekieNook, Mill Valley, FREE drop-in time for any family who evacuated their home due to the fires up North
- Ark Row, Tiburon
- Art A Bloom, San Anselmo
- ARTifact, Corte Madera
- Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
- MASTERWORKS Children’s Art Studio, Corte Madera
- Side Door Studio, San Rafael
- Studio 4 Art, Novato and Mill Valley
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
* MV Code Club, Greenbrae, Mill Valley, San Francisco, Redwood City and Albany. Thank you for entertaining 18 North Bay kids displaced from fires at a free coding camp in Greenbrae last week.
* Play-Well, San Anselmo, Free drop-in from the rest of October and all of November.
- CyberGarage, San Anselmo
INDOOR PLACES TO RELEASE ENERGY INDOORS
* Sing Dance Play, Novato, is offering free Open Play to evacuated families Monday mornings & Tu-Fri afternoons thru November.
* Love 2 Dance, Novato, Free dance party of Saturday, October 14, 1–4 pm, with dancing, bounce house, face painting, piñata, and fun.
* Marin Elite Gymnastics Academy, San Rafael, Anyone in the gymnastics community affected can train with MEGA for free.
- Cal Star Gymnastics Indoor Power Play, Novato
- House of Air, San Francisco
- San Rafael Gymnastics
- GymWorld, San Rafael
- PlayLand, Sausalito
- The Cave, Corte Madera
Sports City Fire Relief Camp (Cotati) 9am -2pm Mon – Fri, includes lunch and a snack daily (pizza slice, fruit, water, and snack crackers or chips), arcade play, bowling, rock n jump, and camp games on the fields at Sports City. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Petaluma Academy of Martial Arts (PAMA): Will be opening up the school next week from 12-2pm for free fun/games for all kids in the evacuation centers. 620 Petaluma Blvd. North.
Rebounderz, Free place for children under 8 years old to play, free wifi. 555 Rohnert Park Expressway West, Rohnert Park. 1pm-8pm
Adventure Recreation, 2200 Petaluma Blvd. N. 10am-3:30pm. Children under 2 are $5, children over 2 $10, but will be flexible for those that don't have money. 2200 Petaluma North in Petaluma outlets next to Saks Off 5th store.
Copperfield’s Books Petaluma: Free wifi, allows dogs, water, stickers & crayons for children.
- Fundamonium (Rohnert Park)
- Rohnert Park Gymnastics
- Bridge Church (Santa Rosa)
- Sonoma County YMCA
- Petaluma Bowling Alley
- Junior Gym (Santa Rosa)
- Adventure Recreation (Petaluma)
- Kids Party Central (Santa Rosa)
- Westminster Woods Camp, Occidental
- Little Imaginarium
At moments like these it's time to step up and help our neighbors. You are not alone and our amazing Bay Area Community will help you with anything you need until you get back on your feet. Do you know any other indoor activities and discounts? Please leave a comment.