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Things to do with Kids in Marin County and the bay area for March 2011

Ronnie’s Awesome List for March

My friend Ronnie puts together an incredible list of kid activites to do in Marin and the Bay Area.  Ronnie Sharpe is a photographer, if you would like to find out more about Ronnie, here is her website:  www.TadpolePhotography.com

March is Mother Nature’s month of re-birth; and remember it’s the month of Women’s History.  There are also a slew of reasons to celebrate throughout the month.  Make a note of these special dates:
Mar 2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Mar 8 – Mardi Gras
Mar 9 – Ash Wednesday
Mar 17 – St. Patricks Day
Mar 20 – First Day of Spring, Purim and Nowruz (Persian New Year)

gray_whaleAs always, Mother Nature never fails to satisfy. California’s whale watching is among the world’s best. Spend the day at Point Reyes and take in the “Journey of the Whales” at 1:30pm.  You will learn all about the gray whales while they are migrating past Point Reyes, especially their habits and adaptations. And, you might just see a whale from the Observation Deck. And, “Experience Elephant Seals” is another excellent thing to check out every Saturday and Sunday at the Chimney Rock Elephant Seal Overlook in Point Reyes National Seashore.seal_with_pup Docents are stationed from 11am to 4pm (thank you NPS for the photos).

Spring buds have arrived with the year’s early rains. The resulting feast for the eyes will be spectacular towards the end of the month.

Wildflowers enthusiasts must plan on making a trip to Point Reyes each spring and summer.  One of my favorite trips is to Limantour Beach. Last year, it was covered with bright orange poppies and gorgeous purple wild irises. You can go on a scavenger hunt with your children and discover the many varieties of wildflowers. Either look up the varieties on the California Academy website or bring along a field guide.

Your sense of adventure will be tempted by the abandoned daffodils farm close to the hostel on Limantour Beach. Here’s how to get there: Park off the road beyond the hostel and find the culvert. It’s not so easy to find; the daffodils are well hidden from the regular trails. You will have to get through the brush and across a small creek to get to it. But, the thousands of white and yellow daffodils that only bloom for a few weeks towards the end of February and early March will be your reward. Remember to bring your camera because park services no longer allow you to harvest the stunning daffodils.  Finish your day out with a venture to the Muir Beach tide pools.  These pools will delight your children with all the vibrant life that exists underwater. Check out the Tide Pool Charts and make plans to go at low tide!

Did all you 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Giants fans know that the Coca-Cola Fan Lot at AT&T Park is open all year round? You can play the game, run the bases, view a mini-version of the stadium, enjoy the giant baseball glove, take your picture at the Fantasy Photo booth and try out the Make Your Own Lou Seal Workshop.  The mezzanine level offers a fantastic view of the game and downtown San Francisco. The Fan Lot is open during September to May, Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 4pm; June, July and August, every day from 10am – 4pm.

One of the spotlighted fundraisers still on tap for this month benefits the foundation kiddo_spring_galakeeping the Mill Valley School District’s arts alive; Kiddo! Their Spring Gala & Auction is scheduled for March 12th from 5:30 pm – Midnight at the Mill Valley Recreation Center.

Remember to make sure any event you are interested in has not been changed or canceled before attending. Get out, have fun and make memories!

For a detailed daily list of events in March, goto Ronnie’s Awesome List.

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