April 9th: Shared Kid's Room Design Ideas, Petaluma Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny at Northgate Mall & Sesame Street at SF Zoo this Weekend

Get into the mood for Easter by taking part in an egg hunt in Petaluma, visit the Easter Bunny in San Rafael, alternatively go and meet two of the ‘Sesame Street Live’ characters at the SF Zoo this weekend.

I also offer some design ideas for shared children’s rooms and nurseries for twins in ‘A Cup of Chic’ this week. Enjoy!




Weekend Events

Saturday April 9th

Petaluma Mother’s Club Annual Egg Hunt’ from 11.00 – 1.00 pm, McNear Park, F Street & 11th Street, Petaluma; http://www.petalumamothersclub.org/Petaluma_Mothers_Club/Egg_Hunt.html
The Petaluma Mother’s Club will be hosting three egg hunts for different age groups; there will be an infant – 2.5 years hunt at 11.15am, 2.5 – 4 year will be at 11.30am and 4 – 5 years will be at 12.00pm. There will also be arts and crafts activities, playground fun, face painting, a bake sale, and your little one can have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny! Remember to bring your own basket and turn in your eggs after the hunt to get a special goodie bag.

Easter Bunny at Northgate Mall, from Sat April 9th – 23rd at 11.00 am – 8.00pm, Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael:
The dapper Easter Bunny is back at the Northgate mall located at the Macy’s wing, check website for photo price package; http://www.shopatnorthgate.com/events/Easter2011/?utm_campaign=Easter2011&utm_medium=main_promo&utm_source=prop&utm_content=3OFF

Terra Linda Pool Opens, Terra Linda Community Center & pool, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael;http://thecityofsanrafael.org
The Tots pool opens from 10.00 am – 6.00 pm for non- swimmers and their parents, and the big pool open 1.30 – 6.00 pm, check website for more details.


Saturday April 9th & Sunday April 10th

‘Meet Two of the Sesame Street Live Characters at SF Zoo’, from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco; http://www.sfzoo.org/registration/calendardetail.asp?ActivityKey=952023
Come and meet two of the ‘Sesame Street Live’ characters at the Zoo, take pictures with them, enjoy games and discounts to see the live show in Oakland and San Jose in June.



‘A Cup of Chic”- Home Deco & Style

As friends are transitioning their children to shared rooms at the moment, and other moms I know have or are expecting twins, I thought I would share some design ideas for children’s shared bedrooms this week.

Children's Shared Rooms:

When designing a shared children’s room, Stephanie Wilson, author of “Best Organizing Tips” advises parents to think through the needs of both children before beginning to set up the room depending on their ages. Here are some of Wilson’s tips for setting up a room for a baby and toddler:

  • Line the room with low shelves, placing the very low shelves on the baby’s side and the slightly higher shelves on the toddler side.
  • If the closet must be shared, paint the closet rod two different colors, so the oldest knows how far his or her territory goes.
  • Use suction hooks on the back of the door at different height, so that the children can hang up their own shirts & jackets.



It is a good idea to re-think the children’s growing needs every six months, by packing up unused toys, redistribute storage bins and raise hooks. 

Teaching a young child, even from a toddler, a sense of order is an important gift that a parent can give to a child. Kids become disturbed if their eyes can’t settle and focus on one thing. Confusion and chaos can breed anxiety. Wilson states that; “The more orderly the room is, the smoother the house is run and the less overwhelmed the whole family is.”

I loved these pictures of actor Mark Ruffalo’s shared kid’s room in my long lost friend; Domino magazine:

Domino magazine

For small spaces think vertical rather than horizontal, kids find bunk beds to be great fun!



Bedroom design ideas for twins:

It is practical to keep the color palette quite neutral and introduce color through artwork, toys and books so the room grows from a nursery to a toddler’s room, and ample storage space is important. Choose furniture that is versatile like a chest of drawers that serves as a changing table until they start crawling rather than an elaborate changing table or dresser.

Living etc magazine




Mommy’s Treats


Movies of the Week

Out on DVD this week is “Little Fockers” about Greg & Pam raising their mischievous son, starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro & Owen Wilson.

Out this week is the remake of the Dudley Moore movie “Arthur” starring Russell Brand & Helen Mirren, who I both like…but not sure if they should remake such a classic film.

TV Show of the Week

Real Housewives of NYC’, the bitches are back on Bravo, this Thursday at 10.00 pm.
'Pregnancy in Heels'; a maternity concierge with rich crazy clients, watch it to believe it! Bravo on Tuesdays at 9.00 pm. 




Weekly Calendar of Ongoing 
Toddler Activities in Marin



Monday

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Novato

10.00 - 10.30 am - Kid's Story Time Club, Pharmaca, 7514 Redwood Blvd, Novato

10.00 – 10.30 am – Book Babies, San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave Town Council chamber

10.30 – 11.15 am – ‘Music Together of Marin’, The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, 47 Tamal Vista Blvd


9.00 - 1.00 pm - 'Jack and Jill' indoor play space, 217 Western Avenue, Petaluma (every day)

10.00 - 6.00 pm - 'Jump n Bounce’, 718 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo (every day)


Tuesday

9.30 – 10.45 am – Baby Bounce Story time – Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, 1st Floor

10.00 – 10.30 am - ‘Baby Bounce’ Story time at Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd

9.30 – 10.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks’ (up to 24 months) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael 


10.30 – 11.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks’ (24 months & up) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.00 – 11.30 am - ‘Play date for 2 and under’ at The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

10. 00 – 11.00 am – ‘Little Soccer Club’ (3 – 5yrs) until Apr 5th, MLK Gym, 610 Colma Street, Sausalito

10.15 - 10.45 am - 'Music Circle' (walkers up to 3 1/2), at The Parents Center, Heller's Store, 514 4th Street, San Rafael

11.00 - 11.30 am – ‘Book Club Story Time’ at ‘Pottery Barns Kids’ store, Corte Madera Village

11.30 – 12.00 pm – ‘Jamaroo Kids’, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael

3.30 – 4.15 pm – ‘Doodler’s Craft Time, Terra Linda Clubroom, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael


Wednesday

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Indoor Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Suite 3, Novato

10.00 -10.30 am – Music Together, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

10.15 – 10.45 am - ‘Music Circle’ (walkers up to 3 1/2), The Parents Center, Heller’s, 514 4th St, San Rafael 


11.30 - 11.45 am - ‘Music Circle’ (infant to walkers), The Parents Center, Heller’s, 514 4th St, San Rafael 

10.00 - 10.45 am - Fun & Funky (age 2 - 4), Fairfax Community Center, 

10.30 - 11.30 am – Adventure Club Drop in Play, MLK Gym, 610 Colma Street, Sausalito

11.00 - 11.30 am – Story Time at Giggle Store, Corte Madera Village

11.00 -11.30 am – Preschool Story Time, Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, 47 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera



Thursday

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

11.00 am & 12.00 pm – Bookmobile presents Story Time at the Farmers Market, The Civic Center, 3501 Civic center Drive, San Rafael

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Indoor Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Novato

9.30 – 10.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks' (up to 24 months) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael 

10.30 – 11.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks' (24 months & up) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.15 -10.45 am – Toddler Story time (2-3 yrs), Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

10.30 – 11.00 am – Story Time at San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael

11. 00 – 12.00pm – ‘Mommy & Me- In the Garden’ (1 – 4 yrs until June 9th), Landmarks Art & Garden center, 841 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon

11.00 - 11.30 am - Story Time at Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Center

3.30 - 4.00 pm - 'Stories with Phil Sheridan', Sausalito Library, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito



Friday

9.30 - 11.00 am - Art for You and Me, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

9.30 – 10.15 am – Doodlers Craft Time, Terra Linda Club Room, 670 Del Ganado Road, Terra Linda

10.00 – 10.30 am – Intro to Ballet, Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax (until July 6th)

10.30 - 11.30 am - Story Time with Sara Sonnet, San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael 

10.30 – 12.00 pm – Jumping Jacks, Strawberry Recreation District, 118 Strawberry Drive, 2nd floor gym

10.30 – 12.00 pm – Free Playgroup (Under 5), Marin Head Start, 610 Drake Ave, Marin City

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