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Martha Stewart, sports for kids, and more

Check out what’s going on at SantaRosaMom.com this week!

Local shop Bella Ariana was featured on Martha Stewart's website this week (photo by Jessica Remmele Photo Design)

Bella Ariana featured on Martha Stewart’s website!
That’s right, our local designer of toddler-wear, Francis Farmer-Cheda, had her smiling face on Martha Stewarts list of Dreamers of the Week. If you have a toddler, you’ll definitely want to check out Bella Ariana’s sweet tutus.

Ectopic Pregnancy
One of our moms on the forums suffered an ectopic pregnancy this week. She’s looking for advice or even another mom to share their experience with her as she recovers from this loss.

Sports for kids
Another mom is hoping for ideas regarding sports for her 4 year old. There’s already been several great replies to this subject! If you have an idea to share, or are looking for something for your own young child, you’ll definitely want to check out this post.

Teenage mortification
I recently found that it doesn’t take much to embarrass my child. A lot of moms (and dads!) could relate. Read up on my article of several Sonoma County families and their experience with teens.

Child Obesity
Another battle I’m experiencing has to do with my 10 year old and his weight. Knowing I’m not alone in this battle, I’m sharing what’s working for us, as well as my tip for a great book that’s helped to jumpstart our plan.

Events this weekend:

My Gym Anniversary Open House
Friday Jan 13, 4-7pm
Celebrating 8 years, My Gym is holding a fantastic party this Friday with playtime, games, gymnastics, face painting, and more – FOR FREE! There will be plenty of opportunities for savings and discounts on parties and enrollments, and there will definitely be fun for the whole family.
My Gym Santa Rosa (3267 Airway Drive) my-gym.com/santarosa.aspx

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com moderator

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Fit Family FIVE

Swinging on the zip lines at Expedition Island

Is exercise one of your family goals this week? Looking for something active to do as a family this weekend? Here are a few ways to have fun and be fit!

Little League signups
For many Sonoma County Little Leagues, sign-ups begin this week. CLICK HERE to discover when and where your league will be conducting theirs.

Family Night at Cal Skate
Saturdays 6-8:30pm
Cal Skate (6100 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park)
Every Saturday, a family of 4 can take advantage of the “Family Pack”. For $39, you can get 4 admissions, 4 quad rentals ($2 more apiece for inline), and a 16″ pizza. Additional family members: $6 admission, $3 quad, $5 inline. calskate.com

Sunday Night Family Bowling
Sundays 5-7pm
Double Decker Lanes (300 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park)
Another $39 special. Check in between 5-7pm and get two hours bowling and shoes, a 12″ pizza, and a pitcher of soda. doubledeckerlanes.com

Rock Climbing “Climb Time”
Saturdays/Sundays, noon-2pm
Vertex Climbing Center (3358a Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa)
Climbers aged 5 to adult can enjoy a two-hour coached climbing session for only $20. This is suitable for all levels, whether beginner or veteran. Reservations are required. climbvertex.com

Family Fridays at Expedition Island
Fridays, 4-7pm
Expedition Island (755 Southpoint Blvd, Petaluma)
Open Play sessions on Fridays are buy one, get one free. Purchase a 90 minute admission for one child, and one adult or sibling can play for free. Admissions are generally $20, giving access to zip lines, a climbing wall, and many other ways to monkey around. expeditionisland.com

Weather a little glum? Check out out guide to indoor places to have fun!

Have a fun, and ACTIVE weekend!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

Family FIVE Dec 16-18

Sebastopol Ballet performs their 20th annual Nutcracker this weekend

Family fun abounds this weekend with sugarplums and gingerbread doghouses.  Even Santa can’t help but get in on the fun!  Where will you be?

Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops
Dec 17-18
Schulz Museum (2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa)
Happiness is a warm puppy atop a gingerbread doghouse you made yourself. Make one with your child, as well as ornaments and cards, at the Schulz Museum this weekend. See site for age appropriate times. $25. schulzmuseum.org

Sebastopol Ballet’s 20th Nutcracker
Dec 16-18
Analy High School (6950 Analy Ave, Sebastopol)
It’s the 20th year of nutcrackers, dancing mice, sugarplums, and snowflake ballerinas. Come early for the Sugar Plum party of cookies and a meet-and-greet, and then catch the very talented Sebastopol Ballet perform the holiday show. sebastopolballet.com

Model Building Day
Sat Dec 17, 10a-6p
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd.)
All types of modelers meet at this monthly event to create their projects, get advice, and have the opportunity to add more to their model with the vast supplies found at Hobbytown. htupetaluma.com

Helicopter Santa
Sat Dec 17, 11am
Pacific Coast Air Museum (2230 Becker Blvd, Santa Rosa)
Santa ditches the sleigh for a shinier set of wings as he flies in by helicopter. Kid-friendly events include face-painting and slides. Adults can oogle the heavy machinery while munching hot dogs. pacificcoastairmuseum.org

BVAPT Holiday Boutique
Sat Dec 17, 9a-2p
Strawberry School (2311 Horseshoe Dr, Santa Rosa)
Local crafts, art, tasty treats, jewelry, and more at the 8th annual Bennett Valley Alliance of Parent and Teachers Holiday Boutique. There will be live music and raffles throughout this fun event while you shop. Proceeds benefit Bennett Vallley District students.

Have a wonderful weekend of fun, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

Family FIVE, Dec 9-11

From children’s theater productions to seasonal events, there’s so much to do this weekend!

Posada Navideña
Fri Dec 9, 7p
Wells Fargo Center of the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa)
20 dancers and 16 musicians lead a south-of-the-border celebration laden with seasonal accents, traditional song and dance, and vibrant imagery in this Mexican Christmas production. The show is $15 child, $20 adult, but the pre-show arts & crafts and post-show Posada celebration is free.
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Murder’s in the Heir
Dec 8-11, 7pm (plus a Sunday 2pm matinee)
Clear Heart Gallery (368 Petaluma Blvd N)
Talented 11-14 year olds will perform in this comedic murder mystery whodunnit. The fun part is that the audience decides the outcome, so every show is different. A side note, the Clear Heart Gallery is slated for demolition in the future, so you’ll definitely want to check out a show before it’s all gone.
clearheartgallery.com

Family Day
Sat Dec 10, 11a-2p
Sonoma County Museum (425 7th St, Santa Rosa)
Their Filipino-themed family day will include dance & martial arts demos, traditional children’s games, face painting, hands-on musical instruments, plus their Singgalot exhibition. Admission is free for members and for families with children.
sonomacountymuseum.org

Children’s Holiday Party
Sat Dec 10, 10a
Cornerstone Sonoma (23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma)
Kids will love decorating cookies, creating crafts, hanging at the Sweet Treat Buffet, sipping at the Hot Chocolate Bar, and more! Have photos taken with Santa or take part in a sing-a-long with Santa’s Elf. And Raffle Prizes include a romantic getaway, a kids day outing, a spa getaway….too much to list. The event is to raise funds for the Ella Bisbee Fund to create an Art Room in her memory at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.
ellabisbee.org

Community Boardgame Day
Sun Dec 11 ,12-5p
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Monthly event that has boardgames making a comeback. Guests aged 8 and older are invited to bring their own, or play with the ones owner Steve supplies. Hobbytown will also offer 10% off any boardgame purchased that day.
htupetaluma.com

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

To see more events or to share your event, visit the SantaRosaMom.com Events Calendar, or visit events.pressdemocrat.com.

Family FIVE, Dec 2-4

FREE pie this Sunday in Petaluma!

Lots of great stuff happening this weekend.  Where will your family be?

CraftalumaAdd to my Calendar
Sat Dec 3rd, 10am
Petaluma Veterans Hall (1094 Petaluma Blvd S)
The alternative to your grandma’s craft show is back with even more fresh, raw talent to help you find unique gifts for everyone on their list. The show has an indie vibe, gathering artisan crafters from Sonoma County and beyond to showcase their handmade wares with an edge.
petalumacraftmafia.com

Free Pie!Add to my Calendar
Sun Dec 4, 1-4p
Petaluma Pie Co (125 Petaluma Blvd N)
To celebrate their first anniversary, Petaluma Pie Company is passing out free slices of pie at Putnam Park in Downtown Petaluma. Performers will play live music to set the tone during pie tasting, pie tin activities, wine happy hour for the grown ups, and apple cider for all.
petalumapie.com

Luther Burbank Holiday Open HouseAdd to my Calendar
Dec 3-4, 10a-4p
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens (corner of Sonoma & Santa Rosa Ave)
The historic home is decorated for the holidays, and docents dressed in Victorian costumes are leading tours through the house and around the gardens. Enjoy cookies and spiced tea in the greenhouse while the kids make a holiday craft project. And shop for memorabilia in the gift shop.
lutherburbank.org

Snoopy’s Holiday Tree LightingAdd to my Calendar
Fri Dec 2, 6pm
Snoopy’s Home Ice (1667 W Steele Ln, Santa Rosa)
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends will be performing a mini ice show at the ice rink, lighting a 20-foot Christmas tree in the center of the rink. For those who miss it, there will be encores performed at 12:15p on Saturday and Sunday.
snoopyshomeice.com

Holiday Lighted Boat ParadeAdd to my Calendar
Sat Dec 3 6-11p
Petaluma’s Turning Basin
Boats decorated and lit aglow with holiday lights will travel from the Petaluma Marina and into the Turning Basin.  Come early to take part in the Downtown Merchant’s Holiday Open House (with deals and holiday events galore), and stay late to enjoy the view from one of the fine restaurants that border the water.
visitpetaluma.com

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

For more events, be sure to check out the Event Calendar at santarosamom.com/events

Family FIVE

Happy Thanksgiving! The kids and I have been having fun adding up all the things we are thankful for this past month. From my first sip of coffee of the day to being blessed with comforts many take for granted, there are plenty of things to add to our Grateful Lists. I hope you all find plenty of things to feel grateful for as well.

Here are a few things that are going on this weekend for you and your family to do together.

Santa Rosa Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Downtown Santa Rosa
Fri, Nov 25th, 12-7
Holiday shopping is kicked off on Black Friday with a Downtown Holiday Open House from 12-5. Stores will be open with sales and specials, free gift wrapping, validated garage parking, music, and a raffle for the Downtown Gift Basket. The Sutter VNA & Hospice Lights of Life Tree Lighting Program begins at 6pm with more kids’ crafts, free pictures with Santa, live holiday music and the candle lighting and tree lighting ceremony.  facebook.com/SantaRosaWinterLights

Pirates, Legends, & Lore
Petaluma Museum – 20 Fourth St, Petaluma
Aye, ye scurvy bilgerats. Get ye to Petaluma Museum for the largest pirate exhibition in the Bay Area. View flintlocks, swords, a grappling hook, real cannon balls, plates from Sir Francis Drake, and more. Kids can make their own pirate flags, learn to tie different sailor’s knots, earn prizes, and a vast treasure chest of fun to be had. Plus, a real treasure hunt will unfold with a map that gives clues to a rare pirate coin worth $500. Exhibit open now till November 27th. petalumamuseum.com
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Hawaii Christmas Craft Fair
Sat Nov 26, 10a
Kehaulani Hula Studio (3210 Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa)
Hawai’i Christmas Craft Fair. Hand Crafted: Scarves, Bags, Prints, Cards, Ornaments, Baked Goods, Candles. Kēhaulani Hula Studio. Kumu Hula C.Pōmaikaʻi Gaui. Kēhaulani Hula Studio welcomes any and all who appreciate “All things Hawaiian!” kehaulanihulastudio.com

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Sat, Nov 26, 11a
Watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus are brought in on the Petaluma River by tugboat, ready to meet all the kids and pass out candy. Come early and stay late to enjoy various street performers and festivities going on around the Petaluma shops.
visitpetaluma.com

Holiday Gift Faire
Nov 25-27, 10a
Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa)
There’s a reason this faire is scheduled for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. The list of vendors is endless as craftiers and artisans set up booths holding treasures untold for your holiday gift giving. Delicious food vendors, eclectic crafts and gifts, as well as visits with Santa.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our list of family events going on Thanksgiving week, as well as fun things to do indoors when the weather outside is frightful. You can also check out the SantaRosaMom events calendar, as well as the calendar on 707.pressdemocrat.com.

Have a thankful Thanksgiving and a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

Things to do during Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break starts next week, and for some kids school will be out all week long.  That means all you parents are in need of some fun things to do – and QUICK!  Thankfully there are plenty of places to hang out during Fall Break that will keep the kids off the video games and your sanity intact.

Family Hike at Spring Lake
Violetti Rd, Santa Rosa
On Saturday November 19, kids will have fun learning about wildlife on new, naturalist-led hikes at the Environmental Discovery Center.  Families will be led on 1-hour hikes on the Shady Oaks Nature Trail near Spring Lake, beginning at 1 and 3pm.  All ages are welcome, though everyone should be walkers or easily carried in a backpack.  sonoma-county.org/parks/edc.htm
Cost for hike: $5 per family, $6 for parking (or included with annual parks membership)
Throughout the week, Spring Lake is also open for walking or biking around.  The easy trails make it fun for families to enjoy gorgeous scenery and views of nature while getting in some exercise.

Charles Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa
The week starts off on Sunday November 20th with a birthday celebration for Charles Schulz. Everyone gets in free all day long! Museum Mondays for kids 1-5 will continue on November 21 with stories, games, art, crafts, and a fun movie. Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26 will have storyteller Victoria Goring giving a live and interactive performance for kids of all ages. And throughout the week you can catch glimpses of the current and ongoing galleries of art and cartoons.  schulzmuseum.org
Fall/Winter 2011 Hours: 11am-5pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends, closed Tuesdays.

University of Sports
555 Rohnert Park Expressway, RP (near Target)
There’s no need for the kids to be cooped up all week long when University of Sports is holding several basketball camps for tweens and teens in several different locations. Beyond that, they hold fun activities in their sports clubs while you take a health break with a blood pumping workout. Not a member? For a limited time UofS is offering a trial membership of 10 free days – perfect for the upcoming fall break. Check out their website for more details.  uofs.com
Fall/Winter Hours: M-F 6a-1p & 4p-8:30p, Sat 7:30p-5p, Sun 8a-5p

Santa Rosa Gymnastics
2210 Bluebell Dr, Santa Rosa
Speaking of active kids, SR Gymnastics is holding camps on November 23rd and 25th, offering full or half days filled with gymnastics, rock wall climbing, crafts and games for kids 5-15. Call 525-1720 to register, or visit their website.  srgymnastics.com
Full Camp Days: 8:30-3:30
Half Camp Days: 8:30a-11a or 12:30p-3:30p
Cost: $25-$95

Gaming at Hobbytown
171 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
Gamers will have plenty to do at Hobbytown Petaluma throughout the week with the nightly events going on in the popular hobby store. Monday (11/21) and Wednesday (11/23) evenings are gaming nights dedicated to Warhamer 40K or Flames of War. Tables will be set up to accommodate multi-army games as well as one-on-one battles. Tuesday (11/22) will be Yu Gi Oh! games. And Friday (11/25) is all about Magic the Gathering. Almost every day of the month holds a special event geared towards gamers or modelers, so be sure to check out their website for some fun things to do any day of the week.  htupetaluma.com
Mon & Wed Gaming Hours: 7-9p
Tues & Fri Hours: 5-9p

Pirates, Legends, & Lore
Petaluma Museum – 20 Fourth St, Petaluma
Aye, ye scurvy bilgerats. Get ye to Petaluma Museum for the largest pirate exhibition in the Bay Area. View flintlocks, swords, a grappling hook, real cannon balls, plates from Sir Francis Drake, and more. Kids can make their own pirate flags, learn to tie different sailor’s knots, earn prizes, and a vast treasure chest of fun to be had. Plus, a real treasure hunt will unfold with a map that gives clues to a rare pirate coin worth $500. Exhibit open now till November 27th.  petalumamuseum.com
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Take in a cheap movie
Take advantage of the afternoon free time your kid suddenly has and go to a bargain matinee. Whether it’s Adam Sandler’s goofy “Jack and Jill”, the continuation of the Shrek saga with “Puss in Boots”, or the uplifting story of “Dolphin Tale”, most kids would jump at the chance to watch an afternoon movie. Want an even bigger deal? 3rd Street Cinemas is showing all their movies for only $3 each. Check them out at srentertainmentgrp.com/3rdstreet.asp
For a list of all local theaters and their showtimes, go to events.pressdemocrat.com/movies

Cal Skate
6100 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park
Throw a sassy skate party! Cal Skate is holding extra sessions for all of Thanksgiving week. Monday will have Kids Skate (kids 10 & under plus their parents) from 9:30 to 11:30. $6 admission will include quad skate rental, inline skate rental is $4. And daily skate will be 12-5 all week long (except for Thanksgiving when they’re closed).  calskate.com

Need more ideas? Check out our list for indoor fun sure to keep your family entertained no matter what the weather looks like outside.