Marin Blog · Marin County At Home During Covid

While Marin Shelters in Place

Posted Monday, July 6, 2020 by MCVB Staff

We know you can't wait to Get Out and play in our parks, beaches, and trails again. And we want you to Keep Dreaming of Marin. The time will come when all our areas open, and we can all again roam free in the outdoors. The staff of the Marin CVB has been working on providing information for things to do while at home,  activities to help us get through and dining choices during this pandemic crisis. We hope that some of the following ideas will keep you well-occupied until the time is right!

Marin Virtual Offerings

Due to the current condition we are in right now, we have put together a list of local businesses that are offering at-home learning resources, virtual tours and other online experiences that help you shelter-in-place.  Below is just some of the offerings being offered to help us cope with being at home.

Marin Coloring Book – for Kids of All Ages

Our staff has designed a Marin County coloring book to keep us occupied during this moment of time. The coloring book has many images to choose from and for all different skill levels. Enjoy and share your finished masterpiece on your favorite social media channel and tag us at #visitmarin. We are looking forward to seeing how you interpreted our designs of Marin and we just might post your artwork on one of our social media channels. Click here to start the fun.

Movie Night – Rafael@Home  

The California Film Institute and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center are bringing programs to you while we are at home with Rafael@Home.  The Rafael programming team is curating a weekly selection of art house theatrical streaming exclusives that you will not find on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.  A portion of the revenue generated from screening these films goes directly to support their employees and essential operational costs while the theater is closed. Click here for movie list.

NatureBridge - Independent Activities for Kids

NatureBridge’s mission is to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. The following are some independent activities for your kids to enjoy.

iNaturalist: What Lives in Our Neighborhood? Adult supervision not required for middle school students. Using your smart phone, get acquainted with the organisms in your neighborhood using this popular and easy-to-use nature app. Budding photographers welcome!

Scavenger Hunts: Take your family outside for a friendly scavenger hunt of the natural world! This lesson includes various methods for hunting and requires minimal initial setup.

ColorMePhD: A coloring book of science and engineering research developed by Dr. Julie Rorrer. Printable coloring sheets and an outdoor-inspired word search from

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

They know many of their loyal fans (and amazing) cheese fans are cooped up inside right now and are searching for a little distraction. So whether you're home alone or looking for some home-schooling relief, they thought an educational farm tour, led by Nikki (Hospitality Super Star), would be the perfect solution while staying at home. Tour starts here.

For a complete list of Marin Virtual experiences click here.

Restaurants and Wineries – To Go and Delivery

We care about our restaurants in Marin County and we are committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely resource information.  The health and safety of our residents, employers, and Marin visitors are our top priority during this difficult time.  Restaurants are currently making difficult decisions to close or stay open.  Below is a list of our restaurant and winery members who are available for take-out, listed by community. All information is subject to change. Please call business ahead of time since many are not taking in-person orders.

Restaurant to-go options click here.  Winery to-go options click here.


Marin Memories on Instagram

Sheltering in place is challenging, especially when there is so much nature and beauty a short drive away. Some Marin trails and public spaces are open to those who can walk or bike to enter and practice safe social distancing. What about all the folks who can’t physically visit? We invite you to virtually share Marin memories with us on Instagram. Tag us in your stories and posts for a chance to be featured. Use the hashtag #marinmemories and take a stroll down your camera roll. We look forward to seeing where you have been.

Marin Travel Alerts and Information

The Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau is committed to providing travelers and residents with accurate and timely resource information. The health and safety of our Marin visitors and residents are our top priority during this difficult time. We are working to provide resources and updates from the County of Marin, State of California, San Francisco Travel Association and our lodging community, partners, and stakeholders. Please go to our travel alert page for the latest updates. Click here for more information.

Thank You!  – First Responders and Front-Line Workers 

We would like thank all the hard working essential Marin County workers who have been working diligently during this terrible crisis; including all healthcare workers, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency disaster staff, culinary and food bank workers, hotel staff, and front line grocery and delivery people. We owe you a debt of gratitude for your service. We appreciate you!