There is no doubt that kids can be creatures of habit and getting yours to try new things can be just that: trying. This is a very tough situation, as no one wants to be the parent who raised that adult who’s horrified of change. Yes, you probably know that person and if you don’t, that person is probably you. If you’re finding that expounding on variety being the spice of life is falling on deaf little ears, here’s a few great new Marin County spots to get their attention and yours.

Modern Cookie
Make, bake and take cookies and keep your own kitchen clean? Yes, please! Open Tuesdays through Sundays, this genius sweetshop offers delicious, gooey sample doughs and mix-ins inspiring you and your small bakers to get creative and brainstorm personal favorites. If the phrases chewy chocolate brownie or brown sugar oatmeal aren’t enough to get them to the car seat, other inventive possibilities include open faced s’mores and ice cream sandwiches. If it’s been a long day and tempers are waning (yours or theirs), ready-made cookies await you for speedy pick-up to get you home quickly.

25 Ward Street
Larkspur, Ca
415-891-8577
Online: moderncookiecompany.com

Mag’s Local Yogurt
If you live in Marin and parent any big fans of the build-your-own frozen yogurt phenomenon, you no longer have to cross the bridge to give the kiddos what they wish. Welcoming your taste buds and all major credit cards (rare and convenient!), this parlor is set on a commitment to fresh, local and organic ingredients that improve every body and the community as a whole. Mag’s always has a flavor of the day and it’s never a bore. From Nutella gelato to cake batter to pomegranate tart, they offer cool, inviting options for your kids to expand their palates and find a favorite food they never knew they had.

467 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, Ca
415-891-3012
On Facebook at Mag’s Yogurt.

Milk Money Children’s Consignment Boutique
Native Californians Gina and Olivia D’Adamo know that you can’t take it with you when you grow: clothing, that is. For financially frazzled parents wondering how their children’s shoes and pants can fit one week and be too small the next, this mother-daughter team comes to the fashionable rescue with recycled styles for sizes 0-14. Milk Money takes clothing, books, toys and accessories on consignment during their Wednesday through Saturday store hours, giving you a very nice 40% of the selling price. Beyond just applying your earnings back into the store, the D’Adamos suggest using the funds to help your little sprout build their savings account, have a family dinner or maintain your parental sanity with a lunch date or new pair of shoes.

40 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, Ca
415-924-2701
Online: milkmoneyca.com

Mimi the Sardine
Understanding what goes into your family and how chemicals encountered in daily modern life effect those precious bodies, is a task that can seem at best daunting and at worst, horrifying. Using Swedish cutting edge green textiles technology, Pia Andersson has opened Mimi the Sardine with your health, welfare and fashion in her heart. Knowing that messes and spills are an inevitable fact of families and life in general, this innovative, thoughtful business has nixed nasty PVC and vinyl product coatings, pioneering instead organic cotton items coated in high quality non-toxic eco-acrylic. Peruse their selection of  bibs, tablecloths, lunch boxes, backpacks and more, and visit the website to learn more about their mission.

305 Montecito Avenue Suite A
Corte Madera, Ca
415-924-9229
Online: mimithesardine.com

Playland Corte Madera
If you’re among those disappointed that the Discovery Museum is closed on Monday, or you just have a great, insatiable fondness for bouncy houses (who doesn’t!), Sausalito favorite PlayLand has opened a second location on Mondays in the Corte Madera Recreational Center. Yes, bouncy houses…plus slides, tumbling mats, spots for parents to supervise from a distance and relax, and balloons for everybody!

498 Tamalpais Drive
Corte Madera, Ca
415-927-5072
Online: playland.com

–Genna McGahee