“I’m Going to Disneyland” — Creator Faire Volunteers are our Champions

Ever since the 1987 Super Bowl ad linking championship sports teams to Disneyland visits, a trip to the popular theme park has been a popular way to celebrate a victory while escaping the everyday.


Thanks to the generosity of the Disney parks, some of the January 26, 2019 Creator Faire volunteers get the same privilege.

Each year, Disney Parks celebrates family volunteering by awarding one-day passes to select nonprofits. What better way to give away four (more or less depending on your immediate family size) of these Parkhopper tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure — and show our deep gratitude — than to draw a name from the list of nearly 100 incredible Creator Faire volunteers?

Volunteers are vital to this extraordinarily complex annual community event! They help with everything from organizing stations of their own to setting up the many rooms of equipment, from guiding students through the activities to cooking delicious food that feeds their busy brains, to cleaning it all up at the end.

Creator Faire Volunteers

By our quick calculations, the 2018 event took more than 65 parent (and grandparent) volunteers to pull off — plus the patience and commitment of dozens of their children before, during, and even after the event during an all-hands-on-deck cleanup.

Creator Faire Volunteer

Last year, Matt Weekley was the lucky winner.

Who will join Super Bowl champs, Miss America, Santa Claus, and Bruce Springsteen in exclaiming “I’m going to Disneyland!” in January 2019?

Sign up to volunteer HERE!!!

Only the BEST Play-Dough Recipe used for the Creator Faire + Enter to win a FREE Ticket

It’s really fun to mix a few simple ingredients together and then watch them transform into something completely different! 

There are a ton of different yet similar homemade play-dough recipes online but after testing several over the past 5 years, my son and I both prefer this recipe best. 

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of boiling water 
  • food coloring (optional)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large bowl
  • Add food coloring to the boiling water, stir and add to the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it become a sticky dough
  • Allow to cool slightly before taking it out of the bowl and vigorously knead the mixture until all the stickiness is gone
  • Add more flour if necessary 

Many parents worry about the mystery ingredients often found in store bought play-dough but as you can see above, this recipe uses only “put everything in my mouth phase” friendly ingredients! 

Now, I don’t recommend anyone actually eat this for lunch but an accidental snack won’t result in you calling poison control. 

Continue reading for a few quick tips and an opportunity to win one ticket to the January 27, 2018 Creator Faire. 

The Creator Faire is the annual hands-on exploration of the art and sciences. It’s open to the public and fun for all ages. 

Tip 1: Use the food coloring found in the baking section of many big craft stores or try the all natural food coloring made from plants and herbs found in health food stores.
Tip 2: Add the food coloring directly to the boiling water! I’ve found this creates the most even coloring and the richest hues.
Tip 3: Save yourself some money and purchase most of the ingredients, including a few air tight containers, from your local dollar-type store.

Families with children of all ages are invited to play with this play-dough in the toddler area at the Creator Faire on Saturday, January 27 from Noon – 4:00pm. 

Green, Purple and Blue homemade play-dough ready for the Creator Faire on January 27, 2018.

In the comments below or on this Facebook post, tell us which other color play-dough to make for the Faire and be automatically entered to win one ticket to attend the event and play with all the colors for free!!! 

Just like the recipe, winning a ticket is super easy!!! 

We will randomly pick and post a winner from the combine comments sections around 10:00am on Saturday, January 20, 2018. 

The winner will need to pick up the ticket on the East side of Petaluma before Friday, January 26.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook. 

Sharing this blog post or the event link is welcomed and encouraged but not necessary to win!!! 

One local’s loneliness leads to the creation of a rocky online community

Ever move to a new area or back to a previous area where you knew little to no other people? If so, then you can probably relate to Sandy and the loneliness she felt when she moved back to Petaluma, California, after a 35 year hiatus. 

She wanted to find her community and after a while, instead of waiting for it to fall into her lap, Sandy took some advice and help from a few friends and started an online page — a Facebook group, with one member. 

Little did this gardener know, that on that day, back on September 26, 2016, her little Facebook group would grow into an over 1,000 member Facebook community that would not only transform her sadness but also many, many, many others in and around Petaluma. 

On December 13, 2017, Lori shared her find on the Petaluma Rocks Facebook page, “Found in drive thru! My first! Definitely makes me happy ❤️ What a beauty”. 

Petaluma Rocks
Lori finds painted rock in Petaluma Starbucks Drive Thru

Lori, like others in the area, find happiness in the form of painted rocks, some with images and others with inspirational words or quotes, all made by volunteers varying in age and skill level, with the soul intent of spreading kindness and goodwill.


Painted Rocks
Karen shares some painted rocks with the Facebook group, Petaluma Rocks, before she hides them around the city.

Many people keep the rocks, while some choose to re-hide them for others to find. 

Often times, the rocks invite the finder to join the Facebook group, to become part of a greater purpose and to share their find with fellow “Petaluma Rockers”. 

Post to Petaluma Rocks
The back of Lori’s painted rock invites her to post a picture of her find on the Facebook page, Petaluma Rocks.

Sandy and a few other members of the Petaluma Rocks community are excited to share their time and talents at the January 27th, Creator Faire, where families will have the opportunity to paint and hide their own kindness rocks in a fun, group setting. 

However, painting, hiding and of course finding rocks, are encouraged as a fun and thoughtful family activity everyday of the year!

Family Activities



Another Local Business Gives Back!

Since 1946, Friedman’s has been a community stronghold – first in Petaluma, then throughout Northern California. They’ve made it a point of pride to establish within their own community, to get involved, stay true to their local roots and operate a family-owned and independent business with integrity.

Thanks to the generosity of this local home improvement store, the River Montessori Foundation is excited and able to purchase $100 worth of much needed supplies for the 2018 Creator Faire!

Thanks, Friedman’s! We hope to see your family on January 27.

Gold Sponsor ~ Kiwanis!!!!!

We are thrilled to thank and welcome back for the 2nd year as our top event sponsor, The Petaluma Kiwanis Club!

The Petaluma Kiwanis Club, which was chartered in 1954, focuses on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis Club and the Petaluma Kiwanis are no exception.

Each year, the Petaluma Kiwanis Club donates about $80,000 to education scholarships, community projects and non-profits organizations just like the River Montessori Foundation. They also have their own service projects and are proud sponsors of student clubs and projects at the many local schools.

By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. Kiwanis believe, when you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, GREAT things happen!

We believe this too!

The Creator Faire is about bringing the whole community together to provide our children an opportunity to experience hands-on art and sciences in a fun and safe environment.

We are thrilled to thank, partner with and welcome back, for the 2nd year in a row, the Petaluma Kiwanis Club, as the Creator Faire’s top supporter, the Gold Sponsor! 

Learn more about this fun and giving organization by visiting their website or jump right in and join one of their many meetings as an honored guest.

2018 Ticket Sales — Coming Soon!

Tickets to the January 27, 2018 Creator Faire will go on sale January 1, 2018.  You’ll be able to purchase tickets in advance or at the event.  Ticket cost is a recommended donation of $7 (per person) or $25 (per family).