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Classes for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay

  We've compiled a list of East Bay parent and tot classes throughout the Oakland and Berkeley area for babies, toddlers, … {more}

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Ticket Alert: Mary Poppins the Musical

Tickets are on sale now for Mary Poppins, the Berkeley Playhouse production of the iconic musical. Mary Poppins features two … {more}

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Our Very Own Polar Express: Niles Canyon Train of Lights

Oh, how I hate to do this Christmas-before-Halloween thing to you, but tickets are selling fast for this special holiday … {more}

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Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Oct 25 + 26)

This weekend is full of Halloween goodness. Get those costumes ready and check out one of these events: Celebrate … {more}

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East Bay family photographers: Reader’s favorites

photo: Laura Turbow We asked you guys what Bay Area family photographer you recommend for capturing your kids. Wow, was it … {more}

Free and cheap birthday party venues in the East Bay

9 Free and cheap birthday party places

I love a happy birthday party that doesn't cost a ton (like Sawyer's recent third bubble birthday party on a budget at our … {more}

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do … {more}

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Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Oct 18 + 19)

Make, build, hack, and learn at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. (Zayn's still working on his device to keep baby brothers from … {more}

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What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over … {more}

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Simple, creative Halloween costumes

Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her creative DIY Halloween costume ideas. Anna Wintour photo: … {more}

Save $15 on the Berkeley Half Marathon

Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

What's harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because you can do both. The … {more}

Turn Halloween candy into cash

Reader tip: Turn candy into CASH!

I received this tip from a local dentist, Total Health Dental Care, that turns Halloween candy into money. This program can … {more}

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{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Oct 11 + 12)

Cycle, stroll, discover, skate and play in the streets this Sunday. No cars allowed! This heat wave doesn't look to be … {more}

Smoky the Firedog safety app for kids

Sparky the Firedog app prepares kids for fire safety

This post is sponsored today by SparkySchoolhouse. Invariably, when the smoke alarm goes off in my house, I'm cooking … {more}

Ruby's Tumbling in Alameda offers drop-in daycare

Drop-in daycare at Ruby’s Tumbling in Alameda

Ruby's Tumbling, which offers gymnastics classes to children as young as new walkers (with parent participation), has a … {more}

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2014

WIN tickets to Mini Maker Faire!

Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. Win a family pack (2 adults & 3 children) of tickets to the East … {more}

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Tiny improvements from IKEA can feel huge

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series of posts about improving the first 59 minutes of the day. Last week I went to … {more}


This is our guide for parents to have more fun with their kids in the East Bay. You’ll find free and cheap activities for babies and kids in Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding areas.

Discover what you can do this weekend, where you can play, and how to find everything an East Bay family needs. Help us build this community: submit tips and make comments. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for visiting.

– Heather & Whitney, The Rookie Moms


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