Local authors: New cookbook by Erin Scott

I received a copy of Yummy Supper in the mail from local author/photographer Erin Scott, and it's a delight to look at. The … {more}

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Big thanks to El Cerrito mom of two, Wendy Copley, for sharing her family's adventures aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda. … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 23 + 24)

  It's the last weekend (for most) before school picks up again, hopefully one of these events will let you end your … {more}

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

If you follow the path of the Tilden Park Steam Trains down the hill past the engine, you will be rewarded with a treasure … {more}


Fall Ball: A taste of Little League

Albany Little League's Fall Ball program allows kids to play baseball in a class-style format instead of on a team. For … {more}

New Studio Grow in Alameda

Studio Grow Alameda: indoor toddler playspace at the mall

The view from the front desk to the back corner loft. Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and … {more}

Free online parenting classes

Mommybites offers online and phone-based parenting help

We've partnered with Mommybites, an organizer of short, one-session parenting classes on topics ranging from potty training … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 16 + 17)

Montclair is hosting an outdoor movie night. See "Back to the Future" under the stars. Don't forget your blankets. Shop the … {more}


Behind the scenes at Good Eggs

Last week we popped over to Good Eggs in San Francisco to get to know that business a little better. I think Heather's inner … {more}


Save the date: Free bowling

We are an early rising family, so on the first day of summer, by 10 am, my children and I had already registered for Kids … {more}


Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

Registration is open for The Bay Area Children's Theatre Youth Education Program, AKA YEP! fall semester musical performing … {more}


Backpack picks for a new school year

this post contains affiliate links. When I started to write this post, deal-of-the-day site Zulily had a bunch of … {more}

Join the 510 families GemShare community to share recommendations

Use GemShare to exchange recommendations with those you trust

Gemshare sponsored this post, but we're really using it as described below. Read on. The iOS (and soon-to-be Android) app … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 9 + 10)

Doughnut Dolly just opened a new location in West Berkeley. Made to order doughnuts from the sweetest gal? We'll take two … {more}


Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign … {more}

Kids flying alone on Southwest Airlines

Unaccompanied minors in the air

My children, 7 and 9, flew Southwest to Los Angeles yesterday without a chaperone. Here's how it works: My mom, the … {more}


The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. … {more}

Everyday Bento (cookbook)

Win a copy of Everyday Bento!

Local author and blogger, Wendy Copley, wrote and photographed my children's current favorite book: Everyday Bento: 50 Cute … {more}


Vacation Inspiration: Renting an RV

"Whatever this vacation cost," said my husband, who had almost nothing to do with the itinerary and reservations, "it was … {more}

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Oakland Art & Soul festival this weekend

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland this weekend with live music, … {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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