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East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide

Are you planning a child's party? Let us help. Click on a category below to browse listings. Indoor birthday party … {more}


Birthday party venue: Playland Not-At-The-Beach

Playland Not-At-The-Beach, a "Museum of Fun" in El Cerrito, was the perfect venue for my son's 10th birthday … {more}

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: science play

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: a super half-day trip with a toddler

Big thanks to Jenny in San Francisco for this helpful guest post; she blogs at HintMama. With a toddler, the best half-day … {more}

Young artists from Westside Studio

Westside Art Studio has classes, workshops, and camps for young artists

Thanks to Westside Art Studio for sponsoring this week. Jennifer Burke’s art classes in the Berkeley area … {more}


Weekend Planner (Jan 24 + 25)

It's going to be snowing on Treasure Island this weekend!  20 tons to be exact. Bring your gloves for some snowman making … {more}

A preschooler's guide to the Cal Academy of Sciences

A three-year old’s guide to Cal Academy of Sciences

Good news: your three-year old's admission to the glorious newish California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden … {more}


Ticket Alert: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds by Bay Area Children’s Theater

Tickets are on sale now for Three Little Birds, presented by Bay Area Children's Theater at Freight and Salvage between … {more}

What is Shuddle? Ridesharing for kids.

Shuddle: The service for parents who cannot be two places at once (Sponsored)

Thanks to Shuddle for sponsoring this week. Rides are currently $10, regardless of distance. Like you, … {more}

Oakland A's

Reader tip: Time to book your group for A’s tickets

If you want to book an Oakland A’s outing for your moms group, preschool, school, team, or large gaggle of friends, the time … {more}


What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

If you are still looking for that perfect-fit preschool that's the right philosophy, near your house, that you can actually … {more}


MLK Weekend Planner (Jan 17 – 19)

Hooray for a long weekend! Kick it off with one of our top weekend picks: Test your luck at Golden Gate Fields - ONE … {more}


Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (Giveaway!)

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2015 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and we … {more}

Oakland Museum Lunar New Year Celebration is family-friendly

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

As the Year of the Sheep (or Ram) approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. … {more}

Monster Trucks in Oakland, Coliseum

Ticket Alert: Monster Jam brings monster truck action to the Coliseum

For one night only, monster trucks will battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as … {more}


Where to take kids to experience the snow

When I checked on Saturday, the weather report claimed that snow would fall in Tahoe over Martin Luther King Jr's birthday … {more}

LePort School - Now in Emeryville

Introducing LePort Schools {new sponsor}

Thanks to LePort Schools for sponsoring this week. When I saw a photo of the child-directed, hands-on … {more}

Urban Releaf and other volunteer opportunities for kids in the Bay Area

14+ ways to volunteer with kids in the Bay Area

A lot of you have been asking about hands-on volunteer opportunities that you can do with your children. You don't want to … {more}


Weekend Planner (Jan 10 + 11)

Laugh along as comedian AND magician Robert Strong amazes you with his talents. Get up close and personal with a Venus Fly … {more}

Inside a LEGOLAND Hotel room

The LEGOLAND Hotel: Is it worth it?

Every family has a different approach to vacations, so it's hard to put a stake in the ground and tell you if something is … {more}


Reader Tip: Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble

Ragged Wing Youth Theater Ensemble, a devised theater group for middle and high school students in downtown Oakland. Youth … {more}


Amtrak Adventure to Sacramento’s Railroad Museum

I don't know about you, but we've exhausted our list of train attractions around the Bay, so we've started venturing out a … {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