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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}

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}

How to make the morning run more smoothly

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}

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven't yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons … {more}

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Our trip to Disneyland

I'm just back from our first ever visit to Disneyland, and we had a blast. While my children loved the haul of a bag full of … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Oct 4 + 5)

It's October! Get your pumpkins at one of our favorite East Bay pumpkin patches. Fall festivals are in full swing. Find … {more}

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East Bay favorites from a Berkeley Girl Scout troop

A troop of soon-to-be Brownies in Berkeley are the co-authors of this post.  At a September meeting , the second graders were … {more}

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Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all … {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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