Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Save $15 on the Berkeley Half Marathon

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because you can do both. The Berkeley Half Marathon is supporting the Berkeley Public Schools as its charity for the second year in a row. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already, so this might be a […]

Reader tip: Turn candy into CASH!

Turn Halloween candy into cash

I received this tip from a local dentist, Total Health Dental Care, that turns Halloween candy into money. This program can line your kid’s pockets or kickstart a PTA-fundraising drive with a little (ok, a LOT of) coordination. Those of you with kids know that this time of year brings a ton of unwanted candy […]

Sparky the Firedog app prepares kids for fire safety

Smoky the Firedog safety app for kids

This post is sponsored today by SparkySchoolhouse. Invariably, when the smoke alarm goes off in my house, I’m cooking dinner and my sons are watching television. They usually wave it off. That’s not okay. Each time — while I’m simultaneously pushing a button on the ceiling; opening all the windows and doors; and tending to […]

WIN tickets to Mini Maker Faire!

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2014

Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. Win a family pack (2 adults & 3 children) of tickets to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire coming to Oakland this month. Each year, this fantastic showcase of maker culture and DIY projects just keeps getting better. The team is busy working on the day of schedule but […]

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Our trip to Disneyland

The Frozen float is now at 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 chocolate candy one month early at Mickey’s Halloween party, most of our fun happened outside the space of the party (which I recommend for much older kids or adults). […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

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International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all types, you can proudly carpool, walk, ride the bus, bike, scooter. Be on the lookout for “walking school buses”, groups of children and parents meeting up to walk to school together. My sons typically walk to […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Dinner on the table: Eat24 restaurant food delivery

EAT24 provides free online ordering for restaurant delivery in the East Bay

One of the food delivery services that my family uses on a regular basis is Eat24. It certainly helps to get their cheeky email with a coupon every Friday just as we’re figuring out how to stretch 2 hot dogs and 3 buns into a satisfying meal for our family of 5. We most often […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patch girl

Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.

Get messy at Berkeley’s Sticky Art Lab

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Ignite your creative spark with some messy art projects at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley…

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

A Three-year old’s guide to the Exploratorium

The 3-year olds guide to the Exploratorium #preschoolers #toddlers #sanfrancisco

My three-year old loved the monochromatic room I am very proud to present the first in our long series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you  have an opinionated three-year old? If so, I’d love for you to add to the body of knowledge available to other parents. So here […]

Cool new parenting products from Bay Area companies

Milkcharm Baby Bottle Organizer #bayarea

Whitney and I just returned from a whirlwind 44-hour trip to Las Vegas for the ABC Kids Expo of the whole world of juvenile products in one place. I’m sure it wasn’t really the WHOLE WIDE WORLD but with thousands of exhibitors spread out over two floors, it was pretty expansive. We were very happy to […]

Ticket Alert: Ivy + Bean and Disney on Ice

Ivy Bean Musical

Ivy + Bean are coming back for another run in Berkeley. Bay Area Children’s Theatre is repeating the popular musical performance based on (Berkeley parent) Annie Barrows‘ New York Times best-selling book series by the same title. Shows begin September 28, 2014. All performances will be at the Osher Studio in Berkeley. If you missed the fun […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Aqua Adventure in Fremont

This is my backyard on Summer. Last week, I was thrilled to deposit my three children back-to-school. Though we had a wonderful summer, all good things must come to an end. Whitney suggested that we share with you some of the successes (and maybe failures) from our own bucket lists. Here are some of the […]