East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure! Arts , Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | Outdoor/Eco/Skills camps | Sports camps | Language + Culture […]

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Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 
 

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

BAM/PFA Kids Club, a year-long children’s art project

Kids Club project at BAM

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is kicking off a year-long children’s art project for grade schoolers. Beginning January 29th and running through December 21st, bring your young artists to BAM for this collective art project called Kids Club. First on the agenda is a three-day workshop to create a a […]

Baby swimming at the YMCA

Swim programs for babies at the YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA offers parent/baby swim lessons as well as other open times in the warm pool to splash around with your tot. Official lessons run in eight week sessions with one morning lesson per week and cost $67 on top of full or program membership. What to expect: You and your baby over six […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2014

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 (BAICFF, cuz that’s a mouthful!) has moved to Chabot Space and Science Center this year and is called Playdate for the Imagination. Saturday, January 25 (10am – 8:30pm) Sunday, January 26 (10am – 5pm) Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes […]

Share your tips with our readers!

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Do you have a favorite class, restaurant, or East Bay destination? Did you take a roadtrip with your children that was so great you can’t NOT share? Up there, on the upper right, you can always click Submit Tip. Because lately my tip box has started to get clogged with Discount Shoes and ReallyWeirdSpam, I […]

Where do you take guests from out-of-town?

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To show off the East Bay to your friends from back home, where do you go? When I lived in San Francisco, I always drove to the top of Twin Peaks and parked so we could look down on everything. I haven’t done that in years. Sigh… We asked our hecka fine Facebook community, “Where […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

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Meet with reps from 80 preschools and other child-focused resources.

Reader tip: Got lead?

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The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department (formerly Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program) is offering up to $4,000 in grants for lead hazard and other safety repairs for pre-1978 owner-occupied and rental properties in the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland with low-income families with a pregnant woman and/or children under 6 living or […]

Ticket Alert: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue play at Bay Area Children's Theatre

Fans of the Kate DiCamillo series, Mercy Watson, will not want to miss the wild comic adventures of a charming pig living with a human family. Mercy Watson to the Rescue is coming to a stage near you. When and Where: The show plays weekends in downtown Berkeley at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from January 26 through […]

Resolution #1: Yell less at the kids

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This post is a tip from someone other than the author of this post. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living in my house, is purely coincidental. Yeah, that’s it. “Is That Me Yelling?” is a group for parents who desire more harmony at home. Join other East […]

New mom support groups in the East Bay

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The information for this post was furnished by Jennifer Subasic-Marks, a longtime parent educator and champion of new mothers. Here are some New Mom Support Group opportunities starting in January. Being a new mom is such an important and challenging time and being able to share with other women who are facing the same joys […]

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

New Years Eve for children

Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

2013 Shop local gift guide

kangaroo stitches home decor to make you happy

When you want to keep your dollars in the East Bay, where do you shop? There are so many wonderful places to shop, play, and eat in the Berkeley-Oakland area that creating a specific gift guide for East Bay families was tricky. Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, here are a few of […]