Berkeley Park Profile: Aquatic (Dreamland)

Berkeley Dreamland Playground at Aquatic Park

When I first started hearing something about a Berkeley “aquatic” park, I pictured a swimming pool or a sprinkler pad. To add to my initial confusion, it took me a while to realize I had already been there (and no, there are no sprinklers or pool) and knew this park to be Dreamland! Now that […]

Weekend Planner (August 24 + 25)


Just beyond the Caldecott Tunnel is a gem of a park – join other moms there for a stroll! (Paved, 2.8-mile loop.) And in the other direction, you can meet Curious George at the SF Zoo! (Bonus if you’re an Oakland Zoo member – admission discount for you.) Meet children’s author Marcia Goldman at Habitot […]

Weekend Planner (August 17 + 18)

berkeley public library

Find some quality play time with your little one at Studio Grow – be there in the morning for a bustling, busy time with parachutes, story and music… or arrive later in the day for a quieter play experience. Play with Legos with other Lego enthusiasts Friday afternoon (at Lakeview and W. Oakland library branches). […]

Weekend Planner (August 10 + 11)

camp galileo

Pack a lunch and some hiking shoes to hit up the beautiful Joaquin Miller Park with other moms on Friday. Your day need not conclude with dinner at home when there are food trucks about! Check out Bites Off Broadway Friday night. Another exciting Friday family night could bring you to Richmond: a free summer concert […]

Weekend Planner (August 3 + 4)

art and soul festival

It’s never too late to start some restorative, postnatal yoga! (That’s what I keep telling myself anyway…) Ongoing on Fridays. Watch kids take the stage at Berkeley Playhouse, performing Starmites. (Last chance 7pm Friday.) The Lorax is scheduled to air in the open air at Redwood Heights Friday night – bring warm clothes and blankets. […]

Weekend Planner (July 27 + 28)

Berkeley Kite Festival

For some adventure, hop onto BART, head to Yerba Buena Gardens and check out the Red Panda Acrobats on Friday! Friday evenings are family-friendly food trucks time – it doesn’t last all year, so make a summer memory with delicious bites. The skies above Cesar Chavez park will be bursting with color this weekend – […]

Weekend Planner (July 13 + 14)

insect discovery lab

Rancho Laguna Park is your destination for a moderate hike with other east bay moms on Friday morning. Bring home a hand-shaped fishie in a bowl via OPL’s Crafty Fridays series. Nothing says summer more than an outdoor, festive concert series. (Head to Point Richmond Friday night for that one!) Redwood Heights will be bustling […]

Weekend Planner (July 6 + 7)

Memorial Park Albany

It’s the last weekend for the “largest, single event in Alameda County.” (That would be the county fair, of course – it’s on until Sunday.) If you haven’t tried a group hike, step out of your comfort zone with this 90-minute moderate, fire-trail hike Friday morning. There will be singing… and butter-making! The move obvious […]

Weekend Planner (June 29 + 30)

hayward shoreline

Celebrate in the Castro or celebrate here in the east bay with your kiddos at Habitot (through Sunday) – Rainbow Pride art projects! Oakland hosts an annual mini festival just for kids called Play Day on the Plaza on Friday - time to check it out? Lawn seating and food means I’m there. (Or would like to […]

Weekend Planner (June 22 + 23)

habitot leaf joy

Play with a mound of legos that are not your own (to jab your unsuspecting bare foot at home…). Fold paper. Make it fly. Do so with community. Spy Kids will be playing at Friday night’s movie in the park! (This will be a late one, thank you summer solstice…) Speaking of extended daylight, what […]

Weekend Planner (June 15 + 16)

crab cove

Pay admission and voila! Three back-to-back programs to enjoy at Studio Grow. Live music and family fun are happening at Concerts at the Cove Friday evening! It will be all about bugs at UC Botanical Gardens this weekend. Bubbles. And bubbles. Need I say more. (Well okay: book give-aways too!) I’m intrigued by anything that […]

Weekend Planner (June 8 + 9)

live oak park fair

Lace up your hiking boots and head out with other moms for a hike in Joaquin Miller. Introduce your toddler to nature at the salt marsh. Story time… en español. Check out Jose Luis Orozco for a family concert at Freight & Salvage benefitting BAHIA Inc. Quiet Live Oak Park will be a lively fair […]

Weekend Planner (June 1 + 2)

ace monster toys

Balloon tricks and magic at the library! One weekend only: let your kiddos witness the roses being painted red at the Berkeley Playhouse. First weekend of the month means baby & children’s sale in Alameda AND Bank of America cardholders get in free to museums. Join other parents for story time at the park. (What […]

Weekend Planner (May 25, 26 + 27)

sticky art lab

Join in the food truck fun where kiddos are encouraged to attend! The Sticky Art Lab will turn into a science experiment this weekend. Do a family movie at The New Parkway. Italian Immersion or African Dance? So much to choose from around here. Tour the elephant barn. Is your child as thrilled as mine […]

Weekend Planner (May 18+19)


Our event calendar is full of ideas for outings, but here are our top ten picks from Friday through Sunday this weekend. A full morning of activities for your energetic tot at Studio Grow! The songs are catchy. The dance numbers are classic. The movie is long, but entertaining. Watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at […]

Weekend Planner (May 11 + 12)

Fairyland wishing well

Golden Gate views and a brisk walk? Yes please. Do science experiments at the art lab. Catch Charlotte’s Web at The New Parkway (Friday at 4pm OR Saturday at 12:30pm) Spark your child’s imagination by dropping in for creative movement at Wonder Dance. Spanish story time for everyone, regardless of Spanish know-how. It’s Garden Weekend at […]

Weekend Planner (May 4 + 5)


So maybe it’s not as cool as ‘First Friday,’ but you can probably get some great deals out at first-Saturday flea market in Alameda. You’ll never have so much fun learning (or practicing) a language with your tot! (This one is Italian.) There’s some tough pizza competition in town, but nothing compares to student garden-grown […]