Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

I’m so excited to share the latest resource for expectant parents and baby owners in the Grand Lake neighborhood: Then Comes Baby. Sabrina Freidenfelds opened this space on Grand Avenue as a labor of love after making too many long distance drives to Albany with a screamy baby in the car (I can totally relate!). […]

Introducing The Crowden School (new sponsor)


I’ve lived across the street from The Crowden School for more than a decade, so the sight of grade school-aged children hustling up the sidewalk, carrying the telltale black cases of classical instruments, is a familiar one to me. From my living room window, I see these students playing soccer and running around during recess […]

10 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

Playing at Habitot

Parents Night Out events are fantastic excuses for a drop-off kid party hosted by a local venue in which children eat pizza, have dessert (gasp!), watch movies, and play with other kids of a similar age until way past their bedtimes. The formula varies depending on which organization is playing host. In some cases, your […]

Ticket alert for brand-new parents: Boobie-Palooza coming to Berkeley

say whatbaby

Boobie-Palooza, a baby-centric festival of speakers, pampering, entertainment, and giveaways, will take place at the Ed Roberts Campus (ASHBY BART) in Berkeley on February 22. Attendees will be able to test drive baby gear, attend a “carrier clinic”, and meet local doulas and other experts in the field of lactation and pediatrics. A children’s play […]

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 party. The schedule kept the kids so busy having fun, they really didn’t want to stop for the snack or cake breaks we had planned for. Parents pay $15 per kid, which gives you three hours of […]

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

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: science play

Big thanks to Jenny in San Francisco for this helpful guest post; she blogs at HintMama. With a toddler, the best half-day trip is one that allows me to provide a learning experience, have fun myself and get back home in time for that sacred afternoon nap. For the last year and a half, ever since my now […]

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

Young artists from Westside Studio

Thanks to Westside Art Studio for sponsoring this week. Jennifer Burke’s art classes in the Berkeley area are legendary in my community of parent friends. “Her art classes are unbelievable,” my extremely opinionated friend Sabrina once told me. She cited these classes as one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Another trusted friend, […]

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

A preschooler's guide to the 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 Gate Park is FREE. And thank God, because everything else about the visit will cost you. This is how my modern three-year old compares to prehistoric preschoolers I had high hopes for our outing to the Cal […]

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 January 24 and February 15. Three Little Birds is a modern-day Jamaican fairy tale featuring the music of Bob Marley. This new reggae children’s musical is about the unexpected adventures of timid, 11-year-old Ziggy as […]

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

What is Shuddle? Ridesharing for kids.

Thanks to Shuddle for sponsoring this week. Rides are currently $10, regardless of distance. Like you, I cannot be two places at the same time. That’s why I’m intrigued by Shuddle, which is essentially Uber for kids who are old enough to ride without car seats, but with a few important distinctions. The drivers […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?


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

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 are giving away two sets of tickets. (Scroll down to enter.) (Kids participating in a BAICFF stop-motion animation workshop) Saturday, January 24 (10 am – 7:30 pm) Sunday, January 25 (10 am – 7 pm) Build zoetropes […]

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

Oakland Museum Lunar New Year Celebration is family-friendly

As the Year of the Sheep (or Ram) approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families.   The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting […]

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

Monster Trucks in Oakland, Coliseum

For one night only, monster trucks will battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to the Coliseum. Sixteen massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action, during which, similar to professional wrestling, spectators will cheer on their favorite aggressive “personalities”. Tickets for […]

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 weekend, but today that’s not looking good. Regardless, the ski resorts and some snow play venues are open, so we’re sharing a few ideas for getting out there. Click any of the links to […]

Introducing LePort Schools {new sponsor}

LePort School - Now in Emeryville

Thanks to LePort Schools for sponsoring this week. When I saw a photo of the child-directed, hands-on enabling classroom on the LePort Montessori schools website, I fell in love. I attended a modernized one-room schoolhouse-type school for grades K-3 myself, so I have fond memories of working in small groups, using blocks for math, […]

14+ ways to volunteer with kids in the Bay Area

Urban Releaf and other volunteer opportunities for 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 simply write a check for a beloved organization, you want your kids to get involved and really pay attention to helping others. Awesome! Here are my best ideas for you. Please add more in […]