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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. 
 

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 […]

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

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 […]

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2013

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If you’ve got a real Santa enthusiast in your family, you might want to know where else to find the Bearded One. Here are a few opportunities. We’ll update this list throughout the month. Santa on Solano (Berkeley/Albany) Free photo with Santa as well as snacks and live entertainment from 12-4 on December 14th and […]

A lot of fun at the drive-in in Concord

Drive in movies in Concord

10 thumbs up. Pile the kids into the station wagon for 6pm drive-in movie showings.

Dollar day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar days at Golden Gate Fields returns this Sunday. Horse racing for the pre-K set? Sure, why not? It’s only a buck or two…

3 super day trips with a one-year old

CuriOdyssey in San Mateo offers hands-on fun for very little ones

We are happy to introduce you to Jennifer Saranow Schultz (AKA Hintmama), the San Francisco parent to Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Jenny offers a few local picks for young toddlers here and on Rookie Moms. What is your favorite discovery you want to tell every new-in-town […]

Take the (Richmond) Plunge

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The Richmond Plunge just re-opened a few months ago after having been closed for almost 10 years and it’s awesome!

 

Treat yourself to yoga + tea (with childcare!) at Bloom Retreat

Bloom retreat in Walnut Creek for busy moms

The sign says it all: Where Busy Moms Find Balance. I wrote about my lovely day trip to Bloom Retreat on my personal blog but here’s what you need to know to plan your own visit. What is it? Bloom is a yoga and wellness center for mothers in Walnut Creek offering yoga, prenatal yoga, kids […]

Not-too scary Halloween outings for little kids

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Darkness, blood, masks, and startling noises are the best parts of Halloween for big kids and the worst for little ones. Here are some outings that promise to be scream-free in honor of the holiday. Colusa Circle’s Halloween Celebration on Sunday, October 27. A pet costume contest, and animal show, face painting, and more. Local […]

East Bay baby class: Tum e Time

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Thanks to Liz Jobst for her guest post about Tum e Time today! Since my birth class turned itself into a Mom’s Group after all our babies were born, I decided not to enroll in a fee-based Mom’s Group and instead spend money on some baby classes. As a kinesthetic learner I wanted expert advice […]

Lose yourself at IKEA

Lose yourself at Emeryville's IKEA

The Emeryville monster store, Ikea, is a colorful and fascinating place for a child (just make sure you don’t have too much on your shopping list!). Take advantage of the little-known family parking lot past the big parking structure and back toward the store.

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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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 […]

Berkeley park profile: San Pablo Park

San Pablo Park totlot in Berkeley

San Pablo Park is Berkeley’s oldest park and has many amenities.