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 […]

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! […]

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).

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

1920s Bungalow Dining Room

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but I’d take a guess that there’s some daily frustration behind almost every door through which children must exit with shoes on their feet and lunchboxes in their hands. The thing that frustrates me the […]

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 […]

Free admission days at the Exploratorium

Exploratorium with Kids

A family of four entering San Francisco’s Exploratorium can cost $96 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so putting their free admission days on your calendar is a wise move. The first one is Latino Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería on Sunday, September 28, 2014. All are welcome, but the Exploratorium […]

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.

Kid-Friendly Jewish Holiday Celebrations

Apples and honey for the Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 24 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 26; Yom Kippur 2014 begins in the evening of Friday, October 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, October 4. Are you ready? We solicited the help of some of our good Jewish friends to bring […]

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 […]

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 […]

Half-day trip: Fremont’s Central Park

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If you haven’t spent time in Fremont, you might not be aware that it is home to a 450-acre park with an enormous lake in the middle of it. Not only does Central Park offer tons of space to run and play, picnic, and exercise, there is a unique playground unlike any I’ve seen. The […]

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 […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

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This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Each Sunday between Memorial Day and the end of September, the Golden Gate Live Steamers open their tracks to the public for rides. It’s super fun.