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.

Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

acting-classes

Registration is open for The Bay Area Children’s Theatre Youth Education Program, AKA YEP! fall semester musical performing arts classes in September. Children under age 10 will be putting together a production of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark this Fall. Students are segmented by ages 5-6 and 7-10. Classes in Piedmont, Alameda, and Pleasanton. […]

FREE LEGO Build activities monthly in Pleasanton

Free LEGO building events at the Pleasanton Store

Worth the drive? You tell me! Join in the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton open to children ages 6 to 14 only. One free per child. Obviously quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Visit our nearest LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month […]

Free online positive parenting class

Get kids to listen without nagging

Update: This class has already occurred, but you can sign up for the next one through the same links. I have taken a free online parenting class with Amy McCready twice and each time felt refreshed with new ideas for positive discipline solutions. We have partnered with Amy’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a […]

Kids eat free Tuesdays at IKEA

ikea-dining-room

Last month I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to move […]

Coming soon: Berkeley Kite Festival

Berkeley Kite Festival in the Berkeley Marina

The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I’ve ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are Jul 26 and 27th. The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is […]

Rankin Aquatic Center, playful swimming pool in Martinez

Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez

Splash! We want to thank Becky Grigsby for scouting out Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. Becky is the Oakland mom to two, designer, crafter, runner, and blogger among other talents. Oh, and she made my Christmas ornaments this year. She gave us this report and pictures of her afternoon before and after the big bucket […]

Ticket Alert: Book now for A Day Out with Thomas

A Day Out with Thomas is coming to Felton, CA

Thomas the Tank Engine is coming near the Bay Area July 25-27 & August 1-3 to Felton’s Roaring Camp Railroads. Book tickets via Ticketweb for Roaring Camp Railroads or call 1-866-468-7630. Many sessions will sell out. Thomas is inviting you and your family to enjoy The Thrill of the Ride 2014 Day Out With Thomas […]

5 cheap and fun summer family activities in Alameda

Alameda Festival

Thanks to Leslie Harvey from Trips with Tykes for being our guest blogger today. Alameda is one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets.  My neighbors often joke that “we like it that way!”  But I love Alameda too much not to share the fun it has to offer with friends who live nearby. In […]

Day trip to the Fitzgerald Tide Pools

Fitzgerald Tidepools near Moss Beach

I want to thank Keira Armstrong for sharing her experience at the Fitzgerald Tidepools with us today. She’s the Berkeley mother of two elementary-school-aged boys. The Fitzgerald tide pools are are really accessible (only 1 hour drive from Berkeley with normal traffic), parking is easy and access to the beach is relatively easy for all […]

Little Farm has re-opened {Yay!}

Tilden Park Little Farm resident

After months of construction on the sewage lines and other un-fun but necessary improvements, we are thrilled to share the news that Little Farm and Indian Camp parking lot are fully open again! Probably our favorite family-friendly facility upgrade is the new bathroom building, but you will also notice a fully resurfaced ADA-accessible parking lot […]

Archery in Oakland with Redwood Bowmen

Redwood Bowmen archery in Oakland

Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice shooting arrows at outdoor targets. This is what she shared about her family’s experience. Redwood Bowmen is the kind of place where you can take your kid, and — if you know […]

6 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 […]

Hikes for Tykes: Exploring the regional parks

Hikes for Tykes

This guest post was provided by our contributor, Peggy.  Does your kid enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature as much as mine does? If you and your kids want to get outside for some exercise, fresh air, and maybe learn a new thing or two, I would definitely suggest checking out one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s […]

Would you like to foster kittens for a few weeks?

Foster Kitten from Oakland shelter

My family has hosted a long list of cats and kittens in our home, without committing to keeping any of them. My children love having these furry little guests; I love that their presence doesn’t last forever; and Hopalong, the Oakland shelter that works to place animals in their “forever homes”, loves that we are […]

Berkeley’s Little Farm, free and fun for all ages

Tilden's Little Farm

Do you (or your small child) have an attention span to short for the zoo? Are you prone to tantrums and meltdowns? The LIttle Farm welcomes all. And for $0.