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 […]

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna County Park’s serene and beautiful location in a redwood forest, close proximity to local towns, and lots of kid-friendly activities make it one […]

Berkeley Playhouse run of Avenue Q includes a kid-friendly experience

Berkeley Playhouse - Kids Program

Berkeley Playhouse is presenting the R-rated Broadway show, Avenue Q, from September 17 to October 11. The show’s theme is the transition to adulthood and the realization that the real world is different from the simplified version of life that we all learned about from children’s television programming. While the show features adult language, sexual […]

Santa Cruz guide for kids who love trains

Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz is awesome for Bay Area train lovers

Our guest writer is Karen, mom to one train-obsessed three-year old in San Francisco (among her many other talents). Do you have a small person in your house who can’t get enough of Thomas, Chuggington, and every other chugging choo choo out there? I do, and we recently spent a train-themed weekend in Santa Cruz. […]

25 things to do with kids in Rockridge

Rockridge Oakland

We’re so happy to share this guide for parents of fun things to do in the family-friendly Oakland neighborhoods of Rockridge and Temescal sponsored by Grubb & Co. Realty. If after browsing this list, you need more guidance in Rockridge, contact GRUBB Co. or realtor Hope Broderick. BART. Take the BART anywhere!  One of our […]

Where do you swim in the East Bay?

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

  Since we’ve started this website, some of our favorite pools, lakes, lagoons, and beaches have closed, but luckily, new options have opened too. Here are ten pools to get wet in the East Bay. Where do you swim? Favorite Outdoor Pools (open seasonally) El Cerrito Pool – A shallow area with an active fountain makes […]

Crab Cove in Alameda for little explorers

The view from Crab Cove Alameda

I was a lucky chaperone on a field trip to Alameda’s Crab Cove with a class of curious kindergartners.  I learned about marine mammals (native critters), estuaries (fresh water + ocean water), and how often snacks and hugs are required to keep our energy up (lots!). What’s so special about Crab Cove? The Crab Cove […]

Plank offers family-friendly entertainment during non-peak hours

Plank: Bowling Alley in Jack London Square

Plank, a bowling-alley-meets-gastropub-meets-entertainment-center in Jack London Square, is home to a state-of-the-art arcade with a hipster Oakland vibe. Reclaimed wood and modern fixtures, along with a woodfire pizza oven that’s visible from the waiting area make it inviting, while an outdoor bocce ball court set in the upscale marina that is now Jack London Square […]

What to expect at Pedalfest 2015

pedalfest

Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 25th from 11am to 7pm. In collaboration with Bike East Bay, enjoy dare devil stunts, pedal-powered food, a cycle-powered music, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and an amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built […]

Waterworld: A mega waterpark in Concord (with discount link)

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

For my daughter’s eighth birthday, we took her and three of her friends, plus my 10-year old son, to Waterworld California, the largest waterpark in the Bay Area, which is in Concord, about 30 minutes east of Berkeley. We were wowed by the large-scale slides, including types I had never seen before. photo courtesy Waterworld […]