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.

Fall Ball: A taste of Little League

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Albany Little League’s Fall Ball program allows kids to play baseball in a class-style format instead of on a team. For first-timers, er, I mean rookies, this is a great way to try the sport without the intense commitment that a Spring season of Little League requires. Kids must be seven by April 30, 2015 […]

Save the date: Free bowling

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We are an early rising family, so on the first day of summer, by 10 am, my children and I had already registered for Kids Bowl Free and bowled a game. The bowling alley opens at 9 am, and is pretty quiet at that time. An hour later, it starts filling with serious bowlers and […]

Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

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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. […]

Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

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As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign called me down an alley. Oh, yes! I enjoyed the “Naughty Mexican” (combo of “Naughty Cream” and “Mexican Chocolate”) oozed into a freshly-baked doughnut. I highly recommend for a treat if you’re in Temescal. […]

Unaccompanied minors in the air

Kids flying alone on Southwest Airlines

My children, 7 and 9, flew Southwest to Los Angeles yesterday without a chaperone. Here’s how it works: My mom, the person on the receiving end of my most valuable air mail ever, purchased the tickets over the phone. It costs a non-refundable $50 per child per ticket ($100 round trip each) in addition to […]

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 […]

What to expect at Pedalfest

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Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 26th 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fentons is having a birthday party & you’re invited

Happy Birthday to Oakland's Fenton's Creamery

  Oakland’s own Fentons Creamery is celebrating 120 years of serving up ice cream sundaes with a big old ice cream social including crafts, BBQ, 4-H animals, and — of course — plenty of ice cream. WHERE: 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 WHEN: From 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, July 20th (which is also National Ice Cream Day!) WHAT: Fentons […]

El Cerrito Gem: Blake Garden

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I’ve lived in El Cerrito on and off for the last twelve years and despite it being a six minute drive from my house, I only heard about Blake Garden a few weeks ago. The garden is a teaching and research lab for the UC Berkeley school of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design but it […]

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 […]

Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}

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One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of a birthday party worth $168. Located in the South Shore Center in Alameda, Color Me Mine is a pottery painting studio that brings creative fun to kids, with no mess for parents. […]

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 […]