Reader tip: Spring baseball sign-ups right now

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North Oakland/ South Oakland Little League (AKA NOLL/SOLL, which includes Berkeley south of Virginia) registration is now open for all divisions, ages 5 through 14, on the NOLL/SOLL website. El Cerrito Youth Baseball accepts players regardless of location; register now on the ECYB website; fees increase on December 1. Batter up!

New kid on the block: Farm Burger Berkeley

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Farm Burger on Gilman is serving up grass-fed beef and tasty side dishes with a kids’ play zone all for a decent price. We LOVED Farm Burger, here’s why: Beyond kid-friendly – Play area with chalk, kitchen set, blocks, and more. My three-year-old didn’t want to leave, my 6-month old crawled around too. Crayons at tables, […]

Preschool Frolic at Aurora School looks like fun!

Science and art fest for preschoolers

Coming soon, Aurora School, will open its doors to young children for a frolicking good time. East Bay preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an art- and science-filled celebration of trees. The day’s events include apple tasting, leaf rubbing, and community tree art with a helping of healthy snacks and an obstacle course […]

Oakland Zoo membership: is it worth it?

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How many times do I need to go to the zoo to break even? Is it a good deal if my kids are toddlers or babies? Let’s break it down.

Ticket Alert: Mary Poppins the Musical

Mary Poppins musical coming to San Francisco

Tickets are on sale now for Mary Poppins, the Berkeley Playhouse production of the iconic musical. Mary Poppins features two alternating youth casts trained in The Berkeley Playhouse School of Musical Theater. My mom took my children to this show in Los Angeles and they talked about it for months. At age 5, it was my […]

Our Very Own Polar Express: Niles Canyon Train of Lights

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Even if you don’t currently reside with a pint-sized train enthusiast, you will want to check out this wonderful holiday adventure right here in the East Bay.

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering. So, what else is going on? Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on […]

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! […]

East Bay favorites from a Berkeley Girl Scout troop

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A troop of soon-to-be Brownies in Berkeley are the co-authors of this post.  At a September meeting , the second graders were asked to recommend a fun place to go with kids in the East Bay. They wrote their responses on index cards and submitted them to us to publish. +++ Genki is my favorite […]

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $12 per visit per child. We’ll have more details in the coming week, […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

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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

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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 […]

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…