The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

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Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. Not that you need an excuse to let someone else make you dinner, but it sounds like a terrific solution for busy families with little ones. The Public Market in Emeryville has been somewhat recently remodeled. They […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Neighborhood favorite: Paisan

After about two years of delay, I am so pleased to see another fantastic restaurant in SW Berkeley. Paisan is a high-end pizzeria with the welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood joint.

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.

{510} Family Faves from This is Oakland

{510} Family Faves from creator of This is Oakland

We are excited to tell you that This is Oakland — a gorgeous loveletter of a book to our East Bay metropolis — is now available for purchase. We want to thank co-creator Melissa Davis for sharing her favorites with us today. Melissa lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three-year-old son, and runs […]

When to go to the Alameda County Fair

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles. I took my children on opening day which was the smartest move I could have made, because admission for all three of us was three […]

Studio Grow summer deal and new location, Alameda

New Studio Grow in Alameda

Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and preschoolers, opens a new location Tuesday, June 17 at Alameda’s South Shore Center. Like the Berkeley location, Alameda’s Studio Grow will offer free play and exploration with age-appropriate materials in an inviting setting as well as structured storytime, music time and parachute time where children […]

Tips for raising a reader

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Two of my children are pretty avid readers so I want to share a few of the things we are doing (right, wrong, and otherwise) along with some professional tips. We do allow video games but we make time for reading books and magazines, too. Here’s some stuff we do that seems to work: Read every […]