East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure! Arts , Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | Outdoor/Eco/Skills camps | Sports camps | Language + Culture […]

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 
 

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

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As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting kid-friendly show has […]

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2014

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 (BAICFF, cuz that’s a mouthful!) has moved to Chabot Space and Science Center this year and is called Playdate for the Imagination. Saturday, January 25 (10am – 8:30pm) Sunday, January 26 (10am – 5pm) Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes […]

Bay Area Children’s Theatre GIVEAWAY: Mercy Watson

Mercy Watson: The Play

Get yourself familiar with the children’s book series Mercy Watson and then enter our giveaway below for tickets to the opening weekend show in Berkeley. Mercy Watson to the Rescue begins its run on January 26th. (Browse the books on Amazon.) a Rafflecopter giveaway This show is appropriate for children 4 and up. More info […]

Field Trip: Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek

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At three different “Petting Circle” time slots each day, children can hold bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, or rats at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Tired of library circle times? Maybe an animal circle time is worth the drive. (Parking is easy and free!) At this rescue facility for regional wildlife, animal keepers are […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

Preschoolers

Meet with reps from 80 preschools and other child-focused resources.

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.

Ticket Alert: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue play at Bay Area Children's Theatre

Fans of the Kate DiCamillo series, Mercy Watson, will not want to miss the wild comic adventures of a charming pig living with a human family. Mercy Watson to the Rescue is coming to a stage near you. When and Where: The show plays weekends in downtown Berkeley at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from January 26 through […]

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

Get creative at MOCHA in Oakland

Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, MOCHA

I explored the new Museum of Children’s Art, AKA MOCHA, in Oakland the other day and want to share the who, what, where of the new space so other East Bay families can enjoy. WHO is MOCHA best for? Children 18 months and up are welcome to come and create during open studio hours open […]

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip

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Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

New Years Eve for children

Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.

Disneyland tips for holiday visitors

Jedi Training and other non-ride favorite features of Disneyland

During Thanksgiving week, my husband and I took our son to Disneyland, and it was as magical as only Disneyland at Christmastime can be. But we are a family of four, which brings me right to the first bit of info I want to share: My daughter opted out of our special day. “WHAT?!” That’s […]

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.