Silliman Aquatic Center is a crazy fun indoor water park

Silliman Aquatic Center in Newark

The Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center is one large building including the Silliman Family Aquatic Center and a more basic gym called the Silliman Activity Center. I’m reporting on my family of five’s adventure to the aquatic center. Wow. No matter the weather, it is 72 degrees in Newark’s 32,000 square foot Indoor Silliman Water Park. […]

Three-year old’s guide to Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a guide for three-year olds by a three-year old

I am very happy to present this cheat sheet for Lindsay Wildlife Museum for preschoolers, as part of our continuing in our series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you have an opinionated three-year old? If so, I’d love for you to add to the body of knowledge available to other parents. Just […]

Go outside with kids, really outside

Take kids all the way outside in the Bay Area

Feeling quite tired of playgrounds (I hear you!), Berkeley mom of two Annie Burke started taking her family and friends out to some less-traveled parks in the East Bay Regional Park District in 2009. Since then, her community Outside Kids has grown to over 100 families who go outside – really outside – to explore, […]

Brentwood farms fruit picking, tips for families

Cherry harvest in Brentwood

Monday, I drove four boys out to Brentwood to go fruit-picking. I was vague in my promises — berries, cherries, apricots, or whatever they have. You like blackberries? Olallieberries? Maybe them too! — and thank goodness because everything was closed. Boohoo. I met Tino at Bacchini’s Fruit Tree, a family operated Picked and U-Pick fruit stand in […]