Field trip to the hills and tunnels of Black Diamond Mines

Exploring the Black Diamond Mines, photo by Annie Burke

Thank you to Annie Burke sharing her terrific tips for exploring Black Diamond Mines with kids in tow.   There’s something cool about exploring an old mine and an old town. It’s kinda sorta like a ghost town, but not as spooky. There is a beautiful cemetery up on the hill which is fun to […]

Berkeley Kite Festival 2015

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 25 and 26th. 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 […]

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 […]

Love Our Neighborhood Day (2015)

#EastBayOpenStreets #LoveOurHood

Another terrific East Bay Open Streets event is coming to the {510}. North Oakland/Golden Gate and Southwest Berkeley will be rolling out the welcome mat for a big crowd on Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 2nd Annual Love Our Neighborhood Day is shaping up to be an amazing day in […]

Parent, Baby, and Toddler Classes at Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Then Comes Baby, the resource and lounge for new parents in Oakland, is home base for a bunch of classes that are starting up soon. We thought we’d share some highlights. New parent classes First Connections: Moms Circle begins May 27 for a 6-week session meeting Wednesdays at 10:30 am New Beginnings: Second Time Moms Group […]

Parents’ Guide to Oakland’s Jack London Square

Family movies at Jack London Square: waterfront flicks

Oakland’s Warehouse District has officially transformed into a beautiful sophisticated bustling waterfront with great restaurants, wineries and coffee roasters. Move over San Francisco Embarcadero! Jack London Square (AKA JLS) has become a great place to bring the kids any day of the week for fun and sight-seeing. Where to play for play dates and date nights Jack […]

Does your preschool teacher deserve an award?

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Berkeley’s children’s museum, Habitot, is accepting nominations for their annual Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Awards. The teachers and childcare workers who win will receive a 2015 award, gift certificates, prizes and much-deserved recognition at an awards ceremony in late September. The nomination period is now open and the deadline is June 5, 2015. Classroom parents, […]

Berkeley Family Bike Fest & Family Cycling Rodeo

Get your kid riding

My favorite kid-friendly bike event is happening this weekend at Malcolm X school in Berkeley, and everyone’s invited. Parents can trade in too-small bikes for just right bikes at the swap. There will be bike decorating stations, screen print tees for sale (with Sticky Art Lab), and bike-powered entertainment of all kinds! Because the playground is […]