{510} Family Faves with Dave Room of “Pacha’s Pajamas”

Pacha's Pajamas album cover

This week, we meet local dad Dave Room, a Stanford-educated engineer who is also the co-creator (with Aaron Ableman) of an award-winning children’s pop musical and album called Pacha’s Pajamas. Dave is the father of 11-year-old Melia. The 12 songs on the album tell a story about a little girl named Pacha, who panics the night […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

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.

Christmas Tea in the Bay Area: Start a Family Tradition

The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

Pinkies out, everybody! In case you’ve never taken your little girl — or boy — to tea, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity. One of the best times to take kids for a high tea experience is during the holidays, when everybody’s feeling festive. You just might start a yearly tradition. Here are some […]

Holiday outing: Zoo Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo Lights

One alternative to driving around aimlessly in search of holiday lights on houses is to hit the jackpot of lights at the Oakland Zoo.

It’s Free! Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock

Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately.

A lot of fun at the drive-in in Concord

Drive in movies in Concord

10 thumbs up. Pile the kids into the station wagon for 6pm drive-in movie showings.

Kids breakdance classes for ages 4 + up

BBoy + BGirl Academy with Drew Looner

B-boys and B-girls (ate 5 to 14) are free to choose if they would like to perform on stage, compete in battles, or just get loose in the circles for fun. The goal is to help your child develop their confidence and style!

Discover more Berkeley parks & playgrounds with Bravo Your City microguides

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We met East Bay mom, MiSoon Burzlaff, this Summer at a beer and cheese party in downtown Berkeley. She amazed us with her visual user-sourced content publishing platform, Bravo Your City. Today, I’m happy to share her Berkeley Parks & Playgrounds guide as both a model of the cool crowd-sourced publishing process and a super handy […]

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids

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Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers half-day programs of one or two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures Location: 379 […]

Take the (Richmond) Plunge

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The Richmond Plunge just re-opened a few months ago after having been closed for almost 10 years and it’s awesome!

 

Berkeley Martial Arts classes for kids

Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts in Berkeley

Kuk Sool Won on Sacramento St in Berkeley is family-friendly martial arts beginning at age four. Try 3 classes for free before committing. Right next to Homemade Cafe.