Drop-in daycare at Ruby’s Tumbling in Alameda

Ruby's Tumbling in Alameda offers drop-in daycare

Ruby’s Tumbling, which offers gymnastics classes to children as young as new walkers (with parent participation), has a unique program that sounds like a dream for parents of preschool age children. Every Monday from 9 AM to noon, Ruby’s invites children 2 and up to stay and play on the mats and climbing equipment while […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

Dance classes for preschoolers in the East Bay

Dance Classes for Preschoolers in Oakland and Berkeley

Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) Mommy and Me classes are for 3-4 year olds and Pre-Ballet is for 4-5s. Visit website for details on times, fees, and registration details > Berkeley Ballet School (Berkeley) We Dance Together are parent/child classes for 3-4 year olds held in 10-week sessions. Pre-ballet starts at age 4. Visit website > […]

Music Together review: East Bay baby and toddler class (Part 2)

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As promised at the beginning of our Summer Semester of Music Together, I am back to report on my experience with the entire program. [Full disclaimer; I did not attend 2 of the 6 classes as I had an appendectomy in late July. Fortunately Henry’s dad, John, was able to attend those sessions I missed and […]

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.

Studio Grow Alameda: indoor toddler playspace at the mall

New Studio Grow in Alameda

The view from the front desk to the back corner loft. Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and preschoolers, opened a new location in June 1024 at Alameda’s South Shore Center. I spent some time searching for a big building similar to the Berkeley original, but it’s a mini by comparison. To […]

Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

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Registration is open for The Bay Area Children’s Theatre Youth Education Program, AKA YEP! fall semester musical performing arts classes in September. Children under age 10 will be putting together a production of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark this Fall. Students are segmented by ages 5-6 and 7-10. Classes in Piedmont, Alameda, and Pleasanton. […]

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 […]

Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}

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One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of a birthday party worth $168. Located in the South Shore Center in Alameda, Color Me Mine is a pottery painting studio that brings creative fun to kids, with no mess for parents. […]

7 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 […]

10 places to go on the 4th of July

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Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014: Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Thursday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for the holiday. Visit the […]

East Bay Summer Outdoor Movie Round-Up

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Though we rarely see short-sleeves-in-the-evening temperatures in the Bay Area, summer is the best chance we’ve got for outdoor movies that aren’t at the Concord drive-in. (Which is totally worth doing, by the way.) If your kids can stay up past 9 pm, there are a few opportunities to set up camp and watch a […]

Alameda’s Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest is this weekend

Sand raccoons at the Alameda Sculpture Contest

This Saturday June 7th, grab your shovels, pails, and your children and head over to Crown Memorial Beach for fun in the sand. Register at the Crab Cove visitor’s center at 9am for this FREE program with viewing and judging at noon. Award presentation: 1pm. There are some serious sand castle builders there and some […]

Cheap summer movies in Alameda

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For $10 per person, you can go to every movie in the Kids Movie Series this summer hosted by The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Central Ave in Alameda. That’s about a dollar per movie, when you buy the movie “sheets” of tickets online. Showings are 10 am on both Tuesday and Wednesdays, and the […]

Taking the San Francisco Bay Ferry

Ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco

This weekend, my family rode the ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco, just for the thrill of it. My kids did not have much interest in our destination, San Francisco’s epicurean Ferry Building and adjacent farmer’s market, because it was terribly crowded. They couldn’t see anything, and they’re not inclined toward gourmet food. […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it […]

Swimming lessons for East Bay kids

20-ish places that offer swim lessons in Oakland and Berkeley

It’s that time of year: parents are looking for swimming lessons. Let’s make this a community effort, shall we? Add your experiences in the comments below so that we can all benefit from your swimming lesson knowledge. Here are 17 swimming pools to consider to help teach your child how to swim, arranged roughly from […]