Music Together: East Bay baby and toddler class

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Families with little ones, have you heard of Music Together? The answer is probably “yes,” although, if you are like me, you may not have gotten around to taking a class yet despite all the parent hype. Henry and I finally took the plunge, meaning that mama finally got her act together to register, and […]

Coming soon: Berkeley Kite Festival

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 26 and 27th. 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 […]

Little Farm has re-opened {Yay!}

Tilden Park Little Farm resident

After months of construction on the sewage lines and other un-fun but necessary improvements, we are thrilled to share the news that Little Farm and Indian Camp parking lot are fully open again! Probably our favorite family-friendly facility upgrade is the new bathroom building, but you will also notice a fully resurfaced ADA-accessible parking lot […]

6 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

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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 […]

Neighborhood favorite: Paisan

After about two years of delay, I am so pleased to see another fantastic restaurant in SW Berkeley. Paisan is a high-end pizzeria with the welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood joint.

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 […]

Westbrae Biergarten for families?

Westbrae Biergarten

Berkeley has a new beer garden worth a visit. If you frequent the Ohlone Greenway, chances are you’ve biked past the construction site of the Westbrae Biergarten (at Gilman) and wondered of its pending opening. Good news, it’s now open.  Better news?  I’ve checked it out for you. The Wesbrae Biergarten is an outdoor beer […]

Studio Grow summer deal and new location, Alameda

New Studio Grow in Alameda

Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and preschoolers, opens a new location Tuesday, June 17 at Alameda’s South Shore Center. Like the Berkeley location, Alameda’s Studio Grow will offer free play and exploration with age-appropriate materials in an inviting setting as well as structured storytime, music time and parachute time where children […]

CREAM ice cream sandwiches are worth the wait

Cream ice cream sandwiches are a double treat

Have you passed by that incredibly long line on Channing and Telegraph and wondered what all the fuss was about? If you like warm cookies and cold ice cream pressed together into an ooey gooey sandwich, then get in that line and thank me later! For the low price of $2 each, you can choose […]

{510} Family faves from Berkeley mom & city council candidate, Lori Droste

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  I met Lori Droste (right) at a cafe on Sacramento Street to learn more about what a City Council member does. She had her younger child, Cora June, in tow, and we chatted about what makes Berkeley special.  “No one bats an eye at a two-mom household,” for example, she says. Here are some […]

Summertime reading games reward library visits

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Does your child need incentive to pick up a book? If so, the various public libraries offer stickers, charts, bookmarks, and some cool kid-sized prizes for reading and stopping by the library. Berkeley Public Library Summer Reading Games offers a sticker and small prize (pencil, bookmark) at each library visit and a tracking chart to […]

Summer fun @ Lawrence Hall of Science

Eat ice cream you make at LHS

Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science combine play with learning.

Climb out of the Darkness, event for new moms in Tilden

Climb Out of the Darkness raises money and awareness for postpartum mood disorders

Climb Out of the Darkness is the second annual awareness raising and fundraising event for Postpartum Progress, a non-profit focused on supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy-related depression. The East Bay group will be walking in Tilden Park (exact […]

Summer fairs and festivals for East Bay families

East Bay street festival and fair schedule - Summer 2014

Here is a list of outdoor street fairs and festivals to pencil into your summer plans, following on the heels of the Family Fun Festival in Downtown Berkeley and Chocolate and Chalk in North Berkeley, both on May 31: June Saturday, June 7 Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest 9 am to 1 pm Kidcentric […]

Ticket Alert: Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical at Berkeley Playhouse this Summer

Don’t miss the Berkeley Playhouse production of Shrek the Musical at Julia Morgan Theatre this summer. This silly modern-day fairytale is the now-familiar story of a charming ogre who goes on a big adventure with his wise-cracking donkey BFF. Together, they fight a dragon and rescue a feisty princess (while making fart jokes). NEED LUNCH […]

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 […]

My children’s favorite restaurants

Favorite East Bay restaurant: Homemade Cafe in Berkeley

Burgers, pizza, and Mexican food reign supreme in my family. If you want to please my sons, just take them one of these places! They don’t go for fancy in breakfast food, either. If the place doesn’t serve french toast, then forget about it! Some of my own beloved brunch spots don’t make their cut. Homemade […]