5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 
 

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 […]

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

BAM/PFA Kids Club, a year-long children’s art project

Kids Club project at BAM

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is kicking off a year-long children’s art project for grade schoolers. Beginning January 29th and running through December 21st, bring your young artists to BAM for this collective art project called Kids Club. First on the agenda is a three-day workshop to create a a […]

Spring soccer sign-up

Albany Berkeley Soccer

Parents who want to sign up their children for recreational soccer should tune in: Spring soccer sign ups are now open in various 510 locations. Generally soccer is a Fall sport with an optional Spring season, but if you are anxious to try it out, registration is now taking place for the following organizations: Albany-Berkeley […]

Baby swimming at the YMCA

Swim programs for babies at the YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA offers parent/baby swim lessons as well as other open times in the warm pool to splash around with your tot. Official lessons run in eight week sessions with one morning lesson per week and cost $67 on top of full or program membership. What to expect: You and your baby over six […]

Where do you take guests from out-of-town?

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To show off the East Bay to your friends from back home, where do you go? When I lived in San Francisco, I always drove to the top of Twin Peaks and parked so we could look down on everything. I haven’t done that in years. Sigh… We asked our hecka fine Facebook community, “Where […]

Berkeley Gem: Cinnaholic or What I Want for Breakfast on My Birthday

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To get out of the house and entertain a multi-generational crowd during a family visit, we headed over to the Cal campus to walk around. Upon discovering that the Campanile was closed as was the door to the Life Science building, it was time for something sweet, and my husband lead our nine-person posse to […]

Bay Area Children’s Theatre GIVEAWAY: Mercy Watson

Mercy Watson: The Play

Get yourself familiar with the children’s book series Mercy Watson and then enter our giveaway below for tickets to the opening weekend show in Berkeley. Mercy Watson to the Rescue begins its run on January 26th. (Browse the books on Amazon.) a Rafflecopter giveaway This show is appropriate for children 4 and up. More info […]

East Bay restaurants for big family groups

Benchmark Pizzeria

When my visiting family was in town, I was at a loss for dining-out options that would be able to accommodate the nine of us. The restaurants we go to regularly tend to be smaller spots. But cooking and cleaning for nine in my kitchen is also a squeeze from which I wanted to escape […]

Ticket Alert: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue play at Bay Area Children's Theatre

Fans of the Kate DiCamillo series, Mercy Watson, will not want to miss the wild comic adventures of a charming pig living with a human family. Mercy Watson to the Rescue is coming to a stage near you. When and Where: The show plays weekends in downtown Berkeley at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from January 26 through […]

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

10 destinations that are open on Christmas Eve

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Fresh air can be critical to whole-family sanity, don’t you think?

New mom support groups in the East Bay

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The information for this post was furnished by Jennifer Subasic-Marks, a longtime parent educator and champion of new mothers. Here are some New Mom Support Group opportunities starting in January. Being a new mom is such an important and challenging time and being able to share with other women who are facing the same joys […]

It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping

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Whether you stay in the car and do a “drive-by” or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday light displays is a fun winter tradition. Here are our picks for light-peeping this year. Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a must-see for East Bay families. Get a preview here […]

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.