Bay Area camping with little kids

Group camping at Tilden Park includes s'mores

Our young family has been camping a handful of times over the past couple years. We’ve never been to the same place twice. Each place has had its own special charm and some things that were a bit less charming about them too. Ranking them from most RUSTIC to most POSH, here’s my report on […]

Quarter day trip: The Campanile at UC Berkeley


The iconic tower of the UC Berkeley campus is a kid-friendly adventure. Home to an observation platform that is accessed by a long elevator ride, followed by a hike up 38 stairs (not accessible to strollers or wheelchairs), the Campanile is open from 10 am to mid-afternoon every day. Would your kid like to see […]

Back-to-school checklist


Back-to-school prep in the East Bay: hair, shoes, backpack, lunchbox, clothes, what else do you need?

Dinner on the table: SpoonRocket

SpoonRocket delivers tasty meals in minutes in the east bay

The other day as I was assembling dinner, my husband arrived home and I asked, “How hungry are you?” and he answered, “Pretty hungry” so I clicked ORDER on a delivery right then and there. Within ten minutes, a container of chicken, rice, and vegetables arrived at my house. True Story. Spoon Rocket promises […]

Biking around with Stephen from Geared 4 Kids

Stephen leads a Geared4Kids Ride

Stephen Thompson was a regular with the Friday night Bike Party, and while he really enjoyed the atmosphere of the ride, he wanted something he could do with his step-son Aiden, who was just six at the time. A handful of like-minded parents got together to create a kids version of the ride and — […]

Used kids clothes and consignment sales in the East Bay

Ruby's Garden in Temescal, resale shop for kids

Here are ten local opportunities besides Craig’s List to become part of the used kids clothes and gear ecosystem.

Summer Brainstorm: 25 things to do with a kid that cost less than $5


I wanted to cry when I realized the Exploratorium dropped their monthly free admission day and raised their prices such that a family of four with two grade-school age children, like mine, pays $88 to visit. (Kids over 6 cost $19 and adults cost $25.) As a comfort measure, I reminded myself that there are […]

Solano Ave resale shop: Hannah’s


Tucked into a small alcove near Zachary’s pizza in North Berkeley is a terrific little resale shop that has saved my butt on more than one occasion: Hannah’s. Though the store is not in my usual stomping grounds, I totally recommend it. Once, the owner served me curbside with 2T sweatpants when my oldest son […]

{510} Family Faves: Dan Goldwater in Berkeley


Berkeley dad Dan Goldwater is the dude behind MonkeyLectric bicycle lights. I asked him to share his favorite East Bay haunts with us. What’s your favorite activity for 1:1 time with your toddler? We like to go hiking in Tilden. First stop by the petting zoo, then go for a hike. Yoshi can do about […]

Berkeley kids clothing resale favorite: Grove Street Kids

Grove Street Kids kids resale shop in Berkeley

At Grove Street Kids in Berkeley, the clothing is as well merchandised as I’ve ever seen in a used clothing store.

Rookie Moms Challenge #4: Visit the fabric store

Easy fabric projects for moms

Visit a fabric store with your baby awake and spend a naptime on one of these easy projects: play blanket, swaddle blanket, or carrier!

10 places to go on the 4th of July


A day off in the middle of the week? Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay: 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 […]

5 Bay Area gems I’ve found for my special needs family


Thanks to our guest contributor Colleen Gallagher, a Berkeley mom of three with a background in teaching. Having a 7-year old son with a severe language and auditory processing disorder, as well as (unrelated) metabolic disease, a double-triple whammy of varying needs to balance, means I am always on the hunt for resources to help […]

(510) Family Faves: Randy and Fred

photo: SF Chronicle/Liz Hafalia

Randy Brewer is the owner of Convert and Convert Shoes, two shops on Berkeley’s Fourth Street that focus on affordable eco-friendly fashion. He and his partner Fred are the parents of Ford, the stylish kiddo you’ll see hanging out (and helping out) at their in-store events. I asked Randy to answer some questions about his […]

Good deal: Special Summer Pass at Habitot


Habitot Children’s Museum in downtown Berkeley is offering a discounted admission card that is valid until September 30. Visit as many times as you like between now and that date for $66. The pass covers three guests. Admission to Habitot — which is open starting at 9:30 am and closes at 12:30 on weekdays, 4:30 […]

Kid-friendly eats: BUILD Pizzeria in Downtown Berkeley


Every pizza place allows you to customize your pizza, but BUILD, a new family-friendly restaurant in Downtown Berkeley, makes the customer feel even more in control by allowing her to see the whole process as she invents her own wood-fired, thin crust pizza. Upon approaching the counter, dough for 12″ inch pies is sitting on […]

How to visit a Berkeley fire station with your child


Coordinating a firehouse visit in Berkeley was top on my list after I did a fire safety lesson with my 4 year old. It was much easier than I expected. Make the appointment. I called the Berkeley Fire Department to ask if they did tours and they did!  They asked me to present what day […]