Reader reading tip: summer skills classes in Berkeley

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California State University of the East Bay offers reading skills classes for children age 4 (entering K in the fall) through adults in Berkeley and other East Bay locations throughout the Summer. Tuition and fees vary. Check out the CSU East Bay website for more details. Or call 1-800-978-3532 and tell them where you read this!

Ticket Alert: Jack and The Beanstalk and The Goose and The Giant and the Really Truly-uly Rotten Day

Jack and the Beanstalk - Oakland

A musical-style version of Jack and the Beanstalk, packed with silliness and magic, is coming to the JCC (Berkeley) on March 23 at 2 pm and March 30th at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, also at 2 pm. All tickets are $12 and may be purchased at EBCTonline.com. photo: Sue Ellen Nelsen

{Giveaway} 4Cats Studio offers one week of camp to a lucky winner

Giveaway for Berkeley parents - a week of art camp

We are so excited that one of our lucky readers will win a free week of camp at 4cats Studio. This art camp invites kids to create loads of cool stuff using professional art materials. Clay, potter’s wheel, painting, paper mâché and more are just a few things that kids will sample. Each week offers […]

Cal Golden Bear Gymnastics’ Parent’s Night Out

Parent's Night Out at Cal Gymnastics

My children were 6 and 9 years old when I finally tried a drop-off Parent’s Night Out for the first time. I think it’s a great idea — group babysitting — but my reluctance had to do with the fact that I like that when I come home, after hiring a babysitter for a night […]

Xtreme BUGS exhibit at Lawrence Hall of Science

See more BUGS at Lawrence Hall of Science

It has been a couple of months since our Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley membership ran out so I was super excited for the chance to check out the new Xtreme BUGS exhibit. The main attraction of the exhibit is the collection of giant-scale animatronic bugs. Although our three-old was a bit frightened in […]

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.

Kids Club at Berkeley Art Museum, 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. Kids Club is part of an experimental exhibition that brings together one […]

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 […]