Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patch girl

Thanks to Speer Family Farm for sponsoring this year’s pumpkin patch guide. Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin patches are all over the map (as are the patches themselves). My preference is to get in, get out, and get a perfect pumpkin picture so I only head out […]

{510} Family Faves with Outside Kids Annie Burke

Annie Burke picks all her favorite East Bay things for families

I was so happy to sit down with Annie Burke in a tea shop in Berkeley and talk about our sons, her love of the outdoors, and how terrific it is to give children unstructured time to play and explore. Annie lives in Berkeley with her husband and two kids, Alex (9) and Benny (6). What […]

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna County Park’s serene and beautiful location in a redwood forest, close proximity to local towns, and lots of kid-friendly activities make it one […]

Santa Cruz guide for kids who love trains

Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz is awesome for Bay Area train lovers

Our guest writer is Karen, mom to one train-obsessed three-year old in San Francisco (among her many other talents). Do you have a small person in your house who can’t get enough of Thomas, Chuggington, and every other chugging choo choo out there? I do, and we recently spent a train-themed weekend in Santa Cruz. […]

A Parent’s Guide to 5 Bay Area Waterparks

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

Whitney and I have been doing the hard work of visiting the Bay Area’s amazing collection of water parks in the hopes that we could form very strong opinions and break down all the options for you, and I think we’re finally there! Prewett Water Park Description: Water activities for every age from baby on […]

Waterworld: A mega waterpark in Concord (with discount link)

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

For my daughter’s eighth birthday, we took her and three of her friends, plus my 10-year old son, to Waterworld California, the largest waterpark in the Bay Area, which is in Concord, about 30 minutes east of Berkeley. We were wowed by the large-scale slides, including types I had never seen before. photo courtesy Waterworld […]

Field trip to the hills and tunnels of Black Diamond Mines

Exploring the Black Diamond Mines, photo by Annie Burke

Thank you to Annie Burke sharing her terrific tips for exploring Black Diamond Mines with kids in tow.   There’s something cool about exploring an old mine and an old town. It’s kinda sorta like a ghost town, but not as spooky. There is a beautiful cemetery up on the hill which is fun to […]

Daytrip to Stinson Beach with kids

Stinson 2

Stinson Beach is our favorite, FAVORITE beach in the Bay Area. In the Summers you’ll find us there practically every weekend. I almost hesitate to tell you about it because the parking situation stresses me out, but I’m nice, so here are my best tips: Leave early. The parking lot is big, but it fills up […]

Kid Report: The Marin County Fair

Marin County Fair

Our guest reporter today is Chloe C. who will be in third grade in Berkeley when school starts again. You should go to the Marin County Fair because there is a lot to do! There are games, rides and shows. If you go to the fair, make sure you put on sunscreen, and I suggest going […]