QuantumCamp delivers serious math and science fun (Sponsor)

Quantum Camp in Oakland

QuantumCamp, with locations in the East Bay, San Francisco, and Palo Alto, offers exciting, hands-on, discovery-based math and science camps exploring the fundamental concepts of both subjects.

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The program promises sophisticated science, and is a clever way to introduce a child to a lab environment. Using age-appropriate science methodology and high quality materials and equipment, QuantumCamp provides an opportunity for kids to truly experiment.

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Fun and engaging math projects occupy the other half of the day. Students are divided by levels (ages) so that they can work together and enjoy the journey of discovery.

From the website:

Students of all backgrounds, academic experiences, and learning styles come together in our classrooms and create an intellectually rich and socially positive atmosphere at QuantumCamp. The classroom experience is activity based and focused on discovering big concepts. Almost always, this is a collaborative effort relying on the important perspectives of all students. It is a very social atmosphere.

QuantumCamp also produces courses and curriculum during the academic year for homeschool students.

What parents say:

“Every day I picked up my happy, enthusiastic and plugged­in teen­aged son from QuantumCamp. Every day built on the last….it just got better and better! We have traveled around the country taking classes and QC is in a league of its own in our humble opinion. Everything about our experience was well worth every mile. We look forward to QC2 and beyond. My deepest gratitude to both of you!”

“My daughter gave it a big thumbs up! She felt trusted with complex/dangerous items. I am glad this is learning for learning’s sake—— with that being the primary focus. Rochelle really enjoyed all the teachers
she had this week. You guys are awesome!”

“This camp is unique in its emphasis on hands­-on experimental science, with proper equipment and materials. My son had a more solid understanding of basic chemical concepts, and he was introduced to methodical record-keeping, proper handling of chemicals, and cleaning his bench. As a surprising extra benefit, he is much better at cleaning up in the kitchen at home!”

The East Bay location of QuantumCamp is Chabot Space and Science Center.

Camp is for 1st – 9th graders. See QuantumCamp website for details about sessions, activities, and schedule.

28 things to do with (and without!) East Bay kids in February

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Welcome to the shortest month, which is short on school days, too. (Note that Presidents Weekend is observed from Friday, February 13 to Monday, February 16, and many schools have President’s Week!) Here are 28 activities to pencil into your calendar, one for each day of the month:

F E B R U A R Y

  1.  Try sushi with the kids, on boats that float by your table.
  2. Go check out Kid2Kid toy exchange on Alcatraz. Update: these guys are no longer supporting their toy-trade in business.
  3. At-home parents should check out Breakfast With Enzo, a music circle time at Sports Basement in Berkeley, Tuesdays at 10 am. (Breakfast not included.)
  4. The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers free admission the first Wednesday of the month. That’s the Fourth of February!
  5. Let your children swing and bounce their heads off at We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley. Open til 6 pm to make your afternoon outing worthwhile.
  6. Drop-in rockin’ music time at La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck starts at 10:30 am.
  7. Build a heart-shaped box at a free Home Depot workshop on Saturday morning, or sign your tween up for a Valentine workshop at Berkeley’s Paper Source store.
  8. Family Sweetheart Dance from 3-5 PM at the El Cerrito Community Center
  9. Habitot invites children with special needs to a Valentine PlayDate.
  10. Attend an annual Valentine’s making party at Rockridge Library
  11. Free Jamaica-themed Black History activity at Bananas in Oakland
  12. Explore the hidden stairways of Berkeley with one of the Berkeley Wanderers walks.
  13. Make a snow globe in a free craft session at Oakland’s Dimond Branch library
  14. Parents who have more energy in the daytime for dates can drop their kids at James Kinney for a few hours. Register online for this Valentine’s Day Parents’ Day Out.  If you want evening, Bladium has Kid’s Night Out tonight.
  15. Let everyone stay up late for a drive-in movie. After all, it’s not a school night
  16. Bounce to the ceiling (not really!) at Sky High in Concord.
  17. Still no school? Visit the Children’s Museum in San Jose and catch up with your Silicon Valley friends.
  18. Plan a meet up at Codornices park and bring cardboard for the cement slides
  19. From 6-7:30 PM, an African American history celebration for all ages will be hosted at the Frances Albrier rec center in San Pablo Park.
  20. Don’t miss Fourth Street’s Lunar New Year celebration on the 21st. It’s a great show.
  21. Older kids may enjoy the Monster Truck show, Monster Jam, at the Oakland Coliseum.
  22. Parents with new babies should stop by BoobiePalooza in Berkeley. We’ll be there!
  23. Play miniature golf at SubPar mini golf in Alameda or GolfLand in Castro Valley.
  24. Kids eat free on Tuesdays at IKEA. See our list of other reasons it’s fun to go there.
  25. The Berkeley Forest School preschool-age classes welcome families to try one class, filled with magical exploration in Tilden Park, and then consider a session.
  26. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is playing at the Berkeley Playhouse
  27. Take advantage of MOCHA’s open studio time, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-1.
  28. Get crafty at the Michael’s drop in art class for kids. Cost $2 and kids take home a project. Today? A tissue paper frame.

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

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I’m so excited to share the latest resource for expectant parents and baby owners in the Grand Lake neighborhood: Then Comes Baby.

Sabrina Freidenfelds opened this space on Grand Avenue as a labor of love after making too many long distance drives to Albany with a screamy baby in the car (I can totally relate!). Unlike me, she has more than fifteen years of experience in health education, maternal and infant health, and health training. She also has a knack for designing a comfortable, welcoming oasis for mothers in the midst of a bustling business district. Don’t you just want to cozy up?
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She created the kind of space I wish I could push a stroller to with all the baby support classes she could think of. As a certified lactation consultant, prenatal educator and perinatal massage therapist, she could think of a bunch! See the amazing classes and groups in the plans.

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I visited during a post-partum yoga class, but many more workshops and drop-in groups are coming soon. Check the website to see the evolving calendar of classes and drop-in sessions. Register online to save your spot.

Come over: 3657 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Call first: 510.817.2229 (BABY)
See the site: then-comes-baby.com

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

If you are still looking for that perfect-fit preschool that’s the right philosophy, near your house, that you can actually afford, you are not alone. Join hundreds of other East Bay parents for the one stop shop of the East Bay Preschool fair in Oakland. Preschools from both sides of the tunnel will be there along with other child-focused resources and destinations in the East Bay. Including us!

The fair is Saturday January 24, from 10am to 2pm. More details on our calendar.

Yes, its overwhelming. But, yes, it will give you a flavor of the many options available to you and you’ll only need to park the car once. Children are welcome and will be swarming the place, but this event is for you.

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What to expect: Each school or resource will have a table where representatives will be happy to answer any of your questions about the programs. If you’re shy, just collect brochures. Make your way around the room to learn about all the options.

Admission is free.

This year, look for a kid stop with toys, books, face-painting, childcare and a family photographer

The East Bay Preschool Fair takes place at the Scottish Rite Center near Lake Merritt.

Look for us and say, “Hi.”

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Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (Giveaway!)

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Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and we are giving away two sets of tickets. (Scroll down to enter.)

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(Kids participating in a BAICFF stop-motion animation workshop)

Saturday, January 24 (10 am – 7:30 pm)
Sunday, January 25 (10 am – 7 pm)

Build zoetropes from recycled materials, listen to musica, and have a fun family day at Chabot. Oh yeah, and watch movies.

TICKETS

  • Guest Adult: $25 / Youth: $15
  • Guest Weekend Pass: $70 (up to 2 adults & 2 children)
  • Member Adult: $15 / Youth: $5
  • Member Weekend Pass: $30 (up to 2 adults & 2 children)
  • Tickets can also be purchased at the Front Desk on the day of the event
  • All tickets include General Admission to the Chabot Space Center

See the BAICFF website for show line-up and details to figure out if your child might enjoy attending.

AND NOW… THE GIVEAWAY

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