Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

1920s Bungalow Dining Room

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but I’d take a guess that there’s some daily frustration behind almost every door through which children must exit with shoes on their feet and lunchboxes in their hands. The thing that frustrates me the […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

Free admission days at the Exploratorium

Exploratorium with Kids

A family of four entering San Francisco’s Exploratorium can cost $96 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so putting their free admission days on your calendar is a wise move. The first one is Latino Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería on Sunday, September 28, 2014. All are welcome, but the Exploratorium […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.

Get messy at Berkeley’s Sticky Art Lab

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Ignite your creative spark with some messy art projects at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley…

See you at the Eat Real Fest?

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Put the FOOD back into FAST at this intersection of healthy eating and street food.

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 […]

A Three-year old’s guide to the Exploratorium

The 3-year olds guide to the Exploratorium #preschoolers #toddlers #sanfrancisco

My three-year old loved the monochromatic room I am very proud to present the first in our long series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you  have an opinionated three-year old? If so, I’d love for you to add to the body of knowledge available to other parents. So here […]

Dance classes for preschoolers in the East Bay

Dance Classes for Preschoolers in Oakland and Berkeley

Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) Mommy and Me classes are for 3-4 year olds and Pre-Ballet is for 4-5s. Visit website for details on times, fees, and registration details > Berkeley Ballet School (Berkeley) We Dance Together are parent/child classes for 3-4 year olds held in 10-week sessions. Pre-ballet starts at age 4. Visit website > […]

Ticket Alert: Ivy + Bean and Disney on Ice

Ivy Bean Musical

Ivy + Bean are coming back for another run in Berkeley. Bay Area Children’s Theatre is repeating the popular musical performance based on (Berkeley parent) Annie Barrows‘ New York Times best-selling book series by the same title. Shows begin September 28, 2014. All performances will be at the Osher Studio in Berkeley. If you missed the fun […]

Half-day trip: Fremont’s Central Park

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If you haven’t spent time in Fremont, you might not be aware that it is home to a 450-acre park with an enormous lake in the middle of it. Not only does Central Park offer tons of space to run and play, picnic, and exercise, there is a unique playground unlike any I’ve seen. The […]

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

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This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

Music Together review: East Bay baby and toddler class (Part 2)

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As promised at the beginning of our Summer Semester of Music Together, I am back to report on my experience with the entire program. [Full disclaimer; I did not attend 2 of the 6 classes as I had an appendectomy in late July. Fortunately Henry’s dad, John, was able to attend those sessions I missed and […]

Local authors: New cookbook by Erin Scott (Giveaway!)

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I received a copy of Yummy Supper in the mail from local author/photographer Erin Scott, and it’s a delight to look at. The stunning photographs make me want to head straight for the produce stand and load up on colorful ingredients. Erin Scott is a meat-eating, gluten-free home chef and mother of two who has […]

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.