Tips for raising a reader

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Two of my children are pretty avid readers so I want to share a few of the things we are doing (right, wrong, and otherwise) along with some professional tips. We do allow video games but we make time for reading books and magazines, too. Here’s some stuff we do that seems to work: Read every […]

East Bay Father’s Day Guide

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. Here are a few ideas for East Bay families looking for together time and gift ideas. Make a gift Want to help the kids make something, but don’t know where to start? […]

Good idea: personalized Father’s Day cards from Treat.com

Adorable personalized Father's Day cards from Treat

For Valentine’s Day, I ordered a card for my husband from Tiny Prints because I was seduced by their offer for me to customize the card. I used our names and a photo of the two of us, and I thought it looked pretty awesome. Hey, Tiny Prints, you’re not just for Christmas cards anymore!

What is a charter school and is there one for my kid?

Oakland Charter Schools

Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools governed by parents, teachers, and administrators rather than the school district. There are about 40 charter schools, right here in the 510. Charter schools are open to all students, unlimited by geography. That is, Oakland charter schools are open to Berkeley residents and vice-versa. When there are more applicants […]

Plan ahead for Summer Fun

You can sleep at the Oakland Zoo

What’s great about Summer is that some days, you can just roll out of bed slip on a swim suit and play til your mom calls you for dinner without a care in the world. Then have a popsicle. But that’s if you’re a kid. If you’re the parent, you probably need to stock up […]

East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 — that’s this weekend. Here are the best Mother’s Day ideas for East Bay families we’ve seen announced for this year. Activities Want to help the kids make something, but don’t know where to start? Some local stores have set up workshops to help you. Saturday afternoon, May 10 […]

Honor your mom by supporting heroic doctors

#HonorYourMom tribute for Mother's Day with donation to heroic doctors

I wanted to share this Mother’s Day tribute to mamas everywhere: #HonorYourMom, the only Mother’s Day campaign that saves lives. Have you heard of Bay Area company, Samahope? Samahope mobilizes funds for doctors to provide life-changing surgeries for women and children in need. Last year, they funded over 120 patient treatments and raised over $200K […]

Call for submissions: A Three-Year Olds’ Guide to Everywhere Fun

Eat ice cream you make at LHS

Does your preschool-aged kid have strong opinions about popular family-friendly Bay Area destinations? If so, we want to include them in our upcoming series, A Three-Year Olds’ Guide to Everywhere Fun! Don’t you hate it when you read some place is “kid-friendly” but discover once you get there that “kids” is defined as those who […]

{New Sponsor} The Need App — for everything you need

App for friend recommendations

I always need something. What contractor do you trust with your kitchen? Where should we eat with the kids when we go to Chicago? Where do you like to park your car when you go to SFO? The Need app is built to help us leverage the wisdom of our friends and bypass the Yelp […]

Lyft and Uber: good resources for one-car families

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Though Uber has been driving tech-savvy folks around San Francisco, New York and Boston for a while now, I just tried it myself last month in the East Bay. I used Lyft as well, and in both cases, the drivers told me that Berkeley is a new market and they weren’t picking up as many […]

Dinner on the table: Fresh food with a side of fundraising

Farmigo- Fresh produce to you, fundraising for your community

Our friend and contributor, Becky, is a huge fan of Farmigo. And with good reason! Not only does she get fresh and tasty food delivered to her home, but she raises a boatload of money for her kid’s school while she’s at it. [How do I know the food is good? She and Farmigo hosted […]

Canyon Swim School: when its time to get serious about swim lessons

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

If the casual classes aren’t doing the trick, and you’re ready to get serious, it’s time to make the drive to Canyon Swim School.

Valentine’s Day Deals and Activities

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Here are some fun and free things that we have spotted on local calendars for Valentine’s Day. Make Valentine’s Day buttons. Free activity at Lakeview library on Friday 2/7 Michael’s store drop-in workshop. Make cards on Saturday 2/8. (See my 2013 review of this experience.) Make a heart-themed painting at Michael’s on Saturday 2/15. Barnes […]

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.

Share your tips with our readers!

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Do you have a favorite class, restaurant, or East Bay destination? Did you take a roadtrip with your children that was so great you can’t NOT share? Up there, on the upper right, you can always click Submit Tip. Because lately my tip box has started to get clogged with Discount Shoes and ReallyWeirdSpam, I […]

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 […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

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Meet with reps from 80 preschools and other child-focused resources.