November Camps, AKA “Ack! I need childcare?”


I have been known to splurge on a last minute winter camp when I realized how many hours of unplanned awake time we’d all be spending together. Don’t judge.

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Drop-in day camps for East Bay kids

Head over Heels camp or PNO

When our summer vacation schedule doesn’t require full weeks of day camp, it’s nice to be able to use a day or two here and there. East Bay camps that offer day rates are: Steve and Kate’s (Berkeley at The Berkeley School; Oakland at Park Day School) This multi-disciplinary camp has a unique kid-driven agenda, […]

Overnight camps for Bay Area kids

Cazadero Overnight Music Camp

Let’s talk about that special kind of Summer Camp that really makes memories (like of your first slow dance or time shaving your legs in a communal sink). I went to clown camp — true story — as a kid for a couple weeks at a time each summer. We marched in a town parade […]

Camp Galileo in 9 East Bay locations {Save $30}

Galileo summer camp

This article is sponsored by Galileo Innovation Camps. This discount is valid through 7/7. For more camps, see our camp guide. I remember spending my summers watching weird TV, roller-skating, and getting teased for my ghostlike complexion at the neighborhood swimming pool. Pretty much none of that is an option for my children, I’m too […]

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 […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Jessie Susannah

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Jessie Susannah

I’m excited to bring you one more in our series project profiling contributors to Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps tips to sex-positive parenting. Jessie Susanna is the seventh (and final maybe!) in our continuing series. Jessie wears many hats: Ima to Avi Grace; single parent healing […]

Roughing It day camp in Lafayette {Giveaway}

Lafayette Reservoir: Site of Roughin' It day camp

Wow! This giveaway has huge value! A week of Roughing It day camp includes kayaking, horseback riding, outdoor skills, animal care all in the beautiful setting of the Lafayette Reservoir. Free bus transportation is available from Berkeley and Oakland as well as many Contra Costa and San Francisco locations. One week of this magical outdoor […]

{Giveaway} Win a week of Go Girls camp


I’m so pleased to share this giveaway with you because my personal experience with Go Girls! has been so positive. The curriculum behind the camp has been internationally recognized as a social innovation, re-imagining the way we educate, nurture, and empower girls. 6-11 year olds will make and perform their very own play (that will […]

{Giveaway} One week of creative fun at Camp510

Camp 510 Oakland

Camp 510 in Oakland sounds like a retreat I would enjoy going on myself, days spent creating objects and environments out of assorted materials, getting inspired by master tinkerers, and time divided between individual and collaborative projects. I’m so thrilled that the founders have partnered with us to give away a week of Camp 510 […]

8 camps for rising Kindergartners


While many preschools go through the summer, some do not, which may leave working parents in a bit of a bind, especially when they discover that so many day camps start at age 6.

{Giveaway} One week of TechKnowHow camp at any Bay Area site

TechKnowHow Camp

Here’s something awesome: TechKnowHow® Summer Computer and LEGO® Camps are giving away a week of any regularly priced camp at any of their 20 Bay Area locations, which include El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland Hills, and more. TechKnowHow® Summer Camp classes include LEGO® projects with motors, K’NEX®, NXT® Robotics, Arduino, iPad® Movie Making and Game Design, […]

Registration now open for Berkeley Sierra Family Camp


Following last year’s complete destruction of Berkeley’s Tuolomne Family Camp, arrangements have been made to offer a similar experience at Echo Lake in the Tahoe region. Berkeley residents can sign up for select weeks of family camp programming beginning TODAY and non-residents may sign up beginning February 19th. Walk-in registrations at the Parks Department {1947 […]

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. Summer camps fill up quickly, but don’t panic. If you haven’t made your bookings yet, you can use Activity Hero EasyEnroll to register for dozens of camps near Oakland/Berkeley that still have openings. Arts, Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids


Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers half-day programs of one or two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures Location: 379 […]

Reader tip: Ready for campground reservations?


November 1st marks the beginning of the camping reservation period for both: East Bay Regional Parks for all 2014 (Tilden, Chabot, DelValle, Briones, etc) California State Parks thru May 31st (which includes Memorial Day Weekend) Related post: Bay Area camping with little kids