Money-saving vacation planning tip from a not-so-rookie mom


“This is our life now,” my husband said, referring to the way we planned our travel around our children’s school closure days. “We vacation with the rest of the country: Spring Break, Summer, and maybe President’s Day.”  And that’s what drives the prices up and makes popular destinations crowded. But his resignation to price surges and […]

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. […]

Getaways with mom: ME time

Orange County Museum of Art

This is the third post in our series about ME time, sponsored by domain.ME. I’ve just returned from spending a long weekend with my mom, during which it was startlingly clear to me that quality time with her — and the other important adults in my life — is different when it’s kid-free.  I’m so […]

Disneyland 60th anniversary celebration this summer

Disneyland Diamond Celebration: Mickey and Minnie

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015 and the party goes all summer long. They’ll be celebrating with lots of nighttime special treats including a glittering electric parade, street-to-sky fireworks show, and a new ‘World of Color’ projected light show starring Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse. It might just be time to plan your next […]

Kids to Parks Day is May 16


May 16, 2015 is National Kids to Parks Day. I’m not usually much for National Fill-in-the-Blank Days, though my kids love this calendar that tells them what cultural phenomena are celebrated each day of the year. But getting kids to parks is something I can get behind. (July 4 is National Caesar Salad Day, in case […]

Family-friendly Passover Guide for the East Bay

Family friendly passover options for the East Bay

Passover 2015 begins in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11. As the grocery store shelves fill with matzoh, we thank our friends at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for sponsoring this guide to family-friendly places to celebrate Passover in the East Bay. If you’re wondering, Passover […]

The LEGOLAND Hotel: Is it worth it?

Inside a LEGOLAND Hotel room

Every family has a different approach to vacations, so it’s hard to put a stake in the ground and tell you if something is worth the money or not, but I will try. When we sat outdoors eating the included breakfast at the LEGOLAND Hotel, my husband made the smart observation, “If you are thinking […]