Oakland Art & Soul festival this weekend

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland this weekend with live music, food, artist’s booths and a kid zone. Free attended bike parking and ferry access are also rounding out the transit options. Children under 12 are free while adult admission costs $10. (Teens and seniors cost […]

Music Together: East Bay baby and toddler class

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Families with little ones, have you heard of Music Together? The answer is probably “yes,” although, if you are like me, you may not have gotten around to taking a class yet despite all the parent hype. Henry and I finally took the plunge, meaning that mama finally got her act together to register, and […]

Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}

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One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of a birthday party worth $168. Located in the South Shore Center in Alameda, Color Me Mine is a pottery painting studio that brings creative fun to kids, with no mess for parents. […]

Reader tip: Oakland makers get 3D carving machine

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This new technology, 3D carving machine, is going to be available for families to learn and use, for making their own creative projects at Ace Monster Toys in Oakland. What does that mean? 3D carving, also commonly known as a CNC milling, is a powerful technology capable of creating precision parts and designs from real […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it […]

Maker Faire 2014 is this weekend in San Mateo

San Mateo Maker Faire

If you like to get your tools out and invent in a crafty, constructy, tinkery kind of way then you should head south for the 2014 Maker Faire. There are several excellent exhibits for curious kids (but to be completely honest, I usually wish I left them at home so I could enjoy my own playtime). […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Michelle Cruz Gonzales

{510} Family Faves: Michelle is a Hip Mama

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. Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the sixth in our continuing series. Michelle teaches English/Creative Writing at Las Positas College; she was […]

See you at Cal Day?

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There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

{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 […]

Ticket Alert: Jack and The Beanstalk and The Goose and The Giant and the Really Truly-uly Rotten Day

Jack and the Beanstalk - Oakland

A musical-style version of Jack and the Beanstalk, packed with silliness and magic, is coming to the JCC (Berkeley) on March 23 at 2 pm and March 30th at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, also at 2 pm. All tickets are $12 and may be purchased at EBCTonline.com. photo: Sue Ellen Nelsen

Messy Art Day for 2-6 year olds

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Materials on hand will encourage children to explore colors, textures and a variety of media in a safe, fun and messy environment.

Oakland’s Kindergym, utopia for babies and toddlers

Climbing at Oakland's Kindergym

Kindergym is a wonderful program by Dawn Margolis offered at Temple Beth Abraham (TBA) in Oakland (but it’s not exclusive to Oakland or any one faith – all families are welcome!). Designed for babies and toddlers under age three, the overall program is broken up into two parts: Kindergym drop-in playtime and a facilitated toddler […]

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 
 

BAM/PFA Kids Club, a year-long children’s art project

Kids Club project at BAM

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is kicking off a year-long children’s art project for grade schoolers. Beginning January 29th and running through December 21st, bring your young artists to BAM for this collective art project called Kids Club. First on the agenda is a three-day workshop to create a a […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2014

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 (BAICFF, cuz that’s a mouthful!) has moved to Chabot Space and Science Center this year and is called Playdate for the Imagination. Saturday, January 25 (10am – 8:30pm) Sunday, January 26 (10am – 5pm) Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes […]

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 […]

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.