Spring soccer sign-up

Albany Berkeley Soccer

Parents who want to sign up their children for recreational soccer should tune in: Spring soccer sign ups are now open in various 510 locations. Generally soccer is a Fall sport with an optional Spring season, but if you are anxious to try it out, registration is now taking place for the following organizations: Albany-Berkeley […]

Baby swimming at the YMCA

Swim programs for babies at the YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA offers parent/baby swim lessons as well as other open times in the warm pool to splash around with your tot. Official lessons run in eight week sessions with one morning lesson per week and cost $67 on top of full or program membership. What to expect: You and your baby over six […]

Drop-in Yoga with toddlers


I am a huge huge fan of the Mom & Toddler yoga class at Yogalayam studios. And it’s not because you get any sort of workout…

It’s Free! Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock

Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately.

Kids breakdance classes for ages 4 + up

BBoy + BGirl Academy with Drew Looner

B-boys and B-girls (ate 5 to 14) are free to choose if they would like to perform on stage, compete in battles, or just get loose in the circles for fun. The goal is to help your child develop their confidence and style!

Calendar alert: Upcoming kid-friendly sporting events at Cal

Cal basketball

Live sporting events are fun for kids, parents, and anyone who likes to jump up and down when they see a great athletic feat. Tickets to pro games can be expensive, but games and meets at the University of California Berkeley are pretty cheap. Here are a few events at kid-friendly times and parent-friendly prices […]

Take the (Richmond) Plunge


The Richmond Plunge just re-opened a few months ago after having been closed for almost 10 years and it’s awesome!


Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Run to fund public schools in Berkeley

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because I’m trying to do both. Yep, I’m raising money for the Berkeley Public Schools by running a half marathon. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already. If you have more to give, please support […]

Berkeley Martial Arts classes for kids

Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts in Berkeley

Kuk Sool Won on Sacramento St in Berkeley is family-friendly martial arts beginning at age four. Try 3 classes for free before committing. Right next to Homemade Cafe.

Biking with kids on the new Bay Bridge

Biking the Bay Bridge with kids

My husband Alec took our big boys to ride bicycles on the brand spanking new Bay Bridge, so of course, I interviewed him. What can I expect riding or walking on the new Bay Bridge? There are LOTS of rest stops once you’re on the actual bridge, with benches and everything – probably every 1/4 […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes


Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.

Tim Oliver swimming for babies & toddlers

Tim Oliver Swimming in Oakland

Who & What Tim Oliver Swimming in the Oakland Hills offers drop-in swim lessons for children 3 months to 3 years in a lovely but crowded outdoor pool. During inclement weather, the pool is enclosed with a weatherproof dome to allow the lessons to continue. Class format Show up with your baby or young toddler […]

Kids’ Martial Arts (Ninpo) Class in North Oakland


Oakland mom of three, Katrina, sent us this tip: Ninpo taijutsu is an ancient Japanese martial art. The teacher (Don Hughes) has 16 years martial arts experience and 5 years teaching experience. Kids will learn discipline, calisthenics, stretching, tumbling and how to move their body in a defensive situation, as well as cultural knowledge about […]

Get on the field at AT&T Park this weekend


Coaching Corp, a non-profit whose mission is to provide sports experiences for kids who live in struggling communities, is offering an event for ALL kids this weekend at AT&T Park. “Take the Field” invites families to from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, August 17th. $5 admission will help raise money for the cause. […]

Biking around with Stephen from Geared 4 Kids

Stephen leads a Geared4Kids Ride

Stephen Thompson was a regular with the Friday night Bike Party, and while he really enjoyed the atmosphere of the ride, he wanted something he could do with his step-son Aiden, who was just six at the time. A handful of like-minded parents got together to create a kids version of the ride and — […]

Reader tip: 6 free local circus shows in Oakland!


The first 5 free outdoor circus shows support a popular West Oakland after school program via the Prescott Circus, starring Oakland youth ages 7-16. July 17 & 18 (today and tomorrow!) 2 shows each day: 11am and 1:30pm at Oakland Tech High School Auditorium 4351 Broadway, Oakland CA Saturday, July 20 at 2pm at DeFremery Park has […]

New exercise class for moms in Oakland

Just for fun, we did a Stroller Strides class with instructor Tiffany Dacko last year, I had no stroller; my kids are school-aged. But I worked up a sweat and was sore for a few days. Well done, Tiffany. Now, she’s offering a new BeFit series of classes, and promised, through this class, in 8 […]