What to expect at Pedalfest

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Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 26th from 11am to 7pm. In collaboration with Bike East Bay, enjoy dare devil stunts, pedal-powered food, a cycle-powered music, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and an amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built […]

Rankin Aquatic Center, playful swimming pool in Martinez

Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez

Splash! We want to thank Becky Grigsby for scouting out Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. Becky is the Oakland mom to two, designer, crafter, runner, and blogger among other talents. Oh, and she made my Christmas ornaments this year. She gave us this report and pictures of her afternoon before and after the big bucket […]

Archery in Oakland with Redwood Bowmen

Redwood Bowmen archery in Oakland

Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice shooting arrows at outdoor targets. This is what she shared about her family’s experience. Redwood Bowmen is the kind of place where you can take your kid, and — if you know […]

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is a special splurge

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is amazing but not cheap

The staff photographers captured this photo and I LOVE how the roller coasters rise up. Did you know that you and your family can ride and kiss a real Atlantic bottlenose dolphin about 20 minutes from Berkeley? I did not. My older children and I were treated to a hands-on learning session with dolphins and trainers […]

Hike to pancake breakfast at West Point Inn

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

I finally did the daytrip to Marin with a hike-in for pancakes that I’ve been fantasizing about for so long. Somehow, it was both everything I expected and a complete surprise at the same time. I want to share my hard-won lessons learned before they fade away into fuzzy memories. The post I wrote years ago was filled […]

Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Antioch Water Park

There are splashy activities for babies and every age on up: super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, and big kid body slides.

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia: Fun for nearly an hour

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia, fun for girls or boys older than 8

If you’re an archery novice, like most of us, then about 30 – 45 minutes is all you’ll be able to handle of the bow and arrows before your arms get tired and you start to feel too whiny to persevere. My seven- and nine-year-old kids and I started wilting right around that point on […]

What to expect at the Lake Merritt Boating Center

Canoe on Lake Merritt

I lived next to Lake Merritt for two years and have lived in the East Bay for 16 since then, but this weekend was my first time taking in Oakland from the vantage point of being on the lake. We rented two canoes for my family of four and paddled against the wind for a […]

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 […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

Hike to West Point Inn for 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.

Kids Bowl Free at Albany Bowl this summer

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The Kids Bowl Free program is nationwide, and our local independent bowling alley in Albany participates. Simply go to the website KidsBowlFree.com/albany to register your child. Every week, free bowling passes will arrive in email. From April 15 through August 31, your child can bowl twice per day, every day, all summer as long as he […]

It’s that time of the year: May is Bike Month

Get your kid riding

Put your helmet on and let’s ride! Bike East Bay (the coalition formerly known as the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) is offering family safety bike clinics, rodeos, helmet fittings, and street parties in addition to the usual Bike to Work and School rides. Find some more events on the EBBC website calendar. I requested their […]

See you at Cal Day?

visting the bug doctor

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 […]

Community learn-to-swim week coming to YMCA

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From March 31 to April 3, 2014 The Berkeley YMCA is offering beginning swim lessons to children age 3 to 6 and radically reduced prices: $10 for all 4 days or FREE to head start members. No membership required. Register in person at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA.

Downtown Berkeley YMCA offers programs for kids with special needs

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Swimming, Kids Night Out and summer camp – all designed for the inclusion of special kids.

Get fit. Meet Moms. Fight cancer.

Moms in Training program brought to you by LLS

We received a tip that Team in Training has spun off a new version of its athletic fundraising/exercise program specifically for moms. The program kicks off on April 12th and culminates with the See Jane Run 5K Walk and Stroller Stride in Alameda on June 22nd (event participation optional). Based on our busy schedules (and […]

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.