6 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

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Parents Night Out events are fantastic excuses for a drop-off kid party hosted by a local venue in which children eat pizza, have dessert (gasp!), watch movies, and play with other kids of a similar age until way past their bedtimes. The formula varies depending on which organization is playing host. In some cases, your […]

Neighborhood favorite: Paisan

After about two years of delay, I am so pleased to see another fantastic restaurant in SW Berkeley. Paisan is a high-end pizzeria with the welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood joint.

{510} Family Faves from This is Oakland

{510} Family Faves from creator of This is Oakland

We are excited to tell you that This is Oakland — a gorgeous loveletter of a book to our East Bay metropolis — is now available for purchase. We want to thank co-creator Melissa Davis for sharing her favorites with us today. Melissa lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three-year-old son, and runs […]

Westbrae Biergarten for families?

Westbrae Biergarten

Berkeley has a new beer garden worth a visit. If you frequent the Ohlone Greenway, chances are you’ve biked past the construction site of the Westbrae Biergarten (at Gilman) and wondered of its pending opening. Good news, it’s now open.  Better news?  I’ve checked it out for you. The Wesbrae Biergarten is an outdoor beer […]

{510} Family Faves with children’s author, Ben Brunetti

(510) Family Faves with children's author Ben Brunetti

Ben Brunetti is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker/writer/illustrator in the process of writing a series of children’s books and developing preschool TV shows. His first children’s book, Please Share, is a story to help teach toddlers (and his own kids) about sharing and is currently on Kickstarter. We thank him for sharing his Bay Area parenting faves with us today. Who […]

Treebones Resort, kid-free vacation inspiration

Treebones Resort south of Big Sur, yurt glamping

For my birthday last year, I enjoyed the luxury of a few kid-free days driving down the coast with my husband. With only three days to be wild and free, we discovered Treebones Resort, a collection of deluxe yurts with ocean views and a killer restaurant somewhere south of Big Sur. With no in-unit toilets or […]

Lyft and Uber: good resources for one-car families

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Though Uber has been driving tech-savvy folks around San Francisco, New York and Boston for a while now, I just tried it myself last month in the East Bay. I used Lyft as well, and in both cases, the drivers told me that Berkeley is a new market and they weren’t picking up as many […]

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.

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 […]

Date night on the circle in Kensington

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Have dinner at Benchmark Pizza while your kids make magnificent art to gift or keep at 4Cats Art Studio. Meanwhile 20% of proceeds go to the Kensington Education Foundation for Kensington Hilltop school. Specifics Preregistration is required with 4Cats & dinner reservations should be be made with Benchmark. The event is scheduled for 6:00pm – […]

Holiday date night for local wine + beer lovers

Donkey and Goat Winery

Donkey & Goat and neighbor Trumer Pils will stay open late offering holiday cheer for Mom & Dad and an opportunity to taste and stock up for the holiday. Meanwhile, 2 blocks away, Brushstrokes is offering a drop off Pizza & Pottery Party for kids 5+ yrs from 6-8:30p. Reserve your spot for this cool […]

99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

99 Days of Summer in Oakland

We thought it would be fun to have one activity for each day of the year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Whether you like to add them to your calendar, bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your fridge, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do […]

Buy yummy food to help BUSD’s cooking + gardening program

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Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is in jeopardy of losing their pre-K through high school gardening and cooking programs as of October 1st. Many concerned parents and businesses are fighting back. And you can help, too. By eating good food. This upcoming Wednesday May 22nd, Whole Foods Market Berkeley will be donating 5% of Net […]

Do you make the most of your babysitter? (sponsored)

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This post is part of a series sponsored by UrbanSitter. When I wrote on our other blog, RookieMoms.com, that I have high expectations of a babysitter, it was met with mixed reactions. I shared that my (adult) babysitter bathes my kids, and some readers felt that was above and beyond the call of duty. I’d […]

{510} Family Faves with Oakland mom, Corey Weinstein

Corey and Ben in Oakland

Corey Weinstein lives in Oakland—with her son Benjamin (almost 10) and their dog Firebolt. She’s a Broker-Associate of Orange Door Properties at Red Oak Realty. She is also one of the Directors of CAMP 510, an arts + maker summer day camp in Temescal. We thank her for sharing her love of Oakland and the […]

Best date nights in the East Bay

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This post — with more than seventeen East Bay date night ideas — is sponsored by UrbanSitter.com. Over the past three years of running this community website, we have profiled dozens of parents and asked them about their favorite picks and places in the East Bay. Today, I’m happy to share your collective favorite date-nights! […]

8 Parents’ Night Out options (PNO)

Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out is a fantastic excuse for a drop-off kid party in which children eat pizza, have dessert (gasp!), watch movies, and play with other kids of a similar age until way past their bedtimes. The formula varies depending on which organization is playing host. In some cases, your kids will do gymnastics, in […]