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

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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 […]

August is Karma Cinema Month at the New Parkway

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Oakland’s New Parkway Theater is trying an experiment for the month of August to inspire a cycle of generosity in our community. Here’s the deal: pay what you want for your movie ticket — including Family Matinees and Baby Brigades — for the entire month, and 30 percent of gross tickets sales will be donated […]

99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

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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

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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)

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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 […]

Date night: Oakland’s Art Murmur

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We discovered Oakland Art Murmur, the perfect feel free again, but still be glad you’re older than most of the kids out there date spot! My husband and I set off child-free to cruise the Art Murmuring streets of Oakland. This event happens each first Friday of the month. We’ve been twice now and would […]

{510} Family Faves: Tianna from Apple Pie Maternity + Kids

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I stopped into Apple Pie Maternity + Kids, a new consignment store on San Pablo Avenue, in North Berkeley and met the owner Tianna, her husband and their two toddler boys. She’s created an adorable space for parents and kids, so stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.  Here are some of Tianna’s picks for […]

It’s time to check out the New Parkway

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Oakland has triumphantly re-birthed a classic: the New Parkway has many things we loved from the Original Parkway along with a different location and management to make up some new traditions. They’ll be open 360 days a year, serving up mostly $6 movies, healthy unhealthy food, upcycled decor, and a heavy dose of community. The […]

Parents’ Guide to Oakland’s Park Blvd.

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This hyperlocal tour of Oakland was contributed by Chantal Laurie, who works for Teach For America and sits on the Board of Habitot. Chantal has two young children and lives close to Park Blvd. The Glenview neighborhood in Oakland is small enough that you might miss it if you blink too many times while driving […]

Bring your baby to the movies!

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The Cerrito Cinema on San Pablo picks up where the Parkway left off. As longtime fans and participants of the Baby Brigade, we are pleased that the show is going on.

 

{510} Family Faves: Dashka Slater

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Local author Dashka Slater’s book, Baby Shoes, has been well-loved in my house since I picked up a signed copy at Cody’s (sniff) when my oldest was a tot. I was so happy to meet her a few months ago at Mini Maker Faire. I love that she answered our interview questions both for herself […]

Parents’ Guide to Oakland’s Jack London Square

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I’m happy to introduce our newest contributor, Mandy, an Oakland mom to a busy toddler daughter that calls Jack London Square home. She was happy to share her favorite neighborhood spots and promises, “JLS is kid-friendly, and families live here too!” — thanks Mandy! Transportation The old Warehouse District is definitely an up and coming […]