5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]

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 […]

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping

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Whether you stay in the car and do a “drive-by” or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday light displays is a fun winter tradition. Here are our picks for light-peeping this year. Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a must-see for East Bay families. Get a preview here […]

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

Keeping a kid busy at Cal

Circular sculpture at UC Berkeley is great for climbing

I attended school at the UC Berkeley Campus and I love to take my daughters there. We like to show off the campus so they feel comfortable with universities see that they are actually fun and exciting places where you can learn, adventure and picnic! Here are our top 6 things to do with our […]

Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2013

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If you’ve got a real Santa enthusiast in your family, you might want to know where else to find the Bearded One. Here are a few opportunities. We’ll update this list throughout the month. Santa on Solano (Berkeley/Albany) Free photo with Santa as well as snacks and live entertainment from 12-4 on December 14th and […]

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.

Drop-in craft projects at Michael’s stores (Emeryville)

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My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity. Every Saturday, […]

Dollar day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar days at Golden Gate Fields returns this Sunday. Horse racing for the pre-K set? Sure, why not? It’s only a buck or two…

Berkeley Park Profile: Aquatic (Dreamland)

Berkeley Dreamland Playground at Aquatic Park

When I first started hearing something about a Berkeley “aquatic” park, I pictured a swimming pool or a sprinkler pad. To add to my initial confusion, it took me a while to realize I had already been there (and no, there are no sprinklers or pool) and knew this park to be Dreamland! Now that […]

Parents’ Guide to Solano Avenue

Halloween costumes

Ten kid-friendly spots between The Alameda and San Pablo Avenue.

Lose yourself at IKEA

Lose yourself at Emeryville's IKEA

The Emeryville monster store, Ikea, is a colorful and fascinating place for a child (just make sure you don’t have too much on your shopping list!). Take advantage of the little-known family parking lot past the big parking structure and back toward the store.

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.

It’s that time of year: {510} Halloween Guide

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Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and outings where Jedi Knights and Cleopatra will be more than welcomed. Pre-Halloween events A costume Swap at Color Me Mine in Alameda is already in the works. When you drop off your costume (during […]