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.

Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2014

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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. Bay Street Santa Photos (Emeryville) Saturday, December 6, from 11 am to 5 pm, classic Santa photos will be taken. Prices […]

It’s that time of year: Holiday activities in the East Bay

Holiday outings and activities for East Bay families

Mountain View Cemetery Circle of Lights, Piedmont There are so many community events in celebration of the holiday season, we thought we’d make a list to help you narrow in on a few that sound best for your family. PiedmontCommunity Hall Tree Lighting on Wednesday December 3rd at 7pm sharp Holiday Stroll in Montclair on […]

Kid to kid toy exchange, what a great idea!

From Kid2Kid toy exchange in South Berkeley

We’re happy to introduce you to From Kid 2 Kid, a toy swapping service and part-time play space in the Lorin District of South Berkeley. Started by two local best-friend moms, Nina and Jessie, their mission is to prolong the lifecycle of toys by keeping useable ones out of landfills and in the hands of […]

3 places to observe Dia de los Muertos in the East Bay

Dia de los Muertos Festival in Oakland

Fruitvale. Unity Council hosts an enormous (see teacup ride above!)  Dia de los Muertos Festival of Latin American music, food, and culture that promises to be family friendly. Sunday, November 2 from 10 am to 5 pm. Gourmet Ghetto. The 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue will host altar building, facepainting, and food trucks with beer […]

Chinook Book: Is it worth it?

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Promising to save you up to $3,000 with local coupons is one thing, but does it deliver?

Simple, creative Halloween costumes

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Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her creative DIY Halloween costume ideas. Anna Wintour photo: Oh Happy Day What little girl doesn’t love dressing up in Mama’s pearls and oversized sunglasses? My own daughter loves to flip through the pages of Vogue when it arrives each month and sits on our coffee table. […]

Reader tip: Turn candy into CASH!

Turn Halloween candy into cash

I received this tip from a local dentist, Total Health Dental Care, that turns Halloween candy into money. This program can line your kid’s pockets or kickstart a PTA-fundraising drive with a little (ok, a LOT of) coordination. Those of you with kids know that this time of year brings a ton of unwanted candy […]

{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

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Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous addition to our round-up of things to do with kids on Halloween! Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Free admission days at the Exploratorium

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A family of four entering San Francisco’s Exploratorium can cost $96 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so putting their free admission days on your calendar is a wise move. The first one is Latino Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería on Sunday, September 28, 2014. All are welcome, but the Exploratorium […]

See you at the Eat Real Fest?

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Put the FOOD back into FAST at this intersection of healthy eating and street food.

Half-day trip: Fremont’s Central Park

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If you haven’t spent time in Fremont, you might not be aware that it is home to a 450-acre park with an enormous lake in the middle of it. Not only does Central Park offer tons of space to run and play, picnic, and exercise, there is a unique playground unlike any I’ve seen. The […]

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

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This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

September is library card sign-up month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up

Do you want to get a first library card? Did your kid lose his card several months ago and has been borrowing his brother’s since then? In either case, you’re in luck this September (when so all new BPL cards or swaps will be FREE for a limited time, even if the card is missing). September […]