Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito

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Mom of two, Cara enjoys making crafts, photography and simple scrapbooking. We asked Cara to tell us about El Cerrito and she sent us this list of tips for families. ~ Heather We live in the flats of El Cerrito not far from El Cerrito Plaza, and while we spend a lot of time in […]

Crab Cove in Alameda for little explorers

The view from Crab Cove Alameda

I was a lucky chaperone on a field trip to Alameda’s Crab Cove with a class of curious kindergartners.  I learned about marine mammals (native critters), estuaries (fresh water + ocean water), and how often snacks and hugs are required to keep our energy up (lots!). What’s so special about Crab Cove? The Crab Cove […]

What to expect at Pedalfest 2015

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Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 25th 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 […]

Field trip to the hills and tunnels of Black Diamond Mines

Exploring the Black Diamond Mines, photo by Annie Burke

Thank you to Annie Burke sharing her terrific tips for exploring Black Diamond Mines with kids in tow.   There’s something cool about exploring an old mine and an old town. It’s kinda sorta like a ghost town, but not as spooky. There is a beautiful cemetery up on the hill which is fun to […]

Berkeley Kite Festival 2015

Berkeley Kite Festival in the Berkeley Marina

The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I’ve ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are Jul 25 and 26th. The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is […]

Daytrip to Stinson Beach with kids

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Stinson Beach is our favorite, FAVORITE beach in the Bay Area. In the Summers you’ll find us there practically every weekend. I almost hesitate to tell you about it because the parking situation stresses me out, but I’m nice, so here are my best tips: Leave early. The parking lot is big, but it fills up […]

LEGO Brickshow in San Leandro

Lego Brickshow in San Leandro

A world made of LEGO bricks will be on display at the LEGO Brickshow 2015 in San Leandro, opening Friday, June 26. The exhibit will include interactive opportunities for kids and adults to build with LEGOs, control robots, and compete in LEGO-themed games with other visitors. Located at the Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Avenue, […]

15 places to go on the 4th of July

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Thanks to Sarah’s Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July Guide for East Bay families. Sarah’s Science has locations in Oakland and Berkeley and invites your child to come have a BLAST! Campers make and take home a fun science project each day, from robots to rockets, catapults to ladybug gardens. Independence Day is a Saturday […]

Go outside with kids, really outside

Take kids all the way outside in the Bay Area

Feeling quite tired of playgrounds (I hear you!), Berkeley mom of two Annie Burke started taking her family and friends out to some less-traveled parks in the East Bay Regional Park District in 2009. Since then, her community Outside Kids has grown to over 100 families who go outside – really outside – to explore, […]

A Parent’s Guide to Lakeshore Avenue

Grand Lake Farmer's Market on Saturdays: parents guide to Lakeshore

Anchored by a library, a playground and a Saturday farmers’ market, Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue (AKA Grand Lake) District is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It’s also a great place for kids and families. I lived nearby for over 12 years, and my now-9-year-old has been enjoying Lakeshore since he was a newborn. Our favorite […]