Home Depot FREE workshops for kids

Home Depot workshops for kids

Spend a FREE morning at Home Depot building craft projects with your kid.

Little Farm is closed for renovations!

Tilden's Little Farm

Before you pack up the kids and the celery and head off to our favorite free farm in Berkeley, read this announcement on Berkeleyside about badly needed renovations that will keep Little Farm closed NOW through the end of February. Major sewer construction work that is set to begin next month will see the Little Farm, […]

Sunday Streets Berkeley: Save the date


On Sunday October 13, Shattuck Avenue will close down to car traffic from the north end at Rose Street in the Gourmet Ghetto to the southern end of Downtown Berkeley at Haste. Bikes, scooters, strollers, and wagons are welcome, as are pedestrians. Local vendors will line the edges of the street offering food, information, and […]

Berkeley park profile: San Pablo Park

San Pablo Park totlot in Berkeley

San Pablo Park is Berkeley’s oldest park and has many amenities.

Where can moms meet other new moms in the East Bay?


When I joined Support Group For Mothers back in 2004, I had one simple goal: to make a friend with the same-age baby. I knew I was about to meet ten women with babies close in age to mine, and I thought, “If I truly like just one of them, this will be money well […]

Biking with kids on the new Bay Bridge

Biking the Bay Bridge with kids

My husband Alec took our big boys to ride bicycles on the brand spanking new Bay Bridge, so of course, I interviewed him. What can I expect riding or walking on the new Bay Bridge? There are LOTS of rest stops once you’re on the actual bridge, with benches and everything – probably every 1/4 […]

Strawberry picking at Swanton Farm

Berry picking at Swanton Berry Farm

Vivian took a recent family outing to pick at Swanton Berry Farm — open yearround — and offered to share the highlights with us. The kids had fun picking fresh organic strawberries. The strawberries were some of the sweetest and juiciest I’ve ever had. The view from the farm is magnificent, with the Pacific Ocean […]

Solano Stroll Street Festival this Sunday


300,000 people will party in the street this Sunday on Solano Avenue. (Bring your walkie talkies!)

Free Museum Passes? Sign Me Up!

Discover + Go program gets you in free to area museums

It’s literally one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets: an incredible freebie that is still under the radar to many, but one that will completely change your cultural life. The program is called Discover & Go, and it gets you and your kids in free to some of our most popular museums and attractions […]

Free Music Together demo classes


A new space in Oakland will be host to East Bay Music Together classes for babies, toddlers, and their accompanying adults. Wednesday, September 4, you and your child can try a free demo class at Stellar Oakland. Music Together is a 510 Family fave; our kids have truly enjoyed it. If you’re not ready to […]

Barbie is coming to Oakland!

Barbie is moving roadtrip

Yes, THAT Barbie. The famous doll has packed up and left Southern California for a months-long roadtrip in search of a new home — called the “Barbie® is Moving” experience – and she’ll be pulling up in her pink convertible this weekend. WHAT TO EXPECT: The short answer is crowds and lots of pink, but if your […]

Back to School printables


I thought these cute photo props were worth sharing, even though our high tech children probably don’t associate the blackboard look and feel with school. I mean, chalk is for sidewalks these days; classrooms have whiteboards. Regardless, open this PDF and you’ll get a full set of printable pages that kids can hold up on […]

Dinner on the table: SpoonRocket

SpoonRocket delivers tasty meals in minutes in the east bay

The other day as I was assembling dinner, my husband arrived home and I asked, “How hungry are you?” and he answered, “Pretty hungry” so I clicked ORDER on a SpoonRocket.com delivery right then and there. Within ten minutes, a container of chicken, rice, and vegetables arrived at my house. True Story. Spoon Rocket promises […]

Little gems of Berkeley: Casa Latina

Casa Latina Berkeley

In a world where a single cookie at your local cafe can cost $2.25, it is delightful to discover a place where the whole family can enjoy the afterschool sugar bomb of their choice for $0.75 each. Casa Latina, a tiny restaurant on San Pablo Avenue just north of University offers an assortment of Mexican-style […]

Used kids clothes and consignment sales in the East Bay

Ruby's Garden in Temescal, resale shop for kids

Here are ten local opportunities besides Craig’s List to become part of the used kids clothes and gear ecosystem.

Summer Brainstorm: 25 things to do with a kid that cost less than $5


I wanted to cry when I realized the Exploratorium dropped their monthly free admission day and raised their prices such that a family of four with two grade-school age children, like mine, pays $88 to visit. (Kids over 6 cost $19 and adults cost $25.) As a comfort measure, I reminded myself that there are […]

Reader tip: 6 free local circus shows in Oakland!


The first 5 free outdoor circus shows support a popular West Oakland after school program via the Prescott Circus, starring Oakland youth ages 7-16. July 17 & 18 (today and tomorrow!) 2 shows each day: 11am and 1:30pm at Oakland Tech High School Auditorium 4351 Broadway, Oakland CA Saturday, July 20 at 2pm at DeFremery Park has […]