99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

99 Days of Summer in Oakland

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 […]

FREE pregnancy education classes at Baby World in Oakland


Join Doulaville Birth Services to learn about local childbirth options including up to date research on maternity services that promote the best outcomes for you and baby in these completely free mini-classes. RSVP recommended. Read detailed class descriptions at http://www.sf.doulaville.com/family-education.html. May 15 – Enriching Pregnancy June 19 – Postpartum Pampering July 17 – So This […]

Take what you need

Take what you need, Oakland

My friend, Carla, recently moved to Oakland with her little girl and they’ve been spreading a little sunshine as they move through our community. This project was spawned as part of a Keep Austin Weird idea but I think it works perfectly for our quirky corner of the world. I love her spirit and I […]

Free admission at Habitot on Saturday, April 20

habitot in berkeley

Happy Birthday to you, Habitot! Since opening 15 years ago in 1998, Habitot children’s museum in downtown Berkeley has welcomed almost 1,000,000 visitors. On Saturday, they invite the public to a 15th anniversary celebration in the form of a Quinceañera-themed day. Local children’s songleader Mariela Herrera will perform in Spanish and English at 10:30 am, […]

Oakland’s Play Cafe is a fantastic find

baby room at Play Cafe in Oakland

We are fans of the indoor playspace concept in our family, but amazingly had not checked out Play Cafe in Oakland until last week.  My husband was out of town for 4 nights, so it seemed the perfect time to go on a little adventure to check out a new spot, and we were not […]

Bittersweet Cafe in Rockridge

Bittersweet cafe in Oakland

A child-friendly spot that also lets grownups challenge their palates, Bittersweet Café is one of our favorite destinations in Oakland’s Rockridge district (it’s popular with the stroller brigade, too). Are you a parent who needs a break from kiddie stuff? Then there’s room for you here as well. Their child’s hot chocolate starts with Guittard […]

Park Review: Memorial Park in Albany


Memorial Park in Albany is home to so many family-friendly resources and events, that all parents in communities north of Berkeley should know about it. While parking is plentiful, the streets surrounding Memorial Park are flat and relatively quiet, so biking there is inviting. An open playground for kids five and older offers big kid […]

Reader tip: Weekly breastfeeding support in Berkeley


Please join one or both of these weekly breastfeeding support groups, facilitated by a board certified lactation consultant. No RSVP required. All sessions are $10. The first half hour is for arrivals and informal chatting, then we’ll begin group introductions on the hour. Weigh your baby on our scale to track growth and meet other […]

Reflexology at the Pacific East Mall


Have you been to the Pacific East Mall? For less than $20, you can get a one hour reflexology massage at Golden Island Massage with all your clothes on. Called a “foot reflexology massage,” it starts with the feet but it works your entire body before the hour is up. It’s an indulgence in the […]

Botanic Garden, free fun for all ages

mom and toddler hiking

The Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden, an enchanted, not-so-secret garden, is a magical place for visitors of all ages at no cost. The garden is full of California native plants, rare and endangered including flowers, ferns, trees and even flowering cactus. You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy the space, just a lover […]

It’s time to check out the New Parkway

yelp new parkway

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.

Glenview Oakland Map

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 […]

Tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield


The greatest jellybean company in the land offers free tours and will send you home with samples and fun facts to spare. Win win. Kids and adults will like watching robot arms move boxes of jelly beans onto conveyor belts. Grown-ups can have fun on their own too; Whitney and I went here in the […]

Bring your baby to the movies!

baby brigade at the parkway theatre

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.


8 drop-in activities in the East Bay for $10 or less


I thought I’d pull together a short list of things you might do if you find yourself without an outing for the day.

A parents’ guide to Oakland’s Lakeshore district


Anchored by a library, a playground and a Saturday farmer’s market, Oakland’s Lakeshore district is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It’s also a great place for kids and families. I lived near here for over 12 years and my 7-year-old has been enjoying Lakeshore since he was a tot. Our favorite spot on […]

Dailey Method in Berkeley hosts family-friendly event

Kendra from UrbanSitter has let us know about this event in Elmwood for East Bay Families who want to try a new fitness experience. During the regularly scheduled 4:00pm Dailey Method class taught by Kerry Corcoran,  free childcare will be provided by Urban Sitter on Sunday, December 9. Following class the kids get their turn in the studio for […]