Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patch girl

Thanks to Speer Family Farm for sponsoring this year’s pumpkin patch guide. Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin patches are all over the map (as are the patches themselves). My preference is to get in, get out, and get a perfect pumpkin picture so I only head out […]

{510} Family Faves with Outside Kids Annie Burke

Annie Burke picks all her favorite East Bay things for families

I was so happy to sit down with Annie Burke in a tea shop in Berkeley and talk about our sons, her love of the outdoors, and how terrific it is to give children unstructured time to play and explore. Annie lives in Berkeley with her husband and two kids, Alex (9) and Benny (6). What […]

Tinkergarten outdoor classes are new to Oakland

Tinkergarten classes for preschoolers now in Oakland

Tinkergarten is a new series of little kids’ classes set in the outdoors. These classes offer children the chance to learn problem-solving, tenacity, and more through thoughtfully-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, independent exploration, risk taking, and getting dirty are encouraged. Outdoor classes and activities for kids that are fun, simple, and designed for learning. My […]

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna County Park’s serene and beautiful location in a redwood forest, close proximity to local towns, and lots of kid-friendly activities make it one […]

Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito


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 […]