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 […]

Brentwood farms fruit picking, tips for families

Cherry harvest in Brentwood

Monday, I drove four boys out to Brentwood to go fruit-picking. I was vague in my promises — berries, cherries, apricots, or whatever they have. You like blackberries? Olallieberries? Maybe them too! — and thank goodness because everything was closed. Boohoo. I met Tino at Bacchini’s Fruit Tree, a family operated Picked and U-Pick fruit stand in […]