Santa Cruz guide for kids who love trains

Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz is awesome for Bay Area train lovers

Our guest writer is Karen, mom to one train-obsessed three-year old in San Francisco (among her many other talents). Do you have a small person in your house who can’t get enough of Thomas, Chuggington, and every other chugging choo choo out there? I do, and we recently spent a train-themed weekend in Santa Cruz. […]

Where do you swim in the East Bay?

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

  Since we’ve started this website, some of our favorite pools, lakes, lagoons, and beaches have closed, but luckily, new options have opened too. Here are ten pools to get wet in the East Bay. Where do you swim? Favorite Outdoor Pools (open seasonally) El Cerrito Pool – A shallow area with an active fountain makes […]

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 […]

Oakland Art & Soul festival 2015

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland with live music, food, artist’s booths and a kid zone for two days, August 1 and 2. Free attended bike parking and ferry access are also rounding out the transit options. Children under 12 are free while adult admission costs […]

Waterworld: A mega waterpark in Concord (with discount link)

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

For my daughter’s eighth birthday, we took her and three of her friends, plus my 10-year old son, to Waterworld California, the largest waterpark in the Bay Area, which is in Concord, about 30 minutes east of Berkeley. We were wowed by the large-scale slides, including types I had never seen before. photo courtesy Waterworld […]

Boomerang Bay Water Park at Great America, super fun but…

Boomerang Bay at Great America

I spent about two hours in the far end of California’s Great America at Boomerang Bay whooping it up with my older sons (age 8 and 10) and husband. During our visit, we did not get a chance to ride any of the tall waterslides because the lines rivaled those of the roller coasters. We had […]

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

Stinson 2

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 […]