Messy Art Day

Messy Art Day for 2-4 year olds

Each year we are so grateful that our friend (and contributor) Wendy tips us off that Messy Art Day is coming soon. When we went in previous years, my kids had a blast even though they were too shy to … {more}

Win a week of camp at We Rock the Spectrum Berkeley

{Giveaway} Summer camp at We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

We are swinging from the rafters about our next camp giveaway: one of our lucky readers will win five free days of summer camp at the epic indoor playspace, We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym in … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Mar 7 + 8)

  Cal is hosting a college sports day that looks really cool. Participate in sports drills, tour campus, and watch a baseball game. All FREE. SF's Lunar New Years Parade is Saturday. It's said … {more}

Einsteins gather to set a world record at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley

World Record for Einsteins happening in Berkeley

The elementary and middle school students at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, CA will gather en masse at the school’s athletic field at 2pm on Thursday March 5th, to celebrate Albert Einstein's … {more}

Family friendly passover options for the East Bay

Family-friendly Passover Guide for the East Bay

Passover 2015 begins in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11. As the grocery store shelves fill with matzoh, we thank our friends at the Jewish Federation of … {more}

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Kitchen On Fire: Kids cooking classes in Berkeley

Kitchen On Fire, the learning lab for cooking in Berkeley, offers classes in knife skills, pot roasts, one-pot meals -- and a class for adult-children pairs called "Cooking with Your Kids". Jen … {more}

S'mores at Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. (Basecamp Hotel photo)

Kid-Centric South Tahoe: Squeeze in a Winter Mini-Vacation

For the past three winters, I’ve promised my nine-year-old that we’d take him to play in the snow. This year, my husband and I finally got a chance to make that snow trip happen. It was a … {more}

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Golden Gate Park Children’s Playground & Carousel

There are so many great things to do in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - take a  stroll, explore the Cal Academy of Sciences, visit the Conservatory of Flowers, or sip tea at the Japanese Tea … {more}

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

Canyon Swim School: when its time to get serious about swim lessons

I have friends who have had good luck with swim lessons closer to Berkeley and Oakland. I envy them; they sign up for a couple sessions at the Y and their sons and daughters can now swim safely. But … {more}

Little League and Baseball Resources for East Bay Kids

A Rookie’s Guide to Kids Baseball in the East Bay

If you're thinking you'd like to give your child the opportunity to play baseball, but don't know how to get started, keep reading. We'll walk you through the things East Bay parents need to know, … {more}

East Bay Children's Theatre production

Ticket Alert: There’s No Business Like Shoe Business

My son and mom and I attended the last production from this theater group, an updated Jack and the Beanstalk, and were completely entertained and impressed by the clever lyrics and script. This year's … {more}

We Rock the Spectrum

Weekend Planner (Feb 28 + Mar 1)

There's still time to celebrate the Lunar New Year - stop by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center to ring in the year of the sheep. Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at Lakeshore Learning Center with … {more}

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Worth the drive: Heather Farm Park and Playground in Walnut Creek

The unique feature of the Heather Farm playground in Walnut Creek is a set of artificial-turf covered mounds that children can slide down on sheets of cardboard. The park is a great destination for … {more}

Marvel Universe LIVE! coming to San Jose

TICKET ALERT: Marvel Universe LIVE! (San Jose)

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to the Bay Area. It is a live action arena show of superheroes intended for all ages (best suited for ages 4 to 99) kinda like a theatrical ice show without the ice. I … {more}

Speed exhibit at LHS Berkeley

New exhibit: SPEED at LHS

Lawrence Hall of Science kicked off the race car-fueled exhibit February 7 and it is expected to run through May 3. Museum goers of most ages will have fun with the hands-on lessons to test your … {more}

Win a week of Camp at Brushstrokes

{Giveaway} Summer camp at Brushstrokes Studio

We are so excited that one of our lucky readers will win a free week of summer camp at Brushstrokes Studio! Brushstrokes Summer Camp offers weekly Art Camps for Kids (ages 6-9), Mini Matisse Camps … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Feb 21 + 22)

Pregnant? Or a new parent? Then we hope to see you at the Boobie-Palooza - a huge family festival chock-full of great parenting stuff. Try  hockey for FREE at the Oakland Ice Center. Be sure to sign … {more}

Favorite places in the #eastbay with Berkeley mom, Amira from Kichange

{510} Family Faves with Amira from Kichange

I'm excited to share the East Bay favorites of Amira. This California native is a solo practicing attorney, founder of a startup called Kichange Currency for Kids and a mother of two living in … {more}

Cooking Camp in Oakland

Spring Break camps in the East Bay

It's that time of year: families with school-aged children are either booking travel plans or arranging childcare for the days that schools are closed for Spring Break. Here is a list of programs that … {more}

Mrs Grossmans Sticker Factory in Petaluma

Tour Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory in Petaluma

I'm a manufacturing geek so I was really excited to learn that we were not too far from the only sticker factory in the USA. Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory is about an hour drive from Berkeley, so … {more}


This is our guide for parents to have more fun with their kids in the East Bay. You’ll find free and cheap activities for babies and kids in Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding areas.

Discover what you can do this weekend, where you can play, and how to find everything an East Bay family needs. Help us build this community: submit tips and make comments. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for visiting.

– Heather & Whitney, The Rookie Moms