Gardening in the Bay Area with kids

Urban gardening in the Bay Area

No yard? No problem. This guest post was provided by Karolina Willson from Castro Valley, who wanted to share some of her … {more}

Get kids to listen without nagging

Free online positive parenting class

Update: This class has already occurred, but you can sign up for the next one through the same links. I have taken a free … {more}


Kids eat free Tuesdays at IKEA

Last month I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 26 + 27)

The Berkeley Kite Festival takes place this weekend. See kites as big as school buses. Crazy. Visit the zoo! Feed the … {more}

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Music Together: East Bay baby and toddler class

Families with little ones, have you heard of Music Together? The answer is probably "yes," although, if you are like me, you … {more}


What to expect at Pedalfest

Pedalfest at Jack London Square -- Oakland's free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food -- is back on July 26th from … {more}

Berkeley Kite Festival in the Berkeley Marina

Coming soon: Berkeley Kite Festival

The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I've ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina … {more}

Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez

Rankin Aquatic Center, playful swimming pool in Martinez

Splash! We want to thank Becky Grigsby for scouting out Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. Becky is the Oakland mom to two, … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 19 + 20)

  National Ice Cream Day is Sunday! Who better to celebrate with than Fentons Creamery? FREE ice cream. Yes, … {more}

A Day Out with Thomas is coming to Felton, CA

Ticket Alert: Book now for A Day Out with Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine is coming near the Bay Area July 25-27 & August 1-3 to Felton's Roaring Camp Railroads. Book … {more}

Alameda Festival

5 cheap and fun summer family activities in Alameda

Thanks to Leslie Harvey from Trips with Tykes for being our guest blogger today. Alameda is one of the East Bay's best … {more}

Happy Birthday to Oakland's Fenton's Creamery

Fentons is having a birthday party & you’re invited

  Oakland's own Fentons Creamery is celebrating 120 years of serving up ice cream sundaes with a big old ice cream … {more}


El Cerrito Gem: Blake Garden

I've lived in El Cerrito on and off for the last twelve years and despite it being a six minute drive from my house, I only … {more}

Fitzgerald Tidepools near Moss Beach

Day trip to the Fitzgerald Tide Pools

I want to thank Keira Armstrong for sharing her experience at the Fitzgerald Tidepools with us today. She's the Berkeley … {more}

Tilden Park Little Farm resident

Little Farm has re-opened {Yay!}

After months of construction on the sewage lines and other un-fun but necessary improvements, we are thrilled to share the … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 12 + 13)

Connect with nature at Indian Rock Park with the Berkeley Forest School. Enjoy the sunset over storytelling and shadow … {more}


Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}

One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of … {more}

Redwood Bowmen archery in Oakland

Archery in Oakland with Redwood Bowmen

Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice … {more}

Playing at Habitot

6 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

Parents Night Out events are fantastic excuses for a drop-off kid party hosted by a local venue in which children eat pizza, … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 5 + 6)

  Cool off at El Cerrito's Splash Park - now open on Saturdays for the Summer! Learn to make fresh handheld fruit … {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

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