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Gemshare sponsored this post, but we're really using it as described below. Read on. The iOS (and soon-to-be Android) app … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 9 + 10)

Doughnut Dolly just opened a new location in West Berkeley. Made to order doughnuts from the sweetest gal? We'll take two … {more}


Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign … {more}

Kids flying alone on Southwest Airlines

Unaccompanied minors in the air

My children, 7 and 9, flew Southwest to Los Angeles yesterday without a chaperone. Here's how it works: My mom, the … {more}


The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. … {more}

Everyday Bento (cookbook)

Win a copy of Everyday Bento!

Local author and blogger, Wendy Copley, wrote and photographed my children's current favorite book: Everyday Bento: 50 Cute … {more}


Vacation Inspiration: Renting an RV

"Whatever this vacation cost," said my husband, who had almost nothing to do with the itinerary and reservations, "it was … {more}

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Oakland Art & Soul festival this weekend

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland this weekend with live music, … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 2 + 3)

Downtown Oakland's Art & Soul Festival offers two days of music, fun, and art. PLUS a BBQ competition. Yum. Oakland … {more}

Some of my neighborhood choices on the Postmates app

Mama’s little helper: Postmates

Have you ever been lying prone, on the couch, telling your throw pillows that you would pay any amount of money if they could … {more}

Free LEGO building events at the Pleasanton Store

FREE LEGO Build activities monthly in Pleasanton

Worth the drive? You tell me! Join in the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton open to … {more}

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}

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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