Corey Weinstein lives in Oakland—with her son Benjamin (almost 10) and their dog Firebolt. She’s a Broker-Associate of Orange Door Properties at Red Oak Realty. She is also one of the Directors of CAMP 510, an arts + maker summer day camp in Temescal. We thank her for sharing her love of Oakland and the East Bay.
What favorite discovery you want to tell parents with big kids about? The labyrinths in Sibley Park — you can take your kids (and dogs!) on a great hike and then walk the labyrinths (there are several); plus, we always see cows. It hardly seems like Oakland once you’re there, but it’s just a few minutes drive.
What amazing camp or class has your child has participated in? I have to promote our camp– CAMP 510, which is a small, hands-on day camp for young makers and artists. Ben also loves Trackers, he farms at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, and he’s loyal to his Bay Oaks teammates in the East Bay United Soccer Club.
Fave playground: When Ben was tiny we went to Linda St. Park off Piedmont Ave.; then we spent years going to Frog Park on Hardy St. in Rockridge and Dracena Park in Piedmont. Lately it’s less about playgrounds and more about soccer fields.
Fave date activities: A late afternoon walk at Limantour Beach, followed by oysters in Point Reyes Station; or, less romantic—country Thai food at East Oakland’s Old Weang Ping, for a super-kitschy, hole-in-the-wall dining experience; also cocktails and shared plates with friends at Boot and Shoe Service on Grand Ave. by the lake and the Grand Lake Theater.
Fave birthday party venue: MOCHA for little kids is sweet and fun, and Golden Tee Golfland for mini-golf, in Castro Valley is a blast with bigger kids. Ben is having his 10th (yikes, double digits!) at Albany Bowl.
Fave advice from when you were a rookie mom: The best advice I got as a rookie mom—You can’t child proof the world so you have to world-proof the child. It sounds simple but it’s quite profound.
Fave family dinner out: We don’t eat out often, but—Pizzaiolo (Temescal) is the best pizza for Ben, amazing wood-oven-fired treats and great drinks for Mom plus we love their outdoor heated patio with a bocce court (and chickens)
In the summer we go to Bites off Broadway on 45th St @ Manila, on Friday nights after camp.
What is your neighborhood known for? We live in Montclair right by the Village. It’s known for very good public schools and tons of real estate offices. It’s also known for Montclair Park with it’s duck pond, skate ramp, baseball diamond and playgrounds; Montclair also has a small but excellent Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings, great hikes and bike trails, amazing Children’s section at the Library, Farmstead Wine & Cheese Shop, and Sola Lucy (a consignment store for stylish clothes and accessories).
I love Oakland with the Art Murmur, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, the little Temescal Alley that could, and the New Parkway Theater. And that’s not even mentioning Lake Merritt, Fairyland and our very own Zoo.