23 Best Things to Do With a Baby in the East Bay - 510 Families

23 Best Things to Do With a Baby in the East Bay

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Fun with Pre-Crawling Babies (babes in arms)

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A fresh pack of diapers | Photo: REDYPER

Spending time with a newborn is all about adjusting to your new role. Building your confidence to take your baby on errands and outings is important. Here are some activities to put on your bucket list for the first six months.

  1. Practice using your stroller and find a café with outdoor seating. We like The Hidden Cafe in Berkeley, Zocalo in San Leandro, and Kaleidoscope Coffee in Point Richmond, right next to an adorable collection of fairy houses.
  2. Join a new mom’s group. Other parents with babies the same age as yours are a treasure! Find more places to meet new moms >
  3. Paint your baby’s footprints onto pottery for a sweet little keepsake. You can do this at Brushstrokes in Berkeley and Color Me Mine in Alameda’s Southshore Center.
  4. Have a family date night at a baby-friendly movie showing. We like the Baby Brigade features at the New Parkway theater in Oakland.
  5. Sign up for a bring-your-baby exercise class. There are a bunch of creative ways to get a workout with a baby in tow in the East Bay.
Brushstrokes Studio Berkeley
Making footprints at Brushstrokes | Photo Nissa Brehmer


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What to Do with Babies Over 6 Months (sitters, crawlers, eaters)

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This baby is ready for where the day is going | Photo: REDYPER

Two things happen in the second half of your baby’s first year. The first is that your little one can sit up and participate in life more fully and the second is that you will be more comfortable using your gear and leaving the house. Here are a few more activities to explore for babies 6-12 months old.

  1. Find music and movement classes. These classes offer free trials.
  2. Visit a playground and try out the baby swings. The East Bay has a bazillion to choose from.
  3. Shop at a farmers’ market. The people-watching and fruit-tasting are perfect baby activities. Find one near you.
  4. Take your baby swimming. Sounds intimidating, but we have faith in you! Here are the local pools to choose from.
  5. Visit a pet supply store with your older baby. The tanks with turtles and mice are right at their eye level. Five more places where little ones can see animals for free in the East Bay>
  6. Seek out fantastic photo opps. Here’s a round-up of gorgeous local wall murals for your photoshoots.
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Joining a support group for new parents is a great way to meet others in the same stage | Photo: REDYPER

Upcoming Local Baby-Friendly Events From the {510} Families Calendar

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time Event
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa on Solano
Peggy Smith Allstate Insurance, Berkeley
3:00 pm - 5:45 pm Holiday Tree Lighting
Fernandez Park, Pinole
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sheep Meet & Greet
Tilden Little Farm, Berkeley

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Time Event
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Kensington Farmers' Market
Kensington Farmers’ Market, Kensington
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Temescal Farmers' Market
Temescal Farmer’s Market, Oakland
9:30 am - 11:00 am LGBTQ+ Parent-Infant Playdate (Hybrid)
Destiny Arts Center, Oakland
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sprinkles Parents Park Playdate
McCartney Park, San Leandro
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Forest Visit With Santa
Jack London Square, Oakland
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Santa on Solano
Peggy Smith Allstate Insurance, Berkeley
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Pop-Up Glowing Hanukkah Party at Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm “It’s A Wonderful Life in Lafayette" Holiday Celebration
Downtown Lafayette, Lafayette
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Chanukah Celebration on the Lake
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland

Favorite Baby Activities & Resources from the REDYPER Team

REDYPER and 510families are in total agreement that creating memorable experiences with babies and kids is preferable to acquiring more STUFF. These are some organizations the San Francisco-based team at REDYPER loves to support:

Babies Over One Year

standing babies in diapers
Once they start walking, they want to choose the destination! | Photo: REDYPER

Congratulations! You are now a toddler owner and there are hundreds of things to do with toddlers. Here is a handful of ideas to try as soon as your baby begins to walk.

  1. Buy a zoo membership. You’ll use it a lot. Here are the deets on the Oakland Zoo.
  2. Sign up for a class. From toddler gardening to ballet, this list will help you find a class to put on your schedule weekly — and meet more local parents.
  3. Get to know the local hikes. We’ve put together a guide to the best places to take little ones on easy trails.
  4. Go to library and bookstore events for toddlers. Free storytimes are just the best.
  5. Visit an indoor playground. These admission-based playspaces are toddler fantasyland!
  6. Take a mini-roadtrip to a U-Pick farm. Seasonally available, fruit-picking is satisfying for all and blueberries are the easiest for small ones. 10 fruit-picking ideas for Bay Area families >

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