Yay for rain! First, let’s acknowledge that we haven’t had to talk about this in 4+ years. Here are five great ideas of where to go and what to do when it’s raining: 1. Creeks. This is where winter in the Bay Area shines! The creeks have water in them and are perfect for rock […]
Looking for Valentine’s Day activities families can enjoy in the East Bay? We are excited to share this round-up of love- and heart-themed activities in February. Have fun! This round-up of Valentine’s Day family craft projects and outings is made possible by our events calendar which includes activities from other organizations. Some errors and changes […]
We’ve put together this guide to East Bay summer camps, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. Don’t freak out yet, there’s still lots of time to register for most of them. In fact, many of our favorites weren’t quite ready with their 2016 offerings, so we’ll be updating this guide all spring. You can use Activity Hero […]
I thought I’d pull together a short list of things you might do if you find yourself without an outing for the day.
February 1 – Stop by Super Bowl City in San Francisco during hometown week before all the tourists arrive. Or just eat the commemorative sundae at Fentons. Make sure to BART there! February 2 – Play at Middle Harbor. You can ride bikes, see boats and trains, fly kites, run around shoreline and have picnic on […]
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, step by step. (See what I did there?) Play ball Learning to throw and catch requires practice. The first step […]
The BLAST Festival at Ashby Stage (or blastival) runs February 6 to March 6, 2016 with some new family-friendly shows. Across the street from Ashby BART is the theater that most frequently runs cool indie adult plays by the Shotgun players. If you drive down either MLK or Ashby, you will have noticed their ever-changing […]
I love to visit factories and peek behind the scenes to see how stuff is made. Especially fantastic are the hands-on tours where kids are so engrossed they forget to be bored. Here are a few of my favorite Bay Area factory tours: Short, sweet, by appointment: Ice Cream Peek behind the scenes at Fentons Creamery where you […]
New foodie mamas group starting February 10 in Oakland. Sign up now! Lindsay told me, “I started the Foodie Mamas group because so many of the moms I work with feel isolated and lonely. I wanted them to have a place to connect in a fun, nurturing way with other women who really get what […]
Babywearing Fitness, co-created by El Sobrante mom Rebecca Band who wanted to work out with her baby, now offers two places in the East Bay to try this innovative exercise class. Babywearing Fitness classes are specifically designed for postpartum women and their babies. The total-body workout fully incorporates the baby (in a carrier) and focuses on […]
We’re excited to share a guest post about realistic and affordable snow play adventures for young Bay Area families by Bay Area Families Outside. Snow! El Niño is here, and the mountains outside of the Bay Area are (finally!) filled with snow. Time to head up to the mountains for some adventures! While you can […]
On my recent group tour for prospective parents of King Middle School in Berkeley, a hot topic on the minds of the parents of soon-to-be sixth graders was cell phones. Do middle schoolers need phones? Will they start obsessing about Instagram likes if they have phones? Zoning out during conversations because they are looking at […]
What if superheroes were people of color? Are they? What if they aged, like mortals? These are some of the questions raised by the art at the Bedford Gallery show My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action, a mixed media show in downtown Walnut Creek whose opening reception I took my family to this weekend.
The 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee—NFL Foundation, and KaBoom! has granted Habitot funds to to transform a 3,600 sq ft parking lot at Adeline and Alcatraz in Berkeley into a giant sandbox to promote active play for children of all ages. SandZone! will be open […]
BandWorks School of Rock is a year-round program that offers group music classes to grade school-aged kids in a handful of Bay Area locations, including a grungy rehearsal space in Jack London Square. I could not be happier that we discovered BandWorks as it’s become a cornerstone of our extra-curricular activities and the shows are […]