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Birthday party entertainment: Fire Pixie

I recently attended a terrific Fire Pixies birthday party featuring Safari Sue. Super fun for kids and parents.

New mom challenge: Find a family-friendly pub

Looking for a place to meet your kid-free friends with your little sidekick? Here are eight bars and pubs that might fit the bill.

Fun outdoor birthday party place: Tilden Park Carousel

5 East Bay outdoor birthday party ideas

I’ve put together a list of five options for outdoor birthday parties that are super fun and let kids run their ya-yas out around the East Bay.


Outdoor birthday party idea: Children’s Fairyland

Best for kids under 7, Children’s Fairyland in Oakland is a fun birthday venue in good weather.

No-fly vacation idea: Seascape Resort in Aptos

A family-focused review of this Santa Cruz-adjacent resort.

Berkeley’s Off the Grid with a kid

El Cerrito mom, Sunny McKay, thinks that Off the Grid with a kid is a great idea! Here are her tips.


Six Flags: Is it worth it?

Part zoo, part theme park, the park offers a surprising number attractions that suited my young kids.

Homeroom Oakland mac and cheese

Homeroom: Temescal Mac & Cheese Restaurant

Temescal’s popular mac and cheese restaurant, Homeroom, has the classics with a few extra touches that make it great for kids and parents alike. Outdoor seating, too!

Mr Mopps owners Devin and Jenny

Berkeley independent toy store, Mr. Mopps, is delightful

Mr Mopps independent toy store is a gem in Berkeley.


Birthday party entertainment: Fur, Scales and Tails

When I heard about Tracy Hill “the animal guy” and his performance at birthday parties, I knew I should share.

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