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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Thanks to Berkeley’s Fourth Street for sponsoring this guide to Lunar New Year for Bay Area families. As the Year of the Monkey approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. They are […]
Bay Area kids get to experience the snow with a day trip or weekend getaway for sledding, tubing, snow shoeing, skiing, or snowboarding. Lucky kids. And thank goodness the snow level is UP this year in the Sierras. Time to borrow some snowpants and plan an adventure! The ski resorts and snow play venues are […]
Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2016 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and the programming is more than just screen-time. (Kids participating in a BAICFF stop-motion animation workshop) Saturday, January 30 (10 am – 7:30 pm) Sunday, January 31 (10 am – 7 pm) Watch short films for all ages; decorate […]
Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.
During the holiday season temporary ice skating rinks are set up, making skating more accessible than ever to Bay Area families. The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda is great for first-time skaters. Plastic seals (photo above) allow kids independence on the ice. Open until January 18 from noon to 10 pm […]
Planning a road trip down I-5 with kids anytime soon? While iPads have eased the burden of road trips on parents — and probably destroyed potential magic moments along the way — long-distance drives with children are still challenging. For a state with so many wondrous features, I-5 down the center of California is a fairly joyless […]