The stretch of Berkeley's Hopkins Street from MLK to Monterey is full of kid-friendly goodness. I'm never sure if I should start at the top and work my way down, or down and work my way up. I'll give you all the good spots from east to west, and let you decide.
The North Berkeley Library It's my favorite of the five Berkeley libraries because it's just so cozy. Pick out books and snuggle up in front of the fireplace for a readathalon – yes, it's fake, but I don't even care. I also love their toddler and preschool storytimes on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively.
King School Park There's a nice grassy area for a picnic, an enclosed baby/toddler play area, and a larger play structure for older kids. Also a giant spiderweb for your climbers and daredevils alike.
The Edible Schoolyard Just beyond King Park, you'll find The Edible Schoolyard – a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom for King Middle School. It's used by students during the day, but open to the public (for free) on weekends and after 6pm.
Gioia Pizzeria MY favorite pizza place in the Bay. (Sorry Cheeseboard!) Grab a slice of funghi at their sidewalk window and enjoy it on the bench out front, or take it back to King Park for a picnic.
Hopkins Street Bakery Stop in for a sweet treat or pick up some delicious cookie dough to take home for later.
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery We love this place! Walk around and smell the flowers, feed the koi fish (if your timing is right), and get lost in the maze of plants. Don't go on a Thursday though, because they are closed.
Monterey Market Our go to place for all things fruit and vegetable. Just don't even think about taking a double stroller inside. Trust me.
Espresso Roma All this exploring got you tired? Pick up a cup and enjoy it at one of Espresso Roma's outdoor patio tables.
Now go exploring!