East Bay Momma

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Category Archives: Dog Friendly

San Ramon Playgrounds: road trip!

We had heard about a new park with a toddler-appropriate zip line in San Ramon. Zip line??? We were ready for a road trip! The first park in San Ramon we visited was by the community center. It’s small but great. A rock wall, all sorts of climbing structures and a man-made stream with just …

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San Leandro Marina

Hi all! We are back from our family emergency. Still grieving but able to get back out there and enjoy this east bay we so love! Today in an attempt to “get the wiggles out” of my toddler before a shopping trip, I swung by the San Leandro marina. I had heard that it is …

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What I Am Asking For, For Christmas

We are getting soooooo bored by our usual outdoor spots. Well, by “we” I mean “me” because I think my toddler is probably super fine with the same playground rotations. This past week I went to the play ground by Roberts pool, part of the East Bay Regional Parks system. It was heaven! In a …

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Piedmont Cemetary: a not-creepy stroller heaven and a free Halloween pumpkin

I grew up going to lots of weddings and funerals because my parents were pastors. So, I am rather comfortable in places some folks might not be say, in empty churches or in graveyards. Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery, formerly and still commonly referred to as Piedmont Cemetery, is a beautiful place to spend some time …

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Excellent Toddler Camping: Lake Chabot

By the end of the summer playgrounds are full of parents boasting about camping trips. I have heard some crazy stories such as, “we took our three month old backpacking in remote Nepal for six weeks” and “our three year old wore his own pack and trekked ten miles near Joshua Tree.” I am sure …

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Lake Temescal: swimming?

I have posted about Lake Temescal before as a great place to go for a picnic and BBQ, to play ball in the grass, to stroll on the path with the stroller and doggies. As the heat wave in the East Bay continued we headed to the swimming beach (no dogs allowed) for a mere …

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Great stroller/doggie walk in Tilden

Tilden Park is massive! There are so many trails and so many recreational things to do I am sure I will have many blogposts to come. In the last few days we have gone twice on a great stroller walk with the stroller and the pooches. We parked at the Inspiration Point parking lot. We …

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Shopping + Baby Beach Time

The lovely warm weather in Oakland has sent me and the baby into stir crazy mode. Our usual haunts feel, well, like the usual. We want some excitement! Yesterday I texted a friend asking if her and her kid wanted to meet at the playground. Shortly thereafter I remembered that the dogs needed more food. …

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Mosswood Park – a lovely urban park

Mosswood Park right by Kaiser in North Oakland is a lovely find. It is surrounded by such an urban scene – lots of noise, traffic, construction – and packs a mighty park punch having so many amenities in a relatively small space: toddler playground, bigger kid playground (with a nice bouncy ground cover), fabulous basketball …

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Lake Temescal

Today we needed some nature and we needed it NOW!!!! Beach plans fell through; Mommy was sick of our usual spots; baby was bored in general. A quick google search for playgrounds turned up Lake Temescal. It is less than ten minutes from us! What a pretty spot. The trees are in bloom. There are …

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