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Category Archives: Parks

Sunol Wilderness Wildflower Festival

Normally I would never post about an event that already happened but this one was so great I want you all to know about it for next year! The Sunol Wilderness Wildflower Festival yesterday was such a wonderful family free event. The only cost is parking ($5) which is free if you have a park …

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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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Model Train Fun

Today we had a fun mini road trip to the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society. Super fun! It is located by a nice park with ample picnic spots and five minutes from the Walnut Creek shopping district so in warm weather make a day out of it. Entrance fee is $3. It is in a …

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Parks and Rec, I love thee

We just finished watching all six seasons of Parks and Rec on netflix. Such a good show! However, the real Oakland Parks and Rec Dept is blowing my mind! We just got home from a FREE parks and rec play date. 930-1230 on Wednesdays and Fridays at Willie Keyes Rec Center led by two wonderful …

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Ardenwood Farms Toddler Time

Ardenwood Farms Toddler Time is a must do on a Tuesday morning! It’s a bit of a drive for us (Fremont) but the rangers offer a sweet program. This Tuesday we learned how corn was crushed for sheep in the 19thc and got a chance to crank the crushing machine (official name for it, I …

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Loving Lake Anza

I had never been to Lake Anza in Tilden (Berkeley) so on an extra warm Friday we went for a picnic and a splash. It is lovely! It “feels” less icky to me than Lake Temescal can “feel” (always check lake conditions on the East Bay park websites before you go). The setting is idyllic. …

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Free Saturday Halloween Toddler Fun

Looking for a free, toddler-friendly event with a Halloween theme this Saturday? Head over to Piedmont Ave in Oakland for a costume parade, trick or treating from the merchants and a pumpkin festival in the beautiful Mountain View Cemetery. Checkout the list of events here. Happy (not-so-spooky for the two year olds) Halloween! The blog …

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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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