East Bay Momma

A Frugal Momma Providing a Rich Childhood

Category Archives: picnic and/or BBQ

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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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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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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Halloween Half Moon Bay Expedition… On The Cheap

Wanting to do the Half Moon Bay “Capitol of Pumpkins” expedition and not break the bank (or lose your mind in traffic gridlock)? Here is how our recent visit went down, very frugally: 1. We carpooled, saving gas money 2. We went during the middle of the week, on the early side, avoiding rowdy school-age …

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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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Toddler? Berkeley? Check out Totland

I had heard that Totland in Berkeley was a fabulous playground for toddlers so we recently trekked on over there from Oakland. It is a great playground, no doubt about it! However, I had heard such rave reviews that I was disappointed it didn’t live up to the high expectations I had. It was small, …

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Great Toddler Swim: Cull Canyon

Looking for a more “natural” looking swim spot but still want the protection for your kiddo of chlorinated water? Check out Cull Canyon in Castro Valley. It is toddler cool down heaven. There is a sandy beach for digging and lounging and lots of shallow water for splashing in. There are picnic areas and grassy …

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