East Bay Momma

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Category Archives: Playgrounds

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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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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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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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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Frog Park in North Oakland

My toddler is really into playing hide and seek, climbing and exploring whatever is around the next corner without abandon. Sound familiar? Then Frog Park in North Oakland is probably a great spot for your kiddo. At first I was skeptical. We parked under a very noisy smelly highway overpass. I saw some swings and …

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SF for the Day? Repost of Presidio Article

Want to head to San Francisco for a cheap day? Here is a link to an article by RedTricycle discussing some fairly cheap or free options for parents and kids in the Presidio (click here). You will totally run into me and my tot in the presidio on a Sunday sometime soon!

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July is National Parks and Rec Month

Just a reminder that July is national parks and recreation month. A bunch of parks are doing special events (and most of them are free). Check the website of your local community center, neighborhood business group that often hosts things like street fairs or outdoor movie nights, your municipality and/or your regional park system. If …

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Montclair Playground

We checked out the Montclair Park and Rec Center today. Definitely a nice park if you are local. It has a shady picnic grove next to a nice sunny green lawn area and pond with a fun fountain for kids to point out. The playground has three sections, a wooden play house with stagecoach and …

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Roberts Pool, Oakland

This forgetting to take pictures thang is becoming a bad habit. Sorry folks! I will try to paint a picture with words lol. High in the hills of Oakland is Roberts Regional Park. You might think a swimming pool in the redwoods may be a chilly experience but it is heated. There is a fabulous …

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Links for East Bay Outings

Looking for resources to plan your East Bay weekend outings (on a budget)? I thought you might like to see which sites I frequent. On most of them you have to comb through them carefully to find the budget-friendly or even kid-friendly options but they really are all great online excursion-planning resources! If you have …

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