My 3yo just discovered circuit blocks at a local museum. He played with them for a long while; plugging, unplugging, and seeing how to make different things (lights, switches, sounds) work. Any recommendations for circuit toys for his age?
Godfrey Park was remodeled a little over a year ago, making it a great park for ages 2-13! (I wouldn’t recommend for the wee ones, although there are two baby swings available.) The tall play structure instantly became an “airplane”, and you’ll also find some tall slides, spinning seats, and a modern merry-go-round. There’s a smaller structure for toddlers, too.
Please consider joining the Teal Pumpkin Project! Each teal pumpkin serves as a sign to trick-or-treaters that there is a non-food treat available. It's very easy and thoughtful, and will help ensure every child can experience the fun tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. 1) Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters (you can always have a bucket of candy AND a bucket of non-food... More
Woodstock Park got a makeover! There’s a large, sea-themed play structure, a huge climbing “spider web” as my son likes to call it, large disc swings, and a super cool zipline! The negatives are a lack of bathrooms, as well as hoards of school children after 11:30 on week days. Yet, oh so fun!
This park is adorable and quite serene! Surrounded by rose gardens, large maple trees, and situated next to soccer fields; you'll find two play structures. The train and old west themes are cute and lots of fun for even the wee ones. Bathrooms are available and the park is clean.
Looking for "homeschool" preschool curriculum recommendations for my soonish 3yo. From about 18 months to 2.5yo, I'd pick a theme of the week and plan books, activities, and outings based on the theme. However, I'd like something a bit more organized and sequential, with an emphasis on numbers and letters along the way. I could certainly plan this on my own, but would love to ... More
Cafe Jolie is great for the entire family! You'll find a wait for brunch on the weekends, but we got a table easily during the week. The menu has a nice array of options, including all day breakfast or lunch (well, until 2 anyway; when they close down for the day.) They bring wiki stix and crayons for the kids. It's a little nicer than your average "kid friendly" restaurant, b... More
Washington Park is one of those with older, but durable play structures, a semi-covered sandbox, both baby and big swings, and plenty of room to run. I rarely visit, which is odd, because it seems to have a charm to it for my 2yo. We tend to meet friends there, but also always make new ones, too. We end up playing for hours, long past lunch time. The bathrooms are quite horrid, but you will at ... More
I was reminded today of just how much Tilden Park has to offer. In addition to this 15 minute train ride through the lovely redwoods, be sure to check out the merry go round, little farm, Lawrence Hall of Science (nearby), Lake Anza, and botanical gardens. During the summer, the steam trains and carousel run daily!
Remodeled within the last few years, to include a fun train theme! You'll find a sandbox, shaded by a large tree, with a couple bouncy ride on toys, a train to climb on, and an excavator. There are also a few baby swings, some drums and shakers, and even buttons to press that make train sounds and say, "All aboard!" The play area is gated and flooring is padded. Bathrooms, althoug... More
Really cute, neighborhood park with a fire engine theme. Plenty of street parking, both standard and baby swings, and a sand box also available. Do note, no bathrooms, so plan accordingly! There are benches and tables with checkerboards that are partially shaded, which is nice for these hot days.
Our new favorite building toys are k'nex sets! We use the "kids" version, which is best for preschoolers. The templates are fun, interesting, and really great for even my 2yo to follow along with our help. He even loves to build his own creations (a lawnmower and street sweeper, thus far.) And my husband loves to build things with and for him (a weed eater shown below.) They are s... More
Jim's is our favorite, local, family friendly restaurant go-to. Super casual, with all day breakfast, plus a home cooked style dinner menu. My son loves their soup (it changes daily.) My husband and I have tried many things, and haven't met a dish we didn't like. There's also a large fish tank to captivate our 2yo, and crayons with the kids menu. It's always a relaxed, happy experience!
Such a fun splash park! Admission is $2/pp from 10-12, and $3.50/pp from 12:30-4:30 (as it includes admission into the large, pristine pool, as well!) Easy parking (either personal lot or street) and clean bathrooms. Larkey Park playgrounds are directly up the hill. Bring lots of sunscreen! Little shade, plus lots of heat.
My 2yo has decided Mod makes the best pizza. I know they are a chain, but they are always wonderful about documenting my son's food allergies, changing their gloves, and just making sure any cross contamination is minimized. The pizza, lemonade, and tea are pretty great, too!
It's great to find an "adult" spot that's also family friendly, and even better when it's on the island! I've been here a few times, always with a toddler in tow...and we all have a blast! Ironically, I wasn't a fan of the beer I tried (I like lighter beers, but I don't think this is their speciality.) However, it truly doesn't even matter to me. I'll h... More
Wine while watching the kids? Why not! We've definitely scheduled play dates here. And although it's changed a bit since we first started going, it's still plenty family friendly. The wine isn't my favorite, but the setting and view are gorgeous, especially as the night is drawing near. There's a large section for children to run and play in; although they have now designat... More
We took a little road trip here yesterday, and my 2yo had a blast! My son was ecstatic to find a park with a splash pad! We got him changed, and he ran as fast as he could into the water. Hours of fun to be had in this alone. The park itself is also well kept, with both a 2-5yo play structure, a 5-12yo structure, and a large sand pit. The farm theme is cute. The teeter totter and merry-go-roun... More
Crown Memorial Beach or Crab Cove? Call it what you will; this has become a favorite spot of ours! It's beautiful and peaceful with bay views; a sandy beach; a large, grassy field for kite flying or just running wild; paths for walking, biking, or scooting; fisherman to watch; sticks to find; construction trucks to eyeball; and even a small visitor's center. The Alameda water tends to b... More
Shhh! Don't spread the secret, but this place is amazing for families! They've recently expanded with a huge outdoor area; plenty of room for the kids to run and play while you and the adults share some drinks! Typically they have a food truck on hand if you need a bite, as well.
One of our favorite parks in Alameda! It is partially gated, has a clean sandbox, two play structures (one for toddlers vs. older children, although both are fairly safe for all,) a set of baby swings, a set of regular swings, and a merry go round! Plus picnic tables, a basketball court, and clean bathrooms. Nestled in a cute neighborhood, as well.