An excellent place to visit if you’re taking care of your young child on a weekday. I was actually able to get some work done (with a cup of coffee and a snack!) while my 1.5 year old played and explored. Highly recommended.
What an excellent place — and what a stunning view! I could have spent all day in their outdoor area. As a UC Berkeley employee, I got in here for free, and my son did as well because he’s less than 3 years old. He was quite entertained by many of the exhibits, and it’s great to know that we can keep bringing him here as he gets older!
This place has a huge play area for children! I’ve never seen such a large play space in a restaurant. And for the adults, there’s bocce ball! The menu is solid across the board. Be sure to ask for a kids menu, which comes with crayons for coloring. There is a parking lot available, but it fills up pretty easily on busy weekends.
We love this little tot lot. Fully-enclosed, on a quiet residential street in Albany. It’s super easy to bike here, as it’s right near the Ohlone Greenway. There are lots of well-loved toys, a little play structure with slide, a big sandbox, and two swings, one of which is a baby swing.
Zachary’s is a Bay Area institution! We got there early for dinner and put in our pizza order right away (the stuffed pizzas take 30 minutes to bake). They provide paper and crayons for little kids, which our son enjoyed, and our server was kind enough to bring us a little cup of breadsticks to help keep him satiated while we waited for the pizza. 🍕
Beautiful, modern park with multiple play areas. We came here just to visit the splash pad, which is fantastic - fairly large, with lots of different water features to play in. There’s also lots of seating and grassy areas around the splash pad, so plenty of space for the parents/caregivers to hang out while the kids play. For us, it’s a bit of a drive, but it was worth it for the fun times!
We’ve gone twice now with our little guy, once for brunch and once for dinner. Staff is very friendly and seem to like children. For the adults, the beer list is excellent and extensive. The food is mostly great across the board - a couple of my sausages were raw in the middle when we went for brunch, and the soft pretzel that we got with dinner was a little stale. But everything else was delic... More
This is an excellent little park for both tots and older kids. The playground is entirely fenced in, with two play structures, swings (including baby swings and a larger standalone swing), those little chairs that spin around, plus lots of room to run around (on that spongey-type surface) and several benches. It’s also adjacent to a small enclosed dog park for some fun dog-watching. And a bonus... More
One of our all-time favorite San Francisco pizza places! This location is on the smaller side, but service is quick and friendly, and the pizza is delicious. They had one high chair that we snagged for our little guy, and it looked like they had some booster chairs as well. No adult beverages, but a variety of sodas/juices were available.
Albany Taproom’s beer list is EPIC. It’s large, well-curated, and color-coded by type. The food menu is also quite good: burgers, salads, fish and chips, etc., plus a kids menu (chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, fries, etc.), and they make their own potato chips. The folks working here are very nice (definitely feel free to ask them questions about the beer list), and the service is fairy quick.... More
My little guy had his first official haircut here, and it went very well! We got there right at 9:00am on a Saturday, when they open for the day. The woman who cut his hair was very experienced with children, and she was great with him! He sat in my lap, and I showed him stuff on my phone to keep him occupied while she quickly cut his hair. The overall experience was super fast, and cost $17 (p... More
The quintessential stress-free dining experience with kids. You order and pay at the counter, so there’s no waiting at your table to place your order. While your food is being prepared, your kid can be entertained in the play area. And no waiting for the check when you’re done eating, since you already paid at the counter! 👍👍👍
We tried to go with a group of 5 adults and 3 kids on a Monday night, and it was packed, so we had to go somewhere else. We returned the next day for lunch, however, and opted to sit in the outdoor beer garden. The menu is a bit more limited, but overall I would say the beer garden is better for kids than the indoor dining room. The beer is excellent, and the food is quite good as well.
Our son joined Hearts Leap Beginnings (the infant/toddler program) in March 2018, and our experience has been great. The facility is beautiful, the teachers are excellent, and overall there is a lovely sense of community within this school. The teachers and staff truly care about the children and parents. We’re very happy to be a part of Hearts Leap!
This place is wonderful! There’s a playground by the parking lot and a large grassy area for picnics. The farm is a great place to visit with the various animals (cows, goats, sheep, pigs, etc.). We saw baby pigs while we were there! There are also several beautiful hiking trails that you can access from the farm. And it’s FREE! What a gem!
This is a great outdoor pool located at the very top of the UC Berkeley campus. I got in for free with my RSF membership, and we paid $10 for my husband (a non-member) to swim as well. There was no fee for our 1-year-old, although I believe they charge a $5 fee for children at some point. There’s a medium-sized paid parking lot available, and a fair amount of space (both grassy and paved) arou... More
One of Oakland’s largest parks, with plenty of space for different activities. We met up with some friends here for a Memorial Day picnic, and we had a lovely time. The only downside is that on the playground, the twisty slide has a large crack at the bottom, and rather than fix it, instead there’s a orange traffic cone nailed to a piece of wood, which is nailed together to the slide to cover t... More
Cute little neighborhood park that gets the job done. It’s a little less than a mile from our house, on a lovely street, so we’ll often take a walk here, let the little guy play around a bit, then walk home, and it’s an easy and enjoyable outing for everyone.
We are eternally grateful to live so close to this park! We’re here all the time, and it’s always a lively hub of activity. We like it so much that we used this park for our little guy’s 1-year birthday party! There is both a tot lot and a playground for bigger kids. There are two baseball diamonds and a huge field, as well as an adjacent community center. (Note that it’s not possible to reserv... More
Our active, curious crawler loves the little play structure in the tot lot! He crawls up the stairs and then goes down the slides over and over again and has a great time. Then, we take a break for some water by sitting on the nearby shaded benches. There’s also a playground for bigger kids, a couple of picnic tables, and a large field. The park is adjacent to the Ohlone Greenway for walking/ru... More
My child (almost 1 year old) has become unbearable to be with in the car. 😕 He gets bored really easily, and after awhile becomes completely hysterical. And he’s not one of those babies that will just go to sleep in the car seat, apparently. He would sometimes sleep in the car when he was younger - but not now. We’ve tried lots of things. We’ll give him toys, but he’ll just throw them out of... More
HopMonk is a local institution! The beer list is excellent, the food is always solid, and the large indoor-outdoor space allows for both adults and kids to enjoy themselves in tandem. It’s also a great space for hosting larger gatherings; my 10-year high school reunion was held here, for example.
A solid local eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. You order at the counter, take a number, and then the staff will bring your order once it’s ready. Breakfast includes items like egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos, while lunch includes items like salads, sandwiches, and burgers. There’s also a coffee and juice bar with Stumptown drip coffee and espresso drinks, fresh juices and smoothies... More
We love Rudy’s! They have a special kids menu, and we were able to get the “toddler plate” (scrambled egg, avocado, and black beans) for our not-quite-a-toddler-yet little boy, and he loved it (and we have leftovers for tomorrow). He’s a bit too young to appreciate the paper and crayons (he tried to eat the crayons), but having that option is great regardless. For adults, the menu is extensive,... More
Juan’s Place is a neighborhood institution! Good selection, large portions, and tasty wine margaritas. We were prepared to just feed our baby some Cheerios and grapes while giving him some bits and pieces from our plates, and then the waitress came by, completely unprompted, with a little plate of rice and beans just for him. 😍 It was a very nice touch. I’m sure we’ll become regulars at this pl... More
This place is the best! Saturday mornings they have drop-in swim for babies, 8:30-9:20am, and it’s $8 per swimmer. It’s basically the best way to spend time and wear out the baby before the morning nap. 😉 There are big “family” changing rooms, and shower areas (with large showerheads mounted from the ceiling) with consistently-hot water. The water temp in the pool is nice and warm, and there ar... More
What are your favorite teething biscuits? We’re tried the Plum Organics biscuits, Mum Mums, and I just bought the Healthy Times biscuits. Generally speaking, it’d be nice if the biscuits were light on the sugar/sweeteners. 👶 Our baby is almost 10 months, has two bottom teeth, and has two top teeth coming in. Many thanks!
We ended up here when my mom noticed that their kids menu had cheese pizza, as my 5-year-old niece was in the mood for pizza. We had a great time! They had a high chair for our baby, the niece and nephew got their pizza and mac and cheese, and the adults enjoyed their beers and the upscale spin on traditional pub food.
What a great space! It’s a beautiful spot right on the lake. They gave us a high chair for our little one (he’s still a little small for high chairs, but we made it work by putting a folded-up jacket behind him). Our waiter very graciously took a photo of all us in front of the lake (adults with beers, baby with bottle). There’s an impressive play area for children, and changing tables in both ... More
Saturn is the best! Definitely a Santa Cruz institution (there’s one in Berkeley as well). My all-time favorite items on the menu are the club sandwich, thin-cut fries and the milkshakes (they have vegan milkshakes too!). They have a kids menu, and they can provide crayons/paper and booster seats for little ones. For the adults, there’s also beer and wine. 🍻🍷