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Get Outdoors This Summer with Free Entry to 200 California State Parks

Trying to keep the family off the screens and into nature this summer? How does free entry to 200 California state parks sound? Check out a state park pass from your local library for up to three weeks and enjoy free entry to California’s stunning lakes, beaches and forests with your family. We’ve rounded up our favorite family outdoor adventures in participating state parks, so head to your local library, grab your California State Library Park Pass and have fun exploring the golden state this summer!
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Best of the Bay: Where Moms Get Fit

Most days, we are researching activities to put our kids in. Dance class, soccer camp, gymnastics, karate, swimming, you name it. But what about us moms? Often we forget that we need some physical fitness during the week that does not include running after our toddler. A time dedicated to us, for us, with other moms that get us, uninterrupted by someone needing a snack. With the beautiful weather the Bay Area grants us on most days, there are some amazing fitness classes geared just for moms. Most offer free trial classes, so check out our picks below and sign up for a class. Why should our kids have all the fun?
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2022 Bay Area Guide to July 4th Festivities

No summer is complete without a proper Fourth of July celebration! Thankfully, this year July 4th is roaring back with parades, concerts and fireworks all up and down the Bay Area. Whether you join a festive celebration or head to the beach or a splash pad to cool down in, make sure to include ice cream … lots of it!

7 Summer Must-Haves We Are Loving

Ah. Sweet summer is finally here and we are SO ready! Whether your grand plans involve a family summer bucket list, “dirty” summer camps to put the kids in or road trips to take, you will want to know about the must-haves that will be in our bags this summer. Kid-tested and parent approved means these products are winning the entire summer—scroll on for the best of it!

Let Freedom Ring! Celebrate Black Culture at These Bay Area Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth is not only a time for celebration but of remembrance and reflection of a historical milestone for African-Americans. While freedom is certainly worthy of a good party, let us never forget what the holiday is truly about: the final ending of slavery in the United States and the hope for a better future. Read on for our Bay Area roundup of events to help you celebrate freedom and teach little ones the importance of Juneteenth.

Celebrate Dad with These Fun Father’s Day Activities

Family head. Source of tough love. Our greatest supporter in all we do. Fathers are special people in our lives and a constant reminder that we are loved. This Father’s Day, make Dad feel special with these fun activities that are sure to bring on the smiles and create lasting memories. After all, just like a homemade DIY card, the gift of time is priceless.

9 Things to Do with Visiting Grandparents

Whether they know their name as Nana, Grandpa, Grammy, Poppa, Abuelita, or another loving name, grandparents have a special connection with their grandkids. So when they are visiting from afar, thinking of what to do during their stay can have a pretty big range. Luckily, the Bay Area has some awesome activities perfect for the multigenerational crew. From stroller-friendly spots to beautiful gardens and easy hikes, read on for our top picks on what to do when grandparents come to visit.

65 Things to Do with Kids This Epic Summer

The sun is out and summer is here! We are ready for exploring and adventures galore this summer and have collected our favorite Bay Area activities to share with you. Whether it is kayaking, sidewalk games to play at home, camping by the beach or even indoor activities for hot summer days, we found it all for you. Find your faves below!

13 Bay Area Redwood Hikes to Take with Your Kids

The majestic redwoods of Muir Woods make for a magical day trip, but you can also enjoy a mini adventure at one of the Bay Area’s many redwood groves for a quick nature walk and be back in time for dinner. Many of these sweet spots are close to playgrounds and cafes too, so kids can play after their hike among the tall trees. Read on for round-up of the best 13 redwood groves in the Bay Area for an escape to nature this weekend.

Celebrate Pride with Kids in the Bay Area

Celebrate LOVE this Pride month! From Pride parades to baseball games and drag queen story time, there are plenty of colorful and creative ways to have some family fun, all while supporting the rights, protections and acceptance of our LGBTQ+ friends and family! Keep reading for a few of our favorite fabulous options.

How to Get into Yosemite This Summer Without a Reservation

Yosemite is a favorite summer destination for many families but this summer, driving into and through Yosemite during peak hours will require a reservation which is good for three days. While 70% of the reservations have been released, the remaining will be available seven calendar days (at 8 a.m. PST) before your desired arrival date so you still have a chance to snag a reservation. Given that summer weekends tend to be popular, we found all the ways for you to still go to Yosemite if your heart is set on it sans reservation so pack the kids and get ready for a road trip!

What to See on the Big Bus Tour of San Francisco

Whether you are visiting from across the country or playing tourist on staycation, seeing all the sites in San Francisco with kids requires a lot of planning. Enter…the Big Bus Hop on Hop off buses. There is a lot to cover in seven or 14 hours (if you do the two day option) so take our family friendly (and sometimes free) recommendations for each bus stop and plan to get hopping!

19 Bay Area Donut Shops to Get Your Glaze On

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but we often run out of breakfast ideas and there’s no sweeter way to start off the day than with a donut! We’ve done the work for you and scouted the best donut shops in the Bay Area (a tough job that we’re happy to do). From classic flavors to wacky combinations, gigantic sizes to minis, there will be something on the menu for adventurous adults to safe-betting kids.

Asian American-Owned Bay Area Businesses for Families to Love

Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month is celebrated every May and here in the Bay Area, we are blessed to have a culturally diverse demographic with plenty of AAPI influence. This month, take time to talk to kids about Asian American heroes, read books with Asian American leads or venture out and try an Asian restaurant. Beyond that, there are an abundance of local Asian American-owned businesses many of which support sustainable practices so check them out and show the AAPI community some love!

17 Ways to Explore the Presidio (Including the Newly Opened Battery Bluffs)

The Presidio offers an affordable way to entertain visiting relatives or mix up your weekend routine. This former military base turned National Recreation Area provides a wealth of kid-friendly activities. Read on to discover the 17 best activities (think: playgrounds with amazing views, bowling, museums and more) the Presidio has to offer, all that cost little to nothing.

Roll Out! Kid-Friendly Bay Area Bike Trails

It’s always a good day for a family bike ride. The warmer weather makes it even easier to enjoy the outdoors and a nice ride on a cool day hits the spot for all ages. Whether you’re looking for sloped bike paths or milder trails for your little tykes (or those tagging along in cargo), we’ve got you covered with our round-up of kid-friendly bike trails. Happy Riding!