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Raising Confident Kids pg. 26

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Adjusting to Your New Pet by Tamara Borland V.M.D.      Bringing a new pet into the home, while  exciting, can be quite an adjustment. Keep in mind they are entering a new home with  a new family and the transition will take time.  But with preparation and patience your new  furry friend will be part of the family in no  time.      Doing some planning before your new pet arrives will help ease the transition.  Start by getting necessities like food, a collar/leash, litter and litter pans, a bed,  toys and ID tag.  Also, have a family discussion before the pet arrives to determine  a routine. Prevent stress on your new pet  by working out a schedule and house  rules that each family member is on board with. Consider when your pet will be  fed, walked, who will perform each duty, and come to an agreement about which  areas are off limits.  Having consistent rules avoids mixed messages and ensures  greater success.

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Top 5

Birthday Party Themes 1.

by Elizabeth Schroeder

Polka Dot Party (0-3) Perfect for  preschoolers, a polka dot party allows little  tikes to explore their shapes and colors  while enjoying the whimsy of circles. Kids  can color and draw on circular cut-out  paper, complete connect-the-dot puzzles, or use circle stickers and buttons to decorate  paper goodie bags or paper hats. Play  polka dot bingo or take turns taping black dots on a paper Dalmatian dog.  Continue the theme by using a circle cookie cutter on sandwiches and even  serve cheese and melon balls or circle peanut butter crackers.  

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. Wild Jungle Party (3-5) If your birthday child is crazy for creepy crawlies  or has jungle fever when it comes to exotic animals, this is the party for you.  Transform your house into a wild oasis with hanging, streamer vines and cut- out  leaves from poster board. Invite the kids to attend dressed up as their favorite  jungle animal. Set up a wild expedition obstacle course complete with dangerous  towel quicksand, floating rocks (pillows) atop lava, and plastic snake traps.  Play jungle charades or have a tree frog toss where kids throw these sticky toys  at a wall covered with paper leaves. 

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Pirate Party (3-6) Young scallywags will have a ball while pillaging and  plundering through the backyard. Make your own hooks with plastic cups,  cardboard cutouts, and foil, hand out eye patches to wear, and serve pirateʼs booty to every hungry little numskull. Experienced sea dogs will love to walk  the plank over a kiddy pool, search for booty during a scavenger hunt, or make  their very own spyglass out of a toilet paper/paper towel tube and colored  cellophane.

4. Tea and Princess Party (4-7) Calling all princesses! Have all party attendees  dress up in pretty dresses, sun hats, and even fancy gloves. Ask them to bring  their favorite stuffed animal or doll to share in the partyʼs festivities. Enjoy the afternoon decorating sugar cookies, cupcakes, and paper crowns. Royalty in  training will love snacking on miniature tea sandwiches and sipping on  decaffeinated fruit - flavored teas.    

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Sleepover/Campout Party (7-10) No youngster is ever too old for a  sleepover, especially when it means pitching a tent for a night spent in the  back forty. Have the kids come over already bundled in their outdoor sleepwear.  Munch on popcorn while watching a movie projected on a screen or white sheet  tied between two trees. Set up a fire in a backyard pit and gather around for a  sʼmore or two while telling campfire stories. Before falling asleep under the stars, end the evening with a bang as you help the kids search for the different star  formations up in the sky.     August 2011 ACTIVE KIDS 13


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Bedtime with the Beasts Oakland Zoo 9777 Golf Links Rd 3rd & 4th Weekend of August 7:00 pm – 10:00 am (510) 632-9525 x 220

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Open Gym Gymfinity Gymnastics 230 S Vasco Rd, Livermore Every Mon and Tues 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (925) 960-9440 Free to all enrolled Baby Boot Camp Emerald Glen Park Tassajara Rd at Gleason, Dublin Every Mon, Wed, Fri 9:15 am – 10:15 am (925) 353-6193

Pooch Parade Downtown Pleasanton 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (925) 484-2199 1st Wednesday Street Party Main Street, Pleasanton 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (925) 484-2199

AUGUST 4

Children’s Story Time Barnes & Noble 4972 Dublin Blvd, Dublin Every Thursday 10:30 am (925) 560-1495

AUGUST 6 & 7

Shakespeare in the Park Amador Valley Community Park 4301 Black Ave, Pleasanton 7:30 pm (800) 978-PLAY

AUGUST 8 - 12

Go for the Gold Camp Gymfinity Gymnastics 230 S Vasco Rd, Livermore 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  (925) 960-9440

AUGUST 12

Parent’s Night Out Pump It Up 530 Boulder Ct, Pleasanton Family Jump Time Movies in the Park Second and Fourth Friday of  Pump It Up Amador Valley Community Park August 530 Boulder Court, Suite 100,  4301 Black Ave, Pleasanton 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Pleasanton First 3 Thursdays of August (925) 600-9663 Every Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri Begins at dusk AUGUST 13 Times Vary (925) 931-3423 Pony Rides (925) 600-9663  AUGUST 5 & Petting Zoo AUGUST 2 Concert in the Park Play Café Baby Boot Camp Lions Wayside Park 4400 Keller Ave, Suite 410,  Val Vista Community Park First and Neal St, Pleasanton Oakland 7350 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton Every Friday through September 2 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Every Tues, Thur 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (510) 638-3712 9:15 am – 10:15 am (925) 484-2199 AUGUST 14 (925) 353-6193 AUGUST 6 A Midsummer Night’s AUGUST 3 Family Sundown Safari Dream Children’s Story Time Oakland Zoo Centennial Park Golden Apple Learning Store 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland 5300 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton 4807 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton First & Second Weekend of August 4:30 pm Every Wednesday 5:00 pm – 10:00 am (925) 931-4847 10:30 am and 3:30 pm (510) 632-9525 x 220 (925) 460-5163 14 ACTIVE KIDS activekidsdirector y.com

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Music in the Park Oak Hill Park 3005 Stone Valley Rd, Danville 1st and 3rd Saturday of August 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (925) 314-3466

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Camp Blackhawk with Radio Disney Playground at Blackhawk Plaza,  Danville Every Wed. through August 17 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (925) 736-2751

AUGUST 5

Summer Concert Series Blackhawk Plaza, Danville Every Friday night through  August 26 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (925) 736-2751

AUGUST 6

Feeding Demo & Petting Circle Lindsay Wildlife Museum 1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek Every Saturday and Sunday Times Vary (925) 935-1978 Children’s Story Time Barnes & Noble 1149 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek Every Saturday 11:00 am (925) 947-0373 Free Crafts for Kids Space Craft! Lakeshore Learning Center 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

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Family Fun Day Blackhawk Plaza, Danville Every Sun. through October 31 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm  (925) 736-2751

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Thursday Night Street Festival Downtown Danville 400 Hartz Ave, Danville 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (925) 339-8330

AUGUST 12

Moonlight Movie Town Green 400 Front St, Danville 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm (925) 314-3400

AUGUST 13

Ice Cream Social San Ramon Historic Foundation 19953 San Ramon Valley, Blvd. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (925) 973-3284  Free Crafts for Kids Dinosaur Puppets Lakeshore Learning Center 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek Every Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (925) 944-1495

AUGUST 18

Market & a Movie Finding Nemo Lafayette Plaza Mt. Diablo Blvd and Moraga Rd Begins at Sundown (925) 284-1968

AUGUST 19

Friday Night Family Swim Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park 147 Gregory Lane 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (925) 682-7830 Moonlight Movie Jumanji Pleasant Hill City Hall 100 Gregory Lane, Lawn Area 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm  (925) 682-7830 Movies on the Lawn Toy Story 3 Dougherty Station Community Center 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road,  San Ramon 8:00 pm (925) 973-2500

AUGUST 20 

Free Crafts for Kids Flower for My Teacher Lakeshore Learning Center 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek Every Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (925) 944-1495

AUGUST 27

Free Crafts for Kids Honeybee Hive Lakeshore Learning Center 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, Every Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (925) 944-1495 ACTIVE KIDS 15


AUGUST 29

KIDSTOP Open House Gregory Gardens Elementary  School 200 Harriet Drive, Pleasant Hill 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (925) 680-5298

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Pajama Storytime Brentwood Library 104 Oak Street, Brentwood Every Monday in August 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm (925) 516-5290 Pop In Playtime Pump It Up 5351 Neroly Road, Oakley Every Monday and Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am (925) 978-1420

AUGUST 2

Family Jump Time Pump It Up 5351 Neroly Road, Oakley Every Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (925) 978-1420

AUGUST 3

Storytime Barnes & Noble 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch Every Wednesday 10:00 am (925) 978-1031

AUGUST 4

$1 Thursdays Paradise Skate 1201 W. 10th Street, Antioch 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (925) 779-0200

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AUGUST 5

Kids Night Out Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center 3150 Balfour Road, Brentwood Every Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (925) 684-4082 *pre registration required

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Tweens: DRUMM One Beat Antioch Library 501 W. 18th Street, Antioch 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (925) 757-9224 Beading for Beginners Oakley Library 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (925) 625-2400

Summer Concert Streets of Brentwood 2565 Sand Creek Road First and Second Friday of  August 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (925) 516-8500

AUGUST 19

American Girl Book Club Barnes & Noble 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch 7:00 pm (925) 978-1031

Tumble Time Bus $5 Fridays www.tumbletimefun.com 30 min of play for $5, kids ages 2-7 Tumble Time Fun, Brentwood 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

AUGUST 20

AUGUST 7

Family Fun The Little Gym 3850 Balfour Road, Brentwood 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (925) 595-0272

AUGUST 13

Movies in the Plaza Toy Story 3 Civic Center Park 3231 Main Street, Oakley Begins at dusk (925) 625-7000

Lego & Listen Oakley Library 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (925) 625-2400

AUGUST 27 & 28

Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival The Streets of Brentwood 2565 Sand Creek Road,  Brentwood Saturday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (925) 516-8500

AUGUST 15

The Nikki & Tony Show Barnes & Noble 5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch Every Monday through August 29 10:00 am (925) 978-1031

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Firefly Night by local author, Evanne Jordan     Firefly Night follows the adventures of A.J. and his sister as they set out to catch fireflies on a warm summer evening. Young readers will delight in the beautiful and whimsical hand-painted illustrations of the fireflies, and will enjoy counting the sequenced sets of fireflies on each delightful  page. When A.J. and Sidney decide to release their fireflies to the night  sky, they learn, as young readers will learn, that ultimately nature should be  returned to nature. They also receive a special message from the fireflies!      Author Evanne Jordan was  encouraged to write by her third grade  teacher and has been an Early  Educator / Trainer for over 30 years.  She currently works in schools throughout  the East Bay, including Joyful Beginnings and Child Day School in Lafayette.      Would you like a reading at your school, librar y, or children’s store? Evanne is available for author  nights/fundraisers for public and private  schools/non-profits. Contact Evanne at 925-288-9046 or e-mail EvanneJordan@sbcglobal.net. Get more info at www.firefly-night.com.

Firefly Night is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, BN.com and Smashwords.com “Firefly Night brought back memories of summer nights spent catching fireflies  and watching them light up in a jar. Children of all ages will enjoy the poetry. Little ones can learn by counting the fireflies. A gem.” 5 Star Customer Review by Gale at Amazon.com.

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Kids Meal Deals!

Art In Motion Dance & Performing Arts Program Dance, Pilates & Theater Arts Classes and Camps

Brentwood:

Orale Orale Mexican Restaurant:

5601 Lone Tree Way - (925) 240 -1963 Mondays & Tuesdays - Half off kidʼs meal with adult meal purchase.

Now enrolling Summer Camps & Fall Classes

Oodles of Noodles:

6270 Houston Place, Dublin • (925) 208-1834 www.artinmotiondance.net

6670 Lone Tree Way - (925) 418 - 4970 Tuesdays, after 5 PM - free kid's bowl with purchase of regular bowl.

Concord:

Alameda County Dublin: IHOP: 6379 Dublin Blvd. - (925) 828 - 7934 Tuesday and Thursday after 4pm kids eat free with each  adult meal purchase. Carrowʼs: 7505 Dublin Blvd. - (925) 828 - 9725 Everyday kids 10 & under eat free after 4pm with each  adult entrée.

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San Ramon Sports

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2411 Old Canyon Road, Ste. G, San Ramon

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Maria Maria: 710 Camino Ramon Rd. - (925) 820 -2366 Tuesday nights, 4pm-closing, $1 tacos

The Prickly Pear Cantina: 3421 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. 

(925) 984 -2363 Happy Hour from 3-6, and 9-closing. Thurs: Tamales $2,  Tues: Tacos $2, Everyday Quesadillas $1.

Livermore:

Tuesday and Saturday from 4pm -10pm: Kids eat free  with each adult meal purchase.

Pleasanton:

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Danville:

Pleasant Hill:

Cattlemanʼs Restaurant: 2882 Kitty Hawk Rd. (925) 447-1224. Every Thursday 5pm - closing. Kids eat free with each adult meal purchase.

Soccer

Wednesday & Thursday 5-9PM. One free kids meal with  the purchase of any adult entree & drink.

Armadillo Willy's Barbecue: 4480 Tassajara Rd. (925) 833 - 0400.  Every Sunday kidsʼ meals are half off. Round Table Pizza: 4098 East Ave. - (925) 443 -2700 Every Tuesday kids eat free. Ages 3 and under.

We're air conditioned!

Johnny Rockets: 301 Sunvalley Mall - (925) 798 - 8335

Denny's: 612 Contra Costa Blvd. - (925) 687- 8276

Pasta Pamodoro: 45 Crescent Dr. #C - (925) 363 -9641 Every Tuesday kids eat free. Carrowʼs: 624 Contra Costa Blvd. - (925) 689- 5757

Kids eat free Wed. and Thurs. after 4pm. For kids 10 and  under one free meal with the purchase of an adult entree.

Sweet Tomatoes: 4501 Hopyard Rd., Ste 1 (925) 463 -9285. Everyday ʻKids Bundleʼ (meal with drink) Ages 3 -5 $2.99. 2 and under eat free.

Smokin Okie's BBQ Joint: 1941 Oak Park Blvd.

Alberto's Cantina: 435 Main St. - (925) 462 -2316 Monday and Tuesday kids eat free, Ages 12 and under.

San Ramon:

Fontina: 349 Main St Ste. 150 - (925) 462 - 9299 Monday and Tuesday kids eat free.

Contra Costa County Antioch:

Schooner's Grille & Brewery:

4250 Lone Tree Way - (925) 776 -1800 Wednesdays - One free kids meal with each adult meal purchase. *Special offers may expire or change at restaurant discretion.   Call to confirm current specials.

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(925) 942 - 0149, Every Wednesday kids eat free with  each adult meal purchase.

Chevy's: 18080 San Ramon Valley Blvd. (925) 327-1910. Tuesday kids eat free with adult meal purchase. Izzyʼs Steak House and Chops: 200 Montgomery St. - (925) 830 -8620 Sunday and Monday nights kids eat free.

Walnut Creek: Black Bear Diner: 700 Bancroft Rd. - (925) 941- 0000 Teddy Bear Tuesdays: Free meal if child brings a teddy bear. Marieʼs Calendar: 1101 S. California Blvd. - (925) 943 - 7100 Every Tuesday and Saturday: Kids eat free with adult  meal purchase.

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Birthday Party Spotlight: UFC Gym by Elizabeth Schroeder

Your childʼs birthday is fast approaching, but between chauffeuring the kids from swimming lessons to soccer practice, your days seem to fly by (itʼs August already?), and those party plans are set on the back burner. If youʼre like any other busy parent, quickly running out of time and energy to plan your childʼs birthday party celebration, look no further than UFC Gym.      Known as the number one place to have the “ultimate birthday experience,” you can count on UFC Gym to make your childʼs birthday party one all the kids will remember. They get the party started with their professional, low-maintenance approach to party fun. Seriously. Get ready to sit back, relax, and toss the hassle and headaches aside for one very special day. Plan your party at UFC Gym and you and your child will take part in a mentally and physically engaging day, full of playtime. Enjoy mixed martial arts activities in the octagon play station, programmed to your childʼs age and abilities. Come with some experience or none at all! Your child and guests will engage in a mixed martial arts class where they will learn how to throw punches and kicks all in a structured and  respectful learning environment. Receive 1 hour of free-play tailored to your childʼs interests (freeze tag, relay races, obstacle course). And take comfort in knowing every party-goer will be included because games played at UFC Gym reinforce teamwork and group involvement.      After some serious play time, take a breather in your very own private party room where you can gather round, eat cake, and watch the birthday child open presents. Each party guest will also enjoy a special prize package of their very own, compliments of UFC Gym. Enjoy the option to bring your own food and party supplies, or choose from a menu of kid- friendly snacks from the gymʼs Armbar Café. Trained personnel will also help you through the complete planning process, all the way up to executing your childʼs special day, chaperoning activities, and will even take care of post party clean up. UFC Gym •Willows Shopping Center •1975 Diamond Blvd # E340, Concord Call (925) 265-8130 to talk to a UFC representative about your childʼs unique birthday package, e-mail Marc Fickett at marc.fickett@ufcgym.com, or visit www.ufcgym.com for more information. Photo by Robin Jolin, www.robinjolin.com


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Half Day Camp topics include:

by Amy Sluss, RN

Crazy Chemistry Mad Machines & Robots NASA Journey into Outer Space Secret Agent Lab

    Being part of a family is about acceptance and belonging; being a part of a  community where your presence, your needs,  and your contributions matter. It says,  “You are wanted, and you are important.”  In our world of change, it is more important  than ever to instill a sense of belonging in your children; belonging is an  anchor to help kids feel secure and confident. Itʼs easy to instill a sense of belonging when your children are small, but continue to send those reminders  as they grow and develop their own personalities. 

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    The need to belong continues as your kids grow up. Teens especially will  need this reassurance during those turbulent years. Feeling misguided and lost,  or lacking confidence and social placement are typical feelings for teens, so  having a network of family support is crucial. Without reassurance and acceptance  from the family, your young adults may look for satisfaction in other places  (drugs, alcohol, gang activity, popularity, sexual activity, early dating); they  may run away, engage in self-harm, or simply lose their direction. 

- More Information (925) 687-1900    www.madscience.org/mtdiablo

    Use these strategies to help anchor younger children, ultimately bringing  them confidence and a sense of belonging down the road.    Ritual and routine provide structure, a sense of safety and security, and breed a familiarity that anchors people together. Eat dinner in the kitchen, as a family, as  much as possible. Drive your kids to school daily, and participate in school  activities or volunteer programs. Make your children lunch everyday, so your  kids know they are important and someone cares about them. Throw in special  treats here and there as an extra surprise. Unique jobs transmit the message that your child is valued and needed. “Youʼre the best ice cream scooper in the family.” Story telling will help your son understand how special he is to you. “I remember so clearly the day you were born. I loved you the first time I laid eyes on you!” Repetitive sound bites help remind your child of essential messages. “Weʼre your family.” “Weʼve got your back!” “Your family will always be here for you.” “I will always love you.”

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Birthday Party Guide!

Leave the headaches and clean up behind by celebrating your childʼs next birthday at an away-from-home party. Whether your little partier is an explorer, creator, or just a bouncy ball of energy, there is a place where all her birthday wishes can come true. Take a look at this list of local party places…and then go celebrate!

UFC Gym

The Willows Shopping Ctr. 1975 Diamond Blvd. Concord, CA 94520 (925) 265-8130 Celebrate at the “ultimate party place.”   Experience unique hands on training in  martial arts, promote physical health and  teamwork with structured games, and  once your party animals are all pooped  out, enjoy refreshments in your private  party room.

The Backyard Factory 280 Arthur Rd. Martinez, CA 94553 (925) 228-6015 

Bringing backyard fun to you, BYF offers  full use of their showroom and a party  area to take a break after some serious  play. Climb, jump, and crawl until your  heartʼs content!

Rockin‘ Jump

5875 Arnold Rd, Ste. 100 Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 828-7676 Sign up for Rockinʼ Jump to host your childʼs birthday party and request up to 2 hours of trampoline time in one of three  private party rooms, food from the  Rockinʼ Café, and party supplies.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum 1931 1st Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (925) 935-1978

Take part in your childʼs hands-on learning experience with fuzzy friends.  Become actively involved in the weekend  petting circles, feeding demonstrations,  and live animal encounters. Book ahead,  and enjoy group rates.

San Ramon Sports

2411 Old Crow Canyon Rd. San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 831-9050 Get the birthday boy on the field with his  12 best friends, or take your best shot in  the batting cage. Finish in the party room  with enough pizza and pop to go  around.

Bricks 4 Kidz

3150 Balfour Rd., Suite C Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 684-4082 Enjoy a LEGO™- filled birthday party for  your child and friends. Make your own  mini-figure to take home and enjoy free  play time. 

Sherman Swim School 1075 Carol Lane Lafayette, CA 94549 (925) 283-2100

Be at ease knowing lifeguards are  overseeing your childʼs swim and party time. Enjoy 3 pools and a  trampoline/springboard.

Tumble Time Bus

Brentwood, CA  94513 (925) 392-3215 Uniquely located inside a converted  school bus, the party literally comes to  your house. Receive a full hour of party  games, tumbling, and lots of laughs and  smiles all inside an air conditioned school  bus.

Paradise Skate

1201 W 10th St. Antioch, CA 94509 (925) 779-0200 Skate for 2 �  hours or reserve the whole  rink for your party. No matter the time,  enjoy a hassle-free party with your very  own host and hula theme.

Play Well

5737 Valley Ave. Pleasanton, CA 94566 (925) 484-1547 Watch your kids engineer and build their  own LEGO™ creations. Let the party  come to you- expert builders conduct  demonstrations conveniently at your party  location.

Parti Palooza

6253 Southfront Rd. Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 245-9913 Make your little oneʼs birthday wishes come true while they celebrate their party  in activity rooms with jumpers, table  games, miniature bowling, and rock  climbing. You can even add a magic show  or face painting!

Pump It Up

Locations in Pleasanton, Concord, and Oakley Call (925) 600-9663 to find a  location near you.

American Swim Academy

Locations in Livermore, Dublin,  Newark, and Fremont. Call (800) 810-SWIM to find a  location near you. Swim parties are available at all 4 Bay  Area locations and include private use of  indoor, heated facilities, CPR certified  swim instructor/ party organizers, pool  toys, and organized games upon request. 

Encore Gymnastics 999 Bancroft Rd. Concord, CA 94518 (925) 932-1033

Celebrate your young oneʼs special day with a personalized, themed party,  obstacle course, trampoline and foam pit,  jump house, and even rock climbing.

Gymboree

Locations in Concord, Lafayette, San Ramon, and Pleasanton Call (925) 685-7773 to find a  location near you. Gymboree Play and Music specializes in  birthday parties,1st through 5 years.  Birthday party themes, from princess to  superhero, are catered toward babies,  infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Gymtastic

1901 Camino Ramon, Ste. D Danville, CA 94526 (925) 277-1881

Play, slide, bounce, and of course, party  in giant inflatable arenas. Check with  your local Pump It Up for special offers.

Your party group will receive personalized instruction in gymnastics and  tumbling as well as time playing in a  bounce house, taking a cable ride, or  climbing the rock wall.  

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Jungle Fun & Adventure

700 Harvest Park Dr. Ste. H Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 513-7591 Kids can boost their self esteem and  confidence with fun activities and  structured games led by trained instructors who are friendly and encouraging. 

1975 Diamond Blvd. Concord, CA 94520 (925) 687-4386

Your child can have their very own safari  party complete with unlimited play in the  giant jungle play structure, tokens for  games, a special appearance by Mookie,  and their very own Jungle party safari  hat and t-shirt. Ask about overnight Jungle  parties too!


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Valley Cheer & Dance

2256 Oak Grove Rd. Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 952-9791

If your child loves to perform, this is the  party place for you! Choose from themed  parties such as cheer-dance with poms, hip hop dance, or tumbling. Then let them put on a show for all the parents to videotape.

*Multiple Locations 180 Market Pl. San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 244-1171

Make your birthday child the center of  the dayʼs activities with gymnastics, Space Flight, puppets, rides, and personalized game and song requests.

Studio Grow

Locations in Concord, Blackhawk, and Berkeley Call (925) 648-7529 to find a  location near you. Drop in daily for open play, music time,  and parachute time. Also, take advantage of online discounts for summer birthday parties. Call for more information. 

Super Franks

5341 Owens Ct. Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 271-5880 Check out themed parties, which include a Rockinʼ Luau Party and Taught Town Fish Tank Party. Spend the day playing with toys or in funhouses, dressing up and singing karaoke, or partaking in group games. 

The Golden Skate

2701 Hooper Dr. San Ramon, CA 94583 (925) 820-2525 This “perfect party place” offers arcade games and a skate rink. Party plans include the Prospector Party and the  Dynamite Blast Party. Both include an  extra something special for the Birthday person. 

 

2411 Old Crow Canyon Rd. San Ramon, CA 94583-1240 (925) 838-3159

Gymfinity Gymnastics 230 S. Vasco Rd.  Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 960-9440

Ask about party packages, SUPER and MEGA, and special add-ons. Party activities include gymnastics, circuits, trampoline fun, group games, and every kidʼs favorite- foam pits!

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925-779-0200 www.paradiseskate.com

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Esteller Martial Arts • SAFE KIDS Anti Abduction Program • Traditional Martial Arts • Sport Martial Arts 20% OFF for • Fitness Training 3 month s • Classes for Children, Teens & Adults 915-A Main St., Pleasanton • (925) 768-3555 • www.estellermma.com • facebook@estellermartialarts/safekids

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by Kim Rice      When my son was diagnosed with autism  in 2009, I immediately began to clean up  everything that went into, onto and around  his body. As I began my research, I was  amazed at how much toxicity exists in our  homes. Now more than ever, I am paying  more attention to toxicity issues. Here are some of the changes I made in our  home to reduce toxicity levels: Food: Buy organic foods as much as possible. Some heavily sprayed crops  include almonds, rice and coffee. We also avoid genetically modified foods  (GMOʼs) See a full list at: www.nongmoshoppingguide.com. Water: I filter almost all the water we use or consume. Reverse osmosis is great  if you can afford it. If not, filter your water with a water filter pitcher such as  Brita, PUR or Shaklee. Since your skin is like a sponge, itʼs also important to filter chlorine from your shower and bath water. A shower filter such as Lifekind  or Aquasana is a great investment for your health. Kitchen Products: In the kitchen, I switched to phosphate and petroleum free,  biodegradable dish liquid and dishwasher detergent. I eliminated dishwasher  rinse and replaced it with vinegar. I replaced my all-purpose cleaners, glass  cleaner and degreaser with Shakleeʼs H2 Organic Super Cleaner. Try BPA free glass containers by Pyrex and Anchor Hocking instead of plastic storage  containers. Invest in high quality stainless steel and cast iron cookware (If you  do use non-stick, try a high quality sauté pan by All-Clad or Calphalon, which feature the high end non-stick product). General Cleaning Products: Distilled white vinegar and baking soda are my  mainstays for cleaning (you can buy bulk amounts at Costco). There are also many brands on the market such as Seventh Generation, Biokleen, Bright  Green, Method, Ecover, Green Works, Earth Friendly Products and Shaklee.  Laundry Products: My favorite “safe” laundry detergent is Shaklee,  non-fragrance, but there are many good, biodegradable, non-toxic detergents  on the market. Try vinegar for clothes with heavy odor. Shaklee also has a great brightening and stain product called Nature Bright Laundry Booster and  Stain Remover. For added fragrance, add essential oil drops (such as lemon or  orange) to a wet cloth and drop it in the dryer. Bathroom Cleaners: Try Green Works or Seventh Generation.  I only use non-chlorine bleach when I absolutely  have to use bleach.  I properly disposed of our drain cleaner and invested in a  drain “snake.” It works fine and ironically we have fewer clogs than before. Kim Rice is a Wellness Coach, gfcfcoaching.com, and mother of three children in Pleasanton writing about topics such as autism, depression, and diet and life  transformation. She earned her BA degree in Journalism from the University of  Detroit and has over 20 years of corporate writing experience.

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Childcare & Preschools

Healthcare

Parent Resources

College Nannies & Tutors. . . . . . . . 8

Shelby Smith, DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Little People Child Care . . . . . . . . . .8

Danville Pediatric Dentistry . . . . . . 9

Century Landscape  & Gardening... . . . . . . . . . . . ......8

Nanny Connection. . ..............9

John Muir Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .19

Wee Care Center . . . . . . ..........20

Valley Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

Childrenʼs Sport Activities

Just for Mom

Darci Gutierrez Insurance...... 21

Pet Resources

Hayjac Designs . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Dogtopia.... . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .11 Antioch Vet Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . .11

Rockinʼ Jump.... . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .22

Keepsakes

San Ramon Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Childrenʼs Paw Prints. . . . . . . . . . . 20

Play Spaces & Places

UFC Gym. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Music Classes

Tumble Time Bus.. .............11

Paradise Skate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Music Together. . . . . . . ............20

Educational Resources Lindsay Wildlife Museum . . . . . . .21 Firefly Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Mad Science Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Bricks for Kidz... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Parti Palooza.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...17

Outdoor Fun

Balloons & Beyond .. . . . . . ..... 30

Sienna Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Super Franks........ ...........31

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