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Departments 4 Off-the-Press 7 First Year EBRP award winning Teens in When will my Baby Sleep? Nature, Ayesha Curry-No Kid Hungry 8 Raising Dad Electronic Free Bliss 4 Bookshelf Summer Days, Summer Reading 9 Kid’s Culture Who’s Bored? Not Us, We’re Board 5 Top 10 Our can’t-miss activities for 10 Teach In July and August Is it time to ditch Summer Break?

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By Erika Mailman

Teens in Nature, Ayesha Curry- No Kid Hungry program, created in 2007. This weeklong camp provides underserved teens from Oakland, Richmond and Bay Point the chance to go deep into nature — and just as importantly, it teaches them how to use public transportation to get themselves there. Learning that we need nature’s healing properties, and that we can make our own choices to get there, is a lifelong skill. The teens’ week is also spent learning about careers in the outdoors and environMoonlight Hide and Seek by Betsy Franco and Tom Franco mental education...as well new app from Palo Alto writer as just having fun. For this program, the Betsy Franco, illustrated by her California Parks and Recreation Society son Tom Franco, lets children awarded the parks district a prize for think about midnight creatures and do youth development in the category “cregentle subtraction about which ones ating community.” are hidden. “Moonlight Hide and Seek Another program was recognized: is an interactive picture book game,” the Park Prescription (Rx) program, an says Betsy. “It teaches subtraction and innovative initiative in which over 500 logical thinking while introducing the patients have been bussed to a regional intriguing world of night animals and park and given activities and a healthy telling a charming story.” lunch. Dr. Nooshin Razani from UCSF As Betsy describes it, “One by one, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland night animals, including mice, frogs, and Dr. Curtis Chan from the San Franand skunks, come out to eat in the cisco Department of Public Health remoonlight. Children make choices ceived the award, and were nominated about which animal appears and then by the parks district. guess how many animals are hiding. As the moon sinks, the animals reFree days at our national turn to their daylight resting places parks and wait for the next moonrise.” For Book a family trip and experience the instance, one drawing shows moths on majesty of Yosemite and other national a full-moon night. The text and narraparks! There’s free admission on the foltor announce, “Five moths are out and lowing days: Aug. 25–28 as part of the about tonight. Two of the moths are by National Park Service Birthday, Sept. 24 the porch light.” App users must figure for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. out how many moths remain unseen in 11 for Veterans Day. For the small cost the honeysuckle. of $7.95, purchase the National Park “Working with Tom is always Signs & Symbols activity book by Helen magical,” says Betsy. “In this case, he Colella, with 25 activities built around painted the illustrations — each is a the signs and symbols found throughpiece of fine art. This gives the app out the national parks. the warm feeling of picture books I Visit https://www.createspace. treasured as a child.” com/6036769 for more. The app is available for $1.99 at http://apple.co/1T0lJzV

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Teens in nature Huge props are due to the East Bay Regional Parks District for the continuing success of its Teen Eco Action

The power of Main Street Planners have long understood the value of a thriving Main Street in building city identity and community.

In Richmond, high school students are working to improve downtown. They’re using the Y-PLAN (Youth: Plan, Learn, Act, Now) program based at UC Berkeley to strategize ways to make downtown Richmond a youth-friendly and vibrant area. At a recent meeting, students shared their proposals with stakeholders, educators and city officials. Bringing youth in to help design a brighter, relevant future is a brilliant tactic; we’re all looking forward to the results!

kids school breakfast. By making breakfast part of the school day, Oakland’s students will have more opportunity for success in the classroom. Since No Kid Hungry launched in 2010, more than 2 million kids across

No Kid Hungry Since healthy eating has always been a priority for both Ayesha and her family, she has recently become an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, a campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. Curry recently visited West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California to demonstrate her commitment to both the organization and the cause stating, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It’s important for us to make sure every child is energized to ensure better education! No Kid Hungry is doing that!” One in four kids in California struggle with hunger. With the help of Ayesha Curry supporters like Ayesha, No Kid Hungry is setting its sights on the state to address this devastating problem starting with breakfast. Breakfast powers kids’ success. Without it, they’re less energetic, less healthy and less likely to do well in school. But less than half of kids who qualify for free and reduced-price school lunch in Oakland also get breakfast, making it the secondworst city in the country for feeding

the U.S. have been introduced to school breakfast. Cities like Los Angeles and New York City are successfully connecting hungry children with the food they need to learn and grow. Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s work and school breakfast at NoKidHungry.org.

Bookshelf Summer Days, Summer Reading

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tudies emphasize the importance of reading with young children all year long, encouraging them to talk about the books they like. And it’s true: the more children like to read, the more they’ll read. And the more they read, the better they’ll get. So celebrate summertime with a stack of picture books full of sunshine, adventure and imagination. “A Beach Tail,” by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Boyds Mills; ages 3–7; $17.95; 32 pp.). Gregory ventures farther and farther down the beach, soon realizing that he has lost sight of his dad. Children will

relate to Gregory’s problem-solving and courage. I especially love the warm portrayal of an AfricanAmerican son and father enjoying a summer day at the beach. “Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden,” by Judy Younger, illustrated by Dana Sullivan (Sleeping Bear; ages 4–7; $4.99; 29 pp.). Digger and his sister Daisy decide that it’s a good time to plant a garden. These goofy dogs (dressed

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in kids’ clothes) make a great team, as Digger digs the holes and Daisy plants the vegetables. Kids will enjoy this book for beginning readers, with its silly twist at the end and likable canine pair.

what to do: “Do cannonballs? Or ride the float? Fish from the dock? Or sail the boat?” Rhyming, short sentences give this book for beginning readers a peppy zip, and soft, sweet illustrations create an appealing package.

“Flip Flop!” by Dana Rau, illustrated by Jana Christy (Random House; ages 4–7; $3.99; 24 pp.). Two friends want to play together, but they just can’t decide

“Ice Cream Summer,” by Peter Sís (Scholastic; ages 5–10; $17.99; 40 pp.). Kids and parents will love this treat that dishes up the history of ice cream alongside a sweet story. Joe


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July 6 | Wednesday

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WCD hosts Walnut Creek First Wednesdays Street Festivals each month for all ages! Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, shopping, treats & more!

5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. All ages. 1275 Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek. www.broadwayplaza.com

July 10 | Sunday Cream Tours — 2 Ice Rockridge Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice Cream tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online. This event repeats on July 17. 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510-604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

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Ghosts bothering you? Who you gunna call? Ghostbusters! Celebrate the return of the ghost-fighting team with some spooky pinball action like Elvira’s Scarred Stiff and Monster Bash! Complete the ghost hunt and win extra tickets for prizes!

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

out at Camp Lindsay 4 Camp — Walnut Creek Lindsay is offering a first-ever sleepover. Join us and discover the nightlife at Lindsay. Enjoy a fun-filled family evening of camping activities, make your own s’mores, then crawl into your sleeping bag and fall asleep to the sound of owls and Lindsay’s other nocturnal animal ambassadors. For those who are “night owls,” enjoy a late night movie! Nighttime snack and breakfast the next morning are provided. Children ages 5 and up; children who are 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult 6:30 p.m -8:30 a.m. Admissions $65. Ages 5 plus. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

July 26 | Tuesday

5 Butterfly Walk — Berkeley

Join Sally Levinson, docent and resident “caterpillar lady” as she takes guests on a walk around the grounds of the UC Botanical garden to see all the butterfly hot-spots.

3-4 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 ages 13-17, $2 ages 5-12, under 5 are free. All ages. UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. 510-642-5045, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley. edu

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Festival — Berkeley 6 Kite Come to the Berkeley Marina’s

Caesar Chavez Park for the annual kite festival. Bring a kite or just watch the skies and the many fantastic kites of all varieties soar in the bay breeze. There will be a candy drop and free kite making for kids. Continues Sunday, July 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Caesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

Iron Car Show — 8 American Pleasant Hill Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy ogling the shiny classic cars, each one lovingly polished and customized to be admired. Enjoy live music and food while walking around at this fun event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Drive. 925-682-0896, www. pleasanthillrec.com

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Aug. 6 | Saturday

7 World Lion Day Celebration —Oakland

Lions are one of the most popular and iconic animals in the world - but the King of the Beasts is in trouble in the wild. Learning about and appreciating lions helps, and you can be part of it. 1:00pm: Lion Keeper Alicia Powers will give a talk about our Oakland Zoo lions, at the main lion viewing deck .Let’s celebrate the majestic lion at Oakland Zoo this August, in honor of World Lion Day - come on over and roar for lions with us! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All Ages. Free with Admission. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www. oaklandzoo.org

and Soul — Oakland 9 Art City of Oakland’s flagship festival

that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its 16h Anniversary with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition back by popular demand after last year’s wildly successful inaugural event. Ride rides, listen to live music, see dance battles! Public transportation encouraged. Festivities Saturday and Sunday. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. $12/Adults, $7/Seniors (65+) & Youth (13-17), Free/12 and under. All ages. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 510-444-CITY, artandsouloakland.com

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By Mary Ann Scheuer writes to his grandfather to tell him all about his “delicious” summer reading, learning new words, and writing his own book, and Sís (in superbly detailed illustrations) incorporates ice cream at every opportunity. “If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!” by Elise Parsley (Little, Brown; ages 4–8; $16.99; 40 pp.). When headstrong Magnolia demands to bring a piano to the beach, her mom just calmly tells her, “Don’t lose it.” Each antic leads to crazier situations, as the piano gets covered in lunch, swarmed by seagulls and then lost at sea. Magnolia shines as the true star, with exaggerated expressions that will get all would-be divas laughing. “Pool,” by JiHyeon Lee (Chronicle; ages 4–8; $16.99; 56 pp.). This wordless picture book by Korean artist Lee is a tribute to the power of quiet friendship and unspoken communication. A boy enters a crowded pool, diving deep

to avoid all the other people. When he meets a girl who’s also swimming deep below the other people, they discover a colorful world full of amazing creatures. The book includes exquisite illustrations full of magic and imagination. “Surf’s Up!” by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Daniel Miyares (NorthSouth; ages 4–7; $17.95; 32 pp.). Dude peeks into the window, calling to his best friend, “SURF’S UP, BRO!” But Bro doesn’t respond — he’s too caught up in his book. Dude can’t believe it. “You’d rather read a book than go to the beach?” “Dude, books are fascinating!” Fun dialog and bright illustrations make this a terrific celebration of reading, perfect for summer or any time!

“Tar Beach,” by Faith Ringgold (Dragonfly/Random House; ages 5–9; $7.99; 32 pp.). A summer night is transformed into a magical adventure for eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot as she flies above her New York City neighborhood. This tale sparkles with symbolic references to African-American cultural heritage. A long-lasting favorite. “The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer,” by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali (Chronicle; ages 5–9; $12.99; 44 pp.). When his teacher asks a typical question about summer vacation, a dark-haired white boy spins an outlandish tale involving a treasure map, a hot-air balloon and a mischievous magpie. I love the way that the teacher never criticizes him for his imagination and storytelling. The ending made me laugh out loud!

“Twenty Yawns,” by Jane Smiley, illustrated by Lauren Castillo (Two Lions; ages 3–6; $17.99; 32 pp.). Lucy spends a day having fun at the beach with her parents, but now that it’s time for bed she is wide awake. How will she fall asleep with the mysterious moon shining through the windows? Smiley’s simple, reassuring text is complemented by warm, evocative illustrations. Castillo portrays a biracial family in an especially lovely, straightforward way. Mary Ann Scheuer is the librarian at Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley. Find more books she recommends sharing with your children at her blog, Great Kid Books, http://greatkidbooks. blogspot.com

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By Meg Zweiback, R.N., M.P.H., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Growth and Development Wetting Accidents at School? Question Hudson is almost four and is in a preschool that expects all the children to be toilet trained before they start school. We never thought this would be a problem since by the time he started school last fall he’d been using the toilet at home for almost six months. He’s pretty easygoing about using toilets in different places, and as far as we knew he was doing fine in school. Just last week the director of the school told us that Hudson has been wetting his pants a lot, and if he doesn’t stop they can’t have him at the school anymore. I was shocked, especially since we had no idea! I now realize that there have been times when he comes home in a change of clothes, but they keep changes of clothes in their cubbies and no one had told us there was a problem. I’m at a loss since he’s not having accidents at home. He wears a diaper at night, but I know that is normal. We’re not sure what to do now.

Answer First of all, it’s not unusual for a four-year-old boy to have accidents at school, even if he is completely trained to use the toilet. At home there are few distractions, a comfortable and familiar bathroom, and — what many parents and teachers don’t realize is important — privacy. Some children are so tuned into their body sensations that they will feel the need to “go” and stop whatever they are doing to use the bathroom. Other children get absorbed in an activity and don’t notice the need until it’s too late. And some children are in between — they notice the feeling and deal with the inconvenience by letting out a small amount, then stop so they can continue their play. Before you can help Hudson to stay dry at preschool, you will need more information. What does Hudson say? If he says, “I don’t know,” that’s normal at his age, but some children can tell you if there’s something they don’t like about going to the bathroom at school. Some children, for example, are used to a big toilet at home and find kidsize toilets uncomfortable. Others need more privacy or are distracted by other children.

Some children are so tuned into their body sensations that they will feel the need to “go” and stop whatever they are doing to use the bathroom. Other children get absorbed in an activity and don’t notice the need until it’s too late. I’m hoping that the teachers are already familiar with the common reasons why children wet themselves at school, but they may not be, and your questions will help them to learn more. Are children at Hudson’s school taken to the bathroom during times of transition (such as before going outside or taking a nap) or are they expected to go without reminders? Are there enough toilets so that children can use the bathroom without waiting too long? Some children wait too long and can barely hold it in if they have to stand in line. Have the teachers noticed a time when Hudson is most likely to have an accident so that they can help him plan ahead? Is Hudson having small or big wetting accidents? Small ones usually mean that a child is letting go of just enough pee to keep playing, while big accidents usually mean a child has waited so long that he just has to let go completely.

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Are the bathrooms easy to get to when children are outside? Many children play outside for a long time after a snack or lunch and don’t want to go in until they have to — which may be too late. The most common cause of children’s wetting accidents at school is not noticing the need to go to the bathroom until it’s too late. Children who have good focus when involved in an activity are the children most likely to have accidents because they are concentrating so hard on their work.  Other children are so interested in what they are doing that they are afraid to miss anything by leaving the room to go to the bathroom.  It can help if a child has a way to tell the teacher or other kids to wait until he gets back before continuing with an activity. I love the video from Bear in the Big Blue House, “When You’ve Got To Go,” which sweetly addresses this and other common difficulties children can have in using the toilet.

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Sometimes a child doesn’t notice that his bladder is full until it is really, really full. At that point, he might let go of a small amount of urine just to be able to get to the toilet without letting it all out.  Even if he goes to the bathroom soon after that, he might have a wet spot. A variation of this is the child who is in such a hurry when he goes to the bathroom that he doesn’t empty his bladder completely. When he gets the urge an hour later, he has to stop playing and run to the bathroom again, and this time he may not make it. Parents who see the damp circles or patches on a child’s clothing might say that a child is “peeing in his pants” without noticing whether it is the small amount that indicates overflow or a complete soaking that usually means “I can’t be bothered.”  You can help Hudson by working with the teachers at school to figure out how to prevent accidents. By figuring out what is difficult, he’ll be more successful.  Many preschool-age children will not be able to talk to the teacher themselves. You can ask Hudson to join you for a discussion, but he may not be able to speak for himself.  Ask the teacher for ideas or suggestions.  If the teachers are really frustrated and you feel they have been communicating that to Hudson, it is possible that he’s reacting to that. Although we usually think of toilet battles as being between parents and children, occasionally a battle can take place at school. If a teacher is disapproving or negative about Hudson, he may be reacting to that. It’s not a common problem, but it does occur. Lastly, but still importantly, make sure that Hudson is having daily bowel movements. Children who hold in BMs or who are constipated may have wetting accidents during the day because the extra BM reduces the space for their bladders to expand. Meg Zweiback is a Bay Area Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who counsels parents about children’s behavior and development. Her website, www.bringingupkids.com has more articles and information about children of different ages.

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By Meg Zweiback, R.N., M.P.H., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

First Year When Will My Baby Sleep? Question When will my baby start sleeping better? Cyrus is four months old and still wakes up at least twice every night to nurse. He’s 13 pounds and growing fine. Other moms tell me their babies are sleeping eight hours at least.

Answer

It’s quite normal for a baby to nurse several times each night during his newborn period. A newborn’s job is simple: eat, sleep, and in between get comfortable living in the world! After three months, most babies are in a pattern of cycles, nursing every three hours and needing to sleep

It sounds like you already know that your baby’s weight is the best way to judge whether you have enough milk. Whatever pattern he has developed is the right pattern for him, at least for now.

every three hours. Around the same time, babies can be eased into a daynight pattern, with more awake time when it’s light and more sleep time when it’s dark. That’s why it’s good to have a dark room in which to sleep — everyone sleeps better in the dark.

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Once babies are into that pattern, most will start to have one long stretch of sleep lasting 5–6 hours. At that point, you may be able to start influencing his patterns even more. Of course, some babies extend nighttime sleep on their own without any nudging from parents. Your friend’s baby who sleeps through the night may be doing that because of his own inner clock or because she pushed him a bit. When a baby is waking to nurse during the night, there are two possible reasons. The first is that he wakes because he’s hungry. If that’s the case, you’ll notice that at each feeding he nurses quite vigorously, and you’ll be able to hear him swallow. He’ll want to switch sides when he’s done with the first, and once he’s full he’ll go back to sleep. A baby who is waking but isn’t really hungry will have a shallow, fluttery suck. He won’t care about switching sides because his tummy isn’t empty. A baby may do both types of nursing at different waking times, and that’s perfectly normal. However, noticing the difference is helpful if you want to be able to stretch out the time between nighttime feedings. The second reason a baby may wake to nurse during the night is that he needs to suck at the breast to get himself back to sleep, whether he’s

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hungry or not. A baby who has that habit will often wake for the first feeding about three hours after he falls asleep in the evening, then wake again after two hours, then in an hour, then in two hours. Sometimes he will then have a couple of hours of deep sleep toward early morning. A mom who is waking up to feed a baby this often is usually too tired to notice whether baby is hungry or not! If you think that Cyrus is hungry at every nighttime feeding, you’ll have to be sure he can get enough milk during his awake time before he’ll sleep better at night. The first step is to encourage him to nurse on both breasts at each feeding during the day. If he grazes all day, he’s probably going to need to feed at night. Since milk production is stimulated by your baby’s emptying of your breast, your body may adapt to this style of nursing by producing less milk at each feeding, even though the overall amount of milk is enough for your baby’s needs. So if you can get him to take in more during the day, he won’t need as much at night. (At the other extreme, there are babies who nurse vigorously throughout the day and then sleep a solid 12 hours. That’s great for mom’s sleep, but makes it hard for her to get anything done when she’s awake!) So with more feedings during the day, there will be less feeding at night, and the baby won’t wake up, right?

It’s not that simple, because all moms and babies are different. The limit on what you can supply your baby in each feeding is based on your “storage capacity.” Some moms’ breasts can simply hold more milk, so a baby can get more milk in each feeding. Your maximum storage capacity is the amount present in your breasts when they feel really full, which is usually in the morning. Some women’s breasts can hold a few ounces, and some a lot more. It’s not just what you can produce. The amount that Cyrus can take at one feeding is limited by his stomach’s storage capacity. If you overfeed a baby with a small capacity, he’ll just spit it back up (which is sometimes confused with reflux). Fortunately, if you begin to gradually nurse more at each feeding, his capacity will increase. If he’s a grazer, you may find that he’ll be able to eat more at each feeding if you extend the time between feedings so he’s a bit hungrier. You don’t have to starve him. Just refrain from feeding him at the first sign of hunger, and don’t nurse him every time he’s a little distressed. Walk with him, play with him, go outside — you may start to notice that he then nurses more at the next feeding time. Time is on your side, because Cyrus is growing! Your milk supply is well established and your breasts

will be able to produce milk when it’s needed. If Cyrus has developed a fallingasleep nursing habit, you can change that at this age without making big changes in your nursing style. By simply holding your baby when he’s falling asleep, or by putting him in his sleeping place when he’s drowsy and patting him while he falls asleep, he’ll learn that there is more than one way to fall asleep. (It’s often easier if the non-nursing parent does this.) This isn’t a full-blown “sleep plan,” but a lot of babies will sleep longer stretches with this one change. He’ll still wake to nurse when he’s hungry, but not because he has to nurse to fall asleep again. You can’t control every aspect of the process, but you don’t have to feed or soothe Cyrus constantly like you did just after he was born. Just remember that all babies are different, and getting into the rhythm that works for both of you will be better than going by a theoretical schedule. Meg Zweiback is a Bay Area Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who counsels parents about children’s behavior and development. Her website, www.bringingupkids.com has more articles and information about children of different ages.

By Tony Hicks

Raising Dad Electronic Free Bliss

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here was this time when my wife, our three daughters, and I sat around a table. The television was idle. In fact, no one was engaging with anything electronic. We were eating dinner and looking at each other. No one was pouting. No one was frowning. It was pretty quiet, even for a house on a busy street, with the sound of cars whizzing by being a constant for nonsleeping hours. Weird. Then the seven-year-old— whom we’ll call Lucy, because that’s her name—said the strangest thing. “So ... how was everyone’s day?” More strange things then happened, including people talking about friends, homework, teachers, what they had for lunch, sports, the various bizarre behaviors of our Chihuahua, etc. We actually spent the next 15 or so minutes going around the room, answering the question. Weird. Moving from house to house is like one of those weird celestial happenings that only come around every few years. And when you’re finally in the new place and done lifting things that get heavier every time, you’re too tired not to feel anything but thanks—mostly that it’s over. But this time, I think all of us felt thanks at having this moment.

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It was something new for my three daughters, and I think they were feeling a bit amazed about how nice it was to have quiet, positive human interaction

with their otherwise loud and terribly busy family. Or maybe it was just the shock of doing something for the first time. It was our second night in our new home and likely the first time I’ve ever been glad Comcast screwed up our appointment (yes, of course, Comcast said it was us) and kept us off the cable and Internet grid. We even talked about what everyone was doing the next day. It felt like get-

ting extra credit at school or getting a day ahead at work. Of course, the Comcast disconnect also means this story will be late, because I have no e-mail with which to send, forcing me to go into my office to ensure delivery. Right. There are plenty of great reasons for Comcast to get its efficiency practices up. But we all agreed that it was such a pleasant episode, we may actually get on board with my wife’s newfound determination to get us to eat together at the kitchen table from now on (the old place actually didn’t have enough room). As kids get older, life moves faster, and before you know it, we won’t have any kids in the house to yell at for burying their noses in electronic devices all day. Besides, I think my wife purposely hid their chargers during the move. Or maybe that was me ... Of course—and I’m not making this up—Comcast still hasn’t shown up and now claims our appointment was made for two days from now. So the bliss is likely to morph into irritation and impatience. But here’s hoping for a few more quiet, quality nights that everyone remembers enough to pull them to the kitchen table for just a few minutes each evening. One never knows. We still may have lots to talk about. Tony Hicks is a columnist with the Bay Area News Group and the father of four daughters. Reach him at editor@ parentspress.com.


By Haley Reen

Kids Culture Who Is Bored? Not Us. We Are Board!

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laying board games used to be what kids would do when they had been grounded from playing outside or watching TV. They were so boring, they were almost a punishment. Tedious games like Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Sorry, and The Game of Life were the games this generation of parents played as kids, and it’s no wonder they avoid them now. But there is a resurgence in the popularity of board games, and they’re cooler than ever. Kids and parents can play together and have a great time — really! The games are clever, funny, and much more imaginative than Monopoly and Old Maid. Kids of all ages can play now, too. They have made games so that kids who cannot read or speak English can play along, and there are games that a whole family can share together. Games can also sharpen the mind and help kids learn good sportsmanship, turn taking, and skills like counting and identifying colors. Here are a few top game pictures, by age:

Ages 3+ Zingo • Splish Splash!• Pie Face Ages 6+ Apples to Apples • Set Jr. On the Dot Teens and Tweens Exploding Kittens Settlers of Catan • Munchkin Games of Berkeley has a link on its page to places where people can meet up to play board games with other local folks, and there is information on board game cafes and game nights at local board game stores. Here are a few!

Victory Point Cafe – Berkeley The first of its kind in Berkeley, this is a tabletop gaming cafe where a game guru will explain the rules to the game you want to play. It costs $5 to play anything, all day. It offers food and drink for sale too, and has hundreds of games to choose from. 1797 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 510-982-6325, www. victorypointcafe.com

Black Diamond Games – Concord This cool game store hosts a variety of events, including Magic the Gathering and Pokemon card nights, as well as board game nights. 1950 Market St., Ste. E, Concord. 925-681-0600, www. blackdiamondgames.com

D20 Games – Alameda This place is run by a dad with a passion for getting people to play faceto-face games. Games are available to buy or rent, there are many events all month long, and you can even rent out the place for birthday parties. 1405 Encinal Ave., Alameda. 510-522-2109, www.d20alameda.com

Endgame – Oakland This well-stocked store has a huge and very nice upstairs gaming area, and they are planning to start a gaming cafe in the near future! 921 Washington St., Oakland. 510-465-3637, www. endgameoakland.com

Gamescape – San Francisco This is the place to go in San Francisco. Since 1973 it has carried just about every game available. It has all the new stuff as well as a nice selection of chess and backgammon sets, and features frequent board game and roleplaying game nights. 333 Divisadero St., San Francisco. 415-621-4263, www. gamescapesf.com

Gamescape North – San Rafael This place is a cousin of the San Francisco store, and has regular meetings for amateur board game designers to show and test their games, in addition to a great selection of nonelectronic games. 1225 4th St., San Rafael. 415-457-8698, www.gamescapenorth.com

Game Kastle – Fremont and Santa Clara Both locations have regular events and a great selection of board games for purchase, which can be played on-site at the available tables. See website for locations. www.gamekastle.com

Games of Berkeley – Berkeley If Berkeley residents want games, this is where they go. The staff members are helpful and knowledgeable and are great at finding the perfect games for every player. They teach Go classes and have trading card game tournaments and tabletop game designer events. 2151 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 510-5407822, www.gamesofberkeley.com Haley Reen is an East Bay freelance writer. Reach her at Misshaleyreen@ gmail.com.

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By Benjamin Campopiano

Teach In It’s Time: Summer Break Has Got to Go

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here’s no doubt that summer break is a great time for kids and families. Whether you’re going on a weeklong trip to the lake or simply spending the day by the backyard pool, summer break can be a great time for kids to experience new things and for families to bond. But no matter how much we may like summer break, the time has come—it’s got to go. With an abundance of evidence in our back pocket, this is the time to make significant changes to our school calendar so that all children and families benefit. Currently in the United States, the vast majority of public schools— over 85%—hold classes over 10 months, providing summer break over 10 weeks in June, July and August. This traditional model for the school calendar has been in place since the days when our children spent summers helping their parents harvest crops. But today there’s no essential reason to continue this traditional school calendar, and there’s ample evidence why we should be implementing alternative schedules. The main reason to ditch the traditional school calendar and move to a modern year-round school calendar with no summer break is because it will prevent “brain drain.” Brain drain is the phenomenon that researchers say occurs during summer break when children actually experience learning loss. Gary Huggins, chief executive of the National Summer Learning Association, recently reported that studies show that kids can lose as much as three months of math and reading skills over the summer, with the losses being more significant among lower-income kids. Reducing summer break will instantly help our students better retain information and adapt to their new classes each year. Other advantages of year-round education are that remediation for struggling students can occur during the school year rather than over summer break; students will benefit from shorter, more frequent breaks; and the school calendar will more closely resemble a typical work schedule, which benefits working parents. Not only is this the right time to transition to a modern school calendar that goes year-round, but it’s also the right

The main reason to ditch the traditional school calendar and move to a modern year-round school calendar with no summer break is because it will prevent “brain drain.” Brain drain is the phenomenon that researchers say occurs during summer break when children actually experience learning loss. time to extend the number of school days for all kids in K-12 public schools. Currently, students attend school for 180 days per year. This number should be increased to somewhere in the ballpark of 200 days, which would increase the school calendar by four extra school weeks. Studies show this extra time in the classroom would significantly increase learning and help students compete with their global counterparts who attend school for significantly more days and hours than American schoolchildren. This would also lessen the child-care burden on all families and particularly help lower income families. But kids shouldn’t be the only one stretching out their school year. Teachers should be working somewhere around 220 days per year, meaning 20 days more per year with students and 20 days more without students. This extra time for teachers would bring them much closer to the average work year of most professionals; give them muchneeded planning, collaboration, and

reflection time; and, maybe most importantly, instantly increase their salaries by about 20 percent. Not only would this improve the quality of teaching in schools, but it also would certainly help address America’s teacher shortage. Currently in the United States, there is a major shortage of teachers, with many schools struggling to find a credentialed teacher (or even a credential student) to fill some of their vacant positions. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon—the supply of new teachers in California is at a 12-year low, with enrollment in educator preparation programs having dropped by more than 70 percent over the last decade. The same is true in just about every other major region in America. Perhaps just as problematic as the credential enrollment shortage is that young teachers are leaving the profession in droves. According the National Education Association, over 20 percent of all new hires leave the classroom within three years, and in urban dis-

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tricts, about 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. By giving teachers more money, more time, and more support, we can improve teaching and learning in our schools, attract young people to the profession, and keep our best new teachers where they should be—in the classroom. Combine these changes for teachers with a new year-round schedule and more school days for students, and we have a real recipe for success. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama dared to declare that our students and teachers should spend more time in school. “Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said at the time. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.” Almost a decade later, President Obama is still correct—our children need more time in the classroom, especially our most underachieving and underserved students. And just as importantly, our teachers need more time at work—both with their kids and without them. If we can move to yearround education, increase the number of school days for kids, and increase the total number of workdays for teachers, we might finally experience success in public schools. We might finally attract the best and brightest to the profession, retain our newest teachers, and see students develop how we know they can. But none of these things will happen if parents and taxpayers are okay with the status quo in education. Big ideas like this don’t come easy and don’t come cheap. But it’s time. We are no longer an agrarian society competing against ourselves, and our schools cannot continue to merely be schoolhouses where we allow for mediocrity to fester. It’s time to stop letting the summers just pass us by—we must modernize our school calendar so that we can better support our teachers and give all of our students a true chance at success. Benjamin Campopiano is a secondary Instructional Coach and a social studies teacher in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Reach him at campopianob@mdusd.org.

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Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER*: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER*: Quarry Lane School (Dublin) BRONZE*: UC Atdp (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Ohlone For Kids And Teens (Fremont, Newark) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) GOLD*: The Saklan School (Moraga) SILVER: Viva El Espanol (Lafayette, Pleasanton) GOLD*:

Best Animal Encounter Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) SILVER: East Bay Spca Animal Camp

(Dublin, Oakland) BRONZE: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Creek)

Lindsey Wildlife Museum (Walnut

* denotes a tie

SILVER: Camp Arf (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: East Bay Regional Parks

Hills)

(Oakland

Best Aquatic and Water Sports Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Cal Swim Camp (Berkleey) SILVER: Alameda Community Sailing Center

(Alameda) BRONZE: Richmond Yacht Club Youth Summer Camp (Richmond) As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

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BEST OF 2016 City Of El Cerrito, Recreation Department (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Crestmont Summer Camp (Richmond) SILVER*:

Best Ballet Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) SILVER*: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts

(Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER*: Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Oakland Ballet Company Boot Camp (Oakland) BRONZE*: Shawl-Anderson Dance (Oakland) As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Orinda Ballet (Orinda) SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts

(Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: Lareen Fender’s The Ballet School (Walnut Creek)

Best Circus Arts Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kinetic Arts Center (Oakland) SILVER*: Camp Winnarainbow (Berkeley) SILVER*: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts

(Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: Trapeze Arts (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department, Clownsnotbombs Circus Camp (El Cerrito) SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: Clowns Not Bombs (Bay Area) GOLD:

Best Counselor In Training (CIT) Summer Program As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Culinary Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Cooking Round The World (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) BRONZE: Cook! Programs (Emeryville) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Cooking Round The World (Multiple Locations) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department (El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Steve & Kate’s Camp (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: Little Spoons (Piedmont) GOLD:

Best Dance Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Digital Arts Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) SILVER: Steve & Kate’s Camp (Multiple

Locations) BRONZE: Mr. D’s Music Club Summer Camp (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

GOLD: Camp Kee Tov (Berkeley) SILVER: Camp Gan Israel (Berkeley/Oakland) BRONZE: Crosswinds Kids (Livermore)

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER: Adventure Day Camp (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department LIT Summer Program (Leaders In Training) (El Cerrito)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department Traditional Summer Camps (El Cerrito) SILVER: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) BRONZE*: Steve & Kate’s Camp (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: The Saklan School (Moraga) GOLD:

Best Gymnastics Summer Camp A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Head Over Heels Gymnastics Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, (Emeryville) Oakland) SILVER: Bay Island Gymnastics (Oakland) SILVER*: East Bay Dance Center (Oakland) BRONZE: Bay Aerial Gymnastics (Fremont) SILVER*: Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley) As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters BRONZE: Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) GOLD: Encore Gymnastics (Concord) As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation GOLD: Orinda Ballet (Orinda) Department Gymnastics Camp With Bindi SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts Baker (El Cerrito) (Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: San Ramon Valley Dance Academy BRONZE*: City Of El Cerrito Recreation (San Ramon) Department Dance And Drama Summer Camp (El Cerrito) Best Health and Special BRONZE*: Katie’s Dance Studio - Dance Camp (El Cerrito) Needs Summer Camp

Best Faith-Based Summer Camp

GOLD:

Locations)

GOLD:

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) BRONZE: Camp Kee Tov (Berkeley) GOLD:

SILVER: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Camp Galileo (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: Steve & Kate’s Camp (Multiple

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Camp Gan Israel (Danville) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory -

Richmond (Richmond) BRONZE*: Camp Kee Tov (Berkeley) BRONZE*: First Presbyterian Church (Richmond)

Best Family Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Echo Lake SILVER*: Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp SILVER*: Cazadero Family Camp BRONZE: Lair Of The Bear

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: El Cerrito Camp Ravencliff SILVER: Camp Concord BRONZE: Cazadero Family Camp

Best Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER: The Renaissance International School

(Oakland)

BRONZE*: BRONZE*:

(Oakland)

Shu Ren International (Berkeley) Escuela Bilingue Internacional

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Viva El Espanol (Lafayette, Pleasanton) SILVER: The Saklan School (Moraga) BRONZE: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Department (El Cerrito)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: We Rock The Spectrum (Berkeley) SILVER: Fiddleheads (Berkeley) BRONZE: Raskob Summer Program

(Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Orion Academy (Moraga) SILVER: Quest Therapeutic Camp (Danville) BRONZE: Walnut Creek Specialized

Recreation Daycamp (Walnut Creek)

Best Holiday and Vacation Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) BRONZE*: Downtown Oakland Ymca (Oakland) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department Holiday Weeks, President Week And Spring Break Camps (El Cerrito) SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: YMCA (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

Best Horse Riding Summer Camp GOLD: Roughing It (Lafayette) SILVER*: Kenilworth Stables (Oakland)

Best Leadership Development Summer Camp A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Girls On The Go Field Trip Camp (Berkeley/Oakland) SILVER*: Trackers Earth (Berkeley) SILVER*: Cook! Programs (Emeryville) BRONZE: Camp Winnarainbow (Berkeley) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department L.I.T (Leaders In Training) Camp (El Cerrito) SILVER: Diablo Theatre Company’s Singout (Pleasant Hill) BRONZE: Crestmont Summer Camp (Richmond) GOLD:

Best General and Traditional Best Lego Summer Camp Summer Day Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) GOLD:

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As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) SILVER: Play-Well Teknologies (San

Francisco)

BRONZE:

Techknowhow (Multiple Locations)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Play-Well Teknologies (San Francisco) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Departments Lego Camps (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Techknowhow (Multiple Locations)

Best Marine Summer Camp GOLD*: Kids For The Bay (Berkeley) SILVER*: Marine Mammal Center

(Sausalito)

Best Martial Arts Summer Camp

Emeryville Martial Arts And Sports Camp (Emeryville) SILVER: Aikido Shusekai (Berkeley) BRONZE: Han Martial Arts (Oakland) GOLD*:

Best Music and Singing Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Oakland) SILVER*: Mr. D’s Music Club (Oakland) SILVER*: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (Oakland) BRONZE: Pacific Boychoir Academy (Oakland) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Young Actors Theater Camp (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) GOLD:

Best Nature and Outdoor Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Trackers Earth (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Green Stuff Camp @ UC Botanical Garden (Berkeley) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Trackers Earth (Berkeley) SILVER*: Roughing It Day Camp (Lafayette) SILVER*: Sienna Ranch (Lafayette) BRONZE: Adventure Day Camp (Walnut

Creek)

Best Overnight Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Oakland) SILVER: Camp Winnarainbow (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Trackers Earth (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Young Actors Theater Camp (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department Camp Ravencliff (El Cerrito) SILVER: Young Actors Theater Camp (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: CYO Camp (Oakland) GOLD:

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Galileo Summer Quest (Multiple

Best Performing Arts Summer Camp

Locations)

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Id Tech (Multiple Locations) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: Young Actors Theater Camp (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER*: Contra Costa Civic Theater Drama Camp (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Young Actors Theater Camp (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: City Of El Cerrito-Dance & Drama Camp (El Cerrito) GOLD:

BRONZE*: Techknowhow

(Multiple Locations)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Department Technology Summer Camps (El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Play-Well Teknologies (San Francisco) BRONZE*: Techknowhow (Multiple Locations)

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Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Oakland) SILVER: Cook! Programs (Emeryville) BRONZE: Ohlone For Kids And Teens (Fremont, Newark) GOLD*:

Best Child Care As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Step One School (Berkeley) SILVER: Jcc East Bay Preschool (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Hearts And Hands Christian

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Richmond Art Center (Richmond) SILVER*: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Childcare & Preschool (Fremont) BRONZE*: Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito)

Departments Explorers Camp (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Contra Costa Civic Theater In El Cerrito (El Cerrito) SILVER*: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) BRONZE: Diablo Theatre Company’s Singout (Pleasant Hill)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Nomura Preschool (Richmond) SILVER: The Child Day School (Multiple

Locations)

BRONZE*:

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Best Preschool Age Summer Camp A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Monkey Business Camp (Berkeley) SILVER: Oakland Zoo Camp (Oakland) BRONZE*: Grand Lake Montessori (Oakland) BRONZE*: The Child Unique Montessori

School (Alameda)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: The Saklan School (Moraga) SILVER*: Peekadoodle Academy Of Danville

(Danville)

SILVER*: Summer At Seedlings (Lafayette) BRONZE: Adventure Day Camp (Walnut

Creek)

Best Science Summer Camp A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) BRONZE: Camp Galileo (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Departments Mysteries Of Science And Crazy, Funky Science Camps (El Cerrito) SILVER: Id Tech (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: Play-Well Teknologies (San Francisco) BRONZE*: Tech Know How (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

Best Sports Summer Camp A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: UC Cal Camps (Berkleey) SILVER*: Bladium (Alameda) SILVER*: Downtown Oakland YMCA

(Oakland)

BRONZE*: BRONZE*:

(Oakland)

Avid4 Adventure (Oakland) Claremont Hotel Summer Camps

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department Sports Camp (El Cerrito) SILVER: Bronco Baseball Academy (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: El Cerrito Sports Camp (El Cerrito) GOLD:

Best Summer Camp Hosted by a Museum, Zoo or Aquarium As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) SILVER: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) BRONZE: Habitot Children’s Museum

(Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Lindsay Wildlife (Walnut Creek)

SILVER: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) BRONZE: Richmond Art Center (Richmond)

Best Technology Summer Camp As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) SILVER: Id Tech (Multiple Locations) * denotes a tie

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BEST OF 2016 BRONZE*:

The Saklan School (Moraga)

Best Child Care Referral and Support Agency As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Bananas (Oakland) SILVER: 4cs Of Alameda County

(Multiple

Locations) BRONZE: Ala Costa Centers (Berkeley)

Best Cooperative Child Care Facility Montclair Community Play Center (Oakland) SILVER: Dandelion Nursery School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Sequoia Nursery School (Oakland) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: El Cerrito Preschool Co-Op (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Peter Pan Preschool (Pleasant Hill) SILVER*: Clayton Valley Parent Preschool

(Concord) BRONZE:

Creek)

Pied Piper Preschool (Walnut

SILVER: We Care (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: Bay Respite (Vallejo) BRONZE*: We Rock The Spectrum (Berkeley)

CLASSES AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Best Art Classes As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Oakland School For The Arts (Oakland) SILVER: Mocha (Oakland) BRONZE: Ohlone For Kids And Teens (Fremont, Newark) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Richmond Art Center (Richmond) SILVER: El Cerrito Recreation Department Art

Classes (El Cerrito) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond)

Best Ballet Classes As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Special Needs Child Care

GOLD*: Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley) GOLD*: Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) SILVER*: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts

GOLD: Ala Costa Centers (Berkeley) SILVER: Easter Seals Kaleidoscope (Dublin) BRONZE: School Of Imagination In Dublin

(Dublin)

(Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER*: Paula Van Derzwaan Dance Studio (Berkeley) BRONZE*: East Bay Dance Center (Oakland) BRONZE*: Shawl-Anderson Dance (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD:

Raskob Summer Camp (Oakland)

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER*: Orinda Ballet Academy (Orinda) SILVER*: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) BRONZE: El Cerrito Ballet Center (El Cerrito) GOLD:

Best Circus Arts Classes As Voted By Alameda County Voters

(Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation Department Clownsnotbombs Circus Classes (El Cerrito) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond)

Best Classes for Musical Instrument Instruction A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Oakland School For The Arts (Oakland) SILVER: Crowden Music Center (Berkeley) BRONZE: East Bay Music Together (East Bay Cities) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Locations) SILVER: Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Oakland) BRONZE*: Jingle Jeff (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Mr D’s Music Club (Oakland)

GOLD: Lamorinda Music (Lafayette) SILVER: East Bay Center For The Performing

Arts (Richmond) BRONZE: Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Dance Classes A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER: East Bay Dance Center (Oakland) BRONZE*: Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Paula Van Derzwaan Dance Studio (Berkeley) GOLD:

Sarah’s Science - This Land Is Your Land (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Girl Scouts (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: Classroom Matters (Berkeley) BRONZE*: East Bay Dance Center (Oakland) GOLD:

GOLD: Funkmode (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts

(Lafayette, Oakland) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond)

Best Early Childhood Music Programs GOLD: East Bay Music Together (Multiple

Best Enrichment and After-School Programs As Voted By Alameda County Voters

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

East Bay Music Together (Multiple Locations) SILVER: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) BRONZE: La Pena Cultural Center (Berkeley) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Richmond Art Center (Richmond) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Department (El Cerrito) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond)

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) GOLD*: Kinetic Arts Center (Oakland) SILVER: Trapeze Arts (Oakland) BRONZE: Circus Of Smiles (Oakland) GOLD*:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

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BEST OF 2016 As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Faith-Based Cultural Awareness Program A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: JCC East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Pj Library (Contra Costa County) BRONZE: Mocha (Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory

(Richmond) BRONZE: St David School (Richmond)

Best Gymnastics Classes A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Head Over Heels Gymnastics (Emeryville) SILVER*: Bay Island Gymnastics (Oakland) SILVER*: Cal Gymnastics (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Pacific West Gymnastics (Fremont, Union City) BRONZE*: Bay Aerial Gymnastics (Fremont) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Encore Gymnastics (Concord) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Recreation

Department - Gymnastics Program With Bindi Baker (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Liberty Gymnastics (Concord)

Best Language Class A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER: Escuela Bilingue Internacional

(Oakland)

Viva El Espanol (Lafayette, Pleasanton) BRONZE*: GISSV (Berkeley) BRONZE*:

Viva El Espanol (Lafayette, Pleasanton) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) (Richmond) BRONZE: El Cerrito Recreation Department Enrichment Classes (El Cerrito) GOLD:

Best Martial Arts Classes As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD:

Aikido Shusekai (Berkeley)

SILVER: Kung Fu Studio USA (Alameda) BRONZE: Emeryville Martial Arts (Emeryville)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Mires Martial Arts (Concord) SILVER: East Bay Center For The Performing

Arts (Richmond) BRONZE: City Of El Cerrrito Recreation Department Karate Classes (El Cerrito)

Best Math Programs As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kumon (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Firecracker Math (Multiple

Locations) BRONZE: Brain O Magic (Multiple Locations) As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Kumon El Cerrito (El Cerrito) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory

(Richmond) (Richmond) BRONZE: Mathnasium Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek)

SILVER: Robotics For Fun (Oakland) BRONZE: Scientific Adventures For Girls

Best Swim Classes

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Aquatech (Alameda) SILVER: Berkeley YMCA (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Albany Aquatic Center (Albany) BRONZE*: Patti’s Swim School (Castro

Valley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Canyon Swim (El Sobrante) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Swim Center

Cerrito)

BRONZE:

(Concord)

(El

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Best Testing Preparation Program As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Classroom Matters (Berkeley) SILVER: Kumon (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: Kaplan (Multiple Locations)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) (Richmond) SILVER: City Of Richmond Library Sat Prep (Richmond) BRONZE: Huntington Learning Center (Walnut Creek) GOLD:

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BEST OF 2016 As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland) SILVER: Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: Contra Costa Civic Theater In El Cerrito (El Cerrito)

GOLD: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) SILVER: St David School (Richmond) BRONZE: Concordia School (Concord)

Best Tutorial Programs

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD:

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Classroom Matters (Berkeley) SILVER: Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Lindamood-Bell (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) SILVER: Kumon El Cerrito (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Huntington Learning Center Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek) GOLD:

Best Voice Classes As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Oakland) SILVER: Oakland Youth Chorus (Oakland) BRONZE: Pacific Boychoir Academy (Oakland) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

East Bay Center For The Performing Arts (Richmond) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) BRONZE: Scarlett Hepworth Vocal Music Studio (El Cerrito) GOLD:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Best Alternative Learning Styles Elementary School As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Black Pine Circle (Berkeley) SILVER: Berkwood Hedge School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Park Day School (Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Crestmont School (Richmond) SILVER: St Paul School (San Pablo) BRONZE*: Montessori Family School (El

Cerrito)

BRONZE*:

The Saklan School (Moraga)

Best Bilingual Elementary School As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER: Shu Ren International School

(Berkeley)

BRONZE*:

(Oakland)

Escuela Bilingue Internacional

The Renaissance International School (Oakland) BRONZE*:

Best Progressive Elementary School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Charter Elementary School GOLD: Yu Ming Charter School (Oakland) SILVER: Urban Montessori Charter School

(Oakland)

East Bay Innovation Acadamy (EBIA) (Oakland) BRONZE:

Best Faith-Based Elementary School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: School Of The Madeleine (Berkeley) SILVER: Oakland Hebrew Day School

(Oakland)

BRONZE*:

(Alameda) BRONZE*:

Saint Philip Neri Catholic School Corpus Christi School (Piedmont)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD*:

Cerrito) GOLD*:

Creek)

St. Jerome Catholic School (El St Mary Of The Immaculate (Walnut

SILVER*: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) SILVER*: St. David School (Richmond) BRONZE: St. Perpetua (Lafayette)

Best Independent Elementary School

GOLD: Black Pine Circle (Berkeley) SILVER: Berkwood Hedge School (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Park Day School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Aurora School (Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Prospect Sierra School (El Cerrito) SILVER: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Montessori Family School

(Berkeley, El Cerrito)

Best Public Elementary School

BRONZE*: BRONZE*:

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Frozen Yogurt Outlet

GOLD: Crocker Highlands (Oakland) SILVER: Montclair Elementary (Oakland) BRONZE: Chabot Elementary (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Creek)

Murwood Elementary School (Walnut

(Berkeley) SILVER*: Berkwood Hedge School (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Head Royce School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Bentley School (Oakland)

(Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER*: The Saklan School (Moraga) BRONZE: Seven Hills School (Walnut Creek)

Best Montessori Elementary School

Best Ice Cream Parlor

Raskob Day School/Learning Institute (Oakland) SILVER: Eldridge Elementary Special Ed (Hayward) BRONZE: Stellar Academy Jelly Belly Visitor’s Center For Dyslexics (Newark)

FOOD Best Burger Joint A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Barney’s (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Farm Burger (Berkeley) BRONZE: Park Burger (Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

The Renaissance International School (Oakland) SILVER: Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Little Elephant Montessori (Oakland) BRONZE*: Montessori Elementary School Of Alameda (Alameda) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER: Eagle Peak Montessori (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Concordia School (Concord) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Special Needs Programs in Elementary School

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Prospect Sierra School (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Montessori Family School

GOLD: Yogurtland (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Yogurt Park (Berkeley) BRONZE: Menchies (Multiple Locations) GOLD: Yogurt Land (Multiple Locations) SILVER: The Yogurt Shack (Concord, Danville,

GOLD:

GOLD: Black Pine Circle (Berkeley) SILVER*: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Harding Elementary School - Wccusd (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Kensington Hilltop Elementary (Kensington) SILVER:

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Barrelista (Martinez) Tal’s Patisserie (Danville)

GOLD: Barney’s (Multiple Locations) SILVER: The Habit (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: The Counter (Walnut Creek)

Lafayette) BRONZE:

Pinkberry (Walnut Creek)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Fentons (Oakland) SILVER: Ici (Berkeley) BRONZE: Tuckers Super Creamed Ice Cream

(Alameda)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Creek)

San Francisco Ice Creamery (Walnut

SILVER: Loard’s (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Cream (Multiple Locations)

Best Italian Restaurant As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Trabacco (Alameda) SILVER: Dopo (Oakland) BRONZE: Trattoria Siciliana

(Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: La Strada (San Pablo) SILVER: Mangia Mangia (Albany) BRONZE: Salute (Richmond)

Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant (Any Ethnicity)

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: East Ocean Restaurant (Alameda) SILVER: Peony Restaurant (Oakland) BRONZE:

Golden Sand Harbor (Dublin)

Best Family Friendly Coffee Shop

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Small Talk Family Cafe (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Catahoula (Richmond)

GOLD: Picante (Berkeley) SILVER: Cactus (Berkeley, Oakland) BRONZE: Tomatina On Park St (Alameda)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Kensington Circus Pub (Kensington) SILVER*: Farm Burger (Berkeley) SILVER*: Small Talk Family Cafe (Walnut

Creek)

BRONZE:

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Best Mexican Restaurant As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Picante (Berkeley) SILVER: Cactus (Berkeley, Oakland) BRONZE: La Penca Azul (Alameda)

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As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Portumex (Richmond) SILVER: Los Ponchos (Danville) BRONZE: La Tapatia (Martinez)

Best Pizza Parlor As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Zachary’s (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Cheeseboard (Berkeley) BRONZE: Goia (Berkeley)

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As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Little Star (Berkeley) SILVER: Skippolinis (Concord, Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Pizza Antica (Lafayette)

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BEST OF 2016 Best Sushi Restaurant A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kirala (Berkeley) SILVER: Ozumo (Oakland) BRONZE: Kamakura (Alameda)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Playland Not At The Beach (El Cerrito) SILVER: Sky High Sports (Concord) BRONZE: Studio Grow (Blackhawk)

Best Local Farm

GOLD: Katana-Ya Ramen (El Cerrito) SILVER: Taki Sushi (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Kiralla (Berkeley)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

FUN & ATTRACTIONS

Best Museum

Best Amusement Park A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) SILVER: Children’s Fairyland (Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Playland Not At The Beach (El Cerrito) SILVER: Studio Grow (Blackhawk) BRONZE: Pixieland Amusement Park

(Concord)

Best Athletic Clubs A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: YMCA (Oakland) SILVER: Bladium (Alameda) BRONZE: Mariner Square Athletic Club

(Alameda)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Club Sport (Walnut Creek) SILVER: YMCA Irvin Deucher (Pleasant Hill) BRONZE: 24 Hour Fitness (Multiple

Locations)

Best Bowling Alley A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Albany (Albany) SILVER: Plank (Oakland) BRONZE: AMF Southshore Lanes

(Alameda)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Albany Bowl (Albany) SILVER: Danville Bowl (Danville) BRONZE: Clayton Valley Bowl (Clayton)

Best Family Fair or Festival As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Solano Stroll (Albany) SILVER: Alameda County Fair (Pleasanton) BRONZE*: Art And Soul (Oakland) BRONZE*: Park Street Art & Wine Festival

(Alameda)

Best Indoor Play Place As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: The Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) SILVER: Bay Area Discovery Museum

(Sausalito) BRONZE: We Rock The Spectrum - Berkeley (Berkeley)

GOLD: Little Farm (Berkeley) SILVER: Ardenwood (Fremont) BRONZE: Clayton Farms (Castro Valley)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Oakland Museum (Oakland) SILVER: Lawrence Hall Of Science (Berkeley) BRONZE*: UC Botanical Garden (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Habitot Children’s Museum

(Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Creek)

Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut

Rosie The Riveter Museum (Richmond) BRONZE: Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito) SILVER:

Best Place for Ice Skating As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Oakland Ice (Oakland) SILVER: Dublin Iceland (Dublin)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

City Of Walnut Creek’s Ice Skating Pop-Up Rink (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Dublin Ca Iceland (Dublin) BRONZE: City Of Martinez’s Ice Skating Pop-Up Rink (Martinez) GOLD:

Best Place to Entertain Your Teen As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Rockin’ Jump (Dublin, Fremon) SILVER: Museum Of Art And Digital

Entertainment (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Playland Not At The Beach (El Cerrito) SILVER: Richmond Art Center (Richmond) BRONZE: East Bay Center For The Performing

Arts (Richmond)

Coolest Place to Take a Tour

Best Optometrist

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield) SILVER: Muir Woods (Marin County) BRONZE: Pixar (Emeryville)

GOLD: UC Berkeley Optometry (Berkeley) SILVER: Albany Berkeley Optometry (Albany) BRONZE: Island Eye Care (Alameda)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

GOLD: Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield) SILVER: Vasco Caves Regional Park

GOLD*: Eye Love Optometry (Pinole) GOLD*: Orinda Optometry (Orinda) SILVER: Point Richmond Optometry

(Richmond) BRONZE: West Coast Optometry (El Cerrito)

HEALTH Best Allergist

Best Orthodontist

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Kaiser Permanente (San Rafael) SILVER: John Muir Hospital (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: San Ramon Medical Center (San

Ramon)

Best Pediatric Dentist As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Aloha Pediatric Dentistry (Orinda) SILVER*: Alameda Pediatric Dentistry

Best Dermatologist

(Alameda,Oakland, Pleasanton) SILVER*: Dr. Denise Bass Allen (Oakland) BRONZE: Dr Jacklynn Thai (Hayward)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Dr. Jason Fung (Oakland) SILVER: Dr. Dunn (Berkeley) BRONZE: Warren Dotz (Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Aloha Pediatric Dentistry (Orinda) SILVER: Dr. Nicholas Ching, D.D.S, El Cerrito

Best Hospital/Medical Center

Ca (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Snoopy Dentist Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kaiser Oakland (Oakland) SILVER: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Oakland (Oakland) BRONZE: Sutter Alta Bates Berkeley (Berkeley, Oakland)

Best Pediatrician As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Dr. Elizabeth Salzburg (Kiwi Pediatrics) (Berkeley) SILVER: Dr. B. Anne Parker, Alameda Pediatric (Alameda) BRONZE: Dr. Ann Marie Franks (Berkeley) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Kaiser Permanente (San Rafael) SILVER: John Muir Hospital (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: San Ramon Medical Center (San

Ramon)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) SILVER: San Francisco Zoo (San Francisco) BRONZE: Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut

Axelrod Orthodontists Moraga (Moraga) SILVER: Dr. Aubrey Barrett, El Cerrito (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Kennteth Brannan (Albany) GOLD:

GOLD: Kaiser Oakland (Oakland) SILVER: Alta Bates Hospital (Berkeley)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

(Albany)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Birthing Center

Best Zoo or Aquarium

(San Francisco) BRONZE*: San Francisco Zoo (San Francisco)

GOLD: Dr. Righellis (Oakland) SILVER: Dr Parker (Alameda) BRONZE: I Song Orthodontics

GOLD: Dr. Jill Cohn (Berkeley) SILVER: Dr. Lenoir (Oakland) BRONZE: Dr Lee (Dublin, Fremont)

Best Learning Disabilities Specialist

GOLD: Oakland Zoo (Oakland) SILVER: Monterey Aquarium BRONZE*: California Academy Of Science

(Byron)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Amy Sobel - Kaiser Pinole (Pinole) SILVER*: Dr. Brad Lewis (Walnut Creek) SILVER*: Herculean Babies (Hercules)

GOLD: Dr. Brad Berman (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Eva Marlatt @ Pegged (Berkeley) BRONZE: Rita Meagher Chappelle (Oakland)

Best Mental Health Practice GOLD: Family Paths (Oakland) SILVER: Maria Mishkind Villela (Oakland) BRONZE: Dr. Bradley Engwall (Berkeley)

Best Speech Therapist As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Communication Works (Oakland) SILVER: Word Works (Oakland) BRONZE: Amy Faltz (Albany, Oakland)

Best Sports Medicine Practice As Voted By Alameda County Voters

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (Oakland) SILVER: Innersport (Berkeley) GOLD:

Creek)

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BEST OF 2016 Koremsatsu Middle School Wccusd (El Cerrito) BRONZE:

Best Charter Middle School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Academy Of Alameda (Alameda) SILVER: North Oakland Community Charter

Richard Burg, DC (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Innersport (Berkeley) BRONZE: Richard Burg, DC (Oakland) GOLD:

HIGH SCHOOLS Best Alternative Learning Style High School As Voted By Alameda County Voters

SILVER:

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Maybeck High School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Bayhill High School (Berkeley) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Salesian College Preparatory (Richmond) BRONZE*: Orinda Academy (Orinda) BRONZE*: Orion Academy (Moraga) GOLD:

Best Boarding School in the Bay Area As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Athenian (Danville) SILVER: Woodside Priory (Portola Valley) BRONZE: San Domenico (San Anselmo)

Best Charter High School As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

(Berkeley)

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Carondelet High School (Concord) BRONZE: Bentley School (Oakland) GOLD:

Best Public High School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Berkeley High School (Berkeley) SILVER: Piedmont High School (Piedmont) BRONZE: Alameda High School (Alameda )

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) SILVER: El Cerrito High School - Wccusd

Cerrito)

BRONZE*: BRONZE*:

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Salesian College Prep (Richmond) BRONZE: Leadership High School (Richmond)

GOLD:

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Bishop O’dowd High School (Oakland) SILVER*: St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) SILVER*: Moreau Catholic High School

(Hayward) BRONZE: Holy Names High School (Oakland) A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Special Needs Programs in a High School Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Bayhill High School (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Oakland Tech Inclusion Program (Oakland) BRONZE*: The Phillips Academy (Alameda) A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Orion Academy (Moraga) SILVER: Holden High School (Orinda) BRONZE*: Fusion Academy (Walnut Creek) BRONZE*: Halstrom Academy (Walnut

Creek)

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Salesian College Preparatory Richmond SILVER: De La Salle (Concord) BRONZE*: Berean (Walnut Creek) BRONZE*: Carondelet High School (Concord)

Best Bilingual Middle School

Best Independent High School

(Berkeley)

GOLD:

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Head Royce School (Oakland) SILVER*: The College Preparatory School

(Oakland)

(El

Acalanes High School (Lafayette) Northgate High School (Walnut

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Faith-Based High School

SILVER: St Paul School (San Pablo) BRONZE*: St Joseph Pinole (Pinole) BRONZE*: St. David School (Richmond)

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Creek)

GOLD:

Creek)

Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) St Mary Of The Immaculate (Walnut

Head Royce School (Oakland) The College Preparatory School (Oakland) SILVER: Maybeck High School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Mentoring Academy (Oakland) GOLD*: GOLD*:

Oakland School For The Arts (Oakland) SILVER: Oakland Charter High (Oakland) BRONZE: ACLC (Alameda) GOLD:

GOLD*: GOLD*:

Best Independent Middle School

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

A s Voted By Contra Costa County V oters

Best Progressive High School

Best Public Middle School

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER*: Salesian College Prep (Richmond) SILVER*: Bentley School (Lafayette) BRONZE: Orinda Academy (Orinda)

Seven Hills School (Walnut Creek)

Best Faith-Based Middle School

Walnut Creek) GOLD:

BRONZE*:

GOLD: Oakland School For The Arts (Oakland) SILVER: King Middle School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Lincoln Middle School (Alameda )

(Alameda) SILVER*: Corpus Christi School (Piedmont) BRONZE: Oakland Hebrew Day School (Oakland)

SILVER*: Maybeck High School (Berkeley) BRONZE: Tilden Preparatory School (Albany,

Cerrito)

School (Oakland) BRONZE: East Bay Innovation Acadamy (Oakland)

GOLD: School Of The Madeleine (Berkeley) SILVER*: Saint Philip Neri Catholic School BRONZE:

SILVER*: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Prospect Sierra (El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Montessori Family School (El

GOLD: Black Pine Circle (Berkeley) SILVER*: Head Royce School (Oakland) SILVER*: Bentley School (Oakland) SILVER*: Quarry Lane School (Dublin) BRONZE*: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley BRONZE*:

The Crowden School (Berkeley)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County V oters GOLD: Prospect Sierra School (El Cerrito) SILVER*: St. David School (Richmond) SILVER*: Montessori Family School

(Berkeley, El Cerrito) BRONZE*: The Seven Hills School (Walnut Creek) BRONZE*: The Saklan School (Moraga)

Best Montessori Middle School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

The Renaissance International School (Oakland) SILVER: Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) BRONZE: Valley Montessori School (Livermore) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County V oters

Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER: Eagle Peak Montessori (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Fountainhead (Multiple Locations) GOLD:

Best Progressive Middle School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Park Day School (Oakland) SILVER: East Bay School for Boys (Berkeley) BRONZE: Julia Morgan School for Girls

(Oakland)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County V oters

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) GOLD:

GOLD:

Creek)

Walnut Creek Intermediate (Walnut

Koremsatsu Middle School - Wccusd (El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Pleasant Hill Middle (Pleasant Hill) BRONZE*: Joaquin Moraga (Moraga)

Best Special Needs Programs in a Middle School A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Tilden Preparatory School (Albany, Walnut Creek) SILVER: Raskob Day School/Learning Institute (Oakland) BRONZE: The Phillips Academy (Alameda) GOLD:

PRESCHOOLS Best Bilingual Preschool A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER*: Shu Ren International School

(Berkeley)

The Renaissance International School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland) BRONZE*: GISSV (Berkeley) SILVER*:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Clayton Valley Parent Preschool (Concord) SILVER*: La Casita Bilingue (Pinole) SILVER*: Viva El Espanol (Lafayette, Pleasanton) BRONZE: Kids Into Speaking Spanish, Lafayette (Lafayette) GOLD:

Best Cooperative Preschool A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

Montclair Community Play Center (Oakland) SILVER: Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School (Oakland) BRONZE: Quarry Lane Preschool (Dublin) GOLD:

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: El Cerrito Preschool Co-Op (El Cerrito) SILVER*: Clayton Valley Parent Preschool

(Concord)

SILVER*: MVPC Nurtury Preschool (Moraga) BRONZE*: Pied Piper Preschool (Walnut

Creek)

BRONZE*:

Skytown Preschool (Kensington)

Best Faith-Based Preschool A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: JCC East Bay Preschool (Berkeley) SILVER: Gan Mah Tov Preschool (Oakland)

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley (Berkeley) SILVER*: Shu Ren International School

The Renaissance International School (Oakland) BRONZE: Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland) SILVER*:

A s Voted By C ontra Costa County Voters GOLD: St Paul School (San Pablo) SILVER: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito)

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BEST OF 2016 Hearts & Hands Christian Preschool (Fremont) BRONZE*: Temple Sinai Preschool (Oakland)

Best Neighborhood Shopping Area

GOLD: Toy Go Round (Albany) SILVER: Kelly’s Corner (Oakland) BRONZE: Toy Safari (Alameda )

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

BRONZE*:

GOLD:

Creek)

St Mary Of The Immaculate (Walnut

SILVER*: MVPC Nurtury Preschool (Moraga) SILVER*: St. David Preschool (Richmond) BRONZE: Tehiyah Day School (El Cerrito)

Best Independent Preschool A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Step One School (Berkeley) SILVER*: Grand Lake Montessori (Oakland) SILVER*: The Renaissance International

School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Rockridge Little School (Oakland) BRONZE*: The Berkeley School Ecc (Berkeley) A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER*: St. David’s Preschool (Richmond) SILVER*: Nomura Preschool (Richmond) BRONZE*: Clayton Valley Parent Preschool (Concord) BRONZE*: The Child Day School (Multiple Locations) BRONZE*: The Saklan School (Moraga) GOLD:

Best Large Preschool A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Step One School (Berkeley) SILVER*: Grand Lake Montessori (Oakland) SILVER*: JCC East Bay Preschool (Berkeley) BRONZE*: Rockridge Little School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Quarry Lane Preschool (Dublin)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Nomura Preschool (Richmond) SILVER: The Child Day School (Multiple

Locations) BRONZE: Old Firehouse School (Lafayette, Walnut Creek)

Best Montessori Preschool As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER*: Montessori School At Five Canyons (Castro Valley) SILVER*: The Renaissance International School (Oakland) BRONZE*: Grand Lake Montessori (Oakland) BRONZE*: Rockridge Montessori (Oakland) BRONZE*: The Child Unique Montessori School (Alameda) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Montessori Family School (Berkeley, El Cerrito) SILVER: Keystone Montessori (El Cerrito) BRONZE*: Danville Montessori School (Danville) BRONZE*: Diablo Valley Montessori (Lafayette) GOLD:

Best Small Preschool

GOLD: Rockridge (Oakland) SILVER: Park Street (Alameda) BRONZE: Fourth Street (Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Lafayette (Lafayette) BRONZE:

Theater Square- Orinda (Orinda)

Best New Childrens Clothing As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Ruby’s Garden (Oakland) SILVER: Kid Dynamo (Berkeley) BRONZE: Silver Moon Kids (Oakland)

Best Organic Food Delivery Service As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Full Belly Farm (Bay Area) SILVER: Farm Fresh To You (Bay Area)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Farm Fresh To You (Bay Area) SILVER: Full Belly Farms (Bay Area) BRONZE: My Sustainable Table (Bay Area)

RETAIL Best Kids Shoe Store As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kid Dynamo (Berkeley) SILVER: McCallou’s (Oakland) BRONZE: Nordstrom (Pleasanton)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Creek)

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek (Walnut

SILVER: Sun Valley, Concord (Concord) BRONZE: Stoneridge Shopping Mall

(Pleasanton)

SERVICES Best Attorney for Divorce and Child Custody Issues GOLD: Debra Schoenberg (San Francisco) SILVER: Fran Kaminer (Berkeley) BRONZE: David Alan Fink (San Francisco)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Michael Hulshof (Walnut Creek)

GOLD: Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley) SILVER: Monterey Market (Oakland) BRONZE*: Farmer Joe’s (Oakland) BRONZE*: Marketplace (Alameda)

GOLD*: Brett Allen (Alameda) SILVER: Betsy Brazy (Alameda) BRONZE: Disability Rights DREDF

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

GOLD*:

GOLD: El Cerrito Natural Foods (El Cerrito) SILVER: Trader Joe’s (Multiple Locations) BRONZE: Sprouts (Multiple Locations)

Corinne Mccombs Photography (Bay Area) BRONZE:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Area)

Gretchen Adams Photography (Bay

SILVER: Barry Evans Studio (Bay Area) BRONZE: Protege Photography (Pleasant

Hill)

Best Jumpy House Provider

GOLD: Bay Area Jump (Bay Area) SILVER: Maks Party Rentals (El Sobrante) BRONZE: The Jumpy Company (Bay Area)

Best Kids Party Entertainment As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Oakland Zoo Zoomobile (Oakland) SILVER: Fur, Scales And Tails (Bay Area) BRONZE: Magician Mike Della Penna (Bay

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD*:

(Bay

Area)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Magician Mike Della Penna - The Magician (El Cerrito) SILVER: Playland Not At The Beach, El Cerrito (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Fur, Scales And Tails (Bay Area) GOLD:

Best Nanny Services

GOLD: A Nanny Connection (East Bay) SILVER: Care.com (Multiple Locations)

Best Place for a Kids Haircut As Voted By Alameda County Voters

(Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Disability Rights DREDF (Berkeley)

GOLD: Snippety Crickets (Berkeley) SILVER: Snips For Kids (Oakland) BRONZE: Clips N Snips (Oakland)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD:

Best Attorney for Estate Planning

Hill)

Cool Tops (Oakland, Orinda, Pleasant

SILVER*: SILVER*:

Shear Adventures (Danville) Snippety Crickets (Berkeley)

Best Party Supply Store

As Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD*: Cassandra Massey (Alameda) SILVER: Kathleen Hunt (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Heather Reynolds (Alameda)

Best Place to Buy a Birthday Cake

Best Place to Buy Kids Furniture

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Boswells (Danville, Lafayette) SILVER: Party City (Multiple Locations)

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: Kathleen Hunt (El Cerrito) SILVER: Steve Wood (Walnut Creek)

GOLD: Berkeley Kids Room (Oakland) SILVER: Nest Bedding (Albany)

Best Birthday Indoor Party Venue

Best Place to Buy New Toys

A s Voted By Alameda C ounty Voters

A s Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD: We Rock The Spectrum (Berkeley) SILVER*: Bladium (Alameda) SILVER*: Head Over Heels Gymnastics

GOLD: Mr. Mopps (Berkeley) SILVER: 5 Little Monkeys (Albany) BRONZE*: Toy House Montclair (Oakland) BRONZE*: Toy Safari (Alameda )

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Five Little Monkeys (Albany, Walnut

SILVER: Sweet Dreams (Berkeley, Orinda) BRONZE: Jenny K (El Cerrito)

Clayton Valley Parent Preschool (Concord) SILVER: El Cerrito Preschool Co-Op (El Cerrito) BRONZE: St Paul School (San Pablo)

GOLD: Bay Street (Emeryville) SILVER: South Shore Alameda (Alameda) BRONZE: Stoneridge (Pleasanton)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

GOLD:

GOLD:

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

Best Organic Food Market

GOLD: Rockridge Little School (Oakland) SILVER: Duck’s Nest (Berkeley, Oakland) BRONZE: Bright Future Early Learning Center

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

Best Shopping Mall

Best Attorney for Educational Special Needs (IEPs, 504s)

As Voted By Alameda County Voters

(Oakland)

Area)

GOLD: A Wee Change (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Growning Pains (Concord) BRONZE: Toy Go Round (Albany)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: A Wee Change (Walnut Creek) SILVER: Nordstrom (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Kohls (Multiple Locations)

GOLD: Amy Perl (Bay Area) SILVER: Megan Small Photography

Creek)

Best Place to Buy or Sell Gently Used Childrens Clothing A s Voted By Alameda County Voters GOLD: Kelly’s Corner (Oakland) SILVER: Lauren’s Closet (Alameda) BRONZE: Hanna’s (Berkeley)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Chloe’s Closet (Berkeley) SILVER: A Wee Change (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Thrift Town (El Sobrante)

Best Place to Buy or Sell Gently Used Toys

(Emeryville) BRONZE: Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts (Lafayette, Oakland)

GOLD: Playland Not At The Beach (El Cerrito) SILVER: Pump It Up (Oakland) BRONZE: Arf Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek)

Best Birthday Outdoor Party Venue A s Voted By Alameda C ounty Voters

GOLD: La Farine (Oakland) SILVER: Tuckers Ice Cream (Alameda) BRONZE*: Nothing Bundt Cake (Emeryville) BRONZE*: Virginia Bakery (Berkeley)

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Susie Cakes, Lafayette (Lafayette) SILVER: Nothing Bundt Cakes (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Masse’s Pastries (Berkeley)

Best Place to Buy Cupcakes As Voted By Alameda County Voters

James And The Giant Cupcake (Oakland) SILVER: Love At First Bite (Berkeley) BRONZE: Feel Good Bakery (Alameda) GOLD:

As Voted By Contra Costa County Voters GOLD: Kara’s Cupcakes (Multiple Locations) SILVER: Nothing Bundt Cakes (Walnut Creek) BRONZE: Susie Cakes (Walnut Creek)

GOLD: Tilden Park (Berkeley, Oakland) SILVER: Children’s Fairyland (Oakland) BRONZE: Crab Cove (Alameda)

A s Voted By Contra Costa County Voters

East Bay Regional Parks - Tilden Little Farm (Berkeley) SILVER: City Of El Cerrito Swim Center Recreation Pool Party (El Cerrito) BRONZE: Lake Anza (Berkeley) GOLD:

Best Family Photographer A s Voted By Alameda C ounty Voters

As Voted By Alameda County Voters * denotes a tie

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SUMMER CAMPS 2016 NOTE: The specific information and write-ups about camps listed here and the photographs were provided by the organizations themselves. Please be sure to contact camps for prices, and to verify dates and locations.

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Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

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BRICKS 4 KIDZ MINION MANIA CAMP BUILDING WITH LEGO® BRICKS! (DUBLIN) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

Who doesn’t love those little yellow guys? Come and build with Bricks 4 Kidz and adventure through their madcap world - all made out of LEGO® Bricks! Kids will use fascinating and challeng-

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A fun, 3-week investigation into mathematics for 4th-8th graders! Multisensory instruction focuses on key math building blocks and developing confidence through engaging game-based, hands-on activities. This small group program will provide a prescriptive environment for your child to get the extra support needed to get a head start on the school year. http://tlcsvcs.bigcartel.com/

FIRECRACKER MATH CAMP (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 6-16

Math classes in the mornings followed by fun activities in the afternoons. Selected topics from number theory, geometry, combinatorics, graphs, logic, algorithms. Instructions employ math games, tricks, paradoxes, and contests to spark kids’ interest and boost their skills and confidence in math. First session: June 13. Call: 510-488-4556 Register: http://firecrackermath.org/mathcamps/ http://firecrackermath.org/mathcamps/

MENTORING ACADEMY’S SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Incoming 9th Graders

Bridge Camp is designed for entering 9th graders who would like to master skills that are needed to be successful in high school. Students will learn classroom etiquette, how to study, organizational and interpersonal skills and more! www.mentoringacademy.org

MENTORING ACADEMY’S SUMMER PROGRAMS: SUMMER SCHOOL AND CREDIT RECOVERY (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Grades 9-12

Mentoring Academy offers two Summer Programs for any high schooler who wants to pursue courses not offered at their high school; complete AP courses; recover credit for a course that was unsuccessful; or expand their academic and personal skills. www.mentoringacademy.org

STEAM ENRICHMENT ACADEMY (DUBLIN) Age or Grade Range: Grades K - 5

About DPIE STEAM Enrichment Academy Summer Program DPIE STEAM Enrichment Academy’s goal is to help students develop a love and interest in learning either by exploring programs of high interest or taking courses that are outside of their normal classroom experience. All courses are designed to be fun as well as challenging. STEAM classes explore a wide variety of life opportunities that help build skill level, expand life experiences and enhance critical thinking skills as well as tap into artistic talents. STEAM challenges students to learn and apply learned content and skills to real-life problems and projects which promote new world answers and discoveries. STEAM provides the chance to continually evaluate interests, experiences and talents which will assist in choosing middle school, high school and college courses of study. http://www.dpie.org/steam-summerprograms/

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At Sarah’s Science and This Land is your Land Summer Day Camp, your child will discover just how fun learning can be! Sarah’s Science blends traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, hikes, games and swimming with a unique hands-on science and nature curriculum. Each week of camp is centered around an exciting theme and campers make and take home a fun science project every day. Each project is accompanied by a science note to continue the learning at home. Sarah’s goal is for every child to have a summer filled with outrageous fun in a beautiful, natural setting. Camp is held in Roberts Park in Oakland and Tilden Park in Berkeley. Weekly sessions are available from June 13 – August 26 for children ages 5-15. Reserve your spot today for a summer filled with award-winning, hands-on, outdoor science fun! Sarah’s Science is the Bay Area’s premier science enrichment company with over 30 years of experience providing fun and educational camps, classes, and workshops for children. For more information or to enroll in an upcoming camp, class, or workshop please visit www.sarahscience.com or call (510) 581-3739.

BOYS ON THE GO (BERKELEY) Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Boys On The Go Camp Has Created A Distinctive Approach To An All Boy’s Camp. Boys Explore The Bay Area By Public Transit, Make New Friends, All While Having Some Really Fun Adventures. Boating, Bowling, Baseball Games, And More. Monday’s Are Creating Community Day Where We Engage And Connect With Each Other, Do Team Building Activities And Learn How To Travel Safely Together. We Shop And Cook Together, Play Board And Field Games And Make Planes And Rockets. Our Diverse Staff Is Dynamic, Engaging, Skilled, Empathetic And Deeply Passionate About Their Work With Youth. Devin Berry Leads The Group. July 11-Aug 5. Basic Day 8:30-4:00; Ext Care 8-6:00 www.monkeybusinesscamp.com/summer-boys-on-the-go-pictorial-preview/

CREATIVE ROBOTICS BY THE KID EFFECT (EL CERRITO) Ages 6 to 12

What happens when a Stanford scientist and a Montessori teacher with over 20 years of experience get together? Robots, Drama, and The Kid Effect. Join us this summer to design, build, and program a robotic performance. Our six week program is divided into two different three week sessions that can be taken separately or combined for a more complete experience. SESSION 1: (June 20th – July 8th) Students will acquire basic skills in robotics through a series of individual projects and group activities in mechanical engineering, electronics, and programing. They will also explore their creativity through the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts. SESSION 2: (July 11th – July 29th) Students will combine the robotics and artistic endeavors by writing and producing a play using robot “actors”. They will create characters for the robots, write the script, design costumes, and program the robots to perform their roles. Returning students will have a deeper understanding of the elements in the show, but all students will be challenged while working together to put on the show. Family and friends are all invited to the performance at 3pm Friday, July 29. www.thekideffect.com/?promo=pp

GIRLS ON THE GO CAMP (BERKELEY) Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Since 2002, Girls On The Go Camp Has Created A Distinctive Approach To An All Girl’s Camp. Girls Travel To Destinations Around The Bay Area By Public Transit And Participate In Interactive Workshops In Art, Movement, Food Tasting, And Herbalism. Ice Skating, Baseball Games, Mini-Golfing, Boating And More. Our Diverse Staff Is Dynamic, Engaging, Skilled, Empathetic And Deeply Passionate About Their Work With Youth. Winner Of Best Of Camp Teen Award In 2015. June 13-Aug 19 Basic Day 8:30-4:00; Ext Care 8-6:00 www. girlsonthegocamp.com/

MONKEY BUSINESS CAMPS (BERKELEY) Campers: 4.5-10 and Youth Leaders: 11-15

In It’s 17th Year, Monkey Business Kids Receive A Distinctive Classic Camp Experience In Tilden Park. Art, Cooking, Tinkering, Storytelling, Games, Nature Exploration, Swimming, Treasure Hunts, Carnival Games, Organic Food! Our Diverse Staff Is Dynamic, Engaging, Skilled, Empathetic And Deeply Passionate About Their Work With Youth. Winner Of Many Best Of Camp Awards. Weekly Sessions: June 15-August 28; Hours 8:30-3:30, With Ext. Care 8-6. New For 2016 Bus Option From Oakland And Down The Hill Berkeley With 7:30 Start Option. www.monkeybusinesscamp.com

MONKEY BUSINESS PRE-K (BERKELEY) Campers: 3-4 and Youth Leaders: 10-15

Monkey Business Pre-K Kids Receive A Distinctive Classic Camp Experience At An Indoor/Outdoor Location Near Tilden Park. Bubbles, Sand Play, Art, Storytelling, Story Time, Games, End Of Week Nature Treasure Hunt, Organic Food, Nap/Rester Time! Our Diverse Staff Is Dynamic, Engaging, Skilled, Empathetic And Compassionate. Winner Of Many Best Of Camp Awards. August 8-26; Hours 8:30-3:30, With Ext. Care 8-6. New For 2016 Bus Option From Oakland And Down The Hill Berkeley With 7:30 Start Option. http://www. monkeybusinesscamp.com/

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SUMMER AT THE ACADEMY (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades K-8

The Academy has a 45-year tradition of challenging curriculum in a fun and nurturing environment. Students in our Summer Program benefit from math and language arts instruction by experienced teachers, and explore their passions through a wide range of enrichment activities. http://theacademyschool.org/after-school-program/summerprogram/

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LAINIE’S LEARNING LANE - ALL DAY SUMMER CAMP AND ACADEMIC CLASSES (WALNUT CREEK) Age or Grade Range: 1-12

We offer multisensory learning solutions that will help your child from 1-12 grade catch up or get ahead this summer in Math, Reading, Writing and more! A truly unique hands-on experience that you will not find anywhere else! ALL DAY LIVE CAMP, ACADEMIC CLASSES, PRIVATE SESSIONS, BOOK CLUB. Visit http://conta.cc/1UQS5n6 www.howtohelpmychildlearn.com

ORINDA ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION (ORINDA) Age or Grade Range: Grades 8 - 12

Orinda Academy Summer Session I - June 20- July 12 Session II - July 14 - August 5 Summer courses offered for high school credit, enrichment, course preview or review in following subjects; Algebra I and II Geometry English Mandarin Blended/Online courses in: Civics/ U.S. Gov Economics Psychology Statistics Game Design SAT Prep ESL Literature and culture ( includes field trips ) call : 925-254-7553 http://www.orindaacademy.org

SAFARI KID WALNUT CREEK (WALNUT CREEK) Age or Grade Range: 5-12

Safari Kid summer programs offer children a great balance of academics, sports, making friends and learning new skills in a fun and nurtured environment. Flexible scheduling options allow parents to enroll their children for one week, or for the entire summer. http://www.walnutcreeksafarikid.com/

THEATRE HOPPING (MORAGA) Age or Grade Range: Great for 9th & 10th grade students

If you enjoy movies and theatre this is the camp for you! This camp allows students to find common interests through film. Each day the group will watch a film at a local theatre or performance at a play house and participate in a structured social conversation led by one of the Orion Academy psychologists. The group will learn theatre and social etiquette, practice structured socializing focusing on a common theme and share fun experiences with each other! Dates: July 18-21st www. orionacademy.org

ANIMALS AND NATURE SUMMER CAMPS

situations. We are excited to offer another group the opportunity to experience this fun activity week! Dates: July 25-28th www.orionacademy.org

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CAMP CHRYSALIS (BIG SUR AND OTHERS) Age or Grade Range: Ages 8 - 18

Now in its 34th year, Camp Chrysalis has developed a distinctive approach to outdoor education, offering children experiences that combine recreation, learning, woodworking and personal growth. We camp in three spectacular environments: Big Sur redwoods, Mendocino coastal tidepools and Sierra Nevada mountains and focus on active study of these environments. www.campchrysalis. com

ALAMEDA COUNTY ART, SCIENCE & CARPENTRY SUMMER CAMP 2016 (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 5-17 Years Old

Art, Science, Carpentry. June 13-August 11, 2016. Monday-Thursday, 9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm. 1 and 2 week sessions, morning and afternoon classes. On the shores of Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park. www.juniorcenter.org

GREEN STUFF SUMMER CAMP AT UC BOTANICAL GARDEN (BERKELEY)

COLOR ME MINE (ALAMEDA)

Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-11

With a different theme each week, Color Me Mine offers Half Day and Full Day options this year. In addition to ceramics, we also create with Clay and Acrylic on Canvas. We will be getting messy, so dress appropriately. Let’s have fun! http://alameda. colormemine.com/SummerCamps.tpl?studio=alam eda&p=SummerCamps

A beloved Berkeley camp celebrating over 25 years, Green Stuff camp has been voted Best of the East Bay by Parents Press. At this wonderfully small, fun-filled outdoor science camp, children explore plants from around the world through walks and creek discoveries, hands-on plant science, animal studies, edible gardening, arts & crafts and more. Have your child spend a magical week in the Botanical Garden at Green Stuff summer camp! Week long sessions are organized by age (Ages 5-7, 8-10, or 9-11), June 13-Aug 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Enrichment Aftercare available until 4 p.m. Visit our website to learn more: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu http://botanicalgarden. berkeley.edu/education/green-stuff/

MONKEY BUSINESS CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Campers: 4.5-10 and Youth Leaders: 11-15

In it’s 17th year, Monkey Business kids receive a distinctive classic camp experience in Tilden Park. Art, Cooking, Tinkering, Storytelling, Games, Nature Exploration, Swimming, Treasure Hunts, Carnival Games, Organic Food! Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Winner of many Best of Camp Awards. June 13-August 26; Hours 8:30-3:30, with ext. care 8-6. New for 2016: Bus from Oakland and down the hill Berkeley Option with 7:30 start! www.monkeybusinesscamp.com

Age or Grade Range: Ages 6-14

MONART DRAWING SUMMER CAMPS (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 6 and up

Berkeley Monart Drawing Studio is offering summer camps in geographically themed weekly sessions, Africa, Indonesia, South America, United Kingdom, China, Canada, and India. Students will draw projects related to indigenous people, animals and birds, the culture’s art, music and architecture. Please visit www.berkeleymonart.com click camps to register. www.berkeleymonart.com

SONRISE SUMMER ADVENTURES (ALAMEDA) Age or Grade Range: 3-first grade entry

We will celebrate seven themes over a seven week period. All camps are Monday through Thursday We will explore Space, Circus Life, My Name., Weather, Body Movement through Dance styles, Community Helpers, Amimals around the World, and Creative Cooking. Call for Registration.

STICKY ART LAB CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: grades 1-6

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HIKING WITH LLAMAS! (MORAGA) Age or Grade Range: A great day camp for 9th & 10th grade students

Small groups, low student-teacher ratio. Morning ice breaker and intros, warm up project, guest artist and/or daily structured project, lunch, park, and free design and build time until pick up. www.stickyartlab.com

Orion’s most popular summer camp is back! During this camp students will geocache, hike in the redwoods, ride horses and yes - hike with llamas! The group will also learn social skills, build physical stamina and learn to adapt to new social

SUN GALLERY SUMMER ART CAMP (HAYWARD) Age or Grade Range: 6-12

Our week long summer program for ages 6-12, will immerse the child artist in a holistic visual art education experience. Program hours are 9 am to 3 pm, with before and after care available at an additional charge (hours : 8-9 am and 3-6 pm) A half day camp week is also available from 9-12 or 123. Guided discussions in the gallery teach children to think and talk about art. They visit our gallery art exhibit (at same location) to discuss the art and practice sketching. Curriculum is a direct, hands-on experience that explores 2 & 3 dimensional art forms, line, color, texture, space and shape. Projects may include drawing, painting, book-making, masks, fiber art, recycled art, paper mache & sculpture. Child brings his/her own lunch each day. We will provide a healthy snack and water. http:// www.sungallery.org/summerartcamp.html

THE CRUCIBLE: YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 8-17

Six 1-week sessions, June 20 - August 5, morning and afternoon sessions available. Hands-on creative fun making art, while learning real-world skills! Kids participate in any of 15 exciting departments including ceramics, enameling, glass blowing, hot wheels, jewelry, neon, kinetics, textiles, welding, woodworking and others. Enroll at theCrucible.org or 510.444.0919. http://thecrucible. org/

CULINARY SUMMER CAMPSCOOK! PROGRAMS (EMERYVILLE) Age or Grade Range: Ages 8-18

Do your kids love to cook? Or are they showing interest in beginning? Join us in our state of the art commercial kitchen in Emeryville for some delicious fun. Our teachers are professional chefs who teach through active, hands-on cooking, from beginning to advanced. Our kitchen is a safe place kids to explore, find new friends, discover flavors, and unearth their passion for cooking and feeding others. http://pauldingandco.com/cook http:// pauldingandco.com/cook

COOKING ROUND THE WORLD (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 6-13

Culinary arts meet cultural education! Each camp day, we immerse a child into the experience of being in a foreign land. Campers cook, taste, smell and savor foods from other countries - 6 dishes a day!. Other activities: language development, international games, cooking demonstrations, a slide show, and a rousing competition of the TV show Chopped . www.cookingroundtheworld.com

COOKING ROUND THE WORLD SUMMER CAMP (ALBANY, HAYWARD, OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 6 - 13

Cooking Round the World is the intersection where culinary arts meet cultural education. Each camp day, we immerse a child into the experience of

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being in a foreign land. Campers cook, taste, smell and savor foods from other countries, ultimately broadening their minds and palates. Educational, fun and yum! www.cookingroundtheworld.com

TEEN CULINARY CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 13-18

During this week of cooking, your kids will have fun, learn and bring home great recipes that will impress family and friends. They will learn basic cooking from roasting and grilling to baking and desserts. They will learn basic cooking from roasting and grilling to baking and desserts. Each day will be full of delicious food and hands on cooking. https://kitchenonfire1.rezdy.com/85873/teen-culinary-camp-tue-march-29-fri-april-1-11am-2pmchef-olive-shattuck-ave

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY COOKING ROUND THE WORLD SUMMER CAMP (DANVILLE, LAFAYETTE, PLEASANT HILL) Age or Grade Range: Ages 6 - 13

Cooking Round the World is the intersection where culinary arts meet cultural education. Each camp day, we immerse a child into the experience of being in a foreign land. Campers cook, taste, smell and savor foods from other countries, ultimately broadening their minds and palates. Educational, fun and yum! www.cookingroundtheworld.com

DANCE AND BALLET SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY BALLET BOOT CAMP (HAYWARD) Age or Grade Range: Ages 9-22

OBC’s summer dance program, Ballet Boot Camp, offers dancers ages 8-22 the opportunity to train intensively with a leading professional dance company. The core curriculum includes ballet, pointe/pre-pointe, contemporary technique, and choreography. Ballet Boot Camp allows attendees to improve technique and grow artistically through individualized instruction. This program is perfect for students who want to grow as dancers and artists, whether or not they plan to pursue a career as a professional dancer. www.oaklandballet.org

BALLET CAMP (SAN LEANDRO) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3.5-Adult

The Conservatory of Classical Ballet will be offering Summer Camps and Summer Continuing Classes from Pre-Ballet to Adult Ballet Workshops. Whether trying ballet for the first time or having train for many years, we have the class for you. Location: 1035 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro, CA. (510)568-7728. ww.conservatoryofballet.com

DANCEVERSITY WORLD DANCE SUMMER CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 7-17

Learn fun and exciting dances from around the world! Reflecting the diversity of SF Bay Area the DanceVersity World Dance camp provides education in dance, music, folk arts, and costuming; providing youth with a positive experience of different cultures at a formative age. Both girls and boys welcome! http://danceversity.com/

SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRST COVENANT CHURCH KIDS CAMP DINOSAUR ISLE (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Grades 1-6

FIRST COVENANT CHURCH KIDS CAMP - DINOSAUR ISLE Fun, affordable, dino-themed camp that includes games, crafts, songs, skits, snacks, bible activities and specialized Discovery Centers. Campers entering Grades 1-6. CIT’s / counselors completed a year of middle school / high school. Campers go 9am-3pm, before & aftercare available. CIT’s & Counselors 8am-4pm. Cost for first time campers only $95. www.oaklandfcc.org under ‘Events’ http://www.oaklandfirstcovenant.org/ kids-camp-2016.html

GAN ISRAEL DAY CAMP (OAKLAND)

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Age or Grade Range: Ages 4-11. CITs 12-14

Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-12

Gan Israel is an award winning day camp in our 25th year, dedicated to providing an exciting array of activities, swimming and trips and fostering creativity and exploration in a joyful and nurturing Jewish atmosphere. Our counselors are full of warmth, enthusiasm, and genuine concern for each child’s experience. https://www.ganisraelberkeley.com/

Dance Adventure Campers (3-5 yrs old) explore mystical and magical realms while making fanciful costumes, props and crafts to bring daily story dances to life. Dance Experience Campers (6-10 yrs old) get to sample hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet and even tap. Instruction is tailored to the level of those enrolled to inspire and challenge all. Free time in our gymnastic room and daily crafts add to the fun. End of week presentations for family and friends. kidsndance.com

SUMMER BALLET WORKSHOP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 7-13

Whether you are a beginning dancer or have no ballet experience, these day-long workshops are ideal for boys and girls age 7 and up who want to improve ballet technique, learn new forms of dance, and have a great ballet experience. Improve your ballet technique, make friends, gain confidence, and have fun! http://berkeleyballet.org/ yellow-summer-workshop/

PEACE CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 5-11

Peace Camp provides an opportunity for children (ages 5 -11) to learn about peacemaking through spiritual practices, arts, cooperative games, yoga, and music. Children of all religious/spiritual traditions or no religious affiliation are welcome. Registration fee is $ 150 per child. Extended care is available for $ 50 per family. http://www.bmuc. org/bmuc-peace-camp-2016-application/

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CAMP GAN ISRAEL (DANVILLE) Age or Grade Range: Preschool to grade 8

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FAITH-BASED

Superb day camp experience for Jewish children, with two 3-week sessions from June 27- Aug. 4. Fun for children age 3 through 8th grade, promoting love for Judaism with special acitivities, swimming,

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Fun, Tennis, Exercise, Swim, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Ping Pong & Shuffle Board Starts Monday, Monday, June Starts June13 15- -Aug. Aug.2610(10(9Weekly Weekly camps camps --55days daysper perweek) week)

EveryMon.Mon.-Fri., Fri.,8:30am 8:30amto to5:30pm 3:30pm ($325 ($325 members/$350 Every members/$350non-members) non-members) Care available from 7:30am 6:30pm *feefor applies GoExtended to BOVSWIM.COM to register and pay fortoall your spots summer. Save your spot NOW we have limited availability. Go to BOVSWIM.COM to register and pay for all your spots for summer. • Fun warm-up exercises and stretching • 1 counselor for 8 tennis players Save your spot NOW - we have limited availability. • Free Swim Periods (optional) while on court Basketball andTennis, Ping Pong • 1Games, counselor/1 Lifeguard Ratio to 6 ••We offer Fun, Swimming, Exercise Stretching and • scheduled Swim Academy Swim Lessons Campers/Swimmers when in pools water breaks (for additional fees) • Free Round Table Pizza every Friday • No Digital games, Phones or TV’s–Get ‘em off the couch, get ‘em outside, build • Gated and fenced in club facility with security cameras in all areas. endurance, let ‘em have some fun while learning skills and games for life! Forwarm-up additional information, please e-mail swim@bovswim.com • Fun exercises and stretching Bay-O-Vista Swim & Tennis Club 1881 Astor Dr., San Leandro • Free Swim Periods (optional) • Dedicated lifeguards are on duty during all lunch & swim breaks • Basketball, Ping Pong, Arts & Crafts and Shuffleboard • Run By Camp Director/Coach is Certified in Teaching Tennis and Recreational Sports. • 1 counselor for 8 tennis players while on court • 1 counselor/1 Lifeguard Ratio to 6 Campers/Swimmers when in pools • Free Ice Cream Wednesdays and Round Table Pizza every Friday • Gated and fenced in club facility with security cameras in all areas.

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field trips, over night camping. After care and Bus transportaion available. http://www.jewishcontracosta.com/templates/section_cdo/aid/2306831/ jewish/Camp-Gan-Israel.htm

FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL IMMERSION SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY BAY LANGUAGE ACADEMY (ALAMEDA) Age or Grade Range: Pre-K to 6th grade

We offer activities around languages and the cultures they convey with artistic workshops for Pre-K to grade 6 students. They will be engaged in special projects around language learning, mind games, skill building and an artistic workshop in the afternoon. Each session will introduce/reinforce some of the languages taught at Bay Language Academy, which includes French, Mandarin, Korean, English and Spanish. Activities around the language of choice with instructional classes; Midmorning snacks and cooking demo (students will be introduced to the basics of cooking in several languages); Lunch break will be outside and walk along the bay; Multicultural activities, play-based learning through games and media; Artistic workshop:Art classes http://www.BayLanguages. com

FRENCH IMMERSION CAMP AT ECOLE BILINGUE (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Preschool - grade 4

Ecole Bilingue’s full immersion French summer camp offers multi-level French instruction to children in preschool through 4th Grade (minimum age: 3.5). Children will learn and/or expand French skills in an exciting, fun, engaging atmosphere on our newly-renovated campus in West Berkeley. No previous knowledge of French is necessary! www. eb.org/summercamp

JAPANESE CULTURAL SUMMER SCHOOL (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: K through 6th grade

Daruma no Gakko is a four-week summer school designed for children to learn about Japanese American culture. The program develops strong, positive self-image and identity through the study of Japanese American history, literature, language, music, art, food, field trips and community involvement. The program is open to children who will be entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. All ethnicities are welcome. 2016 session classes meet 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, June 20 - July 15. Registration opens January 16th. Visit us on the web at daruma-no-gakko.org for more information.

MANDARIN IMMERSION SUMMER CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Age 2 - 13

Children who are interested in learning Mandarin language skills through fun, immersion-based activities and hands-on field trips. No prior Mandarin skills are needed. Pre-school camp (age 2-5) is at 1333 University Ave in Berkeley and school age camp (age 5-13) is at 2125 Jefferson Ave in Berkeley. http://shurenschool.org/programs/ summer-camp-2/

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY SPANISH CAMP (CONCORD) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-6

Hola amigos, vamos a divertirnos con los animales del océano. Helo Friend let’s have fun with the sea animal. Through this hands-on interactive and stimulataing environment, your child will learn Spanish in addition to developing social, fine and gross motor skills. Your child will be introduced to Spanish while singing, doing creative art and many other fun activities. In this Camp, campers will explore the wonderful sea world by going on scavenger hunts, and playing outdoor games. Visit wwe.spanish4children.net for more information. Or call 925 262 3608 Www.spanish4childre.net

SPANISH CAMP FOR AGES 5-10 (WALNUT CREEK) Age or Grade Range: 5-10

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Let Your Child Enjoy A New Language. Spanish 4 Children Camps Allows Campers To Learn Spanish While Creating Art, Singing, Playing Bord Games,Going On Scavanger Hunts. This Week Theme Is Vamos A Acampar Let’s Go Camping. Children Will Explore The Wonderful Outdoor World, Searching For Wild Animals, Buliding A Tent And Many More Fun Activities www.spanish4children.net

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• We accept members as well as non-members • Teach swimmers how to be confident • We Offer: Group, Semi-Private & Private Lessons and comfortable while they are • Never more than 4 swimmers per group class enjoying their favorite summer activity • Ages three through adult • Join Today, Slots are limited

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Bay-O-Vista Swim & Tennis Club 1881 Astor Dr., San Leandro

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ALAMEDA COUNTY ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER DAY CAMP (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 4 years 9 months - 12

Adventure Time operates at Montclair Elementary School, Monday through Friday, 7:00a.m.-6:00p.m. from 6/13/16- 8/26/16. We are a state licensed program with 30 years experience, offering students activities, special events, and workshops in science, arts, crafts, culture, music, and physical activities. Parents can contact us at 510-658-7412. www. adventure-timesummer.com

BOYS ON THE GO (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Boys on the Go Camp has created a distinctive approach to an all boy’s camp. Boys explore the Bay Area by public transit, make new friends, all while having some really fun adventures. Boating, bowling, baseball games, and more. Monday’s are Creating Community Day where we engage and connect with each other, do team building activities and learn how to travel safely together. We shop and cook together, play board and field games and make planes and rockets. Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Devin Berry leads the group. July 11-Aug 5. Basic Day 8:30-4:00; Ext Care 8-6:00 http://www. monkeybusinesscamp.com/summer-boys-on-thego-pictorial-preview/

Art, gym time, lawn games, community walks and more. M-F: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Aftercare is available from 2:00- 5:30 p.m. for $30). Camp will continue until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, for a family barbeque at 5:15 p.m. and program at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $80 first camper, $75 additional campers. http:// www.stjohnsberkeley.org/connectingtoeachother/ campelmwood

DOWNTOWN OAKLAND YMCA (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Entering K-8

Our Summer Day Camps are an exciting, safe community for your children to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. Swimming, arts & crafts, group games, and exciting trips will pack the summer days with unforgettable experiences for campers of all ages. http://www. ymcaeastbay.org/Locations/Downtown-OaklandYMCA/Our-Programs/Youth-Development/DayCamp.htm

Traditional camp is an exciting, safe community for your children to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. Swimming, arts

GIRLS ON THE GO CAMP (BERKELEY, OAKLAND)

Age or Grade Range: ages 5-10

Age or Grade Range: Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Since 2002, Girls on the Go Camp has created a distinctive approach to an all girl’s camp. Girls travel to destinations around the Bay Area by public transit and participate in interactive workshops in art, movement, food tasting, and herbalism. Ice skating, Baseball Games, Mini-Golfing, Boating and More. Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Winner of Best of Camp Teen Award in 2015. June 13-Aug 19 Basic Day 8:30-4:00; Ext Care 8-6:00 http://www.girlsonthegocamp.com/ Age or Grade Range: Campers: 4.5-10 and Youth Leaders: 11-15

Age or Grade Range: Age 6-13

Age or Grade Range: Kindergarten-12th grade

Aerial, Lego-Engineering, Circus, Gymnastics, Common Ground Eco-Leadership, Multi-Sport, Kids In Creeks, Chess, Albany Math Camp & More! villagerecreation.berkeley.edu/summercamps.htm villagerecreation.berkeley.edu/summercamps.htm

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CAMP ELMWOOD: URBAN ADVENTURE CAMP (BERKELEY)

FREMONT/NEWARK YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP (FREMONT)

& crafts, group games, and exciting trips will pack the summer days! Sport & Specialty cmaps are also offered. These camps dedicate a large portion of the day to the sport or specialty area. To ensure program quality, these camps have limited enrollment. As such, early registration for these camps is strongly encouraged. fremontymca.org

In it’s 17th year, Monkey Business kids receive a distinctive classic camp experience in Tilden Park. Art, Cooking, Tinkering, Storytelling, Games, Nature Exploration, Swimming, Treasure Hunts, Carnival Games, Organic Food! Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Winner of many Best of Camp Awards. Weekly sessions: June 15-August 28; Hours 8:30-3:30, with ext. care 8-6. New for 2016 Bus Option from Oakland and down the hill Berkeley with 7:30 start option. www.monkeybusinesscamp.com

SPRING CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 4.5-10

Voted GOLD in Parent’s Press Best of the East Bay 2015 Spring Break Camp category, we’ll be cooking, sewing, painting, and most importantly, playing together. There is nothing like having time with old and new friends - creating, swinging, digging in the sand, jumping rope, and playing tag. With caring and enthusiastic adults and youth leaders to lead the way, it’ll be just what we all need. http://www. monkeybusinesscamp.com/spring/

STEVE & KATE’S CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Pre-K to 7th, with a mentorship program for 8th and 9th Graders

Activities: Film, Breadmaking, Style, Music, Coding, and Dance; all good for your child’s resume. Membership - One fee = the entire summer. Day Passes - Buy any number, use anytime. Lunch, snacks and materials included. Full refunds given for unused passes. Best of all, you don’t have to tell us when you’re coming! steveandkate.com

UV: LEGO CAMP (ALBANY, CA ) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-14

Join us for Summer Camps this year at UC Berkeley’s University Village! This year’s camps include: Lego-Engineering, Basketball, Baseball, Skateboard,

EL CERRITO SPORTS CAMP

WALDEN SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP (BERKELEY) Walden School Summer Camp is a warm, friendly teacher-run camp near central Berkeley. Our student-teacher ratio is 8:1 which allows for very small classes and lots of individual attention. We specialize in integrating science and arts in super engaging projects alternating with fun, explorative outdoor activities. http://www.walden-school.net/ beyond-the-classroom/summer-program/

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ADVENTURE & LEARNING AT THE ACADEMY (SAN RAMON) Age or Grade Range: Grades TK-8

A Custom Summer Camp for all ages! Our camp includes enrichment classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Dance, Cooking, Minecraft Play, Computer Programming, Robotics, Theater, Language Study, Chess, Music) and field trips to fun and educational places. http://thegrowingroom.org

ADVENTURES AROUND THE BAY (ORINDA) Age or Grade Range: 5-14

We push the limits of summer fun and excitement in ths program with adventures like Sea Kayaking, Indoor Skydiving, Back Country Essentials / Map Orienteering, Compass Reading, River Rafting, Horseback Riding, Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Beaches, Six Flags, Waterworld, Sky High Sports, Kids Rock Climbing, Bowling, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Go Carts, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Archery, Golfing, Sports, Movies and much more. http://summerdaycamp.net

BACKYARD EXPLORERS (CONCORD) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5.5 - 10

In an extraordinary outdoor setting, spice up your child’s summer singing camp songs, creating arts & crafts, whipping up cooking projects, and playing team sports & games. Trips of swimming, bowling or picnic BBQ’s, and to sizzling bay area hot-spots! Special Events may include; Amazing Race, Water Olympics, and Survivor! www.ConcordReg.org

CRESTMONT SUMMER CAMP (RICHMOND) Age or Grade Range: Entering K - 6

Summer should be a time to make new friends, pursue interests, and play in the great outdoors. That’s why Crestmont Summer Camp incorporates plenty of free-play alongside organized, teacherled activities in our summer camp. When not on exciting field trips, campers will spend their days on our beautiful, 1+ acre campus with plenty of green space, trees, comfortable classrooms, and tinkering space. There’s different theme and guest teacher

every week -- explore art, animals, cooking, water, outdoors, and tinkering. www.crestmontcamp.org

HILLTOP FAMILY YMCA CAMP (RICHMOND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5 - 12

Our traditional day camp is an exciting, fun, and safe place for your children to explore, build, develop, and discover. Swimming, arts and crafts, group games, and exciting field trips will pack the summer days with unforgettable experiences for campers of all ages. We guarantee your child will make lasting friendships and joyful Y-memories. http://www.ymcaeastbay.org/Locations/Hilltop_ Family_YMCA.htm

GYMNASTICS AND CIRCUS ARTS SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY CHEER, DANCE & TUMBLING CAMP (DUBLIN) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

CHEER, DANCE & TUMBLING CAMP Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12 Every camper will learn cheers, dances, make crafts and make friends. June 1316th for the 1st session and July 18-21 for the 2nd session. *Everyone will receive a daily snack, t shirt and pizza on the last day http://www.csecheer.com

GOLDEN BEAR GYMNASTICS (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 4-14

Whether you are an experienced gymnast or a beginner, you will enjoy this full day camp. These camps are ideal for boys and girls who want to improve, learn new skills and have a great gymnastics experience. www.camps.berkeley.edu www.camps. berkeley.edu

HEALTH AND SPECIAL NEEDS SUMMER CAMPS CONTRA COSTA COUNTY QUEST THERAPEUTIC CAMPS (DANVILLE) Age or Grade Range: 5-19 years old

Quest’s innovative summer program provides an individualized treatment program for mild to moderate emotional and social problems. Observing campers’ behavior and interactions through fun camp activities, intervention for individualized goals is provided by staff. Daily group therapy and a behavioral milieu are coordinated by Robert Field, Ph.D and professional staff. www.questcamps.com

FALL SOCCER FOR BOYS & GIRLS BORN IN 2011 & 2012

Non-competitive and Co-ed since 1992

Summer Sports Camp Ages 4-12 @ Cerrito Vista Park Morning, Afternoon, and All Day Camps

Sports & Games Camp: Activities include Soccer, Basketball,

Fun in the Sun

Join us!

Baseball, Capture the Flag, Dodge Ball, Frisbee, Kick Ball, Hula Hoops, Jump Rope, Swimming, Play Structure, Board & Table Games, and much, much more

Soccer Camp

Baseball Camp

On-site registrations okay

Sunday Soccer @ Canyon Trail Park

Soccer 12:00 noon-1:30 pm Ages: 4-5, 6-7, 8-10

Fall session begins September 25th and goes through November 27th

www.elcerritosportscamp.com (510) 559-8208

BIG FUN ON SMALL FIELDS 

WE FOCUS ON FUN, NOT WINS & LOSSES

WE OFFER AN EASY SATURDAY SCHEDULE

EVERYONE PLAYS WITH LOTS OF ACTION

JOIN THE FUN THIS FALL! Premier Youth Club Since 1973

SanRamonFC.com 925-973-0535 dmcquiston@sanramonfc.com

Formerly San Ramon Soccer

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HORSE RIDING SUMMER CAMPS

PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMPSAIM’S KID’S SHOWSTOPPER DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER DAY CAMP (DUBLIN )

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Age or Grade Range: 6-11

FIVE STAR EQUESTRIAN CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP (CASTRO VALLEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

Children’s Horseback Riding Camp $450/week runs Monday through Friday 9am-1pm; pre and aftercare available at $15 per hour (pre from 8am, aftercare until 6pm). Children will learn about caring for their horses (grooming, nutrition, medical care, etc.), will work with them on the ground (tacking, ground work, etc.) and will ride. During camp other horse related topics will also be covered (colors, breeds, information on tack and equipment and its care, etc.). There will also be games and time for lunch each day. Don’t miss out on the fun at our beautiful facility in Castro Valley. FIVE STAR 2016 CAMP DATES: June 6/13-6/17 6/27-7/1 July 7/18-7/22 August 8/8-8/12 8/15-8/19 November Thanksgiving Camp (Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week) December Holiday Camp (Dates TBD – during December school break) www.5starequestrian.com

MUSIC AND SINGING SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY BERKELEY BAND CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 8-16

For kids who play an instrument and/or sing. Weeks of June 13, June 20, and June 27. At a very cool performance space called Ashkenaz and a world renowned recording studio (Fantasy Studios ). You’ll be in three bands-record and perform three songs in one week! Our 21rst year!

CROWDEN MUSIC CENTER SUMMER CAMPS (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-22

Crowden Music Center will be offering seven separate programs for our summer season! Our offerings are: Scrape, Squawk, & Bang: Instrumental Discovery Camp (Ages 5-9), Summer Strings (Ages 7-12), All Things Cello! (Ages 9-13), Young Musicians’ Chamber Music Academy (Ages 10-13), Chamber Music Workshop (Ages 13-22), John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop: Themes and Variations (Ages 13-18), and Piano Partners (ages 9-13). Please follow the link to our website for more information on each specific program. We hope to see you and your child this summer at Crowden! http://www.crowden.org/communityeducation/summer-programs

GLENVIEW STRINGS CAMP (OAKLAND, CA GLENVIEW DISTRICT) Age or Grade Range: 7 and up!

Glenview Strings Camp 2016: July 27 - 31 and Aug. 1- 5, 9 - 12pm, 1 - 5pm Summer string fun - All level string camp for ages 7 and up, kids bring your parents! Located in Glenview district of Oakland at Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Aug. 1 5 from 9 - 5pm. Come all day, or Mornings (9 - 12) and Afternoons (1-5), only! Early Bird discounts available through June, go to www.glenviewstrings. com for more information or contact us at glenviewstrings@comcast.net. Looking forward to hearing from you! Sara Usher www.glenviewstrings.com

MUSICALLY MINDED ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 4-11

What do Michael Jackson, Beethoven, and Star Wars have in common? They are camp themes at Musically Minded Academy. Ignite the Dream - Fuel the Drive - and LIVE THE MUSIC! Explore the music of the masters, create art, and have fun on stage. www.musicallyminded.org/summercamps musicallyminded.org

POP SINGING FOR GIRLS SUMMER CAMP 2016 (PIEDMONT) Age or Grade Range: Ages 9 - 13

In our one week summer camp for girls age 9 -13, our theme will be Singing Taylor Swift! We’ll sing the songs and tell the story of this iconic pop star. Voice and performance instruction, dance, lots of fun! July 11th - July 15th, 9am - 3pm, Performance: Friday, July 15th, 3:30pm. Held at Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont. For more info, please go to: www.popsingingforgirls.com www.popsingingforgirls.com

VIVA LA MUSICA MUSIC AND PUPPET SHOW CAMP (ALBANY) Age or Grade Range: 7-12

How do ancient Egypt, and alchemy connect with Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute? We will be exploring these questions, making puppets and set designs, as well as singing some of the easier arias. Based on elements of the opera we will create a storyline and the magical puppet show begins! www.music-and-puppet-show-camp.com

Campers ages 6-11 will enjoy fun-filled classes in Dance including Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance Conditioning and Technique, Modern and Musical theater with vocal instruction and improv acting. Campers will learn and perform a short story with song and dance on the last day of class. Dates Mon thru Fri 6/27 to 7/1 9am to 3pm daily Campers must bring bagged lunch and beverage daily www. artinmotiondance.net

DOUG’S DRAMA (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-13

For over 20 years, Doug’s Drama has been one of the most popular summer drama camps in the East Bay. We offer two sessions for 5-9 year olds, and two sessions for ages 8-13. Full length productions (not musicals), theater games, improv and storytelling. Evening performance for families. Before and aftercare 8:00-5:30. www.dougsdrama. com

LITTLE THEATER-YOUTH THEATERTWEEN/TEEN MUSICAL THEATER FULL PRODUCTIONS (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 4-14

Week long, fun filled camps result in top notch full productions complete with costumes, scenery, lights and microphones. No matter what age group, whether 4 or 14, everyone gets comfortably challenged and featured in favorite musical theater shows. Younger campers do crafts older campers have afternoon swimming field trips. kidsndance. com

MR. D’S MUSIC CLUB SUMMER CAMP 2016 (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 8-13

A multi award winning, movin, groovin, shakin, super fun singing, dancing, art and drama summer camp for boys and girls of all abilities. Conveniently located in the beautiful Rockridge district of Oakland . Ages 8-13. Music + Art = Fun & Friends www.mrdsmusicclub.com

will have the opportunity to work on a full scale Broadway musical, Disney’s Mulan Jr. During the three week rehearsal period campers, will train with a professional theater staff in all aspects of musical theater, including acting, singing, dance and stage combat! There are many hit songs, great dance numbers infused with Chinese motif and strong roles with amazing sets and costumes. No experience is necessary for any of our programs and active participation in each production is guaranteed. Stage Door Conservatory is for the creatively inclined. We are committed to creating an environment that fosters creativity, team building and self esteem through the participation in the dramatic arts. http://stagedoorconservatory.org

SUMMER THEATRE INTENSIVE (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades 6-12

Discover the art of theatre-making with Summer Theatre Intensive! Train with professional playwrights, directors, and teaching artists in an interactive, four week camp for all levels. Dive into a diverse range of classes designed to unlock your skills, and as an ensemble, create an original play to perform professionally. www.berkeleyrep.org/summerintensive

THE ARTORY SUMMER THEATRE CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades 6-9

The Artory Summer Theatre Experience at Shotgun Players Studios A FUN, COLLABORATIVE, SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS Arts Camp for Grades 6-9 July 11-22, 2016 at Shotgun Players Studios, Berkeley. $350 for Two Weeks of Instruction 9 am-4pm Students of The Artory collaborate in small groups to produce an original 30-minute musical, using immersive study in 4 areas, guided by TOP PROFESSIONALS from Shotgun Players, CalShakes, A.C.T. and more! ACTING + DEVISING with Jon Tracy DESIGN + COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS with Nina Ball IMPROV + CLOWNWORK with Josh Matthews HIP HOP THEATRE with Dan Wolf and Tommy James Shepherd Jr Dates: July 11-15 9am-4pm, July 18-22 9am-4pm PLUS: Opening and Closing family celebrations, and two Faculty-hosted Student Movie Nights for bonding and art! $350 THRU JUNE 25 ONLY ARTORY.ORG www.artory.org

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE: WICKED (BERKELEY)

CCCT DRAMA CAMPS (EL CERRITO)

Age or Grade Range: Grades 6-12

Age or Grade Range: Ages 7-12

Join YMTC this summer to work on the music of Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway sensation Wicked. Taught by director and YMTC alum Simone Kertesz and Music Director Diana Lee, students will meet Monday through Friday for three weeks to work on ensemble singing, choreography and movement, acting for musical theater, and developing character. A works-in-progress presentation will be held on the final day of the intensive for an invited audience. Dates: July 25th - August 12, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm Location: YMTC Aquatic Park Campus in Berkeley Tuition: $1100 (Tuition Assistance is available.) About Wicked: Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one good, and the other one wicked. Wicked includes such famous songs as Defying Gravity, Popular, and For Good. www. ymtcberkeley.org

In our full-day, two-week sessions, campers learn theatre fundamentals such as improv, acting, dance, and stage combat while preparing to present a fully-staged one-act play for family and friends. They’ll also learn the basics of on-camera acting as they create a professionally-produced video to be presented at the final performance. www.ccct.org

OAKLAND GLEE PERFORMANCE SUMMER CAMP (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Ages 8-12

Young performers ages 8-12 learn real singing and performance skills that are sure to thrill! Sing your favorite pop and musical theater songs, dance, act, and perform in a Pop Musical! 6/28- 7/1, Mon- Fri 9-3 pm held at 4101 Park Blvd. in The Glenview District of Oakland. http://jessicaneighbor.com/ oakland-glee-performance-summer-camp/

ON STAGE - KIDS ‘N DANCE ‘N THEATER ARTS (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 4-14

Week long, fun filled camps result in top notch full productions complete with costumes, scenery, stage lights and microphones. No matter what age group, everyone gets comfortably challenged and featured in a popular musical theater show. All campers get gymnastic room free time, younger campers do crafts, older campers have afternoon swimming field trips. kidsndance.com

STAGE DOOR CONSERVATORY (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades 3-12

It promises to be an awesome summer for campers at Stage Door Conservatory as we will be featuring two amazing programs for campers grades 3-8. Our summer opens with our fantastic one week program, Devised Theatre. This type of theatre uses all campers to work as a creative team; developing a show collaboratively. Everyone is involved in the process from writing to designing to performing. The week culminates with the production our campers created. For our second session the campers

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DIABLO THEATRE COMPANY’S SINGOUT SUMMER THEATRE (PLEASANT HILL) Age or Grade Range: 4 - 6 and 7 - 14

Join us for Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr (who could forget I’m Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction?) and after just 2 1/2 weeks of crazy fun rehearsals with the DTC’s SingOut! professional staff put on performances for family and friends.¬† Cast members will learn songs, dances and scenes and make lifelong friends.¬† Cast members will receive a t-shirt, script and memories to last a lifetime! www.SingOutTheatre.org

DIABLO THEATRE COMPANY’S SINGOUT SUMMER THEATRE TRIPLE THREAT WORKSHOP (PLEASANT HILL) Age or Grade Range: Entering 6th Grade – Graduating Seniors

PRESCHOOL AGE SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY ALBANY PRESCHOOL (ALBANY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-5

Albany Preschool, a parent cooperative, will open to the public this summer with week-long, themed sessions. Daily from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join us to play, learn, make friends, and have fun! http:// albanypreschool.org/

MONKEY BUSINESS PRE-K (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Campers: 3-4 and Youth Leaders: 10-15

Monkey Business Pre-K kids receive a distinctive classic camp experience at an indoor/outdoor location near Tilden Park. Bubbles, Sand Play, Art, Storytelling, Story Time, Games, End of Week Nature Treasure Hunt, Organic Food, Nap/Rester Time! Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and compassionate. Winner of many Best of Camp Awards. August 8-26; Hours 8:30-3:30, with ext. care 8-6. New for 2016 Bus Option from Oakland and down the hill Berkeley with 7:30 start option. http://www.monkeybusinesscamp.com/

STEAM SUMMER CAMP FOR PRESCHOOLERS (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 2-6

This summer will be filled with sensory projects, art, engineering and science centers. Weekly themes such as Water Wonderland, Crazy Concoctions and Naturally Nature will keep preschoolers engaged and learning while having a great time! Children will benefit from developing socially with peers and learn from experienced teachers who are masters of fun. http://www.kids-konnect.com/preschoolsummer-camp

TURTLE SUMMER CAMP + PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Turtle Camp: 2.5 3.5 / Preschool Summer Program: Ages 3.5 - 5.5

MCPC offers two different summer camps; Turtle Summer Camp and our Preschool Summer Program. Turtle Summer Camp is a great opportunity for your child to make the transition to a drop off program. Each parent volunteers to work and bring snack one day during the session to help keep a very low student to teacher ratio. A maximum of 12 children, ages 2 ¬æ to 3 ¬æ years, may enroll. Your child must turn three by September 1, 2016 in order to be eligible for the Turtle Summer Camp. Priority is given to incoming MCPC preschoolers, but all are encouraged to apply. Turtle Camp meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 11:45 am. MCPC’s Preschool Summer Program is for children currently enrolled in a preschool, or transitioning out of preschool. A maximum of 25 children, ages 3.5 to 5.5 years, may enroll in each session. Priority is given to current preschoolers, and previous outside care experience is required. Both sessions are three-week programs that meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am - 12:30pm. Optional extended days are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:30 - 3pm. http://www.mcpckids.org/summer-program

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ON STAGE - KIDS ‘N DANCE ‘N THEATER ARTS DANCE ADVENTURE CAMPS (LAFAYETTE) Age or Grade Range: Ages 3-5

This 2 1/2 week intensive will push you farther than you ever thought possible as you hone your acting, singing and dancing. This workshop is only open to serious students who want to work hard! At the end of the intensive, you will receive a DVD of your performances that you will be proud to share with your friends and family (or casting director!) www. SingOutTheatre.org

Dance Adventure Campersexplore mystical and magical realms while making fanciful costumes, props and crafts to bring daily story dances to life. kidsndance.com

MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP (LAFAYETTE)

Weekly activities to include: Art, Gross Motor, Science, Music, Story time, & Outside Exploration Weekly themes: Summer Celebration, Great Outdoors, America the Beautiful,Treasure Island, Music in Motion , Dinosaurs Galore, All Star Sports , Three Ring Circus, Fantasy Fun. Weekly Sessions run Monday thru Thursday, 9 - 11:45am. Lunch Bunch is available until 1:00pm Fees per week: 2 days = $67 3 days = $92 4 days = $115 Lunch Bunch Fees per week: 1 day = $12 2 days = $20 3 days = $28 4 days = $35 (Drop in rate is $15 per day)

Age or Grade Range: Grades 6-12

Featuring a world class staff of instructors and special guest artist, New York City Actor’s Studio/ NYU Tisch School/CAP21 teacher, Tim Hill, join our workshop to improve your audition skills for high school musicals, college and community theatre auditions or to develop your singing, acting, dance performance skills. http://www.bentleyschool.net/ Page/Student-Life/Bentley-Summer-Camps-2016

ON STAGE - KIDS ‘N DANCE ‘N THEATER ARTS MUSICAL THEATER CAMPS (LAFAYETTE) Age or Grade Range: Ages 4-8

For those who love to sing dance and act and want to put it all together for a full theater experience. Campers learn a mini musical with all the costumes, lights and scenery in a fun, supportive stress free environment. Campers work on crafts and have free time on gymnastic equipment. Studio performance at the end of the week. kidsndance.com

WALNUT AVENUE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL (WALNUT CREEK) Age or Grade Range: Ages 15 months - 6 years

SCIENCE SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY CAMP EDMO (ALAMEDA) Age or Grade Range: K-8

Calling All Amazinators! CAMP EDMO for Pre-K-8th Graders. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 29! CAMP EDMO, Voted the Bay Area’s Best Sum-


mer and Technology Day Camp offers mind-blowing arts & science, maker, technology, nature, and recreation programs designed for the next generation of makers, shakers and amazinators. Camp runs June-August in 17+ Convenient Bay Area Locations in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and dates may vary by location. www.campedmo.org

will also have the opportunity to meet with female experts in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Rising 4th - 6th graders: June 20 24th from 9am - 3pm Cost: $300. Rising 1st - 3rd graders: July 18 -22nd from 9am - 1pm Cost: $200. LOCATION: Curiosity Hacked Oakland Lab, 6036 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA http://www. scientificadventures.org/summer-camp.html

CAMP EDMO (OAKLAND)

SLEEPAWAY SUMMER CAMPSYMCA CAMP RAVENCLIFF (REDWAY)

Age or Grade Range: Pre-K-8

Calling All Amazinators! CAMP EDMO for Pre-K-8th Graders. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 29! CAMP EDMO, Voted the Bay Area’s Best Summer and Technology Day Camp offers mind-blowing arts & science, maker, technology, nature, and recreation programs designed for the next generation of makers, shakers and amazinators. Camp runs June-August in 17+ Convenient Bay Area Locations in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and dates may vary by location. www.campedmo.org

KIDS FOR THE BAY SUMMER CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 5-14

Campers will enjoy hands-on outdoor science and nature activities while exploring local creek, bay, and ocean habitats, hiking, kayaking, studying aquatic invertebrates, swimming at Lake Anza, and much more! Camp leaders are year-round KIDS for the BAY staff members. Multiple one-week sessions with a variety of themes. www.kidsforthebay.org/ home

PLAY-WELL: ENGINEERING, GAMING, AND ROBOTICS USING LEGO (ALBANY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-13 depending on curriculum and location

Play-Well teaches kids the concepts of engineering, physics, architecture, and robotics through building and playing with LEGO. Learn about fundamental STEM principles in both core and themed (i.e. Jedi Engineering, Mine Craft Build gaming, Mindstorms Robotics) camps. play-well.org

QUANTUMCAMP (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Grades 1-8

Cultivate a love of learning at QuantumCamp! Campers conduct thrilling science experiments and mind-bending math activities. They see that science and math are actually really fun. We sequence the experiments and activities in such a way that the the student becomes the scientist and the mathematician and discovers ideas on her or his own. www.quantumcamp.com

SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURES FOR GIRLS: GREEN DESIGN (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: 6-11

Green Design Campers will learn what is green design and how to build environmentally sustainable structures. Focusing on playground structures, campers will select materials that maximize fun while minimizing environmental impact. Campers

Age or Grade Range: 7-15

Located in Southern Humboldt County, Camp Ravencliff is a traditional overnight summer camp that offers a great experience for both new and returning campers. Our trained, caring staff encourages campers to make new friends, experience new things and learn new skills. www.campravencliff.org

SPORTS SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER (ALAMEDA) Age or Grade Range: ages 7-18

On-line reservations at the Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC) are open for 2 week summer sailing camps serving ages 7-18. The center’s youth program uses sailing as a way to teach kids life enhancement skills such as goal setting, communication and teamwork, self-reliance, and leadership. This year, in August, we are introducing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math sailing camp where students will use sailing as a way to explore and learn these topics. Our curriculum is progressive with each level building on skills developed from previous classes. All courses are taught on dinghy/small boats with certified staff and safety focused. Please visit our website at http://www. sailalameda.org/ACSC/programs or email us at info@SailAlameda.org for more information. www. SailAlameda.org

CAMP BLADIUM (ALAMEDA) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-14

At Camp Bladium, children can experience a wide variety of games and activities all year long: Rock Climbing, Basketball, Dodgeball, Karaoke, Kickball, Arts and Crafts, Laser Tag, Cheerleading, Jumpers, Legos, and Water World (in warm weather). Ages 5-14 http://bladiumalameda.com/camps

NIKE CAL SOCCER ACADEMY & CAMPS (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-18

Directed by Men’s Head Coach Kevin Grimes, we offer two weeks of outstanding Premier ID and Junior ID Academy soccer training and two sessions of day camp training on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley. http://www. ussportscamps.com/soccer/nike/nike-cal-socceracademy-camps/

NINJA SCIENTIST SUMMER CAMP (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Geared towards ages 5-12. All ages welcome!

Soja’s camp days will explore the intersection of martial arts, science, and art, featuring a different martial arts theme each day! 3 weeks available: June 27 - July1; July 5 - July 8; August 1 - August 5. Contact us at info@SojaMindBody.com or 510-832-7652 if you have any questions. http:// sojamindbody.com/

STRIKE THREE BASEBALL SUMMER CAMP (BERKELEY ) Age or Grade Range: Ages 7-12

Strike Three Baseball Camp will be holding its annual summer camps focusing on fundamentals. Hitting, fielding, pitching, fun & games!!! Reserve your spot now! July 18-21 9-2 pm August 1518 9-2pm OAKLAND Please visit our website strike3pitchingzone.com for more information and to download registration form! Contact us NOW! Frank@strike3pitchingzone.com or CALL 925-4205473! See you on the field Strike3pitchingzone. com

WHEEL KIDS - ADVENTURE CAMP (WALNUT CREEK)

CONCORD SKATEBOARD CAMP (CONCORD) Age or Grade Range: 7-13

Learn to skate from the experts. Participants will learn skateboard safety, skate park etiquette, how to take care of their skateboard, and plenty of new tricks! We tailor the program to each individual’s skill level and make sure everybody learns the most important thing about skateboarding. Its Fun!!! http://www.cityofconcord.org/pdf/recreation/summerCamps/summerCampBrochure.pdf

FITNESS WEEK (MORAGA) Age or Grade Range: 9th and 10th

Hike, Paddle and Climb! During this week long day camp students will hike in the Redwoods, learn to paddle board & kayak, rock climb and participate in a ropes course. This camp offers a great environment for students to experience the outdoors and exercise, while having fun in a structured social environment! http://www.orionacademy.org/

GOALKEEPER/PLAYER SOCCER SUMMER CAMP (MARTINEZ)

Age or Grade Range: 6-14

Daily bicycle adventures from our home-base at Sports Basement. Using the extensive bike trail network, we’ll go as far as we can in Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, and maybe beyond. Weekly activities: Color Me Mine, Lindsay Wildlife, and a BART trip in San Francisco to ride the Embarcadero to Pier 39! www.wheelkids.com

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BENTLEY SCHOOL SPORTS CAMPS (LAFAYETTE) Age or Grade Range: 3-12

Bentley School Summer Sports Camps are an opportunity for rising 3rd-12th graders to develop skills and interest in a variety of sports. All camps are coed and offer instruction and coaching Monday-Friday for each session. Early bird discounts are available. http://www.bentleyschool.net/Page/ Student-Life/Bentley-Summer-Camps-2016

BRONCO BASEBALL ACADEMY (WALNUT CREEK) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-12

At Bronco Baseball Academy we believe that every camper can improve their skills, have fun with friends, and increase their love of the game in a fun, safe, and challenging environment. With our high coach to camper ratio, we ensure that every player is directly supervised, every player will receive direct instruction, and every player will get the proper individual attention they need. Our philosophy at BBA is that every player can play high school baseball or beyond with the right attitude, right coaching, and right practice. Through a focus on fundamentals and highly competitive games and activities, we specialize in making our campers play better baseball. www.BroncoBaseballAcademy. com

Age or Grade Range: Ages 9-18

With over 20 years of premier coaching and playing experience Maric Academy along with professional soccer coaches from Red Star Belgrade will lead camp participants through a comprehensive training program with a European approach to soccer while maintaining a fun and positive coaching environment. http://www.maricacademy.com/camps/

SKATEBOARD PLUS ADVENTURE (ORINDA) Age or Grade Range: 6-14

Campers meet at our base camp and then head off to enjoy a morning of skateboard or scooter fun at the best area skateboard parks and then head off to an afternoon of adventure fun like Six Flags, Horseback Riding, Sky HIgh Sports, Bowling, Movies, ,Swimming and more. On Fridays, pack your swimwear for a day long trip to Waterworld for fun in the water and sun. http://summerdaycamp.net

SPORTS PLUS ADVENTURE (ORINDA) Age or Grade Range: 5-13

Enjoy 4 mornings (M-Th) of classic sports camp activities including... Flag football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and baseball then head out for an afternoon of adventure including Archery, Movies, Bowling, Horseback Riding, Sky High Sports, Mini Golf, Go Carts, Laser Tag, Swimming. Friday pack your swimsuit for an all day trip to Waterworld. http://summerdaycamp.net

ST MARY’S COLLEGE TENNIS SUMMER CAMPS (MORAGA) Age or Grade Range: Ages 7-18

St Mary’s College New Men’s Tennis Team coaching staff proudly introduces 1st summer tennis camp at our inspiring tennis facility! Camp is designed so that all aspects of the game are addressed: Technical, Physical, Tactical, Mental, and of course, Fun! Weekly half day or full day sessions: June 13th - August 12th smctenniscamps.com

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Serving children 24 months to 6 years

• Preparation for Kindergarten • Nurturing Academic Environment • Ballet, Karate, Gymnastics, Violin, Piano, and Soccer

• Music, Art, and Language Programs • Expansive Outdoor Play Area • Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. (Year-Round) • Ages 2-5 Years and Bridge K Class

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SUPER FUN KIDS SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS (EL CERRITO) Age or Grade Range: Ages 6-12

Winslow Tennis Academy’s Super Fun Kids Summer Tennis Camps are for players ranging from Beginner to Lower Intermediate. Camp is at beautiful Arlington Park for two weeks -- July 18-22 and August 15-19. Lively environment, attentive staff, outstanding technical instruction, and lots of games, contests, and running around.

TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL ARTS SUMMER CAMPS ALAMEDA COUNTY CAMP REEL STORIES (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Girls in Grades 8-12

Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Camp Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers 13-18 year old young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. Camp Reel Stories is a one or two week media camp for teen girls who want to learn how to make movies in the new digital media era. We are the only media camp for girls that is taught by professionals in the media industry. Working in small, collaborative groups, this camp gives the campers the opportunity to make and broadcast their own short films through: Production Classes Media Literacy Lessons Leadership Workshops www.campreelstories.com

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CODING) AND ENGINEERING (PLEASANTON) Age or Grade Range: 9-18

This camp teaches real life computer programming and engineering skills to kids and teens using the cutting edge YoungWonks curriculum. This camp introduces kids and teens to computer science fundamentals such as sequencing, branching, looping and variables using Scratch, a visual programming language and then transitions the attendees to a real programming language called Python. Python is a very powerful and popular programing language

used by big companies and startups. Attendees in this camp will also be taught 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Electronics and IOT (Internet of things). Attendees will use the computer science and engineering skills learnt to built cool robotics, automation and game development projects. Curriculum is designed from ground up keeping interests of kids in mind, but at the same time teaches college level engineering and computer science skills. The program is hands on and self paced with very small student teacher ratio. Children are encouraged to build strong understanding of the concepts and then come up with their unique innovative solutions. www.YoungWonks.com

FILM + PHOTO CAMP AT ECOLE BILINGUE (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades 2-6

This new camp is going to be awesome!!! Children will use iPads to create their own movies, photos, and music videos. This is a very in-depth camp where students will learn the basics of photo, composition, storyboarding, direction, production, acting, editing and more! Held on the Ecole Bilingue school campus, but conducted in English by caring, experienced leaders. www.eb.org/summercamp

SUMMER TEEN MEDIA CAMP 2016 (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: 13-17

SUMMER TEEN MEDIA CAMP 2016 Teens explore media and video creation, learn how to shoot, light, how to special effects, interviews, green screen and edit videos for the web, for presentation or for Fun. Make documentaries, music vids or action films. Final Vids will be screened at the BERKELEY VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL 2016. July 11-29 2016 10am - 2pm EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER 1939 ADDISON STREET DOWNTOWN BERKELEY’S ARTS DISTRICT 94704 (510)843-3699 http:// eastbaymediacenter.com/summer%20media%20 camp.shtml maketv@aol.com www.eastbaymediacenter.com

camps which include building projects with LEGO® gears and motors, Robotics with MINDSTORMS® EV3® and LEGO® WeDo®, Computer Game Design, Coding and Programming Camps, iPad® Movie Making, and a Tech Camp for Girls. http://www. techknowhowkids.com/summer-camp-berkeley. html

TEEN FOCUSED SUMMER CAMPS BERKELEY SUMMER TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Grades 7-12

In our 8th summer, we offer small-group creative writing and college application essay workshops. Our workshops are supportive, encouraging, and fun! Participants write what interests them, connect with other writers, and receive constructive feedback. They develop writing skills and confidence--and report greater ease afterwards with school assignments. http://www.deborahdavisauthor.com

BOYS ON THE GO (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Boys on the Go Camp has created a distinctive approach to an all boy’s camp. Boys explore the Bay Area by public transit, make new friends, all while having some really fun adventures. Boating, bowling, baseball games, and more. Monday’s are Creating Community Day where we engage and connect with each other, do team building activities and learn how to travel safely together. We shop and cook together, play board and field games and make planes and rockets. Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Devin Berry leads the group. July 11-Aug 5. Basic Day 8:30-

4:00; Ext Care 8-6:00

COMMUNITY READING BUDDIES (OAKLAND) Age or Grade Range: Grades 7 - 12

For 8 weeks each summer, junior high and high school volunteers spend time reading one-on-one with East Bay preschoolers through Community Reading Buddies. The teens help their younger buddies learn to love reading while also teaching key school-readiness skills. Have fun while giving back to your community! http://aspireeducation.org/ community-reading-buddies

GIRLS ON THE GO CAMP (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Campers: 9-13 and Youth Leaders: 14-16

Since 2002, Girls on the Go Camp has created a distinctive approach to an all girl’s camp. Girls travel to destinations around the Bay Area by public transit and participate in interactive workshops in art, movement, food tasting, and herbalism. Ice skating, Baseball Games, Mini-Golfing, Boating and More. Our diverse staff is dynamic, engaging, skilled, empathetic and deeply passionate about their work with youth. Winner of Best of Camp Teen Award in 2015. June 13-Aug 19 Basic Day 8:304:00; Ext Care 8-6:00 http://www.girlsonthegocamp.com/

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TECHKNOWHOW TECHNOLOGY AND ROBOTICS SUMMER CAMPS (BERKELEY) Age or Grade Range: Ages 5-15

TechKnowHow® Offers Summer Camps focused on Technology, Creative Engineering and Robotics with LEGO® Elements, and Coding. Our week-long summer camps offer a variety of fun and enriching

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A ministry ofMonday Bay Area Chinese Bible Church - Friday 7am - 6pm lunch service provided

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Family Fun Calendar JULY 1 | Friday Friday Nights @ Oakland Museum of California — Oakland

Join OMCA and Off the Grid in April for DJs, live bands, dancing, gourmet food trucks, and more. There will be a family Drop-in activity related to one of the exhibits. 5-9 p.m. Members and ages 18 and under free, $7.50 / adults. Oakland Museum of California, 50 10th St., Oakland. 510-318-8400, www. museumca.org

$5 First Fridays @Chabot Space & Science — Oakland

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday. At $5 First Fridays you can embark on a Mini Mission to Mars, join a Night Hike through the redwoods, and enjoy various laser and planetarium shows. Admission also includes handson activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, as well as any special events that are going on that evening.

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission $5. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-336-7300, www.chabotspace.org

2 | Saturday Nature Detectives: I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream — Hayward

sheets of salt to make…ice cream? That’s right, the salt helps melt the ice at a colder temperature to freeze the cream inside the ice cream maker. Give the hand-cranked ice cream maker a try, and we’ll all get to taste a sweet summertime refreshment. 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. $7 person. Ages 3 - 5. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www. haywardrec.org

Independence Day Fun — El Cerrito

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday celebrate the Fourth of July! Let freedom ring and play FREE PLAY pinball and arcade games all weekend long! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat & Sun, Mon 12noon 5 p.m. $10 / children and seniors, $15 / general admission. Playland Not-at-theBeach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach. org

3 | Sunday Caterpillar Crawl— Hayward

During this sultry summer season, caterpillars galore inhabit fennel plants that encompass our Interpretive Center. Search for these beautiful specimens and learn about their life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly.

11 a.m. -12 p.m. $5 person. Ages 6 and up. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www. haywardrec.org

Walk out to the dried salt flats and collect

4 | Monday— Independence Day July 4th Festival of Family Fun — Oakland

Throughout Jack London Square Celebrate Independence Day at the Jack London Square July 4th Festival of Family Fun. This festive day will fill the waterfront with interactive activities and entertainment for both parents and children. Enjoy playtime at Riveropolis, watch stilt walkers perform and experience creative puppetry.

11 a.m.- 4p.m. Free Broadway and Embarcadero 510.645.9292 , www.jacklondonsquare.com

4th of July Park Party & 4K Fun Run — Emeryville There will also be a 4K Fun Run held at the Emeryville Marina. Check in 7 am, Marina Site A. Race will start at 8 am. Join your fellow Emeryvillians for a special Fourth of July celebration at Marina Park. In addition to the spectacular views with some of the greatest vantage points for many of the surrounding firework shows, you’ll be treated to live music, and local food carts, selling their traditional 4th of July treats.

All Day. Free – Fee for 4K Run. Emeryville Marina Park 3308 Powell St. Emeryville

4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks — Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill hosts a full day of Fourth of July fun with events ranging from a traditional patriotic parade through the downtown Crescent Drive area, family

fun and games in Pleasant Hill Park, and live music and fireworks in the evening at College Park High School. All Day. Free. Pleasant Hill Park Cleaveland & Gregory Lane. www.phjuly4.com

Alameda Mayor’s July 4th Race and Parade—Alameda

The Alameda 4th of July Parade is the one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation with over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that travel a three mile route. Race starts at 9 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. Free. For parade route go to www.alamedaparade.com/ route/

5 | Tuesday Nature Play Lindsay Wildlife - Walnut Creek

Every Member Tuesday come to Lindsay’s outdoor classroom and experience Nature Play! A great way to explore the wonders of nature outside with your little one, this nature-themed playgroup provides an opportunity for our member families to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations all around them. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free to Members. Ages 4 to 6. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

6 | Wednesday Toddler Time — Fremont

Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend

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IT’S NOW YOUR TIME! Saint Mary’s Kalmanovitz School of Education offers a diverse pathway to a new career. Join us for an upcoming Info Session to learn more about our programs in Counseling, Leadership, and Teaching:

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00p – 8:00p RSVP or inquire today for additional dates and more: stmarys-ca.edu/ksoe | (925) 631-4700

Nestled in the hills next to a local park where parents and kids often gather to play after school, we offer PLAY-BASED LEARNING for children 2.9 – 5 years old in a warm and engaging environment. We follow a joyful 40 year tradition of gently nurturing children for the road ahead. We’ve created a warm, WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT that helps build social skills and foster curiosity. LIC. #010209453

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through stories, chores and fun. We’ll meet rain or shine! (1-4 yrs.)

10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Ages1-4. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

Free First Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery Museum — Sausalito

Enjoy free admission and all the fun activities and displays at the Bay Area Discovery Museum today.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 577 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900, www.baykids museum.org

Summer Movie Clubhouse — Richmond | Walnut Creek | Vallejo

Summer is out, let’s see movies! Cinemark theatres will show 10 movies this summer for $1 per person. All films will be G or PG rated. Buy the pass and get admission to all 10 shows for only 50 cents per ticket! Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long! 10 a.m. $1 per person per movie. $5 per season pass. All ages. Cinemark Theatres in Richmond, Walnut Creek, and Vallejo. www.cinemark.com

First Wednesdays Street Festivals — Walnut Creek

WCD hosts Walnut Creek First Wednesdays Street Festivals each month for all ages! Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, shopping, treats & more!

5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. All ages. 1275 Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek. www.broadwayplaza.com

7 | Thursday Waterfront Flicks - Selena— Oakland

Watch “Selena “ on the grass, cozy in picnic blankets, with the family. Pre-show trivia and games for prizes, as well as Jack London Square eateries will make this a fantastic family night. Repeats July 21 with a screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 8 p.m. games, 9 p.m. movie begins. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare. com

Kids Club at Theater Square — Orinda

Summer Outdoor Concert — Point Richmond

Mad Science - An interactive, action packed science adventure. This is a weekly event on Thursdays.

Enjoy live music, dancing in the streets, local eateries, and face-painting for the kids in historic Point Richmond.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Orinda Theater Square, Brookwood Road and Moraga Way, Orinda. orindatheatresquare.com

5:30p.m.-7:45 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pt. Richmond, Park Pl. at Washington Ave., Richmond. www.pointrichmondmusic.org

Queen & Thieves — Pleasant Hill

Part of the Plaza Concert series, Queen & Thieves plays music to dance to. Stroll the plaza and enjoy a meal at one of the plaza eateries, while enjoying uplifting tunes. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Dr. www. shopdowntownpleasanthill.com

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9 | Saturday Peter Pan Weekend— El Cerrito

Never want to grow up? Neither do we. Reminisce the good ol’ days at the amusement park and explore our own magical land of childhood fun. Throw in unlimited FREE PLAY pinball and arcade games, and you’ll be ‘Hooked’! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission. Playland Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

Movies in the Park - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Oakland

Watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (PG13) All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawn chair and/or blanket. Repeats July 22 with a screening of “Big”

Jack of All Trades — Oakland

An eclectic event put on by the Treasure Island Flea Market promises lots of interesting workshops and activities for families. Tinkers, builders, and indie designers, plus live DJ and waterfront eateries.

Movie begins at dusk. Free. All ages. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave, Oakland. 510-482-7827 www.oaklandnet.com/ parks

Bites Off Broadway — Oakland

The food truck revolution is here to stay, so bring the family down and enjoy an evening of delicious meals and treats in a low key, family setting. Bring picnic blankets, enjoy live music and lawn games with gourmet food. This event runs every Friday. 5:30-8:30p.m. Free admission, food prices vary. All ages. 365 45th St., Oakland. 510-654-6346, www.bitesoffbroadway.com

Splash Pad— El Cerrito

11a.m.-5p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-645-9292, www. jacklondonsquare.com

Crosscut Blues in Family-Friendly Concert — Martinez

Part of Bouncefarm’s Summer Concert Series, groove and boogie to Crosscut Blues, while kids bounce themselves silly and everyone enjoys pizza. Event repeats on Jul. 23 with Overland, Mama Foxxy and the Whiskey Gypsy Rebels. Doors at 4 p.m., music at 5 p.m. 4 p.m.-7.30 p.m. $7.50 per person, under 1 free. All ages. Bouncefarm, 280 Arthur Rd. Ste. A, Martinez. 925-228-2028, www.bouncefarmfun. com

Children of all ages can enjoy splashing in the padded sprinkler park at the El Cerrito Swim Center. Facilities include picnic area and changing rooms. This event repeats each Friday.

BIRD WALK: Up Periscope!— Hayward

10 a.m.-2 p.m. $2 per person, cash only. All ages. El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Ln., El Cerrito. 510-559-7011, www.el-cerrito.org

One duck that often goes unnoticed until spring when the male’s bill turns a crazy shade of blue is the plucky Ruddy Duck. It can be aggressive or

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protective during breeding season, but they need to be watchful themselves as grebes are known to dive and harass them from below

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. $5 person. Ages 12 and up. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www. haywardrec.org

10 | Sunday Ice Cream Tours— Rockridge

Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice Cream tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online. This event repeats on July 17.

3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

11 | Monday Free Art Studio Time — Berkeley

Donate three or more canned food items and enjoy three hours of open art studio time at Brushstrokes. Donations go to Alameda County Food Barrel. This event is ongoing every Monday and Tuesday evening. Please call to confirm. 5-8 p.m. Donation of three canned goods per person is admission. Ages 5-12. Brushstrokes Studio, 745 Page St., Berkeley. 510-528-1360, www.brushstrokestudio.com

Wee Play Drop-in — Alameda

Indoor drop-in playtime is offered through the city for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Activities include play, music time, and coloring. Activities are minimally structured which allows children to enjoy and explore on their own terms. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.$6 Drop-in per day per child OR $60 Drop-in Card for 12 visits. Ages 6 mths - 3 years.Alameda Veteran’s Memorial Building 2203 Central Avenue Alameda, alamedaca.gov/recreation/wee-play


12 | Tuesday Nature Play Lindsay Wildlife — Walnut Creek

Every Member Tuesday come to Lindsay’s outdoor classroom and experience Nature Play! A great way to explore the wonders of nature outside with your little one, this nature-themed playgroup provides an opportunity for our member families to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations all around them. 11 a.m12 p.m. Free to Members. Ages 4 to 6. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

Kids Bowl Free — Pacheco/Albany/ Concord/Castro Valley

Kids Bowl Free is an amazing organization that allows all children who register to play two games a day, every day, for free. With many locations around

the Bay Area there is a place close by to get exercise, beat the heat and boredom and have fun.

All ages. This program requires kids pay only for shoe rental. Check participating bowling alleys for hours of operation. Register children at www.kidsbowlfree.com

14 | Thursday

Jack’s Night Market — Oakland

Kids Club at Theater Square — Orinda

Sing-A-Long with Melita of Octopretzel followed by Story Time with Lin Look from the Orinda Library. This is a weekly event on Thursdays. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Orinda Theater Square, Brookwood Road and Moraga Way, Orinda. orindatheatresquare.com

13 | Wednesday Toddler Kindergym — Oakland

Kids who are walking to age 3 can come and enjoy tumbling, climbing, parachute play, bubbles and the ball pit. Baby siblings are welcome. This event repeats several times a week, check the website for details. 10-11a.m. $12 first visit, $132 for program sign up. Ages 1-3. Temple Beth Abraham Social Hall, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510-832-0936, www.tbaoakland.org

15 | Friday Free Friday Lindsay Wildlife — Walnut Creek

Every third Friday of each month at Lindsey Wildlife Museum is free to all. All ages will get a chance to get up close to the exhibits and activities at no cost. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Free. All ages. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925935-1978, www.lindseywildlife.org

Enjoy a captivating evening of merriment and verve—with an eclectic mix of local makers, music, tasty eats, eccentric fun and an exciting array of quirky entertainment and surprises! From local crafts to street performers, this free vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland. New this year is the Pro Arts Alley featuring visual and interactive arts, the Truck Stop – a collection of trucks selling jewelry to accessories as well as games and entertainment. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-6459292, www.jacklondonsquare.com

Music In The Park — Danville

Danville’s 31th Annual Music in the park celebration. Guests are invited to make themselves comfortable on the lawn with a picnic or enjoy offering from Food Truck Mafia.

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6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. All ages. Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd., Danville. www.danville.ca.gov

16 | Saturday Ghostbusters Weekend — El Cerrito

Ghosts bothering you? Who you gunna call? Ghostbusters! Celebrate the return of the ghost-fighting team with some spooky pinball action like Elvira’s Scarred Stiff and Monster Bash! Complete the ghost hunt and win extra tickets for prizes! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

Summer Sleepover — Oakland

Sleep under the stars at Children’s Fairyland, and enjoy breakfast in the park upon waking. Ride the rides and see the shows at night! This event requires pre-registration, so book ahead of time. Dinner and breakfast will be served, included in the cost of admission. This event repeats on July 30. 5:45 p.m. check-in, 8:30 a.m. Sunday check-out. $55 per adult, $30 per child. All ages. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-4522259, www.fairyland.org

Camp out at Camp Lindsay - Walnut Creek

Lindsay is offering a first-ever sleepover. Join us and discover the nightlife at Lindsay. Enjoy a fun-filled family evening of camping activities, make your own s’mores, then crawl into your sleeping bag and fall asleep to the sound of owls and Lindsay’s other nocturnal animal ambassadors. For those who are “night owls,” enjoy a late night movie! Nighttime snack and breakfast the next morning are provided. Children ages 5 and up; children who are 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult 6:30 p.m -8:30 a.m. Admissions $65. Ages 5 plus. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

Whatever Floats Yer Boat!— Hayward

Make your own mini boat out of natural materials and let it go into tidal channels. Which way will your boat float? Whose boat will go fastest? 12 p.m - 1 p.m. $5 person. All Ages. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www.haywardrec. org

18 | Monday Munchkin Mondays — Concord

Energetic toddlers can jump for one hour or longer. Sky High Sports features dozens of large trampolines for hours of indoor bouncing fun. For kids walking up to 6 years.

17 | Sunday

11a.m.-1p.m. $6 per child, per hour. Not valid on holidays. Sky High Sports, 1631 Challenge Dr., Concord. 925-682-5867, www.con.jumpskyhigh. com

Eats, Beats, and Brews Block Party — Berkeley

19 | Tuesday

Downtown Berkeley comes alive on summer Sundays with this fun, family friendly block party with a beer garden, food from around the world, live music and art. BART into downtown and have a fun time. Every third Sunday of each month this summer! 12-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, Shattuck at Center St. www. downtownberkeley.com

Ice Cream Tours— Rockridge

Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice Cream tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online. This event repeats on July 31.

Nature Play Lindsay Wildlife - Walnut Creek

Every Member Tuesday come to Lindsay’s outdoor classroom and experience Nature Play! A great way to explore the wonders of nature outside with your little one, this nature-themed playgroup provides an opportunity for our member families to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations all around them. 11 a.m12 p.m. Free to Members. Ages 4 to 6. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

Children’s Yoga— Berkeley

Join Prana for tiny yoga with tiny yogis. This is an ongoing class that meets each Tuesday. Drop in or sign up for a block of classes.

3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

4 p.m.-5 p.m. $9 per student. Ages 3-5. Prana Yoga Center, 1723 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley. 510655-3664, www.yogalayam.org

Ravenous Reptiles— Hayward

20 | Wednesday

Learn all about the scaly snakes and lizards of the shoreline and meet the reptiles living in our Habitat Room! We’ll also have a feeding frenzy where participants can watch them hunt and eat.

12 p.m - 1 p.m. $5 person. All Ages. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www.haywardrec. org

Suisun Wildlife Center at Jelly Belly— Fairfield

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Free. All ages. Jelly Belly Factory, One Jelly Belly Ln., Fairfield. 800-953-5592, www. JellyBelly.com

Dance With Me — Berkeley

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s Dance with Me class is for walkers through age 4 and their caretakers. Children and adults will dance, sing, play movement games and enjoy props for this fun-filled 45 minute class. This class repeats every Wednesday. 9a.m.-9:45 a.m. $16 per child. Ages walking to 4 years. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley. 510-654-5921, www. shawl-anderson.org

21 | Thursday Waterfront Flicks - “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”— Oakland

Watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the grass, cozy in picnic blankets, with the family. Pre-show trivia and games for prizes, as well as Jack London Square eateries will make this a fantastic family night. Repeats August 4 with a screening of “East Side Sushi”

8 p.m. games, 9 p.m. movie begins. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-645-9292, www.jacklondonsquare. com

Third Thursday Piedmont Stroll — Piedmont

Enjoy an opportunity to meet native California wildlife up close and personal! Learn about the important work of wildlife rescue as Suisun Wildlife staff and volunteers share an educational presentation including many rescue animals such as owls, Red Tail Hawks, possums and snakes. This is a free show and is open for the first 200 guests who arrive. Line up outside the Grand Bean

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Room on the second floor of the Visitor Center. Complimentary candy factory tours daily, 9 a.m. - 4p.m. Please note that the factory is shut down for annual maintemeance. Tours are still active.

Bring the family and enjoy supporting local artists, independent businesses, all within the Piedmont Avenue community. Evening entertainment can be found in restaurants, salons, retail stores, and many other shops. Featuring art, music, and more!

6-9 p.m. Free admission. All ages. Piedmont Ave., Piedmont. www.piedmontavenue.org

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lizards and tortoises. This is a weekly event on Thursdays.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Orinda Theater Square, Brookwood Road and Moraga Way, Orinda. orindatheatresquare.com

22 | Friday Movies in the Park: “Big” — Oakland

Watch “Big” (PG13) All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawn chair and/or blanket. Repeats August 26th with a screening of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” Movie begins at dusk. Free. All ages. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave, Oakland. 510-482-7827 www.oaklandnet.com/ parks

Movies in the Park “Aladdin” — Alameda

Watch “Aladdin” (G) At the Alameda Point Multipurpose field under the stars. Preshow activities include games and crafts for the children. All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawn chair and/or blanket. Fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8:15 p.m.. Free. All age1101 West Redline Ave, Alameda. 510-747-7529 alamedaca.gov

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Diesel train departs Sunol Depot 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30pm. Free under 3. $7 ages 3-12, $10 Seniors, $12 ages 13-adult. All ages. Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Rd. Sunol. 510996-8420, www.ncry.org

25 | Monday

with one paid admission. Ages 2 and up with caregivers. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, lindsaywildlife. org

26 | Tuesday Butterfly Walk — Berkeley

Mini Monday Furry Fairy-tails— Walnut Creek Let your child guide their own explorations of the natural world, designed for children ages 2–5 to play and learn, along with an adult caregiver. Young children explore a variety of age-appropriate craft and activity stations at their own pace. Observe special demonstrations and handson presentations with our animal ambassadors. Visit Lindsay Wildlife exhibit hall outside of regular hours! 10 a.m.-12 p.m.$20 per child, $10 members, $6 additional children. Children under 2 are free

Join Sally Levinson, docent and resident “caterpillar lady” as she takes guests on a walk around the grounds of the UC Botanical garden to see all the butterfly hot-spots.

3-4 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 ages 13-17, $2 ages 5-12, under 5 are free. All ages. UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. 510-642-5045, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley. edu

until the 31st. Wednesday is free for seniors, and Thursday July 28 is Kids Day with all kids getting in for free. Unlimited ride wristbands will be for sale and there will be plenty of fried foods on sticks. It’s what summer is all about. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Wed./ Thu./ Fri; 12-11p.m. Sat. / Sun. $8 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. All ages. Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo. 707-551-2000, www. scfair.com

Toddler Time — Fremont

Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. We’ll meet rain or shine! (1-4 yrs.) 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Ages 1-4. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

27 | Wednesday Solano County Fair— Vallejo

The Solano County Fair has fantastic concerts. The fair opens today and goes

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23 | Saturday PedalFest — Oakland

Pedalfest rolls into Jack London Square to celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s premier bicycle festival. In partnership with Bike East Bay, this annual event will pack the waterfront with more than 20,000 biking enthusiasts enjoying bicycle-themed entertainment, food and exhibits. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-6459292, www.jacklondonsquare.com

BIRD WALK: Straighten Up and Fly Right— Hayward

This is the time of year when our bird colonies are in full swing. One of the most closely followed is the Least Tern Colony. A group of Least Terns is collectively known as a straightness. We’ll be turning corners as we walk, but keeping our eyes straight ahead to look out for these small, cute terns.

10 a.m - 1 p.m. $5 person. Ages 12 and up. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www. haywardrec.org

It’s Only Logical — El Cerrito

Join us in celebrating the opening of the latest Star Trek film. Play unlimited FREE PLAY pinball and arcade games. Complete our special treasure hunt for extra game tickets. It will be Beyond the logical amount of fun any earthling should have. 10 a.m.-5p.m. $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission. Playland Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

Family-Friendly Concert — Martinez

Part of Bouncefarm’s Summer Concert Series, groove and boogie to Overland, Mama Foxxy and the Whiskey Gypsy Rebels while kids bounce themselves silly and everyone enjoys pizza. Doors at 4 p.m., music at 5 p.m. 4 p.m.-7.30 p.m. $7.50 per person, under 1 free. All ages. Bouncefarm, 280 Arthur Rd. Ste. A, Martinez. 925-228-2028, www.bouncefarmfun. com

24 | Sunday Hiking and Ice Cream Making— Hayward

Learn about the science of making ice cream as we make vanilla ice cream sundaes using tools you can find at home. Take a hike to old saltmaking ponds and collect salt from a bygone era. Then return to the center to squish out a delicious dessert.

12 p.m - 2 p.m. $10 person. All Ages. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www.haywardrec.org

Niles Canyon Railway — Sunol

Known as the railway museum where the exhibits come to life, the Pacific Locomotive Association, Inc. operates the Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum interpreting the importance of our heritage railroads in the development of California and the nation. Their mission is to develop and operate a working railroad museum for the benefit of the general public .The Pacific Locomotive Association also has railroad artifacts on display and interpretive educational exhibits at the Sunol Depot. Families can enjoy rides through the scenic east bay on a historical train. Repeats on the first and third Sunday of

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28 | Thursday

will begin in the Oakland Estuary and finish in Jack London Square. And July 31 7 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Kids Club at Theater Square — Orinda

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-6459292, www.jacklondonsquare.com

Join Jungle Joe for a Puppet Show that is both fun and educational for kids and moms and dads alike! This is a weekly event on Thursdays.

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11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Orinda Theater Square, Brookwood Road and Moraga Way, Orinda. orindatheatresquare.com

Family Night — Dublin

This farmers market has fresh produce and food vendors, but also has activities for the kids to enjoy. Get kids excited about fresh food. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. All ages. Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy., Dublin. www.ci.dublin.ca.us

29 | Friday Music In The Park — Danville

Danville’s 31th Annual Music in the park celebration. Guests are invited to make themselves comfortable on the lawn with a picnic or enjoy offering from Food Truck Mafia. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. All ages. Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd., Danville. www.danville.ca.gov

Ravenous Reptiles at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center— Hayward

Kids Night Out Pizza and Pottery — Berkeley

Kite Festival — Berkeley

6-8:30 p.m. $30 per child. Ages 5 and up. Brushstrokes Studio, 745 Page St., Berkeley. 510528-1360, www.brushstrokesstudio.com

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Caesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley. www.anotherbullwinkelshow. com

Parents can drop the kids off at Brushstrokes for pizza and painting pottery. The kids will enjoy art and fun while the folks enjoy a date night. Admission gets each kid a pizza dinner and drink plus a $16 pottery piece to paint.

30 | Saturday Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire— Alameda

Annual weekend event featuring craft vendors, live music, food and drink, a kids’ area, and more.

Also Sun., July 31. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Park Street, Alameda, downtownalameda.com

Come to the Berkeley Marina’s Caesar Chavez Park for the annual kite festival. Bring a kite or just watch the skies and the many fantastic kites of all varieties soar in the bay breeze. There will be a candy drop and free kite making for kids. Continues Sunday, July 31.

Loose Blues — Clayton

Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy the Loose Blues and their rock | country/ blues/ jazz /r&b stylings. A fun family event. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. All ages. The Grove, 6100 Main St., Clayton. 925-673-7300, www.ci.clayton. ca.us

Live.Wild.Animal Exhibition: Bug Out! — Walnut Creek Come inspect the Insect Discovery Lab. See bugs you might find while camping, such as scorpions, and have fun TOUCHING darkling beetles, lubber grasshoppers, and walking sticks!

Wear something ridiculous on top, and win a prize, just for showing up at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Fabulous Frank the Magician will do magic, and families can check out the vintage arcade. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 children and seniors, $15 general admission. Playland Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito. 510-592-3002, www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org

31 | Sunday Ice Cream Tours—Rockridge

Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice Cream tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online. This event repeats on August 7.

3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

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9 a.m.-11 a.m Free with Admission. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, lindsaywildlife.org

Oakland Triathlon — Oakland

The Oakland Triathlon Festival is the largest west coast urban triathlon and is all about the incredible triathlon community in Northern California. The race showcases the beautiful City of Oakland and generates fundraising for Oakland sports programs as well as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. The Oakland Triathlon Festival features Sprint and Olympic distances for new and experienced athletes. The event

1 | Monday Baby Brigade — Oakland

Finally a theater where baby’s crying is allowed. Baby Brigade shows are recommended for babies one and under. Movies are usually rated PG 13 or R and over 4 will be charged admission. Both bathrooms and theaters are equipped with changing tables. Lights are only dimmed so parents can move around

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6:30 p.m. most Mondays, and midday showings on Saturdays. $8 | Parent. The New Parkway, 474 24th St., Oakland. 510-658-7900, www.the new parkway.com

Kids Bowl Free — Pacheco/Albany/ Concord/Castro Valley

Kids Bowl Free is an amazing organization that allows all children who register to play two games a day, every day, for free. With many locations around the Bay Area there is a place close by to get exercise, beat the heat and boredom and have fun.

All ages. This program requires kids pay only for shoe rental. Check participating bowling alleys for hours of operation. Register children at www.kidsbowlfree.com

2 | Tuesday Mini Model Build—Pleasanton

Visit a local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. One free per child. See store for more details. 5 p.m. Free. Ages 6-14 Only. Lego Store, Stoneridge Shopping Center, 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, 925-737-0704.

Nature Play Lindsay Wildlife - Walnut Creek

Every Member Tuesday come to Lindsay’s outdoor classroom and experience Nature Play! A great way to explore the wonders of nature outside with your little one, this nature-themed playgroup provides an opportunity for our member families to play outside and discover the sights, sounds, and sensations all around them.

11 a.m12 p.m. Free to Members. Ages 4 to 6. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www. lindseywildlife.org

3 | Wednesday Free First Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery Museum — Sausalito

Enjoy free admission and all the fun activities and displays at the Bay Area Discovery Museum today.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 577 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3900, www.baykids museum.org

Eighth Annual Mascot Day- Fairfield

Visit with local and national favorite mascots, including the Jelly Belly, and celebrate with fun times and high fives and a free tour.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Jelly Belly Factory, 1 Jelly Belly Ln., Fairfield. 707-428-2800, www. jellybelly.com

4 | Thursday Waterfront Flicks - East Side Sushi — Oakland

Martin’s House Party plays music to dance to. Stroll the plaza and enjoy a meal at one of the plaza eateries, while enjoying uplifting tunes. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Dr. www. shopdowntownpleasanthill.com

Kids Club at Theater Square — Orinda Sing-A-Long with Melita of Octopretzel followed by Story Time with Lin Look from the Orinda LibraryThis is a weekly event on Thursdays. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Ages 0-5. Orinda Theater Square, Brookwood Road and Moraga Way, Orinda. orindatheatresquare.com

Hobby Hounds Kids Club — Richmond

Paint pottery and have fun with the Hobby Hounds Kid’s Club. Make a different art project every session. Meets the first and third Thursday of every month. 6- 7:15 p.m. $15/ per child. Ages 4-12.The

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5 | Friday $5 First Fridays @Chabot Space & Science — Oakland

An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday. At $5 First Fridays you can embark on a Mini Mission to Mars, join a Night Hike through the redwoods, and enjoy various laser and planetarium shows. Admission also includes handson activities and live demonstrations throughout the center, as well as any special events that are going on that evening.

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission $5. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-336-7300, www.chabotspace.org

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DJs, live bands, dancing, gourmet food trucks, and more. There will be a family Drop-in activity related to one of the exhibits. This event repeats each Friday night.

5-9 p.m. Members and ages 18 and under free, $7.50 / adults. Oakland Museum of California, 50 10th St., Oakland. 510-318-8400,‎ www. museumca.org

Temescal Alley First Friday Block Party — Oakland Every first Friday of the month join the block party with live music, shops open late, monthly art exhibits and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. All ages. Temescal Alley, 49th St. @Telegraph and Clarke, Oakland. www. temescalalleys.com

6 | Saturday World Lion Day Celebration —Oakland

Cream Tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online.

3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

Kids’ Critter Catching — Hayward

From the surface, it may seem like there are no animals, but thousands live right under the water. Use nets in a channel of water to search for crabs,snails, fish, shrimp, and more. Wear clothes for getting muddy. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $5 per person.All Ages. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward. 510-670-7270, www. haywardrec.org

Lions are one of the most popular and iconic animals in the world - but the King of the Beasts is in trouble in the wild. Learning about and appreciating lions helps, and you can be part of it. 1:00pm: Lion Keeper Alicia Powers will give a talk about our Oakland Zoo lions, at the main lion viewing deck .Let’s celebrate the majestic lion at Oakland Zoo this August, in honor of World Lion Day - come on over and roar for lions with us! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All Ages. Free with Admission. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www. oaklandzoo.org

8 | Monday

Summer Sleepover — Oakland

Kids Bowl Free — Pacheco/Albany/ Concord/Castro Valley

Sleep under the stars at Children’s Fairyland, and enjoy breakfast in the park upon waking. Ride the rides and see the shows at night! This event requires pre-registration, so book ahead of time. Dinner and breakfast will be served, included in the cost of admission. This event repeats on August 20.

Free Art Studio Time — Berkeley

Donate three or more canned food items and enjoy three hours of open art studio time at Brushstrokes. Donations go to Alameda County Food Barrel. This event is ongoing every Monday and Tuesday evening. Please call to confirm. 5-8 p.m. Donation of three canned goods per person is admission. Ages 5-12. Brushstrokes Studio, 745 Page St., Berkeley. 510-528-1360, www.brushstrokestudio.com

9 | Tuesday Kids Bowl Free is an amazing organization that allows all children who register to play two games a day, every day, for free. With many locations around the Bay Area there is a place close by to get exercise, beat the heat and boredom and have fun.

10:15 a.m- 3:45 p.m. Free. All Ages. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

valid on holidays.

12 | Friday

16 | Tuesday

The Bubble Lady — Danville

Hikes For Tykes — Oakland

The Bubble Lady will delight and amaze the preschool crowd with her award winning entertainment. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.$5/person. Preschoolers and parents. Danville Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. 925-314-3400, www. villagetheatreshows.com

Summer Outdoor Concert — Point Richmond

Enjoy live music, dancing in the streets, local eateries, and face-painting for the kids in historic Point Richmond. 5:30p.m.-7:45 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pt. Richmond, Park Pl. at Washington Ave., Richmond. www.pointrichmondmusic.org

13 | Saturday Jack of All Trades — Oakland

An eclectic event put on by the Treasure Island Flea Market promises lots of interesting workshops and activities for families. Tinkers, builders, and indie designers, plus live DJ and waterfront eateries.

11a.m.-5p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-645-9292, www. jacklondonsquare.com

Family-Friendly Concert — Martinez

Part of Bouncefarm’s Summer Concert Series, groove and boogie to Mojo Style while kids bounce themselves silly and everyone enjoys pizza. Doors open at 4 p.m., music at 5 p.m.

4 p.m.-7.30 p.m. $7.50 per person, under 1 free. All ages. Bouncefarm, 280 Arthur Rd. Ste. A, Martinez. 925-228-2028, www.bouncefarmfun. com

Sky High Sports, 1631 Challenge Dr., Concord. 925-682-5867, www.con.jumpskyhigh.com

Meet at Redwood Regional Park for a hike at a little one’s pace, to see all there is to see of the native plants and animals that live so close to our homes. Strollers are not recommended. Parents must come along. 10:30 a.m-1130 a.m. Free. Ages 3-6. Redwood Regional Park,7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland. 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

Children’s Yoga— Berkeley

Join Prana for tiny yoga with tiny yogis. This is an ongoing class that meets each Tuesday. Drop in or sign up for a block of classes. 4 p.m.-5 p.m. $9 per student. Ages 3-5. Prana Yoga Center, 1723 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley. 510655-3664, www.yogalayam.org

17 | Wednesday Toddler Time — Fremont

Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. We’ll meet rain or shine! (1-4 yrs.) 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Ages1-4. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

Dance With Me — Berkeley

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Dance with Me class is for walkers through age 4 and their caretakers. Children and adults will dance, sing, play movement games and enjoy props for this fun-filled 45 minute class. This class repeats every Wednesday.

5:45 p.m. check-in, 8:30 a.m. Sunday check-out. $55 per adult, $30 per child. All ages. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-4522259, www.fairyland.org

All ages. This program requires kids pay only for shoe rental. Check participating bowling alleys for hours of operation. Register children at www.kidsbowlfree.com

14 | Sunday

9a.m.-9:45 a.m. $16 per child. Ages walking to 4 years. Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, 2704 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley. 510-654-5921, www. shawl-anderson.org

18 | Thursday

7 | Sunday

10 | Wednesday

American Iron Car Show — Pleasant Hill

Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy ogling the shiny classic cars, each one lovingly polished and customized to be admired. Enjoy live music and food while walking around at this fun event.

Niles Canyon Railway — Sunol

Known as the railway museum where the exhibits come to life, the Pacific Locomotive Association, Inc. operates the Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum interpreting the importance of our heritage railroads in the development of California and the nation. Their mission is to develop and operate a working railroad museum for the benefit of the general public .The Pacific Locomotive Association also has railroad artifacts on display and interpretive educational exhibits at the Sunol Depot. Families can enjoy rides through the scenic east bay on a historical train. Repeats on the first and third Sunday of each month. Diesel train departs Sunol Depot 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30pm. Free under 3. $7 ages 3-12, $10 Seniors, $12 ages 13-adult. All ages. Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Rd. Sunol. 510996-8420, www.ncry.org

Ice Cream Tours— Rockridge

Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice

Toddler Kindergym — Oakland

Kids who are walking to age 3 can come and enjoy tumbling, climbing, parachute play, bubbles and the ball pit. Baby siblings are welcome. This event repeats several times a week, check the website for details. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $12 first visit, $132 for program sign up. Ages 1-3. Temple Beth Abraham Social Hall, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 510-832-0936, www.tbaoakland.org

11 | Thursday Family Night — Dublin

This farmers market has fresh produce and food vendors, but also has activities for the kids to enjoy. Get kids excited about fresh food.

4 p.m.-8p.m. Free. All ages. Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy., Dublin. www.ci.dublin.ca.us

Ride the Rails — Fremont

Railroads once connected many of the farms with towns in the East Bay. Today they still run around the farm. Journey past rows of crops and through eucalyptus groves as you travel back in time. Check the daily schedule and meet the train at Arden Station or Deer Park.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Pleasant Hill on Crescent Drive. 925-682-0896, www. pleasanthillrec.com

Ice Cream Tours— Rockridge

Rockridge Food Tours is celebrating one year of food tours with a new Ice Cream tour, featuring tastings at Cream, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and Dryers Ice Cream Parlor. This tour is a walking tour lasting approximately one hour, and occurs every other Sunday through October. Please book a reservation online. This event repeats on August 21.

3 p.m.- 4 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50 /kids 12 and under. All ages. Rockridge District, Oakland. 510604-6546, www.rockridgefoodtour.com

15 | Monday

Third Thursday Piedmont Stroll — Piedmont

Bring the family and enjoy supporting local artists, independent businesses, all within the Piedmont Avenue community. Evening entertainment can be found in restaurants, salons, retail stores, and many other shops. Featuring art, music, and more!

6-9 p.m. Free admission. All ages. Piedmont Ave., Piedmont. www.piedmontavenue.org

Ride the Rails — Fremont

Railroads once connected many of the farms with towns in the East Bay. Today they still run around the farm. Journey past rows of crops and through eucalyptus groves as you travel back in time. Check the daily schedule and meet the train at Arden Station or Deer Park.

10:15 a.m- 3:45 p.m. Free. All Ages. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

19 | Friday

Munchkin Mondays — Concord

Energetic toddlers can jump for one hour or longer. Sky High Sports features dozens of large trampolines for hours of indoor bouncing fun. For kids walking up to 6 years. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $6 per child, per hour. Not

Free Fridays Lindsay Wildlife —Walnut Creek

Every third Friday of each month at Lindsey Wildlife Museum is free to all. All ages will get a chance to get up close to the exhibits and activities at no cost.

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10 a.m-5 p.m. Free. All ages. Lindsey Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925935-1978, www.lindseywildlife.org

Bites Off Broadway — Oakland

The food truck revolution is here to stay, so bring the family down and enjoy an evening of delicious meals and treats in a low key, family setting. Bring picnic blankets, enjoy live music and lawn games with gourmet food. This event runs every Friday. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission, food prices vary. All ages. 365 45th St., Oakland. 510-654-6346, www.bitesoffbroadway.com

20 | Saturday Art and Soul — Oakland

City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its 16h Anniversary with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition back by popular demand after last year’s wildly successful inaugural event. Ride rides, listen to live music, see dance battles! Public transportation encouraged. Festivities Saturday and Sunday. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. $12/Adults, $7/Seniors (65+) & Youth (13-17), Free/12 and under. All ages. Frank Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. 510-444-CITY, artandsouloakland.com

Family Sundown Safari—Oakland

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores! 5 p.m. -10 a.m. Ages 4 and older. $85.00 per person for non-members / $75.00 per person for members. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org

Music In The Park — Danville

Danville’s 31th Annual Music in the park celebration. Guests are invited to make themselves comfortable on the lawn with a picnic or enjoy offering from Food Truck Mafia. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. All ages. Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd., Danville. www.danville.ca.gov

Breakfast with the Animals — Walnut Creek

Enjoy breakfast with our animal ambassadors, with exclusive access to the exhibit hall before Lindsay opens to the public. Members get exclusive seating and a special surprise at their table! 9 a.m.-11 a.m $8 for Members; $15 for nonmembers. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www.wildlifemuseum.org

21 | Sunday Eats, Beats, and Brews Block Party — Berkeley Downtown Berkeley comes alive on summer Sundays with this fun, family friendly block party with a beer garden, food from around the world, live music and art. BART into downtown and have a fun time. Every third Sunday of each month this summer! 12-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza, Shattuck at Center St. www. downtownberkeley.com

22 | Monday Wee Play Drop-in — Alameda

Indoor drop-in playtime is offered through the city for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Activities include play, music time, and coloring. Activities are minimally structured which allows children to enjoy and explore on their own terms. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.$6 Drop-in per day per child OR $60 Drop-in Card for 12 visits. Ages 6 mths - 3 years.Alameda Veteran’s Memorial Building 2203 Central Avenue Alameda, alamedaca.gov/recreation/wee-play

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For more than 40 years, Black Pine Circle School, K-8, has created lifelong learners through a Socratic inquiry-based education that places equal emphasis on both academics and the arts. To schedule a visit, contact the Admissions Office at 510.845.0876 or admissions@blackpinecircle.org 2027 7th Street, Berkeley | 510.845.0876 | www.blackpinecircle.org

➤ CLASSES/LESSONS MUSIC Best Violin lessons Professional concert violinist. Experienced and enthusiastic. All levels. North Berkeley studio. Call Donna at (510) 5245203. $10 introductory lesson. Piano and Flute lessons Highly professional, experienced teacher. All ages welcome. Libushe Moskowitz, (510) 235-5860 in El Cerrito. Piano Lessons in Berkeley Patient, experienced teacher. I have successfully prepared students of all ages, beginners to intermediate-advanced. Alexandra Yurkovsky, MA (510) 849-2613 $10 introductory lesson.

➤ ➤ EARLY EDUCATION A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE ALPHABET “A to Z kits” is a fantastic new way to help young children learn the alphabet! For information visit www.AtoZkits.com or call 415-883-4900.

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➤ ➤ PARTIES FUR, SCALES AND TAILS ANIMAL SHOWS For your party, school, camp or daycare. Over 15 different animals in every show. Fun for children of all ages. Call Tracy the Animal Show Guy at: 510-823-3923. www.furscalesandtails.com Please check out our great Yelp reviews. The Puppet Company Creates “Fantasies in Miniature” at your child’s party. Classics, Fables, fun for audiences of all ages! Professional puppeteer, 40 years of entertainment experience. 510-569-3144. www.puppetcompany.com

All-Star Showgrams Rated four stars in “Babies by the Bay.” Princesses, superheroes, pirates, train conductors, cowboys, Elsa, Mary Poppins, Mother Goose, Dorothy, clowns, wizards, magicians, face painters, balloonists, storytellers, dance parties, mascots, jugglers, Santa, Easter Bunny and lots more! Your child’s favorite character. 650-574-3568. www.allstarshowgrams.com The Bubble Lady - Rebecca Nile How about something really different? An interactive- award winning BUBBLE EXTRAVAGANZA SHOW – SUPER FUN! SUPER BUBBLES! PEOPLE IN BUBBLES! Bubble questions? 415-384-0619. rebecca@thebubblelady.com or www. thebubblelady.com.

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Upper School (9-12) October 22, 2016 November 12, 2016 December 6, 2016 • Special Curriculum Night

Tutoring Is Caring Individualized help with mathematics, reading, writing, study skills, confidence, and motivation. All ages welcome. Rediscover the joy of learning. Call Esther, 510-733-0467.

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23 | Tuesday

25 | Thursday

26 | Friday

27 | Saturday

Butterfly Walk — Berkeley

Sing – Along Cinema | “Glee 3D” — Oakland

Movies in the Park - Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back — Oakland

East Bay SPCA Pet Adopt-a-thon — Oakland

7:30 p.m. Festivities begins, 8:30 p.m. movie begins. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-645-9292, www. jacklondonsquare.com

Model Railroad Society Show — Walnut Creek

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. 510-6459292, www.jacklondonsquare.com

Join Sally Levinson, docent and resident “caterpillar lady” as she takes guests on a walk around the grounds of the UC Botanical garden to see all the butterfly hot-spots.

3-4 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 ages 13-17, $2 ages 5-12, under 5 are free. All ages. UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley. 510-642-5045, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley. edu

24 | Wednesday Kids Bowl Free — Pacheco/Albany/ Concord/Castro Valley

Kids Bowl Free is an amazing organization that allows all children who register to play two games a day, every day, for free. With many locations around the Bay Area there is a place close by to get exercise, beat the heat and boredom and have fun.

All ages. This program requires kids pay only for shoe rental. Check participating bowling alleys for hours of operation. Register children at www.kidsbowlfree.com

Enjoy an evening of song, dance and movie classics on the waterfront with free outdoor screenings of popular musicals. This lively film series will screen fan favorites on special evenings at sundown. Cinemagoers are invited to show up in costume dressed as their favorite character and sing-along to their favorite songs. Join the fun and a little bit of madness at this starry night sing-along.

Family Night — Dublin

This farmers market has fresh produce and food vendors, but also has activities for the kids to enjoy. Get kids excited about fresh food.

4 p.m.-8p.m. Free. All ages. Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy., Dublin. www.ci.dublin.ca.us

Watch “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (PG13) All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warm, bring a lawncchair and/or blanket. Repeats September 9th with a screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Movie begins at dusk. Free. All ages. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave, Oakland. 510-482-7827 www. oaklandnet.com/parks

Come see the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society’s large HO scale model with standard gauge, narrow gauge and overhead electric freight and trolley lines. This is a permanent 54 by 34-foot layout with 4,300 feet of track surrounded by mountainous scenery, towns and more.

8 p.m.-10 p.m. $3/ages 13 and up. $2/ ages 6-12 and seniors, free/ under 6. All ages. Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-937-1888, www.wcmrs.org

The East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will partner with Jack London Square to find forever homes for furry friends. On this special day, the waterfront will welcome friendly dogs, adorable kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, birds and reptiles from several East Bay pet adoption agencies. Potential pet owners are invited to meet these shelter animals seeking new homes from more than 50 pet adoption agencies.

Family-Friendly Concert — Martinez

Part of Bouncefarm’s Summer Concert Series, groove and boogie to Bully West while kids bounce themselves silly and everyone enjoys pizza. Doors open at 4 p.m., music at 5 p.m.

4 p.m.-7.30 p.m. $7.50 per person, under 1 free. All ages. Bouncefarm, 280 Arthur Rd. Ste. A, Martinez. 925-228-2028, www.bouncefarmfun. com

29 | Monday Mini Monday Dig Into Dinosaurs— Walnut Creek

Let your child guide their own explorations of the natural world, designed for children ages 2–5 to play and learn, along with an adult caregiver. Young children explore a variety of age-appropriate craft and activity stations at their own pace. Observe special demonstrations and handson presentations with our animal ambassadors. Visit Lindsay Wildlife exhibit hall outside of regular hours!

10 a.m.-12 p.m.$20 per child, $10 members, $6 additional children. Ages 2 and up with caregivers. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, lindsaywildlife. org

Kids Bowl Free — Pacheco/Albany/ Concord/Castro Valley

Kids Bowl Free is an amazing organization that allows all children who register to play two games a day, every day, for free. With many locations around the Bay Area there is a place close by to get exercise, beat the heat and boredom and have fun.

All ages. This program requires kids pay only for shoe rental. Check participating bowling alleys for hours of operation. Register children at www.kidsbowlfree.com

30 | Tuesday Hikes For Tykes — Oakland

Meet at Redwood Regional Park for a hike at a little one’s pace, to see all there is to see of the native plants and animals that live so close to our homes. Strollers are not recommended. Parents must come along. 10:30 a.m-1130 a.m. Free. Ages 3-6. Redwood Regional Park,7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland. 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

31 | Wednesday Toddler Time — Fremont

Bring the tiny tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Each day we’ll meet and learn all about a new animal friend through stories, chores and fun. We’ll meet rain or shine! (1-4 yrs.) 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Ages1-4. Ardenwood HIstoric Farm 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont 888-EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

Wee Play Drop-in — Alameda

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Indoor drop-in playtime is offered through the city for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Activities include play, music time, and coloring. Activities are minimally structured which allows children to enjoy and explore on their own terms. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.$6 Drop-in per day per child OR $60 Drop-in Card for 12 visits. Ages 6 mths - 3 years.Alameda Veteran’s Memorial Building 2203 Central Avenue Alameda, alamedaca.gov/recreation/wee-play

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