Road Trip: Global Winter Wonderland

I’m far too organized to often be spontaneous, however it was blissful to wake up on a Saturday, and decide my family and I needed a little getaway. Sacramento is less than two hours from the Bay Area, and our capital city boasts plenty of child friendly options and yummy cuisine. For the past few…

The Enchanting Children’s Fairyland 

Prepare to be enchanted! Children’s Fairyland is so unique and special: it’s like taking a walk into your childhood, filled with the fairy tales we have all grown to know and love. A history lesson for you: Fairyland is almost 70 years old! It first opened in 1950. Walt Disney visited and incorporated ideas from…

Christmas in July

We had such a such a fun 2016 holiday season! I’ve been reminiscing and looking forward to sharing some of our fun adventures…and couldn’t wait until the end of the year. So here in lies my Christmas in July list (sorry, not sorry!) The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (San Francisco) This is, by far, my…

Splash Pads are Rad

It’s summer. And it’s hot! Sort of. It’s hot if you venture to the outer East Bay and beyond! Luckily, we live in the land of beaches, splash pads, swim holes, aquatic centers, and water parks. These are pure gold for kids of all ages. I’m particularly a fan of splash pads for toddlers and preschoolers, as…

Roadtrip: Raves for Reno!

Reno, Nevada makes for a great, long weekend getaway from the Bay Area! You’ll have a beautiful drive through the Tahoe area, and end at what claims to be the “biggest little city in the world.” I’m not sure about all of that, but there’s plenty to keep everyone happy: children and adults, alike. We stayed…

Toddler Favorite: Rose Gardens

If you had previously asked, I wouldn’t have put rose gardens on the list of must visit places with my 2 year old. Or at best, it would have been very, very low on that list. But lo and behold, rose gardens have become one of our favorite spots! Let me enlighten you. With the 60+…

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places in NorCal! The boardwalk transformed me into a scene from The Lost Boys, which hopefully we can agree is pretty fantastic, right?! From the amusement rides, the arcades, and the beaches; to the wharf, shops, and restaurants…Santa Cruz is a fun, seemingly magical, place! Something about Santa Cruz…

The Magic of Crab Cove

Crown Memorial State Beach, also known as Crab Cove, is quickly becoming a favorite spot of ours! To start, it’s simply beautiful, peaceful, and has some stunning views of the bay. There are so many things to entertain an entire family! You will find a fairly expansive, sandy beach; therefore, bring the beach umbrellas, sunscreen,…

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Our (at least, my) favorite children’s museum of all time is the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. If you have an opportunity to visit this magical place, you will certainly see why. It’s an indoor and outdoor museum, set within a stunning landscape, filled with intrigue, creativity, charm, and all around fun. It allows children…

Farm Parks Rule

Have you ever heard of a farm park? I certainly hadn’t until visiting Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose. Rumor has it that Emma Prusch, the original owner of this land, was worried about the over commercialization happening around her. Towards the end of her life, she decided to generously deed her land to…

Picturesque Tiburon and Angel Island

Just north of San Francisco is an adorable, picturesque town named Tiburon. One can easily spend the day dining in the upscale restaurants with amazing water views, or perusing the boutique shops in Tiburon. Yet, if you have the opportunity, hop aboard the ferry to Angel Island, a quick 10 minute ride away. The ferry…

Best of the Bay: Playgrounds

One of my favorite things about living in California is the sheer number of parks and playgrounds you can find within a relatively short distance. Most of the time, we have pretty great weather – which affords we Californians this luxury! After visiting Portland last month, I realized just how spoiled I really am –…