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 –…

Lafayette Reservoir 

Lafayette is a quaint, little town in Contra Costa County. The drive is always a beautiful one, as the rolling, green hills just pop out of nowhere once you’re through the tunnel coming from Berkeley. I haven’t been to Lafayette much, but the times I have been were well spent. I found my favorite bay area…

Berkeley’s Shorebird Park

It’s hard to believe it with all of the rain this year, but within the past month we have had a few perfect days in which we were able to go exploring. The Berkeley Marina has some great places one can land, including Cesar Chavez Park, McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, Adventure Playground, and Shorebird Park…in…

Peanuts: Still a hit after 67 years!

I don’t particularly remember being a fan of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. I wasn’t anti-Peanuts, either. I just didn’t feel any way about them. They existed, and I existed…but we didn’t really exist in the same space. I’ve visited Santa Rosa a few times, and never had any desire to visit the…

Friday Nights at OMCA

There is so much to love about Friday nights at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). And if you happen to visit on the first Friday of the month, it will be even more entertaining, as the Oakland Art Murmur is happening downtown. The energy and vibe of Friday nights at OMCA is positive, uplifting, and just…

Roadtrip: Family Friendly Portland, OR

Being near a major travel hub means many places are convenient and inexpensive to visit. During a Southwest special, the hubs and I decided to book a long weekend in Portland, Oregon. As usual, our spunky two year old was along for the ride! It turns out that Portland is pretty family friendly. From a…

Temescal Creek Park 

Parks and playgrounds are plentiful here in California. I will not lie…it is wonderful! My son stays entertained, at no cost to me…winning! Temescal Creek Park is a casual park on the border of Oakland and Emeryville. It’s easy to miss from the road, which is kind of nice…it makes it less noisy and a…