The Starry Plough- Children's Music Night

The Starry Plough- Children's Music Night

I’ve been sitting on this secret for a while.  The big secret is the Starry Plough in Berkeley. Each second Saturday of the month from 3:30- 6pm Leo Mascarenhas leads his band, SaravaZamba, in world music for children. You can bring your kid instruments, let your children dance and socialize.  You, yourself, can sit down, relax, socialize, have a drink and get dinner.  It’s really the best way to end a Saturday.

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Village Craft: Learning and Growing Together in Our Community

Village Craft: Learning and Growing Together in Our Community

I’ve been inspired again!  I can’t believe it’s been over 2 and a half weeks since I’ve blogged.  I went on a work trip and got caught up in life and blogging fell by the wayside, but I’ve been re-engaged by my village!  If you haven’t yet heard of Villagecraft.org (and you live in the East Bay) you need to check this out.  I came across it on my neighborhood board from Nextdoor.com (and if you don’t know about that it’s pretty cool too, check THAT out). Anyway, on the listing of posts from my neighborhood I came across this awesome resource, Village Craft.  

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The Gift of Winter Break

The Gift of Winter Break

This two-week winter break has given my girls the gift of friendship.  Sure, there were a few instances where I longed for school to be in again and moments where I sent them to their separate rooms because the bickering or the tom-foolery became too much, but mostly I really enjoyed watching the girls deepen their friendship.  Having no schedule, sleeping in and no commitments was also a nice benefit.

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Play games. It's Your Move! in Temescal

Play games.  It's Your Move! in Temescal

Our family was strolling the Temescal area of Oakland after an always delightful lunch at Bakesale Betty’s, when we came upon the gaming store, It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies. It’s a locally owned business that has been in the neighborhood for 10 years now. I’d remembered passing the store previously, but I felt intimidated to go in. I mistakenly thought you had to be an expert gamer at something to truly appreciate the store.  I was wrong.  My 5 year old, Maisy, urged us to go in.  They were so kind and even allowed our puppy into their store.  There was a mother and son playing a game at one of the available open gaming tables in front as we entered. We cruised back to the shelves of games for purchase. They had them nicely organized by age and type of game. There was a good selection and they can special order anything you want.

Read on to find out how to play or learn a plethora of games in-store, rent games or participate in gaming nights.

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