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BANANAS is now offering playgroups at Eastmont Library so you can bring your children to play and learn along the way!

At these free weekly playgroups designed for ages zero to five, we will engage in creative activities that inspire early learning. With a focus on serving the important workforce of family, friend, and neighbor caregivers as well as parents, the playgroups will offer a space to connect with one another and gain new ideas for learning through play.

Each event will include arts and crafts, music and movement, free play, circle time, storytelling, group activities, and a light snack. Playgroups are not only a wonderful opportunity to build community and bond with children, they also increase parenting skills, awareness of children’s needs, and child development and provide new ideas that can be replicated at home. Join us for the fun.

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Oakland Public Library (Eastmont Branch – Oakroom): 7200 Bancroft, Ste 211, Eastmont Town Center, Oakland, CA 94605

Cost: FREE

For more information: please call (510) 615-5726. 

 

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05/01/2017

New & practicing readers can read to Natasha at the Montclair library.

Natasha is a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids' reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment.

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Oakland Public Library (Montclair Branch): 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

Cost: FREE

For more information: please call (510) 482-7810. 

 

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05/03/2017

MAY 6, 2017 – FREE!  Build Fruitvale out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks (Oakland)
 
Build your neighborhood and have fun while playing!
 
On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with Reem's California Restaurant and families in the community to build the Oakland Fruitvale Neighborhood out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. Families will have the opportunity to create the Fruitvale neighborhood, as they would like to see it. The event is free to families. Families get to tackle these questions through play:
  • If you had the chance to design the Fruitvale, how would you design it?
  • What else would you add to the Fruitvale District that you currently think is missing?
  • How would you make the Fruitvale even better than it is now?
Date:  Saturday, May 6, 2017
 
Time:  11:00am – 1:00pm
 
Location:  Fruitvale Station, 3301 E. 12th St., Suite B, Oakland, CA  94601
 
Cost:  Free!
 
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05/06/2017

MAY 6, 2017 – Treasure: A Mother’s Love – A Mother’s Day Market (Oakland)
 
Just in time for Mother's Day!
 
1st Saturday Castlemont Community Market presents:  Treasure: A Mother’s Love A Mother’s Day Market.  *Raffle Prizes, *Swag Bag give away *Gifts *Children’s Arts & Crafts *Music *Dancing *Shopping *Self-care tips
 
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
 
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
 
Location:  Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur St., Oakland, CA  94605
 
Cost: FREE!
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05/06/2017

MAY 6, 2017 – Build a Flower Pot – Home Depot Kids Workshop (All Locations)
 
Give Mom something to smile about!

Join Home Depot’s hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Once the project is complete, your child can paint their project to personalize it. All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.  Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
 
Date:  Saturday, May 6, 2017
 
Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm
 
Location:  All Home Depot Locations
 
Cost:  Free!
 
 
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05/06/2017

MAY 29, 2017 – Memorial Day FREE Day at Ardenwood (Fremont)
 
Celebrate the holiday with an admission-free day of fun!
 
Help with farm chores, ride the train, and tour the Victorian farmhouse.  Taste some farm-baked cookies from our outdoor wood stove, try your skills at some old-time games and visit with the goats, sheep, chickens and bunnies.
 
Date:  Monday, May 29, 2017
 
Time:  10am – 4pm
 
Location:  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA 94555
 
Cost:  FREE Admission!
 
For more information:  Call (510) 544-2797
 

 

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05/29/2017

JUNE 3, 2017 - FREE Outdoor Movie Night (Berkeley)
 
FREE Family movie night fun!
 
Tilden Nature Area will feature the 2016 animation, "The Secret Life of Pets," rated PG, 91 minutes.  Movie begins at 8:15pm. Arrive early for a good seat.  Bring a flashlight, warm clothes, and a blanket or chair.  Snacks and drinks for sale.  No pets.  Rain cancels the event.
 
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
 
Time:  8:15pm
 
Location: Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley, CA  
 
Cost:  FREE!
 
For more information and location details:  Call (510) 544-2567
 

 

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06/03/2017

JUNE 4, 2017 - 18th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival (Fremont)
 
Coyote Hills Regional Park invite you to join us for a fun time at the 18th Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival. The special event is dedicated to increasing butterflies and birds in Bay Area landscapes. Spend a day of adventure and learning that allows you to get close to nature's flying critters. Enjoy garden tours, family hands-on activities, educational speakers, photo presentations, and music. Learn how to bring your backyard to life by creating wildlife friendly habitats! 
 
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
 
Time:  10:00am - 3:30pm
 
Location:  Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555
 
Cost:  FREE Admission; Parking fees apply where charged. 
 
For information: (510) 544-3220. Disabled accessible. No registration required; Drop-in program only. 
 

 

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06/04/2017