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East Oakland families with young children are invited to participate in the weekly Parent Cafés offered at Room 2 Bloom. Parent Cafés are a wonderful opportunity for parents to come together in a festive atmosphere and increase their awareness and use of the 5 Protective Factors: Resiliency, Relationships, Knowledge, Support and Communication. The factors have been shown to increase positive outcomes among children with high adverse childhood experiences (ACE) scores and families who face multiple life stressors. 
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 (and Every Friday)
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location:  Room 2 Bloom @ Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd.,  Oakland, CA 94606
Cost: FREE!  FREE Meal!  FREE Childcare!

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AquaTech provides families with the opportunity to practice and play with their little swimmers during their AquaBaby hours!

While no formal instruction is given during these hours, the warm pool and teaching tools are available for use when the time is convenient for you and your family. Drop in, without prior reservations during their AquaBaby hours.

 Ages: 8 weeks – 2 years

 Date: Monday, February 20, 2017

 Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

 Location: AquaTech Swim School - 2203 Mariner Square, Alameda, CA 94501

 Cost: $5 per baby / $5 per adult

 For more information and future dates: please call (866) 633-4147. 



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FEBRUARY 21, 2017 – Local Heroes Present: Robert Liu-Trujillo. Reading FURQAN'S FIRST FLAT TOP (Oakland)
In celebration of Black History Month
Our local hero Robert Liu-Trujillo, storyteller and artist, will be reading his latest book.  Children will have the opportunity to meet Rob and learn how they can become writers and artists too. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. 
For more information about Mr. Trujillo and his work please visit his website. 
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 10:30am
Location:  Oakland Public Library, Eastmont Branch, 7200 Bancroft, Ste. 211, Eastmont Town Center, Oakland, CA 94605
Cost:  FREE 

For information: Call (510) 615-5726

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Join children and families at Kindergym at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland where toddlers are encouraged to climb and explore while parents can enjoy mingling with other families.

Open to ALL Families and with FREE parking!

If you have a young crawling baby or a toddler who is jumping off everything, the Kindergym and Toddler classes with Dawn Margolin are for you! Join in on tons of wonderful play equipment, in a large, well-lit room with other families ready to play together and make new friends! 30 minutes of unstructured play time with parent/caregiver supervision – 15 minutes of singing, bubbles, parachute games and more.

Drop-In, no need to sign up in advance.

Ages: under 3 years old

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (see website for future dates)

Time: 11:15am – 12:00pm

Location: Temple Beth Abraham - 327 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA 94610 (near the Grand Lake Theater)

Cost: $10 per family (All classes are priced per family, not per person! Pre-crawlers are FREE!)

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FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – Oakland Public Library: A Beautiful Mess / Desorden Magnifico (Oakland)

What are we making? Whatever you want -- and it's going to be beautiful. And messy.

This afterschool art program allows kids to focus more on the process than the product, whether using clay, watercolors, charcoal, or odds and ends.

We might not know where this art project is going, but we'll have lots of fun getting there.


Qué hacemos?  Lo que quiere - y será lindo.  Y desordenado.

Quizás no sabemos donde vamos pero nos divertiremos llegando allí.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location:  Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601

Cost:  FREE 

For information: Call (510) 535-5623


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Hip-hop, modern dance, Zumba®, and more! Dance is a fun way to express yourself and get exercise. Classes are ideal for kids age 4-12. Licensed instructor will be teaching Zumba® classes featuring kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography.

Parents need to sign a waiver before class so they should arrive a few minutes early.

Date: Saturdays, January 21, 28, February 4, & 25, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location:  St. Peter's Fellowship Hall 294 Broadmoor Blvd., San Leandro, CA

Cost: FREE

For more information:  Please email


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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 – 2nd Annual Cupcake Wars! (Oakland)
Welcome to the 2nd annual Cupcake Wars! (library edition) 
A cupcake-decorating contest where kids show their creativity, teens judge the results and everyone eats cupcakes! Everything is provided! Just sign up in the library and show up on time for your celebration of confectionery! And if eating cupcakes is not enough: Prizes will be awarded to the winners!  
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location:  Eastmont Branch, Oakroom, 7200 Bancroft, Ste., 211 Eastmont Town Center, Oakland, CA 94605
Cost:  FREE 

Contact: (510) 615-5726



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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 – Bedtime Stories (Hayward)
Story time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music, and peer interaction while building a foundation of pre-literacy skills and a life-long love of books and reading. The Hayward Library’s popular story time sessions are fun and engaging for children and parents alike. Different story times focus on different age groups, but every story time helps children and parents bond by participating in healthy, enriching activities together. 
Bedtime Stories are Tuesday’s at 6:30pm. Bring the whole family for stories and songs. Walk-in. 
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Location:  Weeks Branch, 27300 Patrick Ave., Hayward, CA 94544
Cost:  FREE 

Contact: (510) 782-2155



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MARCH 4, 2017 – Meet The Bunnies at Ardenwood (Fremont)

Come meet the farm rabbits. Learn why they have big ears, their favorite food and how they communicate. See if you can find the softest part of a bunny. 

This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Disabled accessible. Ardenwood admission fee applies. 

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time: 11:30am & 12:00pm

Location:  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA

Cost:  FREE!

For information: Call (510) 544-2797


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MARCH 12, 2017 – The Recycling Puppet Show (Berkeley)

TILDEN NATURE AREA - Come learn about recycling with Dante the Dragon! Saving the planet is important, and this puppet show will teach you how everyday items can affect the Earth.  Appropriate for all ages. No registration, drop­-in, for info (510) 544-2233.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Disabled accessible

Date:  Sunday, March 12, 2017

Time: 1:00pm & 2:00pm

Location:  Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, 600 Canon Dr, Berkeley, CA 94708

Cost:  FREE 

For information:  Call (510) 544-2233


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Meet amazing Bay Area wildlife!

Come discover a different animal each month with a Crab Cove naturalist from East Bay Regional Parks.

This will take place after Wednesday Mandarin and English Toddler Storytime (in lieu of playtime).

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time: 10:50am

Location: Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch, 388 9th Street, Suite 190, Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: FREE 

For more information call:  (510) 238-3400 or visit:


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MARCH 24, 2017 – Women Celebrating Women (Oakland)

Join the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Celebrating WOMEN’s accomplishments in Science, Technology and Industry! This celebration is in honor of March being Women’s History Month.  Also available in Spanish!

FREE!  There will be food, music, speakers, Her Stories & Women’s History Museum!

Date: Friday, March 24, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location:  Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Cost: FREE!  


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