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Come!  Be creative! 
 
The Oakland Public Library and Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) present Afterschool Art with MOCHA from now until March. Artists will lead many forms of art with music, math, science, and other fun things.
 
Wednesdays
2PM - 4PM
Main Library, Children's Room
125 14th Street, Oakland
 
Fridays
3PM - 5PM
West Oakland Branch
1801 Adeline Street, Oakland
 

For more information, visit the website.

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01/24/2018

BANANAS is now offering playgroups at the Melrose Branch Library in January and February 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:  Thursdays, January 25, 2018 - February 22, 2018
 
TIME:  10:00 am  - 12:00 pm
 
COST:  FREE!
 
LOCATION:  Melrose Branch Library, Community Room, 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland, CA  94601, (510) 535-5623
 
For more information please see: http://bananasbunch.org/playgroups/

 

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01/25/2018

{510} Tot's Day Out at Rain or Shine!

Please join {510} Families to explore the play space at Rain or Shine the morning of January 25th at half the usual price. The full space will be open and ready for your 0-5 year old to explore. {510} Families will be providing snacks, goody bags, and free high fives to all friends of 510families.com.
 
New moms, come meet others! Even if your baby is too young to play, you can enjoy this lovely, supportive space for little ones. We'll be happy to have you, and babies under 6 months are free.
 

DATE:  Thursday, January 25, 2018

TIME:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

LOCATION:  Rain or Shine, 1235 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA  94710

COST:  $0 - $8 (Tickets are half off the regular price, which varies by age)

For more information and to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.

 

 

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01/25/2018

Have fun while learning with FREE storytime activities!

Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

DATE:  Thursday, January 25 - February 22, 2018

TIME:  10:15 am - 10:50 am

LOCATION:  Montclair Branch Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA  94611

COST:  FREE

For more information, please call (510) 482-7810

 

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01/25/2018

BANANAS is now offering playgroups at the West Branch 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:  Fridays, January 26 - February 23, 2018

TIME:  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

LOCATION:  West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA  94607, (510) 238-7352

COST:  FREE!

For more information please see: http://bananasbunch.org/playgroups/

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01/26/2018

Read, sing and play with you preschooler for a fun time!

Read-alouds, songs, and rhymes for ages 3 to 5. Groups, please call in advance.
 
DATE:  Mondays, January 22 - March 5, 2018
 
TIME:  10:30 AM - 11:00 am
 
LOCATION:  Oakland Main Library, Children's Room, 125 14th St., Oakland, CA  94612
 
COST:  FREE!
 
For more information, please call (510) 238-3134
 
 
 

 

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01/29/2018

Bring the little ones to the farm to meet the chickens!

Ardenwood Farms invites you to bring the litle ones to the farm to meet the chickens.  Listen to a story, see what a hen's feathers feel like, and search the coop for eggs!

DATE:  Saturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:  10:30 am - 11:00 am

LOCATION:  Ardenwood Farms, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA  94555

For more information call (510) 544-2797 or visit the website.

 

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02/03/2018

Resilience: The 28th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

Please join the West Oakland Branch for the 28th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry. Community members of all ages are invited to participate by reading poetry, performing, dancing, or/and displaying works of art. This year's theme is Resilience although all themes are welcome. If you're interested in being featured in this program please call 510-238-7352 to register.

Light refreshments will be served.

DATE:  Saturday, February 3, 2018

TIME:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LOCATION:  West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA  94607

COST:  FREE!

For more information, call 510-238-7352

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02/03/2018

Meet the bunnies!

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.

DATE:  Saturday, February 17, 2018

TIME:  1:30 - 2:00 pm

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

For more information visit the website or call 1-888-327-2757

 

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02/17/2018

Farmyard Story Time at Ardenwood

Little Red Hen, the Billy Goats Gruff and other farmyard friends are waiting to meet you!  Join the story circle for some classic barnyard tales before visiting the main characters.

DATE:  Sunday, February 18 and Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:  10:30 - 11:30 am

LOCATION:  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA  94555

For more information visit the website or call (510) 544-2797

 

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02/18/2018

A baby shower just for you!
 
Women’s Health Promotion (WHP) (formerly IPOP) invites you to celebrate the future birth of your baby.
 
Come hear about our health department program services that can help you and your baby get a healthy start. Our free baby showers make learning fun and offer free child care, refreshments, and prizes.
 
You will receive a FREE gift and a chance to win one of these raffle prizes:
  • Stroller
  • Car seat
  • Pack-N-Play
  • and more!
 
Expecting dads are welcome!
 
WHP’s baby shower offers something for everyone. Pregnant women learn about healthy pregnancy, newborn care, breastfeeding, and self-care. Meanwhile, expecting dads learn from other dads about how to care for an infant, the important role of fathers, and how to be a supportive partner.
 
To participate in the baby shower and raffle you must be pregnant, NOT enrolled in any case management program, and sign-up in advance. Please call 510-618-2080 to register.
 
DATE:  Saturday, February 24, 2018
 
TIME:  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
 
COST:  FREE!
 
TO REGISTER:  Call 510-618-2080
 
 

 

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02/24/2018

We all scream for ice cream!

Put together some ice, salt, cream, sugar, then add a little muscle power and learn how delicious old-fashioned ice cream is made. Learn the tasty history of this popular treat. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Disabled accessible. Ardenwood admission fee applies. For information, call (510) 544-2797.

DATE: Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:  1:30 - 2:30 pm

LOCATION:  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA 94555

For more information visit the website or cal (510) 544-2797

 

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02/24/2018

It's A Daddy Thang!  Having a baby?  Just had a baby?

This 3-hour class taught by fathers is designed to build confidence and prepare dads to meet the challenges of having a new baby.

Expecting dads and new dads learn from other men how to hold and comfort their baby, take care of an infant, as well as how to change a diaper.

Join us and experience twice the fun, information, and chance of winning prizes!

DATE:  Saturday, February 24, 2018

TIME:  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

LOCATION:  Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Conference Room Oak, San Leandro, CA  94577

COST:  FREE!

TO REGISTER:  Call 510-667-4340.  Walk-ins are welcome!

 

 

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02/24/2018

PREGNANCY BASICS
 
This class prepares pregnant women for a healthy pregnancy and baby. In addition to pregnancy, you will learn about available resources for you and your baby. Pregnancy Basics is taught in two – 2 and half hour classes
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You will learn:
  • How to get what you need out of your prenatal care visits.
  • How to take care of yourself during and after pregnancy.
  • What to expect during childbirth.
  • The In’s and Out’s of the importance of Breastfeeding
  • How to care for your newborn, and much more!

DATE:  Thursday, March 8 & 15, 2018

TIME:  1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

LOCATION:  1100 San Leandro Blvd., Suite 120, San Leandro, CA

COST:  FREE!

For more information and to sign up for classes, please call 510-618-2080.

 

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03/08/2018

Lift every voice!

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's sixth collaboration with the talented young singers of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. This program of favorite American folk songs will have you and your family singing and clapping along. Rising young tenor Kevin Gino makes a guest appearance, bringing a touch of class(ical) to our concert stage.

DATE:  Sunday, March 18, 2018

TIME:  12:00 Noon

LOCATION:  Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, #290, Oakland, CA

For more information visit the website.

 

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03/18/2018