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Summer’s the perfect time to walk the streets of San Jose’s Santana Row. This outdoor shopping mecca right near the 280/17 intersection is the essence of California living—trendy shopping, tons of spots to grab some eats under the palm trees and even activities just for kids.
Sway, spin and definitely sing along at one of these celebrations of summer! Music festivals all over the Bay are just ramping up so now is a great time to get some of your favorites on the calendar. Bring some bites or buy them on-site, pack the blankets and sunscreen and head out. Let the good vibrations carry you through the warm summer days.
Slow down, breathe the fresh air and unplug. If that sounds like what you need in your life pronto, then book some time at one of these Bay Area farms where your kids can play with kids of the goat variety and you can recharge your personal batteries.
If the summer just doesn’t seem complete without a trip to the county fair, then mark your calendars as we’ve got seven for you to choose from. Sign the kids up for some mutton busting (where the wee ones ride sheep rodeo-style) and then grab some grub like garlic fries, turkey legs and deep-fried Oreos.
With all the rain we’ve had this year, everything is growing like gangbusters. That means that this is the perfect time to head to your nearby farmers’ market with the kids. With samples galore you just might score some major parent points by getting them to try a fruit or veggie that they’ve never had before.
Pack the marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers but leave the tent behind! Glamping offers the best of both worlds—the fresh air that you get when you step out of the city without the hassle of gathering all the camping gear and setting it up at your destination.
If pitching your tent where you can see the sun setting over the Pacific is your idea of a memorable family trip, then the Bay Area definitely delivers. This summer head to one of these camping spots where tall trees and banana slugs are replaced by sun and waves.
Looking to add a pet to your family? These days many families are looking beyond dogs and cats to more non-traditional pets. Chickens, potbelly pigs and even goats are becoming more common residents in our neighborhoods.
Finding childcare is one of the most stressful decisions for many parents of young children. Feelings of guilt for leaving their children with a stranger and questions like “Am I doing the right thing?” often plague parents.
Spring is in the air and that means summer is right around the corner. Before you head into full out panic mode, make a summer camp plan. By looking at the tasks you need to tackle on a month-by-month basis, you will save your sanity and be well on your way to summertime fun for both you and the short people in your life.
While spending the summer going to the beach or the park sounds perfect right now, I know that there will be weeks when I won’t feel like playing the role of cruise director and I’ll need to send the kids off to camp.
Cheers to mom! May is the month when we make sure that mom knows how much we appreciate everything that she does. If you are looking for something bigger and better than brunch this year, we’ve got you covered.
With record rains this winter, our lakes, rivers and streams are full and the fish are doing a happy dance. Little anglers should take advantage of these long-awaited conditions and get out there with their rods and reels to catch some dinner.
Big things are happening over at the Oakland Zoo (and we don’t mean the elephants in the African Savanna exhibit)! Expansion is underway and when completed, it will increase the zoo’s size to a massive 100 acres.
With summer right around the corner, your days to leisurely wander through Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and Sephora are numbered. But, don’t worry—Young Art has got you covered.