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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Got an old cell phone? Bring it to the Oakland Zoo and they will recycle it via Eco-Cell. Toxic waste is kept out of the landfill, the refurbished phone benefits people in need, and you're helping gorillas in the wild. 

Guess what else? When you bring your old phone to the Adventure Landing ticket booth, you get a FREE ride on the train!

What are some other ways to get into the Oakland Zoo for FREE...or at a Discount?

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean-Up Day

1. Here's how to get in FREE to the zoo! Every third Saturday of the month (except June and December) from 9am to Noon, come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek. Volunteers work on a variety of outdoor tasks including litter pick up, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, or planting native plants. After your assignment is finished, you receive FREE admission to the zoo....It’s a win-win!

Discover & Go 
2. Discover & Go is a nationally recognized museum pass program that provides California library cardholders with free and discounted tickets to local museums and cultural institutions. 

Yosemite National Park – Oh Em Gee.

Yosemite National Park – Oh Em Gee.

Kids of any age 0-100+ will be amazed at the beauty of this place. Valleys, rivers, lakes, mountains, giant sequoias – Yosemite has it all whether you stay at a hotel or a campsite. 3 year old loved every minute of it.

Warning: no internet or phone service in most parts of Yosemite.

A few of our favorites from the most recent trip by location.
Yosemite Valley:
•Mirror Lake – a short 1.5 mile stroll on a paved road to the most amazing swimming spot for kids. Clear spring water flowing through the mountains via Tenaya creek from alpine Tenaya Lake. Very seasonal – dries up by October.
•Vernal Falls, Bridal Vail Falls, Yosemite Falls – each of these has a semi-easy hike to see the waterfalls. With small kids – observe from a distance, the paths are pretty steep and can be slippery. The view and awe of the waterfall force is amazing and worth the time.
•Bike Rental – there are 12 miles of paved bike paths in Yosemite Valley. Standard bike is $34/day and bike with a trailer is $61/day – perfect for ride with a toddler or smaller kids. You can even rent a stroller for $20/day as well.

Tioga Pass:
•Olmstead Point – a short rock hike from the parking lot to the amazing overlook of the Yosemite Valley, Cloud’s Rest, Mt. Watkins, and Half Dome from above.
•Tenaya Lake – amazing views and great swimming for kids of all ages
•Porcupine Creek trail to North Dome – older kids will love this 4-mile hike. Toddlers will need to be carried most of the way. But it’s doable! 3 hours one way. With a toddler.
•Tuolumne Grove – a more modest display of giant sequoias, but less crowded than Mariposa Grove. 1 mile hike down and back up.

Glacier Point: long drive, but a short hike to the amazing views of the mountains and the valley.
Mariposa Grove: an amazing display of giant sequoias, for kids of all ages.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

FREE Admission to National Parks


Get Ready! On August 25th only, you can score FREE Admission to National Parks in celebration of the National Park Service birthday! This would be a great time for your family and friends to get out and do something fun and visit a new place or an old favorite.

There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.

Here are the parks in California that are included:
•Cabrillo National Monument
•Death Valley National Park
•Joshua Tree National Park
•Lassen Volcanic National Park
•Lava Beds National Monument
•Muir Woods National Monument
•Pinnacles National Park
•San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
•Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
•Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
•Yosemite National Park

On November 11, 2019 there will also be another Free Admission Day! To view more parks visit, click here.
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The Stanford West Playground is located on Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA.

The Stanford West Playground is located on Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA. 

This park is perfect to visit after shopping at the Stanford Shopping Center! Various mini-parks stretch from one side of this community to the other. Visit with your toddlers and you can find a shady area to play and/or relax! There are separate playgrounds designed for children ages 0–2, 2–5 and 5–12. This playground has something for everyone! 

We highly recommend that you and your toddler(s) make Stanford West Playground one of your @bayareatoddlers Adventures! Come explore, discover, create and play! 


The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Through fun, hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs it is sure to be one of your toddlers favorite places to visit! We are very excited to partner with @thetechinteractive to give one of our followers an unforgettable birthday party experience at The Tech Interactive! We will also include a photography package by @emilyjenksphotography documenting your child’s very special day! 


To ENTER to win a FREE birthday party package that includes:
•General admission to the @thetechinteractive for 25 guests.
•Use of a private room for 1.5 hours.
•$10 gift card to The Tech Store for the guest of honor.
•Birthday party will be photographed by @emilyjenksphotography.

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Giveaway ends August 19, 2019 at 10pm. Winner announced shortly after.

Top 5 Most Exciting Slides in San Francisco for children and parents!

Top 5 Most Exciting Slides in San Francisco for children and parents! 

1. Slides in Golden Gate Park
The slides in Koret's Children's Quarter in Golden Gate Park are safe for kids and exciting enough for adults with a right cardboard-riding technique. Don’t forget your cardboard! The slides are available 24/7 and sometimes there’s a wait! 

2. Slides in Mission Dolores Park
The newly renovated Hellen Diller Playground in Dolores Mission Park features shiny aluminium slides. The curvy taller one welcomes the 5 y.o. and up. 45 feet downhill! The view is amazing from the slide! For the younger ones there is a smaller wide slide. There’s also more than just slides! Park hours: 6am – 10 pm (18th St. and Dolores St.)

3. Seward Street Slides
These are hidden slides! Most SF natives don’t even know about these slides. Tucked away from tourist traffic and into the shade, the two parallel chutes are arguably the most exciting in the city to both children and grown-ups. FYI-The yellow slide is faster! Slides working hours: 10am-5am, Tuesday – Sunday.

4. Slides in Esmeralda Mini Park
The twin slides start with a small bump at the top, then rush 35 feet straight down. Hint: Start straight away at Prosper Avenue to avoid climbing the stairs for your first slide. Working Hours: Respect the neighbors since this is located on Esmeralda Street between Prospect Ave and Winfield St in the Bernal Heights residential neighborhood. 

5. Yerba Buena Gardens Slides
Two giant aluminium tubes to rival the Seward St slides are situated in the Yerba Buena Gardens modern playground in the middle of a soft ground. They are both VERY steep! Working hours: 6 am – 10 pm

Who says you can’t be a kid with your kid(s)?

We highly recommend that you and your toddler(s) make these Top 5 most exciting slides in San Francisco one of your @bayareatoddlers Adventures! Come explore, discover, create and play! Tag a friend that needs to visit these slides with you!

John D. Morgan Park (Campbell)

John D. Morgan Park-540 W Rincon Ave, Campbell, CA 95008


John D. Morgan park is a 32-acre park that offers grassy fields, shaded trees, and a destination for sports, play & picnicking. This park consists of two playgrounds, water play features, baseball field, basketball field, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and more! There is definitely something for everyone at this park! 

What we love about John D. Morgan:
•This park is HUGE!
•Picnic tables and BBQ pits nearby.
•Parking lot as well as street parking available.
•Bathrooms available on site.
•The grass and trees are absolutely beautiful!
•There are two play structures. The smaller side (Near Rincon) is for younger children. It consists of water features, a big sand box, and a play structure.
•Rincon side: shadier most of the time. Lined with birch trees! This side of the park consists of a generous water feature, rope pyramid climbing structure, huge sand pit, teeter-totter, medium sized play structure with two slides.
•If you follow the path to the other side of the park (Budd Side), there is a larger play structure for older children.
•Budd side: Huge play structure with four slides, climbing bridge, netted bridge and stand-up teeter totter. They also have a sand pit, water feature and a smaller climbing structure.
•Above the playground is a slopping hill, popular for the kids who love to roll down!

We highly recommend that you and your toddler(s) make John D. Morgan one of your @bayareatoddlers Adventures! Come explore, discover, create and play! Tag a friend that needs to visit this park with you!