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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bay Area Toddlers Guide to Pumpkin Patches

Are you ready to visit a pumpkin patch? Check out our list of some of the BEST pumpkin patches in the Bay Area. If we missed your favorite, let us know. We will make sure to add it to the list.




SOUTH BAY

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch | Sept. 28 - Oct. 31
Santa Teresa Blvd. At Bailey Ave. San Jose, CA 95141 | (650) 763-6935

Rodoni Farms | Sept. 29 - Oct. 31
4444 Coast Rd, Davenport, CA 95017 | (831) 426-0666

Uesugi Farms | Sept. 28 - Oct. 31
14485 Monterey Rd San Martin, CA 95046 | (408) 778-7225

Moreland Pumpkin Patch | Oct. 12- 31
4835 Doyle Rd San Jose, CA 95129


NORTH BAY

Cool Patch Pumpkins | Sept. 21 - Oct. 31
6150 Dixon Ave West Dixon, C
A 95620 | (530) 746-8725

Nicasico Valley Pumpkin Patch | Sept. 28 - Oct. 31
5300 Nicasio Valley Rd., Nicasio, CA 94946 | (415) 662-9100

The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Petaluma Creamery, Petaluma | Oct. 1-31
4235 Spring Hill rd. Petaluma, CA 94952 | (707) 775-1179

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze | Sept. 27 - Oct. 31
450 Stony Point Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952 | (707) 781-3132

Larry's Produce Sept. 28 - Oct.31
4606 Suisun Valley Rd., Fairfield, CA 94534 | (707) 864-8068


McClelland’s Dairy Organic Farm & Pumpkin Patch | Sept. 28-Oct. 27
6475 Bodega Ave., Petaluma, CA

EAST BAY


Speer Family Farms |Sept. 20 - Oct.31
2453 Hancock St. Alameda Ca 94501 | (510) 703-3064

Dell'Osso Family Farm Pumpkin Maze | Sept. 28 - Oct.31
501 Manthey Road Lathrop, CA 95330 | (209) 969-6048

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm | Sept.28 - Oct. 31
1060 Pine Lane, Clayton, CA 94517 | (925) 672-5198

Joan's Farm & Pumpkin Patch | Oct. 1-31
4351 Mines Rd., Livermore, CA 94550 | (925) 447-0794

G&M Farms | Oct. 1-31
487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore CA 94551 | (925) 447-FARM

Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch | Oct. 1-31
4414 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 | (510) 967-9363

Smith Family Farm | Oct. 1-31
4350 Sellers Ave Brentwood, CA 94513 | (925) 625-5966


Alameda Point Pumpkin Patch |Sept. 29-Oct. 31
2171 Monarch St., Alameda, CA

Perry Family Farms |October 1-31
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA (Located on the grounds of the East Bay Park’s Ardenwood estate, Perry’s is a real working organic farm).




PENINSULA

Arata's Pumpkin Farm | September - October
185 Verde Rd. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 | (650) 726-7548

Lemos Farm | September - October
12320 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 | (650) 726-2342


Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch |Opens mid-Sept. through Halloween
850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA

Webb Ranch | Sept. 27 - Oct. 31
2718 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

SAN FRANCISCO

Clancy's Pumpkins & Trees | Sept. 29 - Oct. 31
Pumpkin Patch at the SF Zoo this year only!
Sloat Blvd & Skyline Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116 | (415) 753-2689

FURTHER AWAY

Swank Farms Sept. 29- Oct. 31

4751 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, CA

Dell’Osso Family Farm |

501 Manthey Road, Lathrop, CA

Monday, September 16, 2019

Take me out to the ballgame...Survival Guide to San Francisco’s Oracle Park with a Toddler!

Take me out to the ballgame...Survival Guide to San Francisco’s Oracle Park with a Toddler! 


As daunting as the idea of taking a toddler to Giants game may seem I will try to make it as SIMPLE and FUN as I can. No I won’t watch your kid while you go to the game...Let me just start by saying Giants games are family friendly! 

1. Avoid driving to the San Francisco Oracle Park if possible. Try public transportation!

2. There are SEVEN different entrances to the stadium. Enter through the Marina Gate, there is usually never a line. Secrets out...PS you can see a beautiful view of the Bay and boats!

3. Before finding your seat be sure to find the closest restroom. Let’s be serious toddlers will need to use the restroom the minute you sit down. They have family restrooms available if your toddler is still in diapers. They also have changing tables in ALL the restrooms at the park.
 
4. If you are nursing and would like to feed your child in private check out the Mother’s Lounge in the Alaska Airlines Club Level Guest Services Desk. There’s a flat screen so you can still enjoy the game!
 
5. Let’s be serious toddlers will not sit for the entire game! Let them go PLAY! Check out the FAN LOT! There are four slides for kids that are hidden inside an 80 foot Coca-Cola bottle. Inside they can get FREE Coca-Cola just kidding guys...I just want to make sure you actually read these posts. The Fan Lot also has a Fantasy Photo Booth and Little Giants Park, where toddlers can practice running the bases! They can also take home an autograph by doing a rubbing of a player’s signature on one do the many autographed plaques.
 
6. Sunday games are probably the best games to attend with toddlers. After every Sunday day game, weather permitting, kids ages 14 or under can run the bases. (Note: From time to time, the event is canceled due to extenuating circumstances.) If your toddler would like to get an authentic signature from a San Francisco Giant, Sunday is the Giants official autograph day, where players, coaches and alumni will sign autographs (from the Bullpen Boxes in Sections 104/105 and 126/127) after the end of batting practice.

7. Ballpark Food! Gilroy Garlic Fries, Crazy Crab Sandwich, Orlando’s Cha-Cha Bowl, Sheboygan Bratwurst, Strawberry Shortcake, New York Style Pizza, Pier 44 Chowder House, Mission Street Taqueria...okay you get it...it’s all DELICIOUS!
 
8. Children under the age of two do NOT need a ticket. They are FREE!

9. Let’s talk strollers...If you have a small fold-up umbrella stroller, you can store that under your seat. Tip: if you have two seats together most umbrella strollers will fit right underneath. If you have a larger stroller, you must check it at the Guest Services Office on the Promenade Level at Section 119.

10 Oracle does have a bag policy. Grocery bags, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, lunch bags, diaper bags, soft-sided containers are allowed, as long as they do not exceed 16" x 16" x 8". Sealed plastic bottles & soft-sided juice containers are allowed. Unsealed plastic bottles & soft-sided containers will be inspected. Glass bottles & aluminum cans (including stainless steel bottles) are not permitted in the ballpark. Alcoholic beverages (as well as non-alcoholic beer and wine) are not allowed in the park, regardless of container.

11. First Game Certificate: Document your child’s first game. Just head to Guest Services at Section 119 and they will print one up for you super fast. It’s FREE!


We really want to encourage other parents to take their toddlers out to the ball game!! Go Giants!!!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Bay Area Toddlers Guide to Apple Picking

Thinking about the fall, evening breezes, beautiful leaves changing colors, sipping pumpkin spiced latte, and apple cider...



Fall Fruit Picking-Starting around Labor Day weekend and continuing through October, Apple orchards around the Bay Area offer families the chance to pick their own apples. It's a whole lot of fun for toddlers and the entire family! Here is a list of our favorite orchards in the Bay Area (Yes, these exist still!) 

Gizdich Ranch 
(55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville)
U-Pick Apples will begin September 14, 2019 for about 3-4 weeks 
Apples varieties include Red-Delicious, Golden-Delicious, Newtown Pippin and Royal Gala. After picking, take a self-guided tour of our apple orchard. If you're visiting on Saturdays (September-April only), you can watch the apples get pressed for juice! When everyone's ready for lunch, picnic behind the sales barn and let the kids play. Don’t forget their famous pies! Check out our post about Gizdich Farm here. 

Live Earth Farm 
172 Litchfield Ln, Watsonville
Apple U-Pick will open In September
Apple U-Picks will be held on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Availability of crops varies from week to week – check the website/social media accounts for the status of available items. Discounts apply to produce the more you pick! Bring buckets, boxes, or other containers to harvest into, or purchase containers for a small fee.  Make sure to dress accordingly – layers, hats, sunblock. Load up the kids, pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! No dogs other than guide dogs allowed in the orchard.

Clearview Organic Orchards
646 Trabing Rd, Watsonville
Open every weekend from September 7th to the end of October.
Hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whether you want to pick your own apples or simply pick up some organic fruit from the “Apple Hut” to take home, Clearview Orchards is the place to create memories. They have Organic Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, Mutsu Apples, local honey, certified organic squash, fresh pressed organic apple juice, dried lavender, famous fresh baked apple turnovers, and more! Bring the whole family out for the Watsonville apple picking experience.
The orchards are in a beautiful terraced setting overlooking the valley of Watsonville. Only a mile from the ocean and La Selva beach, the air is fresh and there is nothing better than wandering around the orchards for some genuine Watsonville apple picking.
*No dogs other than guide dogs allowed in the orchard; No picnic area available and no outside food allowed inside the orchard; Limited parking, no street parking, try to carpool.

Hale's Apple Farm 
1526 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol
Organic apples U-pick will be open daily from late September to October. 
Hale’s Apple Farm offers more than 30 varieties of juicy, fresh apples (including 3 rare ones: Hudson’s Golden Gem, Golden Russet, and Bramley’s Seedling).
In addition, the farm also boasts a nice assortment of pumpkins, gourds, squash, tomatoes, and locally produced apple cider. 

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch 
13128 Occidental Rd., Sebastopol (about an hour north of San Francisco)
Organic apples U-pick will be open from late September to October, closed Thursday and Saturday.
Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch offers Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, and Rome apples. They also process and sell fresh apple juice. This ranch is a part of the Sonoma Farm Trails, make sure to check the website before your trip, as they have great events going on!

Gabriel Farm 
3175 Sullivan Rd. Sebastopol
www.gabrielfarm.com
Organic apples and pears U-pick will be open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm) from late August to November. Gabriel Farm reserves the u-pick experience for farm CSA members. Because of the high demand for the u-pick experience, and the limited size of our orchard, they decided to offer the experience to customers who would like to establish an on-going relation with our farm and enjoy our various products during their 6-month harvest season. Price of membership is a case of our juice: for $36 you get 3 gallons of shelf-stable juice and the ability to pick and purchase whatever is in season. Farm memberships are purchased when you visit the farm and are renewed annually.They also offer a variety of tours for groups and families. To book a tour you can email Lucy mcbrideolson@gmail.com or Torrey torrey@gabrielfarm.com. You can also call the farm at (707) 829-0617

Swanton Pacific Ranch
480 Swanton Road Davenport, CA
If you're up for a drive, head down to the Cal Poly's Davenport ranch, about 90 minutes south of San Francisco. The Swanton Pacific Ranch is owned and operated by California Polytechnic State University. The 2019 Swanton Pacific Ranch U-Pick apple season opens on Labor Day weekend and then will be open each weekend until they sell out, normally in the beginning of October. They are certified annually by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and produce about five tons of apples per year, the ranch's 2-acre orchard produces a diverse array of apples for many uses. They have Gingergolds, Sally Red Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold and Gala apples and more! 

Chileno Valley Ranch 
5105 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma
Apple U-Pick will open September 15, 2018 
www.mikeandsallygalebeefranch.com
Organic apples U-Pick requires booking a time slot online!
Enjoy a day of family apple picking in their orchard with varieties such as Orin, Pinova, Candy Crisp, and Jonagold. They are open for u-pick on Sundays only, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, during August, September and sometimes October. 
Entry time slots are available every hour, to help spread guests throughout the day, which creates a better experience for everyone. Admission is $8 per family if pre-booked online or $12 per family if you do not pre-book. Each family must have their own reservation to get the discounted price.Throughout the day, they offer farm tours so you can see their cows, chickens, and sheep up close (the last tour is at 1:15 pm). You can even feed them fallen apples from the orchard, so nothing goes to waste! You can also buy grass fed beef, fresh eggs, cheese, olive oil and apple juice! Reserve your spot here http://mikeandsallygalebeefranch.com/events/.

It is the perfect time to plan a trip to one of our many local apple farms. Just be sure to call first to confirm their schedule, prices and availability prior to your visit. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kids can attend Oakland A's home games for FREE in September

Kids can attend Oakland A's home games for FREE in September

For the month of September, Oakland A's fans under the age of 12 can attend home games for FREE.

For each regular-priced ticket purchased, adults can add up to two FREE kids tickets.The tickets can't be transferred or resold.

Be sure to visit the A's Stomping Ground on Plaza Level, where you can find playgrounds, a wiffle ball field and batting cages. Plus, kids can run the bases following every Sunday game (Sept. 8 and Sept. 22).


Here is a list of games of the September Home Games:


Athletics vs. Angels
Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Angels
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Angels
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 12:37 p.m.
Athletics vs. Tigers
Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Tigers
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 6:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Tigers
Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Royals
Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Royals
Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Royals
Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 12:37 p.m.
Athletics vs. Rangers
Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Rangers
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6:07 p.m.
Athletics vs. Rangers
Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1:07 p.m.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Kidtopia-Birthday Party


KidTopia is the PERFECT place for any child’s birthday or special day! Their clean play space and fun-loving staff are ready to host your child’s birthday from the minute you book your party online! The staff was not only friendly but very attentive during our scheduled party time. The process was fun and stress-free! I could actually relax and enjoy our child’s special day this year! I can’t recommend Kidtopia enough for your special event! We had an INCREDIBLE time celebrating our Royal Princess! 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Home Depot Kids DIY Workshops

Every FIRST Saturday of the month kids can build a different creation at Home Depot. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, 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.



-Every first Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
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Must register online at your nearest Home Depot by visiting: https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/

Saturday, September 7, 2019 make a Scarecrow Planter (Swipe to see!)

Harvest the fun during our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a scarecrow planter. Your young farmer can learn how a seed grows while you help them construct a festive home for their plant. They will sand, glue, and paint pieces of wood to create this holiday planter. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times.

We highly recommend that you and your toddler(s) make Home Depot one of your @bayareatoddlers adventures! Come explore, discover, create and play!