Things We Like by Local Moms

Connecting With Grandparents
The need to stay connected with grandparents has never been greater. But technology can be challenging for some older folks. Bay Area moms Jennifer Rhodes and Rotem Skurnik last fall launched San Francisco-based Grandy to help. The subscription service works on computers, tablets and mobile devices and offers content specially designed for kids and grandparents, including interactive games, storytelling interviews, easy-to-use messages and video dates, and more. Basic memberships include a telephone concierge to help grandparents set up and use the platform, and premium levels include additional support. FREE trial; subscriptions from $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
Tooth Fairy Magic
Tired of scrambling for cash after you child loses a tooth, unsure whether your local Tooth Fairy’s going rate is a dollar bill or a twenty? Lafayette mom Shannon Cahoon created Hold the Magic to share her family tradition of leaving special treats instead. Each set includes three golden pouches filled with tiny treasures, including a little note from the Tooth Fairy – to be read with a minuscule magnifying glass – encouraging the recipient to dream big, be kind and take good care of their teeth. $29.95.
Loveable Pals
When her first child was born, Angie Ting found it hard to find eco-friendly, organic and hypoallergenic soft toys. So Ting, from a family of experienced toy makers, set out to make her own, and Apple Park was born. Ten years later, the San Francisco toy company continues to turn out whimsical stuffed animals and dolls for imaginative play, plus adorable organic baby clothes, rattles, teethers and more.  $17 each; Ziggy Zebra rattle, $11.
Customizable Kicks
What started as a struggle to find fun shoes for her daughter Cassidy – who was outgrowing kid shoes but not quite ready for grownup ones – has turned into a boon for Danville mom Kim Reid. Her made-to-be shoes are comfortable, durable and customizable, with interchangeable twist-on embellishments from buttons to flowers to rhinestones and charms. Sneakers and flats are available for boys, girls and women – perfect for mom-and-me looks. From $44.
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Best Technology Schools and Programs

These Technology Schools and Programs were voted the Bay Area’s 2022 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Best Pediatricians in the Bay Area

These Doctors or Pediatrics group were voted the Bay Area’s 2022 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

The Bay Area’s Best Festivals for Families

While many cities have their own annual festivals with food vendors, arts and crafts and kiddie amusements, these are some of the region’s best festivals for families that are worth a trip. As many festivals were on hiatus due to COVID-19, check websites for additional information.

Bay Area Forest Playgrounds and Zip Lines

If your kid is a tree-climber who loves adventures in the woods, there are some great options around the Bay Area for all age levels. Whether it’s thrill-seeking on a zip line or crawling through logs, there’s forest fun for all to enjoy.

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