Supporting equity for all families and children.

East Bay

Our Family Coalition

East Bay status: summer 2019 


In late spring we were surprised to hear that our longtime funding for East Bay programs would not be renewed by the City of Oakland. Following much advocacy, on our part, and on the part of allies, community members, and Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, the City Council unanimously voted to restore funding enabling us to continue our support of LGBTQ families in the East Bay


We'll take the summer to regroup. And we'll be excited to return on September 8th with our not-to-be-missed Oakland LGBTQ Festival Family Garden.


Meanwhile, we know that the community we've all built through our regular events has been invaluable. We want to be sure you all have a chance to find one another over the course of our summer hiatus. So we've gathered below some ideas; we hope you'll share more with one another.




Stay in touch



Google Groups is a nice, low-tech way to stay in touch. Long before we had a souped-up websites, OFC had multiple Yahoo groups through which community members shared advice and ideas.  We've revived that tried-and-true, old-school network with today's most widely used platform:



Places for DIY meet-ups or pop-up playdates


We hope that in addition to just chatting with one another, you may propose get-togethers–pop-up playdates of sorts. Oldsters who remember "guerrilla queer bar" actions in the 1990s may like to call these "guerrilla queer tot lot playdates." (Back then, we'd amass and then descend upon places that weren't previously designated as queer spaces. But our critical mass made them so.)


Whether it's at a playground, a park, or the entry area of a zoo, folks can look for one another if enough of you sport rainbow attire, or someone alerts the group to "look for the genderqueer parent in spit-up-stained T-shirt that says 'Ask your other parent'."


As to places you might meet: first and foremost, remember your nearest city park with a half-decent play structure! Never underestimate the E-Z value of a picnic. But when a simple park playground isn't enough, below are some other places you could propose a meet-up or pop-up playdate for East Bay LGBTQ families. Note: most of these are fee-based; we haven't formally vetted them, but are sharing venues where we've hosted family field trips in the past, or gone with our own families.


◦ Children's Fairyland

699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Hours: M - F 10am - 4pm; Sat, Sun 10am - 5pm
$12 kids and adults; under 1 yrs free

◦ MoChA, Museum of Children's Art

1221 Broadway, Lower Level Suite 49, Oakland
Drop-in hours: W, Th, Sat: 10am - 1pm
$7 kids and adults; under 1 yrs free

◦ Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland
Hours: M-F 10am - 4:30pm; Sat, Sun + Holidays 9:30am - 4:30pm
$20 ages 2-14; $24 15 - 64; under 2 & over 76 yrs free
$10 to park a car
*all admission fees $5 less in groups of 12 or more

◦ Nipaki Playspace

3900 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Hours: 10am - 6pm every day but Tues (closed)
$12 per child, siblings $10; adults free



◦ Habitot Children's Museum

2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley
Hours: M-Th 9:30am - 12:30pm; F & Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
$12 children & adults

◦ The Rec Room

3222 Adeline Street, Berkeley
Drop-in hours: M-F 9am - 1pm
$10 fee per kid, siblings $8

◦ Totland Playground (City of Berkeley)

1644 Virginia St., Berkeley
Hours: sun up to sun down [will check to get more specific]
Free public park

◦ Tilden Park Steam Train 

Grizzly Peak Boulevard & Lomas Cantadas
(within Orinda town limits, but really Berkeley hills)
Hours: M-F 11am - 5pm; Sat, Sun, + Holidays 11am - 6pm
$3 for adults & children; under 2 yrs free



◦ Wee Play (City of Alameda Rec & Parks)

2203 Central Ave, Room 250, Alameda
Drop-in hours: MWF 10am to 1pm
$6 fee per child


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