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Just Opened: Pappabubble

The newest sweet shop in Hayes Valley is so much more than just a spot to score candy—they make everything right there and want you to come watch.

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After-School Special: The Best Classes to Fill Your Kiddos’ Afternoon

Looking for the perfect after-school boredom-buster for the kids? From rock-climbing to chorus to computer programming, it’s all right here.

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Raising a Reader: Our Favorite Independent Bookstores

It’s hard to get the kids excited about reading by browsing Amazon. Instead, spend the afternoon at one of the Bay’s best independent bookstores.

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6 Local Food Bloggers You’ll Love

In a recipe rut? These six local food bloggers have mastered family meals. Bookmark them now and steal their stove-top secrets.

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Cafeteria Confidential: Best School Lunch Delivery Services

Unless you want to roll your own sushi every night, maybe it’s time to look into one of these gourmet school-lunch delivery services.

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Meet the Bay Area Writers & Discover Their Picks for Fall Fun

Who could be better experts on fall fun than our writers? We asked our adventurous writers their favorite autumn activities. Click through the slideshow to meet them and to hear their picks.

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The Best Kids’ Hair Salons for Tiny Tresses

Snip, snip! We rounded up the best places to get your little one’s locks looking lovely—and the best kiddie whisperers who get the job done with no tears.

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Explore This ‘Hood: Limitless Larkspur

Larkspur is a kid-friendly haven—and foodie heaven. We’ve planned the perfect day for your family filled with hiking, biking, eating and playing.

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Reduce, Reuse, Go Shopping: The Bay’s Best Consignment Stores

Clean out those closets and make room for more—we’ve rounded up the Bay’s best kiddie consignment shops.

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Beyond Buttered Pasta: Adventurous Kids’ Menus for Little Foodies

Tiny foodies rejoice! We have rounded up the best kids’ menus for the adventurous palate, from sushi to soba.

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Big LEGO Love: Where to Get Their Brick Fix

Let your LEGO-crazy kids go wild at these brick-filled wonderlands. We round up the best places around the Bay to get your LEGO fix!

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Smart Excursions to Beat Brain Drain

From stargazing to bug watching to fish dissecting, we’ve rounded up the best activities around to pique a kid’s curiosity and encourage them to pull on their thinking caps.

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Explore These Secret Redwood Groves Close to Home

No need to trek out to Muir Woods to see the majestic Redwoods—there are plenty of places close to home. Here are our favorite mini forests to explore now.

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More than 40 Bay Area Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Give your wallet (and your kitchen) a much-needed break and take the family out to one of these kid-loving locales that offer kids eat free specials.

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Beers and Babes: Kid-Friendly Bars

Sure, you really should be at Music Together, but a cold one sounds perfect right now. We round up the best places to grab a pint with your half-pint in tow.

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