Whether you get there early for the banana pancakes at Bette’s diner or arrive midday and enjoy fish tacos from Tacubaya on the patio while watching the choo-choos go by, Berkeley’s Fourth Street offers a fab day trip for grown-up shoppers with kiddies in tow. The littlest ones will enjoy the toy train set-up at The Ark toy store and style-savvy mamas dig the hip kids gear (Junk Food tees, Flowers by Zoe dresses and Micros board shorts) at This Little Piggy. For a sweet treat, Sugar Bowl bakery or chocolate malts at Bette’s will hit the spot. www.fourthstreet.com

Psst–If you have older kids (6+), skip the choo-choos and head straight to Berkeley’s Adventure Park !