Budget friendly family crafts & activities


  1. Numi Tea Cafe in Oakland. This hidden oasis uses all organic, fair trade ingredients and products. It has well-paid workers, uses recycled packaging, and is a brother and sister owned business. You can now get their famous lemongrass or white rose teas across the country, but all are made here in Oakland, a true local treasure (the tea garden is literally hidden in industrial Jingletown, it is an AMAZING place). It also donates to East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (the next great spot on the list).

  2. East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. Located in the cool Temescal neighborhood this place has everything under the sun. It looks like artist Joseh Cornell's studio - odds and ends, beads, fabric, posters. It also has a great collection of jars, antique table cloths, baskets that are great for picnicking. A great place to picnic will be the third 'gem' in the segment.

  3. Joaquin Miller Park. Here you'll find a waterfall, redwood concerts and wooded amphitheater all in same area of same park. You can walk up the waterfall staircase and look at the entire bay from under the scented redwoods. The redwood free concert series is just on the other side of the park.
Serena Bartlett, author of "GrassRoutes Oakland & Berkeley"

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