Tag Archives: children

After her own tragic loss, Lorrain Taylor charts a path for mothers who have lost children to gun violence

In 2006, Taylor founded 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence as an organization to provide practical support to families who have lost someone to homicide. “Someone one day asked me: ‘What is it that you do?’”...
Tom Chappelear, a mentor at Curiosity Hacked, is helping one of the kids build the base of a BattleBot.

Curiosity Hacked brings the maker movement to Oakland’s students

It is 7 p.m. and the young makers at Curiosity Hacked are swiftly moving between the laser cutter and their workbenches. This Tuesday, the kids have one mission in mind: creating BattleBots for the spring...

Children’s film festival inspires creativity

Children of all ages swarmed in and out of planetarium theaters at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend for the 7th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival. With two full days of...

Alameda County works to “Shoo the Flu”

To help combat the spread of the flu, in October, the Alameda County Public Health Department will launch their Shoo the Flu campaign and offer free vaccinations to children in 110 public schools throughout Oakland.

Children’s Hospital doctor talks Oakland violence, trauma consequences

Allison Briscoe-Smith, the director of the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, sees consequences in Oakland’s violence that extend far beyond the victims to become a public health issue for the...

From Iraq to El Salvador, refugee children shine at Oakland Olympics

Forget about the London Olympics. Friday, the real Olympic fun was right here in Oakland at Soccer Without Borders’ Oakland Olympics, an annual event bringing together displaced refugee children between the ages of 5 and...

With increased poverty and more than 2,000 requests, this year’s toy drive needs more donations

Oakland's holiday kids' charity needs toys -- lots of toys. This year’s Toy Drive, a city program that provides low-income families gifts for their children during the holiday season, has received more than 2,000 petitions....
On Friday night, the spell that had been cast over Children’s Fairyland for the past 60 years ago was broken: adults were allowed into the park without a child.

Grown-ups gather for a night out at Children’s Fairyland

For one night only, Oakland's historic Children's Fairyland opened its magical doors to the young at heart aged 21 and over. The spell that has been cast over Children’s Fairyland for 60 years was broken:...
A child holds a sign at Friday's protest outside of MOCHA.

Oakland Museum of Children’s Art stumbles into Middle East fray

For 22 years, the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) has focused on providing art instruction and community outreach for the children of Oakland. This month, the Old Oakland museum staff and board members found themselves...