Silhouette Artist Event • 2/26/17

Missed the last one? It’s cool… The Silhouette Event Returns! & even though our storefront is closed, we’ve partnered up with Mommy’s Trading Post to host this awesome event. Have Grandma’s birthday coming up? Need an early Mother’s Day gift? Want a silhouette of your favorite pet cat? Well you’re in luck ’cause Karl’s coming back *just* for you… So again, we invite you to bring your belly, your baby or your puppy to Mommy’s Trading Post on February 26th.

Make your appointment online today! They’ll fill up fast – as per usual – but they only take 5 minutes. And guys… Last time, some of you signed up for multiple slots, then didn’t show up. I totally get wanting options, but the waitlist gets long and others missed out as a result :-/. Please don’t be that guy. If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so before the day of the event, and please only reserve slots that you intend to use. Thanks so much for understanding!

See you soon!


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gather the village… a dinner

Sunday, May 31st • 6pm

A place to shake the tired off your face and revel in sisterhood. Where mothers can sit side by side without judgment or fear and simply be. A night to cultivate real friendships outside of the virtual world, put our children to bed, connect, meet new people, build on friendships we already have, and gather around a table full of good food and even better conversation.

Join us at Monkey Bars for this wonderful evening of food and fun. All vegetarian (vegan options) + wine! Party favors included from some of our favorites. Hope to see you there! Reserve your space today… seating is extremely limited.


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Fairy House Workshop • 3/22/15

You’ve seen them in our window and they’ve stopped you in your tracks. Now it’s time to get a little crafty and make your own, ’cause we’re opening up MBs to Folifa & Little Bee for this special event! Join us on Sunday, March 22nd @2pm for a magical afternoon that you won’t soon forget. Come and bring the kids {or not} and get your Fairy House on…


• Event will be from 2-5pm
• $95 per house/group {3 people MAX}
• Recommended ages: 7+ {at your discretion}
• There will be glue guns, so adult supervision is required for kiddos under 12
• All supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring embellishments to add
• Space is extremely limited, so please sign up today!
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Ayurvedic Wellness Workshop • 9/21/14


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Do you ever run out of ideas for healthy options to pack in your child’s lunchbox? Back-to-School time is just around the corner… And while many of us mamas are breathing a resounding sigh of relief, some of us know that getting back into a scheduled routine (and keeping everyone healthy) comes with its own set of challenges. Well, as per usual, MBs has your back.

Have you ever wondered what kitchen spices you can use to help cure and prevent common ailments in children and adults? Struggle with making healthy lunches for the kiddos + what to cook for dinner that they’ll actually enjoy? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn lots of simple, effective Ayurvedic tips and tricks that you can use year round to keep your family happy and healthy! There will be a family yoga class and cooking demo as well, so bring your appetite and enthusiasm…

Hosted by Monkey Bars, in collaboration with these two amazing and talented women:
Yoga TeacherIsabelle Bridges Boesch
imageIsabelle began practicing Yoga 15 years ago as a means to center herself. She transitioned from student to teacher by completing the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Junction. She is a Certified YogaKids Teacher/Trainer (CYKT) and is also completing her certification in lifeways. Isabelle has taught at multiple locations throughout the SF Bay Area, including Millennium Sports Club, Benicia Ballet Studio, Mt Diablo Region YMCA, Piedmont yoga and through private and public school programs. She is passionate about working with moms and creating a safe place for them inside themselves where they can return time after time.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Wellness CounselorBrittany Barrett
Brittany came to Ayurveda through her personal quest to seek natural healing from a chronic digestive disease and was fully cured through following an Ayurvedic Diet and lifestyle. Inspired by her own healing process, she completed a 3 year program at Vedika Global to become an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Wellness Counselor so she could be of service to others seeking Ayurvedic healing. Prior to her Ayurvedic studies, Brittany worked extensively with children as a teacher and nanny and feels blessed to be able to blend her knowledge of Ayurveda with her love of children.

Click here to purchase tickets for the event!

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• $95 per family
• Recommended ages – 5+ {at your discretion}
• There will be a cooking demo + yoga so please wear comfortable clothing
• All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own mat
• FREE & Supervised childcare will be provided if we have 4+ families with children under 5-years-old registered. Please make a note when you’re checking out if you need childcare.
• Space is extremely limited, so please sign up today!

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Plastic Buy-Back on Earth Day!

In case you haven’t heard, recent studies have come out showing BPA-free plastics can be just as harmful as those that do contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). This can be scary news for those of us who rely on Tupperware and other plastics to get us through daily lunches and leftover storage. But fear not! Although these recent findings might make you want to purge your kitchen drawers and cabinets, Monkey Bars has got you covered when it comes to containers that are food, freezer, dishwasher, and most importantly, child safe.

And best of all, if you bring us 5 pieces of your most-used plastic containers, you’ll receive a 20% discount on your purchase of glass or stainless steel containers here in the store one day only, April 22! Don’t forget to bring your friends, too—-you’ll receive an additional $5 off your next purchase at Monkey Bars!

This event is sponsored by our friends at Wean Green and Lifefactory, companies who are committed to food containers that are strong, smart, safe, and that will make your life just a little bit easier.   :)   For those of you research lovers, here’s where you can find the Mother Jones article about the BPA study + the link to the SF Chronicle article that Monkey Bars was featured in.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 {Earth Day} 10am – 6pm!
WHERE: Monkey Bars, 1339 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
WHAT TO BRING: All the plastic you’ve got! Or, at least 5 pieces. We want your sippy cups, water bottles, sandwich containers, Tupperware; if you use it, bring it. And grab a friend and their plastics, too! (for every friend you bring/refer to us, you’ll received a $5 gift card toward your next MBs purchase)
WHAT NOT   TO BRING: Sorry, no single-use plastic water bottles or Ziploc-style bags. It’s gotta be plastic that you use regularly!

Please help to spread the word about this event! Our buyback promo will be taking place on Tuesday, April 22 ONLY, so make sure you bring your plastics in before closing at 6pm that day. We’ll see you then!628x471

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Silhouette Artist Event, April 12th


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Missed the last one? It’s cool… The Silhouette Event Returns! & once again, Monkey Bars has your back. Have Grandma’s birthday coming up? Need an early Mother’s Day/Father’s Day/Easter gift? Want a silhouette of your favorite pet cat? Well you’re in luck ’cause Karl’s coming back *just* for you… So again, we invite you to bring your belly, your baby or your puppy to MBs on April 12th.

Call to schedule an appointment. They’re filling up fast – just like last time – but they only take 5 minutes.


See you there!

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Our new façade is complete…

… which, naturally, means Party!!

We will be celebrating the completion of our new façade with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday. We’ll be joined by Mayor Marie Gilmore and many other MBs supporters for the event. Designed by Alameda-based architect, Veronica Hinkley Reck of Ignition Architecture, the new façade is a reflection of our “green” commitment. It is composed entirely of locally sourced, reclaimed wood, recycled aluminum, and illuminated with LED lighting, both indoors and out. And for all the nursing mamas out there, perhaps you’ve noticed my recent window signs? Well, I’m excited to announce that our new Nursing Nook will be unveiled Friday evening as well! Come in. Latch on. Anytime.

Free snacks. Free drinks. Raffle prizes. More Free stuff…
Hope you can make it :-).

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MBs is turning 3!… Thanks to you :-)

& We couldn’t have done it without your support…

Well, it’s been a crazy and exciting year folks. If you’ve been following the Mama Monkey chronicles, then you’re aware of what I’m talking about… For those of you who have better things to do than follow each and every one of my Facebook updates, here’s a quick recap:
1.) I got married to a wonderful new husband, Ethan (some of you may have met him. He’s a great helper)
2.) I co-founded & launched, Alameda Parent Support, an organization created to take the place of the New Parent Support groups offered by Smart Healthy Babies (who lost their state funding in 2008)
3.) The new husband and I are expecting another mini-monkey on May 30th (the nausea + fatigue + general malaise are killing me)
4.) Kyle (mini-monkey #1) started Kindergarten AND, FINALLY
5.) At long last, Monkey Bars received city approval to move forward with our façade plans… Stay tuned for THAT!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you – some I see on a regular basis, and some I haven’t seen since last year’s birthday party – for your continued support of me, my family, and my business. We turned 3-years-old this December! It ain’t been easy, but without my loyal fan base (that’s you :-)), we wouldn’t be here. And what better excuse for a party?!?

Join us Sunday, December 18th, 2011
from 3-6pm @ Monkey Bars
to celebrate our 3rd Birthday…

Lots of FREE stuff + beverages + snacks. Free chair massages from 4-6pm, plus a Raffle of new mama-to-be goodies from Zoe Organics. Simply bring a new or gently used toy to donate & you’re entered to win. We’ll also be introducing & showcasing Luna Leggings: Bright, Fresh, & Unique Leggings for girls. They’re a brand new company that’s getting ready to launch so YOU get a sneak peek! These are seriously awesome. You’ll want a pair in your size.
Hope to see you Sunday!!

Happy Holidays to you and your Monkeys! Have an excellent Christmas, Hanukkah, & New Year…


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Free Story Time with BeeBo

Monday, August 15th at 11:00 am

Bring your infants and toddlers to meet BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear

Through children’s stories, songs, and lots of fun, BeeBo will show you how to communicate with your infant or toddler using simple signs, while encouraging early literacy and interest in reading.

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The Junk in the Trunk Bed!

MBs + SOBU = Awesome.
Take advantage of extra savings and support a local business :-)
All Monkey Bars customers receive FREE White-Glove delivery service with purchase of the Junk in the Trunk Bed with Storage!!

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