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We know what matters to you, our clients. In addition to our trusted service providers and a handy list of all the utility companies, we thought you’d like some great resources for busy families on the go.

We’ll dive in with a few hot topics, and add more useful listings regularly. Check back for updates as we cover moving, food delivery, storage, pet care, recreation and more.

 

Education is so important; you want to be able to check school rankings with the click of a button.

GreatSchools.org is the nation's leading guide to pre-K-12 schools, with profiles of 200,000 public, public charter, and private schools reviewed by parents, teachers, and students. Great resource!
 

Wondering about local activities in the Bay Area?

Chatterblock lists the best kid-friendly events and businesses, as well as camps and classes for your little ones. Sign up for weekly e-news, or download the app.

Hoping to get discounts on local attractions?

Check out the fantastic deals you can find for great entertainment on Goldstar. Discounts on movie tickets, live jazz, boat rides, sports events and musicals await. 

Need help getting from one place to another, or getting someone you love somewhere safely…

Lyft: download the app! It’s fast and easy to have a Lyft driver get you from place to place. With the latest iOS, you can ask Siri to call Lyft for you.

Uber:  Lyft’s competition for fast and affordable rides

Real time carpooling is easy with the car.ma app. It allows commuters to search for other users going in their direction, and create a real-time carpool.  Riders and drivers share the cost through automated micropayments based on the distance traveled. Car.ma carpooling is easy and you can download the app here.

Unsure about using Uber or Lyft? 

Flywheel lets you hail a taxi with a licensed professional. Bonus: There’s no surge pricing.

IBart is the app that tells you everything you need to know about BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit); you’ll be able to easily plan your trip, check schedules, etc.

Getting the kids from place to place?  
Here’s some peace of mind for busy families:

Ridezum.com bills itself as the leader in ride-sharing and care services for kids. Drivers have full background checks and childcare experience, and the company is getting great reviews. They offer safe rides and chaperoning 7 days a week.

Kango in the Bay Area runs from preschool to high school; each driver is Trustline-certified and has gone through extensive background checks.

You might also check out hopskipdrive, (created by three moms) or gocurb.com, a professional taxi app, but the prices are higher.

Going into the city? You might need a PARKING APP:

PAY BY PHONE links to your credit card, alerts you when time is about to run out and lets you add more time right from your phone.

Need another car?

Getaround lets you instantly rent your neighbor's car. Rates start at $5/hour including insurance (and no membership fees). Unlock from the app and drive. Did you know that the average car sits idle 22 hours a day?

Don’t forget to check out Zipcar, where you can drive by the hour or the day, including insurance and gas. Membership starts as low as $7/month.

Turo.com Head’s up! There may be a snazzy car for rent just around the corner. Some offer home delivery, or airport dropoff. Good pricing, and $25 off your first rental.
 

Childcare Needed? Easy peasy.

URBANSITTER This app can help you find and book a sitter that other parents in the neighborhood recommend without leaving your couch.

Of course, connecting with your neighbors to find out about local resources for family life is the best. You can do that by signing up for Nextdoor.com or checking out the amazing Berkeley Parents Network, the parent-to-parent hub for the San Francisco Bay area. Just click on this page to sign in and see the latest childcare updates.

EATS: Want to eat out?

Before you head out, check Berkeleyside’s NOSH page to read about all your great local dining options. No worries if you’re gluten-free, there are plenty of options. And of course you’ll find oatmilk lattes or boba drinks quite easily too. The East Bay has it all.

Busy? No time to shop for meals? Here are options to help you:

BLUE APRON delivers all the groceries you need to cook delicious meals. Recipes included. ($25 discount, frequent offer of 2 or 3 meals free to try them out.)

PURPLE CARROT delivers recipes and ingredients for locally-sourced mouthwatering vegan meals. Offering 100% plant-based dishes inspired by seasonal flavors, Purple Carrot lets you take advantage of great offers to try them out.

HELLO FRESH delivers ingredients and easy delicious recipes. Become a great chef overnight! Meal prices start at $6.99.

GOOD EGGS let you shop organic produce meat and fish and delivers everything the next day. Great service and tasty treats.

Amazon Fresh is great, but if you need groceries to be delivered NOW--get them in an hour using INSTACART and food from local markets (Whole Foods, Sprouts, Safeway, CVS and more) will be at your door quickly.
 

Just want a whole delicious healthy cooked meal to arrive?

Try Munchery. Great food, reasonable pricing. Fast delivery.