This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

They are your Bay Area neighborhood gems, your morning go-to’s, and for parents, the  place to escape to when stir-crazy kids start climbing the walls. Some are made especially for the crawlers and their caregivers, with toys that tempt as much as the coffee, while others are more laid back and inviting for families and singles alike. In the Bay, we’re lucky, host to a mecca of independent cafes dedicated to the bean and the goodies that make drinking it all the more enjoyable. Here are a few that parents love:

Click here to read about twelve awesome cafes perfect for rainy days!