99days of summer in the Bay Area by 510 Families

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area Kids {2015}

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have selected one outing for each day between Memorial Day through the end of August. Whether you like to add them to your … {more}

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East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide

Are you planning a child's party? Let us help. Click on a category below to browse listings. Indoor birthday party places | Outdoor birthday party places | Birthday party entertainment | Birthday … {more}

Going back to school with the help of an UrbanSitter

Acing back-to-school with UrbanSitter (save $50)

Thanks to UrbanSitter for sponsoring 510families and helping us ease the burden of finding awesome caregivers. Whether it is bridging the unfortunate gap between a late-start school and your … {more}

Berkeley Playhouse - Kids Program

Berkeley Playhouse run of Avenue Q includes a kid-friendly experience

Berkeley Playhouse is presenting the R-rated Broadway show, Avenue Q, from September 17 to October 11. The show's theme is the transition to adulthood and the realization that the real world is … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Aug 29 + 30)

The Octopus Literary Salon is hosting a Back 2 School Kid's Open Mic Brunch - eat and drink while your kids entertain YOU. Explore a new part of town. Berkeley's Fourth Street perhaps? The … {more}

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How to buy a car in the East Bay: Roadster.com

Thanks to Roadster  for being a sponsor of 510Families.com. Whether you live in Fremont or Albany or take BART to the City for the work week, most 510 families need at least one car.  We, the … {more}

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Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito

Mom of two, Cara enjoys making crafts, photography and simple scrapbooking. We asked Cara to tell us about El Cerrito and she sent us this list of tips for families. ~ Heather We live in the flats … {more}

Bay Area Roller Derby, a kid report

Kid Report: Roller derby in Richmond!

I am so thrilled to have this guest report by nine-year old Sadie, who is a 4th grader at Washington Elementary in Berkeley because I, too, have been wondering how and where to get my roller derby … {more}

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Mom’s night out at Pinot’s Palette

Pinot's Palette in Alameda invited us to their grand opening event -- we loved it -- and now we're excited to tell you all about it. This is not a place for the children. Their motto is: "Paint. … {more}

Apples and honey for the Jewish New Year

Jewish High Holiday celebrations for East Bay Kids

This Jewish High Holiday Guide for East Bay families is sponsored by the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. As Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot approach, we … {more}

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Worth the drive: Inflatable Aqua Park playground near Sacramento

While I'm hesitant to raise the bar for fun so high that my kids can no longer enjoy a grassy field or a rustic lake, I am DYING to go to Wake Island Watersports Park in the Sacramento area and play … {more}

Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz is awesome for Bay Area train lovers

Santa Cruz guide for kids who love trains

Our guest writer is Karen, mom to one train-obsessed three-year old in San Francisco (among her many other talents). Do you have a small person in your house who can't get enough of Thomas, … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Aug 22 + 23)

Have you checked out #BounceFarm yet? It's a bit far, but maybe their Summer Concert will entice you. See Raiders of the Lost Ark at Montclair's outdoor movie night. Pack lawn chairs, the popcorn's … {more}

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A Parent’s Guide to Berkeley’s Fourth Street

No matter what age my kid is, he always gets excited when I tell him we're going to Fourth Street in Berkeley. When he was still in a stroller, we'd munch on tortilla chips from Tacubaya and watch … {more}

Terra Tech: Fitness classes for kids in Alameda

10 drop-in activities in the East Bay for $10 or less

For some of us, signing up a whole session of weekly child's activity is overwhelming in terms of both time and money. Drop-in activities are God's gift to commitment-phobe parents who are still in … {more}

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline with kids

Pushing through to Point Pinole

This helpful guest post is by Annie Burke, founder of Outside Kids. She not only shares her insider tips to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, but she also keeps it totally real. Getting kids outside is … {more}

How to have a kite-flying birthday party

How to: Kite-flying birthday party in the Berkeley Marina

When she was in preschool, my daughter and I went to a brilliant kite-flying birthday party. The location and weather were perfect and I thought I'd share the inspiration with everyone via a few … {more}

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East Bay day camps that run until the end of summer

photo: Sarah's Science Camp School starts on different days for so many of us, and it appears the summer camps generally are winding up this week. For those who need camp after August 17, there are … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Aug 15 + 16)

Take a day trip up to Sonoma - ride the train (and roller coaster) at TrainTown, and then stop for a kid-friendly wine tasting at Larson Family Winery. Create something neat over a freshly brewed … {more}

Asian Art Museum Family Events

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco {Giveaway}

We are pleased to introduce a new sponsor today: The Asian Art Museum. The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has launched a super-family-friendly program to help kids get more out of the … {more}

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

A Parent’s Guide to 5 Bay Area Waterparks

Whitney and I have been doing the hard work of visiting the Bay Area's amazing collection of water parks in the hopes that we could form very strong opinions and break down all the options for you, … {more}

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Larson Family, kid-friendly Sonoma Winery

We've visited a handful of Napa/Sonoma wineries with kids in tow, and Larson Family is the one we keep coming back to. The dirt road driving up to the winery seems unassuming, but once on the grounds … {more}

Welcome to {510} families


This is our guide for parents to have more fun with their kids in the East Bay. You’ll find free and cheap activities for babies and kids in Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding areas.

Discover what you can do this weekend, where you can play, and how to find everything an East Bay family needs. Help us build this community: submit tips and make comments. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for visiting.

– Heather & Whitney, The Rookie Moms