East Bay Summer Camp Guide

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2015)

We've put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. There's still lots of time to register for most of these, you can use Activity Hero EasyEnroll to register for … {more}

Judy Blume - Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival hosts Judy Blume and we’ve got two tickets to give away!

The Bay Area Book Festival is taking over Downtown Berkeley on June 6 and 7th. There will be a Teen Stage and a Children's Stage with programming for those two age groups, as well as tons of … {more}

Cherry harvest in Brentwood

Brentwood farms fruit picking, tips for families

Monday, I drove four boys out to Brentwood to go fruit-picking. I was vague in my promises -- berries, cherries, apricots, or whatever they have. You like blackberries? Olallieberries? Maybe them too! … {more}

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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Memorial Day Weekend Planner (May 23 – 26)

It's a long weekend! Take a short trip. We're thinking Santa Cruz. Any plans for you? Make some patriotic art at MOCHA - red, white and blue sun-catchers. Pretty. Craft an American flag … {more}

#EastBayOpenStreets #LoveOurHood

Love Our Neighborhood Day (2015)

Another terrific East Bay Open Streets event is coming to the {510}. North Oakland/Golden Gate and Southwest Berkeley will be rolling out the welcome mat for a big crowd on Saturday, May 30th from 11 … {more}

library

Summertime reading games reward library visits

Does your child need incentive to pick up a book? If so, the various public libraries offer stickers, charts, bookmarks, and some cool kid-sized prizes for reading and stopping by the library. These … {more}

Inspiration Point Hike in Berkeley

ME time with friends around the East Bay

This is the second post in our series about ME time, sponsored by domain.ME. As all parents know, most hours of the day are quickly sucked up being at work, driving kids around, preparing food, and … {more}

How to get kids to listen without nagging reminding or yelling #pps #510families

Free online positive parenting class

I have taken a free online parenting class with Amy McCready three times, and each time I felt refreshed with new ideas for positive discipline solutions. Because we get so much positive feedback … {more}

Three-year olds guides to fun stuff in the Bay Area #preschoolers #510families

Three-year olds’ guides to the Bay Area

Pushing a baby through a museum is all about the YOU with occasional pit stops to feed or change your companion. But a two- or three-year old? They have very strong opinions about where you go and … {more}

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Parent, Baby, and Toddler Classes at Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Then Comes Baby, the resource and lounge for new parents in Oakland, is home base for a bunch of classes that are starting up soon. We thought we'd share some highlights. New parent … {more}

Win a week of summer camp from Kids from the Bay and #510families

{Giveaway} KIDS for the BAY summer camp

We are loving this chance to giveaway a fun- and education-filled week of summer camp at KIDS for the BAY to a lucky reader! KIDS for the BAY provides a fun-filled summer of hands-on science and … {more}

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Weekend Planner (May 16 + 17)

The Makers Faire in San Mateo is all weekend long. It is AWESOME. Go. Attend the Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park - arts, music and authentic food. Octopretzel is performing at The Freight with a … {more}

Sand raccoons at the Alameda Sculpture Contest

Alameda’s Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest 2015

Save the date and scare up your sand tools: Saturday June 6th, you'll want to grab your shovels, pails, and your children and head over to Crown Memorial Beach for fun in the sand. Register at the … {more}

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Animal Discovery Room at Lawrence Hall of Science

My experience at the Lawrence Hall of Science is that there are nooks and crannies of the building that one might miss in her first few visits. If you haven't spent much time on the downstairs level … {more}

Happy preschooler at Antioch Water Park

9 camps for rising Kindergartners

While many preschools go through the summer, some do not, which may leave working parents in a bit of a bind, especially when they discover that so many day camps start at age 6. We've compiled a … {more}

Q-zar Arcade Laser tag birthday party in Concord

Birthday party venue in Concord: Q-Zar Laser Tag

We celebrated my son's tenth birthday with a trip to Q-Zar laser tag in Concord. For $150, our small group completed two battles in the arena (with other folks) before returning home to pizza and … {more}

Floyd, the giraffe at the SF Zoo

Father’s Day Giveaway: Behind the Scenes Tour of the San Francisco Zoo

Thanks to the San Francisco Zoo for sponsoring this giveaway. We have a very special prize to give away this week. I love an experience on which you cannot put a price tag, although when pushed, … {more}

San Mateo Maker Faire

Maker Faire 2015 is this weekend in San Mateo

If you like to get your tools out and invent in a crafty, constructy, tinkery kind of way then you should head south for the 2015 Maker Faire. There are several excellent exhibits for curious kids … {more}

Disneyland Diamond Celebration: Mickey and Minnie

Disneyland 60th anniversary celebration this summer

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015 and the party goes all summer long. They'll be celebrating with lots of nighttime special treats including a glittering electric parade, … {more}

Lake Anza in Berkeley

Go jump in a lake! Temescal and Anza are open on weekends

Oakland's Lake Temescal and Tilden Park's Lake Anza maintain the same schedule: open weekends until Memorial Day, then open daily with lifeguard supervision from 11 am to 6 pm. While your dogs are … {more}


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