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}


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}

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Oakland Art & Soul festival 2015

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland with live music, food, artist's booths and a kid zone. Free attended bike parking and ferry access are also … {more}

Plank: Bowling Alley in Jack London Square

Plank offers family-friendly entertainment during non-peak hours

Plank, a bowling-alley-meets-gastropub-meets-entertainment-center in Jack London Square, is home to a state-of-the-art arcade with a hipster Oakland vibe. Reclaimed wood and modern fixtures, along … {more}

Penguin March

Weekend Planner (Aug 1 + 2)

It's the first weekend of the month, which means Bank of America card holders get in FREE to a variety of museums. Check one out. Two penguins are graduating from the SF Zoo's Fish School - see them … {more}

Oakland Girls Rock Band Camp

Kid Report: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Today's guest reporter is Victoria, an 11-year old drummer who lives in Oakland and Pinole. Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a fun place! It’s an all-girls space where we can go to learn to play … {more}


Twins by the Bay: A support resource for twin parents

Twins by the Bay is a support group and network for new and expectant parents of multiples. Members attend meetings where they will meet other multiple parents, be invited to hear guest speakers … {more}

Win a week of dinner from Spoonrocket

Win a week of dinner from Spoonrocket

I am so excited to have Spoonrocket as our sponsor and giveaway partner today! I'm a longtime fan of Spoonrocket on-demand food delivery service. I am frequently impressed with the variety of … {more}


PROaupair offers experienced, professional childcare (sponsored)

Thanks to PROaupair for sponsoring 510Families.com today. One of the hardest things about leaving my kids with other adults is worrying that the babysitter won't "get" my kid and that someone … {more}

Kid report on getting ears pierced at Zebra Tattoo Piercing parlor

Kid Report: Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing, A good place to get your ears pierced

Our guest reporter today is Fiona G. who will be in sixth grade at King Middle School this fall when school starts again. She is almost eleven. Zebra is a good place to go to get your ears … {more}

Moms Night Out with Scholarshare

Had me a blast at the {510} moms’ night out!

Scholarshare and UrbanSitter threw a big party with us at the New Parkway Theatre on Sunday evening. Instead of sweating it out during the witching hour, dozens of us were toasting with chilled … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 26 + 27)

In case you didn't already know, the Berkeley Kite Festival is this weekend. Let's all go fly a kite! You bring the beat, they'll supply the drums at Drummm! - a community drumming event. Find a … {more}

FREE Kid-friendly movies at Sports Basement

5 reasons to go to Friday free movies at Sports Basement

Do you have a friend who is always happy to host you potluck-style for movies in the den? Now you do! Every other Friday night from July through October, Sports Basement Berkeley is hosting a FREE … {more}

Beach Blanket Babylon: SF skyline crazy hat

Is Beach Blanket Babylon good for kids?

My husband and I were recently treated to a performance of the long-running (since 1974!) theater musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon. Having seen a version of this ever-changing show fifteen years … {more}

Circus Extreme at the Oakland Arena

Ticket Alert: Circus at Oakland’s Oracle Arena

From August 13 through 17, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents a new show,  Circus XTREME, at Oakland's Oracle Arena. Tickets are on sale now. This traditional circus includes … {more}


What to expect at Pedalfest 2015

Pedalfest at Jack London Square -- Oakland's free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food -- is back on July 25th from 11am to 7pm. In collaboration with Bike East Bay, enjoy dare devil stunts, … {more}

Waterworld in Concord - Bay Area Day Trip

Waterworld: A mega waterpark in Concord (with discount link)

For my daughter's eighth birthday, we took her and three of her friends, plus my 10-year old son, to Waterworld California, the largest waterpark in the Bay Area, which is in Concord, about 30 minutes … {more}

We thought we would find a geocache hidden here

Kid Report: Geocaching in the East Bay

Our Kid Reporter today is Soren who will be starting Kindergarten this year. I started geocaching after my mom told me about it. We watched videos to learn how to do it [Editor/Mom's … {more}

Boomerang Bay at Great America

Boomerang Bay Water Park at Great America, the most fun water park you should probably skip

I spent about two hours in the far end of California's Great America at Boomerang Bay whooping it up with my older sons (age 8 and 10) and husband. During our visit, we did not get a chance to ride … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 18 + 19)

Join the block party in downtown Berkeley - eat, drink, and dance in the streets. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Fentons' - BBQ, face painting, and FREE ice cream of course. LGBTQ families … {more}

Twirl art studio for kids in Alameda

Twirl in Alameda: The East Bay’s Newest Indoor Play Space

As an Alameda parent, I’ve always been a little bit jealous of the indoor play spaces for young kids in Berkeley, Oakland, and other East Bay cities.  Alameda is such a kid-friendly town, but the lack … {more}


Inviting all 510 kids to submit articles this summer

From now until August 15, we'll be accepting submissions from the kids of the 510. What camps have they loved? What restaurant do they always request? If they get to choose, which playground do they … {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