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Classes for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay

  We've compiled a list of East Bay parent and tot classes throughout the Oakland and Berkeley area for babies, toddlers, … {more}


Fairyland in Oakland, a first-timer’s guide

Children's Fairyland is a storybook theme park for children under age 8 located on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland. … {more}

Little Ice Rink Alameda

7 places to take kids ice skating in the Bay Area

The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda is great for first-time skaters. Open until January 19 from noon to 10 … {more}


Weekend Planner (Dec 20 + 21)

Take a Winter Solstice Hike with your family through Sibley Volcanic Preserve. Too young for a hike? Make a Winter Solstice … {more}


It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping

Whether you stay in the car and do a "drive-by" or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday … {more}

Best games from Five Little Monkeys

Top picks for games and arts & craft toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for … {more}

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

My son loves going to live performances. Magicians, clowns, acrobats, singer/songwriters: they all hold the highest level of … {more}

SpotIt! from the Games your whole family will love, selected by 5 Little Monkeys toys

Rainy day activities for a hellastorm

When you have to hunker down with sandbags, it is not the best day to head to your favorite indoor playspace. Right? So … {more}

New Years Eve for children

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

Rather than watching TV until the wee hours of the night, there are some terrific kid-focused daytime celebrations for … {more}


Weekend Planner (Dec 13 + 14)

Tickets are still available for the Santa Breakfast in Piedmont, or the Holiday Pancake Breakfast in El Cerrito. Fun! Make … {more}

A guide to Chanukah events for Oakland, Berkeley families

Hanukkah Guide: Family-friendly events for the Festival of Lights

Our Chanukah Guide for East Bay kids is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Happy Chanukah from Sprout: … {more}

Clutter-free gifts for Bay Area families

Clutter-free gifts for East Bay families AKA Gifts for People Who Live in Small Houses

Thanks to Annika Dukes, a 510Families contributor, for helping me with this clever list of holiday gift ideas for East Bay … {more}


You’re invited to the most fun diaper drive ever!

  A few months ago, we told you about We Rock the Spectrum, an indoor play space in Berkeley, where kids can … {more}


Best building & learning toys from Five Little Monkeys (Sponsored)

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for … {more}


Baby’s Day Out with Totspot (photos)

Last week we hosted a Baby's Day Out at Brushstrokes Studio in Berkeley. Braving the rain and traffic, parents arrived with … {more}


Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

For years I'd heard that the best place to see holiday lights in the East Bay is in Alameda.  I knew that Santa Claus would … {more}


Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2014

If you’ve got a real Santa enthusiast in your family, you might want to know where else to find the Bearded One. Here are a … {more}


Weekend Planner (Dec 6 + 7)

Take your tots to a Winter Carnival - toss snowflakes, pin the nose on a snowman, make a craft, plus other fun tot-friendly … {more}

Holiday outings and activities for East Bay families

It’s that time of year: Holiday activities in the East Bay

Mountain View Cemetery Circle of Lights, Piedmont There are so many community events in celebration of the holiday season, … {more}

Fairyland's Jolly Trolly

Fairyland membership: is it worth it?

I think Fairyland is a wild and crazy place. It reminds me of the Brady Bunch or a throwback to the fifties. If you're a tiny … {more}

Best baby toys from Five Little Monkeys

Best baby toys & classic toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for … {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