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}

Taking kids to Cal football games

Tips for taking kids to Cal football games

While gymnastics, swimming, track, and even baseball games at Cal are some of the best cheap family entertainment options in town, football is a bigger investment. Tickets are more expensive, games … {more}

Gearapalooza San Francisco

WIN: 2 Tickets to Gearapalooza for expectant moms

Win a pair of tickets to Gearapalooza San Francisco on October 8th. Gearapalooza is a spectacular baby gear and registry event for expectant parents held in the evening in San Francisco. Bump … {more}


{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous addition to our round-up of things to do with kids on Halloween! Kids … {more}


Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays at IKEA in Emeryville

Last year I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store's cafe where the … {more}


Weekend Planner (Oct 3 + 4)

It's pumpkin season! Attend the Harding Carnival for games, prizes, music, and a pumpkin patch. First of the month means it's a FREE museum weekend for Bank of America card holders. And … {more}

Celebrate 60 years of wild life at Lindsay Wildlife

Lindsay Wildlife’s 60th Birthday Bash & Community Festival

Thanks to Lindsay Wildlife Experience for sponsoring our post today AND for keeping life wild for 60 years and counting! Fall into The Wild is Sunday October 11, 2015 at Lindsay Wildlife’s 60th … {more}

Coffee Day Deals

East Bay deals for National Coffee Day

Tuesday, September 29 is National Coffee Day. So yes, you'll see a lot of coffee on Facebook and Instagram from your friends who like to honor these "holidays" which seem more like "marketing days", … {more}

Pumpkin patch girl

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Thanks to Speer Family Farm for sponsoring this year's pumpkin patch guide. Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin patches are all over the map (as are the patches … {more}


Perch: a kid-friendly cafe on Grand Ave. in Oakland

Perch not only welcomes toddlers to their clean, modern coffee shop; they have an entire playroom for them. With free wi-fi, smoothies blended from fresh ingredients, and toys, it's an almost … {more}

Annie Burke picks all her favorite East Bay things for families

{510} Family Faves with Outside Kids Annie Burke

I was so happy to sit down with Annie Burke in a tea shop in Berkeley and talk about our sons, her love of the outdoors, and how terrific it is to give children unstructured time to play and explore. … {more}

Brushstrokes Baby's Day Out sponsored by Scholarshare + 510families

Where can moms meet other new moms in the East Bay?

When I joined Support Group For Mothers back in 2004, I had one simple goal: to make a friend with the same-age baby. I knew I was about to meet ten women with babies close in age to mine, and I … {more}


Weekend Planner (Sept 26 + 27)

Sing along as Francisco Herrera strums his guitar at West Branch Library. Bring your chair and blanket for outdoor movie night at As You Wish Frozen Yogurt. Sing, dance and play in Italian with … {more}

Farmer's Markets in Oakland

East Bay Farmer’s Markets Guide for 510 Families

Thanks to Farmigo for sponsoring this guide to Farmer's Market's in the East Bay. Farmigo is an online farmers market where you can shop for fresh, sustainable food from local farmers you know and … {more}

Aurora's Preschool Frolic

Preschool Frolic at Aurora School is lots of fun

Last year, I took my three-year old to Aurora School for their first ever Science + Art Preschool Frolic. We both had a great time exploring their campus, listening to stories, playing on the yard, … {more}

Burke's Canoe Trip - Russian River

A day trip for a hot weekend: Burke’s Canoe Trips

One mile north of Forestville, CA sits a canoe put-in spot just steps from the Russian River, where Burke's Canoe Trips will outfit your family with a canoe, paddles and life-jackets for the day. This … {more}


Weekend Planner (Sept 19 + 20)

Jack London Square is hosting the Eat Real Festival. Lots of good food means we will be there. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a storytime at West Branch. Or visit South Branch … {more}

Love our Lake Day

Love Our Lake Oakland, this weekend!

Come Play in the Streets at the 3rd Annual Love Our Lake Day, Sunday, September 20 from 11am to 4pm! Hey there East Bay, we are all invited to play in the streets surrounding beautiful Lake … {more}

WIN VIP family prize package to Mini Maker Faire!

Save 15% on advance sale mini maker faire tickets with code: 510FAM. I'm super excited to tell you about our fantastic prize package this year. Not only can you win a family pack (2 adults … {more}

East Bay Private School Visitations and Tours

Guide to East Bay Independent Schools Open Houses and Tours

With the help of EBISA, the East Bay Independent Schools Association, we have assembled this guide to visitations, tours, and other prospective family events at our area's independent (AKA private) … {more}

Sky High Concord Trampoline Park

4 Bay Area trampoline parks

My kids and I have made the rounds to all the local trampoline parks, and it's one of their favorite things to do. Although it's an indoor activity, it's a ton of exercise. I always find that it's … {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