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}

Preschoolers guide to Lawrence Hall of Science by 510families.com

Three-year old’s guide to Lawrence Hall of Science

I am very happy to present this cheat sheet for Lawrence Hall of Science for preschoolers, the third in our series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you  have an … {more}

Oakland Museum with Kids

Scavenger hunt for kids visiting Oakland Museum

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is a pretty great destination. It's on my top five for outings with visiting grandparents. It's got modern art, history, and interactivity. Local dad and … {more}

Win a week of camp at Roughing It in Lafayette

{Giveaway} Summer camp at Roughing It

Yippee. We are going wild with excitement to give one week -- from June 29th-July 3rd, 2015 -- of Roughing It Outdoor Explorer day camp to a lucky reader. Roughing It Day Camp is a traditional, … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Apr 18 + 19)

Start your weekend off early at Habitot's 17th Birthday Celebration Friday night - get 50% discount using our 510family code. Sweet! Cal Day at UC Berkeley is ALWAYS a hit. So many things to do, … {more}

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See you at Cal Day?

There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and fourth grader have their eyes on auditing another physics … {more}

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Kids Bowl Free at Albany Bowl this summer

The Kids Bowl Free program is nationwide, and our local independent bowling alley in Albany participates. Simply go to the website KidsBowlFree.com/albany to register your child. Every week, free … {more}

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After-school programs in Berkeley

Many of you parents who just survived the process of enrolling for kindergarten need to figure out the whole after-school child care thing. Whether you sign up for a program that fills every … {more}

We Rock the Spectrum Birthday party: Berkeley venue

Berkeley birthday party venue: We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

We recently celebrated my son’s eighth birthday with a party at Berkeley's We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym. It was pretty stress-free and high fun for my energetic kids, so I vote it a success. The … {more}

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Free admission for Creativity Day at Children’s Creativity Museum in SF

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 the Children's Creativity Museum (CCM) in San Francisco will celebrate its third annual Creativity Day. This year's theme, "S.T.E.A.M. Powered Creativity," will feature … {more}

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Introducing Megan Small Photography

Based in Alameda, and serving the whole Bay Area, Megan Small has a family photography and event planning business. We were introduced by a friend when Megan moved to the 510. Heather hired Megan to … {more}

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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 Oakland, Berkeley and the greater {510} area for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pick a category or browse our whole list. If … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Apr 11 + 12)

Celebrate our earth at Berkeley's Bay Festival - dragon boats, food vendors and music. La Pena Cultural Center is putting on a family friendly concert with Fancy von Pancerton. Fun! Sip tea with … {more}

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{Giveaway} Win a Giants or A’s booster seat from Lil Fans

Baseball season has begun and we got an offer from Lil Fan we couldn't refuse. After reviewing their assortment of sports team licensed gear -- car seats and diaper bags -- we decided to combine a … {more}

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Baby’s Day Out at Brushstrokes for pre-crawlers

We are pleased to announce another fabulous event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with some local baby-loving companies to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun … {more}

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{510} Family Faves with Tru Kid founder Jennifer Bunkers

Jennifer Bunkers, Piedmont mom, is the creator of TruKid sunscreen and bath products, which is based in Oakland.  She coaches a variety of sports (girls' volleyball, boys' sand volleyball and boys' … {more}

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Ticket Alert: Fancy Nancy, Hairspray, and ANNIE

Three delightful musicals are coming to town and here's enough warning to buy tickets for your family. Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Fancy Nancy at Freight & Salvage Nancy loves glitter … {more}

Family Portraits Oakland

Portrait Parties with Candace Smith Photography

Oakland-based family photographer Candace Smith offers a unique package for capturing kids on film. Wait, do we still call it film? Families can host a portrait party with friends or cousins or … {more}

Parents Guide to Berkeley's Gilman District

Parents Guide to the Gilman District in Berkeley

Affectionately named the Gilman District in Berkeley, Gilman Street between the freeway and San Pablo Avenue has exploded over the past year in terms of awesomeness for families with lots of great … {more}

Win a week at Techknowhow Lego and Technology Summer Camps

{Giveaway} Summer camp at TechKnowHow LEGO & Technology Camps

We're geeking out over the next summer camp giveaway: one lucky reader will win a week at TechKnowHow LEGO & Technology Camps! TechKnowHow offers fun and enriching Technology, Computer and LEGO … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Apr 3 + 4)

There's no shortage of egg hunts this weekend - from Trader Joe's to the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, and everything else in between. BYOB. (Baskets, not beer.) Looking for something more than … {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