Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, 'tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in … {more}

5 steps to babyproof your dog #babies

Five steps to babyproof a dog

My friend Laurie in Oakland is working with dog trainer Michael Wombacher, author of Good Dog, Happy Baby, to improve her … {more}

Oakland Moms: working out with baby in tow

Working out with a stroller at Lake Temescal

Our guest poster today is Mary McQueen who runs Baby Bootcamp in Oakland and Alameda. She leads group workouts for parents … {more}

The 3-year olds guide to the Exploratorium #preschoolers #toddlers #sanfrancisco

A three-year old’s guide to the Exploratorium

My three-year old loved the monochromatic room I am very proud to present the first in our long series: The three-year olds … {more}

Milkcharm Baby Bottle Organizer #bayarea

Cool new parenting products from Bay Area companies

Whitney and I just returned from a whirlwind 44-hour trip to Las Vegas for the ABC Kids Expo of the whole world of juvenile … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Sept 13 + 14)

Will you be one of the 250,000 attending Solano Stroll this Sunday? Of course you will! See you there. Join the Alphabet … {more}

Dance Classes for Preschoolers in Oakland and Berkeley

Dance classes for preschoolers in the East Bay

Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) Mommy and Me classes are for 3-4 year olds and Pre-Ballet is for 4-5s. Visit website for … {more}

Ivy Bean Musical

Ticket Alert: Ivy + Bean and Disney on Ice

Ivy + Bean are coming back for another run in Berkeley. Bay Area Children's Theatre is repeating the popular musical … {more}

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Half-day trip: Fremont’s Central Park

If you haven't spent time in Fremont, you might not be aware that it is home to a 450-acre park with an enormous lake in the … {more}

Aqua Adventure in Fremont

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This is my backyard on Summer. Last week, I was thrilled to deposit my three children back-to-school. Though we had a … {more}

{Help Wanted} Part-time ad sales

As 510Families.com has grown in reach -- becoming a favorite of East Bay parents seeking ways to spend quality time with … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Sept 6 + 7)

Visit a museum. It's Bank of America's Free Museum weekend, and also Free First Sunday at OMCA. Build a birdhouse at Home … {more}

Where to play ping pong in Albany

Ping-pong tables in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis "club" on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny … {more}

KidAdmit - Preschool Admissions management

KidAdmit makes preschool enrollment easier {new sponsor!}

Thanks to KidAdmit for sponsoring {510} Families this month. Preschool enrollment can feel like a part-time job for … {more}

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Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

This free evening concert series at Albany's Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic … {more}

September is National Library Card Sign-Up

September is library card sign-up month

Do you want to get a first library card? Did your kid lose his card several months ago and has been borrowing his brother's … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Aug 30 + 31)

Oakland Pride is Sunday! Watch the parade and then have some family fun at the Children's Garden. Watch Rango at the … {more}

Oakland Childrens Hospital

Children’s Hospital Oakland Miracle Marathon: The easiest marathon you’ll ever do

Our local Children's Hospital Oakland is part of a network of children's hospitals called Children's Miracle Network. Across … {more}

Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween happenings at Disneyland

Next month, I'll have the opportunity to take my children (age 3, 7, and 9) to Disneyland for the first time EVER. And while … {more}

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{510} Families Faves with Ty Alper

photo credit: Jamey Thomas Berkeley dad and Cal professor Ty Alper answered our questions about raising his three children … {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


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