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


Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

Holiday outing: Lake Merritt water sleighs and caroling

Lake Merritt Holiday Boat

At 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings until December 22, families can ride a “water sleigh” on Lake Merritt for a special holiday treat. Rides are $6 per person or groups can charter a sleigh for $100 and bring up to 19 people, leaving anytime between 3 pm and 8 pm. Tours […]

Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2013


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 few opportunities. We’ll update this list throughout the month. Santa on Solano (Berkeley/Albany) Free photo with Santa as well as snacks and live entertainment from 12-4 on December 14th and […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of non-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. My son and I attended Yo Gabba Gabba Live AND went to Disneyland last week, so I think I’m done. If you’ve got more large-scale theater energy to spread around this month, here are some of the local […]

Holiday Happenings: Berkeley Tree Lighting Ceremony


Friday, December 6 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, a tree-lighting ceremony will light up Downtown Berkeley, near the BART station. Family-friendly festivities will include a Nutcracker preview performance, holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Holiday happenings: Jack London Square Tree Lighting

Jack London Square Holiday

Friday, December 6, an evening event at Jack London Square will kick off the holiday festivities at that waterfront destination. From 5 to 7:14 pm, family-friendly programming will generate excitement leading up to a 7:15 tree lighting. Santa will arrive by way of a “water sleigh” at 5:15 PM. Also, Bay Voyager will be hosting […]

It’s Free! Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock

Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately.

What to do when you learn that lice is going around your class

What to do when there's lice in your child's classroom

This post was written and sponsored by the savvy women of Nit Pixies in Montclair, a full-service lice removal salon for families. You unzip the zipper and there it is: the dreaded letter about a lice outbreak in your child’s class. Quickly you pour a glass of wine and begin to panic. Our first piece […]

50 things to do with Bay Area kids when school is closed


With so many vacation days on the horizon, we wanted put together a list of destinations for our fellow families with grade school children to explore the Bay Area this Winter. Enjoy! Thanks to Chabot Space and Science Center for sponsoring this post. All of the content was created by 510 Families. Watch the knives […]

Drop-in craft projects at Michael’s stores (Emeryville)


My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity. Every Saturday, […]

Ticket Alert: Yo Gabba Gabba Live coming to Paramount Theater in Oakland


This year’s traveling Yo Gabba Gabba live show is holiday themed and will be at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on Sunday, December 1 for two shows: 2 pm and 5 pm. (Finally, someone who produces shows for young children does not schedule them for 7 pm!) My family has been fans of the Yo Gabba Gabba […]

Tech Tuesday: Keepy is an app that lets you throw kids’ art away

Keepy, an art-saving app

If I kept everything my children bring home from school, I would be drowning in twelve times as much paper as I actually am. It’s hard enough, finding things in my own house. I’m glad I came upon the idea of photographing children’s art, certificates, and other masterpieces before disassembling them or recycling them. Now, […]

Mama’s little helper: Munchery prepared dinners

Munchery, Bay Area food delivery

Rationalizing that we need to be able to tell our 510 Families readers about it, Heather and I both ordered dinners from Munchery, and to skip to the bottom line: we’d do it again. In fact, I’m pretty sure she already has. Munchery delivers fresh, prepared meals from a broad menu of restaurant-style entrees, salads, […]

Gem of the East Bay: Rock City trail at Mt Diablo State Park


510 Families reader Christa posted photos of her family exploring Rock City at Mt Diablo State Park and it reminded me that I’ve always wanted to go there. photos: Christa Dahlstrom Mt. Diablo State Park is near Walnut Creek (North Gate Road into the park) and Danville (South Gate Road). Within the park there are […]

East Bay family photographers: Reader’s favorites


photo: Laura Turbow We asked you guys what Bay Area family photographer you recommend for capturing your kids. Wow, was it fun to click through all the websites of these talented folks.  Here are the photographers you all shared with us. Top Five Bay Area Family Photographers These are the names that were mentioned numerous […]

Ticket Alert: Hot Peas ‘N Butter from Nickelodeon in Livermore


This post is sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Multilingual kids band Hot Peas ‘N Butter will play an afternoon show on Sunday, November 17 at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Parents and professional musicians Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto created the band in 2000 when they were inspired to bring to other […]