{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 their kids — the opportunity to better serve local businesses has grown, too. We are looking for an online advertising salesperson to join our team on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate lives in […]

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]

KidAdmit makes preschool enrollment easier {new sponsor!}

KidAdmit - Preschool Admissions management

Thanks to KidAdmit for sponsoring {510} Families this month. Preschool enrollment can feel like a part-time job for parents. Parents need to research their options, keep track of application dates, fill out forms, go on tours, and maybe even take the child to the school for a “playdate”, an age appropriate interview. When San Francisco […]

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

Oakland Childrens Hospital

Our local Children’s Hospital Oakland is part of a network of children’s hospitals called Children’s Miracle Network. Across the country, these partner hospitals have coordinated a virtual marathon, The Miracle Marathon, that will enable ANYONE to complete a marathon-ish distance and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital of their choice. For most of […]

{510} Families Faves with Ty Alper

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photo credit: Jamey Thomas Berkeley dad and Cal professor Ty Alper answered our questions about raising his three children in the East Bay. “Many of my favorite places in Berkeley to go with the kids are the places I spent time as a kid growing up here,” he said. What’s your favorite Saturday morning ritual? […]

Local authors: New cookbook by Erin Scott (Giveaway!)

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I received a copy of Yummy Supper in the mail from local author/photographer Erin Scott, and it’s a delight to look at. The stunning photographs make me want to head straight for the produce stand and load up on colorful ingredients. Erin Scott is a meat-eating, gluten-free home chef and mother of two who has […]

Fall Ball: A taste of Little League

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Albany Little League’s Fall Ball program allows kids to play baseball in a class-style format instead of on a team. For first-timers, er, I mean rookies, this is a great way to try the sport without the intense commitment that a Spring season of Little League requires. Kids must be seven by April 30, 2015 […]

Mommybites offers online and phone-based parenting help

Free online parenting classes

We’ve partnered with Mommybites, an organizer of short, one-session parenting classes on topics ranging from potty training to picky eating. The classes are free of charge, and require registration to get the call-in or log-on information. Some are via conference call – just listen in while an expert gives tips – and some are a […]

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

Stand-up comedy for East Bay kids; no 2-drink minimum.

Behind the scenes at Good Eggs

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Last week we popped over to Good Eggs in San Francisco to get to know that business a little better. I think Heather’s inner geeky engineer was enthralled by seeing the inner workings of a warehouse which is essentially an on-demand grocery store that fills up and empties twice per day. Here’s how it works: […]

Save the date: Free bowling

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We are an early rising family, so on the first day of summer, by 10 am, my children and I had already registered for Kids Bowl Free and bowled a game. The bowling alley opens at 9 am, and is pretty quiet at that time. An hour later, it starts filling with serious bowlers and […]

Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

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Registration is open for The Bay Area Children’s Theatre Youth Education Program, AKA YEP! fall semester musical performing arts classes in September. Children under age 10 will be putting together a production of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark this Fall. Students are segmented by ages 5-6 and 7-10. Classes in Piedmont, Alameda, and Pleasanton. […]

Backpack picks for a new school year

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this post contains affiliate links. When I started to write this post, deal-of-the-day site Zulily had a bunch of backpacks with great patterns and even better prices. Then, I identified the best choices in quality and sized for little ones (preschool thru 1st grade) on Amazon.  Here are my favorites that, by not being sold […]

Unaccompanied minors in the air

Kids flying alone on Southwest Airlines

My children, 7 and 9, flew Southwest to Los Angeles yesterday without a chaperone. Here’s how it works: My mom, the person on the receiving end of my most valuable air mail ever, purchased the tickets over the phone. It costs a non-refundable $50 per child per ticket ($100 round trip each) in addition to […]

Vacation Inspiration: Renting an RV

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“Whatever this vacation cost,” said my husband, who had almost nothing to do with the itinerary and reservations, “it was worth it.” That’s how I knew our family’s maiden RV voyage was a success. Yes, Arizona and Utah are uncomfortably hot in July, and yes, our real dream was to travel in Spain this summer, […]

Oakland Art & Soul festival this weekend

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland this weekend with live music, food, artist’s booths and a kid zone. Free attended bike parking and ferry access are also rounding out the transit options. Children under 12 are free while adult admission costs $10. (Teens and seniors cost […]

Mama’s little helper: Postmates

Some of my neighborhood choices on the Postmates app

Have you ever been lying prone, on the couch, telling your throw pillows that you would pay any amount of money if they could bring you chicken noodle soup from Saul’s? Or perhaps you wanted to deliver Summer Kitchen to your friend who just had a baby, but you are getting off the BART after […]