Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}


One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of a birthday party worth $168. Located in the South Shore Center in Alameda, Color Me Mine is a pottery painting studio that brings creative fun to kids, with no mess for parents. […]

Would you like to foster kittens for a few weeks?

Foster Kitten from Oakland shelter

My family has hosted a long list of cats and kittens in our home, without committing to keeping any of them. My children love having these furry little guests; I love that their presence doesn’t last forever; and Hopalong, the Oakland shelter that works to place animals in their “forever homes”, loves that we are […]

Drop-in day camps for East Bay kids

Head over Heels camp or PNO

When our summer vacation schedule doesn’t require full weeks of day camp, it’s nice to be able to use a day or two here and there. East Bay camps that offer day rates are: Steve and Kate’s (Berkeley at The Berkeley School; Oakland at Park Day School) This multi-disciplinary camp has a unique kid-driven agenda, […]

10 places to go on the 4th of July


Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014: Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Thursday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for the holiday. Visit the […]

{Help Wanted} Part-time ad sales

As 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 […]

When to go to the Alameda County Fair

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles. I took my children on opening day which was the smartest move I could have made, because admission for all three of us was three […]

Michael’s stores offer 2-hour craft sessions for $2 each

Michael's Stores offer craft sessions three times per week

In addition to the drop-in craft classes Michael’s stores (Pinole, Emeryville, and San Leandro) offer, the Passport to Imagination program that kicks off June 16th offers even more low-cost interactive kid fun. For seven weeks, on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, at 10 am the stores will host a 2-hour program whose theme is Museums around […]

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Studio Grow Berkeley

Do you ever think, “Oh man, this place is so cool! 510Families should know about it.” We’d love it if you submit a tip, but if you’re out and about and want to be quick about it, just take a photo and hashtag it Or, send it to the @510Families profile. If you follow […]

{510} Family faves from Berkeley mom & city council candidate, Lori Droste


  I met Lori Droste (right) at a cafe on Sacramento Street to learn more about what a City Council member does. She had her younger child, Cora June, in tow, and we chatted about what makes Berkeley special.  “No one bats an eye at a two-mom household,” for example, she says. Here are some […]

East Bay Summer Outdoor Movie Round-Up


Though we rarely see short-sleeves-in-the-evening temperatures in the Bay Area, summer is the best chance we’ve got for outdoor movies that aren’t at the Concord drive-in. (Which is totally worth doing, by the way.) If your kids can stay up past 9 pm, there are a few opportunities to set up camp and watch a […]

East Bay Father’s Day Guide


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, and there are as many fun ways to spend a day with Dad as there are dads. Here are a few ideas for East Bay families looking for together time and gift ideas. Make a gift Want to help the kids make something, but don’t know where to start? […]

Cheap summer movies in Richmond and Walnut Creek

Cheap summer movies in the East Bay

  The Cinemark theater chain has a series of kid-friendly movies scheduled and offered at super low prices to attract the out-of-school crowd as part of Summer Movie Clubhouse. The films are all rated G or PG. Tickets are $1 for both adults and children; $5 for a pass to the whole series. The Century […]

Cheap summer movies in Alameda


For $10 per person, you can go to every movie in the Kids Movie Series this summer hosted by The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Central Ave in Alameda. That’s about a dollar per movie, when you buy the movie “sheets” of tickets online. Showings are 10 am on both Tuesday and Wednesdays, and the […]

Good idea: personalized Father’s Day cards from

Adorable personalized Father's Day cards from Treat

For Valentine’s Day, I ordered a card for my husband from Tiny Prints because I was seduced by their offer for me to customize the card. I used our names and a photo of the two of us, and I thought it looked pretty awesome. Hey, Tiny Prints, you’re not just for Christmas cards anymore!

Summer fairs and festivals for East Bay families

East Bay street festival and fair schedule - Summer 2014

Here is a list of outdoor street fairs and festivals to pencil into your summer plans, following on the heels of the Family Fun Festival in Downtown Berkeley and Chocolate and Chalk in North Berkeley, both on May 31: June Saturday, June 7 Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest 9 am to 1 pm Kidcentric […]

Taking the San Francisco Bay Ferry

Ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco

This weekend, my family rode the ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco, just for the thrill of it. My kids did not have much interest in our destination, San Francisco’s epicurean Ferry Building and adjacent farmer’s market, because it was terribly crowded. They couldn’t see anything, and they’re not inclined toward gourmet food. […]

KidFest: Memorial Day weekend in Concord


Bay Area KidFest, a 3-day event combining live entertainment, activities and sports for children and 100 arts & crafts exhibitors, kicks off this Saturday in Concord. Be clear, the vendors are there to sell you something, whether it’s loyalty to Scooby Doo (compliments of Cartoon Network) or simply pizza, but so much fun will be […]