Kids eat free Tuesdays at IKEA

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Last month I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to move […]

{510} Family Faves from This is Oakland

{510} Family Faves from creator of This is Oakland

We are excited to tell you that This is Oakland — a gorgeous loveletter of a book to our East Bay metropolis — is now available for purchase. We want to thank co-creator Melissa Davis for sharing her favorites with us today. Melissa lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three-year-old son, and runs […]

{510} Family Faves with children’s author, Ben Brunetti

(510) Family Faves with children's author Ben Brunetti

Ben Brunetti is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker/writer/illustrator in the process of writing a series of children’s books and developing preschool TV shows. His first children’s book, Please Share, is a story to help teach toddlers (and his own kids) about sharing and is currently on Kickstarter. We thank him for sharing his Bay Area parenting faves with us today. Who […]

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

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  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 […]

My children’s favorite restaurants

Favorite East Bay restaurant: Homemade Cafe in Berkeley

Burgers, pizza, and Mexican food reign supreme in my family. If you want to please my sons, just take them one of these places! They don’t go for fancy in breakfast food, either. If the place doesn’t serve french toast, then forget about it! Some of my own beloved brunch spots don’t make their cut. Homemade […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Jessie Susannah

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Jessie Susannah

I’m excited to bring you one more in our series project profiling contributors to Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps tips to sex-positive parenting. Jessie Susanna is the seventh (and final maybe!) in our continuing series. Jessie wears many hats: Ima to Avi Grace; single parent healing […]

{510} Family Faves: Oakland comedian Rob Baedeker

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On the TODAY show this week, Oakland dad Rob Baedeker presented a handful of tips for making conversation with strangers. “Make it about stories, not questions,” he said. “How are you?” is a dead end conversation starter, he warned.  Try this instead: “Would you rather give up gluten or caffeine for the rest of your […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Michelle Cruz Gonzales

{510} Family Faves: Michelle is a Hip Mama

I’m excited to bring you one more in our series project profiling contributors to Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps tips to sex-positive parenting. Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the sixth in our continuing series. Michelle teaches English/Creative Writing at Las Positas College; she was […]

Carnivorous plants go CHOMP! at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers - Carnivorous Plants

Thanks to The Conservatory of Flowers for their sponsorship of 510Families.com. The Conservatory of Flowers, one of the most wondrous spots in Golden Gate Park, opens a new exhibit on April 11: CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. “Carnivorous plants are one of the sure fire ways to get people excited about plants kids especially,” […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Airial Clark

{510} Family Faves: Airial is a Hip Mama

We’re going strong on a very cool project profiling different contributors to two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from sex-positive parenting tips to childcare swaps. This is the fifth in our continuing series. Today’s guest is Airial Clark, MA, a writer, storyteller and sexuality educator […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad, Craig Elliott

{510} Family Faves: Craig is a Rad Dad

We’re going strong on a very cool project profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from sex-positive parenting tips to childcare swaps. This is the fourth in our ongoing series. Today’s guest is Craig Elliott, an Alameda-based father of two sons, […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad, Danny Goot

{510} Family Faves: Danny Goot is a Rad Dad

We’re in the middle of a fun project profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps to sex-positive parenting tips. This is the third in our series. Today’s guest is Danny Goot, an artist, roaster, writer, and wicked barista […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad, Robert Trujillo

{510} Family Faves: Robert Trullio is a Rad Dad

For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps to sex-positive parenting tips. This is the second in our series. Today’s guest is Robert Trujillo, a 34-year old Oakland native and father to […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad Tomas Moniz

{510} Family Faves: Tomas Moniz is a Rad Dad

For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps to sex-positive parenting tips. Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now […]

Sugar Bowl ski resort for little skiers

Sugar Bowl Ski School - Review on 510Families.com

Sugar Bowl ski resort in Tahoe has enough snow right now to offer a great experience for families, and I road-tested it for you. Last year I recommended Northstar (also open due to sophisticated snow-making capabilities) after my kids made significant progress there on the road to skiing. This year we discovered that Sugar Bowl […]

{510} Family Faves with Dave Room of “Pacha’s Pajamas”

Pacha's Pajamas album cover

This week, we meet local dad Dave Room, a Stanford-educated engineer who is also the co-creator (with Aaron Ableman) of an award-winning children’s pop musical and album called Pacha’s Pajamas. Dave is the father of 11-year-old Melia. The 12 songs on the album tell a story about a little girl named Pacha, who panics the night […]

{510} Family Faves with Kangaroo Stitches Katie

Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]