Sports Basement Berkeley: What’s in it for you?

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This weekend, the {510} Families families had a great time saying hello to readers at Berkeley’s new Sports Basement store where we allowed parents to “valet park” their children with babysitters while they shopped. Parents exclaimed at the deals they were getting, and the space, formerly Iceland skating rink, had such a unique feel, the […]

510 Family Faves: Mary McQueen, Oakland mom of three

Kaia Fit Oakland

Mary McQueen is a fitness guru among moms in Oakland. Formerly overweight herself, she now teaches Baby Boot Camp; runs a Kaia F.I.T. program; and coaches women on healthy eating and exercise. She has three children, and today she’s sharing some of her favorite activities for Bay Area parents. What’s your favorite family restaurant in […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

{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? […]

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 […]

Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

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As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign called me down an alley. Oh, yes! I enjoyed the “Naughty Mexican” (combo of “Naughty Cream” and “Mexican Chocolate”) oozed into a freshly-baked doughnut. I highly recommend for a treat if you’re in Temescal. […]

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

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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, […]