{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 – […]

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

{510} Family Faves with HackerMoms’ Hayden

510 Family Faves with Hayden

Hayden is the mama of two young children, Breccan (2.5 yrs) and Brolin (8 mo), and the co-founder of Mothership HackerMoms. I’m thrilled that she answered some of our questions about her favorite places in the East Bay and beyond. HackerMoms combats the isolation of motherhood and the need to balance family, work and creativity. […]

{510} Family Faves with Kirsten of Revolution Foods

kirsten-revolution

Kirsten Saenz Tobey is a Berkeley mom and one of the brains behind Revolution Foods. Last week, she answered my questions about her favorite aspects of family life in the East Bay. What ‘hood do you claim in the East Bay? We live on Grizzly Peak, so we’re right at the top of the Berkeley […]

{510} Family Faves: Devi in Berkeley

An architect/mom in Berkeley

Devi Dutta is an architect and mother of three children in Berkeley. She recently published a handbook-meets-memoir of her experience renovating a house — Learning from the Hip: A Pocket Manifesto for your Home Improvement Project. Today Devi answers my questions about life in Berkeley. What neighborhood are you in and what is it known for? […]

{510} Family Faves: Brandi who knows it all

Brandi, East Bay mama

Brandi and her 4-year old daughter, Ayva moved to Oakland last September from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be with her fiance. She blogs at Mama Knows It All and works as the community manager for Collective Bias, which has an office in Oakland. What’s special about your pocket of the East Bay? We live in the […]

{510} Family Faves with Padmini

{51} Family Faves with Padmini

Oakland mom of two, Padmini Rangamani, is a postdoc at UC Berkeley trying to figure out the physics underlying cells. When she’s not doing that, she and her son Tejas (age 6) and daughter Medha (nearly 3) are probably eating ice cream. She is sharing her favorite places with us today. Thanks, Padmini! What’s your […]

{510} Family Faves: Dan Goldwater in Berkeley

dan-monkeylectric

Berkeley dad Dan Goldwater is the dude behind MonkeyLectric bicycle lights. I asked him to share his favorite East Bay haunts with us. What’s your favorite activity for 1:1 time with your toddler? We like to go hiking in Tilden. First stop by the petting zoo, then go for a hike. Yoshi can do about […]