Fairyland in Oakland, a first-timer’s guide

Fairyland

Children’s Fairyland is a storybook theme park for children under age 8 located on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Expect a mini-size fantasy world straight out of 1950 with kid-sized rides, fairytale sets, farm animals and quirky exhibits from a bygone era along with one heck of a puppet theater. You might see […]

7 places to take kids ice skating in the Bay Area

Little Ice Rink Alameda

The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda is great for first-time skaters. Open until January 19 from noon to 10 pm on weekends, plus every day during Winter Break; 3- 10 pm on weekdays after school returns to session. Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Details > Walnut Creek on […]

Top picks for games and arts & craft toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Best games from Five Little Monkeys

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for young children, curated by their staff. We urge you to shop local, even if you choose to buy online. We have linked to Five Little Monkeys’ online store for your convenience. Here […]

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.

Rainy day activities for a hellastorm

SpotIt! from the Games your whole family will love, selected by 5 Little Monkeys toys

When you have to hunker down with sandbags, it is not the best day to head to your favorite indoor playspace. Right? So instead of sending you OUT to the best places to go on a rainy day, we want to help you at home today. Stay safe! My kids are upstairs making LEGO creations […]

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

New Years Eve for children

Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.

Hanukkah Guide: Family-friendly events for the Festival of Lights

A guide to Chanukah events for Oakland, Berkeley families

Our Chanukah Guide for East Bay kids is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Happy Chanukah from Sprout: Helping Jewish Families Grow Together! Sprout is the Jewish Federation of the East Bay’s education initiative.  Chanukah is a time for family, friends, joy, and of course, light.  We are sharing this list of events […]

You’re invited to the most fun diaper drive ever!

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  A few months ago, we told you about We Rock the Spectrum, an indoor play space in Berkeley, where kids can swing, dress up, draw, jump, and climb. This week, 510 Families has joined forces with a Brownie Troop and We Rock the Spectrum to host a diaper drive for Oakland-based non-profit Help A […]

Best building & learning toys from Five Little Monkeys (Sponsored)

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Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for young children, curated by their staff. We urge you to shop local, even if you choose to buy online. We have linked to Five Little Monkeys’ online store for your convenience. Jungle […]

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

Where to see Santa in the East Bay: 2014

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If you’ve got a real Santa enthusiast in your family, you might want to know where else to find the Bearded One. Here are a few opportunities. We’ll update this list throughout the month. Bay Street Santa Photos (Emeryville) Saturday, December 6, from 11 am to 5 pm, classic Santa photos will be taken. Prices […]

It’s that time of year: Holiday activities in the East Bay

Holiday outings and activities for East Bay families

Mountain View Cemetery Circle of Lights, Piedmont There are so many community events in celebration of the holiday season, we thought we’d make a list to help you narrow in on a few that sound best for your family. PiedmontCommunity Hall Tree Lighting on Wednesday December 3rd at 7pm sharp Holiday Stroll in Montclair on […]

Fairyland membership: is it worth it?

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How many times would I have to go to Fairyland to pay off a membership? Is it worth it?

Christmas Tea: the 2014 round-up (Pinkies up!)

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is offering a Be a Kid Again Holiday Tea. (Photo courtesy Sir Francis Drake Hotel)

When my son and I experienced our first Christmas Tea last year, we had so much fun that we vowed to make it a yearly event. This year’s 510Families Christmas Tea edition takes you to some new San Francisco Bay Area locations — from a small-town eatery with homemade scones and Astroturf carpeting, to an elegant […]

LHS membership: is it worth it?

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How many times would I have to go to Lawrence Hall of Science to pay off my membership?

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids

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Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures in a 3-hour session Location: 379 Colusa […]

Our holiday traditions start with high tea

Christmas tea in the Bay Area

Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her holiday tea traditions today. Over the years, our family has built many traditions around the holiday season. We like to chop down our own tree, walk down Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda, visit Santa and his reindeer at the carousel in Tilden park, and make a […]