Does your preschool teacher deserve an award?


Local children’s museum, Habitot, is accepting nominations for their annual Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Awards. The teachers and childcare workers who win will receive a 2014 award, gift certificates, prizes and much-deserved recognition at an awards ceremony in late September. The nomination period is now open and the deadline is May 31, 2014. Classroom […]

Roughing It day camp in Lafayette {Giveaway}

Lafayette Reservoir: Site of Roughin' It day camp

Wow! This giveaway has huge value! A week of Roughing It day camp includes kayaking, horseback riding, outdoor skills, animal care all in the beautiful setting of the Lafayette Reservoir. Free bus transportation is available from Berkeley and Oakland as well as many Contra Costa and San Francisco locations. One week of this magical outdoor […]

It’s that time of the year: May is Bike Month

Get your kid riding

Put your helmet on and let’s ride! Bike East Bay (the coalition formerly known as the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) is offering family safety bike clinics, rodeos, helmet fittings, and street parties in addition to the usual Bike to Work and School rides. Find some more events on the EBBC website calendar. I requested their […]

{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 […]

Treebones Resort, kid-free vacation inspiration

Treebones Resort south of Big Sur, yurt glamping

For my birthday last year, I enjoyed the luxury of a few kid-free days driving down the coast with my husband. With only three days to be wild and free, we discovered Treebones Resort, a collection of deluxe yurts with ocean views and a killer restaurant somewhere south of Big Sur. With no in-unit toilets or […]

Profile: Adventure Playground

Berkeley's Adventure Playground

Kids can imagine, build, and decorate their own play structures with saws, hammers, nails, and paint. They earn the right to use these tools by collecting hazards like loose nails…

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 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,” […]

Ticket Alert: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy


A favorite book in my anti-princess household is Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, a picture-driven story about an active little girl who discovers the art of compromise on the playground when she and a playmate negotiate how to play together. {affiliate link: click to order this book on amazon} Bay Area Children’s Theatre brings this […]

See you at Cal Day?

visting the bug doctor

There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

{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 […]

Our birthday party at Pump it Up

The highs and lows of our family birthday party at Pump it Up

I’ve been a guest at Pump it Up parties before but this was my first time as a host-mom. I’m pretty sure that my kid got everything he wished for in a party. Its not cheap, but it was a ton of fun.

Weekend Planner (Apr 5 + 6)


  Build a birdbath at Home Depot’s free do-it-yourself workshop – all ages welcome. Become a chemists at Lawrence Hall of Science’s “Mixing Up Science” series for young explorers. Berkeley Playhouse presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - sounds F-U-N. It’s going to be a crafting party at North Berkeley Library’s Makerspace – sewing machines, clay, […]

Berkeley libraries provide free events all April long

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

As media sponsors of this program, we are thrilled to share the details with 510families readers. The Berkeley Public Library has been busy with remodels and renovations galore. Now it’s time to celebrate what a wonderful community resource we have. It’s a city-wide library-warming and everyone is invited! Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services told […]

12 things to do during a Spring Break staycation in the Bay Area

Things to do with Bay Area kids

How many of these day trips and adventures for grade school-age children can you squeeze into one week? A very low-budget shopping trip to spend one’s “own money” at the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-use. Tip: Used 3-ring binders and empty photo albums seem to keep my kids busy for hours. A day trip […]

Community learn-to-swim week coming to YMCA


From March 31 to April 3, 2014 The Berkeley YMCA is offering beginning swim lessons to children age 3 to 6 and radically reduced prices: $10 for all 4 days or FREE to head start members. No membership required. Register in person at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA.

Call for submissions: A Three-Year Olds’ Guide to Everywhere Fun

Eat ice cream you make at LHS

Does your preschool-aged kid have strong opinions about popular family-friendly Bay Area destinations? If so, we want to include them in our upcoming series, A Three-Year Olds’ Guide to Everywhere Fun! Don’t you hate it when you read some place is “kid-friendly” but discover once you get there that “kids” is defined as those who […]

Easter Egg hunts and activities in the East Bay

egg coloring april 2011

There are so many fun places to hunt for Easter Eggs and try to spot the Easter Bunny that we only have a partial list. Please share your favorites in the comments! Saturday April 12 Splash into spring egg scramble at Crab Cove Oakland Egg Hunt with appearances by the Easter Bunny & Amazing Steve […]