Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do love sushi boats! At Takara Sushi in Rockridge, kids are often the primary patrons at the bar between about 5pm and 6:3opm. You can watch boats float by right within your grasp (mercifully behind a […]

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering. So, what else is going on? Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on […]

Classes for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay

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  We’ve compiled a list of East Bay parent and tot classes throughout the Oakland and Berkeley area for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pick a category or browse our whole list. If your favorite class for kids age 0-5 is missing, share it in the comments. Play & Learn | Music | Art | Language & […]

Reader tip: Turn candy into CASH!

Turn Halloween candy into cash

I received this tip from a local dentist, Total Health Dental Care, that turns Halloween candy into money. This program can line your kid’s pockets or kickstart a PTA-fundraising drive with a little (ok, a LOT of) coordination. Those of you with kids know that this time of year brings a ton of unwanted candy […]

Drop-in daycare at Ruby’s Tumbling in Alameda

Ruby's Tumbling in Alameda offers drop-in daycare

Ruby’s Tumbling, which offers gymnastics classes to children as young as new walkers (with parent participation), has a unique program that sounds like a dream for parents of preschool age children. Every Monday from 9 AM to noon, Ruby’s invites children 2 and up to stay and play on the mats and climbing equipment while […]

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Our trip to Disneyland

The Frozen float is now at Disneyland

I’m just back from our first ever visit to Disneyland, and we had a blast. While my children loved the haul of a bag full of chocolate candy one month early at Mickey’s Halloween party, most of our fun happened outside the space of the party (which I recommend for much older kids or adults). […]

East Bay favorites from a Berkeley Girl Scout troop

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A troop of soon-to-be Brownies in Berkeley are the co-authors of this post.  At a September meeting , the second graders were asked to recommend a fun place to go with kids in the East Bay. They wrote their responses on index cards and submitted them to us to publish. +++ Genki is my favorite […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

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International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all types, you can proudly carpool, walk, ride the bus, bike, scooter. Be on the lookout for “walking school buses”, groups of children and parents meeting up to walk to school together. My sons typically walk to […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Free Baby Boot Camp class for {510} Families readers

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We are pleased to announce a fun event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with Baby Boot Camp to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun morning outing from 9.30 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 9. Please join us for an outdoor workout with babies and toddlers in strollers. Mary McQueen […]

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $12 per visit per child. We’ll have more details in the coming week, […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

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Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but I’d take a guess that there’s some daily frustration behind almost every door through which children must exit with shoes on their feet and lunchboxes in their hands. The thing that frustrates me the […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

Free admission days at the Exploratorium

Exploratorium with Kids

A family of four entering San Francisco’s Exploratorium can cost $96 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so putting their free admission days on your calendar is a wise move. The first one is Latino Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería on Sunday, September 28, 2014. All are welcome, but the Exploratorium […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.