The San Francisco Zoo is full of surprises

Elinor Friend Playground at the SF Zoo is amazing

Tucked away by Ocean Beach, it took nearly an hour to get to the San Francisco Zoo from my house so it felt more like a daytrip than a simple outing. But what a daytrip! First, the animals I was on a scavenger hunt for animals that I don’t see at other places like the […]

Indoor fun in the East Bay: 8 things to do on rainy days

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  Wow, can the time pass slowly inside the house on a rainy day! Here are 10 things for East Bay parents to consider for entertainment: Tinkering project. Consult a kids’ science or cooking book for ideas and then make a list of supplies. Try Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments or Bean Appetit for […]

Kid to kid toy exchange, what a great idea!

From Kid2Kid toy exchange in South Berkeley

We’re happy to introduce you to From Kid 2 Kid, a toy swapping service and part-time play space in the Lorin District of South Berkeley. Started by two local best-friend moms, Nina and Jessie, their mission is to prolong the lifecycle of toys by keeping useable ones out of landfills and in the hands of […]

{510} Baby’s Day Out at Brushstrokes with TotSpot

{510} Families Baby's Day Out at Brushstrokes

We are pleased to announce another fabulous event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with some local baby-loving companies to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun morning outing from 9 am to 11 am on Wednesday, December 3. Please join us at Brushstrokes Studio in Berkeley to make a footprint momento and […]

Reader tip: Spring baseball sign-ups right now

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North Oakland/ South Oakland Little League (AKA NOLL/SOLL, which includes Berkeley south of Virginia) registration is now open for all divisions, ages 5 through 14, on the NOLL/SOLL website. El Cerrito Youth Baseball accepts players regardless of location; register now on the ECYB website; fees increase on December 1. Batter up!

Stateside Bakery for treats you’ll both love

Stateside Bakery brought to you by Cupkates

I grew up on Hostess Twinkies and Pop Tarts; it even says so on our About page. But now, I’m a Berkeley mama and my children don’t do That Stuff. Lucky for us, there is a sweet middle ground in which wholesome ingredients make tasty treats that we can all feel good about. Look at these […]

50 things to do with Bay Area kids when school is closed

50 things to do in the Bay Area with kids when school is closed

With so many vacation days on the horizon, we wanted put together a list of destinations for our fellow families with grade school children to explore the Bay Area during holidays. Enjoy! Thanks to San Francisco Zoo for sponsoring this post (and providing the above photo of their playground). All of the content was created […]

New kid on the block: Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger on Gilman is serving up grass-fed beef and tasty side dishes with a kids’ play zone all for a decent price. We LOVED Farm Burger, here’s why: Beyond kid-friendly – Play area with chalk, kitchen set, blocks, and more. My three-year-old didn’t want to leave, my 6-month old crawled around too. Crayons at tables, […]

Ticket Alerts: Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of not-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. If you’ve got kids who are ready for a large-scale theater experience for the holidays, here are some local performances to choose from. Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker: A Holiday Family Favorite San Francisco Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker […]

East Bay toy company launches StoryWalls for STEM play (Giveaway)

Build and Imagine

Oakland mom and award-winning toy designer Laurie Peterson has launched her own toy company which aims to bring early engineering skills to girls on the floor of their playrooms. I worked with Laurie at LeapFrog toys, and had the opportunity to be the first family to see an early prototype of her new toy line […]

Worth the drive: Sky High in Concord

Sky High Concord Trampoline Park

I took my kids, 7 and 9, to check out Sky High Sports, a trampoline park in Concord, and was surprised to see other 510 parents I recognized there, so my bottom line conclusion is that it is worth the drive. 35 minutes by car from North Berkeley, but just 20 minutes from Rockridge, this […]

Preschool Frolic at Aurora School looks like fun!

Science and art fest for preschoolers

Coming soon, Aurora School, will open its doors to young children for a frolicking good time. East Bay preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an art- and science-filled celebration of trees. The day’s events include apple tasting, leaf rubbing, and community tree art with a helping of healthy snacks and an obstacle course […]

Oakland Zoo membership: is it worth it?

Oakland Zoo

How many times do I need to go to the zoo to break even? Is it a good deal if my kids are toddlers or babies? Let’s break it down.

Join us for a {510} families shopping party at NEW Sports Basement

Sports Basement Berkeley

The grand opening of Berkeley’s new Sports Basement is finally here and we’re throwing a family-friendly party with Urban Sitter to celebrate! Please join us. Who: {510} parents and children of all ages Activities: Explore the new old Iceland stacked high with sports-related gear and clothing Shop at a 20% discount Kids will enjoy fun […]

Ticket Alert: Mary Poppins the Musical

Mary Poppins musical coming to San Francisco

Tickets are on sale now for Mary Poppins, the Berkeley Playhouse production of the iconic musical. Mary Poppins features two alternating youth casts trained in The Berkeley Playhouse School of Musical Theater. My mom took my children to this show in Los Angeles and they talked about it for months. At age 5, it was my […]

Our Very Own Polar Express: Niles Canyon Train of Lights

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Even if you don’t currently reside with a pint-sized train enthusiast, you will want to check out this wonderful holiday adventure right here in the East Bay.

Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

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A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 am to 2 pm on Fridays, the Bear Cub gym is open for your visit. From new walkers up to age 5 are invited to bounce, climb, and swing for as much of […]