KidAdmit makes preschool enrollment easier {new sponsor!}

KidAdmit - Preschool Admissions management

Thanks to KidAdmit for sponsoring {510} Families this month. Preschool enrollment can feel like a part-time job for parents. Parents need to research their options, keep track of application dates, fill out forms, go on tours, and maybe even take the child to the school for a “playdate”, an age appropriate interview. When San Francisco […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

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This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

September is library card sign-up month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up

Do you want to get a first library card? Did your kid lose his card several months ago and has been borrowing his brother’s since then? In either case, you’re in luck this September (when so all new BPL cards or swaps will be FREE for a limited time, even if the card is missing). September […]

Music Together review: East Bay baby and toddler class (Part 2)

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As promised at the beginning of our Summer Semester of Music Together, I am back to report on my experience with the entire program. [Full disclaimer; I did not attend 2 of the 6 classes as I had an appendectomy in late July. Fortunately Henry’s dad, John, was able to attend those sessions I missed and […]

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Each Sunday between Memorial Day and the end of September, the Golden Gate Live Steamers open their tracks to the public for rides. It’s super fun.

Fall Ball: A taste of Little League

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Albany Little League’s Fall Ball program allows kids to play baseball in a class-style format instead of on a team. For first-timers, er, I mean rookies, this is a great way to try the sport without the intense commitment that a Spring season of Little League requires. Kids must be seven by April 30, 2015 […]

Studio Grow Alameda: indoor toddler playspace at the mall

New Studio Grow in Alameda

The view from the front desk to the back corner loft. Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and preschoolers, opened a new location in June 1024 at Alameda’s South Shore Center. I spent some time searching for a big building similar to the Berkeley original, but it’s a mini by comparison. To […]

Mommybites offers online and phone-based parenting help

Free online parenting classes

We’ve partnered with Mommybites, an organizer of short, one-session parenting classes on topics ranging from potty training to picky eating. The classes are free of charge, and require registration to get the call-in or log-on information. Some are via conference call – just listen in while an expert gives tips – and some are a […]

Save the date: Free bowling

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We are an early rising family, so on the first day of summer, by 10 am, my children and I had already registered for Kids Bowl Free and bowled a game. The bowling alley opens at 9 am, and is pretty quiet at that time. An hour later, it starts filling with serious bowlers and […]

Kids’ theater classes in the East Bay

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Registration is open for The Bay Area Children’s Theatre Youth Education Program, AKA YEP! fall semester musical performing arts classes in September. Children under age 10 will be putting together a production of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark this Fall. Students are segmented by ages 5-6 and 7-10. Classes in Piedmont, Alameda, and Pleasanton. […]

Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!

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As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign called me down an alley. Oh, yes! I enjoyed the “Naughty Mexican” (combo of “Naughty Cream” and “Mexican Chocolate”) oozed into a freshly-baked doughnut. I highly recommend for a treat if you’re in Temescal. […]

Unaccompanied minors in the air

Kids flying alone on Southwest Airlines

My children, 7 and 9, flew Southwest to Los Angeles yesterday without a chaperone. Here’s how it works: My mom, the person on the receiving end of my most valuable air mail ever, purchased the tickets over the phone. It costs a non-refundable $50 per child per ticket ($100 round trip each) in addition to […]

The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

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Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. Not that you need an excuse to let someone else make you dinner, but it sounds like a terrific solution for busy families with little ones. The Public Market in Emeryville has been somewhat recently remodeled. They […]

FREE LEGO Build activities monthly in Pleasanton

Free LEGO building events at the Pleasanton Store

Worth the drive? You tell me! Join in the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton open to children ages 6 to 14 only. One free per child. Obviously quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Visit our nearest LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month […]

Free online positive parenting class

Get kids to listen without nagging

Update: This class has already occurred, but you can sign up for the next one through the same links. I have taken a free online parenting class with Amy McCready twice and each time felt refreshed with new ideas for positive discipline solutions. We have partnered with Amy’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a […]

Kids eat free Tuesdays at IKEA

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Last month I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to move […]