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. All of the content was created by 510 Families. Ping and pong at iTable […]

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 […]

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

niles canyon polar express christmas train

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.

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 […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

510-GIANT-ARMS

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

Geared4Kids bike rides

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

frogpark-little

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

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

1920s Bungalow Dining Room

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

Pumpkin patch girl

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 […]