5 fantastic spots to photograph East Bay kids

Sarah Sloboda's list of the best places to photograph East Bay kids: Temescal Alley

Big thanks to our guest writer, Sarah Sloboda, today! She is a Bay Area family photographer with knack for making lives look just a little more rock ‘n’ roll than they might otherwise. A couple things make a great spot to photograph your kids in addition to having an interesting visual landscape. One is, how […]

Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays at IKEA in Emeryville


Last year 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 the food is kid-friendly and ridiculously inexpensive. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to […]

Lindsay Wildlife’s 60th Birthday Bash & Community Festival

Celebrate 60 years of wild life at Lindsay Wildlife

Thanks to Lindsay Wildlife Experience for sponsoring our post today AND for keeping life wild for 60 years and counting! Fall into The Wild is Sunday October 11, 2015 at Lindsay Wildlife’s 60th Birthday Bash and Community Festival in Walnut Creek and you’ll want to be there with your small person. Lindsay Wildlife Experience has […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patch girl

Thanks to Speer Family Farm for sponsoring this year’s pumpkin patch guide. Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin patches are all over the map (as are the patches themselves). My preference is to get in, get out, and get a perfect pumpkin picture so I only head out […]

{510} Family Faves with Outside Kids Annie Burke

Annie Burke picks all her favorite East Bay things for families

I was so happy to sit down with Annie Burke in a tea shop in Berkeley and talk about our sons, her love of the outdoors, and how terrific it is to give children unstructured time to play and explore. Annie lives in Berkeley with her husband and two kids, Alex (9) and Benny (6). What […]

East Bay Farmer’s Markets Guide for 510 Families

Farmer's Markets in Oakland

Thanks to Farmigo for sponsoring this guide to Farmer’s Market’s in the East Bay. Farmigo is an online farmers market where you can shop for fresh, sustainable food from local farmers you know and trust. Farmer’s Markets can be fun outings in addition to a productive errand to get your fill of healthy fruits and veggies […]

Guide to East Bay Independent Schools Open Houses and Tours

East Bay Private School Visitations and Tours

With the help of EBISA, the East Bay Independent Schools Association, we have assembled this guide to visitations, tours, and other prospective family events at our area’s independent (AKA private) schools. For up-to-the-minute changes, check the embedded calendar here from ebisa.org or with the schools in question. Happy visiting! {Our guide sponsors}            […]

Ticket Alert: Dare to Dream, Disney’s latest ice show

Dare to Dream: Disney on Ice

From Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 11, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Tickets are on sale now. Classic meets contemporary in this fantastic ice show with a heavy dose of princess power. This icy celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories features two-modern day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, alongside Snow White […]

Reader tip: Free music tutoring for BUSD students


Sign your child up for FREE private piano/vocal lessons with The Music Connection group at UC Berkeley. They are a student run volunteer organization on campus, which gives in-class, out of class, and private tutoring to students in the BUSD district*. WHAT: FREE Private Piano/Vocal Tutoring for your child with The Music Connection! WHO: Students […]