7 places to take kids ice skating in the Bay Area

Little Ice Rink Alameda

The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda is great for first-time skaters. Open until January 19 from noon to 10 pm on weekends, plus every day during Winter Break; 3- 10 pm on weekdays after school returns to session. Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Details > Walnut Creek on […]

Top picks for games and arts & craft toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Best games from Five Little Monkeys

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for young children, curated by their staff. We urge you to shop local, even if you choose to buy online. We have linked to Five Little Monkeys’ online store for your convenience. Here […]

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

Stand-up comedy for East Bay kids; no 2-drink minimum.

Rainy day activities for a hellastorm

SpotIt! from the Games your whole family will love, selected by 5 Little Monkeys toys

When you have to hunker down with sandbags, it is not the best day to head to your favorite indoor playspace. Right? So instead of sending you OUT to the best places to go on a rainy day, we want to help you at home today. Stay safe! My kids are upstairs making LEGO creations […]

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

New Years Eve for children

Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.

Hanukkah Guide: Family-friendly events for the Festival of Lights

A guide to Chanukah events for Oakland, Berkeley families

Our Chanukah Guide for East Bay kids is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Happy Chanukah from Sprout: Helping Jewish Families Grow Together! Sprout is the Jewish Federation of the East Bay’s education initiative.  Chanukah is a time for family, friends, joy, and of course, light.  We are sharing this list of events […]

Best building & learning toys from Five Little Monkeys (Sponsored)

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Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for young children, curated by their staff. We urge you to shop local, even if you choose to buy online. We have linked to Five Little Monkeys’ online store for your convenience. Jungle […]

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

It’s that time of year: Holiday activities in the East Bay

Holiday outings and activities for East Bay families

Mountain View Cemetery Circle of Lights, Piedmont There are so many community events in celebration of the holiday season, we thought we’d make a list to help you narrow in on a few that sound best for your family. PiedmontCommunity Hall Tree Lighting on Wednesday December 3rd at 7pm sharp Holiday Stroll in Montclair on […]

Christmas Tea: the 2014 round-up (Pinkies up!)

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is offering a Be a Kid Again Holiday Tea. (Photo courtesy Sir Francis Drake Hotel)

When my son and I experienced our first Christmas Tea last year, we had so much fun that we vowed to make it a yearly event. This year’s 510Families Christmas Tea edition takes you to some new San Francisco Bay Area locations — from a small-town eatery with homemade scones and Astroturf carpeting, to an elegant […]

LHS membership: is it worth it?

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How many times would I have to go to Lawrence Hall of Science to pay off my membership?

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids

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Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures in a 3-hour session Location: 379 Colusa […]

2014 Holiday tree lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square tree lighting in San Francisco

I have such romantic ideas about public tree lightings. In my imagination, the children are bundled up all cozy and snug from a chilly evening staying up a bit past bedtime; we all countdown to the ignition; we celebrate a glorious sight. Twinkling Christmas Magic! But really? I’ve been to a few of these 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!

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, […]

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.