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.

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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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 […]

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! […]

East Bay favorites from a Berkeley Girl Scout troop

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A troop of soon-to-be Brownies in Berkeley are the co-authors of this post.  At a September meeting , the second graders were asked to recommend a fun place to go with kids in the East Bay. They wrote their responses on index cards and submitted them to us to publish. +++ Genki is my favorite […]

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $12 per visit per child. We’ll have more details in the coming week, […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

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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

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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 […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.

Kid-Friendly Jewish Holiday Celebrations

Apples and honey for the Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 24 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 26; Yom Kippur 2014 begins in the evening of Friday, October 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, October 4. Are you ready? We solicited the help of some of our good Jewish friends to bring […]

Get messy at Berkeley’s Sticky Art Lab

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Ignite your creative spark with some messy art projects at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley…

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Working out with a stroller at Lake Temescal

Oakland Moms: working out with baby in tow

Our guest poster today is Mary McQueen who runs Baby Bootcamp in Oakland and Alameda. She leads group workouts for parents pushing strollers: one of our favorite challenges for maternity leave. When Mary told me that she still brings her children along, even though they have outgrown rear-facing strollers, I asked her to tell us […]

{Help Wanted} Part-time ad sales

As 510Families.com has grown in reach — becoming a favorite of East Bay parents seeking ways to spend quality time with their kids — the opportunity to better serve local businesses has grown, too. We are looking for an online advertising salesperson to join our team on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate lives in […]

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]

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 […]