Birthday party venue: Playland Not-At-The-Beach

Birthday Party Venue El Cerrito: Playland Not-At-The-Beach

Playland Not-At-The-Beach, a “Museum of Fun” in El Cerrito, was the perfect venue for my son’s 10th birthday party. The schedule kept the kids so busy having fun, they really didn’t want to stop for the snack or cake breaks we had planned for. Parents pay $15 per kid, which gives you three hours of […]

Westside Art Studio has classes, workshops, and camps for young artists

Young artists from Westside Studio

Thanks to Westside Art Studio for sponsoring this week. Jennifer Burke’s art classes in the Berkeley area are legendary in my community of parent friends. “Her art classes are unbelievable,” my extremely opinionated friend Sabrina once told me. She cited these classes as one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Another trusted friend, […]

Ticket Alert: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds by Bay Area Children’s Theater


Tickets are on sale now for Three Little Birds, presented by Bay Area Children’s Theater at Freight and Salvage between January 24 and February 15. Three Little Birds is a modern-day Jamaican fairy tale featuring the music of Bob Marley. This new reggae children’s musical is about the unexpected adventures of timid, 11-year-old Ziggy as […]

Shuddle: The service for parents who cannot be two places at once (Sponsored)

What is Shuddle? Ridesharing for kids.

Thanks to Shuddle for sponsoring this week. Rides are currently $10, regardless of distance. Like you, I cannot be two places at the same time. That’s why I’m intrigued by Shuddle, which is essentially Uber for kids who are old enough to ride without car seats, but with a few important distinctions. The drivers […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (Giveaway!)


Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and we are giving away two sets of tickets. (Scroll down to enter.) (Kids participating in a BAICFF stop-motion animation workshop) Saturday, January 24 (10 am – 7:30 pm) Sunday, January 25 (10 am – 7 pm) Build zoetropes […]

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

Oakland Museum Lunar New Year Celebration is family-friendly

As the Year of the Sheep (or Ram) approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families.   The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting […]

Where to take kids to experience the snow


When I checked on Saturday, the weather report claimed that snow would fall in Tahoe over Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday weekend, but today that’s not looking good. Regardless, the ski resorts and some snow play venues are open, so we’re sharing a few ideas for getting out there. Click any of the links to […]

14+ ways to volunteer with kids in the Bay Area

Urban Releaf and other volunteer opportunities for kids in the Bay Area

A lot of you have been asking about hands-on volunteer opportunities that you can do with your children. You don’t want to simply write a check for a beloved organization, you want your kids to get involved and really pay attention to helping others. Awesome! Here are my best ideas for you. Please add more in […]

Year-end thanks to all who sponsored {510} Families in 2014

We are so grateful to all of the local businesses who partnered with us this year, sponsoring events, advertising in our emails, in our sidebars, adding events to our calendar, and helping spread the word about We hope you’ll support them, too. 4Cats Studio Albany Berkeley Soccer Club Aquatic Park School Asian Art Museum […]

What’s open on Christmas?


When I was growing up, it was our family tradition to go to the movies on Christmas. Movie theaters, including the Drive-In in Concord, are one of the few indoor venues that are open on Christmas Day. Kids not the right age for Big Hero 6 or The Hobbit movie? Here are ten other options […]

Best East Bay destinations and tips for train lovers

Trains you can ride: Train Town Train

Can we talk about trains? My little boys are all about trains. When my oldest was one, the best way to get him out of the house was to talk about the choo choos we would see: real train, BART train, train table, it didn’t matter (but there had to be trains). I could easily […]

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 […]