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 […]

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 […]

Tinkergarten outdoor classes are new to Oakland

Tinkergarten classes for preschoolers now in Oakland

Tinkergarten is a new series of little kids’ classes set in the outdoors. These classes offer children the chance to learn problem-solving, tenacity, and more through thoughtfully-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, independent exploration, risk taking, and getting dirty are encouraged. Outdoor classes and activities for kids that are fun, simple, and designed for learning. My […]

{Giveaway} Birthday Party at Twirl in Alameda

Twirl Alameda birthday parties

I’m excited to share this opportunity for a lucky reader to win a birthday party at this awesome creative space in Alameda. Thanks to Twirl for making it possible. Twirl, Alameda’s newest art studio and play gallery is sponsoring a birthday party for your child and 11 guests. The winner will receive Twirl’s Classic party […]