25 places to take East Bay preschoolers

Preschoolers guide to Lawrence Hall of Science by 510families.com

Thanks to Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science for sponsoring our guide to fun activities and destinations for younger kids! We wanted to focus on the amazing indoor spaces and places because the amazing weather can’t last forever. Right?   Did you know kids can visit the Lawrence Hall of Science for free? Children under three are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free AAA Car seat inspections are a life saver

AAA Car Seat Inspections are FREE

Thank you to AAA for sponsoring our post today and helping get the word out about child seat safety! If you only take away one thing from this post: AAA offers FREE car seat inspections by appointment with specific action items to make your children safer right away at safeseats4kids.aaa.com. I was recently given a thorough one-on-one car seat inspection […]

Music Together offering classes in more languages

east bay music together

As of September 14, Music Together will offer classes in Hebrew, French, Spanish and German. East Bay Music Together now has dozens of classes in 17 locations in Albany, Moraga, Oakland, Berkeley, Lafayette, Alameda, and El Cerrito. DEAL: EBMT is waiving the $10 registration fee for new families who sign up before September 14. According to Julie Tanenbaum, Director […]

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 […]