Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Antioch Water Park

There are splashy activities for babies and every age on up: super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, and big kid body slides.

Summer fairs and festivals for East Bay families

East Bay street festival and fair schedule - Summer 2014

Here is a list of outdoor street fairs and festivals to pencil into your summer plans, following on the heels of the Family Fun Festival in Downtown Berkeley and Chocolate and Chalk in North Berkeley, both on May 31: June Saturday, June 7 Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest 9 am to 1 pm Kidcentric […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it […]

The Gardens at Lake Merritt are totally not boring

Lake Merritt Garden

As we strolled around The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a chunk of Lakeside Park that shares a parking area with Children’s Fairyland, my husband and I agreed that visiting botanical gardens always sounds boring, but is usually a big win with my family. In the Sensory Garden, one of eleven themed sections of the Lake […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.

Swimming lessons for East Bay kids

20-ish places that offer swim lessons in Oakland and Berkeley

It’s that time of year: parents are looking for swimming lessons. Let’s make this a community effort, shall we? Add your experiences in the comments below so that we can all benefit from your swimming lesson knowledge. Here are 17 swimming pools to consider to help teach your child how to swim, arranged roughly from […]

Does your preschool teacher deserve an award?

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Local children’s museum, Habitot, is accepting nominations for their annual Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Awards. The teachers and childcare workers who win will receive a 2014 award, gift certificates, prizes and much-deserved recognition at an awards ceremony in late September. The nomination period is now open and the deadline is May 31, 2014. Classroom […]

See you at Cal Day?

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There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

Berkeley libraries provide free events all April long

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

As media sponsors of this program, we are thrilled to share the details with 510families readers. The Berkeley Public Library has been busy with remodels and renovations galore. Now it’s time to celebrate what a wonderful community resource we have. It’s a city-wide library-warming and everyone is invited! Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services told […]

Easter Egg hunts and activities in the East Bay

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There are so many fun places to hunt for Easter Eggs and try to spot the Easter Bunny that we only have a partial list. Please share your favorites in the comments! Saturday April 12 Splash into spring egg scramble at Crab Cove Oakland Egg Hunt with appearances by the Easter Bunny & Amazing Steve […]

Get fit. Meet Moms. Fight cancer.

Moms in Training program brought to you by LLS

We received a tip that Team in Training has spun off a new version of its athletic fundraising/exercise program specifically for moms. The program kicks off on April 12th and culminates with the See Jane Run 5K Walk and Stroller Stride in Alameda on June 22nd (event participation optional). Based on our busy schedules (and […]

Little kids wanted for cool research at Cal

Cognitive studies at Cal's Baby Lab

Years ago, I wrote about getting your baby a job as a scientist and I stand by that recommendation. I first learned about the super cool research studies in the Infant Cognition Lab (AKA Berkeley Early Learning Lab) as a very rookie parent when a friend handed me a dogeared copy of Alison Gopnik’s The […]

Messy Art Day for 2-6 year olds

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Materials on hand will encourage children to explore colors, textures and a variety of media in a safe, fun and messy environment.

Vacation inspiration: Moss Beach (not Moss Landing)

Moss Beach Playground

Thanks to Jennifer Saranow Schultz, a Bay Area mom and writer of HintMama.com, for this piece about Moss Beach, a super close and toddler-friendly getaway. If you would like to share your Bay Area road trip ideas with us, please send them to info@510families.com. As my husband and I learned last year on a three-hour […]

Oakland’s Kindergym, utopia for babies and toddlers

Climbing at Oakland's Kindergym

Kindergym is a wonderful program by Dawn Margolis offered at Temple Beth Abraham (TBA) in Oakland (but it’s not exclusive to Oakland or any one faith – all families are welcome!). Designed for babies and toddlers under age three, the overall program is broken up into two parts: Kindergym drop-in playtime and a facilitated toddler […]

{510} Family Faves with Kangaroo Stitches Katie

Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap.