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 […]

Guide to East Bay Independent Schools Open Houses and Tours

East Bay Private School Visitations and Tours

With the help of EBISA, the East Bay Independent Schools Association, we have assembled this guide to visitations, tours, and other prospective family events at our area’s independent (AKA private) schools. For up-to-the-minute changes, check the embedded calendar here from ebisa.org or with the schools in question. Happy visiting! {Our guide sponsors}            […]

Reader tip: Free music tutoring for BUSD students


Sign your child up for FREE private piano/vocal lessons with The Music Connection group at UC Berkeley. They are a student run volunteer organization on campus, which gives in-class, out of class, and private tutoring to students in the BUSD district*. WHAT: FREE Private Piano/Vocal Tutoring for your child with The Music Connection! WHO: Students […]

Money-saving vacation planning tip from a not-so-rookie mom


“This is our life now,” my husband said, referring to the way we planned our travel around our children’s school closure days. “We vacation with the rest of the country: Spring Break, Summer, and maybe President’s Day.”  And that’s what drives the prices up and makes popular destinations crowded. But his resignation to price surges and […]

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna County Park’s serene and beautiful location in a redwood forest, close proximity to local towns, and lots of kid-friendly activities make it one […]

Acing back-to-school with UrbanSitter (save $50)

Going back to school with the help of an UrbanSitter

Thanks to UrbanSitter for sponsoring 510families and helping us ease the burden of finding awesome caregivers. Whether it is bridging the unfortunate gap between a late-start school and your early-start workday or the periodic meetings and functions of a new school year, UrbanSitter has got you covered. Lately, I have been loving the last minute functions to […]

Jewish High Holiday celebrations for East Bay Kids

Apples and honey for the Jewish New Year

This Jewish High Holiday Guide for East Bay families is sponsored by the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. As Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot approach, we have gotten our hands on a rich number of events for family-friendly celebration and learning. Rosh Hashana activities for kids The High […]