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.

Must-see holiday lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

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Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well it is.

Christmas Tea: the 2014 round-up (Pinkies up!)

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is offering a Be a Kid Again Holiday Tea. (Photo courtesy Sir Francis Drake Hotel)

When my son and I experienced our first Christmas Tea last year, we had so much fun that we vowed to make it a yearly event. This year’s 510Families Christmas Tea edition takes you to some new San Francisco Bay Area locations — from a small-town eatery with homemade scones and Astroturf carpeting, to an elegant […]

LHS membership: is it worth it?

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How many times would I have to go to Lawrence Hall of Science to pay off my membership?

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids

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Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures in a 3-hour session Location: 379 Colusa […]

Our holiday traditions start with high tea

Christmas tea in the Bay Area

Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her holiday tea traditions today. Over the years, our family has built many traditions around the holiday season. We like to chop down our own tree, walk down Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda, visit Santa and his reindeer at the carousel in Tilden park, and make a […]

2014 Holiday tree lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square tree lighting in San Francisco

I have such romantic ideas about public tree lightings. In my imagination, the children are bundled up all cozy and snug from a chilly evening staying up a bit past bedtime; we all countdown to the ignition; we celebrate a glorious sight. Twinkling Christmas Magic! But really? I’ve been to a few of these and […]

Worth the drive: Sky High in Concord

Sky High Concord Trampoline Park

I took my kids, 7 and 9, to check out Sky High Sports, a trampoline park in Concord, and was surprised to see other 510 parents I recognized there, so my bottom line conclusion is that it is worth the drive. 35 minutes by car from North Berkeley, but just 20 minutes from Rockridge, this […]

Oakland Zoo membership: is it worth it?

Oakland Zoo

How many times do I need to go to the zoo to break even? Is it a good deal if my kids are toddlers or babies? Let’s break it down.

Our Very Own Polar Express: Niles Canyon Train of Lights

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Even if you don’t currently reside with a pint-sized train enthusiast, you will want to check out this wonderful holiday adventure right here in the East Bay.

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

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International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all types, you can proudly carpool, walk, ride the bus, bike, scooter. Be on the lookout for “walking school buses”, groups of children and parents meeting up to walk to school together. My sons typically walk to […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patch girl

Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.

Get messy at Berkeley’s Sticky Art Lab

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Ignite your creative spark with some messy art projects at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley…

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]