{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Michelle Cruz Gonzales

{510} Family Faves: Michelle is a Hip Mama

I’m excited to bring you one more in our series project profiling contributors to Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps tips to sex-positive parenting. Michelle Cruz Gonzales is the sixth in our continuing series. Michelle teaches English/Creative Writing at Las Positas College; she was […]

Treebones Resort, kid-free vacation inspiration

Treebones Resort south of Big Sur, yurt glamping

For my birthday last year, I enjoyed the luxury of a few kid-free days driving down the coast with my husband. With only three days to be wild and free, we discovered Treebones Resort, a collection of deluxe yurts with ocean views and a killer restaurant somewhere south of Big Sur. With no in-unit toilets or […]

Profile: Adventure Playground

Berkeley's Adventure Playground

Kids can imagine, build, and decorate their own play structures with saws, hammers, nails, and paint. They earn the right to use these tools by collecting hazards like loose nails…

See you at Cal Day?

visting the bug doctor

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 […]

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Airial Clark

{510} Family Faves: Airial is a Hip Mama

We’re going strong on a very cool project profiling different contributors to two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from sex-positive parenting tips to childcare swaps. This is the fifth in our continuing series. Today’s guest is Airial Clark, MA, a writer, storyteller and sexuality educator […]

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 […]

Ticket Alert: Monster Jam brings monster truck action to the Coliseum

Monster Trucks in Oakland, Coliseum

For one night only, monster trucks will battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to the O.co Coliseum. Sixteen massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action, during which, similar to professional wrestling, spectators will cheer on their favorite aggressive “personalities”. Tickets for […]

Laid-back birthday party: Pizza and a movie

How to: Pizza and movie birthday party LEGO Movie!

For my son’s seventh birthday, EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME (insert the rest of that infectious song for those of us who have seen The LEGO Movie) because we paired the winning combination of pizza and a movie while avoiding all clean-up. The main coordination for this type of party is juggling showtimes and pizza restaurants for […]

Jewelry-making birthday parties in the East Bay


We just discovered Dragonfly Designs, a traveling jewelry-making birthday party service, and thought that you’d like to learn more about it. Parents may select either a one or two-hour program during which children will be guided by a “party host” to make jewelry. (The longer party includes a second party host and more pieces will […]

Coming soon: Oakland Lucky Kids Fun Run

After running the Oakland Half Marathon

The Oakland Running Festival, on March 23rd, has a little something for everyone including preschoolers. Once the other races are well underway, smaller sprinters can have their own race  to earn medals. Meet at 9:00 to participate in the Lucky Kids Fun Run. Races are divided up by age group. The first run begins at […]

Sugar Bowl ski resort for little skiers

Sugar Bowl Ski School - Review on 510Families.com

Sugar Bowl ski resort in Tahoe has enough snow right now to offer a great experience for families, and I road-tested it for you. Last year I recommended Northstar (also open due to sophisticated snow-making capabilities) after my kids made significant progress there on the road to skiing. This year we discovered that Sugar Bowl […]

{510} Family Faves with Dave Room of “Pacha’s Pajamas”

Pacha's Pajamas album cover

This week, we meet local dad Dave Room, a Stanford-educated engineer who is also the co-creator (with Aaron Ableman) of an award-winning children’s pop musical and album called Pacha’s Pajamas. Dave is the father of 11-year-old Melia. The 12 songs on the album tell a story about a little girl named Pacha, who panics the night […]

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure! Arts, Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | General day camps | Eco & Outdoor skills camps | […]

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun


As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting kid-friendly show has […]

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip


Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

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.