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 half-day programs of one or two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures Location: 379 […]

Take the (Richmond) Plunge

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The Richmond Plunge just re-opened a few months ago after having been closed for almost 10 years and it’s awesome!

 

Berkeley Martial Arts classes for kids

Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts in Berkeley

Kuk Sool Won on Sacramento St in Berkeley is family-friendly martial arts beginning at age four. Try 3 classes for free before committing. Right next to Homemade Cafe.

Home Depot FREE workshops for kids

Home Depot workshops for kids

Spend a FREE morning at Home Depot building craft projects with your kid.

Best East Bay destinations and tips for train lovers

Trains you can ride: Train Town Train

Can we talk about trains? My little boys are all about trains. When my oldest was one, the best way to get him out of the house was to talk about the choo choos we would see: real train, BART train, train table, it didn’t matter (but there had to be trains). I could easily […]

Workshop Weekend, maker fun for big kids

Taste hacking at Workshop Weekend

I discovered the Workshop Weekend table last year at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire and was excited to share their hands-on crafty instructional classes. If you’re a parent who doesn’t get enough time to forge hot metal or weave intricate baskets on a normal weekend, then an intensive course might be just what you […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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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 […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 9

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International Walk to School Day this year is on October 9th. 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 […]

FREE Museum Day coming soon from Smithsonian Magazine

Discover + Go gets you in FREE to Discovery Museum

This Saturday, several museums nationwide will offer FREE admission (for two) courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine. All you need to do is print or download the Museum Day Live! ticket and go. No other reservations required. In our area, the kid-friendly pickings are rather slim, but here you go: Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek (Open 10-5) […]

Baby Loves Disco: In San Francisco this weekend

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Want to shake your groove thing, family style?

A great time for camping at Half Moon Bay

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This guest post was submitted by Peggy, who has lived all over the Bay Area but now calls El Cerrito home. Since having her son, Lucas, over two years ago, her focus has turned to fun events and activities that they can do together as a family. Thanks, Peggy! An easy weekend family camping getaway […]

Berkeley park profile: San Pablo Park

San Pablo Park totlot in Berkeley

San Pablo Park is Berkeley’s oldest park and has many amenities.

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.

Ticket Alert: Slapstick Musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ Coming to El Cerrito

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Will kids like the comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone”? I asked Corrina Marshall, managing director of the Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, which will open its run of the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Sept. 20. “Yes, I definitely encourage younger audiences to come,” Marshall told 510Families. “It’s a fun, family-friendly show.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” […]

Biking with kids on the new Bay Bridge

Biking the Bay Bridge with kids

My husband Alec took our big boys to ride bicycles on the brand spanking new Bay Bridge, so of course, I interviewed him. What can I expect riding or walking on the new Bay Bridge? There are LOTS of rest stops once you’re on the actual bridge, with benches and everything – probably every 1/4 […]

Strawberry picking at Swanton Farm

Berry picking at Swanton Berry Farm

Vivian took a recent family outing to pick at Swanton Berry Farm — open yearround — and offered to share the highlights with us. The kids had fun picking fresh organic strawberries. The strawberries were some of the sweetest and juiciest I’ve ever had. The view from the farm is magnificent, with the Pacific Ocean […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

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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.