Spring soccer sign-up

Albany Berkeley Soccer

Parents who want to sign up their children for recreational soccer should tune in: Spring soccer sign ups are now open in various 510 locations. Generally soccer is a Fall sport with an optional Spring season, but if you are anxious to try it out, registration is now taking place for the following organizations: Albany-Berkeley […]

Where do you take guests from out-of-town?


To show off the East Bay to your friends from back home, where do you go? When I lived in San Francisco, I always drove to the top of Twin Peaks and parked so we could look down on everything. I haven’t done that in years. Sigh… We asked our hecka fine Facebook community, “Where […]

East Bay restaurants for big family groups

Benchmark Pizzeria

When my visiting family was in town, I was at a loss for dining-out options that would be able to accommodate the nine of us. The restaurants we go to regularly tend to be smaller spots. But cooking and cleaning for nine in my kitchen is also a squeeze from which I wanted to escape […]

10 destinations that are open on Christmas Eve


Fresh air can be critical to whole-family sanity, don’t you think?

It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping


Whether you stay in the car and do a “drive-by” or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday light displays is a fun winter tradition. Here are our picks for light-peeping this year. Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a must-see for East Bay families. Get a preview here […]

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


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

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of non-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. My son and I attended Yo Gabba Gabba Live AND went to Disneyland last week, so I think I’m done. If you’ve got more large-scale theater energy to spread around this month, here are some of the local […]

50 things to do with Bay Area kids when school is closed


With so many vacation days on the horizon, we wanted put together a list of destinations for our fellow families with grade school children to explore the Bay Area this Winter. Enjoy! Thanks to Chabot Space and Science Center for sponsoring this post. All of the content was created by 510 Families. Watch the knives […]

Extra-curricular language programs in the East Bay

Hebrew, Russian, Arabic classes for kids

Thanks to Stephanie Meade of InCultureParent.com for this guest post. As someone raising trilingual kids in Arabic and Spanish, I am always on the lookout for immersion after-school options. A weekly language class is great for exposure to a language and the basics, but it’s not enough to make kids become speakers of another language. […]

Free Museum Passes? Sign Me Up!

Discover + Go program gets you in free to area museums

It’s literally one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets: an incredible freebie that is still under the radar to many, but one that will completely change your cultural life. The program is called Discover & Go, and it gets you and your kids in free to some of our most popular museums and attractions […]

Subpar Miniature Golf in Alameda


Indoor putt-putt is not something I’d ever come across as a native Californian, but neither are homemade Bay Area-themed minigolf obstacles. These are the special attributes of Subpar Miniature Golf in Alameda. Situated in a warehouse-style space in the heart of Alameda’s Park Street shopping district, Subpar offers an 18-hole minigolf course, a smattering of […]

Back-to-school checklist


Back-to-school prep in the East Bay: hair, shoes, backpack, lunchbox, clothes, what else do you need?

Summer Brainstorm: 25 things to do with a kid that cost less than $5


I wanted to cry when I realized the Exploratorium dropped their monthly free admission day and raised their prices such that a family of four with two grade-school age children, like mine, pays $88 to visit. (Kids over 6 cost $19 and adults cost $25.) As a comfort measure, I reminded myself that there are […]

Cheap summer movies in Alameda


The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Central Ave in Alameda is offering a cheap summer movie series for kids. Showings are 10 am on Tuesday and Wednesdays. See the film selections in the image above. Tickets are $2 at the box office on the day of the show. Related: Cheap summer movies at Richmond and […]

Alameda resale: Lauren’s Closet + Toy Safari

Lauren's Closet resale in Alameda

This post is part of a series of consignment shops I visited trying to find terrific kid clothing bargains in the East Bay. Today’s resale stores are both in Alameda. LAUREN’S CLOSET Next stop, Lauren’s Closet located on bustling Park Street with metered parking and plenty of food and entertainment. This place is HUGE with […]

10 places to go on the 4th of July


A day off in the middle of the week? Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay: Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Thursday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for […]