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

50 things to do in the Bay Area with 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 during holidays. Enjoy! Thanks to San Francisco Zoo for sponsoring this post. All of the content was created by 510 Families. Ping and pong at iTable […]

Chinook Book: Is it worth it?

Chinook Book Bay Area

Promising to save you up to $3,000 with local coupons is one thing, but does it deliver?

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. […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September

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This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

Fall Ball: A taste of Little League

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Albany Little League’s Fall Ball program allows kids to play baseball in a class-style format instead of on a team. For first-timers, er, I mean rookies, this is a great way to try the sport without the intense commitment that a Spring season of Little League requires. Kids must be seven by April 30, 2015 […]

El Cerrito Gem: Blake Garden

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I’ve lived in El Cerrito on and off for the last twelve years and despite it being a six minute drive from my house, I only heard about Blake Garden a few weeks ago. The garden is a teaching and research lab for the UC Berkeley school of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design but it […]

East Bay baby classes at Gymboree

Gymboree Lafayette

In search of indoor activities for my baby, Henry, we went to check out two different Gymboree* classes. Henry and I had previously completed the entire Touch Blue Sky Baby Sign Language program and now my cruiser needed a space where he could move his entire body. The first class we sampled was “Family Gymboree […]

10 places to go on the 4th of July

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Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014: 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 the holiday. Visit the […]

Summer fairs and festivals for East Bay families

East Bay street festival and fair schedule - Summer 2014

Here is a list of outdoor street fairs and festivals to pencil into your summer plans, following on the heels of the Family Fun Festival in Downtown Berkeley and Chocolate and Chalk in North Berkeley, both on May 31: June Saturday, June 7 Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest 9 am to 1 pm Kidcentric […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it […]

Kids Bowl Free at Albany Bowl this summer

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The Kids Bowl Free program is nationwide, and our local independent bowling alley in Albany participates. Simply go to the website KidsBowlFree.com/albany to register your child. Every week, free bowling passes will arrive in email. From April 15 through August 31, your child can bowl twice per day, every day, all summer as long as he […]

Swimming lessons for East Bay kids

20-ish places that offer swim lessons in Oakland and Berkeley

It’s that time of year: parents are looking for swimming lessons. Let’s make this a community effort, shall we? Add your experiences in the comments below so that we can all benefit from your swimming lesson knowledge. Here are 17 swimming pools to consider to help teach your child how to swim, arranged roughly from […]

Messy Art Day for 2-6 year olds

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Materials on hand will encourage children to explore colors, textures and a variety of media in a safe, fun and messy environment.

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 […]

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

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

New mom support groups in the East Bay

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The information for this post was furnished by Jennifer Subasic-Marks, a longtime parent educator and champion of new mothers. Here are some New Mom Support Group opportunities starting in January. Being a new mom is such an important and challenging time and being able to share with other women who are facing the same joys […]