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 […]

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

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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 […]

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!

 

Not-too scary Halloween outings for little kids

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Darkness, blood, masks, and startling noises are the best parts of Halloween for big kids and the worst for little ones. Here are some outings that promise to be scream-free in honor of the holiday. Colusa Circle’s Halloween Celebration on Sunday, October 27. A pet costume contest, and animal show, face painting, and more. Local […]

Support the food banks year-round

Support the Alameda County Food Banks

My friend recently told me about a program to replenish the food bank by picking up grocery donations from nearby homes on a regular basis, and I signed up to do it. The Berkeley Food Project is not a food drive, it’s a donor drive. By collecting food from willing neighbors every two months, instead […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

Back-to-school checklist

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

4 Places to Buy Lunch Packing Supplies (in the 510)

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Make lunches more fun with *out of the box* accessories.
 

Park profile: Cerrito Vista Park

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Cerrito Vista Park is fun for big kids In El Cerrito, across Moeser from the El Cerrito swim center is Cerrito Vista Park, which is great for older kids (elementary on up). Easiest parking is available down below the playground area on Pomona. From there, you’ll see steep steps leading up to the playground. There […]

Solano Ave resale shop: Hannah’s

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Tucked into a small alcove near Zachary’s pizza in North Berkeley is a terrific little resale shop that has saved my butt on more than one occasion: Hannah’s. Though the store is not in my usual stomping grounds, I totally recommend it. Once, the owner served me curbside with 2T sweatpants when my oldest son […]