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.

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

Keeping a kid busy at Cal

Circular sculpture at UC Berkeley is great for climbing

I attended school at the UC Berkeley Campus and I love to take my daughters there. We like to show off the campus so they feel comfortable with universities see that they are actually fun and exciting places where you can learn, adventure and picnic! Here are our top 6 things to do with our […]

Christmas Tea in the Bay Area: Start a Family Tradition

The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

Pinkies out, everybody! In case you’ve never taken your little girl — or boy — to tea, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity. One of the best times to take kids for a high tea experience is during the holidays, when everybody’s feeling festive. You just might start a yearly tradition. Here are some […]

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 […]

Holiday Happenings: Berkeley Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Friday, December 6 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, a tree-lighting ceremony will light up Downtown Berkeley, near the BART station. Family-friendly festivities will include a Nutcracker preview performance, holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Holiday date night for local wine + beer lovers

Donkey and Goat Winery

Donkey & Goat and neighbor Trumer Pils will stay open late offering holiday cheer for Mom & Dad and an opportunity to taste and stock up for the holiday. Meanwhile, 2 blocks away, Brushstrokes is offering a drop off Pizza & Pottery Party for kids 5+ yrs from 6-8:30p. Reserve your spot for this cool […]

It’s Free! Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock

Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately.

Lovely children’s book store now at Mr. Mopps

Mr Mopps bookstore in Berkeley

North Berkeley has a new children’s bookstore near the intersection of Rose and MLK, near Fatapple’s, but if you’re not paying attention, you could miss it: Mr. Mopps Children’s Books! The store is long and narrow with a cozy reading chair in the back and some seating in the middle. I was impressed by the […]

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 […]

Kids breakdance classes for ages 4 + up

BBoy + BGirl Academy with Drew Looner

B-boys and B-girls (ate 5 to 14) are free to choose if they would like to perform on stage, compete in battles, or just get loose in the circles for fun. The goal is to help your child develop their confidence and style!

Calendar alert: Upcoming kid-friendly sporting events at Cal

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Live sporting events are fun for kids, parents, and anyone who likes to jump up and down when they see a great athletic feat. Tickets to pro games can be expensive, but games and meets at the University of California Berkeley are pretty cheap. Here are a few events at kid-friendly times and parent-friendly prices […]

Discover more Berkeley parks & playgrounds with Bravo Your City microguides

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We met East Bay mom, MiSoon Burzlaff, this Summer at a beer and cheese party in downtown Berkeley. She amazed us with her visual user-sourced content publishing platform, Bravo Your City. Today, I’m happy to share her Berkeley Parks & Playgrounds guide as both a model of the cool crowd-sourced publishing process and a super handy […]

Dollar day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar days at Golden Gate Fields returns this Sunday. Horse racing for the pre-K set? Sure, why not? It’s only a buck or two…

Berkeley Park Profile: Aquatic (Dreamland)

Berkeley Dreamland Playground at Aquatic Park

When I first started hearing something about a Berkeley “aquatic” park, I pictured a swimming pool or a sprinkler pad. To add to my initial confusion, it took me a while to realize I had already been there (and no, there are no sprinklers or pool) and knew this park to be Dreamland! Now that […]

Habitot Children’s Museum is a must-do for preschoolers

Water play at Habitot

I took my barely two-year old to Habitot recently and he had the best Special Mommy Date ever! If you’ve never been to Berkeley’s underground treasure of a kids’ museum, let me show you a few highlights. A few of our favorite things: Straight ahead to gross motor creativity. The main exhibit rotates to keep things […]

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 […]