Ticket Alert: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy


A favorite book in my anti-princess household is Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, a picture-driven story about an active little girl who discovers the art of compromise on the playground when she and a playmate negotiate how to play together. {affiliate link: click to order this book on amazon} Bay Area Children’s Theatre brings this […]

See you at Cal Day?

visting the bug doctor

There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

Berkeley libraries provide free events all April long

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

As media sponsors of this program, we are thrilled to share the details with 510families readers. The Berkeley Public Library has been busy with remodels and renovations galore. Now it’s time to celebrate what a wonderful community resource we have. It’s a city-wide library-warming and everyone is invited! Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services told […]

Community learn-to-swim week coming to YMCA


From March 31 to April 3, 2014 The Berkeley YMCA is offering beginning swim lessons to children age 3 to 6 and radically reduced prices: $10 for all 4 days or FREE to head start members. No membership required. Register in person at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA.

Phil’s Sliders, a kid favorite in Berkeley

Phils Sliders in Berkeley, a kid favorite

The menu is rather limited to burgers, sides, and drinks but if you have a hankering for meat, then you’re in luck. Phil’s Sliders’ mini burgers are perfectly child-sized. And did I mention tasty (made from Marin Sun Farms grass-fed ground beef)? Bacon upgrade is yummy but expensive. Tater tots are an exquisite accompaniment and upgrade […]

Downtown Berkeley YMCA offers programs for kids with special needs


Swimming, Kids Night Out and summer camp – all designed for the inclusion of special kids.

Little kids wanted for cool research at Cal

Cognitive studies at Cal's Baby Lab

Years ago, I wrote about getting your baby a job as a scientist and I stand by that recommendation. I first learned about the super cool research studies in the Infant Cognition Lab (AKA Berkeley Early Learning Lab) as a very rookie parent when a friend handed me a dogeared copy of Alison Gopnik’s The […]

Reader reading tip: summer skills classes in Berkeley


California State University of the East Bay offers reading skills classes for children age 4 (entering K in the fall) through adults in Berkeley and other East Bay locations throughout the Summer. Tuition and fees vary. Check out the CSU East Bay website for more details. Or call 1-800-978-3532 and tell them where you read this!

Ticket Alert: Jack and The Beanstalk and The Goose and The Giant and the Really Truly-uly Rotten Day

Jack and the Beanstalk - Oakland

A musical-style version of Jack and the Beanstalk, packed with silliness and magic, is coming to the JCC (Berkeley) on March 23 at 2 pm and March 30th at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, also at 2 pm. All tickets are $12 and may be purchased at EBCTonline.com. photo: Sue Ellen Nelsen

{Giveaway} 4Cats Studio offers one week of camp to a lucky winner

Giveaway for Berkeley parents - a week of art camp

We are so excited that one of our lucky readers will win a free week of camp at 4cats Studio. This art camp invites kids to create loads of cool stuff using professional art materials. Clay, potter’s wheel, painting, paper mâché and more are just a few things that kids will sample. Each week offers […]

Cal Golden Bear Gymnastics’ Parent’s Night Out

Parent's Night Out at Cal Gymnastics

My children were 6 and 9 years old when I finally tried a drop-off Parent’s Night Out for the first time. I think it’s a great idea — group babysitting — but my reluctance had to do with the fact that I like that when I come home, after hiring a babysitter for a night […]

Xtreme BUGS exhibit at Lawrence Hall of Science

See more BUGS at Lawrence Hall of Science

It has been a couple of months since our Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley membership ran out so I was super excited for the chance to check out the new Xtreme BUGS exhibit. The main attraction of the exhibit is the collection of giant-scale animatronic bugs. Although our three-old was a bit frightened in […]

5 things you might not know about the library


A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun


As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting kid-friendly show has […]

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

Kids Club at Berkeley Art Museum, a year-long children’s art project

Kids Club project at BAM

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is kicking off a year-long children’s art project for grade schoolers. Beginning January 29th and running through December 21st, bring your young artists to BAM for this collective art project called Kids Club. Kids Club is part of an experimental exhibition that brings together one […]