Ticket Alert: Book now for A Day Out with Thomas

A Day Out with Thomas is coming to Felton, CA

Thomas the Tank Engine is coming near the Bay Area July 25-27 & August 1-3 to Felton’s Roaring Camp Railroads. Book tickets via Ticketweb for Roaring Camp Railroads or call 1-866-468-7630. Many sessions will sell out. Thomas is inviting you and your family to enjoy The Thrill of the Ride 2014 Day Out With Thomas […]

Day trip to the Fitzgerald Tide Pools

Fitzgerald Tidepools near Moss Beach

I want to thank Keira Armstrong for sharing her experience at the Fitzgerald Tidepools with us today. She’s the Berkeley mother of two elementary-school-aged boys. The Fitzgerald tide pools are are really accessible (only 1 hour drive from Berkeley with normal traffic), parking is easy and access to the beach is relatively easy for all […]

10 places to go on the 4th of July

east-bay-4th-july

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 […]

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is a special splurge

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is amazing but not cheap

The staff photographers captured this photo and I LOVE how the roller coasters rise up. Did you know that you and your family can ride and kiss a real Atlantic bottlenose dolphin about 20 minutes from Berkeley? I did not. My older children and I were treated to a hands-on learning session with dolphins and trainers […]

Hike to pancake breakfast at West Point Inn

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

I finally did the daytrip to Marin with a hike-in for pancakes that I’ve been fantasizing about for so long. Somehow, it was both everything I expected and a complete surprise at the same time. I want to share my hard-won lessons learned before they fade away into fuzzy memories. The post I wrote years ago was filled […]

Field trip this weekend: Sunset Celebration Festival

Celebration Weekend 2012 gardens

This guest post was written by Dana Smith, Berkeley mom to a third grader and sixth grader, and head of PR for Sunset Magazine. For the past six years, my family and I have spent the first weekend of June in Menlo Park at Sunset Celebration Weekend, the annual weekend-long party that Sunset magazine hosts throughout […]

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 […]

Maker Faire 2014 is this weekend in San Mateo

San Mateo Maker Faire

If you like to get your tools out and invent in a crafty, constructy, tinkery kind of way then you should head south for the 2014 Maker Faire. There are several excellent exhibits for curious kids (but to be completely honest, I usually wish I left them at home so I could enjoy my own playtime). […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.

{510} Family Faves with Hip Mama, Airial Clark

{510} Family Faves: Airial is a Hip Mama

We’re going strong on a very cool project profiling different contributors to two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from sex-positive parenting tips to childcare swaps. This is the fifth in our continuing series. Today’s guest is Airial Clark, MA, a writer, storyteller and sexuality educator […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad, Craig Elliott

{510} Family Faves: Craig is a Rad Dad

We’re going strong on a very cool project profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from sex-positive parenting tips to childcare swaps. This is the fourth in our ongoing series. Today’s guest is Craig Elliott, an Alameda-based father of two sons, […]

Vacation inspiration: Moss Beach (not Moss Landing)

Moss Beach Playground

Thanks to Jennifer Saranow Schultz, a Bay Area mom and writer of HintMama.com, for this piece about Moss Beach, a super close and toddler-friendly getaway. If you would like to share your Bay Area road trip ideas with us, please send them to info@510families.com. As my husband and I learned last year on a three-hour […]

{510} Family Faves with Rad Dad, Robert Trujillo

{510} Family Faves: Robert Trullio is a Rad Dad

For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling different contributors to the two Bay Area-based parenting magazines, Rad Dad & Hip Mama. Visit the respective websites to purchase and read everything from childcare swaps to sex-positive parenting tips. This is the second in our series. Today’s guest is Robert Trujillo, a 34-year old Oakland native and father to […]

Vacation inspiration: Moss Landing

Moss Landing - Bay Area Road Trip

My brood just spent a lovely three-day weekend in Moss Landing with extended family and I thought it might inspire some of you who are seeking Bay Area road trip vacation ideas. A group of 120 rental houses sit along a stretch of coast about two hours from the Bay Bridge. Each home has a […]

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

snow-park-sierras

While our raincoats and boots are drying in the entryway, there is some snow in Tahoe (like only 20% of normal — eek!). Here are a few places that might be worth the drive: Leland snow play, tubing for all ages has been open off-and-on this season Tahoe Donner, affordable for kids and beginners, is […]

Sugar Bowl ski resort for little skiers

Sugar Bowl Ski School - Review on 510Families.com

Sugar Bowl ski resort in Tahoe has enough snow right now to offer a great experience for families, and I road-tested it for you. Last year I recommended Northstar (also open due to sophisticated snow-making capabilities) after my kids made significant progress there on the road to skiing. This year we discovered that Sugar Bowl […]

{510} Family Faves with Kangaroo Stitches Katie

Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]