{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 – […]

Where do you take guests from out-of-town?


To show off the East Bay to your friends from back home, where do you go? When I lived in San Francisco, I always drove to the top of Twin Peaks and parked so we could look down on everything. I haven’t done that in years. Sigh… We asked our hecka fine Facebook community, “Where […]

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip


Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

{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 […]

50 things to do with Bay Area 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 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 […]

A visit to the Palo Alto American Girl Store

Bistro at The American Girl Store in Palo Alto

There is a new American Girl store in Palo Alto!  Is it worth the drive for (510) folks?  The previously used exclamation mark is your answer: a big YES! Let’s just get it out of the way: schedule your drive to avoid high-traffic times.  And have snacks and entertainment options on hand in case you […]

3 super day trips with a one-year old

CuriOdyssey in San Mateo offers hands-on fun for very little ones

We are happy to introduce you to Jennifer Saranow Schultz (AKA Hintmama), the San Francisco parent to Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Jenny offers a few local picks for young toddlers here and on Rookie Moms. What is your favorite discovery you want to tell every new-in-town […]

Santa Cruz: Vacation meets Staycation


A family-friendly destination that costs a lot less than Hawaii.

Pint-sized train adventure to Martinez

Ride a real train from Emeryville to Martinez with your preschooler

Tired of the small tracks? Let’s go BIG ride a real live train! A preschooler’s big train escape in the East Bay You can begin easily at either the Emeryville Station (EMY) or Jack London Square and catch a 30 to 45 minute train to Martinez (MTZ). The train trip is just enough time to […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches


Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

A great time for camping at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

This guest post was submitted by Peggy, who has lived all over the Bay Area but now calls El Cerrito home. Since having her son, Lucas, over two years ago, her focus has turned to fun events and activities that they can do together as a family. Thanks, Peggy! An easy weekend family camping getaway […]

Day Trip: Niles Canyon Railroad


My trusted pal, Angie, and her boys are avid train enthusiasts. When they returned from a recent fabulous train ride on the Niles Canyon Railroad, I got the lowdown all things awesome about this day trip to Fremont. This trip is great for kids of all ages: infants, toddlers, and school age kids, as well […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + 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.

5 Family-friendly road trips from Oakland

Eating grilled cheese on a double decker bus in Portland, OR

Looking for a fun day trip or mini vacation for your long weekend? These fellow Bay Area bloggers have a few inspiring ideas and photographs to help you plan. Just for a few hours with big kids: Alcatraz Picnic Blog’s Lisa had fun with her school-aged daughter at Alcatraz; the girls had no patience for the […]

Bay Area camping with little kids

Group camping at Tilden Park includes s'mores

Our young family has been camping a handful of times over the past couple years. We’ve never been to the same place twice. Each place has had its own special charm and some things that were a bit less charming about them too. Ranking them from most RUSTIC to most POSH, here’s my report on […]

Half-day trip: Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’m always on the lookout for Bay Area outings that are fun for three generations. This year, my mom and I discovered a new favorite when we took my kids to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. She loved it, and so did they! Inside Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers features an […]