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 […]

It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping

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Whether you stay in the car and do a “drive-by” or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday light displays is a fun winter tradition. Here are our picks for light-peeping this year. Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a must-see for East Bay families. Get a preview here […]

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 […]

Drop-in craft projects at Michael’s stores (Emeryville)

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My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity. Every Saturday, […]

Lose yourself at IKEA

Lose yourself at Emeryville's IKEA

The Emeryville monster store, Ikea, is a colorful and fascinating place for a child (just make sure you don’t have too much on your shopping list!). Take advantage of the little-known family parking lot past the big parking structure and back toward the store.

It’s that time of year: {510} Halloween Guide

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Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and outings where Jedi Knights and Cleopatra will be more than welcomed. Pre-Halloween events A costume Swap at Color Me Mine in Alameda is already in the works. When you drop off your costume (during […]

Home Depot FREE workshops for kids

Home Depot workshops for kids

Spend a FREE morning at Home Depot building craft projects with your kid.

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 […]

Dinner on the table: SpoonRocket

SpoonRocket delivers tasty meals in minutes in the east bay

The other day as I was assembling dinner, my husband arrived home and I asked, “How hungry are you?” and he answered, “Pretty hungry” so I clicked ORDER on a SpoonRocket.com delivery right then and there. Within ten minutes, a container of chicken, rice, and vegetables arrived at my house. True Story. Spoon Rocket promises […]

Used kids clothes and consignment sales in the East Bay

Ruby's Garden in Temescal, resale shop for kids

Here are ten local opportunities besides Craig’s List to become part of the used kids clothes and gear ecosystem.

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice Cream Concierge alert! My son and I want to tell you guys about the newish Black Bear Diner in Emeryville. The best thing about it is that the kids’ entrees come with a scoop of ice cream. And not just a plain one either. The guy I call the Ice Cream Concierge comes out […]

99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

99 Days of Summer in Oakland

We thought it would be fun to have one activity for each day of the year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Whether you like to add them to your calendar, bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your fridge, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do […]

8 Parents’ Night Out options (PNO)

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Parents Night Out is a fantastic excuse for a drop-off kid party in which children eat pizza, have dessert (gasp!), watch movies, and play with other kids of a similar age until way past their bedtimes. The formula varies depending on which organization is playing host. In some cases, your kids will do gymnastics, in […]

The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

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Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. Not that you need an excuse to let someone else make you dinner, but it sounds like a terrific solution for busy families with little ones. I went to Public Market in Emeryville on Friday […]

8 drop-in activities in the East Bay for $10 or less

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I thought I’d pull together a short list of things you might do if you find yourself without an outing for the day.

Love or shove: kids eat “free” at Ikea?

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We received a tip about a “FREE” eating program at the Swedish SuperStore going on now. What do you guys think? There is an Eat for FREE event at IKEA Emeryville from November 10 – 12 and again November 24 – 26th and this is how it works: 1. Dine in the IKEA Restaurant (with […]

Good value: Lanesplitter’s kids meals

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I asked our 510 Families Facebook community to tell us who sells the “best pizza in the East Bay”, and the winners were Gioia, Cheeseboard, Zachary’s, and Pizzaiolo, which, apparently everyone knows how to spell but me. I just spend 30 seconds matching up my guess at the sequence of vowels with those on the […]