{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

Bay Area Discovery Museum Halloween Event

Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous addition to our round-up of things to do with kids on Halloween! Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and […]

Tiny improvements from IKEA can feel huge

How to make the morning run more smoothly

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series of posts about improving the first 59 minutes of the day. Last week I went to IKEA in Emeryville in search of a few solutions for the numerous sweatshirts and lightweight jackets that don’t fit in my tiny 1920s coat closet. After browsing the hook and shelf selection, […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

1920s Bungalow Dining Room

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but I’d take a guess that there’s some daily frustration behind almost every door through which children must exit with shoes on their feet and lunchboxes in their hands. The thing that frustrates me the […]

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. The Public Market in Emeryville has been somewhat recently remodeled. They […]

Kids eat free Tuesdays at IKEA

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Last month I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to move […]

7 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

Playing at Habitot

Parents Night Out events are fantastic excuses for a drop-off kid party hosted by a local venue 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 […]

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 […]

Laid-back birthday party: Pizza and a movie

How to: Pizza and movie birthday party LEGO Movie!

For my son’s seventh birthday, EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME (insert the rest of that infectious song for those of us who have seen The LEGO Movie) because we paired the winning combination of pizza and a movie while avoiding all clean-up. The main coordination for this type of party is juggling showtimes and pizza restaurants for […]

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.

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.