FREE LEGO Build activities monthly in Pleasanton

Free LEGO building events at the Pleasanton Store

Worth the drive? You tell me! Join in the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton open to children ages 6 to 14 only. One free per child. Obviously quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Visit our nearest LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month […]

Rankin Aquatic Center, playful swimming pool in Martinez

Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez

Splash! We want to thank Becky Grigsby for scouting out Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. Becky is the Oakland mom to two, designer, crafter, runner, and blogger among other talents. Oh, and she made my Christmas ornaments this year. She gave us this report and pictures of her afternoon before and after the big bucket […]

Little Farm has re-opened {Yay!}

Tilden Park Little Farm resident

After months of construction on the sewage lines and other un-fun but necessary improvements, we are thrilled to share the news that Little Farm and Indian Camp parking lot are fully open again! Probably our favorite family-friendly facility upgrade is the new bathroom building, but you will also notice a fully resurfaced ADA-accessible parking lot […]

East Bay baby classes at Gymboree

Gymboree Lafayette

In search of indoor activities for my baby, Henry, we went to check out two different Gymboree* classes. Henry and I had previously completed the entire Touch Blue Sky Baby Sign Language program and now my cruiser needed a space where he could move his entire body. The first class we sampled was “Family Gymboree […]

When to go to the Alameda County Fair

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles. I took my children on opening day which was the smartest move I could have made, because admission for all three of us was three […]

Cheap summer movies in Richmond and Walnut Creek

Cheap summer movies in the East Bay

  The Cinemark theater chain has a series of kid-friendly movies scheduled and offered at super low prices to attract the out-of-school crowd as part of Summer Movie Clubhouse. The films are all rated G or PG. Tickets are $1 for both adults and children; $5 for a pass to the whole series. The Century […]

Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Antioch Water Park

There are splashy activities for babies and every age on up: super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, and big kid body slides.

Summer fairs and festivals for East Bay families

East Bay street festival and fair schedule - Summer 2014

Here is a list of outdoor street fairs and festivals to pencil into your summer plans, following on the heels of the Family Fun Festival in Downtown Berkeley and Chocolate and Chalk in North Berkeley, both on May 31: June Saturday, June 7 Sand Castle & Sand Sculpture Contest 9 am to 1 pm Kidcentric […]

KidFest: Memorial Day weekend in Concord

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Bay Area KidFest, a 3-day event combining live entertainment, activities and sports for children and 100 arts & crafts exhibitors, kicks off this Saturday in Concord. Be clear, the vendors are there to sell you something, whether it’s loyalty to Scooby Doo (compliments of Cartoon Network) or simply pizza, but so much fun will be […]

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia: Fun for nearly an hour

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia, fun for girls or boys older than 8

If you’re an archery novice, like most of us, then about 30 – 45 minutes is all you’ll be able to handle of the bow and arrows before your arms get tired and you start to feel too whiny to persevere. My seven- and nine-year-old kids and I started wilting right around that point on […]

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 […]

Roughing It day camp in Lafayette {Giveaway}

Lafayette Reservoir: Site of Roughin' It day camp

Wow! This giveaway has huge value! A week of Roughing It day camp includes kayaking, horseback riding, outdoor skills, animal care all in the beautiful setting of the Lafayette Reservoir. Free bus transportation is available from Berkeley and Oakland as well as many Contra Costa and San Francisco locations. One week of this magical outdoor […]

Ticket Alert: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

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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 […]

Field Trip: Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek

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At three different “Petting Circle” time slots each day, children can hold bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, or rats at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Tired of library circle times? Maybe an animal circle time is worth the drive. (Parking is easy and free!) At this rescue facility for regional wildlife, animal keepers are […]

Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of non-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. My son and I attended Yo Gabba Gabba Live AND went to Disneyland last week, so I think I’m done. If you’ve got more large-scale theater energy to spread around this month, here are some of the local […]

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 […]

A lot of fun at the drive-in in Concord

Drive in movies in Concord

10 thumbs up. Pile the kids into the station wagon for 6pm drive-in movie showings.