Field Trip: Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek


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


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.

Gem of the East Bay: Rock City trail at Mt Diablo State Park


510 Families reader Christa posted photos of her family exploring Rock City at Mt Diablo State Park and it reminded me that I’ve always wanted to go there. photos: Christa Dahlstrom Mt. Diablo State Park is near Walnut Creek (North Gate Road into the park) and Danville (South Gate Road). Within the park there are […]

Ticket Alert: Hot Peas ‘N Butter from Nickelodeon in Livermore


This post is sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Multilingual kids band Hot Peas ‘N Butter will play an afternoon show on Sunday, November 17 at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Parents and professional musicians Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto created the band in 2000 when they were inspired to bring to other […]

The Jungle: What to expect from Concord’s crazy climbing place

The Jungle in Concord, a great place to run around for grade schoolers

ladders and tunnels falling into a ball pit oh crap, an arcade I just wrote this haiku to the Jungle, and now I feel like I don’t even need to write a more descriptive post! Just kidding folks, let me fill in some details. What to expect Best for ages 6 to 12, this climbing, […]

Treat yourself to yoga + tea (with childcare!) at Bloom Retreat

Bloom retreat in Walnut Creek for busy moms

The sign says it all: Where Busy Moms Find Balance. I wrote about my lovely day trip to Bloom Retreat on my personal blog but here’s what you need to know to plan your own visit. What is it? Bloom is a yoga and wellness center for mothers in Walnut Creek offering yoga, prenatal yoga, kids […]

Best East Bay destinations and tips for train lovers

Trains you can ride: Train Town Train

Can we talk about trains? My little boys are all about trains. When my oldest was one, the best way to get him out of the house was to talk about the choo choos we would see: real train, BART train, train table, it didn’t matter (but there had to be trains). I could easily […]

{510} Family Faves with HackerMoms’ Hayden

510 Family Faves with Hayden

Hayden is the mama of two young children, Breccan (2.5 yrs) and Brolin (8 mo), and the co-founder of Mothership HackerMoms. I’m thrilled that she answered some of our questions about her favorite places in the East Bay and beyond. HackerMoms combats the isolation of motherhood and the need to balance family, work and creativity. […]

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 […]

FREE Museum Day coming soon from Smithsonian Magazine

Discover + Go gets you in FREE to Discovery Museum

This Saturday, several museums nationwide will offer FREE admission (for two) courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine. All you need to do is print or download the Museum Day Live! ticket and go. No other reservations required. In our area, the kid-friendly pickings are rather slim, but here you go: Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek (Open 10-5) […]

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 […]

Pixieland adventures in Concord

Pixieland airplanes

A 35-minute drive from our house in Berkeley, Pixieland Amusement Park was a super fun day for all three of my kids (age 2, 6, and 8) in a contained area small enough that it wasn’t a problem to parent alone. Think of it as a more modern (some say better, others say charmless), smaller […]

Strawberry picking at Swanton Farm

Berry picking at Swanton Berry Farm

Vivian took a recent family outing to pick at Swanton Berry Farm — open yearround — and offered to share the highlights with us. The kids had fun picking fresh organic strawberries. The strawberries were some of the sweetest and juiciest I’ve ever had. The view from the farm is magnificent, with the Pacific Ocean […]

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 […]

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 […]