W.I.S.H Montclair offers Spanish classes (Sponsored)

Spanish learning center in Oakland

Thanks to W.I.S.H. Montclair for their sponsorship of 510Families.com After school and Saturday morning Spanish classes are available to kids in grades K-5 at W.I.S.H. Montclair, a Spanish learning center on Mountain Blvd in Montclair Village. Three levels of instruction guarantee that children who range from no knowledge of Spanish to those who have already […]

{510} Family Faves with Dave Room of “Pacha’s Pajamas”

Pacha's Pajamas album cover

This week, we meet local dad Dave Room, a Stanford-educated engineer who is also the co-creator (with Aaron Ableman) of an award-winning children’s pop musical and album called Pacha’s Pajamas. Dave is the father of 11-year-old Melia. The 12 songs on the album tell a story about a little girl named Pacha, who panics the night […]

{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 – […]

5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

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As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting kid-friendly show has […]

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]

Spring soccer sign-up

Albany Berkeley Soccer

Parents who want to sign up their children for recreational soccer should tune in: Spring soccer sign ups are now open in various 510 locations. Generally soccer is a Fall sport with an optional Spring season, but if you are anxious to try it out, registration is now taking place for the following organizations: Albany-Berkeley […]

Drop-in Yoga with toddlers

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I am a huge huge fan of the Mom & Toddler yoga class at Yogalayam studios. And it’s not because you get any sort of workout…

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2014

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 (BAICFF, cuz that’s a mouthful!) has moved to Chabot Space and Science Center this year and is called Playdate for the Imagination. Saturday, January 25 (10am – 8:30pm) Sunday, January 26 (10am – 5pm) Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes […]

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

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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 […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

Preschoolers

Meet with reps from 80 preschools and other child-focused resources.

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 […]

Get creative at MOCHA in Oakland

Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, MOCHA

I explored the new Museum of Children’s Art, AKA MOCHA, in Oakland the other day and want to share the who, what, where of the new space so other East Bay families can enjoy. WHO is MOCHA best for? Children 18 months and up are welcome to come and create during open studio hours open […]

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 […]

Best New Year’s Eve destinations for kids in the East Bay

New Years Eve for children

Kid-centered New Year’s parties that don’t blur into the next morning.

Holiday outing: Lake Merritt water sleighs and caroling

Lake Merritt Holiday Boat

At 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings until December 22, families can ride a “water sleigh” on Lake Merritt for a special holiday treat. Rides are $6 per person or groups can charter a sleigh for $100 and bring up to 19 people, leaving anytime between 3 pm and 8 pm. Tours […]

Christmas Tea in the Bay Area: Start a Family Tradition

The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

Pinkies out, everybody! In case you’ve never taken your little girl — or boy — to tea, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity. One of the best times to take kids for a high tea experience is during the holidays, when everybody’s feeling festive. You just might start a yearly tradition. Here are some […]