Ticket Alert: Mary Poppins the Musical

Mary Poppins musical coming to San Francisco

Tickets are on sale now for Mary Poppins, the Berkeley Playhouse production of the iconic musical. Mary Poppins features two alternating youth casts trained in The Berkeley Playhouse School of Musical Theater. My mom took my children to this show in Los Angeles and they talked about it for months. At age 5, it was my […]

Our Very Own Polar Express: Niles Canyon Train of Lights

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Even if you don’t currently reside with a pint-sized train enthusiast, you will want to check out this wonderful holiday adventure right here in the East Bay.

Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

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A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 am to 2 pm on Fridays, the Bear Cub gym is open for your visit. From new walkers up to age 5 are invited to bounce, climb, and swing for as much of […]

Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do love sushi boats! At Takara Sushi in Rockridge, kids are often the primary patrons at the bar between about 5pm and 6:3opm. You can watch boats float by right within your grasp (mercifully behind a […]

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering. So, what else is going on? Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on […]

{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

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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 […]

Drop-in daycare at Ruby’s Tumbling in Alameda

Ruby's Tumbling in Alameda offers drop-in daycare

Ruby’s Tumbling, which offers gymnastics classes to children as young as new walkers (with parent participation), has a unique program that sounds like a dream for parents of preschool age children. Every Monday from 9 AM to noon, Ruby’s invites children 2 and up to stay and play on the mats and climbing equipment while […]

WIN tickets to Mini Maker Faire!

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2014

Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. Win a family pack (2 adults & 3 children) of tickets to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire coming to Oakland this month. Each year, this fantastic showcase of maker culture and DIY projects just keeps getting better. The team is busy working on the day of schedule but […]

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, […]

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Free Baby Boot Camp class for {510} Families readers

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We are pleased to announce a fun event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with Baby Boot Camp to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun morning outing from 9.30 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 9. Please join us for an outdoor workout with babies and toddlers in strollers. Mary McQueen […]

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $12 per visit per child. We’ll have more details in the coming week, […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

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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 […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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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 […]