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 […]

10 destinations that are open on Christmas Eve

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Fresh air can be critical to whole-family sanity, don’t you think?

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 […]

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 […]

3 super day trips with a one-year old

CuriOdyssey in San Mateo offers hands-on fun for very little ones

We are happy to introduce you to Jennifer Saranow Schultz (AKA Hintmama), the San Francisco parent to Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Jenny offers a few local picks for young toddlers here and on Rookie Moms. What is your favorite discovery you want to tell every new-in-town […]

Win tickets to Exploratorium or a terrific book

EXPLORALAB the book for creative children by Exploratorium

In celebration of children’s boundless curiosity, we are happy to partner with the Exploratorium to give away some copies of their new book Exploralab and 4 passes to the Exploratorium (read our review of the Exploratorium) Take a good look around: The ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating […]

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) […]

Baby Loves Disco: In San Francisco this weekend

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Want to shake your groove thing, family style?

Ticket Alerts: Disney on Ice, Frog and Toad, and more

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Want to have some dates on the calendar that your family is looking forward to? Here are some live performances coming up: A Year with Frog and Toad. I saw this show with my son when he was about five, and we loved it. The songs are catchy and the stories from the book really […]

Special outing to Crown & Crumpet tea stop

Teatime at Crown & Crumpet

San Francisco’s Crown & Crumpet Tea Stop Cafe was a perfectly special outing for me and my two daughters to celebrate back-to-school. I think we found a new tradition. What you need to know: Street parking is easy at the meters. The “nursery tea” (pictured below) is the children’s portion and it costs $12. Kids […]

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 […]

Barbie is coming to Oakland!

Barbie is moving roadtrip

Yes, THAT Barbie. The famous doll has packed up and left Southern California for a months-long roadtrip in search of a new home — called the “Barbie® is Moving” experience – and she’ll be pulling up in her pink convertible this weekend. WHAT TO EXPECT: The short answer is crowds and lots of pink, but if your […]

Get on the field at AT&T Park this weekend

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Coaching Corp, a non-profit whose mission is to provide sports experiences for kids who live in struggling communities, is offering an event for ALL kids this weekend at AT&T Park. “Take the Field” invites families to from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, August 17th. $5 admission will help raise money for the cause. […]

Half-day trip: Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

I’m always on the lookout for Bay Area outings that are fun for three generations. This year, my mom and I discovered a new favorite when we took my kids to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. She loved it, and so did they! Inside Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers features an […]

Yerba Buena Festival in San Francisco

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Yerba Buena Festival, a series of free outdoor performances in a BART-friendly location, runs all summer and includes some kid-friendly shows. Friday, July 26, you can catch the Red Panda Acrobats at 11 am or 12:15 pm in the Children’s Garden. Friday, August 16, magician Unique Derique is performing. Saturday August 31, Caterpillar Puppets will […]