10 places to go on the 4th of July

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Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014: Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Thursday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for the holiday. Visit the […]

Taking the San Francisco Bay Ferry

Ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco

This weekend, my family rode the ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco, just for the thrill of it. My kids did not have much interest in our destination, San Francisco’s epicurean Ferry Building and adjacent farmer’s market, because it was terribly crowded. They couldn’t see anything, and they’re not inclined toward gourmet food. […]

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 […]

Free day at Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco

Free event at Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco

Tons of free activities are open to the public at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco on Saturday, May 3. Normally $11 per visitor over 2 years old, this is a great opportunity to experience this rich museum for kids. Some of the activities planned are: Direct your own stop-motion LEGO movie with Play-Well. Learn […]

Carnivorous plants go CHOMP! at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers - Carnivorous Plants

Thanks to The Conservatory of Flowers for their sponsorship of 510Families.com. The Conservatory of Flowers, one of the most wondrous spots in Golden Gate Park, opens a new exhibit on April 11: CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. “Carnivorous plants are one of the sure fire ways to get people excited about plants kids especially,” […]

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 […]

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 […]