5 fantastic spots to photograph East Bay kids

Sarah Sloboda's list of the best places to photograph East Bay kids: Temescal Alley

Big thanks to our guest writer, Sarah Sloboda, today! She is a Bay Area family photographer with knack for making lives look just a little more rock ‘n’ roll than they might otherwise. A couple things make a great spot to photograph your kids in addition to having an interesting visual landscape. One is, how […]

Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays at IKEA in Emeryville


Last year I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where the food is kid-friendly and ridiculously inexpensive. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to […]

Guide to East Bay Independent Schools Open Houses and Tours

East Bay Private School Visitations and Tours

With the help of EBISA, the East Bay Independent Schools Association, we have assembled this guide to visitations, tours, and other prospective family events at our area’s independent (AKA private) schools. For up-to-the-minute changes, check the embedded calendar here from ebisa.org or with the schools in question. Happy visiting! {Our guide sponsors}            […]

Tinkergarten outdoor classes are new to Oakland

Tinkergarten classes for preschoolers now in Oakland

Tinkergarten is a new series of little kids’ classes set in the outdoors. These classes offer children the chance to learn problem-solving, tenacity, and more through thoughtfully-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, independent exploration, risk taking, and getting dirty are encouraged. Outdoor classes and activities for kids that are fun, simple, and designed for learning. My […]

Reader tip: Free music tutoring for BUSD students


Sign your child up for FREE private piano/vocal lessons with The Music Connection group at UC Berkeley. They are a student run volunteer organization on campus, which gives in-class, out of class, and private tutoring to students in the BUSD district*. WHAT: FREE Private Piano/Vocal Tutoring for your child with The Music Connection! WHO: Students […]

Money-saving vacation planning tip from a not-so-rookie mom


“This is our life now,” my husband said, referring to the way we planned our travel around our children’s school closure days. “We vacation with the rest of the country: Spring Break, Summer, and maybe President’s Day.”  And that’s what drives the prices up and makes popular destinations crowded. But his resignation to price surges and […]

Free AAA Car seat inspections are a life saver

AAA Car Seat Inspections are FREE

Thank you to AAA for sponsoring our post today and helping get the word out about child seat safety! If you only take away one thing from this post: AAA offers FREE car seat inspections by appointment with specific action items to make your children safer right away at safeseats4kids.aaa.com. I was recently given a thorough one-on-one car seat inspection […]

Music Together offering classes in more languages

east bay music together

As of September 14, Music Together will offer classes in Hebrew, French, Spanish and German. East Bay Music Together now has dozens of classes in 17 locations in Albany, Moraga, Oakland, Berkeley, Lafayette, Alameda, and El Cerrito. DEAL: EBMT is waiving the $10 registration fee for new families who sign up before September 14. According to Julie Tanenbaum, Director […]

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna County Park’s serene and beautiful location in a redwood forest, close proximity to local towns, and lots of kid-friendly activities make it one […]

Acing back-to-school with UrbanSitter (save $50)

Going back to school with the help of an UrbanSitter

Thanks to UrbanSitter for sponsoring 510families and helping us ease the burden of finding awesome caregivers. Whether it is bridging the unfortunate gap between a late-start school and your early-start workday or the periodic meetings and functions of a new school year, UrbanSitter has got you covered. Lately, I have been loving the last minute functions to […]

How to buy a car in the East Bay: Roadster.com


Thanks to Roadster  for being a sponsor of 510Families.com. Whether you live in Fremont or Albany or take BART to the City for the work week, most 510 families need at least one car.  We, the publishers of this site, have both been inspired to buy new cars at various milestones: expecting a first baby; […]

Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito


Mom of two, Cara enjoys making crafts, photography and simple scrapbooking. We asked Cara to tell us about El Cerrito and she sent us this list of tips for families. ~ Heather We live in the flats of El Cerrito not far from El Cerrito Plaza, and while we spend a lot of time in […]