How do you encourage your children to give back?

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Here are four ideas for including your kids in holiday giving. I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

Top picks for active toys and pretend toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

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Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for young children, curated by their staff. We urge you to shop local, even if you choose to buy online. We have linked to Five Little Monkeys’ online store for your convenience. Here […]

Kid to kid toy exchange, what a great idea!

From Kid2Kid toy exchange in South Berkeley

We’re happy to introduce you to From Kid 2 Kid, a toy swapping service and part-time play space in the Lorin District of South Berkeley. Started by two local best-friend moms, Nina and Jessie, their mission is to prolong the lifecycle of toys by keeping useable ones out of landfills and in the hands of […]

Sports Basement Berkeley: What’s in it for you?

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This weekend, the {510} Families families had a great time saying hello to readers at Berkeley’s new Sports Basement store where we allowed parents to “valet park” their children with babysitters while they shopped. Parents exclaimed at the deals they were getting, and the space, formerly Iceland skating rink, had such a unique feel, the […]

Oakland Zoo membership: is it worth it?

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How many times do I need to go to the zoo to break even? Is it a good deal if my kids are toddlers or babies? Let’s break it down.

Join us for a {510} families shopping party at NEW Sports Basement

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The grand opening of Berkeley’s new Sports Basement is finally here and we’re throwing a family-friendly party with Urban Sitter to celebrate! Please join us. Who: {510} parents and children of all ages Activities: Explore the new old Iceland stacked high with sports-related gear and clothing Shop at a 20% discount Kids will enjoy fun […]

Chinook Book: Is it worth it?

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Promising to save you up to $3,000 with local coupons is one thing, but does it deliver?

Tech Tuesday: Common Sense Media for Bay Area parents

TV tips and media guidelines for families

Our family’s screen time rules are fluid with a side order of strict. My sons are allowed about 30 minutes to watch shows each evening while I prepare dinner; they alternate nights for whose day it is to choose. Because Sawyer is so much younger than the others, he often skips the shared program for […]

November Camps, AKA “Ack! I need childcare?”

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I have been known to splurge on a last minute winter camp when I realized how many hours of unplanned awake time we’d all be spending together. Don’t judge.

East Bay family photographers: Reader’s favorites

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photo: Laura Turbow We asked you guys what Bay Area family photographer you recommend for capturing your kids. Wow, was it fun to click through all the websites of these talented folks.  Here are the photographers you all shared with us. Top Five Bay Area Family Photographers These are the names that were mentioned numerous […]

Classes for Preschoolers, Toddlers & Babies in the East Bay

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  We’ve compiled a list of East Bay parent and tot classes throughout the Oakland and Berkeley area for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pick a category or browse our whole list. If your favorite class for kids age 0-5 is missing, share it in the comments. Play & Learn | Music | Art | Language & […]

Simple, creative Halloween costumes

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Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her creative DIY Halloween costume ideas. Anna Wintour photo: Oh Happy Day What little girl doesn’t love dressing up in Mama’s pearls and oversized sunglasses? My own daughter loves to flip through the pages of Vogue when it arrives each month and sits on our coffee table. […]

Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Save $15 on the Berkeley Half Marathon

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because you can do both. The Berkeley Half Marathon is supporting the Berkeley Public Schools as its charity for the second year in a row. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already, so this might be a […]

Reader tip: Turn candy into CASH!

Turn Halloween candy into cash

I received this tip from a local dentist, Total Health Dental Care, that turns Halloween candy into money. This program can line your kid’s pockets or kickstart a PTA-fundraising drive with a little (ok, a LOT of) coordination. Those of you with kids know that this time of year brings a ton of unwanted candy […]

Sparky the Firedog app prepares kids for fire safety

Smoky the Firedog safety app for kids

This post is sponsored today by SparkySchoolhouse. Invariably, when the smoke alarm goes off in my house, I’m cooking dinner and my sons are watching television. They usually wave it off. That’s not okay. Each time — while I’m simultaneously pushing a button on the ceiling; opening all the windows and doors; and tending to […]

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! […]