W.I.S.H Montclair offers Spanish classes (Sponsored)

Spanish learning center in Oakland

Thanks to W.I.S.H. Montclair for their sponsorship of 510Families.com After school and Saturday morning Spanish classes are available to kids in grades K-5 at W.I.S.H. Montclair, a Spanish learning center on Mountain Blvd in Montclair Village. Three levels of instruction guarantee that children who range from no knowledge of Spanish to those who have already […]

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure! Arts , Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | Outdoor/Eco/Skills camps | Sports camps | Language + Culture […]

{510} Family Faves with Kangaroo Stitches Katie

Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]

5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]

Baby swimming at the YMCA

Swim programs for babies at the YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA offers parent/baby swim lessons as well as other open times in the warm pool to splash around with your tot. Official lessons run in eight week sessions with one morning lesson per week and cost $67 on top of full or program membership. What to expect: You and your baby over six […]

Share your tips with our readers!

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Do you have a favorite class, restaurant, or East Bay destination? Did you take a roadtrip with your children that was so great you can’t NOT share? Up there, on the upper right, you can always click Submit Tip. Because lately my tip box has started to get clogged with Discount Shoes and ReallyWeirdSpam, I […]

Where do you take guests from out-of-town?

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To show off the East Bay to your friends from back home, where do you go? When I lived in San Francisco, I always drove to the top of Twin Peaks and parked so we could look down on everything. I haven’t done that in years. Sigh… We asked our hecka fine Facebook community, “Where […]

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

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Meet with reps from 80 preschools and other child-focused resources.

Reader tip: Got lead?

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The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department (formerly Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program) is offering up to $4,000 in grants for lead hazard and other safety repairs for pre-1978 owner-occupied and rental properties in the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland with low-income families with a pregnant woman and/or children under 6 living or […]

Resolution #1: Yell less at the kids

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This post is a tip from someone other than the author of this post. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living in my house, is purely coincidental. Yeah, that’s it. “Is That Me Yelling?” is a group for parents who desire more harmony at home. Join other East […]

New mom support groups in the East Bay

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The information for this post was furnished by Jennifer Subasic-Marks, a longtime parent educator and champion of new mothers. Here are some New Mom Support Group opportunities starting in January. Being a new mom is such an important and challenging time and being able to share with other women who are facing the same joys […]

Clutter-free gifts for East Bay families aka Gifts for People Who Live in Small Houses

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Thanks to Annika Dukes, a 510Families contributor, for helping me with this clever list of holiday gift ideas for East Bay families. My commentary is in italics. Most of the working parents I know lament about the hectic pace of our lives, and how we wish we had more time. I often hear people complain […]

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip

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Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

Disneyland tips for holiday visitors

Jedi Training and other non-ride favorite features of Disneyland

During Thanksgiving week, my husband and I took our son to Disneyland, and it was as magical as only Disneyland at Christmastime can be. But we are a family of four, which brings me right to the first bit of info I want to share: My daughter opted out of our special day. “WHAT?!” That’s […]

2013 Shop local gift guide

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When you want to keep your dollars in the East Bay, where do you shop? There are so many wonderful places to shop, play, and eat in the Berkeley-Oakland area that creating a specific gift guide for East Bay families was tricky. Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, here are a few of […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]