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! […]

Our trip to Disneyland

The Frozen float is now at Disneyland

I’m just back from our first ever visit to Disneyland, and we had a blast. While my children loved the haul of a bag full of chocolate candy one month early at Mickey’s Halloween party, most of our fun happened outside the space of the party (which I recommend for much older kids or adults). […]

Free Baby Boot Camp class for {510} Families readers

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We are pleased to announce a fun event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with Baby Boot Camp to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun morning outing from 9.30 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 9. Please join us for an outdoor workout with babies and toddlers in strollers. Mary McQueen […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

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Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but I’d take a guess that there’s some daily frustration behind almost every door through which children must exit with shoes on their feet and lunchboxes in their hands. The thing that frustrates me the […]

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 […]

Five steps to babyproof a dog

5 steps to babyproof your dog #babies

My friend Laurie in Oakland is working with dog trainer Michael Wombacher, author of Good Dog, Happy Baby, to improve her dog’s behavior around her toddler. She forwarded these helpful tips from him.

Cool new parenting products from Bay Area companies

Milkcharm Baby Bottle Organizer #bayarea

Whitney and I just returned from a whirlwind 44-hour trip to Las Vegas for the ABC Kids Expo of the whole world of juvenile products in one place. I’m sure it wasn’t really the WHOLE WIDE WORLD but with thousands of exhibitors spread out over two floors, it was pretty expansive. We were very happy to […]

KidAdmit makes preschool enrollment easier {new sponsor!}

KidAdmit - Preschool Admissions management

Thanks to KidAdmit for sponsoring {510} Families this month. Preschool enrollment can feel like a part-time job for parents. Parents need to research their options, keep track of application dates, fill out forms, go on tours, and maybe even take the child to the school for a “playdate”, an age appropriate interview. When San Francisco […]

September is library card sign-up month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up

Do you want to get a first library card? Did your kid lose his card several months ago and has been borrowing his brother’s since then? In either case, you’re in luck this September (when so all new BPL cards or swaps will be FREE for a limited time, even if the card is missing). September […]

Children’s Hospital Oakland Miracle Marathon: The easiest marathon you’ll ever do

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Our local Children’s Hospital Oakland is part of a network of children’s hospitals called Children’s Miracle Network. Across the country, these partner hospitals have coordinated a virtual marathon, The Miracle Marathon, that will enable ANYONE to complete a marathon-ish distance and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital of their choice. For most of […]