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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where do you swim in the East Bay?

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

  Since we’ve started this website, some of our favorite pools, lakes, lagoons, and beaches have closed, but luckily, new options have opened too. Here are ten pools to get wet in the East Bay. Where do you swim? Favorite Outdoor Pools (open seasonally) El Cerrito Pool – A shallow area with an active fountain makes […]

Twins by the Bay: A support resource for twin parents


Twins by the Bay is a support group and network for new and expectant parents of multiples. Members attend meetings where they will meet other multiple parents, be invited to hear guest speakers (sleep experts!), and access a huge wealth of loaner equipment for travel and home, including preemie-sized clothing. The club is run by […]

East Bay Home Services & Delivery Guide


Some listings in this guide are sponsored as noted. If you’re a super busy parent, you will be psyched to learn about these creative and helpful home services. These businesses will bring everything from diapers to dessert right to your front door or work on your car while your child naps. Click on a category […]