5 things you might not know about the library


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

Share your tips with our readers!


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?


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?


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

Reader tip: Got lead?


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


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


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


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 […]

Kids giving back: Project Night Night

Project Night Night- Kids helping kids providing comforts to homeless children in shelters

Have you heard about Project Night Night? If you’re looking for a way to give back to others with your children this holiday season, this might be what you’re looking for. Project Night Night gives nighttime comforts to homeless children right here in the East Bay. What is Project Night Night? A charity that donates over 25,000 […]

Overwhelmed by holiday cards? Yeah, me too.

Two bad pictures can make a cute series

Find your photos The past couple years, I’ve completely lucked out and had that one (or even two!) perfect family photos for holiday cards, uploaded the image, chosen my card design quickly (or had Whitney choose for me), then had Tiny Prints send all the cards for me over Thanksgiving weekend. I ordered a few […]

2013 Hottest Toys by Five Little Monkeys

5 little monkeys bay area toystore

This 510Families guide to the 2013 holiday season’s hottest toys is sponsored and written by Five Little Monkeys BEST BABY TOYS 1) Sophie the Giraffe by Calisson Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe has been amusing babies for 50 years. Made of 100% natural rubber and food paint, the BPA- and phthalate-free Sophie is soothing and safe […]

Tech Tuesday: Keepy is an app that lets you throw kids’ art away

Keepy, an art-saving app

If I kept everything my children bring home from school, I would be drowning in twelve times as much paper as I actually am. It’s hard enough, finding things in my own house. I’m glad I came upon the idea of photographing children’s art, certificates, and other masterpieces before disassembling them or recycling them. Now, […]

East Bay Home Services & Delivery Guide

MUNCHERY meal delivery service

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 […]

Parents’ Guide to Solano Avenue

Halloween costumes

Ten kid-friendly spots between The Alameda and San Pablo Avenue.

How to treat lice in your home (sponsored)


This is the second post in our series about lice, sponsored by Montclair lice removal salon NitPixies. Treating your home after hearing you have lice can seem daunting, but the founders of Nit Pixes promise that it is not difficult and can be done quickly and efficiently. There are many myths and urban legends floating […]

Where can moms meet other new moms in the East Bay?


When I joined Support Group For Mothers back in 2004, I had one simple goal: to make a friend with the same-age baby. I knew I was about to meet ten women with babies close in age to mine, and I thought, “If I truly like just one of them, this will be money well […]

Let CHP double-check your car seat


Thanks to Lisa for this tip: California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Oakland is hosting a Child Passenger Restraint event on Wednesday September 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 3601 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Appointments are recommended (510)450-3821. More info from CHP: The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Golden Gate Division offices are hosting […]