Top picks for games and arts & craft toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Best games from Five Little Monkeys

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 […]

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

Clutter-free gifts for Bay Area families

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 […]

Fairyland membership: is it worth it?

Fairyland's Jolly Trolly

How many times would I have to go to Fairyland to pay off a membership? Is it worth it?

How do you encourage your children to give back?

Fairyland's Jolly Trolly

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

Oakland Zoo membership: is it worth it?

Oakland Zoo

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.

Chinook Book: Is it worth it?

Chinook Book Bay Area

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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

Oakland Childrens Hospital

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 […]

Mommybites offers online and phone-based parenting help

Free online parenting classes

We’ve partnered with Mommybites, an organizer of short, one-session parenting classes on topics ranging from potty training to picky eating. The classes are free of charge, and require registration to get the call-in or log-on information. Some are via conference call – just listen in while an expert gives tips – and some are a […]