15 places to go on the 4th of July


Thanks to Sarah’s Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July Guide for East Bay families. Sarah’s Science has locations in Oakland and Berkeley and invites your child to come have a BLAST! Campers make and take home a fun science project each day, from robots to rockets, catapults to ladybug gardens. Independence Day is a Saturday […]

Getaways with mom: ME time

Orange County Museum of Art

This is the third post in our series about ME time, sponsored by domain.ME. I’ve just returned from spending a long weekend with my mom, during which it was startlingly clear to me that quality time with her — and the other important adults in my life — is different when it’s kid-free.  I’m so […]

Brentwood farms fruit picking, tips for families

Cherry harvest in Brentwood

Monday, I drove four boys out to Brentwood to go fruit-picking. I was vague in my promises — berries, cherries, apricots, or whatever they have. You like blackberries? Olallieberries? Maybe them too! — and thank goodness because everything was closed. Boohoo. I met Tino at Bacchini’s Fruit Tree, a family operated Picked and U-Pick fruit stand in […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area Kids {2015}

99days of summer in the Bay Area by 510 Families

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have selected one outing for each day between Memorial Day through the end of August. Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your […]

Parents’ Guide to Oakland’s Jack London Square

Family movies at Jack London Square: waterfront flicks

Oakland’s Warehouse District has officially transformed into a beautiful sophisticated bustling waterfront with great restaurants, wineries and coffee roasters. Move over San Francisco Embarcadero! Jack London Square (AKA JLS) has become a great place to bring the kids any day of the week for fun and sight-seeing. Where to play for play dates and date nights Jack […]

East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

Mother's Day Berkeley

There are two ways to celebrate Mother’s Day: with your kids or without them. Here are a selection of ideas for both. This year, our Mother’s Day Guide is sponsored by Brushstrokes Studios in Berkeley. Activities With kids or without? At Brushstrokes you can do either, or both. The upstairs studio is reserved for moms […]

Parents Guide to the Gilman District in Berkeley

Parents Guide to Berkeley's Gilman District

Affectionately named the Gilman District in Berkeley, Gilman Street between the freeway and San Pablo Avenue has exploded over the past year in terms of awesomeness for families with lots of great places to eat, shop, and play. I listed my picks roughly from West to East in each category. Where to play: Golden Gate Fields. […]