W.I.S.H Montclair offers Spanish classes (Sponsored)

Spanish learning center in Oakland

Thanks to W.I.S.H. Montclair for their sponsorship of 510Families.com After school and Saturday morning Spanish classes are available to kids in grades K-5 at W.I.S.H. Montclair, a Spanish learning center on Mountain Blvd in Montclair Village. Three levels of instruction guarantee that children who range from no knowledge of Spanish to those who have already […]

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Katie Gallagher shares her East Bay favorites

In our recent holiday gift guide, we featured the work of Katie Gallagher, an Oakland mother of three sons. I was happy to catch up with her to find out her favorite spots in the East Bay right now. Names and ages of your boys? I have three sons: Kieran – 4 ½, Brady – […]

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]

Baby swimming at the YMCA

Swim programs for babies at the YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA offers parent/baby swim lessons as well as other open times in the warm pool to splash around with your tot. Official lessons run in eight week sessions with one morning lesson per week and cost $67 on top of full or program membership. What to expect: You and your baby over six […]

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 […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

Kids breakdance classes for ages 4 + up

BBoy + BGirl Academy with Drew Looner

B-boys and B-girls (ate 5 to 14) are free to choose if they would like to perform on stage, compete in battles, or just get loose in the circles for fun. The goal is to help your child develop their confidence and style!

Treat yourself to yoga + tea (with childcare!) at Bloom Retreat

Bloom retreat in Walnut Creek for busy moms

The sign says it all: Where Busy Moms Find Balance. I wrote about my lovely day trip to Bloom Retreat on my personal blog but here’s what you need to know to plan your own visit. What is it? Bloom is a yoga and wellness center for mothers in Walnut Creek offering yoga, prenatal yoga, kids […]

Performing and creative arts after-school classes in Oakland and Berkeley

Afterschool classes for East Bay Kids

Nusku Arts is a non-profit organization that provides after-school classes in several Berkeley and Oakland locations. Classes include guitar, singing, ukulele, percussion, and comic book arts. Classes are divided between students in grades K-1 and 2-5. There are 8-12 students in each class. East Bay class locations are: Live Oak Community Center John Muir Chabot […]

Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Run to fund public schools in Berkeley

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because I’m trying to do both. Yep, I’m raising money for the Berkeley Public Schools by running a half marathon. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already. If you have more to give, please support […]

Workshop Weekend, maker fun for big kids

Taste hacking at Workshop Weekend

I discovered the Workshop Weekend table last year at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire and was excited to share their hands-on crafty instructional classes. If you’re a parent who doesn’t get enough time to forge hot metal or weave intricate baskets on a normal weekend, then an intensive course might be just what you […]

Oakland’s Kindergym: 30 years of drop-in fun


Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the year, a spirited toddler guru, Dawn Margolin, leads toddler classes and playgroups at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. The play sessions are open to children of any background, though circle time on Friday will incorporate some elements of the Jewish Shabbat tradition. Classes are for walking children, ages 3 […]

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 […]

Extra-curricular language programs in the East Bay

Hebrew, Russian, Arabic classes for kids

Thanks to Stephanie Meade of InCultureParent.com for this guest post. As someone raising trilingual kids in Arabic and Spanish, I am always on the lookout for immersion after-school options. A weekly language class is great for exposure to a language and the basics, but it’s not enough to make kids become speakers of another language. […]

Tim Oliver swimming for babies & toddlers

Tim Oliver Swimming in Oakland

Who & What Tim Oliver Swimming in the Oakland Hills offers drop-in swim lessons for children 3 months to 3 years in a lovely but crowded outdoor pool. During inclement weather, the pool is enclosed with a weatherproof dome to allow the lessons to continue. Class format Show up with your baby or young toddler […]

Reader tip: piano lessons at your home


Reader Trisha tells us: I have the best piano teacher for my daughter, 9 yrs. Alice Montgomery comes to my home (Montclair) weekly and my daughter has really grown into a beautiful piano player. She is friendly and professional, but mostly my daughter really likes her. That means she actually practices! Aliceintune@gmail.com