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 […]

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip


Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

Disneyland tips for holiday visitors

Jedi Training and other non-ride favorite features of Disneyland

During Thanksgiving week, my husband and I took our son to Disneyland, and it was as magical as only Disneyland at Christmastime can be. But we are a family of four, which brings me right to the first bit of info I want to share: My daughter opted out of our special day. “WHAT?!” That’s […]

Santa Cruz: Vacation meets Staycation


A family-friendly destination that costs a lot less than Hawaii.

A great time for camping at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

This guest post was submitted by Peggy, who has lived all over the Bay Area but now calls El Cerrito home. Since having her son, Lucas, over two years ago, her focus has turned to fun events and activities that they can do together as a family. Thanks, Peggy! An easy weekend family camping getaway […]

5 Family-friendly road trips from Oakland

Eating grilled cheese on a double decker bus in Portland, OR

Looking for a fun day trip or mini vacation for your long weekend? These fellow Bay Area bloggers have a few inspiring ideas and photographs to help you plan. Just for a few hours with big kids: Alcatraz Picnic Blog’s Lisa had fun with her school-aged daughter at Alcatraz; the girls had no patience for the […]

Mourning Berkeley Tuolomne Camp, burned in Rim Fire


I’m sad to tell you, if you don’t already know that the Rim Fire in Yosemite has destroyed Berkeley Family Camp. Read all about it and see some super sad video in this post on Berkeleyside. The Facebook page for Berkeley Tuolomne Camp invites fans to gather at 8 pm Monday night. Please join us […]

5 clever tech tools for Disneyland visitors


Planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth can be intimidating for any parent. I’ve been there with my kids three times, and as a blogger have met enough of the behind-the-scenes folks to learn a few techy tricks.   1- Watch a few videos on YouTube. If you have an anxious child and […]

Bay Area camping with little kids

Group camping at Tilden Park includes s'mores

Our young family has been camping a handful of times over the past couple years. We’ve never been to the same place twice. Each place has had its own special charm and some things that were a bit less charming about them too. Ranking them from most RUSTIC to most POSH, here’s my report on […]

Healdsburg: Wine-tasting with kids

Healdsburg wine tasting with kids

My husband and I took an anniversary trip to Healdsburg for wine-tasting with our two daughters, and Heather asked me to share some highlights. My biggest piece of advice is to plot out your routes and think ahead (snacks, treats, toys, lunch)! Here are a few places that made it fun for all of us: Preston […]

Day trip: Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay

Lemos Farm Hay Ride

We took a day trip to Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay with our two little girls and they loved it. Why People Go If your kid is old enough to like goats, ponies, trains, hay rides or bouncy houses, then you’ve found your spot! It’s a great time for both the parents and the […]

Q+A with Lair of the Bear

Lair of the Bear family camp at Oski

Years ago, I did some work with the Cal Alumni Association and heard mumblings of this mysterious summer thing called Lair of the Golden Bear. I was thrilled when David Smith reached out to us at {510} Families and offered to answer my silly questions. I heard one has to be a Cal Alumni to […]

Field trip this weekend: Sunset Celebration Festival

Celebration Weekend 2012 gardens

This guest post was written by Dana Smith, Berkeley mom to two grade schoolers, and head of PR for Sunset Magazine. For the past five years, my family and I have spent the first weekend of June in Menlo Park at Sunset Celebration Weekend, the annual weekend-long party that Sunset magazine hosts throughout its bucolic […]

New at Disneyland this Summer


Disneyland has alerted us to new park features opening this summer. Here’s a round-up: At California Adventure Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Based on Emeryville’s own beloved Pixar characters — Cars Land recreated the town of Radiator Springs along Route 66 — the recently expanded Disney California Adventure Park just added four new attractions: […]

Reader tip: Family surfing in Half Moon Bay


I can remember taking surf camp lessons in Sayulita when I was a single, child-free chica. This program sounds like so much fun, albeit completely impractical for my summer camp needs: Sea, Surf & Fun 5 day surf camps are designed for kids ages 6-19 years old. Each day, expert instructors teach a surf lesson […]

Hyperlocal sites for parents across the country


Since launching this site, I have had the great pleasure of becoming connected to other hyperlocal bloggers who have started similar sites in their own cities. From Atlanta to Grand Rapids, MI to Westchester County, NY, my peers have put together online resources to serve their communities, and perhaps, with summer travel on the horizon, […]

Kid-friendly West Coast cruises

ocean photo by Vinoth Chandar

This guest post was submitted by Erica from Cruise Web; she is the Social Media Coordinator and did a heap of research at my request. I asked her to share with us a few cruises that sail from the West Coast and other considerations for cruises as a family vacation. Child-friendly cruising is becoming more […]