Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.

Hikes for Tykes: Exploring the regional parks

Hikes for Tykes

This guest post was provided by our contributor, Peggy.  Does your kid enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature as much as mine does? If you and your kids want to get outside for some exercise, fresh air, and maybe learn a new thing or two, I would definitely suggest checking out one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s […]

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is a special splurge

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is amazing but not cheap

The staff photographers captured this photo and I LOVE how the roller coasters rise up. Did you know that you and your family can ride and kiss a real Atlantic bottlenose dolphin about 20 minutes from Berkeley? I did not. My older children and I were treated to a hands-on learning session with dolphins and trainers […]

Summer fun @ Lawrence Hall of Science

Eat ice cream you make at LHS

Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science combine play with learning.

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! 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 […]

Maker Faire 2014 is this weekend in San Mateo

San Mateo Maker Faire

If you like to get your tools out and invent in a crafty, constructy, tinkery kind of way then you should head south for the 2014 Maker Faire. There are several excellent exhibits for curious kids (but to be completely honest, I usually wish I left them at home so I could enjoy my own playtime). […]

Carnivorous plants go CHOMP! at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers - Carnivorous Plants

Thanks to The Conservatory of Flowers for their sponsorship of 510Families.com. The Conservatory of Flowers, one of the most wondrous spots in Golden Gate Park, opens a new exhibit on April 11: CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. “Carnivorous plants are one of the sure fire ways to get people excited about plants kids especially,” […]

See you at Cal Day?

visting the bug doctor

There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

Little kids wanted for cool research at Cal

Cognitive studies at Cal's Baby Lab

Years ago, I wrote about getting your baby a job as a scientist and I stand by that recommendation. I first learned about the super cool research studies in the Infant Cognition Lab (AKA Berkeley Early Learning Lab) as a very rookie parent when a friend handed me a dogeared copy of Alison Gopnik’s The […]

Xtreme BUGS exhibit at Lawrence Hall of Science

See more BUGS at Lawrence Hall of Science

It has been a couple of months since our Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley membership ran out so I was super excited for the chance to check out the new Xtreme BUGS exhibit. The main attraction of the exhibit is the collection of giant-scale animatronic bugs. Although our three-old was a bit frightened in […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2014

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2014 (BAICFF, cuz that’s a mouthful!) has moved to Chabot Space and Science Center this year and is called Playdate for the Imagination. Saturday, January 25 (10am – 8:30pm) Sunday, January 26 (10am – 5pm) Listen to music, participate in an animation workshop, build zoetropes […]

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.

Keeping a kid busy at Cal

Circular sculpture at UC Berkeley is great for climbing

I attended school at the UC Berkeley Campus and I love to take my daughters there. We like to show off the campus so they feel comfortable with universities see that they are actually fun and exciting places where you can learn, adventure and picnic! Here are our top 6 things to do with our […]

3 super day trips with a one-year old

CuriOdyssey in San Mateo offers hands-on fun for very little ones

We are happy to introduce you to Jennifer Saranow Schultz (AKA Hintmama), the San Francisco parent to Hannah. As of the time of this interview, Hannah was 13 months old. Jenny offers a few local picks for young toddlers here and on Rookie Moms. What is your favorite discovery you want to tell every new-in-town […]

Win tickets to Exploratorium or a terrific book

EXPLORALAB the book for creative children by Exploratorium

In celebration of children’s boundless curiosity, we are happy to partner with the Exploratorium to give away some copies of their new book Exploralab and 4 passes to the Exploratorium (read our review of the Exploratorium) Take a good look around: The ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating […]

Home Depot FREE workshops for kids

Home Depot workshops for kids

Spend a FREE morning at Home Depot building craft projects with your kid.

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 […]