CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: a super half-day trip with a toddler

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: science play

Big thanks to Jenny in San Francisco for this helpful guest post; she blogs at HintMama. With a toddler, the best half-day trip is one that allows me to provide a learning experience, have fun myself and get back home in time for that sacred afternoon nap. For the last year and a half, ever since my now […]

A three-year old’s guide to Cal Academy of Sciences

A preschooler's guide to the Cal Academy of Sciences

Good news: your three-year old’s admission to the glorious newish California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is FREE. And thank God, because everything else about the visit will cost you. This is how my modern three-year old compares to prehistoric preschoolers I had high hopes for our outing to the Cal […]

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (Giveaway!)

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Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and we are giving away two sets of tickets. (Scroll down to enter.) (Kids participating in a BAICFF stop-motion animation workshop) Saturday, January 24 (10 am – 7:30 pm) Sunday, January 25 (10 am – 7 pm) Build zoetropes […]

LHS membership: is it worth it?

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How many times would I have to go to Lawrence Hall of Science to pay off my membership?

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.

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven’t yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons would go crazy for it, and I have my eye on the next day school is closed. Brickspace offers drop-in play most days, parents night out monthly, little kid classes, birthday parties, and camps! […]

Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

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Will you join us this year? Early bird tickets are available now and are 50% off the price of day of tickets.

A Three-year old’s guide to the Exploratorium

The 3-year olds guide to the Exploratorium #preschoolers #toddlers #sanfrancisco

My three-year old loved the monochromatic room I am very proud to present the first in our long series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you  have an opinionated three-year old? If so, I’d love for you to add to the body of knowledge available to other parents. So here […]

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 […]