Reader tip: Spring baseball sign-ups right now

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North Oakland/ South Oakland Little League (AKA NOLL/SOLL, which includes Berkeley south of Virginia) registration is now open for all divisions, ages 5 through 14, on the NOLL/SOLL website. El Cerrito Youth Baseball accepts players regardless of location; register now on the ECYB website; fees increase on December 1. Batter up!

Sports Basement Berkeley: What’s in it for you?

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This weekend, the {510} Families families had a great time saying hello to readers at Berkeley’s new Sports Basement store where we allowed parents to “valet park” their children with babysitters while they shopped. Parents exclaimed at the deals they were getting, and the space, formerly Iceland skating rink, had such a unique feel, the […]

Stateside Bakery for treats you’ll both love

Stateside Bakery brought to you by Cupkates

I grew up on Hostess Twinkies and Pop Tarts; it even says so on our About page. But now, I’m a Berkeley mama and my children don’t do That Stuff. Lucky for us, there is a sweet middle ground in which wholesome ingredients make tasty treats that we can all feel good about. Look at these […]

New kid on the block: Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger Berkeley

Farm Burger on Gilman is serving up grass-fed beef and tasty side dishes with a kids’ play zone all for a decent price. We LOVED Farm Burger, here’s why: Beyond kid-friendly – Play area with chalk, kitchen set, blocks, and more. My three-year-old didn’t want to leave, my 6-month old crawled around too. Crayons at tables, […]

Ticket Alerts: Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of not-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. If you’ve got kids who are ready for a large-scale theater experience for the holidays, here are some local performances to choose from. Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker: A Holiday Family Favorite San Francisco Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker […]

Little Ice Rink in Alameda

Little Ice Rink Alameda

Chill out at the third annual seasonal ice rink at Alameda’s South Shore Center shopping plaza. Running November 8 through January 21 daily until 10pm, you and your kiddos will be able to skate and sip cocoa through the New Year. Little ones can loop the rink holding a “Bobby the Seal” for balance. Yay, no […]

East Bay toy company launches StoryWalls for STEM play (Giveaway)

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Oakland mom and award-winning toy designer Laurie Peterson has launched her own toy company which aims to bring early engineering skills to girls on the floor of their playrooms. I worked with Laurie at LeapFrog toys, and had the opportunity to be the first family to see an early prototype of her new toy line […]

3 places to observe Dia de los Muertos in the East Bay

Dia de los Muertos Festival in Oakland

Fruitvale. Unity Council hosts an enormous (see teacup ride above!)  Dia de los Muertos Festival of Latin American music, food, and culture that promises to be family friendly. Sunday, November 2 from 10 am to 5 pm. Gourmet Ghetto. The 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue will host altar building, facepainting, and food trucks with beer […]

Chinook Book: Is it worth it?

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Promising to save you up to $3,000 with local coupons is one thing, but does it deliver?

Ticket Alert: Mary Poppins the Musical

Mary Poppins musical coming to San Francisco

Tickets are on sale now for Mary Poppins, the Berkeley Playhouse production of the iconic musical. Mary Poppins features two alternating youth casts trained in The Berkeley Playhouse School of Musical Theater. My mom took my children to this show in Los Angeles and they talked about it for months. At age 5, it was my […]

Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

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A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 am to 2 pm on Fridays, the Bear Cub gym is open for your visit. From new walkers up to age 5 are invited to bounce, climb, and swing for as much of […]

9 Free and cheap birthday party places

Free and cheap birthday party venues in the East Bay

I love a happy birthday party that doesn’t cost a ton (like Sawyer’s recent third bubble birthday party on a budget at our closest tot lot). We asked our fantastic facebook community where you like to go in the East Bay for fun parties on the cheap and you gave me a bunch more ideas for next year. Thanks, […]

Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do love sushi boats! At Takara Sushi in Rockridge, kids are often the primary patrons at the bar between about 5pm and 6:3opm. You can watch boats float by right within your grasp (mercifully behind a […]

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering. So, what else is going on? Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on […]

Simple, creative Halloween costumes

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Thanks to Berkeley mom Lisa Fontaine for contributing her creative DIY Halloween costume ideas. Anna Wintour photo: Oh Happy Day What little girl doesn’t love dressing up in Mama’s pearls and oversized sunglasses? My own daughter loves to flip through the pages of Vogue when it arrives each month and sits on our coffee table. […]

Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Save $15 on the Berkeley Half Marathon

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because you can do both. The Berkeley Half Marathon is supporting the Berkeley Public Schools as its charity for the second year in a row. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already, so this might be a […]