Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire


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

Ticket Alert: Slapstick Musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ Coming to El Cerrito

Drowsy Chaperone play

Will kids like the comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone”? I asked Corrina Marshall, managing director of the Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, which will open its run of the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Sept. 20. “Yes, I definitely encourage younger audiences to come,” Marshall told 510Families. “It’s a fun, family-friendly show.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” […]

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

Solano Stroll Street Festival this Sunday


300,000 people will party in the street this Sunday on Solano Avenue. (Bring your walkie talkies!)

Free Music Together demo classes


A new space in Oakland will be host to East Bay Music Together classes for babies, toddlers, and their accompanying adults. Wednesday, September 4, you and your child can try a free demo class at Stellar Oakland. Music Together is a 510 Family fave; our kids have truly enjoyed it. If you’re not ready to […]

Contribute to Oakland Tribune re: kids art


Do you have a Baby Picasso at home, churning out masterpieces until there’s no more room on the fridge door? The Oakland Tribune is doing a story on what to do with kids’ artwork, from framing special pieces to turning them into place mats and beyond. If you would like to contribute to this story, […]

Reader tip: Art workshop for kids age 8 to 12


Bright Young Minds Youth Art Workshop is a FREE opportunity for children ages 8 to 12 to engage with art through a hands-on mural session based on the Almost Together exhibition at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on Jul 28, 2013 1:30 PM. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) offers an educational curriculum and teaching method […]

Reader tip: 6 free local circus shows in Oakland!


The first 5 free outdoor circus shows support a popular West Oakland after school program via the Prescott Circus, starring Oakland youth ages 7-16. July 17 & 18 (today and tomorrow!) 2 shows each day: 11am and 1:30pm at Oakland Tech High School Auditorium 4351 Broadway, Oakland CA Saturday, July 20 at 2pm at DeFremery Park has […]

5 Bay Area gems I’ve found for my special needs family


Thanks to our guest contributor Colleen Gallagher, a Berkeley mom of three with a background in teaching. Having a 7-year old son with a severe language and auditory processing disorder, as well as (unrelated) metabolic disease, a double-triple whammy of varying needs to balance, means I am always on the hunt for resources to help […]

Spotlight on the Richmond Art Center


I recently spoke with Teri Gardiner about the terrific community art programs available at the Richmond Art Center. Who is your art center for? The Richmond Art Center is for kids of all ages who want to make art and new friends. Our creative and nurturing atmosphere and small classes are perfect for preschoolers on […]

Family Block Party in Oakland


The kid-targeted hip-hop band Alphabet Rockers has put together an event to entertain kids and their families this Father’s Day. The Family Block Party is a dance party for families that will take place Sunday, June 16th at the New Parish nightclub in Oakland (during the day). Best for kids 2-7, activities will include face […]

99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

99 Days of Summer in Oakland

We thought it would be fun to have one activity for each day of the year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Whether you like to add them to your calendar, bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your fridge, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do […]

Maker Faire 2013 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 2013 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 […]

Get covered in paint at the park on May 18

matisse birthday party in alameda

Alameda parents, this fun activity is in celebration of Le Petit Matisse’s one year birthday.

Sponsor Spotlight: BandWorks Camp


Thanks to BandWorks for being a sponsor of 510Families.com this year. BandWorks School of Rock is a year-round program that offers group music classes to grade school aged kids in a handful of Bay Area locations, including Jack London Square. During the summer, half-day camps extend the program, allowing kids to really jam, freed from […]

MOCHA is moving


The terrific hands-on Museum of Children’s Art is moving to a bigger and better space. Don’t worry, it’s still in Oakland! The new location for MOCHA will be at 1625 Clay St, just a few blocks from the 19th St BART station. Key dates The last day open to the public at the current location, […]

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 […]