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 […]

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.

Get creative at MOCHA in Oakland

Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, MOCHA

I explored the new Museum of Children’s Art, AKA MOCHA, in Oakland the other day and want to share the who, what, where of the new space so other East Bay families can enjoy. WHO is MOCHA best for? Children 18 months and up are welcome to come and create during open studio hours open […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

Date night on the circle in Kensington


Have dinner at Benchmark Pizza while your kids make magnificent art to gift or keep at 4Cats Art Studio. Meanwhile 20% of proceeds go to the Kensington Education Foundation for Kensington Hilltop school. Specifics Preregistration is required with 4Cats & dinner reservations should be be made with Benchmark. The event is scheduled for 6:00pm – […]

Nutcracker, Velveteen Rabbit, and other holiday performances

Alameda's The Nutcracker

Putting on a pair of non-sneakers and attending a ballet is an annual tradition for many families. My son and I attended Yo Gabba Gabba Live AND went to Disneyland last week, so I think I’m done. If you’ve got more large-scale theater energy to spread around this month, here are some of the local […]

Holiday date night for local wine + beer lovers

Donkey and Goat Winery

Donkey & Goat and neighbor Trumer Pils will stay open late offering holiday cheer for Mom & Dad and an opportunity to taste and stock up for the holiday. Meanwhile, 2 blocks away, Brushstrokes is offering a drop off Pizza & Pottery Party for kids 5+ yrs from 6-8:30p. Reserve your spot for this cool […]

Drop-in craft projects at Michael’s stores (Emeryville)


My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity. Every Saturday, […]

Kids breakdance classes for ages 4 + up

BBoy + BGirl Academy with Drew Looner

B-boys and B-girls (ate 5 to 14) are free to choose if they would like to perform on stage, compete in battles, or just get loose in the circles for fun. The goal is to help your child develop their confidence and style!

Ticket Alert: Hot Peas ‘N Butter from Nickelodeon in Livermore


This post is sponsored by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Multilingual kids band Hot Peas ‘N Butter will play an afternoon show on Sunday, November 17 at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Parents and professional musicians Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto created the band in 2000 when they were inspired to bring to other […]

Habitot Children’s Museum is a must-do for preschoolers

Water play at Habitot

I took my barely two-year old to Habitot recently and he had the best Special Mommy Date ever! If you’ve never been to Berkeley’s underground treasure of a kids’ museum, let me show you a few highlights. A few of our favorite things: Straight ahead to gross motor creativity. The main exhibit rotates to keep things […]

Performing and creative arts after-school classes in Oakland and Berkeley

Afterschool classes for East Bay Kids

Nusku Arts is a non-profit organization that provides after-school classes in several Berkeley and Oakland locations. Classes include guitar, singing, ukulele, percussion, and comic book arts. Classes are divided between students in grades K-1 and 2-5. There are 8-12 students in each class. East Bay class locations are: Live Oak Community Center John Muir Chabot […]

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 […]

Baby Loves Disco: In San Francisco this weekend


Want to shake your groove thing, family style?

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