Free Music Together demo classes

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Get covered in paint at the park on May 18

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

Sponsor Spotlight: BandWorks Camp

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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

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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, […]

Zoinks! Scooby Doo LIVE coming to Paramount Theatre in Oakland

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Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang will take the stage in an all-new family musical, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES, presented by Warner Bros. Featuring characters that kids of the 70s might be more excited about than their children, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES is set to entertain Bay Area audiences at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on Sunday, […]

{510} Family Faves with Oakland mom, Corey Weinstein

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Corey Weinstein lives in Oakland—with her son Benjamin (almost 10) and their dog Firebolt. She’s a Broker-Associate of Orange Door Properties at Red Oak Realty. She is also one of the Directors of CAMP 510, an arts + maker summer day camp in Temescal. We thank her for sharing her love of Oakland and the […]

Join us at the final Soggy Sundays of the season (giveaway!)

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Ashkenaz and I have something in common. We are both celebrating our fortieth birthdays. And we’re still totally rockin’ it. Join the {510} Families crew as we sponsor the season finale of the Soggy Sundays concert series with Alison Faith Levy and her Big Time Tot Rock at the world-famous Ashkenaz. And you can win […]

Disney on Ice and “Dare to Dream”

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Princess fever: if your kid’s got it, then you may be considering a trip to Oracle Arena this week to see the latest Disney on Ice show “Dare to Dream.” The show runs at the Oracle Arena Feb. 27-March 3. My son and I took in the most recent Disney on Ice show, “100 Years […]

Ticket Alert: Ivy + Bean

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Based on the best-selling Ivy + Bean stories by Berkeley author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackhall, IVY + BEAN, THE MUSICAL, explores how two second graders who are very different become inseparable friends. The production takes the stage at Freight + Salvage in downtown Berkeley beginning Saturday, February 9. Plot summary from Bay Area […]

How do you like to celebrate Lunar New Year?

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As a single lady, I loved venturing to the usually-rainy evening parade through San Francisco’s Chinatown (this year Feb 23). As a parent, we’ve had much more success with Fourth Street and their laissez-faire easy-access demonstrations and festivities. I asked others in their parent posse what’s been fun for them. Fourth St Whitney, Cara, and […]