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: 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” […]

Solano Stroll Street Festival this Sunday


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

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

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 […]

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 […]