Zoinks! Scooby Doo LIVE coming to Paramount Theatre in Oakland


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

Corey and Ben in Oakland

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 […]

Messy Art Day for 2-6 year olds


Materials on hand will encourage children to explore colors, textures and a variety of media in a safe, fun and messy environment.

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

Alison Levy Big Time Tot Rock

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”

Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” in Disney on Ice’s “Dare to Dream.” (Feld Entertainment)

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

Ivy   Bean in Backyard 2

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?

Lunar New Year for families on fourth st

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 […]

Ticket Alert: Carnival at Berkeley Playhouse (plus giveaway!)

Carnival at Berkeley Playhouse

Onstage at the Berkeley Playhouse this weekend is Carnival, presented by TeenStage. We are pleased to be able to give away a set of four tickets. The giveaway widget should appear below after a few seconds, if you do not already see it. a Rafflecopter giveaway Please note that this show is best for older […]

Saturday stroll: Art murmur for kids

kid with monkey art

I told you about Oakland Art Murmur for date nights and I’m excited to report there’s a daytime version for kids, too! Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon for a quieter and more focused time to view art and wander. Better […]

Film festival for kids this weekend in Alameda

baicff program

The 5th Annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival is this weekend and those under 3 get in free. Not that its aimed at them, most shows are better for older kids anyway. Have you been before? Do you have tips to share? The format Doors open at 9am both days for snacks and seating.  […]

Date night: Oakland’s Art Murmur

art installation

We discovered Oakland Art Murmur, the perfect feel free again, but still be glad you’re older than most of the kids out there date spot! My husband and I set off child-free to cruise the Art Murmuring streets of Oakland. This event happens each first Friday of the month. We’ve been twice now and would […]

Ticket Alert: Circus Oz, Slapstick Meets Rock ‘n’ Roll

Circus Oz photo by Rob Blackburn

Irreverent, saucy and chaotic, the Australian troupe Circus Oz has built a cult following for its infectiously funny and death-defying stunts. Now, the acclaimed band of funky misfits is returning to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall to present its new show, “From the Ground Up,” Feb. 15-17. This isn’t “entertainment for kids” per se — it’s […]

Reader tip: New art+science class for preschoolers

HackerMoms introduces their first HackerSprouts series called Toddler Tech. Aimed at kids age 2-5, this class is a mash-up of art & science designed to be fun for both kids and caregivers. Zetta Tech Science teaches making paper casts from recycled junk mail, adding to the Great Crayon-Smear Mosaic Tapestry, and participating in the Chalk-Art […]

Ticket Alert (with giveaway!): Peter Pan Jr. at the Berkeley Playhouse


Closely matching the classic animated Disney version of Peter Pan, the Berkeley Playhouse production Peter Pan Jr will run January 19-21 and 25-27th. The show is a full-scale production with musical numbers such as “You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly” and “It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me”. The program will last over […]

8 drop-in activities in the East Bay for $10 or less


I thought I’d pull together a short list of things you might do if you find yourself without an outing for the day.

Ticket Alert: Phineas and Ferb coming to Oakland’s Paramount Theater


Sunday, January 20th, two shows at the Paramount Theater in Oakland will bring popular Disney characters Phineas and Ferb to the stage in a live show for families. “Part action adventure, part rock concert,” read the marketing materials. Shows are at 2 pm and 5 pm. Kids under 2-years old do not need tickets. Discounted […]

Ticket Alert: Tales of Olympus


Many of the shows in the Bay Area Children’s Theatre lineup are for the younger side. The show about Greek gods and goddesses is recommended for those age six and up. Let me get that out of the way to avoid a gaggle of frustrated toddlers and preschoolers eating goldfish crackers while their parents wish […]