Sports Basement Berkeley: What’s in it for you?

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This weekend, the {510} Families families had a great time saying hello to readers at Berkeley’s new Sports Basement store where we allowed parents to “valet park” their children with babysitters while they shopped. Parents exclaimed at the deals they were getting, and the space, formerly Iceland skating rink, had such a unique feel, the […]

Little Ice Rink in Alameda

Little Ice Rink Alameda

Chill out at the third annual seasonal ice rink at Alameda’s South Shore Center shopping plaza. Running November 8 through January 21 daily until 10pm, you and your kiddos will be able to skate and sip cocoa through the New Year. Little ones can loop the rink holding a “Bobby the Seal” for balance. Yay, no […]

Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

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A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 am to 2 pm on Fridays, the Bear Cub gym is open for your visit. From new walkers up to age 5 are invited to bounce, climb, and swing for as much of […]

Run for the Berkeley Public Schools

Save $15 on the Berkeley Half Marathon

What’s harder: funding public schools in California or running a half marathon? I ask today because you can do both. The Berkeley Half Marathon is supporting the Berkeley Public Schools as its charity for the second year in a row. Odds are good that your own school is bugging you for money already, so this might be a […]

Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

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Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer’s Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned it).

Free Baby Boot Camp class for {510} Families readers

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We are pleased to announce a fun event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with Baby Boot Camp to bring East Bay parents (and their babies!) a fun morning outing from 9.30 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 9. Please join us for an outdoor workout with babies and toddlers in strollers. Mary McQueen […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

What to expect at Pedalfest

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Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 26th from 11am to 7pm. In collaboration with Bike East Bay, enjoy dare devil stunts, pedal-powered food, a cycle-powered music, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and an amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built […]

Rankin Aquatic Center, playful swimming pool in Martinez

Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez

Splash! We want to thank Becky Grigsby for scouting out Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. Becky is the Oakland mom to two, designer, crafter, runner, and blogger among other talents. Oh, and she made my Christmas ornaments this year. She gave us this report and pictures of her afternoon before and after the big bucket […]

Archery in Oakland with Redwood Bowmen

Redwood Bowmen archery in Oakland

Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice shooting arrows at outdoor targets. This is what she shared about her family’s experience. Redwood Bowmen is the kind of place where you can take your kid, and — if you know […]

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is a special splurge

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is amazing but not cheap

The staff photographers captured this photo and I LOVE how the roller coasters rise up. Did you know that you and your family can ride and kiss a real Atlantic bottlenose dolphin about 20 minutes from Berkeley? I did not. My older children and I were treated to a hands-on learning session with dolphins and trainers […]

Hike to pancake breakfast at West Point Inn

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

I finally did the daytrip to Marin with a hike-in for pancakes that I’ve been fantasizing about for so long. Somehow, it was both everything I expected and a complete surprise at the same time. I want to share my hard-won lessons learned before they fade away into fuzzy memories. The post I wrote years ago was filled […]

Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Antioch Water Park

There are splashy activities for babies and every age on up: super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, and big kid body slides.

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia: Fun for nearly an hour

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia, fun for girls or boys older than 8

If you’re an archery novice, like most of us, then about 30 – 45 minutes is all you’ll be able to handle of the bow and arrows before your arms get tired and you start to feel too whiny to persevere. My seven- and nine-year-old kids and I started wilting right around that point on […]

What to expect at the Lake Merritt Boating Center

Canoe on Lake Merritt

I lived next to Lake Merritt for two years and have lived in the East Bay for 16 since then, but this weekend was my first time taking in Oakland from the vantage point of being on the lake. We rented two canoes for my family of four and paddled against the wind for a […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it […]

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.