25 places to take East Bay preschoolers

Preschoolers guide to Lawrence Hall of Science by 510families.com

Thanks to Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science for sponsoring our guide to fun activities and destinations for younger kids! We wanted to focus on the amazing indoor spaces and places because the amazing weather can’t last forever. Right?   Did you know kids can visit the Lawrence Hall of Science for free? Children under three are […]

Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays at IKEA in Emeryville


Last year I wrote about why IKEA is so family-friendly on Rookie Moms, and readers were in serious agreement. One thing people like about the giant furniture retailer is the store’s cafe where the food is kid-friendly and ridiculously inexpensive. The cafe is a cafeteria-style layout, and preschoolers will love selecting a metal tray pusher to […]

East Bay deals for National Coffee Day

Coffee Day Deals

Tuesday, September 29 is National Coffee Day. So yes, you’ll see a lot of coffee on Facebook and Instagram from your friends who like to honor these “holidays” which seem more like “marketing days”, but let’s just take advantage, shall we? Three places to grab National Coffee Day deals in the 510 are:  Whole Foods […]

{510} Family Faves with Outside Kids Annie Burke

Annie Burke picks all her favorite East Bay things for families

I was so happy to sit down with Annie Burke in a tea shop in Berkeley and talk about our sons, her love of the outdoors, and how terrific it is to give children unstructured time to play and explore. Annie lives in Berkeley with her husband and two kids, Alex (9) and Benny (6). What […]

Free AAA Car seat inspections are a life saver

AAA Car Seat Inspections are FREE

Thank you to AAA for sponsoring our post today and helping get the word out about child seat safety! If you only take away one thing from this post: AAA offers FREE car seat inspections by appointment with specific action items to make your children safer right away at safeseats4kids.aaa.com. I was recently given a thorough one-on-one car seat inspection […]

Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito


Mom of two, Cara enjoys making crafts, photography and simple scrapbooking. We asked Cara to tell us about El Cerrito and she sent us this list of tips for families. ~ Heather We live in the flats of El Cerrito not far from El Cerrito Plaza, and while we spend a lot of time in […]

Crab Cove in Alameda for little explorers

The view from Crab Cove Alameda

I was a lucky chaperone on a field trip to Alameda’s Crab Cove with a class of curious kindergartners.  I learned about marine mammals (native critters), estuaries (fresh water + ocean water), and how often snacks and hugs are required to keep our energy up (lots!). What’s so special about Crab Cove? The Crab Cove […]

What to expect at Pedalfest 2015


Pedalfest at Jack London Square — Oakland’s free celebration of bikes, family, fun, and food — is back on July 25th 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 […]