10 places to go on the 4th of July

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Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014: Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Thursday, July 4. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for the holiday. Visit the […]

CREAM ice cream sandwiches are worth the wait

Cream ice cream sandwiches are a double treat

Have you passed by that incredibly long line on Channing and Telegraph and wondered what all the fuss was about? If you like warm cookies and cold ice cream pressed together into an ooey gooey sandwich, then get in that line and thank me later! For the low price of $2 each, you can choose […]

East Bay Summer Outdoor Movie Round-Up

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Though we rarely see short-sleeves-in-the-evening temperatures in the Bay Area, summer is the best chance we’ve got for outdoor movies that aren’t at the Concord drive-in. (Which is totally worth doing, by the way.) If your kids can stay up past 9 pm, there are a few opportunities to set up camp and watch a […]

Cheap summer movies in Richmond and Walnut Creek

Cheap summer movies in the East Bay

  The Cinemark theater chain has a series of kid-friendly movies scheduled and offered at super low prices to attract the out-of-school crowd as part of Summer Movie Clubhouse. The films are all rated G or PG. Tickets are $1 for both adults and children; $5 for a pass to the whole series. The Century […]

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 […]

The Gardens at Lake Merritt are totally not boring

Lake Merritt Garden

As we strolled around The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a chunk of Lakeside Park that shares a parking area with Children’s Fairyland, my husband and I agreed that visiting botanical gardens always sounds boring, but is usually a big win with my family. In the Sensory Garden, one of eleven themed sections of the Lake […]

Kids Bowl Free at Albany Bowl this summer

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The Kids Bowl Free program is nationwide, and our local independent bowling alley in Albany participates. Simply go to the website KidsBowlFree.com/albany to register your child. Every week, free bowling passes will arrive in email. From April 15 through August 31, your child can bowl twice per day, every day, all summer as long as he […]

Free day at Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco

Free event at Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco

Tons of free activities are open to the public at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco on Saturday, May 3. Normally $11 per visitor over 2 years old, this is a great opportunity to experience this rich museum for kids. Some of the activities planned are: Direct your own stop-motion LEGO movie with Play-Well. Learn […]

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May

Free comic book day

Designed to expose folks both to comic books as an art and entertainment form and also to their local independent comic book shops, Free Comic Book Day is being observed on Saturday, May 3rd by a handful of East Bay locations. The free books, designed especially for this promotion, will satisfy a variety of ages […]

Kid-friendly bookstore events on California Bookstore Day (Saturday, May 3)

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California Bookstore Day is a statewide event that rallies independent bookstores to host compelling events for their communities. Here are a few local events that might interest East Bay parents: Scavenger Huntat Books Inc. in Alameda 1344 Park St Alameda, CA 94501 Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean author) meet and greet at Books Inc on […]

National Mom’s Nite Out is free, and you’re invited

National Moms Nite Out

Thursday, May 8 , 2014 is “National Mom’s Nite Out”, and local Mocha Moms chapter invites all 510Families.com readers (who identify as moms) to their free event. The evening will be packed full of shopping, beauty and make-up demonstrations, spa treat vendors, wine tasting, appetizers and of course relaxation and ‘girlfriend’ bonding. Hosted at the […]

Profile: Adventure Playground

Berkeley's Adventure Playground

Kids can imagine, build, and decorate their own play structures with saws, hammers, nails, and paint. They earn the right to use these tools by collecting hazards like loose nails…

See you at Cal Day?

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There really is something for everyone as UC Berkeley, AKA Cal, opens its doors to the families of the East Bay for Cal Day. My husband and second grader have their eyes on auditing another physics class while my kindergartner and toddler want to run around the grounds making slime and looking for doggies and […]

Berkeley libraries provide free events all April long

Berkeley library Branch Out celebration is April 2014

As media sponsors of this program, we are thrilled to share the details with 510families readers. The Berkeley Public Library has been busy with remodels and renovations galore. Now it’s time to celebrate what a wonderful community resource we have. It’s a city-wide library-warming and everyone is invited! Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services told […]

{New Sponsor} The Need App — for everything you need

App for friend recommendations

I always need something. What contractor do you trust with your kitchen? Where should we eat with the kids when we go to Chicago? Where do you like to park your car when you go to SFO? The Need app is built to help us leverage the wisdom of our friends and bypass the Yelp […]

Little kids wanted for cool research at Cal

Cognitive studies at Cal's Baby Lab

Years ago, I wrote about getting your baby a job as a scientist and I stand by that recommendation. I first learned about the super cool research studies in the Infant Cognition Lab (AKA Berkeley Early Learning Lab) as a very rookie parent when a friend handed me a dogeared copy of Alison Gopnik’s The […]

5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.