Indoor fun in the East Bay: 8 things to do on rainy days


Studio Grow Wow, can the time pass slowly inside the house on a rainy day! Here are 10 things for East Bay parents to consider for entertainment: Tinkering project. Consult a kids’ science or cooking book for ideas and then make a list of supplies. Try Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments or Bean Appetit […]

Kid to kid toy exchange, what a great idea!

From Kid2Kid toy exchange in South Berkeley

THIS IS ALREADY CLOSED. SORRY!- 2/1/15 We’re happy to introduce you to From Kid 2 Kid, a toy swapping service and part-time play space in the Lorin District of South Berkeley. Started by two local best-friend moms, Nina and Jessie, their mission is to prolong the lifecycle of toys by keeping useable ones out of […]

Albany’s Music in the Park, Wednesday evenings in September


This free evening concert series at Albany’s Memorial Park is a superfun outing for young families. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner, and some friends to make the most of the witching hour. When? 6:30 to 8pm Wednesdays September 3-24 Where? The big grassy field in Memorial Park along Portland Ave where Ramona hits it. Pretty […]

Yum yum, Doughnut Dolly!


As I was running errands and enjoying the delicious lunch hangover from a chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty, a little sign called me down an alley. Oh, yes! I enjoyed the “Naughty Mexican” (combo of “Naughty Cream” and “Mexican Chocolate”) oozed into a freshly-baked doughnut. I highly recommend for a treat if you’re in Temescal. […]

Little Farm has re-opened {Yay!}

Tilden Park Little Farm resident

After months of construction on the sewage lines and other un-fun but necessary improvements, we are thrilled to share the news that Little Farm and Indian Camp parking lot are fully open again! Probably our favorite family-friendly facility upgrade is the new bathroom building, but you will also notice a fully resurfaced ADA-accessible parking lot […]

Climb out of the Darkness, event for new moms in Tilden

Climb Out of the Darkness raises money and awareness for postpartum mood disorders

Climb Out of the Darkness is the second annual awareness raising and fundraising event for Postpartum Progress, a non-profit focused on supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy-related depression. The East Bay group will be walking in Tilden Park (exact […]

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 […]

Reader tip: Ladies night of indulgence in Uptown Oakland


Hot on the heels of National Moms Night Out comes another opportunity to skip out of the evening chaos: Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and tastes of the services of a wonderful group of mind-and-body wellness practitioners including sound healing, nail art, henna tattoos, leadership coaching, nutrition, network chiropractic, Reiki, Access BARS, Angel Card readings, astro-numerology, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Oakland’s Kindergym, utopia for babies and toddlers

Climbing at Oakland's Kindergym

Kindergym is a wonderful program by Dawn Margolin offered at Temple Beth Abraham (TBA) in Oakland (but it’s not exclusive to Oakland or any one faith – all families are welcome!). Designed for babies and toddlers under age three, the overall program is broken up into two parts: Kindergym drop-in playtime and a facilitated toddler […]