Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun


As the Year of the Horse approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many local families. The Incredible Peking Acrobats at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley -  January 24th and 25th This exciting kid-friendly show has […]

Ride the steam trains for a cheap thrill

Tilden Park Steam Trains

The steam trains in Tilden Park are one of the East Bay’s best kept secrets. Kinda.

Field Trip: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bay Area Discovery Museum

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a super fun hands-on science museum campus with activities that will entertain, educate, and get the ya-yas out.

It’s Free! The Edible Schoolyard at King Jr High School

Chickens at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley

A stroll through the Edible Schoolyard garden is an ideal way to entertain visiting grandparents and small kids at the same time.  Situated behind Hopkins Park and the King track…

It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping


Whether you stay in the car and do a “drive-by” or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday light displays is a fun winter tradition. Here are our picks for light-peeping this year. Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane is a must-see for East Bay families. Get a preview here […]

Safari West: An Oakland family surprises the kids with a mystery trip


Thanks to Oakland writer Nancy Davis Kho for sharing her story with us today. When I was a kid in Upstate New York, my parents surprised my older siblings and me one day by taking us on a Mystery Overnight. They only told us to pack pajamas and a change of clothes. Then they drove […]

{510} Family Faves with happiness coach Christine Carter

Dr Christine Carter shares her East Bay favorite places

I was excited to catch up with East Bay native and happiness expert (cool job, yes?), Dr. Christine Carter. Christine is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents , a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at Cal, and an online happiness coach. She is the parent of […]

Keeping a kid busy at Cal

Circular sculpture at UC Berkeley is great for climbing

I attended school at the UC Berkeley Campus and I love to take my daughters there. We like to show off the campus so they feel comfortable with universities see that they are actually fun and exciting places where you can learn, adventure and picnic! Here are our top 6 things to do with our […]

Holiday outing: Lake Merritt water sleighs and caroling

Lake Merritt Holiday Boat

At 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings until December 22, families can ride a “water sleigh” on Lake Merritt for a special holiday treat. Rides are $6 per person or groups can charter a sleigh for $100 and bring up to 19 people, leaving anytime between 3 pm and 8 pm. Tours […]

Holiday outing: Zoo Lights at the Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo Lights

One alternative to driving around aimlessly in search of holiday lights on houses is to hit the jackpot of lights at the Oakland Zoo.

It’s Free! Indian Rock Park

Indian Rock

Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately.

A lot of fun at the drive-in in Concord

Drive in movies in Concord

10 thumbs up. Pile the kids into the station wagon for 6pm drive-in movie showings.

Fairyland in Oakland, a first-timer’s guide


Children’s Fairyland is a storybook theme park for children under age 8 located on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Expect a mini-size fantasy world straight out of 1950 with kid-sized rides, fairytale sets, farm animals and quirky exhibits from a bygone era along with one heck of a puppet theater. You might see […]

Discover more Berkeley parks & playgrounds with Bravo Your City microguides

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We met East Bay mom, MiSoon Burzlaff, this Summer at a beer and cheese party in downtown Berkeley. She amazed us with her visual user-sourced content publishing platform, Bravo Your City. Today, I’m happy to share her Berkeley Parks & Playgrounds guide as both a model of the cool crowd-sourced publishing process and a super handy […]

Dollar day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields

Dollar days at Golden Gate Fields returns this Sunday. Horse racing for the pre-K set? Sure, why not? It’s only a buck or two…

Berkeley Park Profile: Aquatic (Dreamland)

Berkeley Dreamland Playground at Aquatic Park

When I first started hearing something about a Berkeley “aquatic” park, I pictured a swimming pool or a sprinkler pad. To add to my initial confusion, it took me a while to realize I had already been there (and no, there are no sprinklers or pool) and knew this park to be Dreamland! Now that […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire


Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. This Sunday at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, be sure to look for the 510 Families banner flying outside on the lawn with the good folks from Giant Cardboard Robot. We’ll have arms a’plenty to try on and WIN (for our newsletter subscribers, no purchase necessary*) […]