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 […]

3 places to observe Dia de los Muertos in the East Bay

Dia de los Muertos Festival in Oakland

Fruitvale. Unity Council hosts an enormous (see teacup ride above!)  Dia de los Muertos Festival of Latin American music, food, and culture that promises to be family friendly. Sunday, November 2 from 10 am to 5 pm. Gourmet Ghetto. The 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue will host altar building, facepainting, and food trucks with beer […]

9 Free and cheap birthday party places

Free and cheap birthday party venues in the East Bay

I love a happy birthday party that doesn’t cost a ton (like Sawyer’s recent third bubble birthday party on a budget at our closest tot lot). We asked our fantastic facebook community where you like to go in the East Bay for fun parties on the cheap and you gave me a bunch more ideas for next year. Thanks, […]

What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering. So, what else is going on? Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on […]

{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

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Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous addition to our round-up of things to do with kids on Halloween! Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and […]

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

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International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all types, you can proudly carpool, walk, ride the bus, bike, scooter. Be on the lookout for “walking school buses”, groups of children and parents meeting up to walk to school together. My sons typically walk to […]

Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

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Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches within your part of town? Or do you just head to the grocery store for your gourds? Over the years, I have noticed that the range of Bay Area pumpkin […]

See you at the Eat Real Fest?

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Put the FOOD back into FAST at this intersection of healthy eating and street food.

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, ’tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on trees, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Berkeley mom, Becky, shared the story of her children’s apple day […]

Half-day trip: Fremont’s Central Park

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If you haven’t spent time in Fremont, you might not be aware that it is home to a 450-acre park with an enormous lake in the middle of it. Not only does Central Park offer tons of space to run and play, picnic, and exercise, there is a unique playground unlike any I’ve seen. The […]

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

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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 […]

Exploring the USS Hornet with little ones

Alameda's USS Hornet with kids

Even kids too young for the engine room tour will have a blast. The flight deck features more aircraft, wide expanses of tarmac that little legs can use to run off energy and gorgeous views of San Francisco and the East Bay hills.

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Ride the tiny rails in Tilden

Each Sunday between Memorial Day and the end of September, the Golden Gate Live Steamers open their tracks to the public for rides. It’s super fun.

Oakland Art & Soul festival this weekend

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland this weekend with live music, food, artist’s booths and a kid zone. Free attended bike parking and ferry access are also rounding out the transit options. Children under 12 are free while adult admission costs $10. (Teens and seniors cost […]

Urban gardening in the Bay Area

Gardening in the Bay Area with kids

No yard? No problem. This guest post was provided by Karolina Willson from Castro Valley, who wanted to share some of her discoveries for urban gardening with children. Our first big harvest I always thought that I had a black thumb, so I’m not sure what possessed me to make an attempt at gardening early […]

Coming soon: Berkeley Kite Festival

Berkeley Kite Festival in the Berkeley Marina

The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I’ve ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are Jul 26 and 27th. The largest kites, about the size of a full-sized school bus, can be seen from the top of the Berkeley Hills. The festival is […]

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 […]