Boomerang Bay Water Park at Great America, super fun but…

Boomerang Bay at Great America

I spent about two hours in the far end of California’s Great America at Boomerang Bay whooping it up with my older sons (age 8 and 10) and husband. During our visit, we did not get a chance to ride any of the tall waterslides because the lines rivaled those of the roller coasters. We had […]

Field trip to the hills and tunnels of Black Diamond Mines

Exploring the Black Diamond Mines, photo by Annie Burke

Thank you to Annie Burke sharing her terrific tips for exploring Black Diamond Mines with kids in tow.   There’s something cool about exploring an old mine and an old town. It’s kinda sorta like a ghost town, but not as spooky. There is a beautiful cemetery up on the hill which is fun to […]

Berkeley Kite Festival 2015

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 25 and 26th. 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 […]

Daytrip to Stinson Beach with kids

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Stinson Beach is our favorite, FAVORITE beach in the Bay Area. In the Summers you’ll find us there practically every weekend. I almost hesitate to tell you about it because the parking situation stresses me out, but I’m nice, so here are my best tips: Leave early. The parking lot is big, but it fills up […]

Fremont’s Aqua Adventure: A water park for your summer bucket list

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Aqua Adventure Waterpark in Fremont is open daily from 11 to 4, with occasional special events that keep the park open later. Check the schedule here. It’s not an overwhelmingly large water park, and for most kids over six, you could probably plant yourself somewhere and they can navigate by themselves a bit. There are […]

15 places to go on the 4th of July

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Thanks to Sarah’s Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July Guide for East Bay families. Sarah’s Science has locations in Oakland and Berkeley and invites your child to come have a BLAST! Campers make and take home a fun science project each day, from robots to rockets, catapults to ladybug gardens. Independence Day is a Saturday […]

Go outside with kids, really outside

Take kids all the way outside in the Bay Area

Feeling quite tired of playgrounds (I hear you!), Berkeley mom of two Annie Burke started taking her family and friends out to some less-traveled parks in the East Bay Regional Park District in 2009. Since then, her community Outside Kids has grown to over 100 families who go outside – really outside – to explore, […]

A Parent’s Guide to Lakeshore Avenue

Grand Lake Farmer's Market on Saturdays: parents guide to Lakeshore

Anchored by a library, a playground and a Saturday farmers’ market, Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue (AKA Grand Lake) District is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It’s also a great place for kids and families. I lived nearby for over 12 years, and my now-9-year-old has been enjoying Lakeshore since he was a newborn. Our favorite […]

Brentwood farms fruit picking, tips for families

Cherry harvest in Brentwood

Monday, I drove four boys out to Brentwood to go fruit-picking. I was vague in my promises — berries, cherries, apricots, or whatever they have. You like blackberries? Olallieberries? Maybe them too! — and thank goodness because everything was closed. Boohoo. I met Tino at Bacchini’s Fruit Tree, a family operated Picked and U-Pick fruit stand in […]

99 Days of Summer for Bay Area Kids {2015}

99days of summer in the Bay Area by 510 Families

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have selected one outing for each day between Memorial Day through the end of August. 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 on your […]