Archery in Oakland with Redwood Bowmen

Redwood Bowmen archery in Oakland

Our friend Lisa told us about a field archery range in the midst of redwoods in Oakland where kids and grown-ups can practice shooting arrows at outdoor targets. This is what she shared about her family’s experience. Redwood Bowmen is the kind of place where you can take your kid, and — if you know […]

Hikes for Tykes: Exploring the regional parks

Hikes for Tykes

This guest post was provided by our contributor, Peggy.  Does your kid enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature as much as mine does? If you and your kids want to get outside for some exercise, fresh air, and maybe learn a new thing or two, I would definitely suggest checking out one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s […]

Berkeley’s Little Farm, free and fun for all ages

Tilden's Little Farm

Do you (or your small child) have an attention span to short for the zoo? Are you prone to tantrums and meltdowns? The LIttle Farm welcomes all. And for $0.

Inspiration for anywhere, anytime fun (sponsored)

P&G Everyday for anywhere anytime ideas

I just learned about this new site from P&G and went digging around to see what’s good about it. I was impressed to see loads of articles and tips about how to have fun with kids (our favorite topic!!!) anywhere you are. Perfect. While we at 510families.com want to be your go-to source for the […]

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 […]

When to go to the Alameda County Fair

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles. I took my children on opening day which was the smartest move I could have made, because admission for all three of us was three […]

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is a special splurge

Dolphin Discovery in Vallejo is amazing but not cheap

The staff photographers captured this photo and I LOVE how the roller coasters rise up. Did you know that you and your family can ride and kiss a real Atlantic bottlenose dolphin about 20 minutes from Berkeley? I did not. My older children and I were treated to a hands-on learning session with dolphins and trainers […]

Hike to pancake breakfast at West Point Inn

Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes

I finally did the daytrip to Marin with a hike-in for pancakes that I’ve been fantasizing about for so long. Somehow, it was both everything I expected and a complete surprise at the same time. I want to share my hard-won lessons learned before they fade away into fuzzy memories. The post I wrote years ago was filled […]

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 […]

Alameda’s Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest is this weekend

Sand raccoons at the Alameda Sculpture Contest

This Saturday June 7th, grab your shovels, pails, and your children and head over to Crown Memorial Beach for fun in the sand. Register at the Crab Cove visitor’s center at 9am for this FREE program with viewing and judging at noon. Award presentation: 1pm. There are some serious sand castle builders there and some […]

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 […]

Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Antioch Water Park

There are splashy activities for babies and every age on up: super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, and big kid body slides.

Taking the San Francisco Bay Ferry

Ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco

This weekend, my family rode the ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco, just for the thrill of it. My kids did not have much interest in our destination, San Francisco’s epicurean Ferry Building and adjacent farmer’s market, because it was terribly crowded. They couldn’t see anything, and they’re not inclined toward gourmet food. […]

What to expect at the Lake Merritt Boating Center

Canoe on Lake Merritt

I lived next to Lake Merritt for two years and have lived in the East Bay for 16 since then, but this weekend was my first time taking in Oakland from the vantage point of being on the lake. We rented two canoes for my family of four and paddled against the wind for a […]

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 […]

Maker Faire 2014 is this weekend in San Mateo

San Mateo Maker Faire

If you like to get your tools out and invent in a crafty, constructy, tinkery kind of way then you should head south for the 2014 Maker Faire. There are several excellent exhibits for curious kids (but to be completely honest, I usually wish I left them at home so I could enjoy my own playtime). […]