East Bay toy company launches StoryWalls for STEM play (Giveaway)

Build and Imagine

Oakland mom and award-winning toy designer Laurie Peterson has launched her own toy company which aims to bring early engineering skills to girls on the floor of their playrooms. I worked with Laurie at LeapFrog toys, and had the opportunity to be the first family to see an early prototype of her new toy line […]

Friday Open Gym at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics

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A new weekly event at Cal Golden Bears Gymnastics invites parents with toddlers and preschoolers to drop in and play. From 11 am to 2 pm on Fridays, the Bear Cub gym is open for your visit. From new walkers up to age 5 are invited to bounce, climb, and swing for as much of […]

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for children and caregivers to drop in at the rate of $12 per visit per child. We’ll have more details in the coming week, […]

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

Bladium in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a Manhattan night club enthusiast who tells Seth Meyers about the absurdly wide-ranging features of each hotspot in the city. ‘This place has everything!” The offerings at Bladium are impressive, from multiple indoor soccer courts […]

Dance classes for preschoolers in the East Bay

Dance Classes for Preschoolers in Oakland and Berkeley

Alameda Ballet Academy (Alameda) Mommy and Me classes are for 3-4 year olds and Pre-Ballet is for 4-5s. Visit website for details on times, fees, and registration details > Berkeley Ballet School (Berkeley) We Dance Together are parent/child classes for 3-4 year olds held in 10-week sessions. Pre-ballet starts at age 4. Visit website > […]

Ping-pong tables in Albany

Where to play ping pong in Albany

I have driven by the iTable Tennis “club” on San Pablo Avenue many times, but never been inside.  El Cerrito mom Sunny checked it out with her 10-year old son Lucas, and here’s what they learned. Lucas and I love ping pong, but don’t love it enough to have a huge table in our home. […]

Studio Grow Alameda: indoor toddler playspace at the mall

New Studio Grow in Alameda

The view from the front desk to the back corner loft. Studio Grow, a wonderful indoor play space for toddlers and preschoolers, opened a new location in June 1024 at Alameda’s South Shore Center. I spent some time searching for a big building similar to the Berkeley original, but it’s a mini by comparison. To […]

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

Stand-up comedy for East Bay kids; no 2-drink minimum.

The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime

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Thanks to Felicity at Encore Hand-me-down Baby Registry for urging us all to check out the improvements at Emeryville Market. Not that you need an excuse to let someone else make you dinner, but it sounds like a terrific solution for busy families with little ones. The Public Market in Emeryville has been somewhat recently remodeled. They […]

Mama’s little helper: Postmates

Some of my neighborhood choices on the Postmates app

Have you ever been lying prone, on the couch, telling your throw pillows that you would pay any amount of money if they could bring you chicken noodle soup from Saul’s? Or perhaps you wanted to deliver Summer Kitchen to your friend who just had a baby, but you are getting off the BART after […]

Carnivorous plants go CHOMP! at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers - Carnivorous Plants

Thanks to The Conservatory of Flowers for their sponsorship of 510Families.com. The Conservatory of Flowers, one of the most wondrous spots in Golden Gate Park, opens a new exhibit on April 11: CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp. “Carnivorous plants are one of the sure fire ways to get people excited about plants kids especially,” […]

New Parkway, Baby Brigade & family movie updates

Concession at new Parkway

After several months of family movie programming, the New Parkway is mixing things up. Here’s the nutshell version of what you need to know: Baby Brigade The 4:30 Monday Baby Brigade showing was recently dropped because of poor attendance. This is not surprising to us because co-parents can’t get home from work in time for […]

Laid-back birthday party: Pizza and a movie

How to: Pizza and movie birthday party LEGO Movie!

For my son’s seventh birthday, EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME (insert the rest of that infectious song for those of us who have seen The LEGO Movie) because we paired the winning combination of pizza and a movie while avoiding all clean-up. The main coordination for this type of party is juggling showtimes and pizza restaurants for […]

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 […]

5 things you might not know about the library

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A few tips to help you get the most out of the free-est resource in town.

It’s Your Move! a Temescal game store with place to play

It's Your Move! in Temescal

I can’t believe I had been intimidated by this awesome neighborhood gaming spot. Luckily, my five-year old urged us into It’s Your Move Games, and I’m so glad she did. The staff was friendly; other parent-kid customers were having fun; and the games were nicely organized by suggested age and type. They can special order […]