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 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 Margolis 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 […]

Drop-in Yoga with toddlers

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I am a huge huge fan of the Mom & Toddler yoga class at Yogalayam studios. And it’s not because you get any sort of workout…

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.

Christmas Tea in the Bay Area: Start a Family Tradition

The Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

Pinkies out, everybody! In case you’ve never taken your little girl — or boy — to tea, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity. One of the best times to take kids for a high tea experience is during the holidays, when everybody’s feeling festive. You just might start a yearly tradition. Here are some […]

Drop-in craft projects at Michael’s stores (Emeryville)

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My first-grader and I attended a drop-in craft session at Michael’s craft store in Emeryville on Saturday, and she loved it. I loved it because it cost $2 and she was extremely engaged. With rainy weather upon us, it seems like a good time to spread the word about this low-cost, low-commitment activity. Every Saturday, […]

The Jungle: What to expect from Concord’s crazy climbing place

The Jungle in Concord, a great place to run around for grade schoolers

ladders and tunnels falling into a ball pit oh crap, an arcade I just wrote this haiku to the Jungle, and now I feel like I don’t even need to write a more descriptive post! Just kidding folks, let me fill in some details. What to expect Best for ages 6 to 12, this climbing, […]

Calendar alert: Upcoming kid-friendly sporting events at Cal

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Live sporting events are fun for kids, parents, and anyone who likes to jump up and down when they see a great athletic feat. Tickets to pro games can be expensive, but games and meets at the University of California Berkeley are pretty cheap. Here are a few events at kid-friendly times and parent-friendly prices […]

Habitot Children’s Museum is a must-do for preschoolers

Water play at Habitot

I took my barely two-year old to Habitot recently and he had the best Special Mommy Date ever! If you’ve never been to Berkeley’s underground treasure of a kids’ museum, let me show you a few highlights. A few of our favorite things: Straight ahead to gross motor creativity. The main exhibit rotates to keep things […]

Home Depot FREE workshops for kids

Home Depot workshops for kids

Spend a FREE morning at Home Depot building craft projects with your kid.