Soggy Sundays at Ashkenaz

Ashkenaz, home of Soggy Sundays concerts for kids

Live music is the perfect antidote for the Sunday afternoon drearies.  Especially for those who are mourning the loss of a preschooler’s afternoon nap. 

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 […]

Parents’ Guide to Solano Avenue

Halloween costumes

Ten kid-friendly spots between The Alameda and San Pablo Avenue.

Half-day trip to Marin for woodsy hike + pancakes


Take a lazy hike in the woods and reward yourself for the (mild) exertion with a huge plate of pancakes. You’ve just discovered the secret recipe for the Marin’s West Point Inn.

Oakland outdoor eating: 10 places to eat with your kids al fresco

Homeroom in Oakland

I actually wore mittens on my bicycle this morning — in AUGUST! — but by afternoon the temperature is comfortable enough to consider outdoor dining for dinner. Thanks those of you following on the 510Families Facebook page, we have curated a list of 10 kid-friendly restaurants with patios in Oakland. (See our list of Berkeley […]

Healdsburg: Wine-tasting with kids

Healdsburg wine tasting with kids

My husband and I took an anniversary trip to Healdsburg for wine-tasting with our two daughters, and Heather asked me to share some highlights. My biggest piece of advice is to plot out your routes and think ahead (snacks, treats, toys, lunch)! Here are a few places that made it fun for all of us: Preston […]

Berkeley patios: 10 restaurants where you can eat outside with kids


Summer, which seems to run from early August to the beginning of October around here, is a nice time to eat at a restaurant with outdoor patio space.  The sound of kids rejecting their food can drift up into the heavens instead of bouncing off the walls and driving us all crazy. With a little […]

99 East Bay restaurants loved by kids

Where to eat with kids in Oakland

If you’re a parent in Berkeley, Oakland, or some other part of the East Bay, odds are pretty good that you’ve been to at least five of the following restaurants with your kids. Over and over! And over! has profiled many of these spots within our archives, but consider this your community-generated cheat sheet […]

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice cream concierge in Emeryville

Ice Cream Concierge alert! My son and I want to tell you guys about the newish Black Bear Diner in Emeryville. The best thing about it is that the kids’ entrees come with a scoop of ice cream. And not just a plain one either. The guy I call the Ice Cream Concierge comes out […]

Oakland’s Play Cafe is a fantastic find

baby room at Play Cafe in Oakland

We are fans of the indoor playspace concept in our family, but amazingly had not checked out Play Cafe in Oakland until last week.  My husband was out of town for 4 nights, so it seemed the perfect time to go on a little adventure to check out a new spot, and we were not […]

{510} Family Faves with Oakland mom, Corey Weinstein

Corey and Ben in Oakland

Corey Weinstein lives in Oakland—with her son Benjamin (almost 10) and their dog Firebolt. She’s a Broker-Associate of Orange Door Properties at Red Oak Realty. She is also one of the Directors of CAMP 510, an arts + maker summer day camp in Temescal. We thank her for sharing her love of Oakland and the […]

{510} Family Faves: Alison Faith Levy

Alison Faith Levy

Alison Faith Levy is a musician well known in the kindie-rock scene (gosh, I bet she hates that clever name as much as I loathe being called a “Mommy Blogger”, huh?). She is the parent of a eleven-year old son living in San Francisco. Since her work takes her to gigs all over the Bay […]

The Emeryville Public Market for dinner + playtime


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. I went to Public Market in Emeryville on Friday […]

Saturday stroll: Art murmur for kids

kid with monkey art

I told you about Oakland Art Murmur for date nights and I’m excited to report there’s a daytime version for kids, too! Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon for a quieter and more focused time to view art and wander. Better […]

Date night: Oakland’s Art Murmur

art installation

We discovered Oakland Art Murmur, the perfect feel free again, but still be glad you’re older than most of the kids out there date spot! My husband and I set off child-free to cruise the Art Murmuring streets of Oakland. This event happens each first Friday of the month. We’ve been twice now and would […]

Bring your baby to the movies!

baby brigade at the parkway theatre

The Cerrito Cinema on San Pablo picks up where the Parkway left off. As longtime fans and participants of the Baby Brigade, we are pleased that the show is going on.


3 Berkeley Fathers: Pollan, Chabon, & Lewis

Michael Lewis answers Heather Flett's question

I was delighted to be an usher at the Berkeleyside event called Three Michaels last night at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. East Bay writers (and fathers) Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis, and Michael Chabon answered questions from West Coast Live host and Berkeley native Sedge Thomson. During the open question time, I asked each Michael to share […]