Parents’ Guide to El Cerrito

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Mom of two, Cara enjoys making crafts, photography and simple scrapbooking. We asked Cara to tell us about El Cerrito and she sent us this list of tips for families. ~ Heather We live in the flats of El Cerrito not far from El Cerrito Plaza, and while we spend a lot of time in […]

Kid Report: Taqueria La Familia

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Our Kid Reporter today is Rafi who is going into 6th grade in Berkeley. Taqueria La Familia is a restaurant in South Berkeley. This family-run restaurant makes great food. They use good tortillas, cook their meat well, and use fresh vegetables. It is a good family restaurant. They are nice, and it has a mural […]

Plank offers family-friendly entertainment during non-peak hours

Plank: Bowling Alley in Jack London Square

Plank, a bowling-alley-meets-gastropub-meets-entertainment-center in Jack London Square, is home to a state-of-the-art arcade with a hipster Oakland vibe. Reclaimed wood and modern fixtures, along with a woodfire pizza oven that’s visible from the waiting area make it inviting, while an outdoor bocce ball court set in the upscale marina that is now Jack London Square […]

Parents Guide to the Gilman District in Berkeley

Parents Guide to Berkeley's Gilman District

Affectionately named the Gilman District in Berkeley, Gilman Street between the freeway and San Pablo Avenue has exploded over the past year in terms of awesomeness for families with lots of great places to eat, shop, and play. I listed my picks roughly from West to East in each category. Where to play: Golden Gate Fields. […]

Family dinner at #bouncefarm in Martinez

#bouncefarm in Martinez is a lovely outing for littles

Bounce Farm in Martinez is a flipping awesome destination for your little kids who love to jump. We visited this very clean family-operated bouncy house, bouncy slide and climb-around place and my three-year old strongly suggested we move in (Sawyer figured we could sleep in one of the bounce houses and eat pizza for all our meals in the dining […]

99 East Bay restaurants to try with your kids

Favorite East Bay restaurant: Homemade Cafe in Berkeley

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! 510Families.com has profiled many of these spots within our archives, but consider this your community-generated cheat sheet […]

Christmas Tea: the 2014 round-up (Pinkies up!)

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is offering a Be a Kid Again Holiday Tea. (Photo courtesy Sir Francis Drake Hotel)

When my son and I experienced our first Christmas Tea last year, we had so much fun that we vowed to make it a yearly event. This year’s 510Families Christmas Tea edition takes you to some new San Francisco Bay Area locations — from a small-town eatery with homemade scones and Astroturf carpeting, to an elegant […]

Sushi boats are fast fun food for families

Grab your sushi right off the carousel at Takara in Oakland

My own children tend toward burgers and quesadillas and have generally steered clear of more interesting cuisine, but they do love sushi boats! At Takara Sushi in Rockridge, kids are often the primary patrons at the bar between about 5pm and 6:3opm. You can watch boats float by right within your grasp (mercifully behind a […]

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 […]

Westbrae Biergarten for families?

Westbrae Biergarten

Berkeley has a new beer garden worth a visit. If you frequent the Ohlone Greenway, chances are you’ve biked past the construction site of the Westbrae Biergarten (at Gilman) and wondered of its pending opening. Good news, it’s now open.  Better news?  I’ve checked it out for you. The Wesbrae Biergarten is an outdoor beer […]