Disneyland Diamond Celebration: Mickey and Minnie

Disneyland 60th anniversary celebration this summer

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015 and the party goes all summer long. They'll be celebrating with lots of nighttime special treats including a glittering electric parade, … {more}

Lake Anza in Berkeley

Go jump in a lake! Temescal and Anza are open on weekends

Oakland's Lake Temescal and Tilden Park's Lake Anza maintain the same schedule: open weekends until Memorial Day, then open daily with lifeguard supervision from 11 am to 6 pm. While your dogs are … {more}

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Kids skate free at Paradise Skate in Antioch

The Kids Skate Free program is nationwide, and our nearby independent roller skating rink in Antioch participates. Kids 11 and under get two FREE skating passes each week with a printed letter from … {more}

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Weekend Planner (May 9 + 10)

It's Mother's Day weekend. Let's celebrate! Take your adventurous mom on a hike up to West Point Inn. Enjoy fluffy pancakes with a pretty view at the top. Moms get in FREE to the San Francisco … {more}

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Kids to Parks Day is May 16

May 16, 2015 is National Kids to Parks Day. I'm not usually much for National Fill-in-the-Blank Days, though my kids love this calendar that tells them what cultural phenomena are celebrated each day … {more}

Ride a real train from Emeryville to Martinez with your preschooler

Pint-sized train adventure to Martinez

Tired of the small tracks? Let's go BIG ride a real live train! A preschooler's big train escape in the East Bay You can begin easily at either the Emeryville Station (EMY) or Jack London Square … {more}

Getting some ME time in the East Bay

ME time: My favorite spots around the {510}

This post was sponsored by domain.ME who wants you to have more time for ME. All opinions and picks are my own. I recently wrote a post on rookiemoms.com about that magical lucky moment when my … {more}

Win Summer Camp at Avid4 Adventure

{Giveaway} Summer camp at Avid4 Adventure Camps

We're stoked over the next summer camp giveaway: one lucky reader will win a week at Avid4 Adventure Camps! Avid4 Adventure Camps introduces kids from pre-K to seventh grade to the power of … {more}

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Weekend Planner (May 2 + 3)

Car lovers head over to Jack London Square for Car-topia. Old cars, new cars, red cars, blue fish cars. Create your own lightsaber at MOCHA for Star Wars Day. Dress in your favorite Star Wars … {more}

Brushstrokes Baby's Day Out sponsored by Scholarshare + 510families

Baby’s Day Out with Scholarshare (photos)

Last week we hosted a Baby's Day Out at Brushstrokes Studio in Berkeley, and it was picture perfect. We enjoyed a gorgeous morning -- with with infants in tow -- by sipping coffee and painting tiny … {more}

Berkeley's Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival coming to Berkeley

If your idea of paradise is a bookstore or a library, mark your calendar for the first-ever Bay Area Book Festival. We're really excited to be media partners with the Bay Area Book Festival, which … {more}

Family movies at Jack London Square: waterfront flicks

Parents’ Guide to Oakland’s Jack London Square

Oakland’s Warehouse District has officially transformed into a beautiful sophisticated bustling waterfront with great restaurants, wineries and coffee roasters. Move over San Francisco Embarcadero! … {more}

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Does your preschool teacher deserve an award?

Berkeley's children's museum, Habitot, is accepting nominations for their annual Preschool Teachers Make a Difference Awards. The teachers and childcare workers who win will receive a 2015 award, … {more}

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Reader tip: Bay Area Dance Week is NOW

Friday April 24 - Sunday May 3, 2015 is Bay Area Dance Week, featuring dance classes, rehearsals, performances and more are planned for the annual 10-day celebration all around the Bay … {more}

Free comic book day

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May

Designed to expose folks both to comic books as an art and entertainment form and also to their local independent comic book shops, Free Comic Book Day is being observed on Saturday, May 2nd by a … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Apr 25 + 26)

Bike lovers unite this weekend at the Berkeley Family Bike Festival. Lots of cool things - you do not want to miss this! Craft a Mother's Day Card at Michael's Craft Club. Do you have a budding … {more}

Mother's Day Berkeley

East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

There are two ways to celebrate Mother’s Day: with your kids or without them. Here are a selection of ideas for both. This year, our Mother's Day Guide is sponsored by Brushstrokes Studios in … {more}

Get your kid riding

Berkeley Family Bike Fest & Family Cycling Rodeo

My favorite kid-friendly bike event is happening this weekend at Malcolm X school in Berkeley, and everyone's invited. Parents can trade in too-small bikes for just right bikes at the swap. There will … {more}

Preschoolers guide to Lawrence Hall of Science by 510families.com

Three-year old’s guide to Lawrence Hall of Science

I am very happy to present this cheat sheet for Lawrence Hall of Science for preschoolers, the third in our series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you  have an … {more}

Oakland Museum with Kids

Scavenger hunt for kids visiting Oakland Museum

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is a pretty great destination. It's on my top five for outings with visiting grandparents. It's got modern art, history, and interactivity. Local dad and … {more}


This is our guide for parents to have more fun with their kids in the East Bay. You’ll find free and cheap activities for babies and kids in Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding areas.

Discover what you can do this weekend, where you can play, and how to find everything an East Bay family needs. Help us build this community: submit tips and make comments. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for visiting.

– Heather & Whitney, The Rookie Moms