{Giveaway} Dinners from

Wow! You guys were so excited about last week (see our introduction if you missed it) that we have arranged for a giveaway of a $100 credit to the meal service. Here's how it … {more}


{510} Family Faves with Local Author and Dad Ali Nazar

Ali Nazar lives in Berkeley with his wife and 2.5 children. He and I taught computer classes to kids at the Kirkwood Ski Resort together back in the dark ages. He is the author of a new novel called … {more}

#bouncefarm in Martinez is a lovely outing for littles

Family dinner at #bouncefarm in Martinez

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 … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Mar 28 + 29)

Splash into Spring at Alameda Cove - egg hunt, beach exploration, crafts and more. Take a hike! Collect Spring flowers on the way to make a beautiful bouquet. Meet the Easter Bunny at Memorial … {more}


Ticket Alert: Hello Kitty is coming to Oakland’s Oracle Arena

Save the date, 80s girls! Your BFF Hello Kitty is coming to Oakland this summer and you're totally invited to the Supercute Friendship Festival. This North American Tour sounds like live … {more}

Foodie mamas new moms support group are a great idea

New moms groups & doula support for foodie mamas

When I learned about Lindsay Germain's support for new moms, it was almost enough to make me wish I had another baby. Almost. Lindsay told me, "I started the Foodie Mamas group because so many … {more}


Reader tip: Free swim lessons!

Free swim lessons as part of Every Kid 2 Swim Program In an effort to end disparities in health, fitness, and safety, the City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) are … {more}

Californias Great America in Santa Clara

California’s Great America open March through October

California’s Great America claims to be home to the most rides and most water rides in Northern California and is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside once you pay … {more}


Introducing Josephine: Take-out food made by your neighbors (Sponsor)

Thanks to for joining us as a 510Families sponsor. To save $5 on your first order, use the code 510FAM. From the same neighborhoods who embrace casual carpool, … {more}


Birthday Party Idea for Big Kids: Bot Bash

Getting too big for Pump it Up? Berkeley mom Katie told us about her son's Bot Bash birthday party and we loved the idea. Bot Bashes are for kids seven years and older and party packages range from … {more}

Win a week of camp at Edmo or EdTech

{Giveaway} Summer camp at Camp Edmo or Camp EdTech

We are super psyched about our next camp giveaway: one of our lucky readers will a week of summer camp at Camp Edmo or Camp EdTech! Those entering 1st – 4th grade can choose from four unique Camp … {more}

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Special needs resource fair at We Rock the Spectrum

We Rock the Spectrum - Berkeley will be hosting their first annual Special Needs resource fair on April 18, 2015 in honor of April's official Autism Awareness month and to honor all children, adults … {more}

A preschooler's guide to the Cal Academy of Sciences: Albino Alligator

Weekend Planner (Mar 21 + 22)

Weekend time again? I've got ideas in the East Bay plus some bonus field trips to consider: Messy Art Day is one of our favorite annual events for the preschool-age set. Don't miss it. Make … {more}

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Field trip to Peek-a-Boo Factory in San Francisco

My boys and I recently checked out the newly opened Peek-a-Boo Factory in San Francisco's West Portal 'hood. And I know that's far, but sometimes a change of scenery is a nice way to shake things up a … {more}

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Easter Egg hunts and activities in the East Bay

Thanks to Brushstrokes Studio in Berkeley for sponsoring this list of  Easter Egg Hunts and Easter activities for East Bay kids this year. Put some ART into your EASTER.  Paint eggs, bunnies, … {more}

Things to do with Bay Area kids

Bay Area staycation guide: 12 things to do during spring break

Sticking around for spring break this year? How many of these day trips and adventures for grade school-age children can you squeeze into one week of your Bay Area staycation? A very low-budget … {more}


10 drop-in activities in the East Bay for $10 or less

For some of us, signing up a whole session of weekly child's activity is overwhelming in terms of both time and money. Drop-in activities are God's gift to commitment-phobe parents who are still in … {more}


Weekend Planner (Mar 14 + 15)

Saturday is Pi Day. Woot! Celebrate at MOCHA by making Pi inspired art while eating pie. Yum. Just looking for pie? A Dora Pie on University looks yum. (We haven't been (yet), tell me if you … {more}

Galileo Summer Quest: Web design

{Discount} Save $30 at Galileo Summer Quest

Thank you to Galileo Summer Quest for sponsoring today's post. First, let's talk about that discount: Save $30 when you register for Galileo innovation camps: Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer … {more}

Harbor seals at Fitzgerald Tidepools near Moss Beach

Staycation guide: 9 Bay Area beaches

If you're enjoying a Bay Area staycation -- for Spring Break or anytime! -- there's no reason to miss out on having sand in your toes (and all over your car!). We have lots of great beaches that are … {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