Smoky the Firedog safety app for kids

Sparky the Firedog app prepares kids for fire safety

This post is sponsored today by SparkySchoolhouse. Invariably, when the smoke alarm goes off in my house, I'm cooking … {more}

Ruby's Tumbling in Alameda offers drop-in daycare

Drop-in daycare at Ruby’s Tumbling in Alameda

Ruby's Tumbling, which offers gymnastics classes to children as young as new walkers (with parent participation), has a … {more}

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2014

WIN tickets to Mini Maker Faire!

Save 15% on Advance sale tickets with code: 510FAM. Win a family pack (2 adults & 3 children) of tickets to the East … {more}

How to make the morning run more smoothly

Tiny improvements from IKEA can feel huge

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series of posts about improving the first 59 minutes of the day. Last week I went to … {more}

Brickspace Benicia has classes for children 2.5 and up

Brickspace in Benicia sounds amazing

We are LEGO lovers in my house. I haven't yet visited this sprawling LEGO learning center in Benicia but I think my sons … {more}

The Frozen float is now at Disneyland

Our trip to Disneyland

I'm just back from our first ever visit to Disneyland, and we had a blast. While my children loved the haul of a bag full of … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Oct 4 + 5)

It's October! Get your pumpkins at one of our favorite East Bay pumpkin patches. Fall festivals are in full swing. Find … {more}

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East Bay favorites from a Berkeley Girl Scout troop

A troop of soon-to-be Brownies in Berkeley are the co-authors of this post.  At a September meeting , the second graders were … {more}

Geared4Kids bike rides

Walk + Roll to School Day is Oct 8

International Walk to School Day this year is on October 8th. In celebration of alternate modes of transportation of all … {more}

Sports Basement Berkeley

Join us for a {510} families shopping party at NEW Sports Basement

The grand opening of Berkeley's new Sports Basement is finally here and we're throwing a family-friendly party with Urban … {more}

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Temescal Farmer’s Market with a stop by Frog Park

Lazy Sundays should be spent tooling around Temescal Farmer's Market (with a stop at Frog Park if your kids have earned … {more}

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Free Baby Boot Camp class for {510} Families readers

We are pleased to announce a fun event for 510Families.com readers! We have partnered with Baby Boot Camp to bring East … {more}

New, inclusive kids' gym in Berkeley

We Rock the Spectrum in Berkeley is 10,000 square feet of inclusive fun

The official Grand Opening of We Rock The Spectrum kids gym in Berkeley is on Saturday, September 27, after which the gym … {more}

EAT24 provides free online ordering for restaurant delivery in the East Bay

Dinner on the table: Eat24 restaurant food delivery

One of the food delivery services that my family uses on a regular basis is Eat24. It certainly helps to get their cheeky … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Sept 27 + 28)

Check out the Oakland World Percussion Festival this Saturday. Dance performances and free drum classes for your little … {more}

Bladium in Alameda

Bladium’s Kid Fest in Alameda

I toured the Bladium Sports and Fitness club in Alameda and was reminded of the Saturday Night Live character Stefon, a … {more}

1920s Bungalow Dining Room

Improving the first 59 minutes of our day

Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this series. The first 59 minutes of the morning may vary from household to household, but … {more}

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Favorite East Bay Pumpkin Patches

Talk to me, East Bay. Do you like to head out to the country to pumpkin fields on genuine farms? Do you prefer little patches … {more}

Exploratorium with Kids

Free admission days at the Exploratorium

A family of four entering San Francisco's Exploratorium can cost $96 if the children are between 4 and 12 years old, so … {more}

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Ticket Alert: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire

Save 15% on tickets with code 510FAM! Crafty kids, robot geeks, and lovers of DIY should start getting excited because … {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


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