Dare to Dream: Disney on Ice

Ticket Alert: Dare to Dream, Disney’s latest ice show

From Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 11, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Tickets are on sale now. Classic meets contemporary in this fantastic ice show with a heavy dose of … {more}

Berkeley Parents: Lauren Schiller

{510} Family Faves with Inflection Point’s Lauren Schiller

Lauren Schiller is a Berkeley mom of two girls, 9 and 12, and the host of one of my favorite podcasts, Inflection Point Radio, a series of interviews with women who are changing the status quo. … {more}

Tinkergarten classes for preschoolers now in Oakland

Tinkergarten outdoor classes are new to Oakland

Tinkergarten is a new series of little kids' classes set in the outdoors. These classes offer children the chance to learn problem-solving, tenacity, and more through thoughtfully-designed, guided … {more}


Reader tip: Free music tutoring for BUSD students

Sign your child up for FREE private piano/vocal lessons with The Music Connection group at UC Berkeley. They are a student run volunteer organization on campus, which gives in-class, out of class, and … {more}


Weekend Planner (Sept 12 + 13)

Solano Stroll is Sunday. We'll be there (eating the best corndogs EVER). You should be there too. Did you miss San Francisco's Pride? Make it up at Oakland's Pride. Lots of fun for everyone. Hike … {more}

Renting an RV: All your questions answered

Every Kid in a Park pass is free for fourth graders!

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free. A new and very cool federal initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are … {more}

Eat Real Fest in Oakland

See you at the Eat Real Fest?

When I saw that the Eat Real Fest was taking place September 18-20 (2015) in Jack London Square, I asked Heather if it was good for kids. "It's great for kids," she said. "Hot, crowded and … {more}

Twirl Alameda birthday parties

{Giveaway} Birthday Party at Twirl in Alameda

I'm excited to share this opportunity for a lucky reader to win a birthday party at this awesome creative space in Alameda. Thanks to Twirl for making it possible. Twirl, Alameda's newest art … {more}


Solano Stroll Street Festival this Sunday

From the tippy top of Solano Avenue at The Alameda to the very bottom at San Pablo will teem with people on Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2015 during the 41st annual Solano Stroll street … {more}

Pleasanton BMX pump track

Pleasanton BMX Park, dirt jumping with kids

I just took our two oldest boys to the Pleasanton BMX Park, and boy was it fun! I am an avid mountain biker and occasionally have been able to coerce our 8- and 10-year olds to join me for a few miles … {more}

Art studio for kids

This Kensington art studio for kids can be all yours

East Bay parents Danny and Sarah Chester, who have been running the fabulous Berkeley Hills 4cats art studio for the past four years, are moving on to other things. The studio, located right off … {more}

Radical haircut at People's Barber in Oakland

Special haircuts at Peoples Barber

My fifth grader decided that he wanted to shave off his long curls All The Way as a second-day of school statement. Since I thought he was getting a significant cut -- from long hair to short hair -- … {more}


Money-saving vacation planning tip from a not-so-rookie mom

"This is our life now," my husband said, referring to the way we planned our travel around our children's school closure days. "We vacation with the rest of the country: Spring Break, Summer, and … {more}

AAA Car Seat Inspections are FREE

Free AAA Car seat inspections are a life saver

Thank you to AAA for sponsoring our post today and helping get the word out about child seat safety! If you only take away one thing from this post: AAA offers FREE car seat inspections by … {more}

east bay music together

Music Together offering classes in more languages

As of September 14, Music Together will offer classes in Hebrew, French, Spanish and German. East Bay Music Together now has dozens of classes in 17 locations in Albany, Moraga, Oakland, Berkeley, … {more}


Labor Day Weekend Planner (Sept 5 – 7)

Just when you thought school was back in session, we're on holiday again. Is that a hooray! Or a hooray? Either way, we hope you find some fun. Bowl for FREE at Albany Bowl this Saturday. Shoe … {more}

EBI, private bilingual school - Oakland

Introducing independent school EBI: A bilingual education opportunity for East Bay kids

Known locally as EBI, private school Escuela Bilingüe Internacional is our sponsor today. Offering a Spanish bilingual education with an international spirit to Pre-K through 8th graders, EBI … {more}

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Going back again and again to Sunol

This guest post was written by Annie Burke, founder of Outside Kids. I totally get the 'bucket list, mentality of seeing new places. The Bay Area is home to over 1 million acres of publicly … {more}

Apple picking with children in the Bay Area

Apple-picking with children near the Bay Area

Looking for a place to get your hands on a bushel of apples? Well, 'tis the season. Always double-check with the farm in question before you pack up your hungry posse of children. Apples might grow on … {more}

Watsonville camping and fruit picking

Family camping and fruit picking in Watsonville

Peggy, who lives in El Cerrito, loves fun family adventures and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and son. We thank her for sharing her favorite family camping spot! Mount Madonna … {more}

Welcome to {510} families

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