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Urban Releaf and other volunteer opportunities for kids in the Bay Area

14+ ways to volunteer with kids in the Bay Area

A lot of you have been asking about hands-on volunteer opportunities that you can do with your children. You don't want to … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jan 10 + 11)

Laugh along as comedian AND magician Robert Strong amazes you with his talents. Get up close and personal with a Venus Fly … {more}

Inside a LEGOLAND Hotel room

The LEGOLAND Hotel: Is it worth it?

Every family has a different approach to vacations, so it's hard to put a stake in the ground and tell you if something is … {more}

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Reader Tip: Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble

Ragged Wing Youth Theater Ensemble, a devised theater group for middle and high school students in downtown Oakland. Youth … {more}

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Amtrak Adventure to Sacramento’s Railroad Museum

I don't know about you, but we've exhausted our list of train attractions around the Bay, so we've started venturing out a … {more}

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Reader tip: Try out free classes at Berkeley YMCA

The Berkeley YMCA is offering free kids dance and movement classes the week of 1/10-1/16. Yes, I said FREE. Non-members … {more}

Where to get a workout with your baby in the East Bay

7 ways to get a workout — with a baby

I'll be honest: when I recovered from childbirth, I was not exactly chomping at the bit to resume a regular exercise habit. … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jan 3 + 4)

Happy, happy New Year! We hope this year is filled with lots of adventure and new experiences. Start it off fun with one (or … {more}

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East Bay restaurants for big family groups

When my visiting family was in town, I was at a loss for dining-out options that would be able to accommodate the nine of us. … {more}

Ayelet Waldman, East Bay mom

(510) Family Faves: Ayelet Waldman

Our guest is East Bay mom of four, Ayelet Waldman. You might also know her as New York Times bestselling author of Bad … {more}

Year-end thanks to all who sponsored {510} Families in 2014

We are so grateful to all of the local businesses who partnered with us this year, sponsoring events, advertising in our … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Dec 27 + 28)

Have guests in town? Take them to one of our favorite restaurants. Our lists are kid-friendly and big group approved. Go … {more}

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What’s open on Christmas?

When I was growing up, it was our family tradition to go to the movies on Christmas. Movie theaters, including the … {more}

Trains you can ride: Train Town Train

Best East Bay destinations and tips for train lovers

Can we talk about trains? My little boys are all about trains. When my oldest was one, the best way to get him out of the … {more}

Fairyland

Fairyland in Oakland, a first-timer’s guide

Children's Fairyland is a storybook theme park for children under age 8 located on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland. … {more}

Little Ice Rink Alameda

7 places to take kids ice skating in the Bay Area

The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda is great for first-time skaters. Open until January 19 from noon to 10 … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Dec 20 + 21)

Take a Winter Solstice Hike with your family through Sibley Volcanic Preserve. Too young for a hike? Make a Winter Solstice … {more}

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It’s that time of year: Holiday light-peeping

Whether you stay in the car and do a "drive-by" or get out to stroll, appreciating the hard work of those who put up holiday … {more}

Best games from Five Little Monkeys

Top picks for games and arts & craft toys from Five Little Monkeys (sponsored)

Through a holiday partnership with Five Little Monkeys toy store, we are pleased to present you with a list of gift ideas for … {more}

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

My son loves going to live performances. Magicians, clowns, acrobats, singer/songwriters: they all hold the highest level of … {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