Exploring the Black Diamond Mines, photo by Annie Burke

Field trip to the hills and tunnels of Black Diamond Mines

Thank you to Annie Burke sharing her terrific tips for exploring Black Diamond Mines with kids in tow.   There's something cool about exploring an old mine and an old town. It's kinda … {more}

Bay Farm Walking Path

25 things to do with kids in Alameda

Thanks to the folks at Color Me Mine in Alameda for helping us put together this list of things to do with kids in Alameda. 1) Paint ceramics with your family at Color Me Mine, naturally. It's … {more}

Berkeley Kite Festival in the Berkeley Marina

Berkeley Kite Festival 2015

The Berkeley Kite Festival, the most gigantic non-concert outdoor event I've ever been to, takes place in the Berkeley Marina every July. This year, the dates are Jul 25 and 26th. The largest … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 11 + 12)

Hello Kitty is touring all weekend. Get your tickets. Like meow. LePort Preschool is hosting a huge bike event - bring your bike, fix your bike, buy a bike. Fun! Attend a Spanish storytime at … {more}

Stinson 2

Daytrip to Stinson Beach with kids

Stinson Beach is our favorite, FAVORITE beach in the Bay Area. In the Summers you'll find us there practically every weekend. I almost hesitate to tell you about it because the parking situation … {more}

Silliman Aquatic Center in Newark

Silliman Aquatic Center is a crazy fun indoor water park

The Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center is one large building including the Silliman Family Aquatic Center and a more basic gym called the Silliman Activity Center. I'm reporting on my family … {more}

Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a guide for three-year olds by a three-year old

Three-year old’s guide to Lindsay Wildlife Museum

I am very happy to present this cheat sheet for Lindsay Wildlife Museum for preschoolers, as part of our continuing in our series: The three-year olds guide to everything fun in the Bay Area! Do you … {more}

Marin County Fair

Kid Report: The Marin County Fair

Our guest reporter today is Chloe C. who will be in third grade in Berkeley when school starts again. You should go to the Marin County Fair because there is a lot to do! There are games, rides … {more}


5 things Oakland parents can look forward to in July

Jack London Square's Fourth of July event. Locals, visitors, families and foodies are invited to enjoy a day of red, white and blue fun featuring a quirky mix of performers including an Uncle Sam … {more}

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Fourth of July Weekend Planner (July 4 + 5)

Happy Fourth! How are you celebrating? We always set up camp at the Berkeley Marina. We're hoping this year the boys will actually be awake when the fireworks start. Wish us luck! Still looking … {more}


Fremont’s Aqua Adventure: A water park for your summer bucket list

Aqua Adventure Waterpark in Fremont is open daily from 11 to 4, with occasional special events that keep the park open later. Check the schedule here. It's not an overwhelmingly large water … {more}

Antioch Water Park

Sunny day destination: Antioch Water Park

Your 45 minutes in the car will be rewarded with a very appealing kid-friendly cool-off at Prewett Family WaterPark. And during the summer, a foggy Oakland should still mean a HOT HOT HOT … {more}

Sarah's Science in the East Bay

Spotlight on Sarah’s Science camp (Sponsor)

Thanks to Sarah's Science for being a continued sponsor of 510Families.com My son has already logged one week at Sarah's Science camp this summer and it was so nice to pull into the parking lot … {more}

Mini-golf in Alameda

Kid Report: SubPar Mini Golf in Alameda

I am a guest poster today on 510Families.com. This year I will be attending the Hillcrest School in the sixth grade. Subpar mini golf in Alameda is the only indoor mini-golf in the East Bay. It is … {more}

San Francisco Zoo: African Savanna

Ten special things to do at the SF Zoo

Thanks to the San Francisco Zoo for sponsoring this post today and taking us on this insider's tour of really cool things to do at the Zoo with kids. I had a hard time narrowing down the must-do … {more}

Sarah Sloboda, Oakland kids photographer

Family photographer we love: Sarah Sloboda

Traveling kids photographer Sarah Sloboda, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, takes an artisan’s approach to creating images. When we met Sarah a few months ago we fell in love with the process and … {more}


Weekend Planner (June 27 + 28)

San Francisco Pride is this weekend. Woot. Don't miss it! Beat the heat at El Cerrito Pool's Safe Swim Lesson Event - splash park open, fire trucks, swim lessons, food and glitter tattoos. See the … {more}

Obstacle course in Walnut Creek swimming pool

Swimming pool with inflatables in Walnut Creek

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Heather Farm Park and Playground in Walnut Creek and readers went crazy for it, so today when I learned the adjacent swim center puts inflatables in the pool … {more}

Lego Brickshow in San Leandro

LEGO Brickshow in San Leandro

A world made of LEGO bricks will be on display at the LEGO Brickshow 2015 in San Leandro, opening Friday, June 26. The exhibit will include interactive opportunities for kids and adults to … {more}


15 places to go on the 4th of July

Thanks to Sarah's Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July Guide for East Bay families. Sarah's Science has locations in Oakland and Berkeley and invites your child to come have a BLAST! … {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