El Cerrito Splash Park schedule

El Cerrito Splash Park: Summer Hours

A friend on Facebook shared "El Cerrito Splash Park: Believe the hype!" At the opposite end of the building from the swimming pool entrance, the kid-friendly splash pad welcomes visitors to the El … {more}

Rockridge Oakland

25 things to do with kids in Rockridge

We're so happy to share this guide for parents of fun things to do in the family-friendly Oakland neighborhoods of Rockridge and Temescal sponsored by Grubb & Co. Realty. If after browsing this … {more}


Weekend Planner (Aug 8 + 9)

Walk the Laurel Street Fair where you'll find a petting zoo, carnival rides, and even a circus act. Fun. Drop-in for an open play session at TerraTech Fitness - run, jump, bounce and climb. Pack a … {more}

taqueria in berkeley

Kid Report: Taqueria La Familia

Our Kid Reporter today is Rafi who is going into 6th grade in Berkeley. Taqueria La Familia is a restaurant in South Berkeley. This family-run restaurant makes great food. They use good … {more}

Adventure Kinderland in Richmond: main play area

Adventure Kinderland: Indoor play space in Richmond

Does your two- to seven-year old have boundless energy and the need to climb up, over, on, and through everything? If so, you ought to drive straight to Adventure Kinderland and take advantage of this … {more}

TerraTech: Kids Fitness Classes in the East Bay

TerraTech: Kids fitness classes and indoor play space in Alameda

The classes at TerraTech Fitness go beyond your typical indoor circle-time to expose children to life-long wellness skills. Yes, there is time for parachutes and jumping, and your child will be … {more}

Canyon Swim School offers serious lessons

Where do you swim in the East Bay?

  Since we've started this website, some of our favorite pools, lakes, lagoons, and beaches have closed, but luckily, new options have opened too. Here are ten pools to get wet in the East Bay. Where … {more}

The view from Crab Cove Alameda

Crab Cove in Alameda for little explorers

I was a lucky chaperone on a field trip to Alameda's Crab Cove with a class of curious kindergartners.  I learned about marine mammals (native critters), estuaries (fresh water + ocean water), and how … {more}

Art + Soul Festival in Oakland

Oakland Art & Soul festival 2015

Easily accessed by BART, the Oakland Art & Soul Festival will take over downtown Oakland with live music, food, artist's booths and a kid zone for two days, August 1 and 2. Free attended bike … {more}

Plank: Bowling Alley in Jack London Square

Plank offers family-friendly entertainment during non-peak hours

Plank, a bowling-alley-meets-gastropub-meets-entertainment-center in Jack London Square, is home to a state-of-the-art arcade with a hipster Oakland vibe. Reclaimed wood and modern fixtures, along … {more}

Penguin March

Weekend Planner (Aug 1 + 2)

It's the first weekend of the month, which means Bank of America card holders get in FREE to a variety of museums. Check one out. Two penguins are graduating from the SF Zoo's Fish School - see them … {more}

Oakland Girls Rock Band Camp

Kid Report: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Today's guest reporter is Victoria, an 11-year old drummer who lives in Oakland and Pinole. Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a fun place! It’s an all-girls space where we can go to learn to play … {more}


Twins by the Bay: A support resource for twin parents

Twins by the Bay is a support group and network for new and expectant parents of multiples. Members attend meetings where they will meet other multiple parents, be invited to hear guest speakers … {more}

Win a week of dinner from Spoonrocket

Win a week of dinner from Spoonrocket

I am so excited to have Spoonrocket as our sponsor and giveaway partner today! I'm a longtime fan of Spoonrocket on-demand food delivery service. I am frequently impressed with the variety of … {more}


PROaupair offers experienced, professional childcare (sponsored)

Thanks to PROaupair for sponsoring 510Families.com today. One of the hardest things about leaving my kids with other adults is worrying that the babysitter won't "get" my kid and that someone … {more}

Kid report on getting ears pierced at Zebra Tattoo Piercing parlor

Kid Report: Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing, A good place to get your ears pierced

Our guest reporter today is Fiona G. who will be in sixth grade at King Middle School this fall when school starts again. She is almost eleven. Zebra is a good place to go to get your ears … {more}

Moms Night Out with Scholarshare

Had me a blast at the {510} moms’ night out!

Scholarshare and UrbanSitter threw a big party with us at the New Parkway Theatre on Sunday evening. Instead of sweating it out during the witching hour, dozens of us were toasting with chilled … {more}


Weekend Planner (July 26 + 27)

In case you didn't already know, the Berkeley Kite Festival is this weekend. Let's all go fly a kite! You bring the beat, they'll supply the drums at Drummm! - a community drumming event. Find a … {more}

FREE Kid-friendly movies at Sports Basement

5 reasons to go to Friday free movies at Sports Basement

Do you have a friend who is always happy to host you potluck-style for movies in the den? Now you do! Every other Friday night from July through October, Sports Basement Berkeley is hosting a FREE … {more}

Beach Blanket Babylon: SF skyline crazy hat

Is Beach Blanket Babylon good for kids?

My husband and I were recently treated to a performance of the long-running (since 1974!) theater musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon. Having seen a version of this ever-changing show fifteen years … {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