East Bay Summer Camp Guide

East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2015)

We've put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. There's still lots of time to register for most of these, you can use Activity Hero EasyEnroll to register for … {more}

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

Then Comes Baby in Oakland

I'm so excited to share the latest resource for expectant parents and baby owners in the Grand Lake neighborhood: Then Comes Baby. Sabrina Freidenfelds opened this space on Grand Avenue as a labor … {more}

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Introducing The Crowden School (new sponsor)

I've lived across the street from The Crowden School for more than a decade, so the sight of grade school-aged children hustling up the sidewalk, carrying the telltale black cases of classical … {more}

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10 East Bay Parents’ Night Out (PNO) options

Parents Night Out events are fantastic excuses for a drop-off kid party hosted by a local venue in which children eat pizza, have dessert (gasp!), watch movies, and play with other kids of a similar … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jan 31 + Feb 1)

Experience authentic German cuisine and traditions at the German Family Karneval - beers, sausages, crafts and more. Put on your PJs and watch Garfield at Oakland Zoo's Zoovie Night. Hot chocolate … {more}

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Birthday party venue: Playland Not-At-The-Beach

Playland Not-At-The-Beach, a "Museum of Fun" in El Cerrito, was the perfect venue for my son's 10th birthday party. The schedule kept the kids so busy having fun, they really didn't want to … {more}

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: science play

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: a super half-day trip with a toddler

Big thanks to Jenny in San Francisco for this helpful guest post; she blogs at HintMama. With a toddler, the best half-day trip is one that allows me to provide a learning experience, have fun … {more}

Young artists from Westside Studio

Westside Art Studio has classes, workshops, and camps for young artists

Thanks to Westside Art Studio for sponsoring 510Families.com this week. Jennifer Burke’s art classes in the Berkeley area are legendary in my community of parent friends. "Her art classes are … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jan 24 + 25)

It's going to be snowing on Treasure Island this weekend!  20 tons to be exact. Bring your gloves for some snowman making fun. Solespace is hosting a Community Music Day - drumming to dancing for … {more}

A preschooler's guide to the Cal Academy of Sciences

A three-year old’s guide to Cal Academy of Sciences

Good news: your three-year old's admission to the glorious newish California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is FREE. And thank God, because everything else about the visit … {more}

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Ticket Alert: Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds by Bay Area Children’s Theater

Tickets are on sale now for Three Little Birds, presented by Bay Area Children's Theater at Freight and Salvage between January 24 and February 15. Three Little Birds is a modern-day Jamaican fairy … {more}

What is Shuddle? Ridesharing for kids.

Shuddle: The service for parents who cannot be two places at once (Sponsored)

Thanks to Shuddle for sponsoring 510Families.com this week. Rides are currently $10, regardless of distance. Like you, I cannot be two places at the same time. That's why I'm intrigued by … {more}

Oakland A's

Reader tip: Time to book your group for A’s tickets

If you want to book an Oakland A’s outing for your moms group, preschool, school, team, or large gaggle of friends, the time is NOW. Groups that reserve their seats by Tuesday, January 20 will lock in … {more}

Preschoolers

What is the East Bay Preschool Fair?

If you are still looking for that perfect-fit preschool that's the right philosophy, near your house, that you can actually afford, you are not alone. Join hundreds of other East Bay parents for the … {more}

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MLK Weekend Planner (Jan 17 – 19)

Hooray for a long weekend! Kick it off with one of our top weekend picks: Test your luck at Golden Gate Fields - ONE DOLLAR admissions, hot dogs, beers, and races. Good luck! Take a music and … {more}

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Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival 2015 (Giveaway!)

Hey movie lovers, the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2015 (BAICFF) takes place this month in Oakland, and we are giving away two sets of tickets. (Scroll down to enter.) (Kids … {more}

Oakland Museum Lunar New Year Celebration is family-friendly

Lunar New Year events are family-friendly and fun

As the Year of the Sheep (or Ram) approaches, a handful of Lunar New Year celebrations are scheduled around the Bay Area. Here are some places to take your children to celebrate the cultures of many … {more}

Monster Trucks in Oakland, Coliseum

Ticket Alert: Monster Jam brings monster truck action to the Coliseum

For one night only, monster trucks will battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to the O.co Coliseum. Sixteen massive trucks will be part … {more}

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Where to take kids to experience the snow

When I checked on Saturday, the weather report claimed that snow would fall in Tahoe over Martin Luther King Jr's birthday weekend, but today that's not looking good. Regardless, the ski resorts and … {more}

LePort School - Now in Emeryville

Introducing LePort Schools {new sponsor}

Thanks to LePort Schools for sponsoring 510Families.com this week. When I saw a photo of the child-directed, hands-on enabling classroom on the LePort Montessori schools website, I fell in … {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