Rockridge Ice Cream Tour

The Rockridge Ice Cream Tour is delicious

We were lucky to join the first Rockridge Ice Cream Tour as guests of Rockridge Food Tour. The Rockridge Ice Cream Tour is packed with sweet treats and fun facts, making it an enjoyable … {more}

Pride: The next generation of voters and policy-influencers

LGBTQ Pride activities for families

Thanks to Our Family Coalition for helping us to assemble these great family-friendly Pride Month festivities. June 17, 7pm A's Pride Night at the Oakland Coliseum ballpark is the first of its … {more}

alameda theater

Cheap summer movies in Alameda

For $10 per person, you can go to every movie in the Kids Movie Series this summer hosted by The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Central Ave in Alameda. That's about a dollar per movie, when you buy … {more}

Golfland - East Bay

East Bay Birthday Party Venue: Golfland {Giveaway!}

Golfland Family Fun Center in Castro Valley is about 15 minutes from Montclair and 25 minutes from Berkeley. I think my kids would be thrilled just to pull up in front of this destination with the … {more}

Take kids all the way outside in the Bay Area

Go outside with kids, really outside

Feeling quite tired of playgrounds (I hear you!), Berkeley mom of two Annie Burke started taking her family and friends out to some less-traveled parks in the East Bay Regional Park District in 2009. … {more}

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Mama’s little helper: Title Nine in Berkeley

Last night I attended an event for bloggers at the Title Nine store in Berkeley and truly enjoyed getting to know this local company better. The women hosting the event represented both the retail … {more}

Thomas Celebration Tour 2015 will be at Roaring Camp

Ticket Alert: Book now for A Day Out with Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine is coming near the Bay Area July 24-26 & July 31; August 1-2 to Felton's Roaring Camp Railroads. Book tickets via Ticketweb for Roaring Camp Railroads or call … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jun 13 + 14)

Kick off your Summer at the Berkeley Art Museum's Family Day - make hats, eat free ice cream, and join in on the parade. Make Dad a duck tape frame at Michaels in the morning, or a Father's Day Tie … {more}

Win Shuddle

{Giveaway} Shuddle transportation service for kids

Thanks to Shuddle for sponsoring 510families today and for solving the problem of how to get my child to martial arts when I'm stuck in a meeting. If your family is anything like mine, there … {more}

Grand Lake Farmer's Market on Saturdays: parents guide to Lakeshore

A Parent’s Guide to Lakeshore Avenue

Anchored by a library, a playground and a Saturday farmers’ market, Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue (AKA Grand Lake) District is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It’s also a great place for … {more}

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: cheap movies for kids

Cheap summer movies in Richmond and Walnut Creek

  The Cinemark theater chain has a series of kid-friendly movies scheduled and offered at super low prices to attract the out-of-school crowd as part of Summer Movie Clubhouse. The films … {more}

Things to do with kids at the Alameda County Fair

When to go to the Alameda County Fair

The Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton is a traditional state fair format: carnival rides and games, award-winning quilts and pigs, and booths offering treats like funnel cakes and deep-fried … {more}

Rock Climbing wall at Howarth Park

Day trip idea: Howarth Park in Santa Rosa

Howarth Park has enough attractions to keep you busy all day long, and though it's further away than Tilden Park, it's almost definitely sunny there, because Santa Rosa has about 5 degrees on Berkeley … {more}

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Weekend Planner (Jun 6 + 7)

The Bay Area Book Festival is going to be HUGE. So much to see, do, hear, and read. Go! Head to Alameda for the Sand Castle & Sculpture Contest at Crown Beach. Craft something for Father's Day … {more}

Alameda summer concert series

Free music series in Alameda: Summer Beats

Alameda is hosting a summer concert series and everyone's invited. Summer Beats is a series of free live outdoor concerts, presented by Alameda’s South Shore Centre, in our very own East Bay beach … {more}

Celebration Weekend 2012 gardens

Final Sunset Celebration Festival in Menlo Park

I want to thank Sunset Magazine for the tour of their Menlo Park estate. This guest post was written by Dana Smith, Berkeley mom to a fourth grader and seventh grader, and head of PR for Sunset … {more}

Orange County Museum of Art

Getaways with mom: ME time

This is the third post in our series about ME time, sponsored by domain.ME. I've just returned from spending a long weekend with my mom, during which it was startlingly clear to me that quality … {more}

Eat ice cream you make at LHS

Summer fun @ Lawrence Hall of Science

Each Wednesday from June 17 to August 19 brings a different science project to the Lawrence Hall of Science. These drop-in workshops are included with paid admission (or membership!) and range from … {more}

Steve and Kate's Summer Camp

Spotlight on Steve and Kate’s Camp

Thanks to Steve and Kate's Camp for sponsoring our website today. To fall in love with Steve and Kate's Camp, you need only watch the video. Another way, of course, is to stop by one of the … {more}

Studio Grow Berkeley

Instagram with @510families

Do you ever think, "Oh man, this place is so cool! 510Families should know about it." We'd love it if you submit a tip, but if you're out and about and want to be quick about it, just take a photo … {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