Julie Herson, Author at 510 Families

Julie Herson


Free Meals During COVID-19 Distance Learning

We have assembled a reference list of East Bay School Lunch Pickup Locations for your reference along with additional food resources at the bottom of the page. 


Gabriel Farm U-Pick Apples in Sebastopol

Gabriel Farm is a cute organic farm just past the quaint town of Graton. My family spent a lovely morning there picking apples and more!

Apple picking at Chileno Valley Ranch

Apple Picking with Children Near the Bay Area

Apple-picking season is upon us. Here are a few U-pick options and Bay Area apple orchards worth a visit with your family. Always, call first!


Clayton Valley Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patch at Clayton Valley Farm Closed for 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Clayton Valley Farm will not be open to the public for fall fun this October 2020 season.

Now Open: Reserve Your Tickets for the Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is now open by reservation with lots of animals and the gondola ready to enjoy. No indoor places or playgrounds though, so manage expectations.


3 Best Places to Fly a Kite in the East Bay

Flying a kite is outside and social distanced already. So when your stir-crazy kids tell you that they’re bored, you can tell them to go fly a kite! 


Summer Stone Fruit Picking in the East Bay

The time is now for picking perfect peaches, amazing apricots, and nectarous nectarines in the East Bay!

Sweet Hike: Fairy Houses Galore in Point Richmond

I explored the magical fairy houses that make up Little Point Richmond of Washington Avenue with my children, age 2 to 8, and we were all enchanted. We’ll be back.


How I Set Up a Quarantine Book and Toy Swap

My four kids are burning through every book, toy, puzzle and snack in the house. Here’s what I did to refresh our toys and games without buying more stuff.



Keeping Siblings of Different Ages Engaged During the Coronavirus School Shut-down

I have 4 kids between 2 and 9. Everyone needs attention, love, and intellectual stimulation. Here are some things that have worked & some that have failed.

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