Juanita Villa is a contributor to 510families from Montclair Village. She is the mom to preschooler Lucio and baby girl, Paloma. When she’s not chasing them, she enjoys cooking, sewing, running, yoga, and exploring her neighborhood with her little family. We appreciate Juanita sharing her favorite places to shop, eat, and play today in our […]
On my recent group tour for prospective parents of King Middle School in Berkeley, a hot topic on the minds of the parents of soon-to-be sixth graders was cell phones. Do middle schoolers need phones? Will they start obsessing about Instagram likes if they have phones? Zoning out during conversations because they are looking at […]
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We thank our guest poster, Oakland mom and NASA engineer Tamar Cohen, for this recommendation.
We are so grateful to all of the local businesses who partnered with us this year, sponsoring events, advertising in our emails, in our sidebars, adding events to our calendar, and generally helping spread the word about 510Families.com! We literally could not do it without you. Dear readers, please show these businesses some love: AAA […]
Annie Burke is the founder of Outside Kids. In the summer months, those of us living in the hot inland areas head west on highways 580, 80, 92, and 84 in search of cooler temperatures. It all changes in the winter. Now is the time to head east and explore the Delta and western Contra Costa counties. […]
For my daughter’s best friend’s birthday, I arranged for the two girls to have a semi-private lesson at Kinetic Arts Center together, where they learned to scale and twirl aerial silks. Scarlett was aghast that we didn’t give Sabine something to open, but she came around to the concept of the “gift of an experience,” when I suggested […]
Planning a road trip down I-5 with kids anytime soon? While iPads have eased the burden of road trips on parents — and probably destroyed potential magic moments along the way — long-distance drives with children are still challenging. For a state with so many wondrous features, I-5 down the center of California is a fairly joyless […]
A couple of weeks ago I was walking home when I saw a package of unopened diapers lying on the sidewalk with a FREE sign. Would you know where to take them?
How many times do I need to go to the zoo to break even? Is it a good deal if my kids are toddlers or babies? Let’s break it down.
This post was sponsored by AAA. In time for holiday travel, I want to remind you that AAA offers personalized car seat inspections by appointment for all young family members. The outcome of inspections is specific action items to make your children safer right away, from infants in rear-facing seats to kids on the bubble between needing a […]
If you’ve just moved to Berkeley, Oakland, or some other part of the East Bay, let us welcome you! Our readers and contributors have helped us put together a list of the top resources in the area for parents. 510Families.com offers many profiles of these resources and more within our archives, but consider this your […]
At first I thought it was only a myth. There are so few drive-through conveniences in the East Bay, that I couldn’t imagine a drive-through Starbucks could sneak into our fair area code. Then, I hunted for it only to come up short. Twice. (First I didn’t go far enough, then too far.)