99 Days of Summer for Bay Area kids {2014}

Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have one for each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each day, choose another adventure! Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your fridge, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do in the East Bay this summer.

Let’s get started!

6 day-by-day activities for May

5/26 Bring a picnic to Oakland’s Shoreline Park for Memorial Day
5/27 Take your best dolls on a roadtrip to the American Girl Store in Palo Alto
5/28 Bowl for Free in Albany
5/29 Plan a family camping trip
5/30 Spend Friday evening at Off the Grid at Oakland Museum
5/31 Admire the chalk art as you chomp on chocolate at North Berkeley’s Chocolate and Chalk festival

Kid-friendly daily adventures in June

99 things to do this summer for Bay Area kids

6/1 Visit the SF Giants Fan Lot at AT&T Park (free admission when the Giants are not playing like today)
6/2 Climb on a torpedo on the USS Hornet
6/3 Explore the caves at Rock City
6/4 Join Tilden Tots, an outdoor, nature adventure program for 3-4 year olds
6/5 Visit BAM/PFA for Free Museum Day for kid programming
6/6 Eat food on sticks at Bites off Broadway
6/7 Build to win at the Annual Sandcastle + Sculpture Contest in Alameda

6/8 Glow in the dark at Super Franks indoor play center — with a stop by In ‘N Out!
6/9 Have fun with animals at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward (Careful, they have a guinea pig lending library!)
6/10 Up-cycle something at at Sticky’s Open Lab
6/11 Sing along with your preschooler at the Claremont Library
6/12 Swing by a Sandboxes Playgroup in Oakland, hosted at Lotus Bloom
6/13 Sign up for the library games and get reading
6/14 Fly your Jolly Roger at the annual Norcal Pirate Festival in Vallejo (6/14-15)

6/15 Dance to Jazz at the Dunsmuir Hellman Estate
6/16 Float under the Bay Bridge on the ferry to SF
6/17 Go full tilt at the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda
6/18 Be a kid again at the Alameda County Fair (through 7/6)
6/19 Get your hands dirty at MOCHA’s open studio time
6/20 Stay up late for The Croods at Redwood Heights Rec in Oakland
6/21 Celebrate the first day of Summer at mini-amusement park Pixieland

6/22 It’s Sunday! All aboard the steam trains and the tiny trains in Tilden Park
6/23 Hug a redwood tree on a family hike.
6/24 Drive zigzags down San Francisco’s Lombard Street
6/25 Create explosions at Lawrence Hall of Science’s summer fun Wednesday
6/26 Ride bikes across the Bay Bridge
6/27 Walk around Lake Merritt and enjoy our kid’s tour of Lakeshore
6/28 Splash after bedtime for The LEGO Movie at the dive-in movie in De Fremery Pool Oakland

6/29 Get bitten by a carnivorous plant — Ouch! — in San Francisco
6/30 Commit to completing East Bay Regional Parks challenge for kids

31 adventures for East Bay families in July

7/1 Order a pizza to Totland in Berkeley
7/2 Head to the Discovery Museum in Sausalito, today is FREE admission
7/3 Zoom down the concrete slide at Codornices; BYO cardboard
7/4 Bike to the Berkeley Marina to celebrate Independence (from traffic jams)
7/5 Build a bug house at a FREE Home Depot workshop for kids

7/6 Pretend you’re in Bangkok with outdoor brunch at the Thai Temple
7/7 Day trip to the SF Zoo for the shiny new playground. Say hi to the anteater from us.
7/8 Discover new animals at the Junior Center
7/9 Shop for art supplies at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
7/10 Picnic in Moraga during the Summer Concert Series (Thursdays)
7/11 Wander the gardens at Lake Merritt
7/12 Take the kids to the Starry Plough for Family Music Night, 3-6 pm where food and beer are available

7/13 Hike to the West Point Inn for pancakes
7/14 Dig your toes into the sand at Lake Temescal
7/15 Watch your dinner (and knives!) fly through the air at Hana Japan
7/16 {Plan ahead for free tickets!} Take BART to visit the Exploratorium!
7/17 Ride the Amtrak anywhere
7/18 Climb Indian Rock in Berkeley
7/19 Float around at Antioch Water Park

7/20 See Shrek the Musical at Berkeley Playhouse (shows at noon & 5pm) (Discount tix link)
7/21 Swoosh down the water slide at the indoor East Oakland Swim Center
7/22 Is it a good evening to dine outdoors?
7/23 Splash in the ocean at Keller Beach in Richmond
7/24 Drop in to bounce off the walls at Pump it Up in Oakland
7/25 Watch toy boats float (or sink!) at Derby Day at the West Campus Pool
7/26 Ride your bike or someone else’s at Pedalfest at Jack London Square

7/27 Look up into the sky – It’s the Berkeley Kite Festival!
7/28 Bounce yourself silly at Rockin’ Jump in Dublin
7/29 Spin around on the unique equipment at the Emeryville Playground
7/30 Swing a bat at the Wheelhouse batting cages
7/31 Feed the cows at Little Farm in Tilden Park (it’s free!)

31 things to do with kids in August

Summer activity bucket list for Bay Area kids
8/1 Taste test flavors at a local ice cream shop (Here are ten ice creameries to try)
8/2 Take a free Saturday morning kids crafts at Lakeshore Learning

8/3 Take BART to the kid’s zone of the Oakland Art + Soul Fest
8/4 Discover the labyrinths in Sibley Park
8/5 Photograph your child in front of local graffiti
8/6 Marvel at the quirky front lawn decorations in North Berkeley
8/7 Play at Dolores Park in San Francisco, followed by BiRite ice cream
8/8 Dine at the Public Market in Emeryville with playtime in the ball pit.
8/9 Wander around the Laurel Street Fair in Oakland.

8/10 Wake up at Fairyland if you slept over the night before. {Register in advance for this easy campout!}
8/11 Go out for donuts just because
8/12 Get soaked at Meadow Homes Spray Park in Concord
8/13 Choose a new destination from our parents’ guide to Oakland’s Park Blvd
8/14 Explore some secret stairways in Berkeley
8/15 Take a swim at Roberts Park in Oakland
8/16 Beat the heat at Studio Grow. There’s one opening this summer in Alameda!

8/17 Watch a Family Matinee at the New Parkway Theatre
8/18 Go letterboxing with a stamp pad
8/19 Big Splurge! Swim with dolphins at Discovery Kingdom {reservations required}
8/20 Take the elevator to top of the Campanile at UC Berkeley
8/21 Watch The LEGO Movie outdoors – at Jack London Square tonight
8/22 Wait in line for a custom ice cream sandwich at CREAM
8/23 Play pinball at Playland Not at the Beach

8/24 Invite a playdate to Washington Park in Alameda
8/25 Head to the Cal campus to take advantage of Caltopia, happening Sunday and Monday
8/26 Climb through The Jungle, and indoor play center in Concord.
8/27 Treat yourselves to an epic cinnamon roll at Cinnaholic
8/28 Swing out at Montclair Park
8/29 Pet snakes at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
8/30 Make something in a free or cheap Saturday class at Michael’s craft store

8/31 Hammer, saw, and swing at Adventure Playground in Berkeley

And finally something for Labor Day

9/1 Root for the A’s at an afternoon game before summer disappears. (Keep an eye on Goldstar for discounted tickets.)

A day-by-day guide to summer fun for kids in Oakland, Berkeley and other 510 cities

* We fact-checked and cross-checked all of these listings but always encourage you to check again before packing up a carload of children and snacks for Summer Fun because stuff happens.

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  1. Meri G. says

    Went a little out of order and headed to the top of the Campanile today (8/20) and then to Yogurt Park afterward. Such a fun afternoon!