As I have done research for this site, I have become aware of many East Bay activities that are outside of my normal traffic patterns with my children. I keep telling myself, “We’ll go there this summer.”
It seems it’s time to walk the walk. Will I really make it to all these destinations with my kids in tow?
Here are some items from my summer to-do list.
- Try five different ice cream stores.
We always go to one of a few places on Solano Avenue. While iScream is delicious, I know there are many more out there. Yesterday I told my kids we’d venture to some new ones in the coming weeks.
- Treat the kids to the Tilden Park Merry Go Round.
This isn’t a stretch for us as my son will be at day camp right near the Carousel, but it’s nice to make the time to ride it.
- Drive out to Antioch’s water park.
I am usually reluctant to take them to a swimming destination on my own, especially due to the opposite gender child dressing room situation, but I’ll bet I can figure it out. This place looks worth it.
- Explore the USS Hornet.
Not my usual area of interest, but might be a good outing to bring visiting grandparents.
- Take my kids to the movies.
While other areas of the country have $1 summer movies, no where in the Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville area does. Thumbs down for that. My daughter has only seen the big screen once, so I’m on the lookout for another appropriate movie for her.
- Ice skate in downtown Oakland.
We’ve been twice, and the learning curve is about to have a payoff for my son. Must go again soon!
- Tour East Bay bookstores.
Must keep my first grader on track with reading! This Lafayette store is on my list.
- Roller skate in San Ramon.
I might have to do this without the kids, because they will be so jealous of my skillz!
- Squeeze in one more visit to Studio Grow.
I have a gift card in my wallet and my daughter is outgrowing the place by the day. We’ll have to make one last visit before summer is over.
- Ride horses in Oakland.
I haven’t figured out where to go yet, but we’re going!
What’s on your list?