Berkeley’s first Open Streets project, Sunday Streets Berkeley, is coming up this weekend on October 14th, from 11am to 4pm. The deal is that the cars go some place else so the people can wander freely. All ages are welcome to play, bike, skate, toddle, walk, and bounce for a mile and a half.
In addition to shimmying your family along the usually busy road, fun activities will be set up along the sidewalks. You can expect breakdancing, bike tricks, giant chess, musical performances, and juggling. I bet someone will set up a slack line.
Look for our huge 510 FAMILIES banner between Virginia & Francisco as you wander the 17 car-free blocks on Shattuck between Haste and Rose. We will be hosting a table with UrbanSitter where you can meet fabulous babysitters who will paint your child’s face — and you are welcome to book them.
[Side note: good babysitters are sooo hard to find so it will be a terrific opportunity to check out one or more interacting with your little one with you right there, yes? We think so too!]
More stuff to check out (please note, we do not know all the locations):
- Firehouse North Gallery hosts a toddler music jam with Jon’s School of Music
- Our friends at Sticky Art Lab will be doing hands-on kid art
- Children’s shows at the Central Branch Library between Kittredge and Bancroft
- Breakdancing performances between Center and Allston
- M. Lowe & Co. Jewelry will have free pumpkin decorating with the Walden Center
- The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay will offer carnival games near Saul’s Deli’s outdoor seating
- Guerilla Cafe and Philz Coffee will host a model parklet with Livable Berkeley
- Virginia Bakery will offer cookie decorating and special sweets to enjoy at outdoor seating
- Coldwell Banker will have an art supplies giveaway at Vine and Shattuck
- Find more activities here on the schedule and map as they become official
This photo shows SF city streets closed for the people (via sfbike on flickr)
Sunday Streets Berkeley is presented by the City of Berkeley, Livable Berkeley, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Ecology Center, Downtown Berkeley Association, North Shattuck Association, and us.
[Photos by Emunah Hauser (2) and SF Bike Coalition]