99 Days of Summer for East Bay Kids

99 Days of Summer in Oakland

We thought it would be fun to have one activity for each day of the year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Whether you like to add them to your calendar, 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!

5 activities for May

5/27 Observe Memorial Day at Crab Cove in Alameda
5/28 Eat a huge quantity of ice cream at Fenton’s
5/29 Shop for art supplies at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
5/30 Try a new family restaurant — it’s Berkeley Dine Out night
5/31 Spend Friday night at Off the Grid at Oakland Museum

30 ideas for things to do with East Bay kids in June

6/1  Jump around at the Ecology Center family fun festival at Civic Center Park in Berkeley
6/2 Eat brunch at the Thai temple in Berkeley
6/3 Bring baby to a movie at the Parkway Theater
6/4 Paint pottery at Brushstrokes
6/5 Walk around Lake Merritt and enjoy our kid’s tour of Lakeshore
6/6 Take the BART to Orinda
6/7 Stay up late for the outdoor movie Madagascar 3 at Redwood Heights Rec in Oakland
6/8 Visit the Pinball museum in Alameda
6/9 Watch the funniest bubble show at Marsh (at 11 AM)
6/10 Go cherry/berry picking in Brentwood
6/11 Ride the concrete slide at Codornices
6/12 Observe slithery creatures at the East Bay Vivarium
6/13 Bowl for Free in Albany
6/14 Get creative at Sticky Art Lab with drop-in nature crafts
6/15 Yell out from the mast at the annual Pirate festival in Vallejo
6/16 Honor Father’s Day with quality time at an Open Lab at Ace Monster Toys
6/17 Tour the Jelly Belly factory
6/18 Take kids to eat Pasta Pomodoro for free, one kids meal per adult entree purchased on Tuesdays only.
6/19 Climb aboard the USS Hornet
6/20 Explore the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton
6/21 Enjoy a coffee date Play Cafe
6/22 Dance at an Italian immersion musical playgroup at Northbrae church (pay half the price when you mention 510familes!)
6/23 Hit the road and discover kid friendly fun in Napa and Sonoma
6/24 Take the ferry to SF
6/25 Tote your toddler to Totland in Berkeley
6/26 Skate circles around the Oakland Ice rink
6/27 Ride the classic merry-go-round in Tilden
6/28 Order a crazy bowl of cereal at Cafe Yesterday
6/29 Listen to free story time at Farley’s East
6/30 Ride the steam trains and the tiny trains in Tilden Park

31 adventures for East Bay families in July

7/1 Visit Super Franks!
7/2 Dig your toes into the sand at Lake Temescal
7/3 Save on admission at Bay Area Discovery Museum – it’s free today!
7/4 Eat watermelon at the 4th July celebration at Memorial Park in Albany
7/5 Spread out a picnic dinner at Bites off Broadway
7/6 Enjoy a museum – it’s a free admission day in Oakland + San Francisco (Chabot)
7/7 Push yourself on a family fun run/walk at Lake Merritt
7/8 Drive down the crookedest street, Lombard St in SF
7/9 Eat lunch at Cheeseboard Pizza
7/10 Bask in the sun at Lake Anza
7/11 Ride horses in Oakland
7/12 Roller skate free at Golden Skate in San Ramon
7/13 Camp out at the Oakland Zoo sleepover
7/14 Hike to Marin for pancakes!
7/15 Watch your dinner (and knives!) fly through the air at Hana Japan
7/16 Check out the new Exploratorium!
7/17 Take the Amtrak anywhere
7/18 Climb Indian Rock in Berkeley
7/19 Float around at Antioch Water Park
7/20 Bring your bike to Pedalfest in Jack London Square
7/21 Stroll around Temescal Farmer’s Market + Frog Park
7/22 Splash in the ocean at Keller Beach in Richmond
7/23 Spin around at the Emeryville Playground
7/24 Drop in to bounce off the walls at Pump it Up in Oakland
7/25 Be brave and watch Brave at Jack London Square at sundown.
7/26 Invite a playdate to Washington Park in Alameda
7/27 Take advantage of free Saturday morning kids crafts at Lakeshore Learning
7/28 Watch the pros at the Berkeley Kite Festival (all weekend)
7/29 Find the perfect reading material at this special Lafayette book store
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 ideas for things to do with kids in August

8/1 Taste test at a local ice cream shop (Here are ten ideas>)
8/2 Bounce it out at Rockin’ Jump in Dublin
8/3 Take BART to the kid’s zone of the Oakland Art + Soul Fest
8/4 Enjoy the Cat in the Hat production at Fairyland (10:30 or 4)
8/5 Photograph your child in front of local graffiti
8/6 Marvel at the 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 followed by playtime in the ball pit.
8/9 Discover the labryinths in Sibley Park
8/10 Wander around the Laurel Street Fair
8/11 Win tickets and prizes at Playland Not at the Beach
8/12 Keep the fun going with East Bay Regional Parks challenge for kids
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 Visit Roberts Park in Oakland
8/16 Beat the heat at Studio Grow
8/17 Watch a Family Matinee at the New Parkway Theatre
8/18 Go letterboxing with a stamp pad
8/19 Hold animals at the Junior Center for Science near Lake Merritt
8/20 Take the elevator to top of the Campanile at UC Berkeley
8/21 Go swimming at Roberts Regional Park Pool
8/22 Do a super fast baking project with a kit from Trader Joe’s
8/23 Go out for donuts just because
8/24 Spend the day at Fairyland
8/25 Complete in te NorCal Kids triathlon in Orinda
8/26 Head to the CAL campus to take advantage of Caltopia, happening Sunday and Monday
8/27 Decorate your whole driveway with sidewalk chalk
8/28 Swing out at Montclair Park
8/29 Pet snakes at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
8/30 Visit Black Diamond Mines regional preserve
8/31 Pay $2 for an Oakland A’s game

Finish up the summer with a final weekend in September

9/1 Hammer, saw, and swing at Adventure Playground in Berkeley
9/2 Swim at the Cull Canyon Lagoon

99 things to do this summer in the East Bay

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