Weekend Planner (Labor Day Weekend, 2013)

photo: Bobby White

Getting to San Francisco may be more hassle than we can handle this weekend, so I’ve rounded up things to do in the East Bay and across bridges that will be open.

Here are my top ten suggestions for Labor Day weekend.

  1. I didn’t know there was an Oakland Pride event until about five minutes ago! On Sunday the 1st, it will have a family friendly garden area with pony rides, bubbles, and more.
  2. Eat dinner outdoors. Here’s a list of 10 East Bay restaurants that have kid-friendly patio dining.
  3. Hammer, saw, and swing at Adventure Playground in Berkeley, open Saturday and Sunday, but not Monday. Riding the zipline there should be on every East Bay kid’s bucket list to complete before leaving for college.
  4. Check out the Bay Area Family Fest in Martinez.  Just 30 minutes from Berkeley, this 3-day event is going on Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday, and it aims to be a kid-friendly county fair.
  5. Ardenwood Farms, 30 minutes in the other direction, is hosting an historic rail fair. If you’ve never traveled back in time by visiting Ardenwood Farms, Saturday would be the perfect day for train enthusiasts.
  6. Drop-in dance/yoga activity for preschoolers at Temescal Arts Center on Saturday.
  7. Day trip to San Jose for LEGO Kidsfest.
  8. Learn more about Filipino heritage, including a yo-yo demonstration, at the Pistang Bata youth festival in Alameda.
  9. Date night! Drop kids at Golden Bear Gymnastics for Parents Night Out and head down to the Shattuck theaters and restaurants.
  10. Excited about beach weather? A sand-sculpting contest will take place at Drake’s Beach in the Pt. Reyes area.


Open on Labor Day for little kids: Fairyland will be open from 10 to 4; Tilden Steam Trains will be open from 11 to 5.

Open on Labor Day for big kids: Playland Not-At-The-Beach will be open 10-5; Oakland Ice has two afternoon sessions

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