31 free things to do with kids in July - East Bay

31 Bay Area Things to Do With Kids in July

Thank you to our sponsor, FLEXA USA, now open in Berkeley at 1799-D Fourth Street. FLEXA is celebrating summertime with a regular calendar of fun kids’ events.

FLEXA designs and produces beautiful Scandinavian furniture, decor, and toys for kids. They offer complimentary design consultations and host kid-friendly events in-store. In July, you can join the kids’ popsicle craft party on 7/4, the puppet show & popcorn party on 7/17, and the afternoon of magic on 7/31. See you there!

31 things to do with east bay toddlers in July

Hooray, it is July! Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of amazing East Bay fun activities for the kids in our lives.

Week of July 1, 2021

7/1 Tackle the Oakland Parks Challenge now through 7/11
7/2 Visit The Lawrence Hall of Science plaza for a new exhibit, Math Madness activities.
7/3 Take a day trip to Yolo County to see the beautiful sunflower fields.
7/4 Start the day with crafts & popsicles! Check our Guide to the Fourth of July for a celebration that fits your mood.

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Photo from the FLEXA carnival with bubbles and joy | Photo: FLEXA Berkeley

Week of Monday, July 5

7/5 Enjoy a day at a nearby Alameda beach.
7/6 Discount night at the drive-in movie! Here’s hoping for a kid-friendly flick.
7/7 Make a donut date and be the best parent ever. (Sometimes, that’s all it takes)
7/8 All aboard! The Tilden Park Steam Trains are running on weekdays.
7/9 Celebrate Black Joy with Story Windows, a curated multimedia art walk in downtown Oakland.
7/10 Spend your morning painting rocks with messages and hide them around your neighborhood.
7/11 The time is ripe for stone fruit picking!

Peach Picking in Brentwood
Brentwood gets hot! So wear a hat and come early | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, July 12

7/12 Find a fluffy sheep or furry bunny at a Bay Area farm. E-I-E-I-O.
7/13 Pick a child-friendly hike. Maybe one with fairies, trolls, or nibbling goats?
7/14 Bounce the wiggles out at Rockin Jump’s open jump hours for tots (kids under 6).
7/15 Drive through the beautiful woods to find Roberts Regional Park.
7/16 Snuggle up under the stars for a showing of Moana in Dublin.
7/17 Watch a tot-friendly puppet show & eat popcorn on Fourth Street. Free with RSVP.
7/18 Play in the whale’s belly in Emeryville.

Outdoor pizza dinners all summer long. | Photo: Anna Azimi

Week of Monday, July 19

7/19 Visit the Bay Area LEGOLAND Discovery Center and build your heart out.
7/20 Break up the week with a discount bowling game.
7/21 Build a fort in the redwoods at Joaquin Miller Park.
7/22 Venture to San Francisco for a new adventure.
7/23 Get wet at one of many swimming pools in the East Bay.
7/24 Cheer on the Spiders at an evening Ultimate Frisbee game in Oakland.
7/25 Frolic in OMCA’s peaceful garden – FREE when open
schedule of kids events in summer 2021

Week of Monday, July 26

7/26 Pick a place to dine out and ride your bikes there.
7/27 Scooter and roller skate around the Brooklyn Basin in Oakland.
7/28 Cal Academy is open. Make a day of it. Reservations required.
7/29 Kick a ball on UC Berkeley’s (empty) Memorial Glade while school’s out for the summer
7/30 Play in Piedmont – parks, cafes, ice cream – and then naps!
7/31 Be amazed at the FLEXA Berkeley afternoon of magic on Fourth Street. RSVP for free.

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You can roller skate inside Rocky’s Market and skate away with a juicy hamburger. #winwin | Photo: Nick Williams

For lots more ideas, check out our guide to what to do with kids during summer vacation!

Thank you to our sponsor, FLEXA USA, now open in Berkeley at 1799-D Fourth Street.

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