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

31 Bay Area Things to Do With Kids in July

Hooray, it is July! Let’s make the most of this sunny, warm and carefree month. Here are 31 amazing East Bay activities to bring fun and joy for the kids in our lives.

31 things to do with east bay toddlers in July

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Family movies at Jack London Square: waterfront flicks
Summertime outdoor movies pop up throughout the East Bay | Photo provided by Jack London Square

Week of July 1, 2021

7/1: Blast off to a rocket-themed First Friday at Chabot Space and Science Center.
7/2: See the Warriors play in mini-games at the California Classic (all weekend).
7/3: Shop at a local farmers’ market or pick fruit on the farm.

family and balloon artist
Take part in the activities Thrive City during the California Classic | Photo: Joshua Leung

Week of Monday, July 4

7/4: free Wear your red, white and blue and check out our Guide to the Fourth of July!
7/5: free Enjoy a day at a nearby Alameda beach.
7/6: See the Obama Portraits at de Young Museum. Ride the giant Ferris wheel afterward.
7/7: free Sing and groove with the Storytime Band.
7/8: free Introduce the kids to a cinematic classic, E.T., at Orinda’s Movies in the Park.
7/9: Create in the Art Lab during BAMPFA’s Second Saturday for Families.
7/10: Hike to pancakes and a jaw-dropping view.

watch a parade
Do you prefer a Fourth of July Parade or Fireworks? | Photo: AlamedaParade.com

Week of Monday, July 11

7/11: free Touch and see creepy crawlers during an Insect Discovery Lab.
7/12: Get wet at one of many swimming pools in the East Bay.
7/13: free Play at Piedmont Park and surprise your kids with a Mr. Softee (often there on Wednesdays).
7/14: The time is ripe for stone fruit picking!
7/15: Prepare to be amazed at a kid-friendly magic show.
7/16: Spend time with your little artist at MOCHA open studio.
7/17: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by using science to make your own at The Lawrence.

Girl at science museum
Sundays are for science at The Lawrence this July | Source: The Lawrence Hall of Science

Week of Monday, July 18

7/18: free Tour Jack London Square by scooter.
7/19: free Explore nature during Hikes for Tykes at Encinal Beach.
7/20: Find a seat at this kid-friendly entertainment show in Lafayette.
7/21: Plan a day trip to a U-Pick Flower Farm or Yolo County sunflower fields.
7/22: Jump into Water Park After Dark Movie Night in Antioch.
7/23: free Dance over to Oakland’s Art + Soul Festival.
7/24: Spend the afternoon splashing, digging and relaxing at Cull Canyon.

Peach Picking in Brentwood
Wear a hat and come early to Brentwood U-Pick farms | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, July 25

7/25: free Calling all babies: Head to storytime at the Richmond Library.
7/26: All aboard! The Tilden Park Steam Trains are running on weekdays.
7/27: Cool off in the movie theatre; tickets are just $1.50 a piece!
7/28: Crawl through a log at OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace.
7/29: Order dinner at Liberation Park’s Food Truck Fridays.
7/30: free Experience the fun of a campfire night (no tent necessary).
7/31: free Bring a blanket and enjoy Kids Day Concert in the Park.

OMCA Kids Nature Playspace Shadow Box
Discovery and play that’s inspired by local nature at OMCA | Photo: OMCA

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

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