30 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in November - 510 Families

30 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in November

This post of November’s best activities for families is sponsored by Chabot Space & Science Center, one of our favorite museums to visit for STEM learning and hands-on activities. Purchase tickets to see the new Astrolight exhibit. Plan ahead for family-friendly events like First Friday: Nocturnal and Family Starlight Workshop. 

What starts off with a candy hangover and ends up on Santa’s lap? Yes, November is here and it is bursting with family fun! Day by day…hooray, it is November!

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Plan Ahead & Reserve Your Spot For:

Child looking at photo of space
Chabot’s new Astrolight exhibit opens Nov. 3 | Photo: Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center

Week of Tuesday, November 1

11/1 free Feliz Día de los Muertos. Get outside with Hikes for Tykes.
11/2 freeCut out an elaborate design at a Papel Picado craft workshop.
11/3 free You’ll never find all the gnomes in Oakland, but it is fun to try.
11/4 Spend First Friday at Chabot Space & Science Center to learn about nocturnal creatures.
11/5 March in the lantern parade at the Bay Area Kinderstube Lanternfest.
11/6 Bump, set, spike! Watch the Cal Women’s volleyball team play.

blake garden views of sf with adult and child
Visit Blake Garden on weekdays with out-of-town guests | Photo: Sue C. via Yelp

Week of Monday, November 7

11/7 free Sketch, paint and make at MOCHA art workshops in the library.
11/8 It’s Election Day. Treat the family to pizza takeout after you cast your vote.
11/9 free Keep your toddler entertained with all kinds of toys at Opal Staniek Tot Park.
11/10 free Wander through the magical Blake Garden in Kensington.
11/11 It’s Veterans Day. Thank a veteran during your visit to USS Hornet.
11/12 Celebrate STEM at Tinker Faire. Register to join EBI’s Spanish Storytime.
11/13 Wander through the International Space Station in Richmond, CA.

Mother and daughter run at Turkey Trot in Oakland
Register now for a family-friendly Turkey Trot race | Photo: Oakland Turkey Trot Facebook

Week of Monday, November 14

11/14 free Visit the Japanese Tea Garden for a free hour; the fall colors should be amazing.
11/15 Reserve a space at Lindsay Wildlife Experiences’s Tiny Tuesday. It’s perfect for tots!
11/16 free Hop, stomp, or scoot at Berkeley’s Together Wee Play Drop-In.
11/17 free Ramble down the nature trail then listen to a story in Richmond. See more storytimes >
11/18 Visit the new Astrolight exhibit at Chabot to learn about the mysteries of light.
11/19 Glide around the Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Skating Rink (thru Jan 8)
11/20 Find joy on a carousel ride. There are so many choices in the East Bay.

Family talking to naturalist about science display
First Friday brings the fun; learn about nocturnal animals | Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center

Week of Monday, November 22

11/21 Register the family for a turkey trot.
11/22 Have a ball at the Pacific Pinball Museum.
11/23 Try one of 50 ideas for no school day. Tour a chocolate factory.
11/24free Happy Thanksgiving! Feed the ducks at Fernandez Park before your meal.
11/25 free Take a mini road trip to Fremont and enjoy the Niles Festival of Lights Parade.
11/26  Attend a family workshop at Chabot all about the stars and then stay for complimentary viewing.
11/27 See gigantic paper lanterns at Oakland Zoo Glowfari (thru Jan. 29).

Child at science light display
Kick off the holiday season with a family light workshop | Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center

Week of Monday, November 28

11/28 Jump into tot public swim at Hayward Plunge.
11/29 free Take a trip to Heather Farms Park—it’s next-level fun.
11/30 free Make a mud pie at the children’s garden at SF Botanical Garden. Enter by 9 am for free admission.

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Mud loaf, anyone? Playing in the dirt at SF Botanic Garden’s children’s garden. | Photo: Maureen Burke

We appreciate Chabot Space & Science Center for sponsoring our November list of great activities for families. Purchase tickets to see the new Astrolight exhibit. Plan ahead for family-friendly events like First Friday: Nocturnal and Family Starlight Workshop.

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