31 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in October - 510 Families

31 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in October

Boo-ya, it is October! We’re heading into the season of pumpkins, fall festivals, corn mazes, outdoor fun, and of course, Halloween. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of amazing East Bay activities for the kids in our lives.


We appreciate Jack London Square for sponsoring our October list of great activities for families. They are hosting two wonderful events for families on Oct. 29+30. Look for Power of Pink and Halloween+Dia de los Muertos Celebration.

Plan Ahead & Reserve Your Spot For:

Jack London Square
Sunny days with the family at Jack London Square are always a pleasure. | Photo: Parul Patel

Weekend beginning Saturday, October 1

10/1 Build and create at TinkerFest. Go to Orchard Days at Filoli.
10/2 🆓 Try sailing at the Cal Sailing Club Open House. Attend Oaktoberfest in Dimond.

Three Nunns Corn Maze
Kids ride free and parents break a sweat through the corn maze | Photo: Parul Patel

Week beginning Monday, October 3

10/3 🆓 Drop into art-making workshops in the library with MOCHA.
10/4 🆓 Learn how to play a new-to-you sport at Try (it) Out Tuesdays for Girlx.
10/5 Find a family-friendly Yom Kippur event.
10/6 🆓 Explore the Point Pinole shoreline on a hike just for tots.
10/7 🆓 Watch Coco in the park—one of the last outdoor movies of the season.
10/8 🆓 Are you feeling PRIDE in the Park or Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show?
10/9 Look to the skies for Fleet Week air performances all around the Bay Area.

Speer Family Farm pumpkin patch | Photo: Icarian
Remember to snap a family photo at the pumpkin patch. | Photo: Icarian

Week beginning Monday, October 10

10/10 🆓 Indigenous People’s Day is a great day to get outside with kids.
10/11 🆓 Join storytime in the library; lots of options for babies, tots, and preschoolers.
10/12 🆓 Engage in a drop-in STEAM craft at Albany Library.
10/13 Go choo choo on a train ride around Ardenwood Farm.
10/14 🆓 Listen to a fin-tastic tale about sea creatures at Crab Cove storytime.
10/15 🆓 See EncantoThrive City. It is free + kids are home before bedtime.
10/16 Let your little one pick fresh produce from Jack London Square’s farmers’ market.

musicians play at Halloween/ Dia de los Muertos Family Fun Fest at Jack London Square
Halloween+Dia de los Muertos Family Fun Fest includes Mariachis & Mexican Folklore dancers | Photo: Jack London Square

Week beginning Monday, October 17

10/17 🆓 Climb, slide, and swing at James Kenney Playground.
10/18 🆓 Take in the outdoors at Hikes for Tykes.
10/19 Go to an indoor play space. There are several in the East Bay!
10/20 Search for tarantulas or rock scramble at Mt. Diablo State Park.
10/21 It’s spooky season at Fairyland. Get tickets to Halloween Jam.
10/22 🆓 See Circus Bella performers flip, flop, and fly in a show.
10/23 🆓 Enjoy a Diwali Celebration at City Center Bishop Ranch. Find more ways to celebrate Diwali in the East Bay >

Rock City Climbing
Rock City is a natural wonderland of rocks, caves, and tunnels. | Photo: Maureen Burke

Week beginning Monday, October 24

10/24 Move into downward dog at Preschool Yoga in Berkeley.
10/25 🆓 Paste, color, and paint at a Halloween Crafter-noon workshop.
10/26 Visit the Goblin Jamboree at Bay Area Discovery Museum.
10/27 Pick out a pumpkin at a Bay Area pumpkin patch.
10/28 Complete a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt at Boo at the Zoo.
10/29 🆓 Feel inspired at The Power of Pink event in Jack London Square with art, live music, and a boat parade!
10/30 🆓 See Mexican Folklorico dancers, do chalk art, win the costume contest at Halloween + Dia de los Muertos Family Fun Fest.

Jack London Square Strolling
Scooting Jack London Square | Photo: Anna Azimi

Week beginning Monday, October 31

10/31 🆓 Dress up in costume and find tot-safe Halloween fun.

family of 3 in halloween costumes
How will your family celebrate Halloween? | Photo: Children’s Fairyland

Thanks again to Jack London Square for sponsoring this post. Jack London Square is situated along the waterfront in Oakland. It’s an inclusive destination for families who enjoy dining, community events, outdoor recreation, and more. Jack London Square is a hub for special events, delicious dining, and outdoor recreation in Oakland. Families will enjoy scootering along the waterfront paths, selecting fresh produce at the weekly farmers’ market, or attending a kid-friendly event like The Power of Pink and Halloween + Dia de los Muertos Family Fun Fest.

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Find more activities on our East Bay Families Events Calendar every day of the month. 

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