Ice cream, camp-outs, art, s’mores, swimming, outdoor movies, hiking, animal encounters, a little bit of everything — sounds like a summer vacation!
Never run out of family fun ideas with our 99 destinations for summer fun! We have selected one fun Bay Area outing for each day between Memorial Day through Labor Day. Whether you like to add them to your calendar right now (go on, we fact-checked*), bookmark this page for inspiration, or print it out and stick it on your fridge, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do in the East Bay — and beyond! — this summer.
Week Beginning Monday, May 30
5/30 Zip-line, hamster ball, or funnel cake around Concord’s KidFest (all long weekend!).
5/31 Catch award-winning author Kwame Alexander discussing his kids books (kids aged 9+ with parents).
6/1 Spend all day in the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield to see how candy is made.
6/2 Ride the dirt obstacles at the Pleasanton BMX Park.
6/3 Hike along the beautiful trails and grounds of Mills College in Oakland.
6/4 Go fishing to wish Happy 50th Birthday to Lake Chabot.
6/5 Check out the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley (6/4-5).
Week Beginning Monday, June 6
6/6 Find something cute and something scary at the East Bay Vivarium.
6/7 Visit your nearest library and sign up for games and prizes.
6/8 Go plane-spotting at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline.
6/9 Learn all about BATS at Yolo Basin: part talk, part hike, hecka batty.
6/10 Brave the deep freeze on Fentons Creamery Arctic Tour.
6/11 Build to win at Alameda’s 50th Annual Sandcastle Contest.
6/12 Meander around Temescal Street Fair with circus stage, food, and music.
Week Beginning Monday, June 13
6/13 Have an extra hot dog — A’s tickets are only $5.
6/14 Bowl for FREE but pay for fries with Kids Bowl Free program (register first).
6/15 Hit Opening Day of the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton to save $$.
6/16 Get artsy: BAMPFA Art Lab is open 6 to 9 for drawing and collage.
6/17 Bring a friend to the outdoor movie, Finding Nemo, at Redwood Heights.
6/18 Sleep next to the penguins at Cal Academy tonight (RSVP required).
6/19 Take Dad to the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo (6/18-19) or pick another fun idea on our Father’s Day Guide.
Week Beginning Monday, June 20
6/20 Day trip to Guerneville and hug a redwood tree before or after you eat at our favorite pie shop.
6/21 Explore the old dynamite factory ruins, rocky beach, and watch for trains at Point Pinole Regional Park.
6/22 Play at the epic Heather Farms playground and swimming pool with inflatable structures. OMG.
6/23 See The Little Mermaid performed live at Berkeley Playhouse (6/23-7/31)
6/24 Surprise your family with an overnight trip to Sacramento (trains, capitol, water parks!)
6/25 Wine without whining? Enjoy the scene at Cornerstone Sonoma or Larson Family.
6/26 Create artistic rock posters for your favorite bands inspired by Bill Graham at Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Week Beginning Monday, June 27
6/27 Take a detour through Oakland’s Chinatown and quickly tour a fortune cookie factory.
6/28 Pick blackberries at the top of the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park’s Beligum trailhead.
6/29 Book a tour at a the Mrs Grossman’s Sticker factory (call first) in Petaluma.
6/30 Play all day at the Marin County Fair (6/30-7/4).
7/1 Visit the Monterey Aquarium by day and go glamping by night.
7/2 Use all the cool tools at a FREE Home Depot Workshop for kids.
7/3 Play at Fairyland and enjoy Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the musical.
Week Beginning Monday, July 4
7/4 Find your favorite spot for carnivals & fireworks on our 4th of July guide.
7/5 Splash, slide, and spray at your favorite Bay Area water park.
7/6 Wander the UC Botanical Garden for FREE today.
7/7 Get silly at Scandia with mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and laser tag!
7/8 See Circus Bella at Bites off Broadway for acrobatics and street food.
7/9 Cheer on the SF Flamethrowers Ultimate team vs The San Jose Spiders
7/10 Hike to West Point Inn for pancakes and amazing views!
Week Beginning Monday, July 11
7/11 Bring a soccer ball or a fishing rod to Lake Temescal.
7/12 Join Prescott Circus for FREE juggling, acrobatics, unicycling, stilt walking, & clowns (2 shows).
7/13 Grab a walking stick to hike the the UC Berkeley fire trails.
7/14 See Shrek, The Musical in Woodminister Park under the redwoods. Discount tickets here.
7/15 Sleep aboard the USS Hornet in restored berthing compartments.
7/16 Try a dive-in movie: Hotel Transylvania 2 is playing at DeFremery Pool.
7/17 Take a FREE ride on a sailboat at the Cal Sailing Club during open house at the Berkeley Marina.
Week Beginning Monday, July 18
7/18 Climb around the hollowed caves & giant rocks at Rock City on Mt. Diablo.
7/19 Brrr. Glide around the rink at Tuesday Night Cheap Skate at Oakland Ice.
7/20 Go back in time to a land before screens at Ardenwood Farms.
7/21 Watch The Force Awakens at the waterfront. Bring blankets.
7/22 Bounce and flip at your favorite trampoline park.
7/23 Cycle over to Pedalfest in Jack London Square.
7/24 Canoe away your worries at Burke’s.
Week Beginning Monday, July 25
7/25 Take a drive to Santa Cruz for a super staycation.
7/26 Discover animals at the Junior Art + Science Center
7/27 Ping and pong at iTable Tennis Club with a stop at Casper’s for hot dogs after.
7/28 Bring your feline-loving child for cookies with kitties (reservations suggested).
7/29 Find inner peace walking the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Labyrinth, after an easy hike.
7/30 Play and make at FLAX art’s KidFest; there’ll be live music, too.
7/31 Watch the pros then fly your own at the Berkeley Kite Festival (all weekend)
Week Beginning Monday, August 1
8/1 Ride bikes across the Bay Bridge.
8/2 Take a daytrip to Point Reyes Station never disappoints. Side trip to Bovine Bakery and Point Reyes Books.
8/3 Visit the oversized-arcade magic of Plank at Jack London Square.
8/4 Learn about native species up close at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience.
8/5 Stroll through the Edible Schoolyard then putz around Hopkins Street.
8/6 Try your luck at lawn bowling in Berkeley (lessons weekend mornings)
8/7 Become a Jedi master in a class that’s part swordplay and part yoga.
Week Beginning Monday, August 8
8/8 Follow secret stairs to an abandoned clubhouse at this gem of a park.
8/9 Swim at the Cull Canyon Lagoon for the best of man-made and natural.
8/10 Take the BART or ferry to explore San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
8/11 Roller skate for FREE Antioch’s Paradise Skate (register first).
8/12 Go Off The Grid (at OMCA) this Friday night.
8/13 Wake up to classic cartoons & all you can eat cereal at the New Parkway.
8/14 Have good old-fashioned fun at Sonoma’s Gravenstein Apple Fair.
Week Beginning Monday, August 15
8/15 Add mystery to your neighborhood walks with geocaching.
8/16 Head to the top of the Campanile before a treat at Menchie’s.
8/17 Hit a basket of balls at the Wheelhouse batting cages.
8/18 See unexpected animals while riding in a rugged open-air jeep at Safari West.
8/19 Enjoy the big top Ringling Bros Circus’ first elephant-free shows! Discounted tix here. (8/18-22)
8/20 Take BART to the kid’s zone of the Oakland Art + Soul Fest (8/20-21).
8/21 Head to the Cal campus for Caltopia (Sunday and Monday).
Week Beginning Monday, August 22
8/22 Putt around for 18 holes or so at SubPar Mini Golf or GolfLand.
8/23 Try a new flavor of ice cream.
8/24 Test the game guru at Victory Point Cafe while you nosh on snack bowls.
8/25 Hunt for bison and run around Golden Gate Park’s fab playground afterward.
8/26 See the ZOOvie for Ratatouille & animal close-up (kids 4 to 11) (RSVP)
8/27 Complete in the NorCal Kids triathlon in Orinda (ages 6 to 14)
8/28 Lick your way through the Rockridge Ice Cream tour (now every Sunday!)
Week Beginning Monday, August 29
8/29 Splash around paddle boats or pet the gardens at Lake Merritt.
8/30 Race through The Jungle indoor play center. Bring Purell for your hands and feet.
9/1 Climb to the top of Indian Rock in North Berkeley. It’s free and doesn’t close!
9/2 Take the ferry to Angel Island for a hike and more.
9/3 Make time for one last camp-out of the Summer.
9/4 Put on a costume and go big for SF Comic Con (kids under 12 are FREE!).
Labor Day Monday, September 5
9/5 Say goodbye to Summer at a favorite Bay Area beach.
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* We fact-checked and cross-checked all of these listings but always encourage you to check again before packing up a carload of children and snacks for Summer Fun because stuff happens, especially when you’ve driven an hour to get there!
All recommendations were made by Heather and Whitney with help from our friends.
[Photos: Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and Berkeley Kite Festival by Anna Azimi; Alameda County Fair and Campanile by Whitney Moss; Circus Bella by Circus Bella; bikes on Bay Bridge by Alec Flett]