What to do with East Bay kids this summer break? Ice cream, camp-outs, sunscreen, art, s'mores, swimming, outdoor movies, hiking, a few places with air conditioning, a little bit of everything — sounds like a summer vacation! Thanks to Piedmont Recreation Department for sponsoring this year's guide to an epic summer.
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*), print it, bookmark this page for inspiration, we hope you'll find plenty of things to do in the East Bay — and beyond! — this summer.
Week Beginning Monday, May 27
5/27 Zip-line, Waterballerz, or funnel cake around Concord's KidFest (all long weekend!).
5/28 Grab a walking stick to hike the the UC Berkeley fire trails just beyond Strawberry Canyon pool.
5/29 Bring a picnic dinner to Piedmont Park & Playground.
5/30 Run around Live Oak Park before hitting the farmers market for an easy dinner.
5/31 Play day-glo mini golf, indoor arcade games, and explore the jungle gym at Lost Worlds.
6/1 Ride the ferry to see where the day takes you.
6/2 FREE: Play Like a Girl interactive expo! Try any of 20 different sports.
Week Beginning Monday, June 3
6/3 FREE: Visit your local library and sign up for games and prizes.
6/4 CHEAP: Pay what you wish at the Cartoon Museum (11am to 5)
6/5 FREE: Skip through the Botanical Gardens at Cal.
6/6 Drop into a yoga studio class for elementary age kids. OM.
6/7 FREE: Snuggle up to watch 101 Dalmatians in Piedmont.
6/8 FREE: Dig at the annual Sandcastle + Sculpture Contest in Alameda.
6/9 CHEAP: Temescal Street Fair has kid-centric zones of fun.
Week Beginning Monday, June 10
6/10 Eat dinner outside on a patio in Oakland, Berkeley, or Alameda.
6/11 Try an unusual kind of ice cream today in a waffle or donut!
6/12 Enjoy Lafayette Reservoir for fishing, paddle boat and walking.
6/13 Conquer the swimming pool with inflatables or the amazing Heather Farm park.
6/14 FREE: Bring a blanket & picnic to Circus Bella Preview Night.
6/15 Walk the plank at the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo (6/15-16).
6/16 Do something special that Dad likes on Father's Day.
Week Beginning Monday, June 17
6/17 FREE: Use “Discover & Go” to get admission cards for local museums.
6/18 CHEAP: Kids Bowl Free then play in Albany (register first)
6/19 Swim at AquaTech's family swim time (10am to 2pm).
6/20 KIDS ENTER FREE: So fun! Hit the Alameda County Fair.
6/21 TODAY ONLY: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with these outdoor ideas.
6/22 FREEish: Lakefest at Lake Merritt includes food, folks, and fun.
6/23 CHEAP: Take a guided Scorpion Hike on Mount Diablo .
Week Beginning Monday, June 24
6/24 FREE: Visit the T.Rex and dino skeletons in the Life Sciences building on the Cal campus
6/25 Play all you can eat pinball at the Pacific Pinball Museum.
6/26 FREE: Ride the dirt obstacles at the Pleasanton BMX Park.
6/27 Pay what you can: See Big at Berkeley Playhouse (lots of dates).
6/28 FREE Fridays at EBRPD includes parking, swimming, fishing, and boat launching.
6/29 CHEAP: King Carnival with games & water activities for the whole fam.
6/30 Eat your fill on the Rockridge Ice Cream Tour (now most weekends!) Sat & sun 3pm all summer.
Week Beginning Monday, July 1
7/1 CHEAP: Tour the sweet Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield to see how candy is made.
7/2 FREE: Add mystery to your neighborhood walks with geocaching.
7/3 Play at Stomper Fun Zone, see fireworks show, and root for the A's.
7/4 Go to the Piedmont Parade (starts at 11am) or choose another July 4th event.
7/5 CHEAP: $5 First Fridays at Chabot Space & Science Center
7/6 FREE: Kidchella outdoor concert with family-friendly activities at San Pablo Park.
7/7 FREE: Alameda Summer Art Fair includes the Dilly Dallies.
Week Beginning Monday, July 8
7/8 Make a day in the City with one of these great destination playgrounds.
7/9 Try something new at a daily drop-in summer camp!
7/10 FREE: Outdoor art installation designed to impress: Goldsworthy in the Presidio.
7/11 Watch a nighttime performance of Newsies at Woodminster Amphitheater.
7/12 FREE: Watch outdoor sequels on a blanket: Incredibles 2 or LEGO Movie 2.
7/13 PLAN AHEAD: Book an unforgettable overnight on the USS Hornet.
7/14 FREE: Sunday Streets opens up for walkers, strollers, and folks on stilts (6/2, 6/9, 7/14).
Week Beginning Monday, July 15
7/15 FREE: Climb around the wind-hollowed caves and giant rocks at Rock City on Mt. Diablo.
7/16 FREE: Hike along the beautiful trails and grounds of Mills College in Oakland.
7/17 SPLURGE: Try indoor skydiving with the kids at iFly, age 3 to 103.
7/18 Bounce and flip at the trampoline park of your choice.
7/19 FREE: Bike About Town with guided family-friendly cycling.
7/20 FREE: Come down with your family to take out a boat on Lake Merritt, 1 to 3pm.
7/21 COOL: Borrow a small pet at the Sulphur Creek Animal Lending Library (10 to 3).
Week Beginning Monday, July 22
7/22 Bring your cardboard to zoom down a concrete slide.
7/23 Book a tee time for FootGolf (BYO soccer ball!) in San Leandro or Alameda.
7/24 Hop on your mountain bike and explore the trails together (a few easy Marin trails).
7/25 CHEAP: Superstars go to Round1 for kid-friendly karaoke in a private room.
7/26 FREE: Watch a movie under the stars: Zootopia or Wizard of Oz.
7/27 Take BART to the kid’s zone of the Oakland Art + Soul Fest (all weekend).
7/28 Let's go fly a kite! Berkeley Kite Festival is all weekend.
Week Beginning Monday, July 29
7/29 Find something creepy-crawly at the East Bay Vivarium before ice cream at 3 Twins.
7/30 CHEAP THRILL: Head to the top of the Campanile before a treat at Menchie's.
7/31 CHEAP: Finally see Sherlock Gnomes for the right price: $1.
8/1 FREE: Celebrate creativity at BAMPFA, always changing.
8/2 FREE: Add mystery to all your neighborhood walks with geocaching!
8/3 Bring a soccer ball or a fishing rod to Lake Temescal.
8/4 ROAD TRIP: Eat, drink & be berry! Watsonville Strawberry Festival is all weekend.
Week Beginning Monday, August 5
8/5 Cool off in your favorite swimming pool.
8/6 PLAN AHEAD: Be tourists on Alcatraz.
8/7 FREE: Go plane-spotting at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline by the Oakland Airport!
8/8 Day trip to Point Reyes Station, Bovine Bakery and Point Reyes Books.
8/9 CHEAP FUN: Piedmont's Summer Pool Party with games & snacks. Find out about pool passes.
8/10 SO FUN: Get muddy at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Coyote Point.
8/11 CHEAP: Amazing hike & pancake breakfast with views of the whole Bay Area – bring cash!
Week Beginning Monday, August 12
8/12 Skateboard & scooter around the East Bay skate parks.
8/13 Glide around the rink at the bucket session or Tuesday Night Cheap Skate at Oakland Ice.
8/14 GLAMP: Spend the night at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Lodi.
8/15 Spend the day in Elmwood together. What will you do?
8/16 FREEish: Kids skate free in Antioch (select times Friday, Sunday)
8/17 ROAD TRIP: Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol is good old-timey fun on the farm.
8/18 FREE: Sailing on the Bay with Cal Sailing (1 to 4pm) – also 6/16 & 7/21.
Week Beginning Monday, August 19
8/19 Spend the day together in the sand at Stinson Beach.
8/20 Pick up your putter at GolfLand.
8/21 Splash, slide, and spray at your favorite Bay Area water park.
8/22 Visit Jumpity Bumpity's clean indoor play space for kids of all sizes.
8/23 CHEAP: Forget your phone and be a pioneer at Ardenwood Farms.
8/24 FREE: Decorate the sidewalks with the community at Chalk & Chocolate Festival.
8/25 Head to the Cal campus to take advantage of Caltopia, happening Sunday and Monday.
Week Beginning Monday, August 26
8/26 CHEAP: Take the ferry to Angel Island for the views and more.
8/27 Ages 9+ test your wits at an Escape Room.
8/28 Explore Emeryville's bike paths, art, cupcakes & playgrounds!
8/29 Take a day trip to the Fitzgerald Tide Pools.
8/30 Kick off the weekend at a family-friendly brewery.
8/31 FREE Crab Cove Fish Festival: fishy games, crafts, & lessons.
9/1 Become a Jedi master in a class that’s part swordplay and part yoga.
Labor Day Monday, September 2
9/2 Combine a visit to Rosie the Riveter Museum with a walk, meal, or bike ride.
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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.
Sponsored by Piedmont Recreation Department, where there's always a camp, a playdate, or a pool party!
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