What to do with East Bay kids this summer break? Ice cream, camp-outs, sunscreen, art, s’mores, swimming, frolicking in the garden, outdoor movies, hiking, a few places with air conditioning, a little bit of everything — sounds like a summer vacation! Thanks to the lovely Filoli, a vibrant landscape of the Bay Area, 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, print it, or 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, Memorial Day, Monday, May 30,
5/30 Kick of Summertime in Concord at KidFest (all weekend).
5/31 Bring a picnic dinner to Piedmont Park & Playground.
6/1 FREE: Check out Fur, Scales, & Tails live performance in the library with animal friends.
6/2 FREE: Run around Live Oak Park before hitting the farmers market for an easy dinner.
6/3 Fireworks night at the A’s v Red Sox Game.
6/4 Celebrate Filoli Pride for a weekend of colorful experiences in the garden plus performances.
6/5 Happy 100th birthday to the Oakland Zoo! Come to the party near Lake Merritt.
Week Beginning Monday, June 6
6/6 DEAL: Save 50% on a family suite with 6 wristbands at Great Wolf Lodge!
6/7 FREE: Grab a walking stick to hike the UC Berkeley fire trails.
6/8 FREE: Stay active! Register for the East Bay Parks Trails Challenge
6/9 FREE: Visit your local library and sign up for games and prizes.
6/10 FREE: Kids puppet show at Yerba Buena Garden Fest
6/11 FREE: Dig at the annual Sandcastle + Sculpture Contest in Alameda.
6/12 Enjoy Lafayette Reservoir for fishing, paddleboat, and walking.
Week Beginning Monday, June 13
6/13 Eat dinner outside on a patio in Oakland, Berkeley, or Alameda.
6/14 Try some tasty ice cream today in a waffle or donut!
6/15 Celebrate Family Pride with Drag Queen storytime featuring Per Sia.
6/16 FREE: Bring a blanket & picnic to Circus Bella Preview Night.
6/17 So fun! Hit the Alameda County Fair on opening day.
6/18 FREE: BBQ fest with bouncy house & corn hole (pay to taste) all weekend
6/19 Juneteenth is Father’s Day.
Week Beginning Monday, June 20
6/20 Celebrate at the Warriors Parade.
6/21 Enjoy Food trucks & lawn games at Hacienda Nights.
6/22 Tour scenic Angel Island by bike or tram.
6/23 Summer Nights at Filoli! Stroll the garden, grab a drink & taco, and play by sunset.
6/24 CHEAP: Tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield to see how candy is made.
6/25 FREEish: Lakefest at Lake Merritt includes food, folks, and fun.
6/26 Learn about the joyful, inclusive legacy of Jim Henson at CJM — under 18 FREE.
Mark your calendars for more Bay Area festivals and fairs >
Week Beginning Monday, June 27
6/27 FREE: Visit East Bay’s dinosaurs starting on the Cal campus.
6/28 Play all-you-can-eat pinball at the Pacific Pinball Museum with a family pass or two-for-Tuesday.
6/29 FREE: Ride the dirt obstacles at Dirt World in Richmond or the Pleasanton BMX Park.
6/30 Conquer the epic swimming pool with inflatables & the amazing Heather Farm Park.
7/1 FREE: First Friday street party has family-friendly zones.
7/2 California Classic at the Chase Center is a youth basketball celebration (7/2-7/3).
7/3 Slammin’ Sunday Skate by Black Cultural Zone lets kids under 9 join free.
Week Beginning Monday, July 4
7/4 Choose a fabulous July 4th event.
7/5 FREE: First Tuesday visit to the de Young Museum & Conservatory of Flowers
7/6 FREE: Add mystery to your neighborhood walks with geocaching.
7/7 Hop on your mountain bike and explore the trails together (a few easy Marin trails).
7/8 FREE: Enjoy the magic of Mike Della Penna
7/9 PLAN AHEAD: Book an unforgettable overnight on the USS Hornet.
7/10 CHEAP: Amazing hike & pancake breakfast with views of the whole Bay Area – bring cash!
Week Beginning Monday, July 11
7/11 Make a day of it in SF with one of these great destination playgrounds.
7/12 FREE: Use “Discover & Go” to get admission cards for local museums.
7/13 Ride the ferry to see where the day takes you.
7/14 FREE: See Encanto after dark at Jack London Square.
7/15 Kids over 7 can enjoy the Water Park After Dark while parents sneak in a date night.
7/16 CHEAP: Join an evening campfire with songs, stories, & games. $5 per family
7/17 Catch the Sunday Matinee of School of Rock at Berkeley Playhouse’s youth stage.
Week Beginning Monday, July 18
7/18 FREE: Climb around the wind-hollowed caves and giant rocks at Rock City on Mt. Diablo.
7/19 FREE: Yoga storytime is active listening in a new way.
7/20 Bring your cardboard to zoom down a concrete slide.
7/21 Cool off in your favorite swimming pool.
7/22 FREE: Stay up late to see Soul under the stars. Crafts & snacks available.
7/23 Have an ultimate family night out with the Spiders. Kids 12 & under are free.
7/24 FREE: Take a family bike ride with Rich City Rides.
Week Beginning Monday, July 25
7/25 CHEAP: Superstars go to Round1 for kid-friendly karaoke in a private room.
7/26 CHEAP THRILL: Head to the top of the Campanile before a treat at Menchie’s
7/27 CHEAP: See a silly kids’ movie for $1.50.
7/28.OMCA has a lot to do for kids and families. Kids under 12 are free.
7/29 Pet something creepy-crawly at the East Bay Vivarium before ice cream at Noble Cow Creamery.
7/30 See a young sorcerer at the Dive-in Movies in Alameda.
7/31 PLAN AHEAD: Pick delicious raspberries at Boring Farm.
Week Beginning Monday, August 1
8/1 Explore 16 acres of formal gardens & hike through the lush and varied natural communities at Filoli.
8/2 FREE: Go plane-spotting at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline by the Oakland Airport!
8/3 CHEAP: Bring a soccer ball, swim bag, or a fishing rod to Lake Temescal.
8/4 PLAN AHEAD: FREE entrance to National Parks.
8/5 CHEAP: Save on admission AquaAdventure Family Friday.
8/6 FREE: Fremont Festival of Arts has carnival rides, crafts, music & more.
8/7 FREE: Family roller skating is included when you shop at the Akoma Outdoor Market.
Week Beginning Monday, August 8
8/8 FREE: Outdoor art installation designed to impress: Goldsworthy in the Presidio.
8/9 PLAN AHEAD: Be tourists on the iconic Isle of Alcatraz.
8/10 Find a treasure at TEPCO Beach in Richmond.
8/11 Get silly at Scandia with mini-golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and more!
8/12 See what’s UP at the Oakland Aviation Museum (W-Sun).
8/13 Decorate the sidewalks & eat treats at Chalk & Chocolate.
8/14 ROAD TRIP: Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastapol is good old-timey fun on the farm.
Week Beginning Monday, August 15
8/15 Spend the day in Elmwood together. What will you do?
8/16 Pick up your putter at GolfLand.
8/17 Splash and slide at your favorite Bay Area water park.
8/18 Celebrate creativity at BAMPFA, always changing.
8/19 Spend the day together in the sand at Stinson Beach.
8/20 Ride bikes across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island and back. Enjoy the Judge John Sutter Pier
8/21. Enjoy food fishing, skating, and rolling down the hill (with a view!) at Brooklyn Basin.
Week Beginning Monday, August 22
8/22 Go stand-up paddleboarding in Alameda with Mike’s Paddle (or other East Bay places to SUP >)
8/23 Build and play at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Milpitas.
8/24 FREE: Seek a birdhouse pyramid & a fish house. Quirky Berkeley will guide you to dozens of gems.
8/25 CHEAP: Forget your phone and be a pioneer at Ardenwood Farms.
8/26 Kick off the weekend at a family-friendly brewery.
8/27 Chase butterflies, enjoy the flowers, and wander the paths at The Gardens at Lake Merritt.
8/28 FREE: Sailing on the Bay with Cal Sailing (1 to 3 pm) – also 6/26 & 7/31.
Week Beginning Monday, August 29
8/29 Walk or roll around the San Leandro Marina Park. 25 more places to scooter >>
8/30 CHEAP: Bring your shade tent to the beach at Cull Canyon.
8/31 Explore Emeryville’s bike paths, art, & playgrounds!
9/1 Gather sea glass at Point Molate. You can make wind chimes with your haul.
9/2 Take a day trip to the Fitzgerald Tide Pools.
9/3 Kick off a new Cal football season!
9/4 Join the dancing, piping, & heavy throwing at the Scottish Highland Games (all weekend).
Labor Day Monday, September 5
9/5 Combine a visit to Rosie the Riveter Museum with a walk, meal, or bike ride along the Bay.
P R I N T A B L E S
👉 We have put a shorthand version of this page together for printing and hanging on your fridge. Here it is!
👉 This is a template for brainstorming with your little ones about summer activities they want to do. Print one for each member of the family.
👉 Use the first printable for inspiration and the second one for capturing your own bucket list.
We always encourage you to check venue and event details again before packing up a carload of children and snacks because stuff happens, especially when you’ve driven an hour to get there!
Thank you again to the lovely Filoli for sponsoring this epic summer bucket list for East Bay families!