30 Things to Do With Bay Area Kids in April - 510 Families

30 Things to Do With Bay Area Kids in April

April is filled with several special days to celebrate with family, including Passover, Easter, and Earth Day. There is also plenty of sunny, warm weather and activities to enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re staying in the East Bay for spring break, plan for lots of fun at museums, farms, storytimes, and more.

This post of April’s best activities for families is sponsored by Los Vaqueros Reservoir, a recreational reservoir in Livermore with boating, hiking, and fishing. 

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Children and parents on fishing boats
Fishing at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in the East Bay | Photo: Contra Costa Water District

Week of Saturday, April 1

4/1: April Fools – Play gentle, silly pranks on your kids. See the Easter Bunny at Jack London Square.
4/2: free Express yourself through a variety of art and STEM projects at Create Day in Oakland.

tilden park little farm cow and boy
Feed the cows with celery from home | Photo: Joe Dickerson

Week of Monday, April 3

4/3: free Snag a free ice cream cone from Ben and Jerry’s.
4/4: free Discover trees and insects on a tot-friendly hike through Cull Canyon.
4/5: Passover begins at sundown; Find family-friendly Passover events >
4/6: free Zoom down the concrete slide at Codornices Park in the Berkeley Hills.
4/7: Grab dinner at Off the Grid at OMCA, plus groove to music in the OMCA gardens.
4/8: There are loads of community egg hunts and bunny photo ops today. Reserve a space in advance.
4/9: Happy Easter. Enjoy a family bike ride in Alameda.

Easter Bunny Jack London Square
Bring a camera to the East Bunny Photo Op | Photo: Jack London Square

Week of Monday, April 10

4/10: free Move and sing during Baby Music & Movement Storytime in Richmond.
4/11: free Visit wildlife at a sweet nature center in Hayward.
4/12: Plan a mid-week outing to mini golf. See our roundup of top courses >
4/13: free Enjoy a relaxing day filled with kites at the park.
4/14: free Get creative with MOCHA art workshop in the library.
4/15: free Take part in a community favorite: Eggster, a springtime egg hunt & learning fair at Cal.
4/16: free Mosey down to Solano Avenue for a mile-long family-friendly event–Stoll-ish Spring.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir Kids fishing on shore Vista Recreation
Kids fishing on shore | Photo: Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Week of Monday, April 17

4/17: free Play with all the toys during Together Wee Play in Berkeley. It’s drop-in friendly!
4/18: free Look for hidden troll statues along the Bridgeview Troll Trail in Oakland.
4/19: free Get outside with Tilden Tots Drop-In Nature Group.
4/20: Search for colors, blooms, or animals in one of the East Bay’s beautiful gardens.
4/21: free Head to English-Spanish storytime in Alameda with your little one.
4/22: free Celebrate Earth Daystomp in a creek or paint with twigs at Big Art Weekend.
4/23: Rent a pontoon boat or electric motor boat at Los Vaqueros Reservoir for an outdoor family outing. Bring lunch and a blanket to spread out afterward.

collage of a bird in the reservoir and a bird with the naturalist
Discover birds in the reservoir & the interpretive center on the North side | Photo: Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Families visiting Livermore’s Los Vaqueros Reservoir can enjoy a range of recreational activities and natural beauty such as:

  • Fishing: The reservoir is regularly stocked with fish, making it an ideal location for anglers of all skill levels. Look for largemouth bass, striped bass, trout, and catfish.
  • Hiking: With over 50 miles of trails that wind through scenic hills and valleys, find stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Always be prepared and carry water.
  • Wildlife viewing: Los Vaqueros Reservoir is a wildlife sanctuary home to many birds, mammals, and reptiles. Spot bald eagles, ospreys, coyotes, and even mountain lions in their natural habitat!
vertical playground emeryville eccl
Climb your heart out at Emeryville’s vertical playground | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Week of Monday, April 24

4/24: free Spend a morning at Tilden Park feeding goats, chickens, and pigs.
4/25: free Climb the vertical playground in Emeryville; open to the public on weekdays after 6 pm.
4/26: Bounce around at Open Jump.
4/27: free Jump across the stepping stones at Lincoln Park in Alameda’s East End.
4/28: Borrow tools for self-led discovery in The Lawrence’s Outdoor Nature Lab.
4/29: Cheer for the home team at an Oakland Roots soccer game.
4/30: Be amazed by an expansive model train display in Point Richmond.

Oakland Roots game kids fist with temp tattoo
Kids can show their Roots pride with a free tattoo. | Photo: Parul Patel

s p o n s o r

We appreciate Los Vaqueros Reservoir for sponsoring our April list of great activities for families. 

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