23 Best Things to Do With a Baby in the East Bay - 510 Families

23 Best Things to Do With a Baby in the East Bay

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Fun with Pre-Crawling Babies (babes in arms)

Baby Activities in Oakland - little babies on the floor doing nothing
It’s never too early for your little one to make friends and explore the world! | Photo: REDYPER™ Powered by EarthBaby

Spending time with a newborn is all about adjusting to your new role. Building your confidence to take your baby on errands and outings is important. Here are some activities to put on your bucket list for the first six months.

  1. Practice using your stroller and find a café with outdoor seating. We like The Hidden Cafe in Berkeley, Zocalo in San Leandro, and Kaleidoscope Coffee in Point Richmond, right next to an adorable collection of fairy houses.
  2. Join a new mom’s group. Other parents with babies the same age as yours are a treasure! Find more places to meet new moms >
  3. Paint your baby’s footprints onto pottery for a sweet little keepsake. You can do this at Brushstrokes in Berkeley and Color Me Mine in Alameda’s Southshore Center.
  4. Have a family date night at a baby-friendly movie showing. We like the Baby Brigade features at the New Parkway theater in Oakland on occasional Thursdays.
  5. Sign up for a bring-your-baby exercise class. There are a bunch of creative ways to get a workout with a baby in tow in the East Bay.
Brushstrokes Studio Berkeley
Making footprints at Brushstrokes | Photo Nissa Brehmer


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What to Do with Babies Over 6 Months (sitters, crawlers, eaters)

Two things happen in the second half of your baby’s first year. The first is that your little one can sit up and participate in life more fully and the second is that you will be more comfortable using your gear and leaving the house. Here are a few more activities to explore for babies 6-12 months old.

  1. Find music and movement classes. These classes offer free trials.
  2. Visit a playground and try out the baby swings. The East Bay has a bazillion to choose from.
  3. Shop at a farmers’ market. The people-watching and fruit-tasting are perfect baby activities. Find one near you.
  4. Take your baby swimming. Sounds intimidating, but we have faith in you! Here are the local pools to choose from.
  5. Visit a pet supply store with your older baby. The tanks with turtles and mice are right at their eye level. Five more places where little ones can see animals for free in the East Bay>
  6. Seek out a fantastic photo op. Here’s a round-up of gorgeous local wall murals for your photoshoots.
Things to do with babies in the East Bay
Joining a support group for new parents is a great way to meet others in the same stage | Photo: REDYPER™ Powered by EarthBaby

Upcoming Local Baby-Friendly Events From the {510} Families Calendar

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Time Event
9:30 am - 11:00 am Together Wee Play Drop-In
San Pablo Park, Berkeley
10:00 am - 11:00 am Tot Splash Open Swim
Richmond Swim Center, Richmond
10:15 am - 10:45 am Baby Bounce: Songs and Playtime
Golden Gate Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
10:15 am - 11:30 am Storytime and Playtime in the Library
Melrose Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
10:30 am - 11:00 am Story Time at Grove Street Park
Grove Park, Berkeley
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Family Storytime
West Oakland Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Family Storytime
Kensington Library, Kensington

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Time Event
9:30 am - 11:00 am Together Wee Play Drop-In
James Kenney Community Center, Berkeley
10:00 am - 11:00 am Tot Splash Open Swim
Richmond Swim Center, Richmond

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Time Event
9:30 am - 11:00 am Together Wee Play Drop-In
San Pablo Park, Berkeley
10:15 am - 10:30 am Storytime
El Cerrito Library, El Cerrito
10:30 am - 11:00 am Family Storytime
Temescal Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Favorite Baby Activities & Resources from the REDYPER Team

REDYPER and 510families are in total agreement that creating memorable experiences with babies and kids is preferable to acquiring more STUFF. These are some organizations the San Francisco-based team at REDYPER loves to support:

  • It’s Yoga Kids for kids of all ages starting at two-months old!
  • JAMaROO Kids This small woman and minority-owned local business specializes in developmentally-appropriate Dance, Music, Yoga, & Art for young children.
  • Charity and the Jam Band: music, movement, and mindfulness both in-person in the Bay Area and online.
  • Recess Collective: what started as an amazing in-person play space has transitioned to so much more: mobile play kits, pop-up playtime, and meet-ups.
  • Natural Resources SF has classes, information, community, and products to support new and growing families.
  • Blossom Birth & Family offers in-person and virtual classes to help new parents navigate the early parenting journey.

Babies Over One Year

Congratulations! You are now a toddler owner and there are hundreds of things to do with toddlers. Here is a handful of ideas to try as soon as your baby begins to walk.

Things to do with young toddlers in the East Bay
Playing outside in the dirt is always a good time for toddlers | Photo: REDYPER™ Powered by EarthBaby
  1. Buy a zoo membership. You’ll use it a lot. Here are the deets on the Oakland Zoo.
  2. Sign up for a class. From toddler gardening to ballet, this list will help you find a class to put on your schedule weekly — and meet more local parents.
  3. Get to know the local hikes. We’ve put together a guide to the best places to take little ones on easy trails.
  4. Go to library and bookstore events for toddlers. Free storytimes are just the best.
  5. Visit an indoor playground. These admission-based playspaces are toddler fantasyland!
  6. Take a mini road trip to a U-Pick farm. Seasonally available, fruit-picking is satisfying for all and blueberries are the easiest for small ones. 10 fruit-picking ideas for Bay Area families >

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