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Oakland Parks and Playgrounds

Best free thing to do with kids in Oakland? A playground or park! Stay as long or short as you like.

15 Toddler-Friendly Hikes in the East Bay

Hiking with a toddler can be a walk down the street, or a quest to find bugs or fairies. We love these East Bay places that spark joy for our little ones.

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Knowland Park: Behind The Oakland Zoo (Cloudy With a Chance of Spotting Animals)

The walking paths of Knowland Park lead to spectacular views of the Bay, and if you go at the right time, you can see into the Zoo through a back fence.

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Tilden Park Steam Trains

Tilden Park Steam Trains Now Open

The Tilden Park steam trains in the Berkeley hills are open on weekends and holidays. Wonderful fun for toddlers. Plan your visit.

Visiting iconic murals in San Francisco's Umbrella Alley. | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Visit Umbrella Alley and Add a Touch of Kid-friendly Whimsy to an SF Adventure

Give your kids a camera and get up close with one of San Francisco’s latest Instagram-worthy art experience destinations.

Impress Your Kids: Hike into a Real Volcano & Labyrinth in Oakland 

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve’s Special Labyrinth can be hiked to with school-aged kids in less than two hours, round trip.

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Tilden Park carousel

Now Open: Tilden Park’s Merry-Go-Round

The merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park is an antique carousel with hand-carved and painted wooden carousel animals to ride.

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Reopening Weekends on April 10: Adventure Playground Berkeley

Adventure Playground Berkeley lets kids imagine, build, and decorate their own play structures with saws, hammers, nails, and paint.

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Profile: Alameda Point Neighborhood Playground

The Alameda Point Neighborhood Park is a new hidden gem on the former Alameda Navy Base with wonderful two-kid swings & lots to climb.

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San Pablo Park Climbing Structure

Berkeley Park Profile: San Pablo Park

As of April 2021, both playgrounds are open! Come check out the fabulous new play structures and play spaces.

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