Checklist: 10 Things to do before you're 10 in the East Bay - 510 Families

Checklist: 10 Things to do before you’re 10 in the East Bay

Here are a few of our favorite things that we think all East Bay kiddos should check off their life lists early (along with a downloadable pdf for your fridge):

1. Test toys at the LeapFrog Lab in Emeryville

Your young child can test LeapFrog & VTech toys at the lab
Your young child can test LeapFrog & VTech toys at the lab (photo: Amazon)

2. Climb to the top of Indian Rock

Climb all over Indian Rock in Berkeley
Climb all over Indian Rock in Berkeley

3. Visit the lizards or dragons at the East Bay Vivarium

Berkeley's Vivarium
Berkeley’s Vivarium: Photo: Kai Schreiber via flickr

4. Observe container ships at the Port of Oakland

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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland offers big views & big fun | Photo: Jen Vanya

5. Bet a dollar at Golden Gate Fields

Golden Gate Fields Racetrack
Golden Gate Fields Racetrack | photo: Emi J via yelp

6. Ride the concrete slide at Codornices Park

Codornices concrete slide
Codornices concrete slide right before I rolled over my preschooler. Oops! | Photo: Alec Flett

7. Construct a sand castle at the Alameda annual contest

Alameda Sand Castle competition (2017) | via Facebook
Alameda Sand Castle competition (2017) | via Facebook

8. Go back in time at Ardenwood Historic Farm

Ardenwood farms
9. Browse for craft inspiration at the Depot for Creative Reuse

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What can you build from these materials? A robot, ballerina, village? YES!

10. Order a sundae as big as your head at Fentons

Fentons ice cream sundaes are giant for children
Fentons ice cream sundaes are giant for little children, and they just get bigger (child scoop pictured)

Here’s a downloadable PDF so you can put it on your fridge and check off these challenges as you go!

 

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1 thought on “Checklist: 10 Things to do before you’re 10 in the East Bay”

  1. Great list. I’ve done most as an EB native and with nieces and nephews and friends. Word of caution about the concrete slides at Codornices Park — you’ll zip hell of fast. My nephew wiped out coming down (on cardboard, unless you want to burn up). It’s fun, but FAST. Keep an eye on your kiddos.

    A few other spots I think are worthwhile: the carousel and train in Tilden; the MLK waterfront walk near the airport (and fantastic whale sculpture); get yourself into a boat on Lake Merritt (I learned to sail on the lake when I was eight or so); horseback riding in the hills.

    (I had to laugh at the extraordinarily tidy shelves at the depot … )

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