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Free and Cheap Activities Scheduled This Month

We’ve got a ton of free and cheap activities for your family this month. Some of the best things in life are FREE, right? Now go do them with your kids in the East Bay already. Put your wallet away. Clicking the red title will take you right to our calendar entry with lots more info.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Free Entrance Day at National Parks


Location: Muir Woods – 1 Muir Woods Rd Mill Valley
Come experience the national parks, including nearby Muir Woods National Monument! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance…
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

Rides and Readers Classic Car Show


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
Join SLPL for its first Car show event at the Library!
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Kids' Show


Location: Civic Center Park (Berkeley) – 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley
Families and music lovers of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's special kids' show. This year the guest is…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Toddler Storytime


Location: Main Library | Alameda Free Library – 1550 Oak St. Alameda
Toddler Storytime is a 20-30 minute program that uses stories, songs, fingerplays, and movement to help young children ages 1-3 years old develop word and…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

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Albany Concerts in the Park


Location: Memorial Park | Albany – 1325 Portland Ave Albany
Gather at Memorial Park in Albany for a free Concert in the Park. Play on the exciting playgrounds or enjoy the musical performances. 2022 Schedule:…
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE

Family Fun on the Farm


Location: Forest Home Farms Historic Park – 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd San Ramon
Fun on the Farm Activities is FREE crafts and activities that highlight farm life and the late Victorian era.  These Saturday events are an opportunity to step…
Time:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Free Saturday Programming for Families


Location: de Young Museum – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco
de Young Museum invites Bay Area families to attend a literacy-themed, "back to school" program with Get Empowered! and Youth Speaks. This free event includes…
Time:
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cost: Free

Pear and Wine Festival


Location: Moraga Commons Park – 1425 St. Mary's Road Moraga
The annual Pear and Wine Festival is a community event celebrating Moraga’s heritage and fall harvest.  This family-friendly event features kids' activities, jump house, pie…
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

The Oakland Black-Eyed Pea Festival


Location: Oakland Technical High School Football Field – 365 45th Street Oakland
The 7th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival is a celebration of African American Tradition through soul food, live music and art. There will also be arts…
Time:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cost: FREE

Free Telescope Viewings


Location: Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland
Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through…
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Montclair Village Farmers' Market


Location: Montclair Village – Mountain and Medau Place Oakland
Shop fresh produce, bakery goods, flowers and more at Montclair Village's weekly Farmers' Market. Located on La Salle Avenue at Moraga Avenue. CLOSED on Christmas &…
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

Temescal Farmer’s Market


Location: Temescal Farmer’s Market – 5300 Claremont Ave Oakland
Shop for produce, flowers, packaged goods, and more at the Temescal Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of the North Oakland DMV (5300 Claremont…
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

Chicken Party and Rabbit Fest


Location: Tilden Little Farm – 600 Canon Dr Berkeley
Commune with popular farm animals and learn how to be a good farmyard citizen. Meet at the bird pen. No registration required; Drop-in Program only.
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Tot Group


Location: Washington Park – 740 Central Avenue Alameda
Join a weekly meet-up for Moms and Tots ages 0-3. Mommy and Me offers the opportunity to meet other Moms, share experiences, discuss motherhood and…
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free; Register in advance

Self-Care Sunday Family Bike Rides


Location: Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway – 16th and Ohio Ave Richmond
Come ride with Rich City Rides on Sundays. The family-friendly bike rides take place on the beautiful paths of Richmond. Everybody rides, all riders, all…
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Rosh Hashanah Celebration for "Tots"


Location: Temple Israel & Community Center (Alameda) – 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda
Ring in the new year with this adorable Rosh Hashanah Early Childhood Service geared for children ages 0-5 years with their families. Gather in the…
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Free

Golden State Model Trains Operating


Location: Golden State Model Railroad Museum – 900-A Dornan Drive Point Richmond
A visit to the 10,000 square foot Museum of operating model trains provides an inexpensive, fun-filled outing for young and old, with plenty of room…
Time:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: $5/Adult; $3/Children (4-11, kids under 4 are free); $10/Family

Michael's Drop-In Craft Project: Candy Corn Clay Pot


Location: Michaels, Alameda – 2650 S 5th St, Ste 10 Alameda
Head over to your local Michael's for a fun craft during their Sunday Make Break! This session will focus on how to make a painted…
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Monday, September 26, 2022

Free Admission Hours


Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco
Enter the San Francisco Botanical Gardens between 7:30 - 9 am for free admission. Explore the grounds, including the Children's Garden. Dig, water, pick, build,…
Time:
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: Free before 9am

Free Hour at Japanese Tea Garden


Location: Japanese Tea Garden – 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco
Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Enter between 9-10 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for…
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Free before 10am

Visit the Little Farm


Location: Tilden Little Farm – 600 Canon Dr Berkeley
Bring celery or lettuce to feed the animals—cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep—at Tilden Park's Little Farm. Free fun for all! Learn more >
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library: César E. Chávez Branch


Location: Cesar Chavez Branch | Oakland Public Library – 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271 Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Children's High Holy Day Services - Rosh Hashanah


Location: Beth Chaim Congregation – 1800 Holbrook Drive Danville
Celebrate the High Holy Days with puppets, musical prayers, singing, dancing, stories and instruments! Fun for the whole family, with a focus on children ages…
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Soulful Storytime: Rosh Hashanah Edition!


Location: Central Park (Lake Elizabeth) – 40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy Fremont
Join for another Soulful Storytime: Rosh Hashanah edition. Celebrate the Jewish New year with stories, crafts, and friends! Bring a blanket or mat to sit…
Time:
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: Free; Register in advance

Family Storytime


Location: San Pablo Public Library – 13751 San Pablo Avenue San Pablo
Join at San Pablo Library for family storytime every Monday at 5:15pm. Reading stories and singing songs together is a wonderful opportunity for young children…
Time:
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Cost: Free

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Baby Bounce: Songs and Playtime


Location: Golden Gate Branch | Oakland Public Library – 5606 San Pablo Avenue Oakland
Bring your babies to the library for songs, socializing, and playtime! Best for parents and caregivers with babies from birth to 18 months. Every Tuesday…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Storytime and Playtime in the Library


Location: Melrose Branch | Oakland Public Library – 4805 Foothill Blvd Oakland
Families are invited to a Storytime with rhymes, books, and songs! It will be followed by playtime and toys. All kids welcome, but program is…
Time:
10:15 am - 11:30 am
Cost: FREE

Toddler Storytime


Location: Piedmont Ave. Branch | Oakland Public Library – 80 Echo Avenue Oakland
Songs, active rhymes, and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Every Tuesday at 10:15 am. This storytime will take place outdoors weather…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Spanish Bilingual Storytime/Hora De Cuentos Bilingüe


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
Join for stories, songs, and other interactive, fun activities in a bilingual environment (English & Spanish)! This program is designed for children ages 2 to…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cost: Free

Story Time at Grove Street Park


Location: Grove Park – 1730 Oregon Street Berkeley
Join BPL's librarians for books, rhymes and songs geared for toddlers and babies. Gather in front of the recreation building near the toddler play area.…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Toddler Storytime


Location: West End Branch | Alameda Free Library – 788 Santa Clara Avenue Alameda
Toddler Storytime is a 20-30 minute program that uses stories, songs, fingerplays, and movement to help young children ages 1-3 years old develop word and…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: FREE

Family Storytime


Location: West Oakland Branch | Oakland Public Library – 1801 Adeline St Oakland
Family storytimes are great for all ages. Bring the whole family to enjoy these stories and activities! This storytime will take place indoors.  For your safety and…
Time:
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

Preschool Storytime


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
Get ready for kindergarten with preschool storytime, featuring books, songs and rhymes, flannel stories, and lots of movement, followed by a craft activity. Perfect program…
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Cost: Free

Family Storytime


Location: Kensington Library – 61 Arlington Ave Kensington
Families are invited to join for lots of picture books, songs, rhymes, and fun! Stuffed animals & pajamas welcome.
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Free Admission Hours


Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco
Enter the San Francisco Botanical Gardens between 7:30 - 9 am for free admission. Explore the grounds, including the Children's Garden. Dig, water, pick, build,…
Time:
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: Free before 9am

Outdoor Toddler Storytime


Location: Dimond Park – 3699 Dimond Ave Oakland
Songs, active rhymes, and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Join OPL librarians at Dimond Park's Toddler lot. Storytime starts at 10:15…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Free

Musical Storytime


Location: El Sobrante Library – 4191 Appian Way El Sobrante
Join for stories, music, and movement each week. Library storytime is a great way to help young children build their early literacy and social skills.…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Toddler Time


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
Join for stories, rhymes and romps - just the right pace for you & your toddler up to age 3. This program is designed for…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Little Listeners Storyime


Location: San Lorenzo Library – 395 Paseo Grande San Lorenzo
Come for stories, songs, and fun on Wednesday mornings! This storytime is designed for preschool aged children. However, all are welcome. Each week, libraries and…
Time:
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Cost: Free

Crafts at King Branch


Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Branch | Oakland Library – 6833 International Blvd Oakland
Stop by the King branch every Wednesday from 2:00-3:30 pm for all ages inclusive craft programs! Fun activities include painting, jewelry making, and perler beads.…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Make and Play Lab


Location: Albany Library – 1247 Marin Avenue Albany
Drop by the Albany Library after school every Wednesday* at the Albany Library for crafts, STEAM activities, Lego building, and more! We'll be doing a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library: Main Branch


Location: Main Library | Oakland Public Library – 125 14th St Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Downtown San Leandro Farmers Market


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
The Downtown San Leandro Farmers Market takes place weekly in the Main Library parking lot (a new location from previous years) from April 6 through…
Time:
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

School-Age Kids' Storytime


Location: Main Library | Alameda Free Library – 1550 Oak St. Alameda
Designed for children ages 5-8 in mind, this storytime incorporates longer songs and stories, perfect for children with longer attention spans. Parents and caregivers must…
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Cascada De Flores Performance


Location: Richmond Public Library – 325 Civic Center Plaza Richmond
El Brujo y la Sirena is a story about a wizard, a mermaid, and the sea creatures that help them. Sing and dance with the…
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Family Storytime


Location: San Leandro Public Main Library – 300 Estudillo Avenue San Leandro
Family Storytime features books, songs and rhymes, and flannel stories for families with kids of all ages to enjoy, followed by a craft (this storytime…
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Storytime for Little Ones


Location: El Cerrito Library – 6510 Stockton Ave El Cerrito
Join for music, finger plays, flannels, and book-centered fun for little ones! All children are welcome at this free program. Best suited for children ages…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Free

Toddler Storytime


Location: Golden Gate Branch | Oakland Public Library – 5606 San Pablo Avenue Oakland
Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years. Every Thursday at 10:15 am. See you there!
Time:
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Toddler Storytime


Location: Montclair Branch | Oakland Public Library – 1687 Mountain Boulevard Oakland
At toddler storytime, toddlers and caregivers enjoy songs, active rhymes, and stories, especially for kids 18 months to 3 years old. There's also always lots…
Time:
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Cost: Free

Family Storytime


Location: Pinole Library – 2935 Pinole Valley Rd Pinole
Please join for the return of storytime at your local library! Prepare your littles for literacy with lively stories and songs. All kids ages welcome.…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

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